23rd > March > 2004 Archive

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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.
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Demon founder bailed on blackmail charges

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

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.
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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.
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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.
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German chancellor attacks ‘unpatriotic’ offshoring

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

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.
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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.
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Microsoft gets new UK boss

Microsoft UK has appointed a new managing director for the UK.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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".
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BOFH: Hitting the savegame panic button

Episode 10 Episode 10 BOFH 2004: Episode 10 Some days I just look at my Inbox and feel uninspired. Stacked ahead of me are the dull and mundane tasks that'd bore anyone with an IQ higher than their pants size. You know the sort of thing: "Can you install a printer driver on the server?", "Can we get more disk on the Homeshare machine?" …
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Develop Linux applications in a jiffy

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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.

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.
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MS waves goodbye to bCentral

Microsoft today officially launches the Microsoft Small Business Centre, the latest version of its online small business support service.
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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.