23rd > November > 2004 Archive
CA eyes IBM software exec for CEO post
A number of reports have fingered IBM executive John Swainson as the CEO-to-be at CA.
Griffin, Froomkin join EFF board
The future of digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation looks faintly brighter today with the creation of an Advisory board, created to help the group form some effective long-term strategies.
Google sued by smut peddler
A Californian pornographer is suing Google for copyright infringement alleging the search engine's image search is giving people free peeks at its mucky pictures. The company also complains that Google links to sites offering fake passwords.
Tech bubble banker banned for life
Tech bubble banker Frank Quattrone, who in September was sentenced to 18 months jail time for obstructing a grand jury, obstructing federal regulators and witness tampering, won't be the go-to guy when he gets back. The industry's self-regulator, the NASD, imposed a lifetime ban on him yesterday, overturning an earlier ban and $30,000 fine imposed in January.
Vodafone Ireland puts price tag on 3G
Vodafone Ireland yesterday announced pricing and content details of its consumer 3G service which it will launch at the end of November.
Apple shares hit four-year high
Are iPod sales feeding demand for Apple's computing products? US investment bank Piper Jaffray seems to think so, after talking to a bunch of PC-using iPod owners.
'iPod Flash chip partner' hikes Q4 sales forecast
SigmaTel, the company claimed to be supplying Apple with controller chips for the rumoured iPod Flash player, upped its Q4 sales forecast by $5-10m, allegedly on the back of said controller sales.
Thomson takes 33% stake in MS-backed DRM developer
France's Thomson has taken 33 per cent a stake in ContentGuard, the 'universal' digital rights management technology provider backed by Microsoft and Time Warner.
Australian Idol fans directed to gay porn site
We're absolutely delighted to announce that Australian Idol - the Antipodean version of Pop Idol, the X-Factor and the sewerful of copycat music talent shows currently swilling across our TV screens - has been won by 16-year-old Casey Donovan. Vulture Central is not, however, as ecstatic as local telco Telstra's internet tentacle - BigPond - which took took out half-page ads in Melbourne's Herald Sun and Sydney's Daily Telegraph to celebrate this world-changing event.
JFK assassination game branded 'despicable'
A computer game that lets players re-enact the assassination of President John F Kennedy in 1963 has been branded "despicable" by his family. Glasgow-based software outfit Traffic launched the game this week to coincide with the 41st anniversary of JFK's murder in Dallas.
PeopleSoft holds firm
Oracle is asking the PeopleSoft board of directors to remove the poison pills which would scupper any attempted takeover. The database giant is calling on the board to take action before the courts do. Armed with the acceptance of 61 per cent of shareholders for its $24 a share tender offer, Oracle believes that it has a mandate to push through the takeover.
Suicide pigs fly to support Blunkett's War on Terror
In an amazing coincidence, news of a thwarted 911-style terror attack on the UK emerged just hours before the Government was due to unveil a legislative programme chock-full of security-related goodies. The strangely fact-free story, available from the Mail, ITN and The Scotsman, among others, is attributed to a "senior authoritative source", and Downing Street, the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police "declined to comment."
Kazaa signs up with Skype
The latest version of file-sharing software Kazaa will let users make free phone calls anywhere in the world.
Compliance costs UK.biz dear
British financial institutions are spending wildly different amounts on ensuring their IT systems are compliant with new business regulations.
BMA tells doctors: avoid NPfIT's flagship project
The British Medical Association has warned doctors away from trialing electronic appointment booking over fears that the system could compromise patient confidentiality.
Firefox.de in adware rumpus
An "adware function" in the German version of Firefox has been dropped following user protests. Fans of the open source browser cried foul after they realised its eBay search function went through an affiliated site www.webtip.ch, run by Swiss firm Metaspinner, instead of calling up eBay Germany directly.
Motorola e1000 3G phone
ReviewMotorola's latest 3G phone, the e1000, is a completely different beast to the A1000 it launched on the same day. In a Jekyll and Hyde moment, Motorola has managed to produce a completely different, more positive result with this multimedia phone, writes Stuart Miles.
Broadband prices fall in Europe
The cost of broadband in Europe has fallen by almost a quarter since the beginning of the year, according to London-based consultancy Broad Group.
Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft's 'enemy within'?
Does the popularity of Mozilla Firefox know no bounds? Publicity doing the rounds to support stories about Microsoft's MSN Search seems to include screenshots of something that looks strangely like Firefox. Ido Kenan of Israeli site NRG Maariv has investigated the strange case of a PR shot of this combination labeled "AP Photo/HO/Microsoft".
Microsoft, Dell win $500m US Air Force contract
Microsoft has won a $500m contract to supply software and maintenance to the US Air Force. The six-year contract covers 525,000 Microsoft desktop Windows and Office software licenses which will be supplied through Dell. Microsoft will provide licenses and support for Windows Server, Exchange Server, SQL Server and SharePoint Portal Server.
eCasino snaps up Virgin Mary cheese sarnie
A ten-year old grilled cheese sarnie - yes, that one - which supposedly bears the image of the Virgin Mary has been bought by online casino Golden Palace.com for $28,000 (£15,000).
UK.biz prefers pets to backup systems
British business is suffering big losses from technology downtime but is still not taking the problem seriously.
AMD ships Mobile Sempron 3000+
AMD today extended its Sempron budget CPU family, adding a part rated at 3000+ to its thin'n'light-oriented Mobile line-up.
ATI to spend $10m on Korean R&D plant
ATI is to create an R&D centre on South Korea geared toward digital TV and mobile phone multimedia technologies.
Linus and friends lead charge against software patents
Three of the big names in Open Source have publicly appealed for the EU Council to ditch the European directive on computer implemented inventions. Linus Torvalds, Michael Widenius and Rasmus Lerdorf (creative forces behind Linux, MySQL and PHP, respectively), have slammed the current draft of the directive as "deceptive, dangerous, and democratically illegitimate".
Battered mail-order bride awarded $430k
A US jury has awarded a mail-order bride $434,000 in damages against the internet introduction agency which matched the Ukrainian to the US husband accused of beating her.
T-Online spends, spends, spends to win customers
T-Online, Europe's biggest ISP, is to launch a number of new products such as internet telephony next year in a aggressive move to win more customers.
15,000 shareholders hire 630 lawyers to sue Deutsche Telekom
The case will go down in legal history as the biggest of its kind: more than 15,000 shareholders are suing Deutsche Telekom in 2,200 separate cases. They accuse the telco of inflating the value of assets before it was privatised.
BT preps pre-fab digital music store service
UK telco BT today said it wants to become the foundation for artists' and labels' own entries into the digital music market.
Enterprise software faces 50 per cent price hike
Underlying technology trends could push software licenses for enterprise applications through the roof, according to Gartner.
Google sues website over click fraud
Google is taking a small website to court for attempting to fiddle its AdSense program. The program provides publishers with advertising based on keywords. When someone clicks on an advert Google pays the publisher for delivering the viewer to their site. So called "click fraud" is an increasing problem as pay-per-click advertising continues to grow.
Chicago's bits and pieces to be sold on eBay
Next month the city of Chicago will go up for sale on eBay.
Reg readers stick it to big tech
LettersBill Gates got a big thumbs up from the business community this week, when CEOs voted him most respected business leader, or some similar flattery. This, we were stunned to discover, did not go down a bundle with the average Reg reader:
Spanish eBayers in open revolt
Pity if you will poor old eBay, which has of late been taking some heavy flack about various aspects of its lucrative operation, not least the small matter of buyers being fleeced by dodgy vendors.
Biofuels key to UK farming future
Biofuels could provide a major income for Britain's arable farmers - but success will depend on the level of government support.
CA finds Big Blue exec for CEO role
CA has tapped a top software executive from one of its rivals - IBM - as its next CEO and is hoping the outsider can pull the company out of its most turbulent period to date.
Microsoft sees bespoke Windows everywhere
AnalysisHidden in Microsoft's deal to supply over half a million client desktops at the US department of defense is one of the year's most intriguing stories. The services and other agencies under the Pentagon will receive a bespoke version of Windows: a sign that Redmond is preparing to counter slower growth in its license revenues by cranking up its professional services business. Earlier this month, Microsoft locked in the UK's largest employer, the National Health Service, to a 9-year, 900,000 desktop deal which also saw users promised a bespoke client version of Windows, specially tailored for the NHS.