18th > November > 2003 Archive
AT&T patents anti-spam circumvention technique
Giant US telco AT&T has patented a technique for bypassing a certain kind of spam filter.
Huawei-3Com tie-up approved
3Com and Huawei Technologies today announced that they had secured the remaining Chinese government approvals needed for their Joint Venture to begin operations.
PalmSource launches online wireless store
Newly independent PalmSource has launched an online store that allows smartphone users to download PalmOS applications to their devices. Only 40 of the 20,000 applications are initially certified and ready for OTA (over the air) purchase and download but the software vendor expects many more to follow.
Microsoft brings locked music downloads to US
Back in August, Microsoft announced a DRM music store in Europe, in partnership with OD2. Today Redmond confirmed that it would introduce a similar model in the United States through its MSN service next year.
Aussies blown away by Poms rugby style
Don't believe everything you see in the press. For those that have been following the Rugby World Cup in Australia, one of the most intriguing off-the-pitch events has been the hostility directed at the England team.
Shredded Stasi documents could be pieced together in five years
The last secrets of the East German State Security Service (Stasi), torn into shreds and stored in 16,000 brown sacks, may soon be pieced together by a software program developed by the Fraunhofer Institute.
And now some words from our game sponsor
AnalysisThe first several generations of electronic game playing were hit and miss affairs, based primarily on powerful arcade consoles, low resolution PC graphics and specialist games consoles that simply didn’t do enough.
New music deal for European Internet radio buffs
There was a lot of press ballyhoo last week about a new licensing paradigm for the music industry on the Internet. The deal, hammered out by the International Federation of Phonographic Industry and the major record labels, is a simplification of how Europe in particular, deals with licensing music to be streamed from the Internet.
118 services not up to scratch – Oftel
Four in ten calls to recently deregulated directory enquiries (DQ) operators end in the wrong information being dished out.
HP details Athlon 64 desktop support
HP finally unveiled its long-awaited Athlon 64-based desktop at Comdex yesterday. But in something of a disappointment for AMD, it chose to base the first of a new line of gamer-oriented machines on an Intel CPU.
Music labels monitor P2P nets to list most popular songs
Major record labels have been snooping onto the world's peer-to-peer song-sharing networks in a bid to measure which artists are proving popular among file-sharers.
FSF eases Microsoft schema patent fears
"We will have to patent our schema," advised Bill Gates in an internal email in June 1998, "and some of our key objects like people / schedules".
SCO admits: Linux jihad is destroying our business
By law, companies must provide apocalyptic forward-looking scenarios in their SEC filings. They need to show they've thought of everything, to fend off potential class action suits just in case the sky really does fall in.
BT poaches top Telewest exec
BT has poached one of Telewest's top execs from under the cableco's nose.
Electronic Voting Debacle
OpinionGrave concerns over the security of electronic voting machines in the United States means the heart of American democracy is at risk, writes SecurityFocus columnist Scott Granneman.
New worm scams PayPal punters
Stop us if you've heard this before. There's a new viral menace on the Net which attempts to con PayPal users into handing over credit card details. Mimail-J, the latest in a series of security-threatening worms, has spread quickly since its first appearance yesterday.
BT! and! Yahoo! in! dial-up! makeover!
BT and Yahoo! are to start selling dial-up services together. The duo already jointly flog ADSL under the BT Yahoo! Broadband brand.
Proposed: a Bounty for Bugs
Instead of paying hard cash to punish computer criminals, vendors should reward grey hat hackers for responsibly finding and reporting the security holes that make cyber attacks possible, argues SecurityFocus columnist Mark Rasch.
Cisco combats network worms
Cisco Systems is to combat the spread of computer worms across internal networks.
Open source: Brazil shies away from Redmond
Open source got an unlikely supporter with Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has publicly shunned Microsoft's Windows operating system in favor of Linux. Many governments, in both Western and developing markets, view open source software as a way to challenge Microsoft's monopoly.
Choice is king in the promised land of 64-bit computing
AnalysisIn case you haven't noticed, the world of 64-bit computing became a lot more interesting in the last week.
SCO is prepared to stump Novell's SuSE deal
SCO's CEO Darl "Mr. Clean" McBride is threatening legal action against Novell should its buy of SuSE be completed. The SCO chief laid down the law, so to speak, in a revealing interview with IDG News Service.
Businessman banned after Internet agency scam
A man has been banned from running an employment agency for ten years after he ripped off job hunters who used his Internet-based operation.
Sun to acquire identity broker
Sun Microsystems is not shy about its ambitious identity tracking plans, announcing today an agreement to buy Waveset Technologies based in Austin.
Plug pulled on London Webcams, as Bush sweeps into town
President George W Bush is about to pay the UK a visit and thousands of anti-war demonstrators are planning to take to the streets in protest.
‘Police abduction warning’ email is a hoax
An email purporting to be from Warwickshire Police warning women of the threat of abduction is really a hoax.
CA revives free AV software offer
Computer Associates today revived a free AV software offer to consumers months 18 months after canning a similar service as no longer viable.
The economics of spam
Spammers can make lucrative living even though only 50 in every million people respond to unsolicited commercial email.
GoDaddy sorry for anonymity snafu
Leading domain registrar GoDaddy Inc. says that it's "learned a lesson" after an internal mistake removed a trade website from the web for a month. The Webcaster Alliance, which represents Internet broadcasters, lost its website a month ago - the last thing it needed as it was preparing an antitrust action against the mighty Recording Industry Association of America, the RIAA.