Government launches online child safety campaign
The Government has announced it will begin a new advertising campaign warning of the dangers to children when online and on mobile phones.
Previous campaigns have proved effective, with a decrease from 40 per cent to 27 per cent of
children who use chat rooms and instant messaging willing to give out their email address. Nearly two thirds of parent now monitor or advise their children on their online activities and three-qharters of children can recall having been
given safety advice. ...more
IBM embroiled in Holocaust compensation argument
IBM has been criticised by the head of a Holocaust compensation panel for delaying attempts to compensate victims from the Nazi era.
The Associated Press reports that Lawrence Eagleburger, the chairman of the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims has criticised IBM over a dispute that has arisen over unpaid bills involving a similar, but unrelated, compensation group.
At issue is the supply of specialist software to help match the thousands of names of Holocaust victims against
historical records of insurance policy holders. ...more
Virgin doubles cable broadband to 20Mbit
Virgin Media, the newly rebranded cable operator, has confirmed that it will double its top-tier cable broadband service to 20Mbit from its current 10Mbit limit.
The upgrade, which will be completed network-wide by June this year assuming no capacity or infrastructure problems are encountered, will catapult the company's broadband offering ahead of the various ADSL-based rival services on offer. At best, users can expect service up to 16Mbit over standard ADSL connections at present. ...more
Facebook schools success with iTunes giveaway
The world's number two social networking site is giving away 250 million iTunes downloads in a back-to-school promotion.
Facebook will hand out one million sampler packs each week for 10 weeks, each pack containing 25 songs pre-selected from a variety of genres.
The site currently has around 13 million unique users, around a quarter of the figure for the leading networking site, MySpace. ...more
Microsoft betas its long awaited MSN search engine
Microsoft has opened up a beta version of its long awaited MSN search engine. However, don't expect anything radical just yet as it still appears to be based on the existing d Inktomi results of its current MSN search.
The MSN search beta is not in a state to challenge Google at the moment. ...more