20th > September > 2004 Archive
UK police arrest Cisco source code suspect
UK police have arrested a man on suspicion of stealing source code from networking giant Cisco. The 20 year-old was arrested following Metropolitan Police Computer Crime Unit raids in Manchester and Derbyshire on 3 September. He was questioned on suspicion of offences against the UK's Computer Misuse Act in connection with the May theft of Cisco source and released pending further police enquiries.
C&W to throw £85m at LLU
Cable & Wireless is to plough £55m-£85m into local loop unbundling (LLU) over the next couple of years as it ramps up its investment in broadband. It is to unbundle up to 400 exchanges in the second half of 2005 as it targets around a third of BT's exchanges.
Sloppy emailing is bad for business
Email, often thought of as ultimate business tool, can actually slow decisions and be bad for business according to a new survey. The problem lies in a lack of email etiquette, a psychologist says.
Oracle v. Peoplesoft: the joke is on...
OpinionI thought it was a joke when Oracle first announced that it was going to try to buy PeopleSoft; or, at best, a spoiling tactic over PeopleSoft's acquisition of JD Edwards. It turns out that I was wrong. I was also wrong to suppose that the anti-trust case brought by the US Department of Justice would be upheld - unless the DoJ appeals or the EU does something about it then it now looks very much as if this hostile takeover may go ahead.
Nokia exits ringtones
Nokia has bowed out of the ringtone market following poor sales from its Club Nokia website. Its exit should also smooth relationships with mobile network operators which think that their hardware providers should not try to sell content to their customers..
Hynix guilty of accounting fraud
Hynix is bracing itself for fines, and worse, after Korean regulators found it guilty of a $1.75bn accounting fraud.
BT trials video-on-demand
BT is trialling TV-cum-video-on-demand over broadband. It is hooking up with Freeview, the UK's digital TV service which provides up to 30 free digital TV channels and more than 20 digital radio station. The "BT Freeview Plus" service will enable punters to watch these channels and to pay for video-on-demand content by using their broadband connection.
Microsoft opens up Office - to governments
Microsoft is opening up the source code for its Office suite of products, but only for governments.
'Warez lawyer' had double agenda - claim
More details have emerged on the arrest of a German lawyer and three businessmen who masterminded an international warez network and grossed €1m.
AMD goes mobile at 90nm with Athlon 3000+
AMD today launched its latest mobile processor, the Athlon 64 3000+, the first new processor manufactured on its 90nm process. You'll be surprised to hear that it goes faster than its immediate predecessor, without drawing more power.
EC names IST prizewinners
The European Commission has announced the winners of the 2004 Information Society Technology prizes. Each winner is invited to exhibit their product at this November's IST 2004, where the three winners of the Grand Prizes - worth €200,000 - will be announced.
Peoplesoft staff get golden goodbye
PeopleSoft staff will get bigger and better severance packages in a move the company insists is to reward people for work put in, not an attempt to stop people jumping ship in the future. The deal would likely increase the cost of any takeover by Oracle.
Trouble in Paradise
BDO Stoy Hayward has been appointed administrator of Paradise Computers. As revealed by El Reg last week the firm got into difficulties following a dispute with HP over trademark infringement and grey importing. In August HP issued a £2.2m High Court writ against the reseller, it has promised to take tougher action over grey imports in the UK.
Your Communications seeks buyer
United Utilities - the FTSE 100 energy and water outfit - has reacted coolly to a weekend report that it is seeking a buyer for its B2B telco Your Communications. The Sunday Telegraph reports that Ernst & Young has been hired for the sale after United Utilities ruled out floating the company.
Rise of the Botnets
The first half of 2004 saw a huge increase in zombie PCs. Also called bots, their average numbers monitored by security firm Symantec rose between January and June from under 2,000 to more than 30,000 per day - peaking at 75,000 on one day.
IBM talks up US pensions with ornery old-timers
IBM is in talks which could resolve the case brought by 140,000 older pension holders in the US who believe they were discriminated against by changes made to the company pension scheme in the 1999.
IT vendors lose that loving feeling
IT buyers have little love or loyalty for the IT brands they purchase.
HP spends $1.3bn on its own shares
Ink giant HP has spent $1.3bn on buying its own shares. The accelerated share repurchase scheme was carried out through Merrill Lynch - in effect HP buys the shares now and the investment bank buys them from the open market over the next few months.
ESA tests microgravity with orbiting pail of water
After Beagle II went missing on Mars, the European Space Agency could be forgiven for scaling down its ambitions. But, no. For its next trick, the ESA is sending a bucket of water into orbit in the beautifully named Sloshsat-FLEVO mission. (FLEVO stands for Facility for Liquid Experimentation and Verification in Orbit.)
Reg road tests the Wi-Fi pub
The battle-hardened hacks at El Reg need little encouragement to partake of a foaming pint of ale, so it was with much cheering that we recently reported on Kent brewer Shepherd Neame's decision to kit out some of its hostelries with Wi-Fi hotspots.
Sasser author gets IT security job
Sven Jaschan, self-confessed creator of the destructive NetSky and Sasser worms, has been hired by German security company Securepoint. He's been offered work as a trainee software developer working on security products, such as firewalls, even though he may go to prison for creating one of the most destructive computer viruses to date. Jaschan was charged this month with computer sabotage. No trial date has been set.
Microsoft launches mini-attack on data back-up market
Storage DecisionsMicrosoft's storage ambitions are expanding with the vendor today announcing plans to release new data backup software.