China is to ban its vast bureaucracy from using Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 2000 software. It will favour a home grown system known as "Red Flag", a Chinese operating system based on the rival Linux platform.
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The policy is designed to save billions of pounds. Chinese state-backed software experts have alleged that Windows contains a 'back door' allowing information to flow to Microsoft when a computer is logged onto the Internet, jeopardising government security.
The British Institute for Brain Injured Children has established a toner recycling scheme that will raise money for its research. At present more than six million toner cartridges are used in computer printers each year in the UK, of which about 50% end up in landfill sites where they will take millennia to biodegrade.
The BIBIC scheme will collect and recycle toner cartridges and small inkjet cartridges. For more information call 01278 684060.
Two MIT artificial-intelligence experts, Patrick Winston and Borris Katz experts are suing the Ask Jeeves web site, because they allege Ask Jeeves relies on software tools that were stolen from them.
They accuse Ask Jeeves of violating patent laws by using natural-language systems patented by Katz and Winston in 1994 and 1995.
Katz and Winston are asking for an injunction preventing the company from using the Internet search products and financial damages.