Shares in Cable & Wireless dropped 10 per cent yesterday as it warned on profits and announced that Francesco Caio, its chief executive, was to leave in the midst of a reorganisation.

News about the reorganisation, which will see the company divided into two units, one UK and one international, is set to fan the flames of speculation about a takeover of the operator.

I’m travelling down to London to have a meeting with C&W tomorrow at our HQ. This is interesting news as I was interested how C&W was going to cope with the take over of Energis. Now it looks like they’ve split off C&W UK which will basically be Energis as was. [via]

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Arguing about how to bring computing to the poor

Scoble’s adding to the debate on bringing computing to the poor.

They’d rather have a cell phone than a big computer

I’m going to put my sceptics hat on here, but is this debate really about bringing computing to the poor or enabling a new market. We know there are 1 billion PC’s but there are already 2 billion mobile phones, so it’s a much larger market and one that’s growing every day.

But coming back to the PC or Mobile debate, I’ve always been a person that has put web surfing off until I get to my PC, but my new (ahem.. scoble) phone is just as capable at surfing the web as my PC, (bloglines, Gmail etc the mobile versions anyway) as my PC. I really think that the mobile will overtake the PC as the device that most people use to surf the web, the stats already show that browsing is a key app of a phone.

We also know that Google is looking how to make money in the mobile arena. So I would have thought that all the big players (Yahoo, MSN and Google) are trying to muscle in on the mobile space, which is why we’re seeing things such as this.

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The IT Crowd is online, thanks to Channel 4

The high-rise towers of Reynholm Industries are full of go-getters, success stories, and winners… apart from in the basement. While their beautiful colleagues work in fantastic surroundings, Jen, Roy and Moss lurk below ground, scorned and mocked by their co-workers as geeky losers, doomed never to make it back into normal society

So says the introduction to Channel 4’s new sitcom, The IT Crowd. The episode that is to be screened on the 3rd of February is available to watch online now. [via]

I haven’t watch it yet (it’s downloading behind this) but I’m sure it’s full of the standard geek jokes. But as I’m often called a “techie”, even though I’ve been a manager for nearly 4 years, I’m sure it’ll be fun. But it’s a bit lame it’s instantly available for download straight off in iPod format.or available in iTunes for that matter.

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originally uploaded by Rob Evans.

I took this travelling on the Eurostar last Thursday evening to Paris. It wasn’t exactly what I’d invisaged. It was like a step back into the seventies.

On the plus side it was quick and you are able to work for the entire two and a half hour journey time.

Slacker Manager likes FolderShare

Slacker Manager is impressed with FolderShare.

Wow. I just tried out FolderShare this evening and it rocks. ROCKS! I don’t know where I’ve been that I hadn’t heard of this before, but it is super useful (and free!)

I guess it may work for people that aren’t familiar with FTP. It’s a shame it doesn’t use bittorrent technology to actualy shift the bit’s around. [via]

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The Year’s 10 Best Intranets

IBM’s intranet — known inside the company as the “w3 On Demand Workplace,” — has been selected as one of “The Year’s 10 Best Intranets” by the Nielsen Norman Group, a user experience research firm that advises companies on human-centered product and service design. IBM is the only information technology company recognized in this year’s report. [via]

It’s a pretty cool tool, that I use every day without fail. There is blog’s, wiki’s early adopter schemes all sorts of stuff…very cool.

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Sarin’s outsourcing plan to save Vodafone £300m

VODAFONE is considering a large technology-outsourcing deal that could save the mobile-phone company £300m a year. According to industry sources, IBM is the favourite to win a contract that could take in billing, software development and customer-relationship management.

I know we’re competing for this, can’t say anymore than that (ie. what you already know) [via]

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