4th > November > 2003 Archive
Court waves through Worldcom bankruptcy plan
US telecoms company WorldCom has won court approval for its reorganisation plan and should emerge from bankruptcy in early 2004.
E-voting vendor sued for DMCA takedown
Two college students and a non-profit will seek a restraining order tomorrow to prevent electronic voting machine vendor Diebold Systems from using the DMCA to plug a leak.
Sun shares jump on Youngjohns
Sun Microsystems shares shot higher on Monday as one executive pumped up investor confidence while one analyst tried to drain it.
MusicMatch issues official support curse for iPod users
San Diego-based MusicMatch Inc. has greeted the arrival of iTunes for Windows with a stark warning to users: delete Apple's software.
IT ads ‘selling impossible dreams’ – Which?
Shoppers are being warned not to be suckered into buying computers and other IT gear just on the back of slick advertising.
Carphone Warehouse to create 1,000 jobs
Carphone Warehouse is to create 1,000 jobs over the next year as it opens more shops and a new call centre in Warrington.
AMD Athlon FX-53 to counter Intel P4EE?
AMD will hit back against yesterday's release of the Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition with a 2.4GHz Athlon 64 chip, the FX-53. The part will launch before the end of the year.
Microsoft looks to SiS for Xbox 2 I/O chips
SiS has joined IBM and ATI as an Xbox 2 chip supplier, a document the company filed with the Taiwan Stock Exchange has revealed.
Elpida samples 2GB DDR 2 module
Elpida has begun sampling 2GB DDR 2 SDRAM registered DIMMs - the first of its kind, the company claims.
Developing mobile apps on Series 90
BriefingNokia has continued with its traditional 'developer platform series' with the introduction of the next-generation of the platforms – Series 90. The series commenced with series 40 – for Java-technology enabled phones; Series 60 – for Symbian OS smart phones; and now Series 90 – a developer solution/platform for high-end media, games, and enterprise applications based on the Symbian OS.
Red Hat pulls plugs on Red Hat Linux product line
Red Hat yesterday unveiled its answer to the vexed question of what it should do about its consumer line - dump it. This is not quite how CEO Matthew Szulik put it to The Register over lunch yesterday, nor indeed did he say flat out 'oh, by the way, we're shooting the Red Hat Linux distribution when North Carolina wakes up, bye now,' but that is indeed what the company did.
Skype won’t make it, says WSJ columnist
A scathing criticism of Skype, the new Voice over IP Peer-to-peer system from the KaZaA founders, was voiced in the Wall Street Journal last week in an article by Lee Gomes, stating that “Skype calls are peppered with frequent voice drop-offs, as well as all manner of clicks and pops and the call often ends for no good reason. A traditional phone call may not be any sort of audiophile dream, but at least it's reliable.”
RIAA and DirecTV file more suits
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) legal actions against illegal file sharing activities continue apace, with 80 new suits filed this week and 156 in total, from its first batch of suits and the batch of 204 letters it sent out last week, settling out of court.
Telia blocks spam-sending Zombie PCs
TeliaSonera, the leading telecommunications group in the Nordic and Baltic regions, will start to immediately block Internet traffic to and from computers that send junk email or spam, the company announced yesterday.
How to recognise a geek
"My parents just came back from a planet where the dominant life form had no bilateral symmetry, and all I got was this stupid F-Shirt."
Consumer Linux? Just ask my 90 year old father, says Red Hat CEO
Who drives Red Hat's product strategy? The CEO? What about the CEO's 90 year old father? Well, he certainly seems to have an input.
Panther bitten by second data damaging bug
Mac OS X 10.3's FileVault system, which protects each user's home folder with on-the-fly 128-but AES data encryption, has been found to contain a data-damaging glitch, Apple has admitted.
Security fears over UK 'snooper's charter'
Human rights watchdog Privacy International (PI) will today warn a House of Lords conference that government proposals to stockpile details of all phone calls and Internet access made by the entire population of the UK will create grave dangers for both privacy and security.
Oftel unlikely to demand broadband cost cuts – report
Telecoms watchdog Oftel is expected to conclude that there is little need for further regulatory interference to force down the wholesale cost of broadband.
Israeli man charged with hacking Mossad
An Israeli man has been arrested over accusations he hacked into a recruitment web site run by Mossad, Israel's main intelligence agency.
Novell bags SuSE for $210m
Linux company SuSE was today acquired by Novell in a $210 million all-cash deal.
Nintendo sales surge on US price cut
Nintendo today claimed a 37 per cent share of the US games console market, and it's all down to price cut it made just over a month ago.
Sex and the City worms promise illicit thrills
Fans of Sex and the City were today warned to look out for emails claiming to contain a screensaver showing adult out-takes from the raunchy hit TV show.
WorldPay floored by malicious attack
WorldPay - the Royal Bank of Scotland's Internet payment outfit - appears to have been floored by a malicious attack.
IT contractor wins IR35 case
IT contractor Roger Tilbury is celebrating today after winning his IR35 case against the taxman.
IBM marries Opteron and Xeon in cluster
IBM is taking its Opteron-based server to the next level by adding the kit as an option for the pre-packaged Cluster 1350 system.
Orange outage hits 10,300 punters
Orange has coughed up to a glitch that left more than 10,000 people without access to their mobile phone service.
VeriSign unveils flash new site seal
VeriSign today unveiled a redesign of its ubiquitous Trust Mark seal symbol.