21st > July > 2004 Archive

Broadband ISPs must wise up to small.biz needs

Broadband service providers need to work a little harder and be more inventive if they want to sign-up small businesses to high-speed Net access.
Tim Richardson, 21 Jul 2004

MS makes monster payout

Microsoft is paying a special dividend - giving investors a one-off payment of $3 per share, a total of $32bn. The company delayed getting rid of its cash pile because it was worried about potential costs connected to its anti-trust actions which have now been mainly settled.
John Oates, 21 Jul 2004

Freescale posts Q2 profit on rising sales

Motorola's soon-to-be-independent semiconductor operation, Freescale, saw sale rise five per cent sequentially and 31 per cent year-on-year, allowing the company to post a profit for its second quarter.
Tony Smith, 21 Jul 2004

Chip biz IPO pushes Motorola into the red

Motorola yesterday reported that it had experienced a big jump in sales during its second quarter. However, the upcoming IPO of its chip division, Freescale, knocked its earnings for six.
Tony Smith, 21 Jul 2004

French atomic agency sues Samsung

The French government has accused Samsung of infringing patents it holds covering LCD technology and has summoned the South Korean giant to the portentous-sounding Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance to explain itself.
Tony Smith, 21 Jul 2004

The ATM keypad as security portcullis

Behold the modern automated teller machine, a tiny mechanical fortress in a world of soft targets. But even with all those video cameras, audit trails, and steel reinforced cash vaults, wily thieves armed with social engineering techniques and street technology are still making bank. Now the financial industry is working to close one more chink in the ATM's armor: the humble PIN pad.
Kevin Poulsen, 21 Jul 2004

Shuttle unwraps 'fastest' SFF PC yet

Small form-factor barebones PC maker Shuttle today introduced its first Socket 939 Athlon 64 model, claiming the new machine will out-perform the company's Intel-oriented offerings.
Tony Smith, 21 Jul 2004

France Telecom must return state aid

The European Commission has ruled that France Telecom did receive "illicit aid" from the French government and ordered the telco to pay the money back.
John Oates, 21 Jul 2004

Virgin Mobile floats!

Virgin Mobile made a successful debut on the London Stock Exchange this morning. Shares are trading at 207p, above the revised offer price of 200p but substantially lower than the original price range of 235p and 285p. Branson decided yesterday to cut the price and reduce the amount of shares on offer.
John Oates, 21 Jul 2004

Judge deems PS2 mod chips illegal in UK

The UK High Court has judged that the sale, advertisement, possession for commercial purposes and use of PlayStation 2 modification chips is illegal in this country.
Tony Smith, 21 Jul 2004

Oracle judge hears closing arguments

Judge Vaughan Walker heard closing arguments from the US government and from Oracle yesterday - and gave both sides some tough questions.
John Oates, 21 Jul 2004

Parents clueless about kids online

Parents haven't a clue what their kids get up to online. That's just one of the findings of a report out today by the London School of Economics which reveals a gulf between what children do online - and what parents think their children get up to.
Tim Richardson, 21 Jul 2004

mmo2 numbers are up

mmo2 says subscriber numbers are up and it expects to outperform expectations for the quarter ended 30 June 2004. The mobile operator added 603,000 new customers giving it a total of 21.3m. Of these 261,000 were in the UK and of them 149,000 were contract customers. ARPU (average revenue per user) was also up to £279 in the UK compared to £272 for the last quarter of 2003. UK contract ARPU was £537. Germany, which gained 336,000 customers, saw ARPU rise slightly to €367, from €366 in the last quarter of 2003.
John Oates, 21 Jul 2004

Mars rock found in Antarctica

Meteorite hunters, scouring the Antarctic continent for fragments of other worlds, have found a new piece of Mars in amongst the ice, snow and penguins. As is traditional in such cases, it has been given a name that reflects its alien origins and the vast distance it travelled through space: MIL 03346.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Jul 2004

God violates Intel trademark

Those readers who already have the fastest, leanest, boy-racer chip in their PC but still feel the need to "upgrade to the highest power" might consider looking beyond the purely physical.
Lester Haines, 21 Jul 2004

One.Tel in broadband - telco bundle

Four in ten punters say they would be more likely to switch telephone provider if offered a bundled package of fixed line, broadband and mobile, according to research commission by One.Tel.
Tim Richardson, 21 Jul 2004

HP extends PDA lead

HP continued to outstrip PalmOne in markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa during Q2, expanding the gap between the two companies' shipments after it took the lead in Q1, according to the latest figures from market watcher Canalys.
Tony Smith, 21 Jul 2004

IBM's £400m Defra IT deal gets the green light

IBM has been confirmed as the IT partner for the Department of Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), in a contract worth at least £400m over the next ten years.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Jul 2004

BTG sues Apple and MS over software downloads

A British intellectual property firm is taking Microsoft and Apple to court alleging they have infringed its software patents.
John Oates, 21 Jul 2004

Garmin preps mid-range integrated GPS PDA

Kit WatchGarmin's anticipated revised Palm OS-based integrated GPS handheld looks set to ship in two weeks' time.
Tony Smith, 21 Jul 2004

Aurora rattles tin for space exploration

Scientists will today argue the case for UK involvement in Aurora, the European Space Agency's mission to explore space beyond Earth's orbit, aiming first for the moon, and then Mars.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Jul 2004
Cat 5 cable

US Net users want VoIP

One in five Net users in the US wants the opportunity to make cheap calls over the Internet.
Tim Richardson, 21 Jul 2004

Spam King dodges $20m big stick

Notorious spammer Scott Richter has been slapped on the wrist for the bulk mailing activities of his OptInRealBig business. But the $40,000 fine (plus $10,000 in "investigative costs") Richter will be obliged to pay in settling a lawsuit brought against him by the State of New York is more of a victory for the self-styled "Spam King" than his legal adversaries.
John Leyden, 21 Jul 2004

Online ad spend on the up-and-up

Between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2003 Internet advertising in Britain was worth £353.6m, 2.5 per cent of total ad spend. The second half of the year accounted for £202.1m of this total.
John Oates, 21 Jul 2004

ISPA seeks analysis of BT's 'Cleanfeed' stats

ISPA - the trade group for the UK's ISPs - wants to carry out an analysis of BT's "Cleanfeed" Web filtering system because of concerns that the data might be giving a misleading picture of the scale of Internet child abuse.
Tim Richardson, 21 Jul 2004

iPass touts network access policy devolution

iPass is to take a more active role in supporting customers' network security programmes, a move that will see the company's business ultimately become more akin to facilities management than that of a corporate remote access provider.
Tony Smith, 21 Jul 2004

Cybercops seize Russian extortion masterminds

Three men suspected of masterminding a cyber-extortion racket targeting online bookies were arrested yesterday in a joint operation between the UK’s National Hi-Tech Crime Unit and its counterparts in the Russian Federation. The trio, who investigators reckon netted hundreds of thousands of pounds from the cyber shakedowns, were picked up in a series of raids both in St Petersburg, and in the Saratov and Stavropol regions in southwest Russia.
John Leyden, 21 Jul 2004

P2P net iMesh falls in line with RIAA

Israeli P2P network iMesh has agreed to block unauthorised song-swapping and cough up $4.1m to the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA).
Tony Smith, 21 Jul 2004

Bluesocket punts wireless security kit

Bluesocket, the IT security vendor, is to sell wireless monitoring technology alongside its current line of wireless gateway products. The BlueSecure intrusion detection system includes a server and dedicated sensors, which can monitor traffic on 802.11a, b and g networks.
John Leyden, 21 Jul 2004

God to smite Reg hacks

FoTWNot one, but two flames this week. Both addressed to Mr. Haines, which makes us wonder what it is about the man that inspires your wrath...
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Jul 2004

Seagate sees red in Q4

Troubled hard drive maker Seagate yesterday reported disappointing results for its fourth quarter and full year.
Ashlee Vance, 21 Jul 2004

Apple signs key indies to iTunes

UpdatedApple today confirmed that it has reached an accord with European independent record labels Beggars Group, Sanctuary Records Group and V2, bringing the likes of Basement Jaxx, The Crystal Method, Interpol, The Libertines, Morrissey, Prodigy, Stereophonics, the Datsuns, Paul Weller and The White Stripes to the iTunes Music Store in the UK, France and Germany.
Tony Smith, 21 Jul 2004

NASA and Bush battle for budget

President Bush's plans to get to Mars may have run into trouble, courtesy of a move in the US House of Representatives to cut NASA's 2005 budget by $1.1bn.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Jul 2004

Symbian founder on mobile past, present and future

ExclusiveColly Myers has had a pretty low profile since leaving Symbian two years ago.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jul 2004

What went wrong at Wright State when Napster arrived

OpinionWhen the Napster music service arrives at Wright State University this fall, it will bring with it higher IT costs for everyone while delivering almost no gains to half of the student population.
Ashlee Vance, 21 Jul 2004

Judge junks most of SCO's complaint against DaimlerChrysler

It looks as if SCO will have to find another automaker to pick on after a judge granted the majority of DaimlerChrysler's motion to dismiss SCO's suit against it.
Ashlee Vance, 21 Jul 2004

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