Stories by Peter Sayer

Sony to cut 10,000 jobs

Sony has issued an earnings warning and says it will cut 10,000 jobs and a number of product models over the next few years as it reorganises its electronics division in an effort to reduce costs.

Sasser worm creator sentenced by German court

A German teenager who confessed to creating the Sasser computer worm has been found guilty of three counts of computer sabotage and four counts of data manipulation, and given a suspended sentence of 21 months.

Attackers seek vulnerable Veritas Backup installations

Attackers are already exploiting security flaws reported by Veritas Software last week in its remote backup agent to take control of computers running the software, according to the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT). It urged users of the software, Veritas Backup Exec Remote Agent for Windows Servers, to apply a security patch issued by Veritas.

Reports: Microsoft in talks to buy adware developer

Microsoft has been discussing the possibility of buying a developer of adware, Claria, according to reports published in US newspapers Thursday. However, the deal is in danger of falling through, in part because of concerns about how such a move would be seen by the public, the reports said.

Oracle appoints new President and CFO

Oracle Corp. appointed Gregory Maffei, a former Microsoft Corp. executive, as president. He will also take on the role of chief financial officer (CFO) from July, the company said Friday.

Sony Ericsson plans Walkman phone

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB will unveil a mobile phone-cum-digital music player early next month, company President Miles Flint announced at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes on Monday.

Paris city authority hedges bets on Linux move

The city of Paris intends to reduce its dependence on software suppliers with "de facto monopolies," but considers an immediate switch of its 17,000 desktops to open source software too costly, it said Wednesday.

Europeans will help China build open source platform

China's project to build an open computing platform got a boost Saturday as two European companies added their weight to a January agreement between China's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and France's atomic energy authority, the Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (CEA).