12th > January > 2004 Archive

Virgin and T-Mobile to co-habit after divorce

Virgin Mobile and T-Mobile are days away from agreement over dissolving their joint venture, The Sunday Times reports.
Drew Cullen, 12 Jan 2004

BT denies ‘sinister’ role in broadband delay

BT has denied that there was anything "sinister" behind its delay to wire up a rival community wireless broadband scheme.
Tim Richardson, 12 Jan 2004

Business continuity planning: will it save you?

Every year, security firm Pinkerton publishes a survey of the top threats that businesses believe that they have faced over that particular year writes Fran Howarth of Bloor Research.
IT-Analysis, 12 Jan 2004

What's the score on Dixons stores?

Dixons, the UK's dominant computer and electronics retailer, is "making little or no money" and is expected to shut up to half of its 329 high street stores.
Drew Cullen, 12 Jan 2004

419ers reduced to Welsh penury

An email received this morning confirms what we had long suspected: that Nigerian 419ers have finally run out of steam in the creative department.
Lester Haines, 12 Jan 2004

Net blamed for massive increase in child porn

The Net is being blamed for a massive rise in child pornography, according to a new report out today.
Tim Richardson, 12 Jan 2004

Virgin.net still not accepting new broadband punters

Virgin.net is still not accepting new broadband customers, almost a month after it said it would lift a moratorium on new sign-ups.
Tim Richardson, 12 Jan 2004

‘Serial ID thieves’ banned from auction sites

A US Federal Court last week imposed an order prohibiting two alleged ID fraudsters from taking part in Internet auctions. The duo was also ordered to pay more than $93,000 in compensation to consumers at the end of a civil case brought by US consumer watchdogs.
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2004

Stob: Interview with a bulk emailer

StobI leave the A12 a few miles after Chelmsford and am instantly deep in rain-soaked countryside. Half an hour of nervous driving on slushy narrow lanes I come upon a vast, newly built mock-Tudor mansion, grandly set up in many acres of sodden lawn. A nameplate screwed to elaborate wrought-iron gates declares: "DunRo@ming". This is the place.
Verity Stob, 12 Jan 2004

Bring me the head of trojan Xombe

The net community has cut off the infection mechanism of a trojan, called Xombe, which poses as a Windows XP security update.
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2004

You wrote this from India, right?

LettersUS tech industry stands up for overseas jobs
Drew Cullen, 12 Jan 2004

Easynet to unbundle 80 exchanges in '04

Easynet is to unbundle another 80 exchanges this year, providing an alternative "last mile" to BT.
Tim Richardson, 12 Jan 2004

Text junkies seek SMS detox

Are you moody, irritable and even physically ill? Do you suffer from insomnia and eye strain? Are the muscles in your right hand tighter than a gnat's chuff?
Lester Haines, 12 Jan 2004

Microsoft pushes for a million Xbox Live users

Chief Xbox Officer Robbie Bach has announced that Microsoft hopes to have one million Xbox Live users by June this year - but new plans from Sony may give the PS2 an innovative edge in the online gaming arena.
gamesindustry.biz, 12 Jan 2004

Cheaper broadband for Ireland

Eircom is cutting the price of its wholesale broadband product along with a corresponding cut for its entry-level retail offering.
ElectricNews.net, 12 Jan 2004

The world shudders as Win98 gets support reprieve

Microsoft has issued a stay of execution for Windows 98, 98 SE and Windows ME, extending support for the geriatric trio until the end of June 2006, and tidying up their status a little, while it's about it. Win98 and SE were scheduled to take the drop this Friday, while ME was due to be around to depress us until the end of the year, with End of Life (defined as one year after an OS enters "non-supported phase" a year after that.
John Lettice, 12 Jan 2004

SGI sees gravy coating midrange Linux on Itanium servers

SGI has shown how far Linux running on Intel's Itanium processor can go. Now it wants to show how cheap this combination can get.
Ashlee Vance, 12 Jan 2004

Veritas ships Bare Metal boost for Linux, AIX and Windows

Next month Veritas will roll out a new version of its server restore software that should give Linux, IBM and Microsoft users a bit of help.
Ashlee Vance, 12 Jan 2004

Vivendi spinoff takes MP3.com archive private

A spinoff company from Vivendi that includes former executives of MP3.com has acquired the music archive from its parent, and will make it available to its business customers. In addition to the physical archive, the newly independent TruSonic has also acquired rights to the streaming software developed at MP3.com.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jan 2004

UK and Ireland has bumper e-Xmas

Etailers in the UK and Ireland had a bumper Christmas notching up increased sales of 40 per cent on the year before.
Tim Richardson, 12 Jan 2004

Radio hackers hurl drive by abuse at Burger King customers

Burger King customers visiting a drive-through restaurant had to run a gamut of abuse after pranksters succeeded in hacking into the outlet's wireless intercom system.
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2004

Torvalds' employer starts Linux users' defense fund

Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), the non-profit Linux consortium, has launched a legal defense fund to meet costs of end users threatened by The SCO Group. OSDL will also look after Linus Torvalds, its most famous employee. Torvalds was subpoenaed by SCO in November.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jan 2004

Macrovision patent claims over Intertrust sound like wishful thinking

Macrovision issued press statements this week hinting that a new Patent Interference suit might mean it ends up owning half or all of the Intertrust patents. It is unclear which party pointed out the similarity between the two patents this time around, but previously it was clearly Intertrust that asked for the suit.
Faultline, 12 Jan 2004
Broken CD with wrench

CES plays home to HomePlug at 100 Mbps

The Consumer Electronics show would not be complete without the HomePlug Powerline Alliance making a show of its technology for networking up the home using existing power cables.
Faultline, 12 Jan 2004

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