7th > October > 2004 Archive

EMC adds triple-threat to replication software

EMC this week covered some serious ground on the software side of the house, announcing a slew of new tools for sending files between data centers and between storage systems made by different vendors.
Ashlee Vance, 07 Oct 2004

Email privacy strikeout suspended

Privacy groups have succeeded in persuading a First Circuit Appeals Court to reopen a case with some nasty unintended consequences for email users. A June ruling inadvertently opened the door for spooks and Feds to snoop on email without a court order, but that's now been suspended, pending the hearing in December.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Oct 2004

34 tech firms sued for alleged LCD patent theft

Honeywell has issued lawsuits against 34 companies, including Dell, Apple, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Fujitsu, Sony and Toshiba alleging LCD panels used in their products infringe a 1992 patent the company holds.
Tony Smith, 07 Oct 2004

Peregrine execs charged by FBI

Eight former executives of Peregrine Software have been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud. An external Arthur Andersen auditor and two business partners of Peregrine face the same charges.
John Oates, 07 Oct 2004

OK, so Ellison is not a sociopath...

Craig Conway, the ex-boss of PeopleSoft, admitted yesterday that he may have over-reacted to the attempted takeover of his firm by Oracle.
John Oates, 07 Oct 2004

Swansea IT workers return to work

One hundred striking IT workers in Swansea have returned to work while both sides in the eight-week dispute continue to negotiate a settlement.
Tim Richardson, 07 Oct 2004

Man in satanic Renault terror ordeal

A traumatised Frenchman is shaken but otherwise unharmed after his Renault Vel Satis kidnapped him on the A71 motorway in central France and subjected him to an hour-long 125mph terror ordeal.
Lester Haines, 07 Oct 2004

Monti: Courts must rule on MS anti-trust

Mario Monti, the outgoing European competition commissioner, has told Microsoft that "the time for settlement has passed" on the anti-trust charges the company faces.
Lucy Sherriff, 07 Oct 2004

UK record industry sues 28 file-sharers

The UK record industry is suing 28 people in an attempt to stop them sharing music files over the internet.
John Oates, 07 Oct 2004

Quarky theory wins Nobel Prize

The 2004 Nobel Prize for physics has been awarded to three American scientists, David Gross, David Politzer and Frank Wilczek, for their explanation of the strong force, or how quarks combine to form protons and neutrons.
Lucy Sherriff, 07 Oct 2004

Demon does entry-level DSL

Demon is trying to break into the entry-level broadband market, with a new product that breaks the all-important important £20-a-month barrier. "Home 500" costs £19.99 a month and does not include download restrictions either.
Tim Richardson, 07 Oct 2004

Customer views from PeopleSoft Connect

At PeopleSoft’s European conference this week, the vendor’s senior executives were keen to point out the progress that the firm has made in the past year, including new services to make updates easier for customers. The main achievements of the past year being highlighted were improved customer satisfaction, an expanded presence in Europe and the successful integration of JD Edwards. PeopleSoft also wished to share its delight at good results for the third quarter, with license revenues in the region of $155m to $165m, total revenues amounting to $680m to $695m, and average deal sizes that were more than $100,000 larger than the previous quarter.
Fran Howarth, 07 Oct 2004

Broadband could ease traffic congestion

Britain's traffic jams could be a little less sticky if more people used broadband instead of travelling. Working from home, using the internet for shopping and staggering trips to work could help cut the UK's chronic congestion, a report out today claims.
Tim Richardson, 07 Oct 2004

Google founder ponders Irish R&D unit

At an event that resembled an American-style 'pep rally' - and included several upbeat speeches and exuberant cheers from Google staff - founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, along with Tanaiste Mary Harney, officially opened Google Ireland on Barrow Street in Dublin yesterday.
Matthew Clark, 07 Oct 2004

Oracle vs Peoplesoft

Oracle's relentless pursuit of Peoplesoft is approaching end-game. The enterprise software maker has seen off the DoJ, it has seen off Craig Conway, the implacably hostile Peoplesoft CEO, who was fired last week; and noises coming out of the European Commission, suggest that it will wave through the bid.
Team Register, 07 Oct 2004

T-Mobile brings Wi-Fi to Borders' UK stores

T-Mobile is to roll out Wi-Fi access within Borders bookshops throughout the UK, the company said today.
Tony Smith, 07 Oct 2004

Love DRM or my family starves: why Steve Ballmer doesn't Get It

Last Sunday Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer kicked off this week's European tour by sitting down with a small group* of British journalists and dispensing pearls of wisdom, notably on the future of Apple in home networking (it has none, natch, says Steve). He also did at least one interview, with the Financial Times (published in Tuesday's paper), remarkable largely because it inadvertently revealed the Microsoft High Command's paucity of ideas - if this is all Steve's currently betting the company on, then Microsoft is in big trouble.
John Lettice, 07 Oct 2004

Dell Axim X30 Wi-Fi PocketPC

ReviewThis may be a somewhat negative way to start a review of a good product, but it seems to me that PDAs are a dying breed. It can't be a good sign that Toshiba has stopped selling its Pocket PCs in the US, while Sony has pulled its Clié everywhere but Japan. It seems that the flexibility of the PDA hasn't served it as well as the PC. Though it can act as an may things - an organiser, a GPS solution, a music player and even a universal remote - consumers seem to prefer to buy dedicated solutions such as a Tom Tom Go or an iPod, writes Benny Har-Even.
Trusted Reviews, 07 Oct 2004

Fraud warning for UK resellers

A scammer is attempting to defraud UK resellers by passing themselves off as Nascent Technologies. The firm is warning that it has been contacted by several people who received orders apparently from Nascent Technologies and were about to send out kit. The police have been informed and are investigating.
John Oates, 07 Oct 2004

CE giants 'readying Blu-ray camcorders'

Sony, Sharp and Matsushita plan to offer camcorders based on a cut-down version of the Blu-ray Disc, and could announce product as early as next year.
Tony Smith, 07 Oct 2004

Unisys to shed 1,400 workers

Unisys is waving goodbye to 1,400 workers and getting rid of unused facilities, to save $70m a year by the end of 2005.
Lucy Sherriff, 07 Oct 2004

Lycos cleaner bins thousands of emails

Lycos Netherlands has accidentally deleted thousands of active mailboxes during a clean-up operation. The internet portal wanted to close most of its inactive mail accounts, but included many active ones as well. Since no back-ups were made, it is impossible to recover any lost mail messages, the company says.
Jan Libbenga, 07 Oct 2004

X-ray fireworks could signal supernovae

NASA astronomers last month detected two X-ray blasts and an almost-gamma ray burst that could be signs of imminent supernovae.
Lucy Sherriff, 07 Oct 2004

Intel preaches gospel of mobile diversity

AnalysisGet your head around this one, if you can: Intel is building a reference platform for mobile phones with Symbian and with Nokia. Does this mean all phones will, really, be the same thing? Not at all! - Erik Anderson preaches a gospel of diversity.
Guy Kewney, 07 Oct 2004

Republicans put $1.5m behind internet push

The Republican party's internet ambitions are proving very profitable for a small Tennessee hosting company. The GOP appears to have dolled out $1.5m over the past two years to keep George W. Bush's web site up and running and to send out massive amounts of political spam.
Ashlee Vance, 07 Oct 2004

Sun settles Java spat with Kodak for $92m

Kodak and Sun Microsystems have settled their Java battle out of court to the tune of $92m.
Ashlee Vance, 07 Oct 2004

Sun: MS truce clears way to open source Solaris

LinuxWorldA senior Sun Microsystems strategist today defended Sun's decision to make peace with Microsoft in April as being beneficial to the open source community. Simon Phipps, chief technology evangelist at Sun, said that any suggestion that Sun had 'sold out' to Redmond in settling a range of patent and anti-trust disputes was well wide of the mark.
John Leyden, 07 Oct 2004

AMD turns profit on strong 64-bit chip sales

AMD's 64-bit processor line has carried the company from red to black ink in the third quarter.
Ashlee Vance, 07 Oct 2004

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