23rd > September > 2003 Archive
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.
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.
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.
Bruce Green of Death
OpinionWe spend money, increase administration, and take away functionality. Is it any wonder that security people are so misunderstood, asks SecurityFocus columnist Tim Mullen.
European telecoms: light at the end of the tunnel
Europe's three largest telcos are all showing signs that market conditions are improving.
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.
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.
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.
Net not to blame for tearaway kids
Kids in China are not turned into isolated, withdrawn tearaways just because they use the Internet.
VeriSign stands firm on Site Finder
VeriSign is refusing to back down in the increasingly acrimonious row over its controversial Site Finder redirection service.
Users ‘vote with their mouses’ for Site Finder
MemoWatchRussell (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.
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.
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).
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Multi-core Athlon 64s ‘inevitable’ – AMD
UpdateAMD 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.
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.
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.
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.
MSN torches chatrooms
MSN is to ditch its chatroom service next month in 28 countries as part of an effort to protect children online.