'We're just like the RIAA,' says SCO
The SCO Group's masterful public relations tacticians have demanded that the company be compared to fellow IP (intellectual property) crusaders at the RIAA.
EC blesses Samsung – Tosh storage union
The European Commission has waved through the merger of the optical disk drive operations of Toshiba and Samsung.
Gateway waves goodbye to another 2,000
Gateway is to pink-slip 2,000 staffers, in the wake of its takeover of eMachines. This will reduce headcount to c.5,500 within a few months.
Alcatel ponders Chinese takeaway
Alcatel is apparently looking to sell its mobile handset division in a bid to stem spiralling losses in the operation. French media reports have linked Chinese manufacturer Nanjing Panda Electronics as a possible purchaser. If these reports prove well founded, a deal with a Chinese company could prove to be a shrewd move in Alcatel's quest to return to profit.
Barging ants solve network congestion
Ants could help to manage the flow of data through networks, according to researchers at Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France.
Verton slips on Black Ice
LetterThe polemic surrounding Thomas C. Greene's recent review of Dan Verton's Black Ice: The Invisible Threat of Cyber-Terrorism continues unabated.
E-pharmacies guilty of ‘blatant disregard for health’
It's still all too easy for people to buy prescription drugs from online pharmacies.
Revealed: the true cost of broadband
The average cost of a 512Kbps broadband service in Europe is €74.61 per month. Those seeking the best deals should consider a move to Sweden, while avoiding Switzerland.
Eidos profits defy Legacy of Kain
Eidos plc - the software outfit behind Lara Croft - racked up increased profit even though half-year revenues dipped after two titles failed to perform as expected.
Softbank punters run online protest auctions
Two customers angry at the derisory amount Softbank offered in compensation for a serious breach in customer security are staging online protest auctions on a Yahoo! Japan site. Personal details are up for grabs.
Email ‘leak’ suggests SCO got up to $100m from MS
UpdatedAn email apparently leaked from SCO suggests that SCO is far more dependent on Microsoft financial backing than previously thought. If genuine, it means that the company has already received something approaching $100 million, and that Microsoft has substantially larger sums, which it would by preference wish to transfer indirectly, available.
Sun Java site running sluggish on decaf
Sun is beefing up the capacity of its main Java development site to resolve intermittent access problems that have irked users over recent days.
Internet governance: who will take the helm?
The debate on Internet governance almost reduced the first World Summit on the Information Society last December to anarchy. But what exactly is Internet governance?
High speed Internet helps drive NTL
New customers spending even more on TV, phone and Net services have helped NTL increase revenues, the cableco reported today.
California offical in court over Oracle mega-deal
An aide to former California governor Gray Davis appeared in court yesterday on charges of falsifying evidence in the investigation into California's megabucks licensing deal with Oracle.
Cisco's SAN biz bores McData CEO
Despite its best efforts to crack the storage switch market, Cisco Systems' performance doesn't have one of its main rivals terribly concerned in the near term.
Confess about XP Reloaded quick, Gartner tells MS
Microsoft should level with us, soon, on whether or not it intends to ship an interim 'XP Reloaded' version of Windows, and if it is getting the green light, it should discuss the timeline and feature sets immediately, says Garter. The research outfit's recently-issued 'First Take' is actually directed at giving upgrade advice for customers still using Windows 2000, and confused by the Reloaded story, but it contains quite a few grisly reminders about the things Microsoft ought to do, but doesn't.
Russian boffins in arctic base ordeal
Russia's revitalised polar research programme has come to a sudden halt following the disappearance of much of its floating base into the cruel Greenland sea.
Japanese deploy bi-lingual talking PDA
Visitor's to Tokyo's Narita airport can avail themselves of a bi-lingual PDA which translates between English and Japanese.
IT bosses baffled by new products
IT directors are either oblivious to, or sceptical about the benefits of new products - despite growing confidence in the economy and bigger budgets at their disposal. 3G services, tablet PCs and Blade servers are all apparently causing confusion.