4th > February > 2004 Archive
EC draws line in spam sand
The EC is calling for greater international co-operation in combating spam.
PalmSource chief outlines twin-track OS strategy
Catching PalmSource CEO David Nagel at the launch of Good Technologies' Good Link 3.0, we had a burning question.
EMC remembers to upgrade hardware line
After months of shaking up its software strategy, EMC is set to hone in on the hardware side of the house with one of the biggest product launches in recent memory.
Iliad soars on Paris bourse debut
Europe in BriefShares in Iliad, the French ISP-cum-telco, surged 35 per cent on its debut, Friday on the Paris bours. AFP report. Investor demand was so strong that shares were at first suspended from trading.
ATI touts mobile chip's low-k technology
ATI unveiled its latest mobile graphics chip, the Mobility Radeon 9700, yesterday, calling the processor the first of its kind to be fabbed using a low-k dielectric material at 130nm.
Tiscali racks up 1m broadband users
Pan-European ISP Tiscali has notched up one million broadband punters, the company announced yesterday.
Cisco's profits drop even as sales rise
Cisco Systems yesterday reported a lower quarterly profit on increased sales.
Prescott offers ‘indiscernible gains’ over Athlon XP
AMD still has Intel licked on mainstream desktop processor performance, beating even Intel's newly released 90nm 'Prescott' Pentium 4.
UMC beats Q4 forecasts
UMC, the world's second largest chip foundry, sold NT$23.7 billion ($698 million) worth of chips during the fourth quarter of its 2003 fiscal year, 35.3 per cent more than it managed during the same period a year ago.
Wi-Fi Alliance preps WPA 2 security spec
The Wi-Fi Alliance yesterday said it will offer a second generation of its Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security system later this year.
BPI forces CD Wow to drop price surcharge claims
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has won an injunction ordering Internet retailer CD Wow to drop claims that it had been forced by the UK record industry to raise CD prices.
Sewer broadband idea floated again
Scottish Water is to allow its sewers to be used to roll-out a fibre broadband network to a business park at Rosyth in Fife.
Swisscom to connect UK Premier Lodge hotels
UK budget hotel chain Premier Lodge is to install WLANs in its 140 properties across the British Isles.
Orange pushes try-before-you-buy
Orange is to address the reluctance of a neophobic British public with ‘Try’, an initiative which will let Orange-users trial services for a month, free of charge.
02 notches up 20m punters
UK mobile outfit mmO2 has more than 20 million punters after signing up 855,000 new customers in the last three months of 2003.
Oracle hikes Peoplesoft bid to $9.4bn
Oracle has raised its bid for Peoplesoft, again. The offer price now stands at $26 per share,a premium of more than $4 on the closing price on Nasdaq on Tuesday, and valuing its target at $9.4bn. This latest offer, which Oracle claims will be its last, is also above the highest value seen in the company in the last year.
Foundry beefs up high-end Gig switches
Foundry Networks has strenghtened its enterprise and carrier offerings with the release of enhanced fibre and Gigabit over copper modules for BigIron MG8 and NetIron 40G terabit switches.
HP grabs two more software makers
No management software start-up is safe from HP with the giant Wednesday announcing plans to acquire two more companies to help build out its Adaptive Enterprise strategy.
El Reg gets experimental at Orange launch
This morning El Reg went to see Orange about its new ‘Try’ initiative. (This is the suck-it-and-see approach to mobile services the company is kicking off today.)
EU Commission plots global travel surveillance system
Observers of the European Commission's negotiations with the US Department of Homeland Security over the transfer of airline passenger data might easily run away with the impression that the Commission has meekly capitulated to the US' extraterritorial and unilateralist demands. A report into the Commission's activities published this week by Privacy International however argues persuasively that the Commission has used the US negotiations as a Trojan Horse to aid the construction, first, of the EU's own surveillance and monitoring systems, and second, of a global system.
Microsoft teases users with 64-bit XP trial
Microsoft continues to redefine the notion of a software striptease with the 64-bit version of Windows XP, kicking off yet another early access program for the OS.
Merging Hutchison Whampoa
Telecoms operator Hutchison Whampoa is merging its Hong Kong-based IT services subsidiary Vanda Systems & Communications with another telecom division, Hutchison Global Communications Investments. The move is part of a growing trend to instill closer co-operation between such firms to attract network access business and associated IT services.
Victory for commonsense in nuke lab hacking case
AnalysisIt’s rare - one might say even unprecedented - when both sides are equally happy with the outcome of a criminal case. But that’s what happened in court five at London’s Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday afternoon when a teenage hacker who caused a major security alert at a US Department of Energy research lab escaped jail.
Sun finally ships StarOffice for Solaris x86
At long last, Sun Microsystems has delivered a version of StarOffice for its own Solaris x86 operating system.
Wheels fall off CRM bandwagon in UK
British firms are losing valuable business because of their "sloppy" approach to tracking leads and inability to win new clients, research released today has claimed.