25th > March > 2004 Archive

Five-domain Googlebomb explodes in boardroom

"Can anybody catch these guys?" is the question posed by Newsweek's cover story in the current issue. Veteran archivist Daniel Brandt has created a Googlebomb which makes the question rather redundant. The bomb is for the phrase 'out of touch executives'. Type the phrase with quotes into the Google search engine, and hit "I'm Feeling Lucky." Or click here, which has the same effect.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Mar 2004

Pipex in talks to buy Host Europe

Pipex is in discussions to buy Host Europe , the rival web host, for £31.2m in cash. They haven't struck a deal yet, but the talks seems to have leaked, which is why Host announced the news in a regulatory statement yesterday.
Drew Cullen, 25 Mar 2004

HP chases small business

HP has unveiled a package of services aimed at tempting more small and medium sized businesses into HP's fold.
John Oates, 25 Mar 2004

US DoJ condemns MS ruling

A senior figure at the Department of Justice and the leader of the Senate have damned Mario Monti's judgement on Microsoft.
John Oates, 25 Mar 2004

Carphone Warehouse declares war on BT

The Carphone Warehouse - Europe's biggest mobile phone retailer - is to offer free calls to its residential customers in a move that looks set to spark a price war between telcos in the UK.
Tim Richardson, 25 Mar 2004

Interview with the keystroke caperist

A former claims adjuster for a US insurance company is the first to be charged under federal wiretap law for the covert use of a hardware keystroke logger, after he was caught using the device while secretly helping consumer attorneys gather information to use against his own company.
Kevin Poulsen, 25 Mar 2004

US online gambling ban may be illegal

The World Trade Organisation has ruled against US government restrictions on online gambling.
John Oates, 25 Mar 2004

German police blitz music-swap neo-Nazis

German police yesterday raided the homes of over 300 alleged Neo-Nazis accused of distributing racist skinhead music over the Internet.
Lester Haines, 25 Mar 2004

SCC wins CSC £500m desktop contract

Channel round-upSCC will provide desktop computers and servers to all Computer Science Corporation (CSC) across mainland Europe for the next five years.
John Oates, 25 Mar 2004

EC erects toll booth for Microsoft's open source rivals

Far from penalizing Microsoft, Wednesday's decision by the European Commission assures a bright future for the company as a patent licensing operation, according to one representative only two open source interests called to testify before the investigation.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Mar 2004

MS unwraps XNA for games developers

Microsoft yesterday used the GDC conference to launch a development platform called XNA. This will roll out across all future game platforms - including Xbox consoles and Windows PCs.
gamesindustry.biz, 25 Mar 2004

Intel to run with Marathon mobile graphics chip

Intel will offer its handheld graphics chip, currently codenamed Carbonado, as Marathon when the part is officially launched next month in Taiwan.
Tony Smith, 25 Mar 2004

SMIC accuses TSMC of ‘bullying tactics’

SMIC has accused rival chip foundry TSMC of waging a "smear campaign" against it and behaving like a "bully".
Tony Smith, 25 Mar 2004
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NHS IT a wonderful thing – NHS

The NHS is to embark on a promotional campaign to persuade staff of the benefits of its gigantic IT project.
Lucy Sherriff, 25 Mar 2004

AMD Socket 939 chip launch pinned to 25 May

AMD will officially launch its new 939-pin processor socket on 25 May. However, significant volumes of the Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 FX chips that will use the new packaging many not appear until much later in the year.
Tony Smith, 25 Mar 2004
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Coming soon – a full-size browser on your mobile?

You may not believe it possible, but Picsel Technologies yesterday announced software to allow a full-size browser on your phone's screen.
Guy Kewney, 25 Mar 2004

Retailers must embrace Chip and PIN. Or else

Businesses that do not adopt the "Chip and PIN" payment system from next year could be held liable for losses resulting from credit card fraud, an accountancy body warns.
Startups.co.uk, 25 Mar 2004

Trust me I'm clean, claims virus

The latest in a long line of NetSky variants, Netsky-P, tries to lull users into a false sense of security by containing spoofed disclaimers from anti-virus firms.
John Leyden, 25 Mar 2004
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Creative Jukebox Zen Xtra

Reg ReviewCreative's Jukebox Zen remains one of the iPod's most consistent competitors. Since 2001, it has sometimes followed, sometimes led the race to offer the most features in a hard drive-based portable music player. It has never come close to touching the iPod for sheer style, but it has often beaten the Apple machine on both price and capacity.
Tony Smith, 25 Mar 2004

China cracks down on cybercafes – again

China has launched yet another crackdown of Internet cafés, warning that they can affect the "mental health of teenagers" while spreading "unhealthy online information".
Tim Richardson, 25 Mar 2004
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Asus preps Wi-Fi hard drive

Reg Kit WatchAsus is promising to "change your perception on data storage" when it releases what may be the world's first Wi-Fi enabled network-attached hard drive storage system.
Tony Smith, 25 Mar 2004

Sony launches true electronic book

The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - the real one, not that Douglas Adams novel thingy - just came a step closer. Sony has launched its first electronic book using what it calls "electronic paper".
Tony Smith, 25 Mar 2004

Top UK websites diss disabled

Four out of five leading British websites fail even the most basic accessibility compliance standards, testing firm SciVisum claims.
John Oates, 25 Mar 2004

UK business wirelessly floundering

British business is missing out on the benefits of mobile technology because they lack even basic strategy, according to research from O2.
John Oates, 25 Mar 2004

Corporate websites are ‘financial black holes’

Too many company websites are "financial black holes" that gobble up stacks of cash, but deliver few benefits.
Tim Richardson, 25 Mar 2004

UK firms' wireless investments ‘short-sighted’

British businesses may be jolly keen on wireless computing and mobile data - they are expected to spend £9.9bn on it this year - but many companies take a have done little or nothing to build a strategy that allows them to exploit WLAN technology to the full.
Tony Smith, 25 Mar 2004

Apple delays world iPod Mini launch

European and Asian music fans hoping to get their hands on Apple's iPod Mini sooner rather than later are going to be disappointed. The Mac maker today admitted that it has delayed the portable music player's debut until July - three months after the original April ship-date.
Tony Smith, 25 Mar 2004

Software industry opts for subscription fees

The software industry is poised to move from a one-off licence payment system, to a subscription-based model, based on the needs of vendors and customers.
ElectricNews.net, 25 Mar 2004

Ukrainian nukes go AWOL

Hundreds of missiles have gone AWOL from the former Soviet republic of Ukraine, defence minister Yevhen Marchuk has admitted.
Lester Haines, 25 Mar 2004

SA telco says VoIP is illegal

Telkom - South Africa's incumbent telco - has warned that consumers using VoIP could face legal action because it believes the use of such software is against the law.
Tim Richardson, 25 Mar 2004

Chip cooling technology struck by lightning

The days of noisy fan-cooled laptops and PCs could be numbered, with tiny lightning storms set to take the heat in the cooling process.
Lucy Sherriff, 25 Mar 2004

Paedo-stalking ChatNannies – fact or fiction?

Our story last week reporting software technology supposedly capable of detecting paedophile-grooming behaviour on the Internet has provoked a sceptical backlash from readers.
John Leyden, 25 Mar 2004

BT fires ‘gimmick’ salvo at Carphone Warehouse

BT has lashed out at the offer of free calls from The Carphone Warehouse as a "marketing gimmick", branding it the "biggest lottery in town".
Tim Richardson, 25 Mar 2004

SpamHaus lobbies for .mail TLD

The SpamHaus Project wants the Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to approve its application to launch a ".mail" top-level internet domain (TLD) and provide a trusted-sender system for email. Technically the plans should be fairly straightforward, but political issues are another matter.
Datamonitor, 25 Mar 2004

Wal-Mart waltzes into music download market

Wal-Mart has entered the online music market and is using its already proven strategy of undercutting its rivals on price to win sales. However, Wal-Mart's commitment to the online music market, where margins are low, is questionable. The main reason for the venture could be to attract new customers to its online store in the hope of selling them other goods.
Datamonitor, 25 Mar 2004

Secretary sacked for cyberlounge abuse

A senior secretary sacked over allegations that she posted offensive and racist messages in a cyberlounge says she was the victim of an orchestrated campaign to smear her name.
John Leyden, 25 Mar 2004

IP telephony and Wi-Fi must tie the knot

Vendors should stop pushing IP telephony and Wi-Fi technology in isolation and put forward converged communication strategies instead.
John Leyden, 25 Mar 2004

Europe wanted to rule over future Windows tech, says MS

An update sent to Microsoft partners following the European Commission's ruling against the company suggests that settlement negotiations broke down because Microsoft refused to agree to wide-ranging Commission requirements governing the company's future products. The Commission's stated view that the problem is not so much Media Player as the company's whole business model would certainly support the existence of such a requirement.
John Lettice, 25 Mar 2004

Lindows plans US gov backed global assault on Windows trademark

If it emerges victorious from its current litigation with Microsoft, Lindows.com intends to use a US Department of Commerce programme to have Microsoft's trademarks of Windows invalidated worldwide. The company is being pursued by Microsoft in those countries where a Windows trademark has been granted, and is arguing - it says, as a matter of survival - that a US court should order Microsoft to suspend these actions pending a resolution of the US case.
John Lettice, 25 Mar 2004

BPI threatens uploaders with big stick

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) went on the offensive today by telling UK filesharers stop sharing music - or end up in court.
Lucy Sherriff, 25 Mar 2004

Is CeBIT losing its IT focus?

CeBIT's decision to allow entertainment and consumer gadgets at this year's show hasn't gone down well with some exhibitors. More traditional IT companies fear that the Hanover trade fair is losing its IT focus.
Jan Libbenga, 25 Mar 2004

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