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Good Spam: Bad Spam
The world+dog is ganging up against spam with the US and UK governments and the European Commission this week all urging multinational co-operation and action in the fight against spam. Prompting this flurry of press release activity was a workshop convened in Brussels by the OECD to discuss ways of halting the spam tsunami. Monika Ermert attended the workshop on behalf of The Register. Here is her report.
Major chip, mobile firms join processor standards team
Intel has joined the Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) initiative, and been immediately promoted to the organisation's board of directors. So has Motorola.
TeliaSonera expands Euro hotspot roaming range
Nordic telco TeliaSonera's Finnish wing has struck a series of agreements to provide its HomeRun broadband customers with Wi-Fi access across Europe.
Safer Internet Day
More should be done to protect children online, according to the organisers of tomorrow's European "Safer Internet Day".
Net fuelled killer's necrophiliac lust
The family of murdered school teacher Jane Longhurst (31)is calling for tighter regulation of online pornography following the sentencing of her murderer Graham Coutts yesterday in Lewes Crown Court.
Auvi SA-100 MP3 Player
Reg ReviewThere's no doubt that Auvi's Flash-based MP3 player looks good. It's cheap too. But in the era of the iPod, are these qualities enough? Unfortunately, they aren't, and the US-based start-up's first product fails at the first hurdle as a result.
NetScreen takes on the mid-market
Security appliance firm NetScreen Technologies is looking to expand sales in medium-sized enterprises by releasing a range of new firewall/VPN appliances backed by a multi-million dollar marketing programme.
BT backs wireless BB for ADSL have-nots
BT is to use fixed wireless technology - and not just ADSL over its existing copper phone network - to bring broadband to rural areas.
Roxio wins napster.co.uk from the Crown
Roxio, the company behind the newly-legitimised Napster music service, has won a battle for napster.co.uk. The UK's domain name registry ruled that a registration of the name by the Treasury Solicitor was "abusive" and ordered that it be transferred to Roxio.
Key US retailer drops N-Gage from 450 stores
Major US retailer GameStop has announced that it is to stop selling Nokia's N-Gage game deck 450 of its stores, representing almost a third of its retail outlets, with the remaining inventory being moved to other stores.
Microsoft confirms ‘crystal’ Xbox
Plans to launch a new "crystal" limited edition version of the Xbox console in Europe in the next few months have been confirmed by Microsoft, which has also announced that a new Xbox Live bundle will be available later this month.
Good spreads sync goodness to Pocket PC
While Research in Motion has been landing some major licensing wins for its software, Good Technology pulled in Microsoft to boost its upgraded GoodLink 3.0 software yesterday.
No prizes for playing games with Bluetooth?
What makes someone spend money playing a game on a mobile phone, when a PC or home game console brings a more intense audiovisual experience, asks Bloor Research analyst Rob Bamforth. Probably, they are similar reasons to spend money on any type of mobile applications. Here are the six reasons I consider:
Grokster, Morpheus face MPAA in appeals court
Are P2P companies responsible for the law-breaking actions of their users? That's the question lawyers from the content industry and file-sharing software suppliers Grokster and Morpheus went to court yesterday to argue.
Orange launches own-brand wireless PDA
Mobile phone network Orange has branched into the wireless PDA arena. The latest model in its SPV line of own-brand devices, the M1000, is a PocketPC with an integrated tri-band GPRS radio.
Lastminute.com culls IT jobs
Lastminute.com has axed around a dozen IT jobs after deciding to export tech jobs to Argentina.
PayPal virus writing scammer scumbag pleads guilty
A Minnesota man who tried to defraud PayPal customers through a phishing scam has pleaded guilty to wire fraud.
Microsoft doles out grants to UK charities
Microsoft has awarded grants totalling £177,500 to Age Concern and Citizens Online as part of its Unlimited Potential (UP) programme, an initiative designed to provide technologically disadvantaged groups with access to the skills and resources to get online. On top of the cash, the charities will receive software and educational material.
IP VPN migration ‘inevitable’
The rise and rise of IP Virtual Private Network services is set to continue apace, with the technology clocking up a whopping 20 per cent compound annual growth rate over the next four years.
University of Rochester opens online music store
The relationship between the music industry and universities just gets cozier and cozier.
CNT wants to ease your storage networking pain
It might seem impossible, but CNT has found a way to dig even deeper into a data center.
Bulldog employee ‘sorry’ for ‘rude’ postings
British broadband ISP Bulldog has refused to say if it plans to take any action an employee who was forced to apologise to readers of the much-respected broadband Web site ADSLGuide.
Can you trust Google's Friendster clone Orkut? The search engine behemoth certainly has ambitious plans for your innocent musings. And be careful about any business ideas you express there.
Seven years jail, $150,000 fine if you don’t tell the world your email and home address
If you don’t tell the world your email, home address and telephone number you could face a seven-year jail sentence and a $150,000 fine under new legislation that the US Congress is trying to push past today.
Cable modem hackers conquer the co-ax
A small and diverse band of hobbyists steeped in the obscure languages of embedded systems has released its own custom firmware for a popular brand of cable modem, along with a technique for loading it -- a development that's already made life easier for uncappers and service squatters, and threatens to topple long-held assumptions about the privacy of cable modem communications.