23rd > September > 2003 Archive

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US set to make massive H1-B visa cuts

The US is prepared to slash the number of H-1B visas issued annually, as a sour economy has the government concerned about hiring foreign tech worker help.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Sep 2003
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Microsoft ordered to pay Mass legal fees

Microsoft is to cough up $1 million in legal fees to Massachusetts - the lone state pursuing an appeal against the 2002 antitrust ruling.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Sep 2003
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Dutch spammer to appear in US court

Dutch mass spammer Martijn Bevelander may have to appear before a federal judge. The Federal Trade Commission has filed an amended complaint in its pending federal court action against US spam flooder Brian Westby, and added as defendants Martijn Bevelander, and two Dutch companies, Maps Holding B.V. and PB Planning & Services B.V.
Jan Libbenga, 23 Sep 2003
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Bruce Green of Death

Opinion We spend money, increase administration, and take away functionality. Is it any wonder that security people are so misunderstood, asks SecurityFocus columnist Tim Mullen.
Tim Mullen, 23 Sep 2003
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European telecoms: light at the end of the tunnel

Europe's three largest telcos are all showing signs that market conditions are improving.
Datamonitor, 23 Sep 2003
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Fake Bluetooth gear swamps UK retail

Phone retailers are about to discover that they risk legal action for selling fake Bluetooth gear. Over 50% of Bluetooth equipment on sale in the UK is counterfeit, according to a survey. And that figure is set to rise.
Guy Kewney, 23 Sep 2003
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Tesco Mobile hits the streets

Tesco Mobile, the JV between the giant supermarket chain and mobile operator O2, reckons its new pay-as-you-go service will save punters up to half compared to other networks.
Tim Richardson, 23 Sep 2003
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Looked at porn? The boss can't just fire you (if you're Dutch)

Employees in the Netherlands can't be sacked for downloading Internet pornography onto office computers unless there is a clear code of conduct, according to the Dutch legal trade magazine People Planet Profit, which conducted research on the subject.
Jan Libbenga, 23 Sep 2003
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Net not to blame for tearaway kids

Kids in China are not turned into isolated, withdrawn tearaways just because they use the Internet.
Tim Richardson, 23 Sep 2003
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VeriSign stands firm on Site Finder

VeriSign is refusing to back down in the increasingly acrimonious row over its controversial Site Finder redirection service.
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2003
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Users ‘vote with their mouses’ for Site Finder

MemoWatch Russell (AKA Rusty) Lewis, general manager of VeriSign's Global Registry Services has been busy with his pen lately. At the weekend he wrote to ICANN declining the Net governing body's request to suspend VeriSign's controversial Site Finder service.
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2003
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Yahoo! launches shopping search site

Yahoo! has launched its new price comparison service, the latest salvo in the battle for dominance in the Internet search space.
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Jury convicts DirecTV pirate on DMCA charges

A US jury this week convicted a Florida man for selling illegal cable TV descrambling hardware. This is the first jury conviction under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2003
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Cable ISP kneecaps heavy users

The largest US broadband ISP ComCast is introducing its customers to the idea of "you get what you pay for" and is meeting a fierce backlash.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Sep 2003
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World's biggest Luddite ‘factually incorrect’ over porn claim

An Australian cyber rights group has been allowed to publish a right to reply in official parliamentary records after complaining that comments made about the organisation during a debate were "factually incorrect".
Tim Richardson, 23 Sep 2003
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Blunkett states ID card aims – but can he achieve them?

UK Home Secretary David Blunkett came out fighting for his ID card scheme over the weekend, telling BBC's Breakfast with Frost programme that he still wished to see enabling legislation for a scheme introduced in the next parliamentary session, despite doubts from some of his cabinet colleagues. Blunkett's determination is hardly news at this juncture, but in the interview he provided enough information about his objectives and requirements for it to be possible for us to sketch out what it will look and feel like, how (or 'if') it will work, and the implementation challenges Blunkett will face.
John Lettice, 23 Sep 2003
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AMD Athlon 64 doubles up for desktop, mobile roles

Are AMD's desktop and mobile Athlon 3200+ chips the same processor? It certainly looks that way. Priced identically, both feature curiously similar-sounding power conservation technologies.
Tony Smith, 23 Sep 2003
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Sun lines up more Java support on the PC

Sun Microsystems had added five new PC makers to its list of Java supporters, as the company continues it attempt to secure the software on the desktop.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Sep 2003
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AMD unwraps 2GHz 64-bit Athlons

AMD launched its Athlon 64 family today, unveiling the 2GHz Athlon 64 3200+ for consumers and similarly clocked Athlon 64 FX-51 for 'pro-sumer' customers seeking that little bit extra.
Tony Smith, 23 Sep 2003
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eBay trader arrested in missing DVDs probe

The man at the centre of a row over the non-arrival of DVDs bought through auctions on eBay has been arrested and questioned by Norfolk Police.
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2003
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TI counter-sues Qualcomm

Texas Instruments has counter-sued Qualcomm, claiming that the San Diego company is fibbing about it, and offering discounts to handset manufacturers who swear not to deal with the company. Precise details of the suit are secret.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Sep 2003

Multi-core Athlon 64s ‘inevitable’ – AMD

Update AMD today offered the possibility that it will take future Opteron server and workstation chips down the multi-core route espoused by Intel last week, and already well-trodden by IBM.
Tony Smith, 23 Sep 2003

CCC Network Systems apologizes for Chapter 7 inconvenience

CCC Network Systems has proven that receiving venture capital doesn't always pay, as the high end data center equipment maker has started its liquidation.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Sep 2003
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Man beats Microsoft, becomes instant domain expert

Microsoft has backed down from suing the owner of www.xbox.ws, according to the man himself, Mike Chatha.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Sep 2003
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Captain Cyborg returns with Wi-Fi rhubarb!

As inevitable as a summer cold, Kevin Warwick aka Captain Cyborg has returned to spread his own unique brand of doom-saying.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Sep 2003
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MSN torches chatrooms

MSN is to ditch its chatroom service next month in 28 countries as part of an effort to protect children online.
Tim Richardson, 23 Sep 2003
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EMC goes after SMBs

With WideSky behind it, EMC is continuing its standards-based management plans with the release of software targeted at SMBs.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Sep 2003