Global Dispatches: Gateway to Buy Packard Bell

Gateway Plans to Buy Packard Bell

WIJCHEN, The Netherlands Gateway Inc. last week agreed to acquire PC maker Packard Bell BV, which is based here, for an undisclosed sum.

Gateway had been first in line to buy Packard Bells parent firm, PB Holdings Co., under a 2006 agreement with John Hui, PBs majority owner. Hui had sold privately held eMachines Inc. to Gateway in 2004.

Gateway said the acquisition will be funded by Taipei-based Acer Inc., which in August announced plans to buy Gateway for $710 million.

The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2008. -- Agam Shah, IDG News Service

Australia Launches Infrastructure Plan

CANBERRA, Australia The Australian government last week launched a critical- infrastructure protection system that was created to improve national responsiveness to major infrastructure outages.

Work on the $20 million Australian ($18.1 million U.S.) Critical Infrastructure Protection Modeling and Assessment (CIPMA) program was started in 2005 by government research agencies and the office of Attorney General Philip Ruddock.

The CIPMA database collates operational data from the banking and finance, communications, energy and water industries, said Greg Scott, technical development team leader at Geoscience Australia, a government agency that oversees geoscience and geospatial research.

Scott said analysis of the data in the system could help government agencies and utilities identify where to build extra backup and where weaknesses exist. -- Darren Pauli, Computerworld Australia

Briefly Noted

Google Inc. last week acquired Helsinki, Finland-based Jaiku Ltd., maker of Jaiku Mobile, a software application that lets mobile phone users post and browse short messages called jaikus. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. -- Linda Rosencrance

Page compiled by Mike Bucken.

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