10th > February > 2004 Archive
Mickey Mouse blesses Microsoft DRM
The Disney Corporation has signed an agreement to use Microsoft's DRM technology to lock-down its digital media. In doing so, Microsoft has snagged two of the biggest 'content partners' for its technology, following on from last year's deal with Time Warner which signaled the end of the latter's browser ambitions. As was the case with Time Warner, Microsoft has signed a long but non-exclusive deal.
HP pumps Unix, Itanium and storage lines
HP has given its hardware line a good scrubbing on Monday, refreshing a broad list of server and storage systems.
iPod owner's open letter to Apple
LettersOur Pepsi/Apple/RIAA Superbowl poll has generated a wonderful range of responses. [Vote here]. And quite unlike last week's postbag, these seem to bear none of the hallmarks of AstroTurf.
Avoid Friendster and its clones, warns security expert
Computer users who value their privacy should stay clear of 'social networking' websites, and should warn their friends away too, according to a distinguished Australian security professional. And for good-measure, the rash of new websites - with names apparently inspired by artificial food preservatives such as Ryze, Plaxo and Orkut - make a mockery of existing data protection legislation.
Juniper buys Netscreen for $3.4 billion
Juniper Networks has decided to dive into the low-end of the networking market with a $3.4 billion buy of security hardware maker NetScreen Technologies.
Cyberloo blast rocks Stoke-on-Trent
There are promising signs that humanity is beginning to wake up to the threat posed by Terminator-style cyberloos and hostage-taking telephone kiosks.
Nokia – dooming Psion's legacy to obscurity?
AnalysisIt may well yet be Psion's legacy will be to provide the world with the most popular piece of technology ever, while others reap the reward, and the founders join the long list of forgotten British pioneers. It's too early to call that one.
Smarter use of information ‘critical’ to egov success
Jim Irving, Information Builders’ UK MD, has called for the Government to extend its remit for the kind of services it should offering people online.
British Chambers of Commerce urges gov to cut red tape
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) today promised to kick off a campaign of lobbying which it hopes will force Whitehall to cut the Government red tape tangle that is increasingly ensnaring Britain's small businesses.
The first fallout from Cybergate
Did Republican staffers commit a crime by clicking on the "My Network Places" icon to access Democratic memos, asks SecurityFocus columnist Mark Rasch.
Barnardo's calls for greater Net protection for children
Children's charity Barnardo's has called for more cash and a greater commitment on the part of government to protect children from sexual exploitation.
Eurostar preps Wi-Fi train trial
Eurostar, the company that runs rail services through the Channel Tunnel, will offer passengers Wi-Fi Internet access later this year.
Worms pour through MyDoom back door
UpdatedVirus writers are exploiting machines infected by MyDoom-A to launch a denial of service attacks on Microsoft with the release of yet another Net worm.
Infinium Labs names key executives
Following on from the recent appointment of Kevin Bachus as president, Infinium Labs has announced three new executive hires, along with the opening of an office in Seattle. A Los Angeles office is planned shortly.
AOpen Aeolus FX5900XT
ReviewThings never stay still for very long in the graphics business but even I was surprised by the speed with which Nvidia released its latest chip. Though the GeForce FX 5700 Ultra appeared only a few weeks ago, Nvidia has already released another chip out into the wild, writes Benny Har-Even.
Legal Net music romps ahead of DVD, vinyl, tape
Legal music downloads outsold some of their physical counterparts for the first time in January 2004, according to figures released today by trade organisation the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).
PalmSource to rebrand OSes Garnet, Cobalt
PalmSource is expected to give its operating system offerings less prosaic brand names when it kicks off its Developer Conference in San Jose later today.
Kazaa demands Oz trial delay
Kazaa today asked the Australian Federal Court to suspend proceedings brought against it by local music industry representatives for alleged copyright infringement.
Doctors divided over £2.3bn NHS IT project
Nearly a third of UK doctors think the NHS’s National Programme for IT (NPfIT) is a bad use of resources according to a survey conducted by GP -oriented portal Medix UK.
Nintendo to ship GameCube 2 in ‘2005-6’ – official
Nintendo today denied Japanese reports that it has delayed the launch of the GameCube's successor and that its 2005-6 release target is the one it has always had in mind.
UK.gov announces hi-tech elite police squad
The Home Office has announced a new team of specialist investigators that will take on the challenge of dealing with organised crime in a digital world.
Wi-Fi in the real world – pt. 1
Wi-Fi Internet access may sound like the best thing since sliced bread, but does it yet make mobile working a reality? The Reg went wireless to find out. Here, Nico Macdonald checks out the UK capital's hotspot scene. Next week, we take a trip out of town.
German web host slams ex-partner NSI in domain dispute
German web host Strato is battling with its former partner, US-based domain name registrar Network Solutions (NSI), over 240,000 web site addresses.
Espotting, FindWhat.com sign new merger pact
Paid-for search outfit Espotting has signed an amended merger agreement with FindWhat.com. The new deal values Espotting at $170 million, up $7 million from the original deal.
Sun bets future on US IV and Opteron boxes
Later today, Sun Microsystems will lay the groundwork for its next two years in the server market, unveiling new UltraSPARC IV-based and Opteron-based servers.