19th > March > 2004 Archive

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China pulls plug on blogs

Chinese authorities have been accused of censorship after closing down two blogging sites.
Tim Richardson, 19 Mar 2004
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Baseball lives on the Web

The sweet sounds of live baseball games will continue to pour out of PCs thanks to a deal between Akamai and MLB Advanced Media.
Ashlee Vance, 19 Mar 2004
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Telstra faces fines over broadband price cuts

Australia's dominant telco, Telstra, came a step closer to being slapped with a AUS$10m (£4m) fine, after a consumer watchdog claimed its pricing for wholesale broadband services was anti-competitive.
Tim Richardson, 19 Mar 2004
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IT pros unhappy at work

When it comes to being happy at work, IT professionals are a miserable bunch.
Tim Richardson, 19 Mar 2004
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Endesa's power line broadband coup

Attempts to sell broadband services through the power network have been beset with problems. However, Spanish energy provider Endesa has managed to provide an exception, with a penetration rate of 19 per cent. Datamonitor's Martin Yuill examines how the company has managed to find success where so many others have failed...
Datamonitor, 19 Mar 2004
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ReadytoSurf offers six months' Wi-Fi access for £50

Update Broadreach Networks, which offers fixed and wireless Internet access under the ReadytoSurf brand, has revealed details of its low-cost unlimited Wi-Fi access package.
Tony Smith, 19 Mar 2004
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Anti-piracy vigilantes stalk file sharers

A pair of coders nurturing a deep antipathy for software pirates set off a controversy last Thursday when they went public with a months-old experiment to trick file sharers into running a Trojan horse program that chastises users and reports back to a central server.
Kevin Poulsen, 19 Mar 2004
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Agere refocuses on Wi-Fi

Agere is the latest firm to introduce a semi-proprietary, turbocharged Wi-Fi chipset anticipate the 108Mbps standard expected in two years' time. The company is trying to make up for its recent dormant state in the WLAN business, and is claiming peak rates of 150Mbps.
Wireless Watch, 19 Mar 2004
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Voda leads race for branded content services

The trend for operators to use branded content services to differentiate themselves is gathering speed. These offerings are also an important way for cellcos to enhance their own brands at the expense of those of the handset makers, in order to strengthen their position in that uneasy balance of power.
Wireless Watch, 19 Mar 2004
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US asks WTO to rule on China's chip tax

The US government has filed an official complaint with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) regarding the tax rebates China offers to its domestic chip makers
Tony Smith, 19 Mar 2004
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Punters demand broadband music

Fifty-five percent of European broadband users would pay up to €15 a month to download legal music files to their PCs, according to a seven-country survey by research firm Strategy Analytics. The possible annual revenues could amount to €650m.
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AMD unveils 2.4GHz Athlon 64 FX-53

AMD yesterday rolled out its latest Athlon 64 FX processor, the 2.4GHz FX-53, and dropped its predecessor, the FX-51, from its product list.
Tony Smith, 19 Mar 2004
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Small.biz: how does the Budget affect you?

Now that the dust has settled on the 2004 Budget, the question many small businesses will be asking is: exactly how better or worse off are we? Well, the short answer is that although the Budget wasn’t great, it could’ve been a lot worse. After all, chancellor Gordon Brown resisted the temptation to crank up business taxes to pay for costly public service commitments.
Startups.co.uk, 19 Mar 2004
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Intel Dothan to be called ‘Pentium M 700’

Intel will assign its 90nm desktop and mobile Pentium and Celeron processors to 300, 500 and 700 series under its anticipated new naming scheme, according to Taiwanese reports.
Tony Smith, 19 Mar 2004
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German police bust massive movie piracy ring

More than 750 premises were raided - and 15 people arrested - in a crackdown against a huge Internet piracy network in Germany this week.
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2004
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China bans PC game

China has banned a computer game because it tarnished the image of the country and its army.
Tim Richardson, 19 Mar 2004
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France shakes down mobile operators. Customers are safe

The French finance ministry's decision to hike license fees for GSM operators from 2006 will have no effect on consumer prices, Orange said today. Which is nice. But it also shows how much profits the mobile operators are raking in, if they can afford to take the licence hit on the chin.
Drew Cullen, 19 Mar 2004
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Fraunhofer's 3D kiosk excites punters

CeBIT Pity if you will the poor boffins of the Fraunhofer Institute - Germany's largest technology research organisation - who have been dragged kicking and screaming from their cosy labs to display their wares at CeBIT.
Jan Libbenga, 19 Mar 2004
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Unholy trinity of Open SSL vulns

Updated versions of Open SSL have been released following this week's announcement of three potentially troublesome security vulnerabilities.
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2004
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ARM to take £6.4m hit to end Herodion fight

ARM has settled its last remaining differences with Herodion, the company that comprises what's left of PicoTurbo, the chip maker it accused of patent infringement in 2001.
Tony Smith, 19 Mar 2004
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NEC shrinks music, grows phones

CeBIT NEC has launched the e616, its latest feature-packed 3G handset at CeBIT. Fire it up and you've got video calling, audio and video streaming, video recording and playback and, significantly, built in GPS.
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Mar 2004
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PDA makers unveil Wi-Fi, GPRS PDAs

Reg Kit Watch Asus this week demonstrated its upcoming wireless PDA, the MyPal A730 - one of the first handhelds we've come across that's based on Intel's next-generation XScale chip, 'Bulverde'.
Tony Smith, 19 Mar 2004

BT spreads VoIP love across Europe

CeBIT BT is rolling out managed VoIP services to businesses across Europe: Spain and Ireland first, later in Germany and the Netherlands.
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Mar 2004
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Sony doubles up with AIT-4

CeBIT Sony has launched the fourth generation of its AIT (Advanced Intelligent Tape) format at CeBIT, doubling the capacity of the previous AIT-3 to reach 200GB of uncompressed data per cartridge, or around half a terabyte compressed.
Bryan Betts, 19 Mar 2004
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Business as usual for jailed 419er

Australian police have charged the alleged ringleader of a massive advance fee fraud network with offences which they claim were committed since he was held on remand in October last year.
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2004
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Coke's spunky water pulled from UK market

First Coca Cola's Dasani bottled water lost its spunk and then the product was completely pulled from the UK market.
Ashlee Vance, 19 Mar 2004