24th > October > 2003 Archive

Defense Department wants RFID tags on everything but sand

The US Department of Defense has announced a sweeping policy to slap an electronic tag on every item in its inventory - well, almost every item.
Ashlee Vance, 24 Oct 2003

Nokia to unwrap new Communicator

Nokia is expected to take the wraps off its new Communicator at two 'Mobility' events next month. The new device will be the first 'instantiation' of the Hildon project and a showcase for its new Series 90 PDA platform.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Oct 2003

Flea bugs Windows users

A new virus called Flea is on the loose. The Visual Basic Script worm disguises itself as the ‘signature file’ in HTML-formatted mail.
John Leyden, 24 Oct 2003

Micron samples 1Gb DDR II

Micron yesterday claimed to have shipped "the industry's first 1Gb DDR II SDRAM components", though we note that its arch-rival, Hynix, made the same claim back in August.
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2003
DVD it in many colours

Fujitsu Software larges it up

If you were handed a proposal from a software company that is in business reporting, but which is far bigger than Crystal Decisions, you'd take it seriously right?
News IS, 24 Oct 2003

Novell surrounds Microsoft Exchange

Novell this week announced support for Microsoft Exchange 2003 via its Ximian Connector for Microsoft Exchange. This will allow Linux and Sun Solaris clients the same rights, privileges and controls when attached to Exchange as a Windows email client.
News IS, 24 Oct 2003

Sony to ship blue laser storage rig next month

Sony's 23.3GB blue laser optical storage system will finally come to market next month, when the company ships products based on the technology. Those products were to have shipped in the summer.
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2003

Google mulls $15bn IPO – report

Google is preparing to float early next year in a deal valued at $15-25 billion, according to the Financial Times.
Tim Richardson, 24 Oct 2003

Phone wars 2 – Nokia plans attack on Microsoft's PocketPC turf

Surveying its conspicuous failure to make a dent in the mobile phone market or even to ruffle Nokia's feathers ever so slightly, Microsoft can console itself with one thought; as has been typical of Microsoft's battles for some years now, this has been a Microsoft invasion of somebody else's turf, so failure doesn't threaten the rent from the main ranch, and that rent can be used to regroup, gather strength, and invade again and again till you finally win. But what if the defending party was not prepared to just sit around? What if it decided it was time for a counter-attack?
John Lettice, 24 Oct 2003

NatWest customers targeted in ‘phishing’ scam

Net fraudsters have targeted NatWest customers in the latest fake email scam.
John Leyden, 24 Oct 2003

Wireless pain – German style

Do you lie awake at night tortured by visions of events in the Democratic Republic of Congo? Do you sit at home paralysed with the realisation that millions of Africans face starvation? No, exactly - you're down the pub like everyone else and then off for a full eight hours untroubled kip.
Lester Haines, 24 Oct 2003

BIG idea calls for BB competition

A new broadband industry group - funnily enough, called The Broadband Industry Group (BIG) - has formed to "speak with one voice about the need for true competition in broadband".
Tim Richardson, 24 Oct 2003

Security firm takes trusted Linux onboard

Secure Linux operating system and software provider Trustix was today acquired by internet security company Comodo. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
John Leyden, 24 Oct 2003

People turn back on email 'cos of spam

People are turning their backs on email because of the spam plague, according to research published by US outfit Pew Internet.
Tim Richardson, 24 Oct 2003

Networking sector haunted (still) by dotcom collapse

The after-effects of the catastrophic slump in the networking equipment market two years ago continue to hamper the financial performance of many leading suppliers.
John Leyden, 24 Oct 2003

Eager coder files suit against Britney Spears over hurt feelings

A Japanese software engineer has filed suit against the sultry pop diva Britney Spears, claiming she caused him "extreme emotional distress."
Ashlee Vance, 24 Oct 2003

Google swallows another competitor

Online advertising broker Google has swallowed up a competitor and acquired itself another distribution channel into the bargain.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Oct 2003

Seeking new Flame Warriors

After a four year hiatus, one of the canons of Internet sociology is about to be updated with a Second Edition. Mike Reed tells us he is looking to refresh his illustrated guide to online personalites, Flame Warriors. The 49-page First Edition recorded for posterity - with unflinching detail and very acute observation - such types as Rottweiler Puppy and Profundus Maximus.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Oct 2003

State attorneys doubt MS Antitrust compliance

State Attorney generals have expressed doubt that Microsoft's protocol licensing program (MCPP) complies with the requirements of the Antitrust Seattlement. But they don't think it's serious enough, just yet, to merit judicial intervention.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Oct 2003

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