Stories by Joris Evers

BT may sell Japan, Spain stakes to Vodafone

British Telecommunications PLC (BT) is in talks to sell its interests in Japan Telecom Co. including its stake in the mobile division J-Phone Communications Co. Ltd. to rival Vodafone Group PLC. The discussions also include Vodafone acquiring BT's stake in Spain's Airtel Moviles SA, BT and Vodafone confirmed Tuesday.

Ericsson, Nokia, Motorola team on mobile IM

Ericsson, Nokia and Motorola on Thursday announced the creation of the Wireless Village initiative, a joint project established to define and promote a set of universal specifications for mobile instant messaging and presence services.

Dutch government turns to biometrics to ID immigrants

In its search for effective measures against "look-a-like" fraud where passports and other documents are illegally shared, the Dutch government is turning to biometrics. Trials involving scanning of irises of eyes and faces will start in June.

Siemens mobile cuts 2,000 jobs

Siemens AG will terminate its relationship with 2,000 temporary workers in response to a slowing demand for mobile telephones, the company confirmed Wednesday.

Security holes found in Alcatel ADSL modems

Weak security in high-speed ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) modems from Alcatel SA could allow hackers to shut down the device, monitor data flows, and use it for cyber attacks, computer security experts said.

Report: Marconi to cut jobs, issue profits warning

U.K. telecommunications equipment maker Marconi PLC is to slash 3,000 jobs, around 6 percent of its workforce, and issue an earnings warning, according to a report in the Monday edition of the Financial Times newspaper.

CIOs under threat from new challengers

Fresh in the Top Five of headaches for chief information officers (CIOs) after "How do I spend my information technology (IT) budget wisely?" is "How long will I keep my job?" according to analysts at Gartner Group Inc.

RealNetworks widens lead over Windows Media Player

Benefiting from a software bundling deal announced in July with America Online (AOL) RealNetworks . last year widened its lead over rival Microsoft . in the media player arena, according to market researcher Jupiter Media Metrix.

Microsoft launches second worldwide piracy hunt

In an effort to cleanse the Web of pirated products, Microsoft Corp. announced Monday that it has launched "a second global Internet sweep." Since the start of the first operation last August, nearly five million units of counterfeit Microsoft hardware and software with an estimated retail value of over US$1.7 billion were seized worldwide, according to a company statement.

UMTS will eclipse GPRS before its peak

The GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) mobile phone networks being launched across Europe will never be used to full capacity, as handset makers are sluggish with mobile phone development, according to market research firm Gartner Group Inc.