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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PalmOne 'Ace' Treo piccies leak out
PalmOne's next-generation Treo smart phone, codenamed 'Ace', has surfaced on the web.
Intel unveils tri-mode Wi-Fi for Centrino
Intel launched its 'Callexico 2' tri-mode Wi-Fi adaptor for notebook PCs yesterday, as anticipated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.