... worth noting 25/4/03



:: Verizon has promised to continue its fight to refuse to reveal the identity of one of its punters accused of pirating music, claming the matter could have a 'chilling effect' on Internet users. It made the stand for online privacy as a US judge upheld an earlier decision forcing Verizon to hand over the information. Verizon has 14 days to surrender the data although it's embarking on a last-ditch appeal to try and get the decision blocked.

:: AOL Time Warner has signed up with the Symbian partner program, which it says will help it contribute its content catalogue, along with AOL and ICQ messaging, and T9 text input, to Symbian-based phones. It's hoping to effectively deploy a broad range of media and entertainment content to Symbian licensees who manufacture over 75% of the world's mobile phones sold today.

:: Online auction site eBay has overtaken Amazon to become the top e-commerce site in the UK, a survey from Internet ratings firm Nielsen//NetRatings. It said eBay's UK site had increased its audience by more than 160% since March 2002 to just more than 6m people. Over the same period Amazon's UK site saw its audience rise 40% to 5.2m. The study also found that visitors to eBay spent an average of one hour 11 minutes perusing goods.

:: Twentieth Century Fox is planning its first video email campaign to promote the release of its new film X-Men 2, which will be showing at cinemas from 1 May. The film distributor has commissioned design agency Empire Design to create a series of exclusive video emails to promote the film. The emails will be delivered to registered users and X-Men fans, providing them with an exclusive preview of the film that will not be used in any other UK promotions.

:: Taiwanese hardware maker Via Technologies and US-based PC maker Mini-Box has unveiled a tiny desktop computer featuring an embedded Linux operating system. The Mini-Box M-100, a general-purpose computer built around Via's EPIA Mini-ITX mainboard, is 20 cm by 4.4 cm by 22cm in size and weights 1 kg. Besides desktop use, it can also be used 'embedded'- housed within a larger machine to perform a specific computing task. Slightly larger and heavier than a CD-ROM drive found on a standard desktop, it may not be the smallest desktop computer on the market, but is likely the smallest based on a standard mainboard design; other tiny PCs use specially-designed, one-off mainboards.