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Court Upholds Fine Over Chinese IT Investment

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The head of He Jian Technology (Suzhou) Co., a contract chip maker based in China, has lost his bid to overturn a fine imposed by the government of Taiwan for illegally investing in China's semiconductor industry.

A spokeswoman for the Taipei High Administrative Court said Hsu Jian Hwa, a Taiwanese national who is He Jian's chairman, must pay the fine of 2 million new Taiwan dollars ($59,800 U.S.) and withdraw his investment in the chip company. However, Hsu can appeal the decision, the spokeswoman said.

The court ruling is another sign of Taiwan's drive to curb illegal investments in China's chip sector. Taiwan's government carefully controls such investments, fearing that they could lead to job losses on the island or that its technology could be used to bolster China's military.

The government levied the fine against Hsu in February, saying that he failed to apply to authorities before investing in He Jian. Hsu was the third Taiwanese national to be fined for making such investments.

--Dan Nystedt, IDG News Service

U.K. Breach May Be Wider Than Expected

LONDON -- Identity thieves may have stolen more government personnel records than first thought as part of a security breach in which the alleged cybercriminals illegally routed tax credits to their bank accounts, British officials said last week.

The breach, disclosed earlier this month by HM Revenue and Customs, the U.K.'s tax authority, forced the shutdown of a tax-credits Web portal. The site remained closed last week as an investigation into the thefts continued.

The U.K. Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) initially said that the identities of about 1,500 of its employees may have been compromised in the breach. That figure is now believed to be higher, a DWP spokeswoman said, although she wouldn't provide a new estimate of the number of affected workers. Investigators are still trying to determine whose records were taken, the spokeswoman said.

--Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service

HCL Wins Services Deal With Integrator in Japan

BANGALORE, India -- HCL Technologies Ltd. last week said it has signed an agreement to provide a variety of offshore IT services to Exa Corp., a systems integrator in Kawasaki, Japan.

The IT work will be done at HCL's software development and services centers in Chennai and Noida, India. As part of the deal, HCL will implement large-scale migration and conversion projects and re-engineer legacy applications for Exa customers.

The Noida-based services firm said it will also develop and maintain manufacturing software for Exa, which is a joint venture of IBM Japan Ltd. and JFE Holdings Inc., a Tokyo-based steel manufacturer.

HCL estimated the contract's value at about $100 million over five years.

In another effort to boost its presence in Japan's IT market, HCL last week officially opened a technology design facility in Noida that was built through a joint venture with NEC Corp.

--John Ribeiro, IDG News Service

Briefly Noted

  • ABN Amro Bank NV and MCI Inc. last week said they have signed a managed IT services contract valued at 500 million euros ($600 million) over five years. MCI will manage the Amsterdam-based bank's LANs and WANs in 25 countries and provide firewall services in 60 nations. Those services were previously managed partly by ABN Amro and through 380 contracts with IT providers.

    --Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service
  • Powerchip Semiconductor Corp. in Hsinchu, Taiwan, said it will

    expand its production of a high-density flash memory chip known as AG-AND for Tokyo-based Renesas Technology Corp. Powerchip Semiconductor already makes 1Gbit

    AG-AND flash chips for Renesas. The new agreement extends production to 4Gbit densities.

    --Dan Nystedt, IDG News Service
  • SAP AG has signed an agreement to resell Mercury Interactive Corp.'s LoadRunner software in an effort to help users optimize the performance and scalability of its business applications. SAP said LoadRunner can be integrated with its Computer Center Management System to automate application load testing.

    --John Blau, IDG News Service

Global Fact: $17.2B

  • Total value of India's software and services exports for the fiscal year that ended March 31, up 34.5% from the previous year.

Source: National Association of Software and Service Companies, New Delhi

Compiled by Mike Bucken.

Copyright © 2005 IDG Communications, Inc.

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