18th > December > 2003 Archive
Singapore quarantines 70 after Taiwan confirms SARS case
Singapore has quarantined 70 people who may have come into contact with a Taiwanese researcher who this week became the first new case of SARS since July.
Intel Grantsdale pegged for 29 March '04 launch
'Grantsdale', Intel's next generation of Pentium 4 chipset, will debut on 29 March. So will 'Alderwood', the successor to the current i875 chipset.
Rural broadband outfit goes bust
Some 200 broadband users in the West Midlands are without high-speed Net access after the company supplying the service went into receivership earlier this month.
US Secret Service airbrushes aerial photos
Call it the case of the missing White House. Users of Mapquest's free aerial photo database recently noticed that details of several Washington D.C. government buildings were no longer discernable in overhead images of the U.S. capital.
Motorola seeks SEC approval for chip biz spin off
Motorola's chip business could be an independent entity as early as next spring, now that the company has officially sought the approval of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the spin-off.
WorldPay service ‘currently unavailable’
WorldPay - the Royal Bank of Scotland's Internet payment outfit - has launched an "urgent" investigation into why its payment and administration services are "currently unavailable".
Microsoft unleashes legal attack dogs on spammers
Microsoft is to hold a press conference today in New York with Eliot Spitzer, the state's attorney general, to promote a joint crackdown against spam.
Intel chip to pave way for cheap digital TVs – report
Intel will next month move into the digital TV market with a low-cost, single-chip solution to all the electronics and chippery found in today's big screen tellies.
NEC demos first next-gen DVD drive with one red, blue head
NEC has built the first optical storage drive to support not only today's DVDs but tomorrow's High Definition blue-laser technology-based discs, the company said today.
CSC wins $1.5bn SAS outsourcing gig
Computer Sciences Corp. has scooped up an IT outsourcing gig worth up to $1.5bn with Scandinavian airline group, SAS. The deal runs up to nine years, with the last four years subject to options. If SAS signs up for the duration then the CSC will hit the headlines $1.5bn revenue mark.
Police in paedo porn sting
Police have set up a fake child porn Web site in a bid to identify and catch paedophiles scouring the Net for illegal images.
Lehman moves help desk out of India
The partial backlash against offshore IT outsourcing has gained another convert: Lehman Brothers has stopped outsourcing its IT helpdesk to Indian services giant Wipro, due to poor quality of service. The trend towards offshore outsourcing is still in full flow, but companies may start to be more skeptical of the assurances made by offshore vendors.
World Online told to pay IPO damages
Dutch Internet company World Online has to cough up approximately €100 million in damages to its former shareholders, a judge in Amsterdam ruled Wednesday. Chairwoman Nina Brink, who despite the Dutch name is Canadian born, resigned a month after the flotation of the company in 2000, as she failed to disclose the selling of most of her stake in the company prior to the IPO. Shareholders saw their holdings plummet in value soon after the launch.
A better class of shadow
A newly-developed algorithm can create computer generated shadows of a much better quality than ever.
Mobile broadband everywhere
An agreement signed by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Inmarsat brings the reality of reliable mobile broadband communications services a step closer, the ESA says.
PalmOne makes Q1 loss
PalmOne's first quarter as a entirely separate entity from PalmSource and as the owner of Handspring yielded sales of $271.2 million, up five per cent on the same Q last year. It produced a net loss of $4.1m
Scots police in £10m bootleg raid
More than £10 million worth of counterfeit goods was seized at Ingleston Market, Edinburgh, last weekend in what is being described as one of the biggest counterfeiting raids of recent years.
A Quantum Theory of Internet Value
Although word leaked out early, Google will today press ahead with a launch of what it describes as a "print" version of the Internet.
Long goodbye begins for Win2k Server
Microsoft will begin tightening the squeeze on Windows 2000 Server users from April of next year, at which point the product will cease to be available via retail or volume licensing. This is a fairly standard first step for the phase-out of Microsoft operating systems, and is more of an inconvenience for holdouts than starvation as such.
Evesham slapped for spamming
Evesham Technology has been given a right old ticking off for bombarding people with unwanted junk email.
OpenOffice CDs live for lending in Scottish libraries
OpenOffice CDs are becoming available for lending at 415 out of 507 public libraries in Scotland, and the activist responsible, Bob Kerr, is busily packing up more CDs to send to what he estimates represents around 60 per cent of libraries in the UK as a whole. But it's the process rather than the coup itself that is most interesting - by dint of listening to libraries and trying to understand and solve their problems, Kerr has identified mechanisms and routes that can be used to get Free Software into libraries, and indeed that give it positive advantages over proprietary software in the area.
Tests confirm Atheros' Super G degrades rival WLANs
Broadcom's allegation that 802.11g Wi-Fi products based on chips developed by its rival, Atheros, will degrade the performance of nearby wireless networks appears to have been verified by independent tests.
Sun drives the final nail in Cobalt's coffin
$2.1 billion does not go as far these days as it used to - just ask Sun Microsystems.
Linux 2.6 kernel released from detox
With this posting, Linus Torvalds has officially sent the Linux 2.6 kernel on its way. The previous major milestone was released back in the days when open source barely registered as a competitive threat on Redmond's radar (three years ago, in January 2001 to be precise)
Multicore Itanic: Call me Tukwila
It's with some sadness that we received word from Intel today that the upcoming Tanglewood processor will no longer be known by its given name. Instead, Intel has sent out a mandate, calling for all processor fiends to call the chip Tukwila.
Red Hat sweetens Q3 with Sistina buy
Red Hat continued to chug along in its third quarter, upping both revenue and subscriptions. In addition, the company announced plans to acquire Sistina Software - an upstart in the storage software market.