$87 million for Nordic IT services firm
TietoEnator, the Nordic region's largest IT services provider, is paying $87 million for Swedish IT consulting firm Ki Consulting & Solutions, a 770 employee organization specializing in integration, application management and development of telecom IT systems. The announcement came after TietoEnator's closest Nordic rival, WM-Data, paid $234 million to acquire Finland's Novo Group.
Netcraft crafts anti-phishing service
Netcraft has introduced an early warning service to alert banks to phishing scams.
Row erupts over ‘illegal’ UK email invoicing
A UK industry group has slammed "untrue and misleading" warnings from an "opportunistic" ebusiness firm that claims it is now illegal for British business to transmit invoices by email.
Court bars Canadian domain slammer
On December 23, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requested that a federal district court instruct an Internet domain name reseller from making misrepresentations in the marketing of its domain name registration services. Domain Registry of America (DROA) told consumers that their domain registrations were expiring, leading many consumers to switch their domain name registrar.
Curtain draws on Google's Yahoo! gig
Yahoo! will ditch Google as its main search engine "perhaps as early as the first quarter", the WSJ reports. The paper's sources are unnamed marketing outfits who says they have been briefed on the switch by Yahoo!
AMD tarts up Athlon 64 line
AMD has come to market with four new faster Athlon 64 processors for desktops and power notebooks. It is pitching the Athlon 64 family particularly at digital media apps users/abusers and games nuts. The three notebook flavours are the Mobile AMD Athlon 64 processors 3200+, 3000+ and 2800+; the new desktop (and desktop replacement) CPU is called the 3400+.
Lady Di inquest scrambles black helicopter brigade
Conspiracy theorists are likely to have a field day over the inquests into the deaths of Lady Di and Dodi Al Fayed, which opened today in London.
Halifax users locked out of ATMs
Customers of UK high street bank Halifax were unable to use ATM machines for much of yesterday because of hardware problems. The glitch, traced to a faulty storage disk at the bank's data centre, has been resolved.
Broadband at risk over new congestion law
New traffic congestion measures currently working their way through the parliamentary process could damage the future progress of broadband in the UK.
Newham ditches IBM OSS trial, but goes to extra time with MS price talks
Microsoft has emerged from the open source battle in Newham council with a couple of PR victories, but they could prove expensive in the long run. In December Newham, which is one of the leaders in local authority IT in the UK, pulled out of the Office of Government Commerce's open source trials, and has subsequently stated that sticking with Microsoft is its preferred route forward. But crucially, Newham has not yet agreed pricing with Microsoft UK, and there are signs that local authorities, and perhaps even the wider public sector, are beginning to coalesce around Newham.
Philips leaks Intertrust 'open' DRM details
Philips has let the cat out of the bag on an open secret around the consumer electronics industry, by promising to launch an open Digital Rights Management system inside the next six months built around the Intertrust patents. It says that it is working with Sony, the co-owner of Intertrust, and that the system will be open to all companies that want to make music or video players for a reasonable fee.
US inspired copyright laws set to sweep the globe – for fun and profit
AnalysisIn the days before Christmas, 20 year old Norwegian, Jon Johansen, was found not guilty of DVD film copyright theft in his second criminal trial held in Norway. The story began five years ago when he distributed a software program to bypass DVD copy protection systems. He has been found innocent after justice has had two bites at the cherry. Another appeal to Norway’s Supreme Court was avoided. Because the victory is won.
Online sales shine through the high street gloom
Online retail sales rose dramatically during 2003, despite an alarming fall in takings by high street stores over the same period.
Linux kernel security vuln fixed
Linux users are urged to patch their systems following yesterday's disclosure of a serious security vulnerability in Linux kernel software.
Tiscali UK in BB price promo
Tiscali UK has cut the upfront costs of two of its high-speed Net access services. The set-up fee (previously £25) for its 150kbps DSL product has been scrapped while the activation fee for its 256kbps product is halved to £25.
750,000 mobiles dumped this Xmas
Few people are aware that old mobile phones can be recycled, according to research published today which "reveals" that more than three quarters of a million handsets were dumped over the last few weeks.
Transmeta hunts for life in small devices
Transmeta keeps plodding along with the release of two new processors for small form-factor PCs and other computing devices such as cash registers.
MySQL looks for life in the Itanium ecosystem
MySQL is hoping to tap into a niche of the server ecosystem with a release of its database that supports the HP-UX operating system running on the Itanium 2 processor from Intel.
Gateway revenue warning scares off investors
Struggling branded integrator Gateway saw its shares slump during Tuesday's trading as investors reacted to a profit warning and analysts cut their ratings on the company.
eBay UK hikes auction fees
eBay is to raise fees for many big ticket UK auctions - in some cases doubling commission. The revised tariffs also see some price cuts.
US radio host attacks ‘blood sucking slobs’ in the music biz
Los Angeles radio giant Phil Hendrie recently attacked the music industry on its home turf, launching one of the fiercest assaults against the pigopolist mob to date.
Beware the auction sites – Gov.uk
The DTI has issued a warning to consumers to tread carefully when purchasing through auction sites Internet bargains that seem too good to be true".
Police slap Web designer with public nudity ticket
Melissa Harrington's part-time porn gig caught up with her on Monday, as Nebraska police ticketed the lass for posting nude photos of herself taken at a local bar up on the Internet.
Micron makes a profit!
Micron has declared its first quarterly profit for three years. True, it's a titchy profit, just $1.1m on sales of $1.1 billion for Q1, the best-selling period of the year, ended December 4.
Martha Lane Fox heads for Selfridges
Martha Lane Fox, the co-founder of Lastminute.com, is joining Selfridges as the righthandwoman of Galen Weston, the new owner of the London department store.
Mobilcom returns 3G licence
Europe in BriefGermany's Mobilcom is to return its UMTS license to the federal telecommunications and postal regulator. The move comes more than three years after the company bought one of six available licenses in Germany for a stunning € 8,5 billion.
Orange flogs Swedish 3G licence
Orange has found a couple of buyers for its Swedish 3G licence. They are TeliaSonera and Tele2, which are paying the enormous sum of Kr50m ($6.9m).
Jobs caps snoozathon with cut-down Emagic, iPod
MWSFWould the January MacWorld keynote on the twentieth anniversary of the Macintosh live up to expectations?
Whatever happened to the Windows Media Center?
ExclusiveOn the eve of the giant annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft is set to switch the focus of its Windows Media Center from standalone PC to home network hub, according to reliable industry reports received by The Register.
SonyEricsson follows Palm in RIM deal
Although an axe hangs over Research in Motion, in the form of an injunction which would prevent it from selling its Blackberry handheld, the pager vendor continues to strengthen its software lifeline.
Ofcom frees radio spectrum for rural broadband
Ofcom has allocated radio spectrum to enable the delivery wireless broadband to "the most remote rural communities in the country".
Online crime up in 2003
It seems 2003 was a productive year for phishers, online auction scammers and Nigerians professing a deep sense of purpose and utmost sincerity, judging from the latest stats from the Internet Fraud Complaint Center.
Beware of strangers carrying books, warns FBI
The FBI has issued a terror warning to police to look out for individuals carrying almanacs or maps, reports AP.
Union calls BT strike ballot over ‘derisory’ offer
BT London employees could go on strike in the New Year, following the rejection by their union over a "derisory and completely unacceptable" pay offer.
Teen 419er in Trainspotting drug hell
We were always led to believe that it's tough up North, but good Lord, we never imagined how truly Dickensian things could be - especially if you're a 14-year-old lad living in some kind of Trainspotting nightmare scenario.
Toshiba rejigs PC biz
Toshiba is to spin off its lossmaking PC operations into a standalone (but still inhouse) company.
The USB dongle: a form factor worth plugging?
I've recently been experimenting with those USB Flash drives that seem to be proliferating at the moment. Natty little things, they hold anything from 16MB of data and support recent versions of Windows, Linux and the Mac OS, meaning that the information they contain can be accessed on any current computer with a spare USB port. For older machines, drivers are normally supplied - for some reason every manufacturer seems to have a different device driver, which is a shame, but not the end of the world. They're handy for back-ups, neat for file transfer, a good little floppy disk replacement. My personal favourite is from Corega, not least because it is bright yellow and easy to find, and also it's a bit more robust than some of them. Of this, more later - what's apparent is that the potential for the dod-of-plastic-with-USB form factor is yet to be fully exploited, writes Jon Collins of Quocirca.
Victory for CPRM: SD cards overtake Compact Flash
It's three years since we first heard of CPRM (Content Protection for Recordable Media), the digital rights management technology, but it's only in recent weeks that it's taken a decisive edge.
CSC, Accenture win NHS Care Records contracts
The government today named Accenture and CSC as the winners for separate IT contracts to manage the NHS Care Records service.
Symantec cans another counterfeiter
A US court has awarded Symantec, best known for its antivirus and security software, a $3 million judgment against Baltimore-based Maryland Internet Marketing for selling counterfeit Symantec software.
AOL France to challenge Wanadoo over ‘predatory pricing’
AOL France is to complain to French competition authorities over allegations that France Telecom's Wanadoo ISP is engaged in predatory pricing.
Punters want cheap, simple PDAs
Handheld vendors are repeatedly making mistakes by targeting the upper-end of the market, according to Jupiter Research.
Sony pencils November for PSP global launch
Newly-promoted Sony Europe boss Chris Deering has revealed that the company is planning to roll out the PlayStation Portable worldwide by the end of the year, with a global launch aimed in November 2004.
Macromedia steps up to top phone slot, hires Juha Christensen
Juha Christensen's move from Microsoft to Macromedia, announced today, marks a new dawn for Flash. Flash may be the bane of web surfers in a hurry! - but it has become a real contender for the role of "key software product for phones" with the adoption of Flash Lite by Japanese network Docomo.