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.
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2003
Cat 5 cable

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.
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2003

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.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Nov 2003

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.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Nov 2003

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.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Nov 2003

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.
Jan Libbenga, 18 Nov 2003

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.
Faultline, 18 Nov 2003

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.
Faultline, 18 Nov 2003

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.
Tim Richardson, 18 Nov 2003

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.
Tony Smith, 18 Nov 2003

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.
Tony Smith, 18 Nov 2003

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".
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Nov 2003

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.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Nov 2003

BT poaches top Telewest exec

BT has poached one of Telewest's top execs from under the cableco's nose.
Tim Richardson, 18 Nov 2003

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.
Scott Granneman, 18 Nov 2003

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.
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2003

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.
Tim Richardson, 18 Nov 2003

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.
Mark Rasch, 18 Nov 2003

Santa comes early with big Hacker savings

Cash'n'CarrionFans of the legendary Hacker kit have just one week to take advantage of our pre-Xmas sale which offers 25 per cent off the entire range.
Cash'n'Carrion, 18 Nov 2003

Cisco combats network worms

Cisco Systems is to combat the spread of computer worms across internal networks.
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2003

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.
Datamonitor, 18 Nov 2003

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.
Ashlee Vance, 18 Nov 2003

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.
Ashlee Vance, 18 Nov 2003

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.
Tim Richardson, 18 Nov 2003

Apple ships 20in iMac

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Tony Smith, 18 Nov 2003

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.
Ashlee Vance, 18 Nov 2003

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.
Tim Richardson, 18 Nov 2003

‘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.
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2003

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.
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2003

The economics of spam

Spammers can make lucrative living even though only 50 in every million people respond to unsolicited commercial email.
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2003

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.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Nov 2003