18th June 2003 Archive

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Golden Palace starts U.S. Open streaker service

An otherwise dull U.S. Open golf championship was livened up this weekend by a voluptuous streaker who has since been turned into a Web service.
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Red Hat turns a profit once again

Red Hat managed to wring a profit out of its first fiscal quarter, posting solid year-on-year growth.
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And here's who will be running the Internet for the next three years

ICANN has announced who will act as its Board Directors for the next three years. Meeting all expectations, its independent Nominating Committee has chosen people already well known and connected within the ICANN community amid several executives from multi-national corporations that help fund ICANN.
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US lobby pushes hard for ‘location snooper’ phone technology

The influential CTIA - Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association - is focusing its considerable influence on people who are dragging their feet on the so-called E-911 bill - which mandates that all 911 emergency calls should carry accurate details of where the caller is.
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Bluetooth to outship Wi-Fi five to one – report

Exclusive Bluetooth will become the dominant wireless technology, building market share by stealth as the Wi-Fi hotspot bubble bursts, market watcher Forrester Research has forecast.

SAP takes the floor

Today, at its annual US Sapphire conference, SAP laid out its roadmap for the coming three to five years, writes Fran Howarth, of Bloor Research.
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US hits Hynix with 45% DRAM duty

The US government has begun levying a punitive 44.71 per cent duty on every DRAM product Hynix imports into the country.
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Sony preps ZeroConf-style Bluetooth tech

Bluetooth must become much easier to use if consumers are to adopt the wireless connectivity technology - that's a belief widely held by members of the Bluetooth community. Now Sony reckons it has the solution.
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10 ISPs hit by ADSL power failure

Monday's power failure in Ealing which led to broadband services going titsup hit ten ISPs and not just BT Openworld, BT Wholesale confirmed today.
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‘JavaServer Pages Developers Handbook’ at 30 per cent off

Site Offer This week's featured offering from Reg associate IT-minds.com is a comprehensive developers guide to building applications with JavaServer Pages 2.0.
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Guardian promotes spam in article attacking spam

A Guardian article attacking the latest spammer tactics gives out mixed messages about the junk mail menace.
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Handspring outs Treo 600

Handspring is set to unveil its new Treo 600, a slimmed-down version of its combined phone and organiser, expected to sell in Europe and the US later this year.
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PC builder takes 419ers for £171

If you're as tired as we are of looking at the heavens with boggle-eyed disbelief that yet another half-wit has been taken to the cleaners by Nigerian advance fee fraudsters, then take heart at the following story.

XML shows promise, but …

Extensible Markup Language (XML) is everywhere, writes Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. It's the basis of the new middleware, Web Services. It's the format of choice for both Microsoft's new Office products and .NET services. And every Java vendor worth their salt is working with it. Indeed, IBM's program director for emerging e-business standards group, Steve Holbrook, says, "XML is the most important protocol since HTML."
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HP preps 1.8GHz AMD Athlon 64 PC

HP has begun building PCs based on AMD's upcoming Athlon 64 processor.
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Powergen denies ties with powergenitalia

There's been much hooting and sniggering in the last couple of days following reports of the curiously-named "powergenitalia.com".
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Finns develop motion-controlled cellphone UI

Finnish mobile phone developer MyOrigo has launched what it claims is "an entirely new concept" for mobile phones: a book-like user interface that can also be controlled by the motion of the user's hand.
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Whalesong-driven rebranding madness spreads to Spain

LogoWatch LogoWatch Well, despite the best efforts of the Spanish, it appears that the highly-infectious tendency to compose florid eulogies to corporate logos while listening to whalesong and engulfed in a joss-stick fuelled haze has crossed the Bay of Biscay and now threatens to ravage the entire Iberian Peninsula. The first reported …
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NetSec scoops up Defcom

London-based security consultancy Defcom Information Security has been bought out of administration by US managed security services firm NetSec. Financial terms of the deal, announced today, were not disclosed.
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Mac accessory e-tailer hires Yoda as blurb writer

Owners of Apple's 12in PowerBook G4 who've become fed up with the notebook's ability to get very hot indeed in the region of its hard drive - underneath the left-hand side of the wrist rest - may be interested in this little offering from online retailer NewColorShop.com.
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Law Society of Scotland buys ‘cybersquatter’ domain (redux)

The Law Society of Scotland has just been confirmed as the new owner of Lawscot.co.uk, five days after it branded our story that revealed it has paid £10,000 for the domain "inaccurate".
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Cracker spills the beans on PDF flaw

A confidential security alert from security clearing house CERT has once again been leaked onto a full disclosure mailing list ahead of schedule.
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Infighting killed Sony's first games handheld

PlayStation Portable (PSP) is not the first time that Sony has developed a handheld gaming system, it has emerged, with a Japanese business publication revealing details of the company's one-time plans to release a portable platform in 2000.
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Oracle ups Peoplesoft offer to $6.3bn

Oracle has upped its hostile offer for Peoplesoft to $19.50 a share. This values its target at $6.3bn, a whopping $1.2bn higher than its opening shot and a premium of 29 per cent higher than Peoplesoft's closing share price on the day before its bid was announced.
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Microsoft's Tanager phone breaches patent too – Sendo

Hugh Brogan, boss of British phone manufacturer Sendo, says that Microsoft is continuing to infringe its patent in Tanager, Redmond's latest smartphone reference design.
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FindWhat.com buys Espotting for $163m

US pay-per-click outfit - FindWhat.com - has coughed up $163m (£97m) to buy UK-based performance-based marketing outfit Espotting Media.

Oracle, Peoplesoft stumble in ERP market

Oracle and Peoplesoft may be locked in mortal combat, but they have something in common. Both saw their share of the Worldwide Enterprise Resource Planning market fall in 2002. Worse, their market share fell against a backdrop of a sector decline of nine per cent in new license revenues from $5.5bn to $5bn for the year. The market would have suffered an even more serious decline, except for the strength of the euro, Gartner says.

Fujitsu Siemens wins £2m server gig at Manchester Uni

Fujitsu Siemens has won a £2 million contract to supply the University of Manchester with servers as part of an ambitious server consolidation project ahead of a major expansion to the uni's student population next year.
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US Senator would destroy MP3 traders' PCs

The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Orrin Hatch (Republican, Utah), thinks it would be a fabulous idea if copyright owners could remotely destroy computers that contain pirated material, the Associated Press reports.

Intel readies 875P server chipset

Intel will launch a server version of its i875P chipset in the autumn, the company said today.

IBM keeps the AIX flag flying

IBM has taken its sweet time bringing the z990 mainframe and refreshed p690 to market, but the high-end kit has now arrived and is on sale.
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'Umble, Very 'umble Nokia bids to be the next Sony

Analysis Hearing Nokia's senior management profess to approaching new markets with "humbleness" for the fourth time before breakfast on Monday almost made me wish I was listening to Dr. Irwin Jacobs.
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Fresh variant to tedious worm bores users into submission

Virus writers have released yet another variant in what we must now refer to as the Sobig series.

Regulation drives storage complexity – Yankee Group

Storage infrastructures are about to get a whole lot more complex, according to a report from the Yankee Group. It fingers regulatory and compliance pressures as the main drivers behind the adoption of a multi-layered approach to storage, with different types of storage offering different cost per GB, access speed, quality of service, and so on.
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Freechariot goes titsup

Freechariot, the UK credit card payment services firm, has ceased trading.

Connecticut Yankee enters King Larry's Court

Connecticut's Attorney General plans to file suit against Oracle on Wednesday, charging that a takeover of PeopleSoft would cost the state millions.