22nd > November > 2002 Archive
Litigation-happy pager company Research In Motion, Inc. received a taste of its own medicine today, as a Virginian jury found RIM had infringed patents held by NTP Inc., and awarded $23m in damages against the company.
Saturday sees a joint Anglo-American webcast in "solidarity" US webcasters, under the cosh from crippling CARP rates. stage4 in collaboration with Pirate.TV will be broadcasting from both London and New York. Details here.
In a bid to boost mobile commerce in the EU, trials will begin next year on a project that aims to harmonise European mobile payment and security standards.
WebMethods, i2 and Hewlett-Packard are to collaborate to enable customers to more easily monitor and manage supply chain business processes.
And now for proof that some laptops run hotter than a badger. A 50-year old scientist, previously healthy, burned his penis after placing his laptop on his, err lap, for an hour. Oh, he was fully dressed in trousers and underpants, according to this letter printed in the Lancet, the UK's best-known medical journal. (reg req'd, free.)
BTOpenworld underlined its credentials as a content business today by announcing that it is to create the UK's first broadband sports network.
Lastminute.com has made a profit. Let's say that again just in case it didn't sink in. Lastminute.com has made it into the black. It earned more cash than it spent.
BT Wholesale has confirmed that Tottington, Danbury and Bradford-on-Avon are to have their exchanges converted to ADSL by January 31.
An important Department of Health IT project has suffered a serious, though apparently not fatal, setback.
Despite the best efforts of the wireless operators across the globe, interest in the value add next generation data services remains worryingly low. In its latest study of the wireless market, industry experts Yankee Group has found that few people use wireless data services today and few see the value of these services in the future.
Microsoft made customer details - along with numerous confidential internal documents - freely available from a deeply insecure FTP server earlier this month.
TiVo has confirmed that its UK partner, Thomson, is to stop manufacturing its popular line of Personal Video Recorders.
A few hours is a long time in the life of the Net. Earlier today BTopenworld announced the launch of a new sports portal for broadband punters in the UK.
Samsung and its insurers are offering a £100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the people, or person, behind the $4.5m Heathrow computer chip theft in October
Network services giant Dimension Data Holdings Plc has posted a net loss after exceptional items and goodwill amortization of $2.58bn for the 12 months to September 20, from $1.72bn the previous year, on revenue that fell 11% to $2.19bn. The Johannesburg, South Africa-based company said that global demand had stabilized during the second half of its latest financial year.
Today's launch of Microsoft's new multiplayer game - Asheron's Call 2 Fallen Kings - in the US and Canada has been mired in controversy after the giant software company admitted that the game is only available to subscribers in nine countries.
Perhaps Apple has realized that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Or perhaps it's seconded its lawyers to Research in Motion, Inc.
Quite apart from the Java politics, Sun's software business isn't short of challenges. On the big iron side it has to cope with tightly integrated IBM systems that refused to get any cruftier, with Big Blue moving its mainframe know-how into its Unix systems. On the other there's Microsoft's WinFS, which promises to do away with hierarchical storage altogether and remove the distinction between local and remote storage. (About time, too). And then there's Linux, which improves all the time.
Guest OpinionChristopher Whalen is the editor of The Edge: Research from the Technology Front, a daily newsletter published by Ramberg, Whalen & Co. LLC, a specialty research and publishing firm focused on the semiconductor industry.