30th > March > 2004 Archive

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BT wins NI blanket broadband deal

Northern Ireland is to become the first region in Europe with blanket broadband coverage following confirmation that BT has won the contract to supply high-speed Internet services by the end of 2005.
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Hutchison parcels up little telcos for debt relief

Hutchison Whampoa is to reduce the huge debt it picked up buying 3G licenses by selling off telecoms companies from eight countries on the Hong Kong stock exchange.
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Intel 'spends $500-700m' on first 65nm kit

Intel has begun buying 65nm chip-making kit, ordering equipment from the likes of Nikon, ASMI, ASML, Genus and Novellus, to name but five.
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Wal-Mart download service goes live

Retail giant Wal-Mart, once again atop the Fortune 500 list, has just launched its digital musical download service.
Faultline, 30 2004
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Freeserve to sell capped, cut-price broadband

Freeserve is gearing up to sell cut-price broadband in response to the likes of BT, which recently launched a service for under £20 a month.
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VC-9 essential patent holders, come on down

The MPEG Licensing Authority (MPEGLA) has called forward any firm that thinks it has a patent essential for the VC-9 Codec which runs in Windows Media 9.
Faultline, 30 2004
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Ecommerce patent speculator drops suit

The company representing a patent speculator who has been pursuing small commercial websites has called off its pursuit.
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Net surrogate mum fleeced couples for £2,500

A 33-year-old woman from West Yorkshire is up before the beak after she admitted taking money from two couples for her unborn baby.
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Google promotes Froogle

A user interface revamp at Google has seen its shopping comparison service Froogle promoted to pride of place on the main page. It takes the place of Google's Directory, based on data from the Open Directory Project.
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Philips licenses PowerVR MBX core

Philips has become the second chip maker to license Imagination Technologies' PowerVR MBX mobile graphics core, courtesy of the developer's partnership with ARM.
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Intel Dothan to offer 533MHz FSB at launch?

Has Intel brought forward the release of Sonoma, its second-generation Centrino platform? A statement issued by memory maker Hynix suggests it has.
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TeliaSonera chairman ousted

Tapio Hintikka, the Finnish chairman of TeliaSonera, has been forced out of the telco in a Swedish-backed putsch.
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Apple seeks iPod UI, scroll patents

Apple is attempting to patent the user interface for its iPod. The application was filed at the US Patent and Trademarks Office in October 2002 but only published last week. The eighteen month lag is typical, as is Apple's desire to prevent a simple, clean and consistent design innovation from being copied badly.

BT struggles to repair Manchester fire damage

BT engineers have begun work to repair the damage that wiped out more than 130,000 telephone lines in Manchester following a fire in an underground cable tunnel.
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Intel denies LGA775 P4 delay

Intel has denied that it has knocked back the 775-pin version of its 90nm Pentium 4 processor a month to June.
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AMD sneaks out Athlon 64 2800+

AMD yesterday quietly added an Athlon 64 2800+ processor to its product list.

OpenOffice spring cleans with 1.1.1

OpenOffice.org has released version 1.1.1, the latest version of its open source office software suite. The software, which is the foundation of Sun’s StarOffice product set, is an open source alternative to commercial software packages and runs on Linux, Windows and Mac.

Level 3 launches residential VoIP

Level 3 is launching a white-label residential VoIP service for partners to sell to residential customers.
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US space tourist set for blast-off

US millionaire Gregory Olsen has booked himself a quick trip to the International Space Station in April 2005.
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BT denies cable fire was in A-bomb exchange

While BT was tackling its underground cable fire yesterday, the burning issue for many Web watchers was whether the blaze was in an old telephone exchange buried deep below Manchester and designed to withstand a twenty-kiloton atom bomb.
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US silver surfers hit the Web

The percentage of US seniors going online is growing rapidly, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project. This rise in silver surfers mirrors a similar increase in the UK.
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Kazaa and co ‘not cause of music biz woes’, say Profs

File sharing has no effect on CD sales, a pair of US academics have claimed.
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Music biz takes P2P jihad to Europe and Canada

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is starting legal action against named Europeans and Canadians it accuses of sharing music files.

US IT spending on the up

Economic and profit growth will boost US spending on IT kit this year. The fourth quarter on 2003 saw good growth, especially in networking gear, according to Forrester Research.
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Outsourced US outfit rattles eBay begging bowl

If you’re a European firm looking to outsource your 3D graphics, animation, and rendering requirements to an impoverished nation where jobs are harder to find than an Iraqi biological weapon of mass destruction, then today’s your lucky day.
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Overture searches for WAP gold

Overture has done a deal with Vodafone and Orange to provide travel directories on their UK WAP portals.
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SecureWave revamps alternative to desktop AV

Intrusion prevention outfit SecureWave is challenging the place of traditional AV software on the desktop with a revamped version of its behaviour-blocking technology, due out next month.
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Freeserve offers punter £19.99 ADSL carrot

Freeserve is offering cut-price broadband to its punters - to stop them from leaving the ISP.
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Andromeda galaxy home to ten black holes

Astronomers have discovered ten possible black holes in the Andromeda Galaxy after scanning the area for a particular X-ray emission signature peculiar to the phenomenon.
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This Googlebomb cost $44.75 (or three weblogs)

Businesses spending thousands of dollars to get their websites prominently displayed by Google should look at a much cheaper option that archivist Daniel Brandt demonstrated last week.
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Email filter patent puts industry on edge

A US patent granted to Postini, the email security company, could grant it legal ownership of a large chunk of the methodology underlying anti-spam and message filtering technology on the market.

iPod: this season's must-have for muggers

West Midlands police have issued a stark warning to iPod users: ditch the white headphones or pay the price.

Intel to pay $225m to settle Itanic patent clash

Intel and Intergraph have settled their remaining differences in the last of their numerous clashes over who really owns the rights to each others' patents.
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AOL raffles spammer's seized Porsche

As a nice publicity adjunct to its ongoing war against spam, AOL is holding a raffle to offload a $47,000 Porsche Boxster S which it seized last year as part of a settlement against an unnamed spammer.