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Microsoft looks for $1bn savings

Microsoft aims to cut $1bn from its expenses this year and even the company's famous free drinks policy might get the chop.
John Oates, 07 Jul 2004

Nvidia roadmap said to tout AGP at high-end well into 2005

Nvidia will ship native PCI Express successors to its current PCX 5900, 5750 and 5300 during the second half of the year. But it will continue to offer high-end AGP 8x parts right through Q1 2005.
Tony Smith, 07 Jul 2004

Intel 'resumes Grantsdale shipments'

Intel began shipping its i915G, i915P and i925X chipsets this week after suspending sales and recalling shipped product late last month, Taiwanese sources have said.
Tony Smith, 07 Jul 2004

Symbian owners foil Nokia takeover

Symbian's other shareholders have stopped Nokia from taking majority ownership of the smart phone OS developer.
Drew Cullen, 07 Jul 2004

Ebbers and chums pay $51m to settle pensions suit

Bernie Ebbers, disgraced ex-chief executive of Worldcom, and 18 other senior executives have settled a class action suit brought on behalf of employees who saw the value of their pensions disappear when the company's shares collapsed.
John Oates, 07 Jul 2004

Gateway reports HP to ITC

HP's patent infringement fight will rival PC maker Gateway escalated yesterday when Gateway revealed it has asked the US International Trade Commission to investigate HP.
Tony Smith, 07 Jul 2004

Dell denounces desktop Linux dealer

Dell today distanced itself from system builder Questar's announcement yesterday that it is offering Linux-based Dell-manufactured desktop systems - and doing so with the PC giant's approval.
Tony Smith, 07 Jul 2004

Alien smartphone lands in Netherlands

The Voq isn't quite the largest smartphone around, but with its flip-open full qwerty thumpad, it must be closet to being the weirdest. And it's now shipping, for €99, through Dutch operator KPN as a "professional phone".
Guy Kewney, 07 Jul 2004

VoIP hackers gut Caller ID

Hackers have discovered that implementation quirks in Voice over IP make it easy to spoof Caller ID, and to unmask blocked numbers. They can make their phone calls appear to be from any number they want, and even pierce the veil of Caller ID blocking to unmask an anonymous phoner's unlisted number.
Kevin Poulsen, 07 Jul 2004

Sybase's ASE expands

Sybase has recently made a couple of new product announcements that will have a significant impact on the performance of ASE implementations. I need to be careful here: these are new products that improve the performance of the database environment, not the database itself.
Philip Howard, 07 Jul 2004

In the chair: VMware's Ed Bugnion

InterviewThe following is an interview with Ed Bugnion, CTO and Co-founder of VMware, conducted by IT-Director.com. It offers an insight into VMware past, present and future:
Tony Lock, 07 Jul 2004

Virgin Mobile prices IPO at up to £713m

Virgin Mobile today announced a target range of 235p-285p per share for its stock market float. This values the mobile virtual network operator at £588m to £713m ($1.08bn - $1.32bn) net and is less than expected. Analysts had targeted up to £1bn for the float. The enterprise value of the business is set at £900m and £1.025bn, with Virgin Mobile carrying £311m in debt on its books. It makes its debut on the London Stock Exchange on 21 July.
Drew Cullen, 07 Jul 2004

MS doles cash to UK charities

Microsoft is giving two British charities, Fairbridge and Leonard Cheshire, cash grants totalling £182,500 plus software and training materials to help them reduce the digital divide.
John Oates, 07 Jul 2004

Software pirates cost $9.7bn in Europe - BSA

The software piracy rate in the UK hit 29 per cent last year, with the rate of bootlegging in Europe also on the rise. Piracy in the EU region is running at 37 per cent, according to the Business Software Alliance's Global Piracy Study 2003, out today. This equates to a cost to software publishers of more than $9.7bn in Europe ($1.6bn in the UK), the BSA claims.
John Leyden, 07 Jul 2004

Big.biz still keen to export jobs

Most mid-sized and large companies plan to offshore some of their services between now and 2009. Software developers in retail and finished goods manufacturers and operational staff in utilities and business service companies are the most likely to see their jobs going overseas.
John Oates, 07 Jul 2004

Hackers' convention rolls into Vegas

It was five years ago today...Although we're not quite certain what happens when you take a load of hackers and stick 'em in the middle of a 24/7 gambling mecca for a bit of a jolly, here's Tim Richardson's analysis of the DEF CON jamboree of 1999:
Team Register, 07 Jul 2004

Dutch slap cuffs on race-hate rappers

The Centre of Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI) yesterday lodged a police complaint against the makers of a song that uses racist language against Jews, homosexuals and Amsterdam soccer team Ajax. The song, recorded by supporters of the Rotterdam football team Feyenoord under the name of Sluipschutters (Snipers), was released through the peer-to-peer file sharing service Kazaa.
Jan Libbenga, 07 Jul 2004

Computacenter hit by PC price tumble

Computacenter, the largest reseller of PCs to European businesses, sold a record number of computers on the back of Microsoft XP upgrades during the first half of the year - but price declines meant that product revenue declined in its core UK market. It may now have to look towards service company acquisitions to improve its outlook.
Datamonitor, 07 Jul 2004

iPods are the latest security risk

Apple's trendy iPod players could be a serious security risk, Gartner claims. The analyst firm says the devices could be used to sneak out valuable corporate information or introduce computer viruses into corporate environments.
John Leyden, 07 Jul 2004

World to get iPod Mini on 24 July

Apple's eagerly awaited iPod Mini will ship in the UK on 24 July 2004, the Mac maker said today.
Tony Smith, 07 Jul 2004

Symbian raises £50m in rights issue

Symbian today issued £50m worth of shares in a deal which allays shareholder concerns that it was turning into a Nokia puppet.
Tony Smith, 07 Jul 2004

PeopleSoft blames Oracle for losses

PeopleSoft has warned that sales for the second quarter are worse than predicted and lost no time in blaming Oracle for the fall. Shares in the enterprise software vendor fell more than 10 per cent in before-hours trading.
John Oates, 07 Jul 2004

Swansea Council IT staff threaten strike over outsourcing

IT staff at Swansea Council are voting on strike action to stop the council outsourcing their jobs. Ballot papers will be sent out next week. The vote follows a meeting organised by trade union Unison which showed unanimous support for a strike.
John Oates, 07 Jul 2004

MS defeated in ergo keyboard patent appeal

The US Court of Appeals has told Microsoft that it should have not been successful in its attempt to have two patents detailing ergonomic keyboard designs rendered invalid.
Tony Smith, 07 Jul 2004

E-voting security: looking good on paper?

A couple of weeks ago, the US League of Women Voters incurred the wrath of touch-screen ballot skeptics by indicating its acceptance of DRE (Direct Recording Electronic) ballot machines with no voter-verifiable paper trail.
Thomas C Greene, 07 Jul 2004

Sun outsources UK support engineers

Sun Microsystems is to offload 40 UK engineers from its managed services business with an outsourcing contract due to begin on 1 September. The site based engineers - who provide front-line support for Sun servers at BT, Rolls Royce and major banks like Credit Suisse - learned last week that their roles had been put out to competitive tender. A consultation period between workers and managers will take place this month. We understand Sun’s customers will not be consulted over the move.
John Leyden, 07 Jul 2004

'Together we can defeat spam in two years'

Delegates at an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) spam conference this week have called for standardised, stronger worldwide anti-spam legislation. They aim control the 'modern day epidemic' of spam within two years.
John Leyden, 07 Jul 2004
DVD it in many colours

Analyst warms to Sun's Q4 run

Sun Microsystems' arch-nemesis analyst Steven Milunovich issued a surprisingly positive note for the company today, saying fourth quarter revenue appears to be coming in higher than expected.
Ashlee Vance, 07 Jul 2004

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