Storage is bustin' out all over
Expect to find much of the storage industry away from its desk over the next few days. What with Storage Expoon in Birmingham, UK Stockage in Paris, Systems in Munich setting up a StorageSolutionsArea , and the SNIA having its US symposium in San Jose, this is storage exhibition week.
Everywhere! starts taking sat ISP sign-ups
Everywhere! Broadband has begun accepting registrations for its one-way broadband satellite service ahead of a full commercial launch later this year.
Windows Messenger is new spam vector
The forces of evil have produced a devilish tool whereby spam can be sent to thousands of Windows users in minutes, in the guise of system alerts. This was brought to our attention by reader Mike MacNeill, who sent us a screenie of a Windows system alert offering him the university diploma of his dreams with "no required tests, classes, books or interviews," in the classic manner. Below is a smaller example:
‘Explicit’ ads floor Vodafone
Another day, another big-name company gets a ticking-off from the guardians of advertising decency.
If I tell you that I'll have to kill you: Red Hat fights the DMCA
Red Hat has struck a small blow against the DMCA, by publishing a security patch which can only be explained fully to people who are not within US jurisdiction. The company's position here seems to be not altogether voluntary - according to a spokesman "it is bizarre, and unfortunately something Red Hat cannot easily do much about," but like it or not Red Hat has been recruited to the campaign to make the DMCA look ridiculous.
Vodafone swoops on Cegetel
Vodafone has delivered a knock-out blow in the tussle with Vivendi Universal to gain control of Cegetel, the French telecoms house. It is stumping up €6.3bn cash for the stakes held by fellow minority partners BT and SBC Communications, taking its share of the company to 56 per cent. And it has made a non-binding offer to buy Vivendi's 44 per cent in Cegetel for €6.77bn. This offer expires on October 30, leaving Vivendi with a very tight timetable to respond with a counter-offer.
Intel Q3 results disappoint, outlook cloudy
Intel's third quarter results, released on Tuesday, showed profits significantly higher than the previous year, but short of analysts' expectations.
Lik-Sang lives! (Minus mod-chips)
Hong Kong-based online retailer Lik-Sang, one of the most popular importers of console hardware and software, has reopened its website for business after over a week offline which resulted from a lawsuit filed by Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft with the high court of Hong Kong.
Now we are two: OpenOffice.org celebrates
OpenOffice.org, the Open Source office suite based on Sun's StarOffice, celebrated its second birthday this week with a couple of new releases: a 1.0 beta for Mac OS X and a new developer release, charting the path for future user versions of OpenOffice.org 1.0.
Pensioner gets five years for German cashpoint scam
A German pensioner who failed to sell banks his encryption scheme for ATM machines has been convicted of counterfeiting credit and debit cards.
IBM, HDS, Sun, VERITAS form storage management gang
Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, Sun Microsystems and VERITAS Software Corporation announced on Tuesday "a new effort dedicated to the promotion and progress of SNIA's Common Information Model (CIM), Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) technology and Storage Management Initiative (SMI) specifications (formerly Bluefin) for Storage Area Network (SAN)-based storage management".
Text me, Sex me, my porn star baby
With news still fresh that Vodafone believes many people use text messages to "enhance their love lives", here's something that might be of interest to the monster mobileco.
MS kills another clip-art fan rave
Microsoft has yanked another of its fraudulent user testimonials, in this case a fictitious twelve-year-old boy raving about a fictional homework assignment and the indespensable insights he received from MS Encarta Reference Library in preparing it.
Sklyarov denied US visa to testify in DMCA case
Dmitry Sklyarov, the Russian programmer at the centre of the first Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) prosecution, has been denied a US visa in a move that jeopardises his requirement to testify in the forthcoming trial of his former employers, ElcomSoft.
Silvermead launches Sat broadband next month
Yet another ISP is to offer broadband via a one-way satellite service bringing high-speed Net access to people all over the country.
Trap blackhat hackers with IT-Minds
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