Local initiatives provide 18 exchanges with broadband
Eighteen more exchanges have been equipped with broadband, following joint initiatives involving BT and local organisations and authorities.
The ActNow scheme, which has been very successful in bringing ADSL to areas of Cornwall that might otherwise have been excluded, has announced that the following seven exchanges will be ready for service on 17 December: Callington, Callingford, Lostwithiel, Mevagissey, St Day, St Just and Three Waters.
Elsewhere, partnerships between Regional Development Agencies and BT have led to 11 exchanges in Wales and Leicestershire getting the go-ahead. ...more
Beatles catalogue set for download
Australia's Sydney Morning Herald reports that, having settled a royalties dispute with EMI, the Beatles will now release their tracks for sale as downloads.
'The band will now be free to negotiate with EMI a new royalties deal that extends to online music downloads through services such as the iTunes Music Store,' says the paper.
The Beatles had been in dispute with EMI following an audit of their accounts which indicated that they had been underpaid to
the tune of ?30m in the five years between 1994 and 1999. ...more
Dell to shed 10% of global workforce
Dell has announced plans to cut around 10% of its global workforce over the next year, following the company's dip in first quarter income and drive to restore competitive prices.
The company will shed around 8,800 of its total workforce as part of CEO Michael Dell's plans for a 'transformational drive' in operations, which he said is critical to maintaining value for money for customers.
It is understood the cuts will affect all departments and all regions, including Dell's Irish operations, which employ 4,500 people in Limerick and Cherrywood, near Dublin. ...more
Ask is latest search giant to reach out to the desktop
Ask Jeeves has joined the throng of search giants offering their services on your desktop with its own desktop search tool.
The beta is a free download from http://download.ask. ...more
Novell plugs Microsoft XML format into OpenOffice
One of the first fruits borne out of the collaboration deal between Novell and Microsoft is support for the Office Open XML file format in Novell's version of OpenOffice
By supporting Microsoft's proprietary format, which was introduced with Office 2007, Novell hopes to increase interoperability between Open XML and OpenDocument, the open source file format adopted by OpenOffice.
The two companies will also co-operate on the creation of bi-directional open-source translators between the two formats. The word processing translator to be available by the end of January 2007; additional translators for spreadsheets and presentations will be available later in the year. ...more