28th > January > 2004 Archive

SCO posts $250,000 worm bounty

The SCO Group has posted a $250,000 bounty for information leading to the conviction of the author of the MyDoom worm currently sweeping the Internet. The worm has been nicknamed "SCObig" because it harbors a payload that will create a Denial of Service attack against SCO's company website next month.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jan 2004

Infineon to pay €100m for ADSL chip maker

Infineon today announced a plan to buy Taiwanese fabless comms chip maker ADMtek for up to €100 million - €80 million now and a further €20 million if the acquisition meets two-year performance targets set by its buyer.
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2004

ARM buys fabless SoC maker

ARM has acquired customisable microcontroller and SoC developer Triscend for up to $15 million in cash - $13.2 million now and up to $1.8 million more in the next 12 months if the Californian company meets a number of performance targets.
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2004

ARM's 2003 revenues dip, despite rising royalties

Rising sales during the last three months of ARM's financial year failed to lift the chip designer's full-year figures, the company reported yesterday.
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2004

Chairman Bill's ‘magic spam cure’ – a revenue opportunity?

AnalysisSpam is a modern tragedy of the commons: as few as two hundred spammers pollute inboxes of hundreds of millions of Internet users, and will fairly soon account for half of all email volume. Fixing spam is simple if we permit ourselves to make slight changes to the Internet protocols. These protocols are supposed to be our servants, not our masters, but the technical community refuses to support a consensus to allow the tweaks that could cure not only spam, but worms too.* A simple modification to the SMTP protocol is now supported even by the author of the protocol herself.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jan 2004

Crypto booster tech for mobile phones

Discretix, the Israeli embedded-security specialist, yesterday launched an upgraded version of Cryptocell, its encryption technology for mobile phones.
John Leyden, 28 Jan 2004

Consumer demand drives record LCD spending

LCD panel makers will spend a record $9.42 billion on equipment this year - 43 per cent more than they forked out last year, market watcher DisplaySearch has forecast.
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2004

Amazon profits climb, forecast raised

Online superstore Amazon.com ended its first full year of profitability and upped its sales guidance for the upcoming year.
ElectricNews.net, 28 Jan 2004

Thus passes cash flow positive ‘milestone’

Thus - the Glasgow-based alternative telco that's behind the Demon ISP - has turned cash flow positive, three months ahead of market expectations.
Tim Richardson, 28 Jan 2004

Intel delays next Xeon DP but one – report

What could be Intel's first dual-core Xeon DP processor, 'Jayhawk', has had its release pushed back to the middle of next year.
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2004

Intel's 90nm Celerons fall back to Q2

Intel CFO Andy Bryant's pledge to shift "most of the value line" of processors to 90nm during Q1 2004 appears to have gone off the rails.
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2004

Nvidia NV40 to ‘ship next quarter as FX 6000’

Nvidia's long awaited NV40 graphics processor will ship as the GeForce FX 6000 series next April or May following a March unveiling, German web site 3DCenter claims.
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2004

Online banking condemned by small businesses

The small business online offerings of Britain’s leading banks are not good enough.
Startups.co.uk, 28 Jan 2004

A visit from the FBI

Well, it finally happened. Right before Christmas, I had a little visit from the FBI, writes SecurityFocus columnist Scott Granneman. That's right: an agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation came to see me. He had some things he wanted to talk about. He stayed a couple of hours, and then went on his way. Hopefully he got what he wanted. I know I did.
Scott Granneman, 28 Jan 2004

Vodafone tops 130m customers

Vodafone signed up more than 4.3 million new punters in the run-up to Christmas, taking its total customer base to more than 130 million users.
Tim Richardson, 28 Jan 2004

MyDoom is the worst virus ever

The prolific MyDoom worm has outpaced Sobig-F to become the fastest spreading virus ever, according to email filtering outfit MessageLabs.
John Leyden, 28 Jan 2004

Yahoo! shuts Scandinavian office

Europe in BriefWeb portal giant Yahoo! is shutting down its Scandinavian operation, Norway's Aftenposten reports.
Jan Libbenga, 28 Jan 2004

Woman's breasts swell online charity coffers

The West Country girl who got her top off for charity at VixPix - Tits out for Muliple Sclerosis in aid of Colchester-based Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre has raised over a grand for this worthy cause.
Lester Haines, 28 Jan 2004

US nukes: readers reach critical mass

LettersOur chilling report earlier this week into safety at the US Energy Department's Pantex plant in Texas provoked a veritable inbox meltdown as some readers' ire reached critical mass. Adam Bridge writes:
Lester Haines, 28 Jan 2004

BT scores £40k win over The Number

Directory enquiries (DQ) outfit - The Number - is to cough up £40,000 in an out of court settlement after being accused of ripping off a BT ad last year.
Tim Richardson, 28 Jan 2004

IBM slices 300 workers from Systems group

IBM this week sent 300 workers packing, making the cuts in the Systems group that accounts for server and storage products.
Ashlee Vance, 28 Jan 2004

DVD Jon to sue prosecuter

Jon Lech Johansen is demanding compensation from the Norwegian white collar crime unit, following four years of legal hell during which he twice had to establish his innocence of copyright violations charges.
John Leyden, 28 Jan 2004

SanDisk ships 1GB SD card

Reg Kit Watch
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2004

Brighton tops UK Jedi league

Long, long ago, in a news galaxy some considerable distance from reality, we reported on attempts to get Jedi recognised as an official religion in the UK census.
Lester Haines, 28 Jan 2004

Welsh dragon struck by rebranding madness

LogoWatchAnyone visiting Cardiff will note plenty of evidence of a vibrant Welsh economy. Blimey, they've even got Parisian-style pavement cafes serving double-decaf-latte-mocha-chocca at two quid a pop - a sure sign of fiscal buoyancy.
Lester Haines, 28 Jan 2004
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IBM muscles up Unix midrange

IBM has added a bit more muscle to a midrange mainstay in its Unix server line.
Ashlee Vance, 28 Jan 2004

Intel preps 540MHz XScale chip

Intel will offer faster XScale PDA processors in May, according to one contributor on a Brighthand forum who claims to have seen "hardware vendor roadmaps".
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2004
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Sending jobs overseas could boost UK economy

Punting jobs overseas to countries such as India could "significantly boost" the UK's economic growth, according to a report out today.
Tim Richardson, 28 Jan 2004

IT giants criticised for running third world ‘sweatshops’

IT giants HP, IBM and Dell have been criticised for running third world factories blighted by "dire working conditions".
John Leyden, 28 Jan 2004

MyDoom variant attacks Microsoft.com

A variant of the prolific MyDoom worm which is programmed to attack both Microsoft.com and SCO's Web site has been unleashed.
John Leyden, 28 Jan 2004

DeWitt comes to terms with Cobalt's end

InterviewYou might think former Cobalt chief Stephen DeWitt would be seeing red after Sun Microsystems put his company out to pasture. Instead, the entrepreneur is seeing blue, or rather azul.
Ashlee Vance, 28 Jan 2004

Dean campaign Waves ‘Net guru’ Trippi goodbye

On Monday we described the position of Democrat Presidential Candidate Howard Dean's campaign manager Joe Trippi as "on the edge". Now he's gone.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jan 2004

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