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From: newsfox.com
Subject: newsfox.digest
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 22:09:13 +0100 (CET)

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News of the day
Message digest by newsfox from 02/11/2003
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 1. S&T WINS EUR 2 MILLION UKRAINIAN RAILWAY PROJECT 
    New server platform and network infrastructure to be implemented 
    (pts030211011)

 2. e-Democracy in Europe 
    Greek Presidency launches online voting forum 
    (pte030211014)

 3. Alcatel acquires iMagicTV 
    Partners hope to improve integrated IP based video solutions 
    (pte030211020)

 4. Philips records losses in the billions 
    Electronics group blames asset depreciation and weak dollar 
    (pte030211025)

 5. EU plans cyber security agency 
    Organisation to act as hub between member states 
    (pte030211033)

 6. Calculate your risk of heart attack 
    German study offers simple points system 
    (pte030211037)

 7. Microsoft faces new EU antitrust complaint 
    European trade group requests sanctions from EC 
    (pte030211040)

 8. Germany freezes support for satellite project 
    Germans claim the joint "David" satellite was for espionage 
    (pte030211045)

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   S&T WINS EUR 2 MILLION UKRAINIAN RAILWAY PROJECT
   New server platform and network infrastructure to be implemented

   Vienna, Austria (pts, Feb 11, 2003 09:10) - S&T System Integration &
   Technology Distribution AG (NASDAQ Europe: SNTS, XETRA: SYA, OTC: STSQY),
   a leading IT service provider in Central and Eastern Europe, today
   announced that it has been selected by Ukrzaliznytsia, Ukrainian
   Railways, to provide IT solutions for two of the six regional railway
   divisions of the company.

   S&T will set up a new server platform and network infrastructure in order
   to update the existing automation system for the ticket issuing process.
   The solution is designed to maximize availability and reliability of the
   system. This project, which utilizes technologies based on UNIX-servers
   from Hewlett-Packard, networking equipment from Cisco and back-up
   software from Veritas is valued at more than EUR 2 million.

   Karl Tantscher, CEO of S&T, commented: "We are very excited to be chosen
   together with our partner Ukrainian Business Information Service as the
   provider of this important project. S&T’s track record of reliability and
   high availability enabled us to win this contract and we are confident
   that we will continue this trend by successfully delivering the desired
   solutions.”

   Ukrzaliznytsia decided to work with S&T and its partner Ukrainian
   Business Information Service on this project because they believe the
   company is one of the leading IT service providers with great experience
   in the region and an important local presence in Ukraine. The successful
   pilot runs confirmed Ukrzaliznytsia’s decision to choose S&T for full
   implementation.

   The implementation is underway and S&T expects to carry out similar
   projects for the other regional railways of Ukrzaliznytsia.

   About S&T
   S&T is one of the leading providers of IT solutions to customers in 16
   countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey. S&T offers IT
   consultancy services, develops and implements tailor-made IT solutions
   and provides 24-hour service and consultancy. S&T has the specialised
   knowledge of backup and disaster recovery functions required for highly
   critical applications. S&T focuses on meeting the needs of large and
   medium-size enterprises, in particular those in the telecoms, banking,
   energy, public authorities and health sectors. http://www.snt.at

   For further information, please contact:
   Karl Tantscher, Chief Executive Officer
   E-mail: address@hidden
   +43(0)1-367-8088

   Markus Klampfer, Corporate Communications
   +43 (0) 1-367-8088-29
   address@hidden

   S&T SYSTEM INTEGRATION & TECHNOLOGY DISTRIBUTION AG, Gunoldstrasse 16,
   A-1190 Vienna, Austria
   (end)
    
   Submitter: s&t System Integration & Technology Distribution AG
   
   Contact: Markus Klampfer,
   E-Mail: address@hidden,
   Phone: +43 (0) 1-367-8088-29

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   http://www.pressetext.com/pte.mc?pte=030211014

   e-Democracy in Europe
   Greek Presidency launches online voting forum

   Athens (pte, Feb 11, 2003 10:06) - Over the next six months, the Greek
   Presidency of the EU Council will be hosting a series of interactive
   e-democracy projects on the Internet http://evote.eu2003.gr/index_en.asp.

   The project is designed to give European citizens a chance to voice their
   opinions on pan-European issues and European initiatives at the upper EU
   government level – much like Vote.com in the United States
   http://www.vote.com.

   The initiative began yesterday with an ‘e-vote’ online questionnaire
   asking Europeans for their views on several important issues. After
   completing the questionnaire, users could compare their views to those of
   citizens of other EU countries and ten future member states.

   Each month, a new vote will be launched on a topical issue. An additional
   section focuses on the six main priorities of the Greek Presidency:
   enlargement, the future of Europe, the EU‘s role in the world,
   immigration and asylum, the Lisbon process and sustainable development.

   Parallel polls will ask Europeans for their views on current affairs and
   international developments.

   But in addition to giving Europeans a sense of what their neighbours
   think, the site also tries to establish direct contact between European
   citizens and their leaders. According to the organisers, the results of
   each e-voting session will be presented to European leaders before issues
   are discussed at summits and council meetings.

   The official statement issued by the Greek Presidency
   http://www.eu2003.gr/en/cat/0/index.asp? claims the site should give
   Europeans "the opportunity to actively participate in the democratic
   process and make their views heard at the highest level”.
   (end)
    
   Submitter: pressetext.europe
   
   Contact: Astrid Nolte,
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   Phone: + 43 – 1 – 811 40 – 319

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   http://www.pressetext.com/pte.mc?pte=030211020

   Alcatel acquires iMagicTV
   Partners hope to improve integrated IP based video solutions

   Paris (pte, Feb 11, 2003 10:53) - French end-to-end communications
   provider Alcatel http://www.alcatel.com/ has purchased all outstanding
   shares in Canadian software designer iMagicTV http://www.imagictv.com/.
   The French company had previously owned about 16 per cent of the publicly
   held software company. According to Alcatel, the transaction has an
   implied equity value of about EUR 28 million.

   iMagicTV designs software products that enable telephone companies and
   other service providers to deliver multi-channel television and
   interactive media services across high-speed broadband networks.
   Commenting on the deal, iMagicTV president and CEO Gerry Pond said: "By
   joining forces with Alcatel, our customers benefit by being able to work
   with a single partner who can deliver a tightly integrated and
   comprehensive IP based video solution.”

   Alan Mottram, President of Alcatel’s Fixed Solutions Activity, has called
   the acquisition "an exciting step as we grow our ability to work
   alongside our customers to increase their service revenues and
   profitability”.

   Prior to the deal, Alcatel and iMagicTV had been working together on
   numerous developments of DSL television projects for Alcatel clients.

   Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries. In 2002 it reported sales of
   EUR 16.5 billion. The group’s self-proclaimed aim is to boost broadband
   growth across the globe. A significant part of this growth is to come
   from value added services offered to residential consumers through
   various terminals (PCs, game consoles, TV sets, digital cameras and music
   devices), as well as a broad range of personalised on-demand applications
   such as audio-visual entertainment, home security, on-line gaming or
   tele-education.
   (end)
    
   Submitter: pressetext.europe
   
   Contact: Astrid Nolte,
   E-Mail: address@hidden,
   Phone: + 43 – 1 – 811 40 – 319

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   http://www.pressetext.com/pte.mc?pte=030211025

   Philips records losses in the billions
   Electronics group blames asset depreciation and weak dollar

   Amsterdam (pte, Feb 11, 2003 11:42) - Netherlands based electronics group
   Philips http://www.philips.com has closed its fiscal year 2002 with
   enormous losses.

   After registering losses of over two million euros in the previous year,
   Philips today reported further losses of over three billion euros.
   Turnover decreased by two per cent to EUR 31.82 billion. Philips has
   attributed last year’s poor results to the weak dollar and asset
   depreciation of up to EUR 3.26 billion.

   Before amortisation, Europe’s leader in entertainment electronics would
   have achieved profits of up to EUR 208m. Contributing most to the
   negative results were the group’s stakes in Atos Origin, LG Philips
   Displays and Vivendi/Seagram, leading to a depreciation of EUR 1.34
   billion in the fourth quarter. Had this not been the case, net profits in
   the fourth quarter would have totalled EUR 58m.

   Philips expects more difficulties in the current year. Philips boss
   Gerard Kleisterlee said: "The economic outlook continues to be
   characterised by insecurities”. To minimize the damage, Kleiterlee says
   the group plans to focus on cost and debt reduction. He did not comment
   on whether there would be another round of lay-offs this year.

   Since his election to head of the company, Kleisterlee has reduced jobs
   by 15 per cent, sold several unprofitable subsidiaries and initiated a
   debt-control scheme. At the end of 2002, Philips employed 170,087 staff
   around the world.
   (end)
    
   Submitter: pressetext.europe
   
   Contact: Astrid Nolte,
   E-Mail: address@hidden,
   Phone: + 43 – 1 – 811 40 – 319

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   http://www.pressetext.com/pte.mc?pte=030211033

   EU plans cyber security agency
   Organisation to act as hub between member states

   Brussels (pte, Feb 11, 2003 12:30) - The European Commission
   http://www.europa.int (EC) has announced plans to create a "European
   Network and Information Security Agency”. As a central location for
   issues such as computer crime and security in e-commerce, the agency
   should provide a link between member states and European political
   organs.

   The EU further hopes the organisation will support each member’s computer
   emergency response team and ease the coordination of security initiatives
   with third states.

   EU Commissioner for the Information Society Erkii Liikanen said: "The EU
   will profit from the better coordination among member states. Such
   coordination is of fundamental importance for the secure functioning of
   networks and information systems in Europe.”

   Internet security has been deemed one of the most urgent issues in the
   European community. As Internet use increases and other electronic forms
   of communication appear, EU representatives warn that the demand for
   security measures will only increase.

   However the new organisation should not act as a law enforcement agency.
   It should mainly be a place of coordination and consulting.

   The EC will decide whether to go forward with the proposal for a cyber
   security agency during its session in Strasbourg today. The Ministerial
   Council will then have six months to decide where the new agency will be
   located.
   (end)
    
   Submitter: pressetext.europe
   
   Contact: Astrid Nolte,
   E-Mail: address@hidden,
   Phone: + 43 – 1 – 811 40 – 319

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   http://www.pressetext.com/pte.mc?pte=030211037

   Calculate your risk of heart attack
   German study offers simple points system

   Hamburg (pte, Feb 11, 2003 12:54) - German scientists have worked out a
   new system to estimate the long term risk of heart attack in individuals.

   Presented today in Hamburg, the three-pronged method is based on data
   from the German Prospective Cardiovascular Münster (PROCAM) study carried
   out the University of Münster http://www.uni-muenster.de.

   During the study, three new procedures were developed to calculate
   individual risk of heart attack based on factors such as blood pressure,
   smoking habits and age.

   The first is the PROCAM risk score, which calculates the risk of heart
   attack for the moment when the data are entered and allows users to see
   which risk factors have the most influence on their personal outlook. The
   second, known as the PROCAM risk calculator, is more suited to assessing
   the lowering of risk during treatment. And the third procedure, which
   involves "neuronal networks”, is by far the most time-consuming as it
   sends the results by e-mail within a week.

   The international working group for the prevention of coronary heart
   disease has placed the new calculator, along with the group’s
   recommendations, on the web at http://www.chd-taskforce.com.
   (end)
    
   Submitter: pressetext.europe
   
   Contact: Astrid Nolte,
   E-Mail: address@hidden,
   Phone: + 43 – 1 – 811 40 – 319

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   http://www.pressetext.com/pte.mc?pte=030211040

   Microsoft faces new EU antitrust complaint
   European trade group requests sanctions from EC

   Brussels (pte, Feb 11, 2003 13:45) - European rivals of Microsoft Corp.,
   the world’s largest software maker, have launched a fresh antitrust
   offensive at the European Commission (EC) http://europa.eu.int level,
   accusing Microsoft of unfairly using its Windows operating system to
   enter new markets.

   Several European companies and subsidiaries of Microsoft’s competitors
   have joined together in a trade group, which includes Nokia, Eastman
   Kodak, NTT Communications, Sun Microsystems and Oracle. They have urged
   the EC to sanction Microsoft for using Windows to break into new markets,
   in particular the field of music and video-editing software.

   The complaint specifically alleges that Microsoft used the newest version
   of it s operating system, Windows XP, to strengthen its monopoly.

   Computer and Communications Industry Association President Ed Black told
   Bloomberg: ``We've laid out a very strong case as to why Microsoft's
   continued illegal behavior is a serious threat to competition and harmful
   to consumers, and why it's something which calls out for effective
   remedies.''

   Microsoft already faces a potential European Union fine for abusing the
   dominant position of Windows, which runs 90 percent of the world's
   personal computers. Competition Commissioner Mario Monti intends to rule
   on that case by June.
   (end)
    
   Submitter: pressetext.europe
   
   Contact: Astrid Nolte,
   E-Mail: address@hidden,
   Phone: + 43 – 1 – 811 40 – 319

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   http://www.pressetext.com/pte.mc?pte=030211045

   Germany freezes support for satellite project
   Germans claim the joint "David" satellite was for espionage

   Berlin (pte, Feb 11, 2003 15:30) - The EU Fourth Framework Programme for
   R&D granted €2.3 million for the commercial satellite, renamed Diamant.
   Sources inform "Globes” http://www.globes.co.il that the German
   government has frozen its support for the David remote sensing satellite,
   also known as Diamant, which is being jointly developed with Israel. The
   Germans are concerned the satellite will be used for espionage.
   http://www.fuchs-gruppe.com/eo/msrs/index.html

   The project began in 1995 as a civilian remote sensing satellite. The
   Israel Space Agency signed an agreement with its German counterpart, the
   DAR. The satellite is designed has 5-meter resolution and a unique 12
   spectral band capability. El-Op Electro-Optics Industries
   http://www.el-op.co.il/ and OHB will jointly design the camera.

   Germany and Israel conducted a feasibility study for the civilian remote
   sensing satellite, which was approved. A team of Israeli scientists
   determined the satellite’s operational features. Germany’s former
   minister of science denied reports that the satellite was intended for
   espionage, but the German chancellor cancelled government support for the
   project.

   OHB continued development with El-Op and the Israeli Space Agency. The EU
   Fourth Framework Programme for R&D later provided a €2.3 million grant.
   Britain’s Ordinance Survey also provided support, while El-Op matched the
   EU’s grant.

   Israel Space Agency chairman Yuval Neeman confirmed to "Globes” that
   Germany had suspended support for the project. "El-Op built a special
   telescope,” said Neeman, "but the Germans had a problem. They claimed the
   satellite was for espionage and got cold feet. The project is now in
   suspended animation.”

   El-Op director of space operations Avi Blasberger said the telescope met
   all the parties’ expectations, and the technology developed for the
   satellite was being used in other company projects.
   (end)
    
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