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The Chinese government will buy 100 IBM eServer p5 servers with a price tag of more than $20 million. The State Administration of Taxation will use the servers for modernizing China's tax system. ...

NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Justice were among six federal agencies whose fourth-quarter scores dropped on the E-government scorecard, which ranks agencies' E-government initiatives against increasingly tougher criteria. ...

The United Kingdom will extradite to the United States a computer expert and alleged terrorist accused of running a fund-raising Web site for Islamic militants. ...

Sony launched a free Internet video-phone service last week.Sony launched a free Internet video-phone service last week. The company will provide the Instant Video Everywhere service with its Vaio BX laptop. ...

Amsterdam's Royal Ahold supermarket chain signed a five-year outsourcing deal with EDS worth $500 million. EDS will manage mainframe and midrange servers, local area networks, voice systems, and some 10,000 desktop and laptop computers. ...

Intel this week will roll out Pentium 4 processors with embedded virtualization technology for PCs. That will help developers build software that can take advantage of virtualization.

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