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Stories by Rick Perera
Software company SuSE Linux AG has been forced to stop shipments of its open-source operating system in Germany, after a temporary injunction was issued in a copyright case.
As the clock ticks down to the official introduction of the single European currency, word is out that the new banknotes could eventually contain a high-tech security feature meant to foil counterfeiting.
"May you live in interesting times," says the curse (often said to be of ancient Chinese origin, though scholars dispute that). With all its horror, heartbreak, and occasional highlights, no one can deny that 2001 has been an interesting year, for IT folk as for everyone.
European open-source enthusiasts are welcoming moves by French officials to encourage the use of open standards and open-source software in electronic-government applications.
A German Web site enables users to check whether mobile phones are switched on and within reception range, without informing the phone subscribers who are being checked on.
So far the leading services are not compatible
Internet browser company Opera Software ASA is still not satisfied with Microsoft Corp.'s promises to grant Opera users full access to the MSN.com Web portal.
Linux advocates who have experience offering the open-source operating system to large companies say there's a rosy future in the enterprise market.
Attention IT job hunters: Germany still wants you. Despite waves of layoffs in some parts of the industry, there's a continuing skill shortage in other areas, and the country is preparing to make available a new round of special visas for foreign technology experts.
"It infringes on the rights of the consumer"
The Bundestag, Germany's lower house of parliament, is exploring whether to ditch Microsoft Corp.'s Windows in favor of the open-source Linux operating system, partly due to security concerns.
Nobody said the war was over. When it comes to pop-up and banner advertising on Web sites, tempers run high: Dedicated surfers can't stand the commercial messages, but site operators who depend on advertising revenues want people to see them.
Plans for broadband data networks and new mobile services likely to be scaled back
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