EC – MS talks failed ‘over Longhorn fears’
Fears over Longhorn, Microsoft's next big version of Windows, were responsible for last week's collapse of settlement talks with the European Commission, the FT claims.
Oi! Yob! Blunkett wants your mobile
David Blunkett, the increasingly angry home secretary, is calling for "lifestyle punishments" to shape Britain into a less violent society. He wants the power to confiscate mobile phones and ban people from football matches. He is also wants to counter the "increasing portrayal of violence" on television. Which sounds like censorship.
Blunkett ready to force through compulsory ID for UK
Leaked cabinet letters reveal that British Home Secretary David Blunkett is readying the terror card to accelerate the introduction of a compulsory ID system. Blunkett secured cabinet agreement for enabling legislation last autumn, but at the price of making the scheme voluntary for the moment, with the final decision on compulsion being reserved until "later this decade."
Sony, Ericsson plan move to block Nokia majority at Symbian
Sony and Ericsson are working to stop Nokia gaining more than a 50 per cent share in the Symbian consortium, Ericsson CEO Carl-Henric Svanberg tells today's Financial Times. Ericsson, which currently has 17.5 per cent, and Sony, which through Sony-Ericsson has 1.5 per cent, will 'act as a team' to raise their own shareholding, but Svanberg said that Nokia's share would rise to 46.7 per cent, and the combined Sony and Ericsson stake to 27.6 per cent, if all shareholders exercised their pre-emption rights.
Baltimore fights attempted coup
One-time e-security giant Baltimore Technologies has called an attempt by its biggest shareholder to take control of the board of directors "opportunistic".
Internet virgin faces police probe
Rosie Reid, the Bristol University student who tried to auction her viriginity online, is facing a police investigation after having sex with the highest bidder.
Stopping the enemy at the gate
Over the past few years, security vulnerabilities have spiralled, writes Bloor Research analyst Fran Howarth. The CERT Co-ordination Centre, a federally-funded R&D centre operated by the Carnegie Mellon University in the US, publishes statistics of security vulnerabilities that are reported to it on an annual basis. In 1995, just 171 such incidences were brought to its attention; by 2003, that figure had risen to 3,784.
Intel confirms Pentium model numbers
UpdateIntel has apparently confirmed that it is indeed going to replace its current clock frequency-based chip naming scheme with one centring on model numbers.
Nintendo UK launches £10m voucher promo
Nintendo is planning an Easter promotion which will see purchasers of a new GameCube or Game Boy Advance console during April getting a free £250 book of vouchers redeemable against a variety of Nintendo and third-party products.
Eco-friendly mice and granite PCs
CeBITIf you love the smell of timber in the morning, then Swedish company Swedx may have just the thing for you. The company unveiled its new range of wooden mice at CeBIT, where you can enjoy them in Hall 21 (stand 56) until Wednesday.
Hynix, STMicro plot Chinese DRAM JV
Hynix and STMicroelectronics are negotiating on the creating of a joint venture that will see the two memory makers build a DRAM plant in China, representatives of the South Korean manufacturer said this past Friday.
Carphone Warehouse in free call offer
The Carphone Warehouse - the UK's biggest mobile phone retailer - is expected to offer free local calls to its fixed-line customers in a move that could lead to a major shake up in the UK's telephony market.
The farce of federal cybersecurity
Over the past several years, various Washington entities, from the General Accounting Office to assorted Congressional committees, conducted surveys and issued reports on the state of the federal government's information security posture. In each case, with few exceptions, the findings range from the scathing to the downright embarrassing, and remain essentially unchanged since the mid-1990s.
MS co-founder funds hunt for ET
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has donated $13.5m to the SETI institute to fund construction of a scalable, multi-use radio telescope array.
Recordstore offers MP3 and WMA tracks
Recordstore.co.uk, the online music and merchandise retailer, will this month give artists the opportunity to sell their own music downloads, Apple iTunes Music Store-style.
IBM ships ‘mandatory’ ThinkPad HDD patch
IBM has issued a "mandatory" software update for ThinkPad notebooks equipped with Hitachi-manufactured hard drives.
Axe falls on Ebookers jobs
Ebookers - the online travel outfit - is to cut jobs as part of a "significant" restructuring programme to cut overheads.
TW, MS deny AOL buyout dialogue
Both AOL and Microsoft have denied reports that the pair are engaged in buyout talks.
UK.biz leaves door open to hackers
One in three of UK corporates has suffered hacking attempts on their websites over the last year. A survey out today reveals that hackers are becoming more successful at punching holes through flimsy corporate defences.
Mean Fiddler flogs music downloads
The Mean Fiddler, Britain's biggest live music organiser, is hopping onto the digital music download bandwagon. It will launch a UK-oriented service next month, ahead of roll-outs in the rest of Europe, the US and Asia.
Poweroid 1204 silent PC
ReviewUsually the beige box that houses all your PC components is the least remarkable part of a system, but not so with the Poweroid 1204. This is the first PC to hit the shores of the UK based on the Zalman TNN 500A. So why is this case so special? Well, for starters it's not beige, but much more importantly, it is completely noiseless, writes Lars-Göran Nilsson.
Macclesfield centre of universe: official
UK boffins are planning to join forces with artists to create a scale "model" of our solar system.
UK web hosts spurn illegal content
Just one per cent of illegal online content reported to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is hosted within the UK.
NEC demos Big Brother biometric phonebooth
CeBIT: NEC's biometric team has developed a facial recognition algorithm they claim can match a captured image with a database with better accuracy than ever before.
Scripting flaws threaten Norton software
Symantec has released a fix for a pair of potentially troublesome flaws that create a mechanism to turn its Norton security software packages against their owners.
Close encounters of the viral kind
Viral outbreaks became more frequent and expensive last year, according to a study by security testing outfit ICSA Labs released today.
Cisco buys anti-DDoS firm
Cisco is beefing up its denial of service defences through the $39m cash purchase of Riverhead Networks.
Build your own iSCSI SAN server
The cost of shared storage is coming down, thanks to DataCore which this week announced software called SANmelody which turns a Windows server into a SAN storage server.
Why infrastructure is not a dirty word
There used to be a time when "infrastructure" was a dirty word in IT circles. It seemed every independent software vendor in this sector was loath to be associated with the moniker, preferring instead to be seen as an "applications" or "solutions" provider that sat higher up the value chain. But, like most things in IT, things have now come full circle...