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Orbitz founder seeks to rattle Sabre

The man behind Orbitz, Alex Zoghlin, says he's signed seven new airlines for his latest attempt to buck the airline ticketing business. His new company, G2 Switchworks has yet to launch the TrueConnect website, but has already indicated that it's taking Sabre, Worldspan and his former company Orbitz head on.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Aug 2004

'Large number' of ISPs face ruin - UKIF

A "large number" of the UK's ISPs could go bust following Ofcom's decision to allow the wholesale cost of some business broadband products to rise by as much as 30 per cent.
Tim Richardson, 27 Aug 2004

SCO closes BayStar deal

The SCO Group's stock hit its lowest point since the start of its anti-Linux campaign after settling a truce with one of its major investors. SCO has completed an agreement with BayStar Capital that ends an acrimonious dispute between the companies. Marin County-based BayStar invested $20m in SCO last October, but became dismayed by executives public statements and the company's strategy. Not that it lost faith in SCO's plan to extract IP royalties from Linux companies; quite the opposite: BayStar believed that SCO should drop its residual UNIX™ business and concentrate on licensing.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Aug 2004

150+ cuffed in US-led cybercrime crackdown

A three-month crackdown on cybercrime has resulted in the arrest of more than 150 people, the US Department of Justice announced at a Washington press conference yesterday.
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2004

Feds bust DDoS 'Mafia'

A Massachusetts businessman allegedly paid members of the computer underground to launch organized, crippling distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against three of his competitors, in what federal officials are calling the first criminal case to arise from a DDoS-for-hire scheme.
Kevin Poulsen, 27 Aug 2004

The polluted Internet

CommentI've spent a significant amount of time in New Delhi - which was, until a few years ago, one of the most polluted cities on the planet - and I've seen the effects of all those toxic fumes. A low cloud of fog lines the narrow streets at night, and the pollution seeps in through the windows while most people are fast asleep, breathing it in.
Kelly Martin, 27 Aug 2004

Broadband users are impatient

Broadband users are an impatient lot that expect the same speed of service in the "real world" as they do online.
Tim Richardson, 27 Aug 2004

Cisco snaffles P-Cube

Summer used to be the time of year when business slowed down from its usual frenetic pace and a degree of calm settled over organisations. This year has been somewhat different and a few days ago Cisco, one of the most widely recognised IT suppliers, agreed to splash out some $200m to acquire P-Cube.
Tony Lock, 27 Aug 2004

Bosses fear employee fraud

Fraud is now considered to be as big a threat as burglary, however many employers are failing to take the most basic precautions. Research carried out by financial advisers MacIntyre Hudson, shows that 38 per cent of employers questioned pointed to fraud as the single biggest threat to their business.
Startups.co.uk, 27 Aug 2004

HP iPod to ship 15 September

HP's North American online store has begun accepting pre-orders for the PC maker's own-brand version of Apple's iPod.
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2004

PalmOne 'Ace' Treo piccies leak out

PalmOne's next-generation Treo smart phone, codenamed 'Ace', has surfaced on the web.
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2004

Intel unveils tri-mode Wi-Fi for Centrino

Intel launched its 'Callexico 2' tri-mode Wi-Fi adaptor for notebook PCs yesterday, as anticipated.
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2004

Aussie PM slammed for spam

The Prime Minister of Australia has been accused of "double standards" after employing his son's company to spam voters in his Sydney constituency of Bennelong.
Tim Richardson, 27 Aug 2004

4,000! BT! Yahoo! punters! get! double! billed!

As many as 4,000 BT Yahoo! broadband punters have been billed twice for their Net access service this month after a billing cock-up at the company.
Tim Richardson, 27 Aug 2004

Filipino mobe users scammed over virus scare

Unscrupulous Filipino phone shops are cashing on recent stories about mobile phone viruses to flog worried punters services they don't need.
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2004

Sheep, planes and Lara Croft

LettersLet's get right to it. The most important story this week, without any doubt, is the wonderful news that sheep feel happier when surrounded by family photos. One, two three...Ahhhhhhh.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Aug 2004

Telewest warns punters off cheap broadband deals

Telewest reckons punters should beware of "stingy bandwidth restrictions" before signing up to ISPs making "extravagant claims" about their cut-price, high-speed broadband services.
Tim Richardson, 27 Aug 2004

Scientists suck hydrogen from sunflower oil

In the future, your car might run on sunflower oil, or at least on the hydrogen that can be derived from it thanks to research being conducted at the University of Leeds.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Aug 2004

Japanese banks deploy biometric palm scanners

Japanese banks are turning to a new biometric identification system, based on the unique nature of the patterns of veins in our palms.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Aug 2004

VeriSign antitrust claim against ICANN rebuffed

VeriSign has suffered a legal setback in its courtroom battles with Internet governing body ICANN over its controversial Site Finder service.
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2004

Phone win for Apple

Sprint has agreed to deliver video to its phones using Apple's QuickTime video technology. Sprint's PCS Vision Multimedia Services will deliver clips, including 'Sprint TV', to the Samsung MM-A700 handset. It's a minor announcement in the larger industry context, but a major deal for Apple, which can boast of its first carrier customer. So far, Real Networks has made most of the running in the mobile space, delivering news and sports clips for AT&T's new EDGE network through the Nokia 6620. The Real Player comes standard with Nokia's own Series 60 smartphones.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Aug 2004

Deafening phone - Siemens issues health warning

Siemens has issued a warning about potential ear damage caused by its 65 series phones. If the battery is exhausted during a phone call, the handset shuts down, but before clapping out altogether, it plays a tune. Rather loudly. That's more polite than screaming "I'm spent!" in German into your ear, but the problem is serious. The handset plays the shutdown melody so loudly that the user's eardrum may be damaged, says Siemens.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Aug 2004

Avalon faces axe as Microsoft dismembers Longhorn

ExclusiveCattle mutilation appears to be a phenomenon more common on the MidWest prairies than the Pacific coast, but one steer in particular faces a very nervous weekend: Microsoft's Longhorn.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Aug 2004

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