MS takes $2.6bn hit on cable, telecoms stocks
Microsoft's cable and telecoms spending spree of a couple of years ago has finally reared up and bitten the company. It said yesterday that it expected to report a $2.6 billion loss on its investment portfolio in its fourth quarter, quantities of the stuff it spent money on having apparently gone through the floor.
Motorola posts loss, declares war on Turks
Motorola reported revenues of $7.5 billion down from $9.3 billion in the same period last year, and an overall loss of $232 million. Excluding adjustments the loss was $759 million. Semiconductors were Motorola's poorest performing business, but the company was upbeat about its handsets despite weakening demand.
Samsung is sampling 300MHz DDR SDRAM
Samsung is sampling its fastest DDR SDRAM chip. This runs at 300MHz and offers a data transfer rate of 600Mbps leading to an operating speed of 2.4Gbps, the worlds fastest according to the manufacturer.
STMicro posts $164m loss
STMicroelectronics has posted a loss of $164.5 million for Q2, while warning that sales are likely to drop in the current quarter.
Yahoo! Q2! Revenues! Fall!
Terry Semel - Yahoo!'s new chairman and CEO - is one heck of an optimist.
Can WinXP Product Activation be reverse engineered?
When Fully Licensed GmbH published details of its analysis of Microsoft's Windows Product Activation (WPA) system earlier this week, it had deliberately removed a small piece of the picture. The company made a fully-working executable of its XPDec utility available for download along with the XPDec source code, but it removed the encryption key from the source.
M'Soft and Intel scramble into ethical share index
Microsoft, Intel, Dixons and BT are among the companies that have scrambled their way into a new ethical share index series.
BT threatened with 75,000 strike action
BT has been threatened with strike action over a trial outsourcing scheme it is running with a company in India. The ten-week trial will see Indian workers in Mumbai take on back-office data entry tasks. If deemed successful, BT says the move will only affect 25 workers in the UK, all of whom will be retrained for other jobs at the telco.
PDA Psioneer mulls licensing hardware, IP
Psion is considering licensing hardware designs and other intellectual property, as it licks its chops after a bloody retreat from the consumer PDA market it pioneered.
Anyone fancy watching French football on their phone?
Orange is very excited to announce today that it has signed a seven-year content deal with the French football league to give it exclusive access to games/facts etc for 3G phones. Ain't that great?
IRC network comes under denial of service attack
One of the largest IRC (Internet Relay Chat) networks, EFNet, has come under a denial of service attack, according to reports posted on the organisation's Web site.
UK manufacturer launches stool-sampling cyberjohn
Headline update for our US readersUK toilet manufacturer Twyford yesterday placed the humble bog at the cutting edge of 21st century crappercraft with the world's first e-enabled health-monitoring cyberloo.
UK data protection complaints increase
More and more people have complained about potential breaches of their personal privacy online, according to a report from the Information Commissioner.
Californian space tax scheme kyboshed
The frankly barking plan by the Los Angeles County taxmen to charge companies for satellites in outer space as "moveable property" has been shot down by state tax officials.
Samsung SyncMaster 151MP
ReviewFlat-panel display prices may be falling, but if you want something above the norm that offers a few extras you still have to pay the price for it. Samsung’s 151MP is not only gorgeous to look at, it also comes with a built-in TV tuner, which means it can double up as a television. However, all this does add up to almost £900 for a 15in flat-panel.
Baltimore Technologies faces takeover action
A little known encryption firm called Chantilley has made a take over approach to the board of Baltimore Technologies, Europe's largest security firm.
Napster in a coma
Judge Whatsherface (Marilyn Hall Patel) has ruled that Napster will have to remain dead until it can assure him that no copyrighted tracks at all will remain on the file-exchange servers.
Redlined Word doc prematurely reveals UK govt policy
The perils of making forward looking statements via Word files have been highlighted after a UK government department inadvertently revealed government policy hidden in the document's revision history.
Text a cab in Dublin
UpdatedFrom next month, you'll be able to summon a cab in Dublin by simply sending a text message. E-Taxis has 1,000 new cars ready to hit the streets and life will never be the same again, it told The Guardian.