The U.K.'s Inland Revenue department accidentally deleted almost 1 million taxpayer records from the years 1997 to 2000 because of an error in the way it maintained its databases, according to a report published Thursday.
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Using a mobile phone for 10 years does not significantly increase the risk of developing a tumor, according to a new study from the U.K.'s Institute of Cancer Research.
The investigation was the biggest to date that has studied the relationship between mobile phones and a type of tumor that occurs close to the ear called an acoustic neuroma, according to the study's authors.
Intelsat Ltd. has agreed to acquire satellite communications rival PanAmSat Holding Corp. for US$3.2 billion in cash, creating an industry heavyweight that will have 53 satellites covering 220 countries.
Both companies provide broadband Internet, telephony and video services. Intelsat has historically been strongest in voice and data, while PanAmSat is a big provider of video services to cable TV companies, including Cable News Network and MTV. That makes their businesses complementary, they said.
Finland called on its citizens to take more care securing their Wi-Fi networks after it emerged this week that about Euro 200,000 (US$245,400) had been stolen from a local bank using an unprotected home network.
London's network of closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras may help investigators track down those responsible for the terrorist bomb attacks Thursday, which have left more than 50 people dead and several hundred injured, police said Friday.
Oracle has reported a big jump in revenue for its fiscal fourth quarter, driven by its merger with PeopleSoft and strong sales from all product categories.
Revenue for the period, which ended May 31, came in at US$3.88 billion, up 26 percent from a year ago. Sales of new applications licenses were especially strong, growing 52 percent to $350 million, the company said.
Fresh from its takeover of PeopleSoft, Oracle was recently in discussions about the possibility of buying out another applications rival, Siebel Systems, although the talks are no longer active, according to published reports.
Forty years after he coined the most famous law in computing, Gordon Moore still has a few words of advice for the industry.
Researchers at HP have created a molecular-scale device that they say could one day replace the transistors used in today's computer chips.
Comments from a U.K. industry analyst have added to speculation that Google is planning to offer a voice-over-Internet Protocol (VOIP) telephony service.
Oracle Corp. has acknowledged the existence of multiple security holes in its database software and said it plans to issue a security alert shortly. The U.K. security expert who found the holes criticized Oracle's conduct, saying that it has been sitting on patches that would fix the holes for about two months.
Red Hat is set to release its first Java application server at the LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco, broadening its business beyond the Linux open source operating system, industry sources said.
Red Hat Application Server will be sold on a subscription basis with services and support, in a similar pricing model to that which Red Hat uses for its Linux OS, according to the sources. Pricing is likely to also be announced Monday.
MediaLive International Inc. said on Wednesday that it is cancelling this year's Comdex trade show because of a lack of support from the industry's biggest IT vendors.
BEA Systems plans to release the source code for part of its WebLogic Workshop Java development environment, a move that it hopes will spur wider use of the product and eventually steer more customers toward its WebLogic family of Java server software, the company said Wednesday.
Oracle has launched a new version of Oracle Sales, part of its E-Business Suite of applications, that includes a module designed to help sales representatives create new sales proposals more quickly.
The new module in Oracle Sales, called Oracle Proposals, is meant to reduce the time it takes a sales representative to draft a proposal by offering templates that generate customer-ready proposals, Wookey said.