26th > November > 2003 Archive
MPAA, RIAA seek permanent antitrust exemption
Just weeks after an antitrust suit was filed against the RIAA by webcasters, the music labels' lobby group, is, along with Hollywood, seeking a permanent exemption from similar litigation. The proposal seeks to extend the exemption to anything covering mechanical copyright: a sweeping extension of the copyright cartel's immunity.
Small.biz neglects online presence
A quarter of UK small businesses are failing to updating their websites regularly, according to a new report.
Enterprises are hotspots for WLAN
Wireless LANs deployed within enterprise locations could lead to significant improvements in productivity, according to new research from Datamonitor.
First integer patented
StobSoftwron Inc, the US software and litigation giant, has become the first company to make a move in what is increasingly becoming known as the Great Rumble for Numbers.
Trading Standards seizes fake Nokia gear
Trading Standards officers raided premises in Camden, London, last week seizing a "substantial number" of fake Nokia-branded mobile phone accessories.
Bill Joy spurned job at ‘out of control’ Google
Fortune's Fred Vogelstein has peered behind the cute colored balls that Google's marketing department uses to ward away skeptics, and uncovered a company in disarray. Vogelstein pins the blame on "imported grownup" Eric Schmidt for failing to bring the juvenile company culture into focus. No one pays any attention at meetings, because they're fiddling with their toys, reports Vogelstein.
Dixons, Capita in call centre talks
Dixons, the high street electrical retailer, is holding "partnership" talks with Capita concerning the running of its giant call centre in Sheffield.
Wi-Fi hacker caught downloading child porn
So you catch a man driving with his pants around his ankles who's paying more attention to the child porn video running on his laptop than the road ahead. What do you charge him with?
Ex-MS worker jailed for black market racket
A former Microsoft worker was sent to jail for 17 months yesterday after admitting she stole software valued at $6 million from Microsoft's internal store.
Epson trawls Blighty for new Osbournes
If you're a member of a typical UK family - mum and dad arguing over credit card debts, twelve-year-old daughter up the duff, son subject to an anti-social behaviour order - then Epson is offering you the chance for international stardom.
Damaged undersea cable blamed for UK Net problems
A damaged undersea transatlantic cable is being blamed for causing havoc for Net and phone users in the UK last night.
Elonex eXentia Media Center PC
ReviewI first looked at the Elonex eXentia just before the official launch of Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center Edition. It was a pre-production model but it still blew me away with its cutting-edge integrated design and high quality construction.
10m Americans pay for music downloads in Q2
Ten million Americans paid to download music during the second quarter, according to the latest statistics from market research company Ipsos-Insight.
HP heads up Unix server market
HP displaced Sun as the market leader in Unix systems this quarter, according to IDC figures released today.
Low-end kit drives server market recovery
The worldwide server market is growing again following two years in the doldrums, largely thanks to a surge in sales of lower-end kit.
Government IT: wasting money to win votes
The Governor of the US state of Indiana has succumbed to massive pressure from local media and workers' unions, and pulled the plug on a $15.4 million IT services contract with Indian company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).
AIT Group back from the brink
CRM pureplay AIT Group is making a strong comeback after its near-death experience during the latter part of 2002. With interim results showing a 19 per cent increase in revenue, it now looks like AIT could have a chance at future success.
Quantum trims workforce for the holidays
Struggling storage maker Quantum has announced a move to combine two of its divisions and to trim about 5 percent of its workforce, hoping to spur some cost savings.
Draft ID card bill makes it to Queen's speech
A draft bill to introduce ID cards in the UK found its way into the Queen's Speech today.
O2 ships Blackberry 7730 in the UK
UK mobile phone network O2 began offering RIM's latest Blackberry, the 7730, to business customers today.
LA officials call for end to master/slave labels
The computing world's venerable master/slave naming convention has come under fire by Los Angeles county officials who charge that this type of product description is offensive.
Toddler wounded in Segway hit-and-run
A three-year-old San Francisco girl has become the first pedestrian to know what it feels like "when Segways attack."