The euro soared to another record high against the sagging dollar on Wednesday, climbing above ,47 for the first time, while the British pound reached ,10. The 13-nation euro hit ,4730 in afternoon European trading before slipping back to ,4682 -- still well above the ,4554 it bought in New York late on Tuesday.
The euro resumed its record-setting run against the dollar on Tuesday, climbing to ,4153 after a pair of economic reports painted a dismal picture for United States consumers and the ailing home sales market. The strength of the euro drew concern, with Spain's finance minister warning of problems.
For almost two days, millions of customers around the world who depend on the popular online phone service Skype were stymied as they tried to make or receive calls or send instant messages. Although many were angry, analysts say the outage is unlikely to turn customers off or substantially revive demand for traditional land lines.
From a cellphone with just six brightly coloured buttons to one that lets users dictate text messages to a handset that delivers the results of a breathalyser test, manufacturers put their most eye-catching gadgets on display at last week's wireless industry conference.
Microsoft sparred with its rivals on Thursday about how much information it should give them to make servers more compatible as judges questioned both sides about what code could be divulged without giving away trade secrets. The software maker says it has the right to guard its valuable intellectual property.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) turned its eye toward politics and the Middle East on Saturday, with visitors and leaders focusing on Iran's push to develop nuclear power and creating calm in neighbouring Iraq. British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw was set to join United States Senator Saxby Chambliss for a candid dialogue on Iran's increasingly bellicose rhetoric.
The jobs of tomorrow are here today -- there's just going to be a need for many more of them, officials at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting predicted on Wednesday. United States Labour Secretary Elaine Chao said the US has forecast a demand for millions of nurses and health-care workers.
Australians Barry J Marshall and Robin Warren have won the 2005 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for their work on how the bacterium Helicobacter pylori plays a role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease. The coveted award honouring achievements in medical research opened this year's series of prize announcements.
Joseph Rotblat, a physicist who campaigned against nuclear arms and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, has died, his spokesperson said Thursday. He was 96. Rotblat and the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, the group he founded to help rid the world of atomic arms, received the prestigious prize in 1995.
The new cellphone models unveiled at the CeBIT technology show on Wednesday let users do more than just call a friend to catch up. How about sending a brief film clip of you by the fountain in Rome? Or perhaps a picture snapped of the Eiffel Tower with an image quality so fine it could be blown up and put in a 25cm x 35cm frame.
Winning the Nobel Prize in literature not only ensures a writer's legacy, it's also a ready-made pulpit to tout ideas and opinions. But this year's winner, Austrian Elfriede Jelinek, is absent from the annual festivities. Jelinek maintained from the day she won the prize that she had no plans to attend the award ceremony on Friday.