17th > October > 2003 Archive

EMC hits software stride in Q3

EMC delivered on some promises in the third quarter, showing gains across all major segments of its business.
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Pepsi, Apple team to lure kids to DRM

Pepsi is teaming with Apple Computer to give away 100 million songs on its iTunes Music Store. Apple launched Windows version of the store yesterday, and the Pepsi deal was one of several promotions designed to raise awareness of the hitherto Mac-only product. Lucky cola drinkers will be able to redeem a winning can or bottle for a month next February.
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SCO blinks – bill us when you can

SCO is to suspend 'indefinitely' its demand that SGI pay it UNIX™ royalties. Perhaps more importantly for Linux users, it's not going to bill end users either. Businesses who run Linux don't have to worry about an invoice from SCO, or at least not yet. The Utah-based company had said it was looking for $699 up to $4,999 for servers and $199 for desktops. Now it's delaying sending out the invoices.
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FoTW: Did your dog write this?

Flame of the Week Re: Intel's Grove blames unitease on TWHRUPBS
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Backup? What backup!

Thousands of UK small firms are teetering on the brink of disaster because they are ignoring simple backup procedures needed to safeguard their critical business data, a survey released yesterday has claimed.
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AMD loss shrinks in Q3

AMD's loss narrowed during its third quarter on the back of much-improved sales during the three months to 28 September. The chip maker lost $31 million (nine cents a share) on sales of $954 million.
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Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner (that BT wages get me down)

More than 120 workers gathered outside BT's HQ yesterday lunchtime to campaign for an increase in their London Weighting Allowance.
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Emergency fixes for blog-clogged Google

Letters It's hard to say what needs patching more urgently, right now: Microsoft Windows or Google. But at least Microsoft makes its fixes conspicuously available. Google's notorious culture of secrecy forbids it from offering even the most innocent explanations.
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Teen hacker is not guilty

Aaron Caffrey, the teenager hacker accused of crippling the Port of Houston's web-based systems, was found not guilty today.
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BT's trigger-less 400 exchanges – ‘cynical’

BT's decision not to give trigger levels to more than 400 exchanges has been described as "cynical" by a leading UK broadband pressure group.
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eBay piles up the cash

eBay has had a barnstorming Q3 with net income up 69 per cent year on year to $103.3 million on sales up 84 per cent to £530.9 million,
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Nokia held back by falling prices

Falling handset prices and the weak dollar hit Nokia's results, leading to a 5% decline in third quarter sales, although net income climbed 35% year-on-year and the company remained strong in market share and margins.
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Vodafone, DoCoMo will not launch 3G ‘until it works’

In the debate over the future for 3G, we seemed in mid-2003 to have reached a consensus: 3G was rolling out at last, especially the CDMA2000 variants; it was less attractive to users and operators than had been hoped, and was moving slowly, but it would definitely become a major force within a couple more years.
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BEA tools up for apps security

BEA has released the first fruits of its acquisition of CrossLogix in February with the launch of WebLogic Enterprise Security for managing application security policy.
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Broken CD with wrench

Siebel bags brace of firms

Siebel may have had a hesitant start in the hosted applications market, but it is now moving forward aggressively with two acquisitions and a partnership with Sun.
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BT's Freeview deal ‘cobbled together’

Telewest has rubbished BT's claim that it's challenging cable operators by announcing a new digital TV deal.
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iTunes comes to Windows

Apple today released a Windows version of iTunes onto its website. In a pitch on its home page - titled Hell Freezes Over - Apple describes its new baby as "the best Windows app ever".
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VoodooPC preps Athlon 64 gamers' notebook

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch Notebook Gamer-friendly notebook maker VoodooPC has introduced an AMD Athlon 64-based machine to its line of Envy Pentium-based portables. The Envy m:855 is built around a VIA K8T800 chipset. Its graphics sub-system is driven by an ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 chip with 64MB of video RAM, hooked up to a 15in screen …
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Caffrey acquittal a setback for cybercrime prosecutions

The acquittal of the teenage defendant in a high profile cybercrime case today is a setback for police that will have profound implications to the future of criminal prosecutions for computer crime in the UK, according to legal and security experts involved in the case.

IBM speeds up low-end server line

Infused by stellar recent performance, IBM's server group has conducted a mass upgrade of kit across both Intel-based and Power 4-based server lines.
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Software engineers – the ultimate brain scientists?

Guest Opinion Bill Softky is a scientist at the Redwood Neuroscience Institute, founded by Jeff Hawkins. He has worked as a software architect, visualization designer, and educator.