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Microsoft faces ‘one per cent’ fine

Microsoft faces a fine of €497m, around $600m, according to leaks from the European Commission. That's equivalent to 48 days of net income (profit) at Microsoft's current run rate, but less than one per cent of the company's $51 billion cash chest. In theory the EC can impose a fine of up to ten per cent of gross income, which if annualized at last quarter's rate would top $42 billion.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Mar 2004

Demon founder bailed on blackmail charges

Cliff Stanford, founder of Demon Internet and Redbus, was in court yesterday charged with blackmail and "email poaching".
John Oates, 23 Mar 2004

HP to ship Brocade low-end switches

Brocade's promised broad sweep of product updates will begin to reach the streets next month, marking the first outing of fresh silicon that, among other things, will cut manufacturing costs for the switch maker. This will shore up Brocade's defenses against its rival McData.
Datamonitor, 23 Mar 2004

Anti-spammers press for own domain

Ten applications for new Top Level Domains (TLD) were published by the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Number (ICANN) over the weekend with a special TLD to prevent spam and three new names to merge the phone and Internet worlds.
Monika Ermert, 23 Mar 2004

Nvidia, ATI strengthen mobile phone graphics ties

Nvidia and its arch-rival ATI both made pitches to win big gains in the emerging market for 3D graphics on mobile phones yesterday.
Tony Smith, 23 Mar 2004

German chancellor attacks ‘unpatriotic’ offshoring

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has condemned the growing use of 'offshoring' - outsourcing business services to cheaper, poorer countries.
John Oates, 23 Mar 2004

E-minister calls for business broadband targets for 2010

Ecommerce minister Stephen Timms has called for new targets to ensure that British business does not lose its broadband momentum.
John Oates, 23 Mar 2004

IBM CPU sales rocket…

Intel took a whopping 80 per cent of the world microprocessor market last year, according to figures released by market watcher IC Insights.
Tony Smith, 23 Mar 2004

Kodak triumphs with 3D screen – possibly

Eastman Kodak claims to have a working 3D screen that requires no special glasses or headgear or covering on a screen. Just exactly what that actually means in practice is hard to fathom.
Faultline, 23 Mar 2004

Motorola and MBOA split on UWB

The two sides in the UltraWideBand standards battle are even more polarised at the end of a turbulent week for wireless personal area networking.
Faultline, 23 Mar 2004

Napster picks former Capital FM song picker to pick songs

Napster's UK operation has brought in former Capital Radio programming chief Jeff Smith as its own Programming Director, the company said today.
Tony Smith, 23 Mar 2004
DVD it in many colours

Novell loves Linux (true)

Novell yesterday underlined its commitment to open source technologies by confirming that its flagship network services platform will run on either NetWare or Linux kernels.
John Leyden, 23 Mar 2004

Lock down gambling sites, go to jail

A new Justice Department policy threatens to jail security professionals who help lock down online gambling sites anywhere in the world.
Mark Rasch, 23 Mar 2004

Optical storage: destined for oblivion?

Cries such as "tape is dead" and "optical has no future" have been heard for some time now - and not only from the mouths of hard-disk vendors, writes Bloor Research analyst Tony Lock. This begs the question of whether non-disk based storage technologies have any long-term prospects.
IT-Analysis, 23 Mar 2004

BT dominance ‘unacceptable’, say MPs

UK punters are paying over the odds for their phone services because they need a degree in maths to work out which tariff is best for them.
Tim Richardson, 23 Mar 2004

Microsoft gets new UK boss

Microsoft UK has appointed a new managing director for the UK.
John Oates, 23 Mar 2004

IE flaw exposes weakness in Yahoo! filtering

Flaws in the filtering technology used by Web-based email services make it possible for hackers to smuggle viruses past defences.
John Leyden, 23 Mar 2004

LinuxUser Expo rewards open source excellence

London's Olympia will this year play host to the LinuxUser & Developer Expo 2004 - the UK's definitive Linux forum taking place on 20 and 21 April. The Expo is, of course, organised by LinuxUser & Developer magazine.
Team Register, 23 Mar 2004

New Zealand to ‘legalise CD piracy’ – music biz

The music industry has claimed proposals to change New Zealand's copyright laws would destroy its business by "opening the floodgates" to piracy.
Tony Smith, 23 Mar 2004

C&W has good day in court

Cable & Wireless has succeeded in getting two US class actions dismissed by a court in Virginia. But it must continue to fight a third suit, filed in the US by non-US bondholders.
Drew Cullen, 23 Mar 2004

MPs accuse Oftel of failure to help consumers

Oftel the former UK telcoms regulator - has been slammed for failing to do enough to help customers.
Tim Richardson, 23 Mar 2004

Russian nuclear warship ‘ready to blow’

A nuclear-powered Russian warship has been ordered back to port amid fears that it "could go sky high at any minute".
Lester Haines, 23 Mar 2004

BOFH: Hitting the savegame panic button

Episode 10
Simon Travaglia, 23 Mar 2004

Supercool atoms and quantum computing

One highlight of this year's Institute of Physics Condensed Matter and Materials Physics Conference will be the presentation of research on atom chips.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Mar 2004

Judge delays Kazaa case to clear up ‘mess’

The legal battle between Kazaa owner Sharman Networks and the Australian music industry has been delayed yet again.
Tony Smith, 23 Mar 2004

Europeans indifferent to 3G

A report has concluded that a full 49 per cent of mobile phone users in Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Belgium are not interested in 3G services. The Harris Interactive survey - the results of which were published in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday - noted that this figure was highest in the UK, where although mobile operator 3 has been running a 3G service for months, 60 per cent of punters are indifferent.
ElectricNews.net, 23 Mar 2004

Crikey – a freebie toolbar that works!

There isn't a search engine or web service these days that doesn't have a bolt-on Toolbar or Explorer Bar for Internet Explorer offering instant access to searches or messaging.
Jan Libbenga, 23 Mar 2004

Dixons bottom of ‘customer respect’ index

When it comes to winning the respect of your customers, it seems Dixons just isn't making the grade.
Tim Richardson, 23 Mar 2004

AMD faces legal action over ‘zealous’ Wi-Fi promotion

AMD has come under fire for its over-zealous attempt to create a company-branded network of Wi-Fi hotspots that may see the chip maker getting into legal hot water.
Tony Smith, 23 Mar 2004

Red Hat wins pre-load slot on IBM POWER servers

IBM customers can now buy their POWER servers with Red Hat Linux Enterprise Linux v.3 already pre-loaded.
Drew Cullen, 23 Mar 2004

MS waves goodbye to bCentral

Microsoft today officially launches the Microsoft Small Business Centre, the latest version of its online small business support service.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Mar 2004

DVD Forum chooses Apple music format for DVD Audio

The AAC (Advanced Audio Codec), the audio format supported by Apple's iTunes Music Store, has been chosen as a key future DVD Audio disc technology by the standard's governing body, the DVD Forum.
Tony Smith, 23 Mar 2004

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