Marks & Spencer launches website in collaboration with Amazon -- and more news briefs

Short takes from this week's news

Short takes from this week's news

Marks & Spencer signs Amazon to host website

Marks & Spencer has signed an agreement with Amazon Services Europe to host and provide the technology for its branded website and its in-store telephone ordering and customer services systems. M&S will retain responsibility for managing the website, customer service operations, warehousing and distribution. The first phase of the work should be complete in summer 2006.

University sets up PLM centre of excellence

The UK's first centre of excellence in product lifecycle management is to be established at the Technium Auto project at Swansea University. Technium Auto will provide small and medium-sized Welsh automotive businesses with an opportunity to use IBM PLM software and IBM eServer systems.

Survey shows PC users don't update security

Lloyds TSB's internet banking arm is urging customers to step up their PC security after research revealed that more than 50% of PCs and laptops have been infected with a virus. In a survey of 1,400 people, 75% of PC owners said they were worried about viruses; 10% had never updated their anti-virus software, and 25% said they had only updated it "once or twice".

Quarter of SMEs have no formal IT strategy

Twenty-four per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises do not have a formal IT strategy, a survey by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales has found. And out of 400 senior finance professionals questioned, only 39% said they had a formal procedure to measure return on IT investment.

Patch for Realplayer buffer overflow released

RealNetworks has released a security patch for its media player to stop hackers running their own code on users' machines via a buffer overflow attack. The flaw has been classed as "highly critical" by security research company Secunia, and affects most recent versions of RealNetworks' Real Player software for Windows and Mac.

For the record

Harvey Nicholls is running its Merret merchandise system on IBM's i5/OS operating system, not on Unix as reported in the 19 April issue of Computer Weekly.

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