'BE' offers broadband deal of 24mbps; Microsoft pays IBM $775m -- and more tech news briefs

Short takes from this week's technology news

Short takes from this week's technology news


Be to offer Londoners 24mbps broadband

A new internet service provider, Be, plans to offer users in London a 24mbps broadband service by October. The service is based on next-generation ADSL2+ technology, and Be will be the first UK operator to use Alcatel's latest DSlam product, the 7302 Intelligent Services Access Manager.

Microsoft pays IBM $775m to settle case

Microsoft has settled one of its antitrust cases, reaching a settlement with IBM. It has agreed to pay IBM $775m (£440m) for damaging the prospects of its OS/2 PC operating system that once competed with Windows. Microsoft will also extend $75m of software credit to IBM.

Motorola to launch its first Linux-based phone

Motorola will launch its first Linux-based phone, the clamshell E895, towards the end of this year. It uses a version of Linux from MontaVista Software. The company said that half of its phones should be running the open source operating system by the end of 2007.

Butler slams inadequate piecemeal security

The existing "scattergun" approach to IT security, which involves businesses deploying a range of individual protection systems, is "outdated, inefficient, and leaves security holes that are ripe for exploitation", according to a Butler Group report. The Security Management Report calls for users to demand more integrated and manageable products from security suppliers.

Banks draw up data security blueprint

IBM has formed the Data Governance Council with dozens of leading financial companies and other suppliers to develop a blueprint to protect personal data. The Data Governance Council will look to redefine the management of data governance policy, and the enforcement of policy in IT infrastructure, content and organisational behaviour.

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