Ziff pays $125K to settle security breach
Publisher Ziff-Davis has agreed to pay $125,000 to settle legal actions brought after a security breach that exposed customer credit card details on the Web.
MP3 codecs no longer free for GPL use
There's a nice controversy brewing over a semantic change in Thomson Multimedia's MP3 licensing policy which has got the open-source community's knickers in a twist. According to an open letter to Thompson from Xiph.org CEO Emmett Plant, an exemption from regular licensing fees for GPL'd software has just been withdrawn.
Orange builds games publishing division
Mobile phone operator Orange is continuing its commitment to mobile gaming, with the formation of a dedicated games publishing division within the group which will focus on the development of exclusive franchises for the company.
Watchdog slaps text spam firm with £50k fine
ICSTIS, the UK premium rate services watchdog, has slapped a Leeds-based service provider with a £50,000 fine - its biggest to date - for sending misleading spam text messages.
Vodafone buys out Vivendi stake in Vizzavi
Vodafone has confirmed the purchase of Vivendi's 50 per cent stake in mobile portal Vizzavi for the remarkably munificent sum of € 163;142.7m cash.
Broadband = porno: World's biggest Luddite
Australia's Communications Minister - not best known for his love of the Internet - has explained why he thinks South Korea is the world's leading broadband nation.
Ericsson wobbles (big time) over Sony Ericsson
Ericsson today confirmed that it will pull out of funding Sony Ericsson, its mobile handset JV with Sony, unless business picks up.
Spyware Trojan sends Hotmail to your boss
Here's a piece of software that will make any decent human being vomit. Proudly marketed by spyware outfit SpectorSoft, it's a lowlife Trojan called eBlaster which you can e-mail to anyone in the world foolish enough to use Windows and log their keystrokes, and force their POP mail and Hotmail and Yahoo Web mail accounts to copy you in everything going on.
Sun warns on Q1 (and it ain't getting better)
Sun Microsystems warned yesterday that sales for its first quarter will fall short of expectations. The company was gloomy about the prospect of customers opening their purses.
T-Online gets into the black
German ISP T-Online reported a profit in the last quarter - three months ahead of schedule.
Carphone Warehouse buys out AOL Mviva stake
Carphone Warehouse (CPW) this week bought out AOL Europe's minority holding in its Mviva mobile portal for £2.7m in new shares.
One.Tel flogs broadband in a box
One.Tel is to start flogging broadband in the high street after striking up a deal with electrical retailer Comet.
Mock cyberwar fails to end mock civilization
A mock cyberwar enacted by faculty of the US Naval War College and analysts from Gartner does not appear to have fulfilled the Clancyesque predictions of mass devastation envisioned by the leading security paranoiacs of the Clinton and Bush Administrations.
Bromley uprising against Orange mast
A group of Orpington, Kent residents took direct action when Orange attemped to build an 11 metre mast near their homes.
Nokia confirms Samsung phone GUI win
Nokia has confirmed that handset rival Samsung will incorporate the Series 60 GUI and software stacks into future smartphones - five months after The Register exclusively brought you the news.
IBM wins Intel server bragging rights
We're indebted to IBM for bringing to our attention the opinions of influential analyst Giga concerning its recently announced x440 Intel Xeon server.
Mobile phone scam kills curious cats
NTT DoCoMo has been forced to introduce countermeasures to a mobile phone scam that is causing consternation in Japan.