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Microsoft squares Minnesota class action

Microsoft is to pay out up to $241m to settle a class action suit in Minnesota. The software vendor admits to no wrongdoing, but the deal mean that it escapes its first-ever state trial over business practices.
Drew Cullen, 02 Jul 2004

Chip biz breaks quarterly fab spend record

Chip vendors are banking on the recovery in the world semiconductor market - literally. During Q2 2004, the industry invested a record $18.4bn in new plant, market watcher Strategic Marketing Associates (SMA) said yesterday.
Tony Smith, 02 Jul 2004

Post Office to offer 'me too' telco service

The Post Office is joining the growing list of companies looking to offer telecoms services to residential customers. Twenty years after the Post Office's former telephone business (now BT) was privatised, it's hooking up with Cable & Wireless to provide a fixed-line service.
Tim Richardson, 02 Jul 2004

Telecom Italia slammed for spam hypocrisy

Telcom Italia Mobile has been accused of double standards after taking anti-spam action against Vodafone. TIM began blocking SMS messages from Vodafone customers last week after identifying Vodafone as the source of numerous text message spam messages sent to its subscribers.
John Leyden, 02 Jul 2004

Intel: WiMAX in notebooks by 2006

Intel has reiterated its forecast that notebooks will begin to incorporate WiMAX wireless broadband technology during 2006.
Tony Smith, 02 Jul 2004

Compaq tunes into MP3

It was five years ago today...Back in 1999, Compaq supremo Michael Capellas said that "The Internet will demand different types of devices to service different purposes". He was talking about cool kit like digital music players, and he was right:
Team Register, 02 Jul 2004

MSN search finds time loop

LettersLarry taking the stand in the anti-trust trial was bound to attract some comments. Some people wanted to give Larry some advice. Others were more interested in his facial hair. Yes, you read that right..
Lucy Sherriff, 02 Jul 2004
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Maxtor to axe 400 workers

Hard drive maker Maxtor today announced that its second fiscal quarter results will be "extremely disappointing", with the company set to become a casualty of pricing warfare. In response, it is axeing 400-500 workers worldwide - up to 3.7 per cent of its 13,500 staff.
Tony Smith, 02 Jul 2004

China snoops on text messages

China has extended its hard-line stand against human rights and personal freedom by introducing new rules to monitor and censor the use of text messages.
Tim Richardson, 02 Jul 2004

Apple to ship next-gen iMac in September

AnalysisApple has announced an major iMac update... sort of. It's said when they will arrive - September - but nothing more about them than that.
Tony Smith, 02 Jul 2004

MS offers 57% price cut as Paris tilts to open source

Faced with the possibility of another major municipal defection to open source, Microsoft has slashed its prices by 57.4 per cent. The move, which has been confirmed by Microsoft France (after being revealed by the aptly-named Libération on Monday), comes shortly before the publication of a feasibility study on open source deployment in Paris by Unilog SA.
John Lettice, 02 Jul 2004

Sony Connect to launch 5 July, late

Sony's online music service, Connect, will launch in the UK, France and Germany next week offering 500,000 songs.
Tony Smith, 02 Jul 2004

Mobiles in hospitals are safe, say doctors

A row has broken out between doctors and the Department of Health over the use of mobile phones in hospitals.
Lucy Sherriff, 02 Jul 2004

BT to trial pay-as-you-go broadband

Net users in the UK could be given the choice of paying for broadband access by the minute if a mini-trial later this summer proves successful.
Tim Richardson, 02 Jul 2004

Software giants feel open source pressure

Developer support is critical to the success or otherwise of the smartphone platforms and Microsoft and Nokia are both adapting some measures of openness to encourage programmers to their operating systems. As software rather than devices become the basis for competition, Microsoft can no longer have a free run at client OSes, and in turn will increase its dependence on services as Java dominates on the handset. In the cellphone world, Microsoft is trapped uncomfortably between two mighty pressures on its traditional business model - the handset makers' determination to control the software environment of their devices on the one; and the implacable rise of open source on the other.
Wireless Watch, 02 Jul 2004

Java and DRM key to mobile ambitions

This week's JavaOne show highlighted the increasing involvement of European cellcos in the platform, which they see as a way to strengthen their control on the development of multimedia handsets and deliver consumer applications more rapidly. There are major risks however: the cellcos need to adapt to new business models, managing software projects and investing in R&D; and they need to achieve new levels of co-operation to address standards in key areas like DRM.
Wireless Watch, 02 Jul 2004

Team moots car alerts via SMS

Car owners might in the future be alerted by email or SMS when something is amiss with their vehicle and requires garage intervention. So says Eric Postma, professor of Information Science/Artificial Intelligence of the Faculty of General Sciences at the University of Maastricht.
Jan Libbenga, 02 Jul 2004

Washington sex blogger signs book deal

Washington sex blogger Jessica Cutler - aka Washingtonienne - has reportedly signed a $300,000 book deal with HyperionDisney.
Lester Haines, 02 Jul 2004

Small.biz must embrace new technology

Entrepreneurs need to embrace new technology such as broadband or risk going out of business, management guru Sir John Harvey Jones warns.
Startups.co.uk, 02 Jul 2004

Boots deploys digital print kiosks

More than 1,000 Boots stores across the UK now boast Kodak digitalk print kiosks offering quick output of your digital snaps. The booths can deal with Compact Disk (CD), Multimedia Card (MMC), Compact Flash Card, Secure Digital card (SD), Sony Memory Stick, Phone-cams (Bluetooth & infra-red), Smart Media Card, Microdrive Card and Floppy Disk.
Lester Haines, 02 Jul 2004

British geeks fly the flag at cup final

A team of UK students is on its way to Brazil to compete in the finals of the Imagine Cup, an annual programming challenge, open to students around the world.
Lucy Sherriff, 02 Jul 2004

Phantom phone scam hits another village

Another village in the East of England has been targeted by premium rate crooks after they apparently gained "illicit access" to BT's phone network.
Tim Richardson, 02 Jul 2004

Qualcomm claims victory in TI suit

A US court this week ruled that Texas Instruments has indeed violated the terms of an agreement with Qualcomm concerning the use of the latter's CDMA intellectual property.
Tony Smith, 02 Jul 2004

Scottish science gets £4.6m cash injection

The Scottish Executive has allocated a total of £4.6m to fund development of scientific research with "commercial potential" in Scotland.
Lucy Sherriff, 02 Jul 2004

Enforcement is key to fighting cybercrime

AnalysisThe publication of a review of Britain's cybercrime laws by an influential group of MPs and peers this week has been welcomed by the IT industry. Broad agreement with the All Party Internet Group's (APIG) conclusion that the Computer Misuse Act 1990 needs only minor reforms have been matched with widespread calls for tougher enforcement action against cybercriminals.
John Leyden, 02 Jul 2004

Megapixel camera phones will kill MMS

It's no secret that the "multimedia messaging service" which was supposed to put money into the empty pockets of starving mobile phone networks has flopped. According to Cognima, which is looking for a different solution, MMS has missed its chance, because it isn't good enough.
Guy Kewney, 02 Jul 2004

Daleks boycott Dr Who

It's hard to imagine a Dalek storming off a TV set and back to his (its?) trailer pausing only to exterminate his agent on the way, but the BBC has confirmed that the malevolent salt-cellars will not be appearing in the new Dr Who TV series.
Lester Haines, 02 Jul 2004

Patents and the threat to open source

Have you heard of the media company Acacia? Probably not but actually quite a few website owners have. Many of them have received FINAL NOTICES from Acacia Media Technologies Corporation (www.acaciaresearch.com). The leading light of Acacia (Newport Beach, California) is Robert A. Berman, who claims that his company owns a handful of U.S. Patents (Patents Nos. 5,132,992; 5,235,275; 5,550,863; 6,002,720; 6,144,702) and 17 International Patents covering the transmission and receipt of audio/video content via the Internet.
Robin Bloor, 02 Jul 2004

US, UK and Australia sign anti-spam act

The UK, US and Australia are combining forces to combat spam. They have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote joint enforcement and investigation of spammers across the three countries.
Drew Cullen, 02 Jul 2004

Aussie judge sets Kazaa trial date

Kazaa parent Sharman Networks' battle with the music industry may finally come to trial in November, the Australian court cautiously ruled this week.
Tony Smith, 02 Jul 2004

Microsoft half fixes serious IE vuln

Microsoft issued a workaround today to guard against a serious vulnerability in Internet Explorer which created a way for hackers to turn popular websites into conduits for viral transmission.
John Leyden, 02 Jul 2004

Sun slips 'workstations that must not be named' on Web

Sun Microsystems is playing on odd game of hide the workstation with its customers.
Ashlee Vance, 02 Jul 2004

HP issues apocalyptic Netscape HP-UX warning

HP has put out a red alert for users of the Netscape browser on HP-UX, saying this software pairing could result in no less than total destruction.
Ashlee Vance, 02 Jul 2004

Wireless cola gives USAF target practice

A stunt by Coca Cola to equip special 'prize' drink cans with a tracking device has backfired on the company. Over a hundred cans have been fitted with a red button which when pressed, will activate a marketing SWAT team from the drinks giant, which will then descend from the skies and present the bewildered soda guzzler with a prize. The cans contain a GPS tracking device and a GSM cellphone.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Jul 2004

Google sued over Orkut bug replication feature

Google's Orkut code is stolen, says the company that its eponymous author founded and left. A lawsuit filed by Affinity Engines, co-founded by Orkut Buyukkokten, claims that there are nine unique bugs in the codebase, and that's too much to be a coincidence. Buyukkokten is a Stanford graduate and developed the social networking code for Stanford alumini, founding a company to develop it commercially before joining Google. But Google says that despite requests to see the code, Affinity Engines has, like SCO, refused to reveal its hand.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Jul 2004

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