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Battle for Hutchison Essar heats up

Wed, 10 Jan 2007 12:02:07 GMT

The lure of a majority stake in Hutchison Essar, India's fourth-largest mobile-phone operator, is creating an increasingly tense acquisition battle

Plastic challenge to silicon microchip

Thu, 04 Jan 2007 14:46:07 GMT

A British company will on Wednesday announce that it has secured $100m to build the world’s first plant for making semiconductors out of plastic rather than silicon.

Batteries optional

Thu, 04 Jan 2007 14:35:07 GMT

Given new mobile power sources, batteries are only part of the story in tomorrow's world of portable power.

YouTube software threat to Google plans

Thu, 04 Jan 2007 14:46:07 GMT

YouTube's failure to complete a key piece of anti-piracy software could cause problems for Google.

Third-quarter telecoms and IT outlook

Thu, 07 Dec 2006 12:33:06 GMT

Demand for mobile phones and personal computers (PCs) will continue to moderate in 2007.

Betting on Bangalore

Thu, 07 Dec 2006 12:29:06 GMT

John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems, is expected to announce plans to create a second corporate HQ in Bangalore.

Handhelds' road to ruin

Thu, 07 Dec 2006 12:25:06 GMT

Is the handheld market moving to extinction? Yes, unless vendors begin embracing innovation.

The phone of the future

Thu, 07 Dec 2006 12:27:06 GMT

The phone has had a splendid 130-year history. What will it look like in future? Will it even be called a phone?

Intel v AMD: The empire strikes back

Thu, 07 Dec 2006 12:27:06 GMT

After a difficult patch, Intel has retaken the technical lead from its rival AMD.

High-tech treats and devices to delight in

Thu, 07 Dec 2006 10:01:06 GMT

The FT's Paul Taylor looks at next year's top consumer electronic devices.

European enterprises on the move

Thu, 07 Dec 2006 10:03:06 GMT

Over 70% of European enterprises are using some type of mobile application, spurring by the growing pick-up of 3G and the spread of wireless hot-spots.

Cat and mouse, on the web

Thu, 07 Dec 2006 09:59:06 GMT

Techniques to evade censorship of internet traffic are improving, to the chagrin of authoritarian regimes.

Is Microsoft playing an ace?

Tue, 28 Nov 2006 10:55:06 GMT

The buzz around Vista began well over a year ago as a gentle hum. Before that, there had been distant rumblings of a new Windows operating system being developed, then known as Longhorn.

Security Vista

Tue, 28 Nov 2006 10:47:06 GMT

Despite a Microsoft executive's claim to the contrary, Vista users should continue protecting their systems with antivirus software.

Pirelli aims to lure investors to Telecom Italia

Tue, 21 Nov 2006 16:58:06 GMT

Pirelli is still actively seeking to attract outside investors into the shareholder structure of Telecom Italia as it tries to sell part of its controlling stake in TI and diversify its interests.

Microsoft separates software from soft sell

Tue, 21 Nov 2006 17:00:06 GMT

Steve Berkowitz represents a new direction for Microsoft. The former head of search engine, Mr Berkowitz made his name as a publisher of consumer books, including the "for Dummies" series of self-help guides.

Vodafone's diversion

Thu, 19 Oct 2006 17:50:06 GMT

Despite its position as the largest mobile telecoms company in the world in terms of sales, a market cap of US$139bn and more than 186m mobile phone customers worldwide, Vodafone is now moving into the broadband internet arena.

Battle against the clock

Thu, 19 Oct 2006 16:05:06 GMT

The Y2K bug proved to be a damp squib. But another software glitch is on the horizon – and it could represent a bigger hidden threat.

European bloggers find their voice

Thu, 12 Oct 2006 09:57:06 GMT

Readership of blogs in Europe is catching up with the US, but the most popular blogs are still dominated by Americans, according to new research which compares bloggers of different nationalities.

YouGov sets sight on US and Germany

Wed, 11 Oct 2006 18:15:06 GMT

YouGov, the online pollster best known for its political surveys, is looking to make acquisitions in both Europe and North America as part of its bid to become an international player in the market research world.

The world is our oyster

Wed, 11 Oct 2006 18:14:06 GMT

The talent war has gone global--and so have talent shortages

Google's young partner

Wed, 11 Oct 2006 18:14:06 GMT

Google has agreed to buy YouTube, a popular website where users provide the content, for $1.65 billion. Now the world’s leading search engine needs to work out how to make it pay

Mobile entertainment on a slow roll

Tue, 16 Jan 2007 12:49:29 GMT

Low subscriber numbers and consumer resistance indicate a rough road ahead for mobile entertainment content providers.

Cents of security

Wed, 17 Jan 2007 12:14:09 GMT

Vendors that protect their clients from system ‘vulnerabilities’ will benefit most from solid corporate spending in 2007.

US: Net neutrality gains favour

Fri, 19 Jan 2007 10:34:35 GMT

Supporters of net neutrality may have new cause for optimism.

Japan: Change is in the air

Fri, 19 Jan 2007 10:35:08 GMT

Number portability has boosted competition in mobile telecoms

Vista and Office: An end to that blue screen of death?

Fri, 19 Jan 2007 10:35:51 GMT

Microsoft's latest upgrades should make PC users happier

Microsoft: Peaks, valleys and vistas

Fri, 19 Jan 2007 10:36:12 GMT

The launch of a new version of Microsoft Windows, called Vista, is not quite the event it used to be. Has the software giant reached the pinnacle of its power?

Double vision

Fri, 19 Jan 2007 10:37:04 GMT

Last year was supposed to be the year we all bought high-definition DVD players and super-sharp video discs to play on them.

Another mouse in the house

Thu, 25 Jan 2007 10:18:37 GMT

The computer industry targets the living room

Blogging bosses

Thu, 25 Jan 2007 10:18:49 GMT

A doubtful direction for the Davos demographic

Towards greener IT

Thu, 25 Jan 2007 10:19:56 GMT

Few people would view the technology business as an environmentally unfriendly industry, but a quick visit to a chip fabrication facility would probably change more than a few minds.

Buy, cell, hold

Fri, 26 Jan 2007 15:53:55 GMT

A plan is afoot to create a pan-African market based on mobile phones

A wing and a prayer

Fri, 26 Jan 2007 15:54:45 GMT

Do passengers really want in-flight mobile phone services? Airlines are about to find out.

Googling the printed page

Fri, 26 Jan 2007 15:55:07 GMT

With 2007 less than a month old, Google has already shaken up the global publishing business with the announcement that another major US college library has joined its controversial project to put the world's books online.

Music going for a song

Mon, 29 Jan 2007 10:37:12 GMT

Free phone calls over the net, free email services, free news and now, free music?

Powering today's data centres

Wed, 31 Jan 2007 14:15:27 GMT

You’d think with space constraints in data centres, IT would be jumping for joy now that blade servers are here and equipment is getting smaller.

Overview of e-commerce in Colombia

Wed, 31 Jan 2007 14:16:37 GMT

Electronic commerce in Colombia is still regarded as embryonic compared with other Latin American countries

Saudi Arabia: Telecoms spring

Fri, 02 Feb 2007 15:46:24 GMT

The Saudi telecom market is poised to enter a second phase of rapid expansion

The gigabyte guzzlers

Fri, 02 Feb 2007 15:46:52 GMT

Please forget to back up your computer

Vista - Out the Window?

Fri, 02 Feb 2007 15:47:15 GMT

After five years, a US$6bn budget and the efforts of 8,000 workers, Microsoft has launched its new operating system, Vista, to the consumer market.

North Korea: Weird but wired

Fri, 02 Feb 2007 15:47:57 GMT

Online dating in Pyongyang? Surely not

Morales steps in

Fri, 02 Feb 2007 15:48:21 GMT

Only a few weeks after Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez announced the nationalisation of the country’s largest telecoms company, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales says his government is contemplating a similar move.

Bricks 'n' clicks

Fri, 02 Feb 2007 15:49:07 GMT

Citigroup gets to work on an Egg

Motorola: Uh-oh, Moto

Fri, 02 Feb 2007 15:49:22 GMT

Carl Icahn takes an interest in struggling Motorola

Dell: Return to founder

Fri, 02 Feb 2007 15:49:49 GMT

Michael Dell returns to the helm of the company he founded

Web deux point zéro

Fri, 02 Feb 2007 15:50:13 GMT

Has Tariq Krim created a French internet blockbuster?

Rugged good looks gain favour

Fri, 02 Feb 2007 15:50:39 GMT

y>Why your organisation's next crop of notebook computers may be similar to the type used by Arctic explorers.

Russia: Educated fraud

Tue, 06 Feb 2007 11:41:19 GMT

Russian hackers defrauded a Swedish bank to the tune of US$1.4 million in the biggest online bank heist in history – but they aren’t stopping there.

Driving success: China's cars go upmarket

Wed, 07 Feb 2007 11:58:13 GMT

A fresh market, as well as some risks, await vehicle telematics and infotainment system vendors in China.

Jamaica: The near sure thing

Wed, 07 Feb 2007 11:58:41 GMT

Public and private sector efforts are helping Jamaica seize a share of the lucrative US ‘near-shoring’ market.

Viviane on the line

Wed, 07 Feb 2007 11:59:10 GMT

The Polish government's attempt to promote competition in the country's telecoms sector has attracted criticism from an unexpected quarter – the European Commission.

China: Telecoms and technology forecast

Thu, 08 Feb 2007 14:01:37 GMT

Telecoms and technology forecast

Music wants to be free

Thu, 08 Feb 2007 14:02:27 GMT

Everyone will benefit if digital music is sold without copy-protection

Mission accepted: IT as revenue generator

Thu, 08 Feb 2007 14:04:48 GMT

Corporate leaders expect IT’s core mission to expand from cost-cutting to revenue generation within a short period of time

Electronic Arts: Looking forward to the next level

Mon, 12 Feb 2007 14:11:37 GMT

The world's biggest video-games publisher sees good times ahead

What's on next

Mon, 12 Feb 2007 14:12:11 GMT

The union of television and the internet is spawning a wide variety of offspring

Etisalat muscles in

Mon, 12 Feb 2007 14:12:53 GMT

Three isn't a crowd in Egypt's fast growing market for mobile services. But Etisalat's predictions for subscriber growth could prove optimistic.

Gunfight in the 3G corral

Mon, 12 Feb 2007 14:13:40 GMT

Japan’s pioneering launch of the phone of the future – 3G – is causing a great deal of ruckus in that country’s telecom sector.

Telecom Italia: Funny business

Mon, 12 Feb 2007 14:13:57 GMT

The tortuous tale of Telecom Italia

How to be an outsourcing virtuoso

Tue, 13 Feb 2007 11:19:35 GMT

As the turbulent global services industry matures, a highly skilled cadre of master providers and customers is emerging.

Romania rides the nearshoring wave

Tue, 13 Feb 2007 11:20:03 GMT

Move over India - Romania is developing as a centre for outsourcing in Eastern Europe.

Vodafone: India calling

Tue, 13 Feb 2007 11:21:35 GMT

Vodafone, the world's biggest wireless operator, takes over a leading Indian mobile-phone company

Something for nothing: User-Generated content

Tue, 13 Feb 2007 11:22:11 GMT

The sky may be the limit for hot user-generated content sites like YouTube and MySpace, but storm clouds could soon spoil the view.

Europe: Home and abroad

Wed, 14 Feb 2007 13:43:21 GMT

How two European giants keep up with the global race

Vodafone rolls the dice

Wed, 14 Feb 2007 13:44:00 GMT

UK-based Vodafone has bought a controlling stake in Hutchinson Essar, India's fourth largest mobile phone operator.

A UK start-up takes aim at Apple

Thu, 15 Feb 2007 11:45:21 GMT

A UK start-up wants to turn mobile phones into MP3 players

Bold fusion

Fri, 16 Feb 2007 11:01:48 GMT

William Amelio believes that cross-cultural thinking will turn Lenovo into China's first successful global brand

Middle East: Beyond borders

Fri, 16 Feb 2007 11:02:19 GMT

Facing competition at home the big players of Middle East telecoms are sniffing out opportunities abroad.

Orion's belter

Fri, 16 Feb 2007 11:02:58 GMT

The world's first practical quantum computer is unveiled

The future of money: A cash call

Fri, 16 Feb 2007 11:03:23 GMT

Smart cards and mobile phones are quickly emerging as ways to pay with electronic cash

Mark my words

Tue, 20 Feb 2007 11:30:17 GMT

Soon, nothing need be lost in translation

Addicted to the phone

Tue, 20 Feb 2007 11:30:39 GMT

Around the world, people are putting their relationships, bank balances and personal safety at risk for the sake of texting and chat.

EU: Commission urged to be cautious over online bookings

Tue, 20 Feb 2007 11:31:10 GMT

Travel-booking systems have changed significantly with the advent of the internet.

Quantum computing-Orion’s belter

Wed, 21 Feb 2007 11:37:50 GMT

The world's first practical quantum computer is unveiled

Russia: A volatile cocktail

Wed, 21 Feb 2007 11:38:24 GMT

When every Russian has a mobile phone, where will the industry's growth come from?

Getting smart with sensors

Thu, 22 Feb 2007 13:31:28 GMT

Manufacturers are starting to use networked sensors to transform themselves into service companies.

Japan: Sozzled salarymen

Thu, 22 Feb 2007 13:31:57 GMT

The Japanese are trying to combat drunkenness with technology


Fri, 23 Feb 2007 11:12:34 GMT

A much-hyped wireless technology is about to be put to the test

World telecoms and IT outlook: Under pressure

Mon, 26 Feb 2007 13:51:45 GMT

Demand for mobile phones and personal computers (PCs) will continue to moderate in 2007.

The WiFi war-front

Mon, 26 Feb 2007 13:52:58 GMT

Two out of three home networks invite attack

EU: Roaming fees face summer clampdown

Mon, 26 Feb 2007 13:53:59 GMT

The French government has indicated that it will drop its opposition to fixing maximum international roaming charges for mobile phone users at retail level, clearing the way for a deal on cutting fees in June.

Europe: Telecoms regulators report to Reding

Mon, 26 Feb 2007 13:54:23 GMT

EU telecoms regulators will next week set out what they see as the best way to ensure better pan-European supervision of the sector.

Ukraine: Enter the challengers

Tue, 27 Feb 2007 11:44:07 GMT

Newcomers may be upsetting the Ukrainian mobile phone market, but it is still in the hands of the Russians.

Middle East: In or out?

Wed, 28 Feb 2007 10:28:06 GMT

Kuwait's MTC is showing its confidence in African telecoms with a major investment programme but regional rival Orascom is not so sure.

Social networks for grown-ups

Wed, 28 Feb 2007 10:29:16 GMT

Social networking sites are one of the most effective ways for executives to use the Internet.

Junk the ''junk e-mail'' law?

Wed, 28 Feb 2007 10:30:06 GMT

To combat unwanted electronic messages, the United States could do much better than the CAN-SPAM Act, say observers.

Saturation = convergence

Wed, 28 Feb 2007 10:31:05 GMT

How do you grow sales when nearly everyone is already connected?

China: Toxic mix?

Thu, 01 Mar 2007 10:39:59 GMT

China's new rules governing the electronic industry's use of hazardous substances may prove particularly irksome to foreign firms

Sri Lanka: Cutting it

Thu, 01 Mar 2007 10:40:16 GMT

Mobile phone use is taking off in Sri Lanka - though not, perhaps, in ways that service operators might have hoped.

Eastern Europe: Brains boxed in

Fri, 02 Mar 2007 14:32:31 GMT

How long can the good times last?

US: Wi-Fi for the masses

Fri, 02 Mar 2007 14:33:09 GMT

America's cities are learning to love the idea of universal internet access

Healthcare and IT

Mon, 05 Mar 2007 12:12:08 GMT

The soaring cost of healthcare is a sore spot for most companies.

The WiFi war-front II

Mon, 05 Mar 2007 12:12:35 GMT

More on securing your home network

Europe: Reding prepares tagging blueprint

Mon, 05 Mar 2007 12:15:09 GMT

Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding will on 15 March put forward suggestions for how to tackle controversial technology that allows organisations to track individuals or goods.

European Institute of Technology: A far-fetched dream?

Mon, 05 Mar 2007 12:15:33 GMT

In June last year EU governments asked the European Commission to come up with a proposal to boost research and innovation with a new education institute.

The rise and fall of corporate R&D

Mon, 05 Mar 2007 12:22:27 GMT

Technology firms have left the big corporate R&D laboratory behind, shifting the emphasis from research to development. Does it matter?

Brazil: Who's calling?

Wed, 07 Mar 2007 12:20:12 GMT

The privatisation of the Brazilian telecommunications, which culminated in the 1998 auction of the Telebras companies, has led to the modernisation of the sector and a spectacular development of mobile telephony, with more than 100m lines in operation in January 2007.

Videoconferencing: Changing the way we work

Wed, 07 Mar 2007 12:22:10 GMT

Videoconferencing has come a long way since it was first introduced at the 1964 World Fair in New York.

Wireless: The next frontier of the media and entertainment industry

Wed, 07 Mar 2007 12:23:01 GMT

Media & entertainment companies are already experiencing the impact of new information technologies.