Stories by Joris Evers

European B2B e-biz growth slower than expected

Despite a growth rate of 294 percent to 81 billion euros (US$71.8 billion), European business-to-business (B2B) electronic commerce isn't ramping up as fast as expected, market researcher Gartner Group said Thursday.

Europe can learn from US dot-com failures

Although Europe won't escape the effects of the US economic slowdown, the scene in the US presents a learning opportunity for the Europeans, according to market research firm Gartner Group Inc.

Fujitsu Siemens sees profit, focuses on mobility

After surviving periods of "shock and hype" and passing through a "valley of tears," Fujitsu Siemens Computers BV is in a "growth and profit phase," company President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Paul Stodden said here Thursday. Stodden, who joined Fujitsu Siemens in April last year, said the company experienced a "tremendous turnaround" in the second half of its first full fiscal year ending March 31.

Lucent signs US$5B 3G deal with Verizon

Lucent Technologies Inc. on Monday announced a three-year, US$5 billion deal with Verizon Wireless Inc. to supply 3G (third generation) mobile telephony equipment.

Homemade CDs out perform factory-made discs

CDs burned at home can be of better quality than those pressed in a factory, according to Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV. The Dutch Electronics giant will unveil next week at CeBIT its Thermo Balanced Writing (TBW) technology, which optimizes the burn process and ensures the integrity of data written to CDs (compact discs).

Access to Internet domain databases to be simplified

Experts have recommended that access to the Internet's Whois service that allows users to look up ownership information on Internet domain names in the .com, org and .net TLDs (top-level domains) be made simpler.

Amazon unit loses credit card data to hackers

Amazon.com Inc. subsidiary Bibliofind.com said Monday that hackers stole the company's customer records, including credit card information, according to a report in the online edition of The Wall Street Journal published Tuesday.

Microsoft wraps up Office XP

Microsoft Corp. announced Monday that it has released the final code of Office XP, the successor to Office 2000, to manufacturing.

Study: Many still lax on securing DNS

Companies rushed to upgrade DNS (Domain Name System) software after warnings were issued in late January about a flaw in widely used DNS software. In the past weeks, however, upgrading has come to a halt, concludes Iceland-based DNS consultancy and software firm Men & Mice.