9th > November > 2004 Archive

Major server vendors in giant, supercomputing cluster cluck

The world's finest server makers mobilized their marketing armies on Monday, hoping to draw as much attention as possible to their latest supercomputing wares.
Ashlee Vance, 09 Nov 2004

Ex-Lucent boss could face bribe charges

Three ex-Lucent employees were warned yesterday that they could face civil charges over allegations that they paid bribes to secure contracts in Saudi Arabia.
John Oates, 09 Nov 2004
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Toshiba takes Hynix to task in patent clash

Toshiba has accused Hynix of infringing its DRAM and Flash patents, and has begun legal proceedings against its South Korean rival in the US and Japanese courts.
Tony Smith, 09 Nov 2004

Pirated U2 album leaked online

Irish rockers U2 might bring forward the release date of their next album because pirate copies of it are turning up on peer-to-peer networks.
John Oates, 09 Nov 2004
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AMD signs foundry for 64-bit CPU production

AMD is to outsource AMD64 processor production - or at least a portion of it - the chip maker announced today.
Tony Smith, 09 Nov 2004
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Intel relaunches Itanic

Intel launched its first Itanium 2 processor with 9MB of L3 cache yesterday, as anticipated.
Tony Smith, 09 Nov 2004

Dog eats phone

A dog in Turkey has wolfed down a mobile phone. The owner of the phone only discovered it was inside the mutt when he rang the number and heard the dog's stomach ringing.
Tim Richardson, 09 Nov 2004

P2Pers ask Supreme Court to reject RIAA ban request

StreamCast has formally asked the US Supreme Court to reject the request made by the Motion Picture Ass. of America (MPAA) and Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) to revisit lower court decisions that confirm the legality of P2P software.
Tony Smith, 09 Nov 2004

Boy (11) sues mum for not buying him PC

An 11 year-old in Xingzheng, Henan province has taken his mother to court for refusing to give him a PC.
Robin Lettice, 09 Nov 2004

BT in VoIP giveaway

BT is bribing customers with free VoIP calls for a year if they sign up to one of its broadband services. The deal, the latest in a string of sign-up promo offers, runs until the end of December.
Tim Richardson, 09 Nov 2004

Trojan infects PCs to generate SMS spam

A Trojan which uses infected PCs to send spam messages to mobile phone users has been discovered. Delf-HA Trojan horse sends spam SMS messages by using the free "Send a text message" facility found on the websites of several Russian mobile network operators. Infected PCs download instructions on the content of junk SMS messages from a separate website.
John Leyden, 09 Nov 2004

MS - NHS tie up unsettles Reg readers

LettersMicrosoft's recent big win in the NHS caused something of a stir, particularly as it emerged that Steve Ballmer himself had been involved in the sales negotiation.
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Nov 2004

CSR unveils 'lowest cost' Wi-Fi chip

Bluetooth chip specialist Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) today extended its reach into the crowded Wi-Fi arena by launching a line of single-chip WLAN parts pitched at mobile phones and other handheld devices that is pledged are the "lowest cost" chips of their kind.
Tony Smith, 09 Nov 2004

Mio 8390 smart phone

Reg reviewWhile the likes of Motorola and HTC have become well-known for their Windows Mobile-based smart phones, Mio has kept a lower profile. The reason lies in its decision to focus on building a channel of specialist retailers and distributors rather than try to sell through the mobile networks, from whom the vast majority of Western handset buyers currently acquire their phones.
Tony Smith, 09 Nov 2004

China homespun 3G unravels in trials

The future of Chinese 3G technology and how it is licensed by the government is in doubt today after it failed a five-month trial.
John Oates, 09 Nov 2004

Qualcomm seeks markets with bold TV network move

Qualcomm has always been a company of extreme audacity. Having taken on the prevailing GSM mobile phone world to establish its own de facto standard with CDMA. As a result it has created a business around its vast store of intellectual property that, if its new results are anything to go by, has far more life left in it than many would have predicted.
Faultline, 09 Nov 2004

IT hardware makers back EU patent directive

EICTA, the European Information and Communication Technology Association, has stepped up its campaign in support of patents for computer-implemented inventions with a new site, Patents4Innovation.org.
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Nov 2004

BT: Nation's broadband investment in Ofcom's hands

Investment in the UK's information economy could be torpedoed if telecoms regulator Ofcom bungles it soon-to-be-published telecoms review.
Tim Richardson, 09 Nov 2004

Stealing movies: Why the MPAA can afford to relax

AnalysisAnother great hullabaloo has been going on this week over the fact that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) plans to start the same kind of debilitating legal actions against illegal file sharing of movies, that the recording industry has been filing for the past year.
Faultline, 09 Nov 2004

Redbus suffers another power cut

Redbus Interhouse has suffered yet another power cut at its Harbour Exchange Square location in London last night knocking its customers offline.
Tim Richardson, 09 Nov 2004

Cap Gemini cuts jobs

Cap Gemini is cutting 1,500 jobs, or 2.5 per cent of its workforce, as it continues to try and cut costs. Redundancies will cost the firm €140m but should cut annual costs by €110m.
John Oates, 09 Nov 2004

Boom times ahead for IT security profession

Boom times are ahead for security pros. The information security workforce will expand by an estimated 13.7 per cent annually to reach 2.1m workers by 2008. Approximately 680,000 of this expanded workforce will work in Europe.
John Leyden, 09 Nov 2004

UK.gov meets and greets anti-patent lobby

The Patent Office is to hold a meeting, this December, with anti-software patent activists to try to persuade them of the merits of the European directive on computer implemented inventions. Lord Sainsbury, minister for science and innovation, contacted everyone who wrote to their MP about the bill; more than 300 people, in total.
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Nov 2004

BT coughs to email snag

BT estimates that some 500 business customers have been unable to send email for more than 24 hours following a glitch at BT Connect - the telco's ISP for SMEs.
Tim Richardson, 09 Nov 2004

Dell gets meagre $240m package for North Carolina plant

It took more than old-fashioned southern hospitality to convince Dell to build a new computer manufacturing plant in North Carolina. In fact, it took about $240m in tax incentives and loads of wrangling to put Dell in the Tar Heel State.
Ashlee Vance, 09 Nov 2004

Hands off VoIP, Feds tell states

Individual states don't have the power to regulate Voice over IP telephony, the US federal communications regulator decided today. Minnesota's public utilities commission had asked Vonage, a VoIP provider, to abide by the same requirements as a regular telephone company. But the FCC today decided state requirements were "inconsistent with the FCC's "deregulatory policies".
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Nov 2004

Cisco's solid Q1 gains leave investors unmoved

Despite pulling in a healthy $6.0bn in revenue, Cisco Systems didn't do enough during its first quarter to please investors.
Ashlee Vance, 09 Nov 2004

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