News@5: HP Not Developing Windows Phone 7 Smartphones & BT SmartPaint Combats Cable Thieves

The BBC has been directed by the government to check the impact its web services are having on private competitors operating in the UK media market. He said that the corporation must ensure that it does not upset competition in the wider market.

Two UK Police forces are trialling the Criminal Reduction Utilising Statistical History (Crush) prediction software in a bid to reduce crimes in the region. The move follows a successful trial by US state police in Memphis, Tennessee. The trial saw a reduction in crime in the region of 31 per cent.

A report released by ABI Research estimates that around 11 million tablet devices will be sold in 2010 alone, signalling further growth in the newly emerging market. The company said that by 2013, media tablets will become a fully-fledged mass market product, comparable to mobile phones.

IT giant Hewlett-Packard has said it will not be making smartphones based on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 7 operating system. Todd Bradley, executive vice president at HP, announced that the comapny will not develop smartphones using Microsoft's new OS.

BT has launched a new drive to combat the rise in the theft of cables used in telephone networks across the UK. In attempt to reduce the thefts and make it easier for the police to track down the metal thieves, BT has decided to embed its wires with SmartPaint.