British Gas warns punters about rogue diallers
British Gas is writing to all of its 400,000 telephone customers warning them about rogue dialler scams that hijack their computers and run up huge phone bills.
DIY phishing kits hit the Net
Do-it-yourself phishing kits are being made available for download free of charge from the Internet, according to anti-virus firm Sophos.
Nintendo patents key console online gaming features
Nintendo has been granted a US patent that yields it the ownership of key online multi-player gaming facilities, including player league tables, voice communications and online gaming host services.
Lindows postpones IPO
Lindows is postponing its IPO, citing market conditions. The Linux distro vendor has not abandoned the idea altogether - its S-1 registration statement remains on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Cornice countersues Seagate
Cornice has countersued hard drive rival Seagate, the maker of micro hard drives said yesterday.
Microsoft wins another Eolas web patent battle
The US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has ruled, once again, that The University of Califonia's controversial '906' browser patent is invalid. The decision gives Microsoft the upper hand in its battle with university spin-off Eolas, the sole licensee of the patent.
Sony, MS trim UK console prices
Microsoft and Sony yesterday trimmed the prices of the Xbox and PlayStation 2 as the pair square up against each other for the coming Christmas sales period - not to mention couch potatoes who've spent the summer on the sofa, eyes glued to the Olympics.
Aussie wireless broadband firm hints at iTunes launch
An Australian WISP has signed a deal with Apple that suggests the Mac maker will soon open its iTunes Music Store down under.
Number crunching boffins unearth crypto flaws
Cryptographic researchers have discovered weaknesses in the encryption algorithms that underpin the security and integrity of electronic signatures.
Google goes GOOG at $85 a share
Google has finally set its IPO share price at $85 and will debut on the Nasdaq today as GOOG. The news follows the Securities and Exchange Commission's decision, yesterday afternoon, to greenlight the IPO.
3 UK claims 1.2m subscribers
3 UK today claimed 1.2 million subscribers, at last taking it above the million subscriber target it set for itself to reach by Christmas last year. Worldwide, the Hutchison Whampoa-owned 3G mobile phone network operator has 3.2 million subscribers as of today, a net gain of 2.5 million customers in six months.
Virgin Radio touts Napster chart deal
UK station Virgin Radio is to begin broadcasting weekly chart rundowns based on Napster's online single sales figures, even as the Virgin Group's own digital music business, Virgin Digital, prepares to launch in the US and UK.
Alienware evolves from gamers to corporates
Alienware UK has updated its web site in a bid to shed its image as a purveyor of odd-looking, geek-friendly systems and recast itself as a provider of odd-looking business, creative consumer-friendly products.
Nortel fires seven beancounters (and 3,500 more)
Nortel Networks is firing seven finance employees in the wake of an accounting scandal which has already claimed the scalps of its former president and chief executive officer, chief financial officer and controller. At the same time the data networking equipment vendor is waving goodbye to 3,500 staff, mostly in North America, in cost-cutting moves.
US broadband use tops dial-up
More people access the Net in the US using a broadband connection than by dial-up, according to the latest stats from Nielsen//NetRatings.
Oracle joins the monthly patch bandwagon
Oracle is following Microsoft's lead in adopting as monthly patch cycle starting at the end of this month.
Amazon snaps up Chinese etailer
Amazon.com is moving in on China, by buying Joyo.com, the country's biggest retailer of books, music and videos. The deal values Joyo.com - which is headquartered in the British Virgin Islands - at $75m (£41m).
Epson parades tea cup-sized flying robot
Epson has developed a flying-robot that is the size of a teacup, but which is controlled remotely by Bluetooth for the duration of its three-minute flights.
Neptune shows off five new moons
A team of international astronomers has found five new moons orbiting Neptune. Previously the planet had seven known moons, including a couple of oddities: Triton and Nereid. The moons were discovered in observations made from ground-based telescopes in Chile and Hawaii.
Motorola plumps for HP Linux-on-Itanium bozes
In a somewhat surprising move, telecommunications equipment maker Motorola has chosen a variant of Hewlett-Packard's Itanium rack servers and Carrier-Grade Linux as the foundation of two of its next-generation lines of mobile telecom switching equipment. HP will be pleased with the news, as it proves that its Itanium platform has genuine market potential.
South Pole 'cyberterrorist' hack wasn't the first
It's a tale Tom Clancy might have written. From their lair in distant Romania, shadowy cyber extortionists penetrate the computers controlling the life support systems at a Antarctic research station, confronting the 58 scientists and contractors wintering over at the remote post with the sudden prospect of an icy death. After some twists and turns, the researchers are saved in the fourth act by an international law enforcement effort led by FBI agents wielding a controversial, but misunderstood, federal surveillance law.
Cisco warns on router bug
In briefCisco yesterday warned of a bug in its routing software that could be exploited in denial of service attacks. The network giant has issued a software patch for its Internetwork Operating System (IOS) software to defend against exploitation.
IBM threatens SCO with GPL hearing
Tech behemoth IBM has accused SCO of copyright infringement because it did not abide by the GNU General Public License (GPL) in using IBM's copyrighted work. IBM is seeking summary judgment for an injunction against SCO.
Should Google blame Foot in Mouth disease, or Evil Bankers?
AnalysisThanks to a cocktail of junk science and blind faith, techno-utopians love to believe that markets are "self-correcting". Only this doesn't apply to the stock market this week, they now tell us. Google's admirers are determined to believe that Wall Street has somehow conspired to wreck the company's initial public offering.
Court tells RIAA and Congress to let P2P software thrive
The same court that once helped shutdown Napster delivered a punishing blow today to the record labels, confirming an earlier decision that P2P networks are legal. The court then went one step further to say it's unwise to alter copyright law in a way that could stifle innovation just to suit well-established players in a market, given the ways in which technology often changes the market for the better in the long run.
Database snafu puts US Senator on terror watch list
US Senator Ted Kennedy (Democrat, Massachusetts) was prohibited from flying because his name sparked a terror alert, the Associated Press reports. Apparently, the Senator's name came up on a terrorist watch list, or no-fly list, while attempting to board a US Airways shuttle out of Washington.