16th > July > 2004 Archive


Welsh distie Redstar goes titsup

Welsh components distie Redstar Marketing has gone titsup. A terse message on the firm's website states that it has ceased trading.
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2004

RIAA praises 'magnificent' P2P

An open letter to the Senate from Recording Industry Association of America chief Mitch Bainwol praises peer-to-peer technology as "magnificent". But this isn't a change of heart: the RIAA is rallying support behind Orrin Hatch's INDUCE Act.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Jul 2004

NEC declares Teraflopian war

Dr Takemitsu Kunio, head of NEC's research and development in Tokyo, said the company would "never give up" in the battle for supercomputer supremacy.
Lucy Sherriff, 16 Jul 2004

Nokia warning send shares falling

Nokia yesterday warned that earnings will continue to decline in 2004, sending the company's stock sharply lower.
ElectricNews.net, 16 Jul 2004

Show me the way to go (for e-biz advice)

Small businesses aren’t fully embracing the technology that could help them run more efficiently because they don’t know how to use it or where to go for help.
Startups.co.uk, 16 Jul 2004

Charges against Amsterdam 419ers dismissed

The Dutch Department of Justice yesterday suffered bitter defeat in a court case against thirteen West African men, who allegedly sent thousands of 419 or advance fraud fee letters through the Amsterdam cable network of UPC. The court ruled that there wasn't enough evidence to link the suspects individually to the scams.
Jan Libbenga, 16 Jul 2004

eBay to explore music downloads

eBay is to offer a trial digital music download service, allowing third-parties to piggy-back their own music offerings through its web site and payment system.
Tony Smith, 16 Jul 2004

MSN buys Lookout for Outlook

In briefMicrosoft has bought a search firm called Lookout, for an undisclosed sum. Lookout specialises in search for Outlook, and Microsoft is to incorporate the technology into its MSN business.
Drew Cullen, 16 Jul 2004

Bagle copycat builds Zombie attack network

Virus writers have released a new version of the Bagle worm, on the back of the source code released into the wild earlier this month.
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2004

Moody's junk-rates EDS debt

Moody's cut EDS's debt rating to junk bond status yesterday, which means the computer services firm's cost of borrowing has just gotten higher. Also, it may find it that much harder to win mega-outsourcing deals, as customers want to see a completely pukka balance sheet, if they are to commit their IT to another business.
Drew Cullen, 16 Jul 2004

Inaccessible, trademark infringing and on the Web

LettersUpset abounds this week. Warner Brothers' attempts to claim ownership of the word 'Shire' certainly stung some of you into action. But we'll get to that once we've had a glimpse into the mind of the technically able cinema goer. Yes, we're talking about Odeon's website:
Lucy Sherriff, 16 Jul 2004

Oxford Uni hacks-to-hackers land in hot water

Two Oxford University student hacks who turned hackers to expose IT security shortcomings at the University face possible suspension for their efforts.
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2004

Excel ate my DNA

Genetic research is being hampered by a smart formatting function in Excel, according to US researchers.
Lucy Sherriff, 16 Jul 2004

IEEE groups fight for control of key standards

AnalysisThis week’s IEEE summit highlighted the breakneck pace of change that is driving innovation in wireless, but also threatening to break its standards process apart. Political wars rage in areas like UltraWideBand and fast Wi-Fi, but more fundamental debates are taking place over how different specifications should coexist and which territory they should occupy. As Wi-Fi reaches up to WiMAX’ range and WiMAX aims for the mobility of 802.20, the most important IEEE group of all may be 802.22, looking at the cognitive radio that will enable devices to use all three and to take advantage of proposed opening of US television spectrum.
Wireless Watch, 16 Jul 2004

Will the first Linux carwash clean up?

Trading has started slowly at the world’s first Linux-only computer shop and carwash.
Ben King, 16 Jul 2004

MS wins $4m from spammer scammmer

Microsoft has won a $3.95m judgement against a California man who used a combination of cybersquatting and spamming tactics to scare vulnerable users into downloading adware.
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2004

Sendo X: phone meets PDA, MP3 player, light sabre

ReviewThe more attentive Register reader will no doubt be aware of this writer's obsessions (well OK, bigotry) on the subject of PDAs, form factors and mobility. They may also recall my joy when Psion finally mobile-enabled the netBook, and the sad death of said netBook the following year at the bottom of a sauvignon- and broken glass-filled Symbian shoulderbag. So what am I doing now? An update is probably in order.
John Lettice, 16 Jul 2004

Dell boosts Q2 earnings on tax break

Kevin Rollins began his first day as Dell's CEO with a bang, giving the all clear for the company to raise its second quarter earnings forecast.
Ashlee Vance, 16 Jul 2004

US nuclear lab suspends secret work

Classified work at a key US nuclear weapons research lab has been suspended after sensitive data was reported missing.
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2004

Airport snoop system thrown in $102m garbage can

The US government has scrapped a controversial $102m airline passenger screening system in favor of an as of yet undefined new system.
Ashlee Vance, 16 Jul 2004

World's best-dressed Linux backer leaves Sun

Peder Ulander, one of Sun Microsystems' Linux desktop leaders, is leaving the company for a much smaller organization - Linux seller MontaVista Software.
Ashlee Vance, 16 Jul 2004

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