24th > September > 2003 Archive
Symantec stumps up $150m for PowerQuest
Symantec yesterday announced a deal to acquire storage management and disaster recovery firm PowerQuest Corp in an all-cash deal valued at $150 million.
Kids targeted in mobile phone theft lesson
The UK Government has launched a nation-wide campaign to help kids steer clear of mobile phone crime.
Skype: putting the hype in VoIP
Reading interviews with the KaZaA founders and looking at their new web site, Skype we think that their second revolution has a chance of being even bigger than their first. Perhaps it's called Skype to rhyme with Hype.
RIAA pushes ahead with suits, sues iMesh, stirs up Senate
It's been a busy week for the US Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which is pushing ahead with 261 lawsuits filed last week against people alleged to have illegally downloaded music, but it has also decided to file another copyright infringement legal action, this time against iMesh, an Israel-based provider of a peer-to-peer file-sharing network.
Sex and the City, Google-style
Check out Google's search by location demo site. There are a few glitches to iron out, Reg Reader Geo points out: a search of sex and New York yields, at time of writing, only the names and addresses of convicted sex offenders - in Ohio. Spot any more absurdities? Send 'em here. Now for an article on location-based searching from our news partner, the estimable Irish site, ENN.
India blocks Yahoo! Groups
The world's largest democracy has blocked its citizens from accessing Yahoo!'s news groups, causing havoc to India's flourishing IT industry.
Atos Origin: tough turnaround for Sema
The $1.5 billion acquisition of most of SchlumbergerSema will help Atos Origin to expand in the lucrative outsourcing and government sectors, and gain the size it needs to compete against larger, international rivals. But the integration of the business will be the biggest challenge that Atos Origin's management team has faced so far.
Opera releases 7.20 browser for Windows
Opera Software has released the final version of Opera 7.20 for Windows, which it claims as a "substantial upgrade" proving "our determination to break new ground with every major release." That said, the improvements look a tad incremental from where we're sitting, with the major impact for most users being the speed increase from fine-tuning. Opera doesn't quantify this, but users in Opera's discussion groups seem to be finding it noticeable.
On mobile phones and spam
Forrester Research recently published a forecast and analysis of European Mobile messaging growth, writes Bob McDowall of Bloor Research. The analyst firm forecasts that Short message services will peak and basically plateau in 2004 and years beyond, and forecasts 100 per cent compound annual growth in enhanced message services, multimedia message services, instant message services and e-mail using next generation phones in 2004 and beyond.
Help! I wanna leave AOL and can't find my way out
AOL has settled with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that it made it too difficult for US subscribers to cancel their accounts.
Apple recalls OS update
Apple has withdrawn the latest update to Mac OS X, 10.2.8, after a few hours. The company doesn't say why, but Ethernet and display problems lead a long list of bugs at MacFixIt.
Sophos buys ActiveState
Sophos today announced the acquisition of anti-spam developer ActiveState in a $23 million all-cash deal.
A back door to Poindexter's Orwellian dream
The perverse dream of integrating law enforcement, military intelligence and vast databases of virtually everything done by virtually every citizen is coming to fruition, only under state, not federal, auspices.
Northants villages set up own BB network
Villagers in rural Northamptonshire have set up their own not-for-profit company to provide a wireless broadband service.
RIAA withdraws $300m lawsuit against innocent pensioner
Six record labels including Sony, BMG and Virgin have withdrawn a $300m lawsuit against a 66-year old woman sculptor who, it turns out, has never used file sharing software.
GeoTrust takes on VeriSign for Euro -certs business
Digital certificate company GeoTrust is expanding its operations to Europe as part of a bid to steal market share from market leader VeriSign with cheaper and easier to obtain digital certificate and identity products.
So why is MSN Israel keeping its chatrooms open?
Financial reasons are partly behind MSN's decision to can its chat rooms, according to Israel-based publication Nana Netlife.
MSN chat stand is ‘nothing short of reckless’ – Freeserve
Freeserve has lashed out MSN's handling of its decision to close it chatrooms, warning that its actions will simply send chatroom users underground.
MSN Chat: It's the child protection lobby wot's to blame – LINX
MSN "can't be faulted" for its decision to close its chat rooms, according to peering outfit LINX.
Palm, Symbian and Windows apps to spread from Visual Basic source
A flood of new applications can be expected on mobile devices like Palm, Pocket PC and Symbian phones and PDAs, as Visual Basic programmers get easier access to these platforms, through AppForge licensing changes.
European Parliament castrates software patent regs
The European Parliament today approved a draft Directive that paves the way for the introduction of software patents in Europe.
HP offers Linux users SCO protection
HP plans to protect its Linux customers from the wrath of SCO by defending them in court at the company's own expense.
MS bans mag cover discs for updates, blames Sun
Microsoft has banned the cover-mounting of its software on magazines, and is advising users to go to its own web sites for updates instead. And apparently, it's all Sun's fault.
Sun gets behind Athlon 64 with Linux OS
Sun Microsystems' flirtation with AMD continues with the Java Desktop System set to make its way onto the Athlon 64 processor.
KaZaA sues RIAA for copyright infringement
Sharman Networks is suing the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for distributing replicas of its P2P file sharing software.
Virus takes out US visa-checking system for nine hours
Systems used by the US State Department to check visa applications against criminal and terrorist records were rendered inoperable for nine hours yesterday because of a computer virus infection.
Nokia 3650 carries US users out of the dark age
For those mired in the world of WAP or something even less compelling, a move to the Nokia 3650 is a welcome step toward modernity. It may not be where phones should end up, but it's a leap in the right direction.
New Palm Tungstens debut on Web
Details of Palm's two new Tungsten PDAs have leaked out ahead of their official launch next week on 1 October.
Tundra out to buy PowerPC product lines off Motorola
Tundra Semiconductor has confirmed it is in talks to buy part of Motorola's PowerPC product line.
Seagate pops Lindows onto hard drives at no charge
Seagate has decided to lend an open source hand to Whitebox PC makers by distributing the LindowsOS on one of its hard drives at no cost.
AMD-hosted WLAN used to infect security hack's PC
AMD would like you to know that its mobile Athlon 64 goes very nicely with 802.11 wireless networking. And in a bid to get hacks assembled at its Cannes launch event this week to think 'wireless', the chip maker thoughtfully laid on a WLAN for them to use to quickly file column inches for their respective rags.