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.
Tony Smith, 18 Dec 2003

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.
Tony Smith, 18 Dec 2003

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.
Tim Richardson, 18 Dec 2003

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.
Kevin Poulsen, 18 Dec 2003

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.
Tony Smith, 18 Dec 2003

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".
Tim Richardson, 18 Dec 2003

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.
Drew Cullen, 18 Dec 2003

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.
Tony Smith, 18 Dec 2003

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.
Tony Smith, 18 Dec 2003

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.
Drew Cullen, 18 Dec 2003

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.
Tim Richardson, 18 Dec 2003

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.
Datamonitor, 18 Dec 2003

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.
Jan Libbenga, 18 Dec 2003

A better class of shadow

A newly-developed algorithm can create computer generated shadows of a much better quality than ever.
Jan Libbenga, 18 Dec 2003

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.
Jan Libbenga, 18 Dec 2003

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
Tony Smith, 18 Dec 2003

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.
Tim Richardson, 18 Dec 2003

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.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Dec 2003
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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.
John Lettice, 18 Dec 2003

Evesham slapped for spamming

Evesham Technology has been given a right old ticking off for bombarding people with unwanted junk email.
Tim Richardson, 18 Dec 2003

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.
John Lettice, 18 Dec 2003

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.
Tony Smith, 18 Dec 2003

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.
Ashlee Vance, 18 Dec 2003

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)
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Dec 2003

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.
Ashlee Vance, 18 Dec 2003

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.
Ashlee Vance, 18 Dec 2003

Real sues Microsoft, seeks $1bn damages

Emboldened by its reception before the European Commission in Brussels last month, RealNetworks is to sue Microsoft for alleged anti-competitive behavior.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Dec 2003

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