Stories by Sumner Lemon

Report: AOL looks to grab PC desktop from Microsoft

In a move that takes advantage of Microsoft's ongoing legal troubles with the US government, America Online (AOL) is offering to pay PC manufacturers to prominently display marketing messages for its Internet service on the Windows operating system desktop, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

AOL investment opens door to Amazon acquisition

Under terms of an agreement to invest US$100 million in Amazon.com, America Online Inc. is allowed to make a friendly bid to acquire the Seattle, Washington-based online retailer if it so desires, according to documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

AOL takes $100M stake in Amazon.com

America Online (AOL) has invested US$100 million in Amazon.com as part of an expanded marketing pact between the online retailer and the Internet service provider.

'Code Red' worm exploits Windows NT flaw

A malicious worm, named Code Red, that exploits a buffer overflow vulnerability in certain configurations of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT and Windows 2000 operating systems is spreading rapidly over the Internet, according to the CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC). As many as 225,000 computers have already been affected, the organization said.

Beijing's Olympic success spurs 3G vision

When athletes from around the world start arriving at Beijing's Capital Airport to take part in the 2008 Olympic Games, they will automatically register their arrival with Olympic officials by turning on 3G (third-generation) cell phones. That is part of a 3G vision for the 2008 games recently laid out by executives at Beijing Mobile Communication Co. Ltd. (BMCC), a subsidiary of the country's dominant cellular operator, China Mobile Communication Co. Ltd.

China has 117M cellular subscribers, says ministry

The number of mobile phone subscribers in mainland China grew 31.5 million, or nearly 37 percent, during the first six months of 2001 to 117 million subscribers, a pace that far outstrips growth in the number of fixed-line subscribers, according to a report released Wednesday by China's Ministry of Information Industry (MII).

Hit by falling sales, AMD to announce lower Q2 results

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) will announce financial results for the second quarter of 2001 after the close of U.S. markets Thursday. Wall Street analysts polled by Thomson Financial/First Call expect the company to report sharply lower earnings.

Nokia joins rivals for wireless gaming standard

Nokia Corp. has joined L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co., Motorola Inc. and Siemens Information and Communication Mobile Group in an effort to develop a wireless gaming standard. On Tuesday, the companies announced the establishment of the Mobile Games Interoperability (MGI) Forum, which is an extension of a similar effort, the Universal Mobile Games Platform (UMGP) initiative, unveiled by Ericsson, Motorola and Siemens in March.

Motorola gets first silicon at Chinese fab

The first working semiconductors have been produced at Motorola Inc.'s Tianjin Integrated Semiconductor Manufacturing Complex in China's northeastern city of Tianjin, the company announced Wednesday.

Nokia, Qualcomm expand CDMA licensing agreement

Nokia Corp. and Qualcomm Inc. have expanded the terms of a 1992 cross-licensing agreement for CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) equipment and components, the companies said in a statement Tuesday.

Chinese student designs open-source ARM processor

First came open-source software, like FreeBSD, Apache and Linux. Now, a Chinese graduate student, Shen Shengyu, is hoping to generate support for the development of open-source hardware with the release of an open-source microprocessor core design -- the primary processing circuitry of a chip -- that is compatible with the widely used ARM family of microprocessors developed by ARM Ltd.

Gartner analyst leaves after adult site scandal

Gartner analyst Joe Sweeney, who used his position to promote an adult Web site of which he was a founder and investor, has left the market research firm, the company confirmed on Monday.