13th > October > 2004 Archive

Qualcomm dials Cambridge to enter UI business

All of a sudden, everyone wants to be in the business of making user interfaces for mobile phones. In a move that's sure to raise eyebrows - we can only guess by how far, and at what angle - even Qualcomm has got in on the act.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Oct 2004

Supremes sidestep RIAA's John Doe challenge

The Recording Industry Ass. of America has failed to get the Supreme Court to review its P2P challenge against Verizon. In January, a District Court ruled that copyright holders couldn't use John Doe subpoenas to obtain the details of alleged infringers from ISPs. Congress had already acknowledged that ISPs can't police every infringing action. Verizon successfully argued that it couldn't "take down" infringing material on P2P networks without, in effect, closing down the entre network.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Oct 2004

Dell launches Axim X50 wireless media PDAs

Dell debuted the latest additions to its Axim PDA line-up: three new models based on Intel's newest processor and mobile graphics technology, and ready to accept tracks downloaded from Windows Media-based online music stores.
Tony Smith, 13 Oct 2004

Prosecutor resigns over hacked PC

A leading Dutch prosecuter resigned yesterday after hackers entered his mail box and revealed yet another classified letter addressed to the public prosecutor's office.
Jan Libbenga, 13 Oct 2004

UK sets $1.2bn eGov budget

European governments will spend widely differing amounts on getting services online, according to IDC researchers.
John Oates, 13 Oct 2004

Renesas seeks Nanya DRAM ban

Renesas has asked the Tokyo court to ban rival DRAM maker Nanya from importing memory chip into Japan and from promoting products there.
Tony Smith, 13 Oct 2004

'Overheating' NTL phone kit safe, says Tellabs

Tellabs, the US telecoms equipment maker, has rejected claims by NTL Ireland that its kit poses a safety hazard. It insisting that its cablespan units are "safe when properly installed".
Tim Richardson, 13 Oct 2004

Patriot Act tour carried a hefty price tag

He may not have trashed any hotel rooms, but US Attorney General John Ashcroft spent over $200,000 of taxpayers' money in a four-week, 31-city tour last year promoting the controversial USA PATRIOT Act, according to a report by Congressional auditors released Tuesday.
Kevin Poulsen, 13 Oct 2004

Yahoo! profits! triple!

Yahoo! made its sixth consecutive quarter of record revenue in the third quarter ended 30 September 2004. Revenues were $907m, up 154 per cent on the same period a year ago. Operating income for the three months was $172m, up 106 per cent on last year.
John Oates, 13 Oct 2004

PeopleSoft defends poison pills

David Duffield, PeopleSoft founder and acting-CEO, said the firm might have considered the Oracle takeover bid more seriously if terms had been different. Testifying in a Delaware court, he said that the bid offer might have been accepted if some terms had been dropped - and if Oracle had been serious about selling and supporting PeopleSoft products. Duffield took the reins as CEO after the departure of Craig Conway, who was implacably opposed to the deal.
John Oates, 13 Oct 2004

Creative unveils 5GB Zen Micro

Creative launched its Zen Micro "iPod Mini challenger" last night, as anticipated.
Tony Smith, 13 Oct 2004

Ukrainian teen fights the Rise of the Machines™

A 14-year-old Ukrainian girl has struck a blow for humanity in the war against belligerent technology by completely destroying a Yalta cash machine - with her bare hands.
Lester Haines, 13 Oct 2004

Open Source and software rental

Software pricing has always presented a conundrum both for vendors and for the customer. In the pre-internet days software pricing on servers was, roughly, proportional to the cost of the hardware. In the days of mainframes and minicomputers this seemed rational, but as the servers morphed into anything from a lonely Intel box to a high-end cluster it began to get complicated and it was quite possible that, with expensive software such as the big name database products, the structure of software pricing could limit or determine hardware choice.
Robin Bloor, 13 Oct 2004

Seven critical in MS October patch batch

Microsoft yesterday released 10 new security bulletins to fix multiple components in its Windows operating system and applications.
John Leyden, 13 Oct 2004

CERN turns 50 in style

Some of Britain's most distinguished scientists gathered in the Treasury last night, along with various MPs, lords and the occasional journalist, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of CERN.
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Oct 2004

UK rings up new 'real phone' VoIP service

A German company has launched a new internet telephony service in the UK which offers cheap calls and uses "geographical" numbers.
Tim Richardson, 13 Oct 2004
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EC widens Intel-only contracts probe

The European Commission has told France, the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden provide more evidence on how their governments procured computer equipment. The formal request is the first step of an infringement process which could end with the countries being brought before the Court of Appeal. They have two months to answer the charges.
John Oates, 13 Oct 2004

EU approves €1.75bn for tech research

The EU has approved €1.75bn of funding over the next two years for research into future and emerging technologies.
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Oct 2004

Novell to defend against open source IP attack

Novell yesterday pledged to use its patent portfolio to defend against potential intellectual property attacks by others on its open source products. The company is urging other vendors to follow suit.
John Leyden, 13 Oct 2004

Skint? Try FundsReunited

Anyone who reckons that they may have cash lying about in the form of shares or life assurance policies - but can't find the paperwork - might like to try out FundsReunited.com.
Lester Haines, 13 Oct 2004

IBM software vendors feel the love

IBM is opening up its software developer programme in order to get more bodies behind its battle with Microsoft.
John Oates, 13 Oct 2004

Home Office seeks spin doctor to sell cuddly ID card brand

The Home Office is hiring a head of spin in order to sell ID cards to the British public, despite the fact that it has not yet published the response to the "consultation" earlier this year, and has yet to put a bill before parliament, far less get parliament to pass it. Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesman Mark Oaten has cried foul to both the BBC and Telegraph (registration required, life's too short), but while it's nice to see MPs starting to notice that the Home Office regards them as a tiresome formality, it's not exactly news.
John Lettice, 13 Oct 2004

BT cool on board rift speculation

BT has played down speculation that it's facing a boardroom split over the telco's future broadband plans.
Tim Richardson, 13 Oct 2004

UK Lotto goes mobile

If you fancy your chances at winning the National Lottery, but can't get to a newsagent or a computer in time to buy your ticket, fear not, because from today you will be able to place your one-in-14-million-chance bet by mobile phone. The service is a result of National Lottery operator Camelot's promise to use interactive services to sell tickets which it made when rebidding for the contract.
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Oct 2004

Motorola launches six clamshells

Motorola Europe launched six new mobile handsets today, three of which will be generally available and the other three under exclusive contracts with either Vodafone Live, T-Mobile or Orange.
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Oct 2004

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Tony Smith, 13 Oct 2004

Interactive urinal cake aimed at ravers, C&W fans

Companies such as Intel, HP and IBM dominate the media with their fancy computers, printers and patent portfolios. So often, this practice of lauding attention on the "tech behemoths" leaves little guys like Healthquest Technologies Inc. and its Wizmark division out in the cold. But we ask, what have Intel, HP or IBM done in the field of interactive urinal communication lately?
Ashlee Vance, 13 Oct 2004

Yelp! A viral recommendation system you can't resist?

Today sees the launch of yet another networking website, only with a difference. It's a doh! moment - one of those simple splendid ideas that has you asking "Why didn't anyone think of that before?" much like eBay and the original Napster - although Yelp's ambitions are far more modest.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Oct 2004

Feds mull regulating online campaigning

The US Federal Election Commission (FEC) is contemplating the regulation of online political activity to ensure compliance with recent campaign spending limits, the Associated Press reports.
Thomas C Greene, 13 Oct 2004

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