10th > December > 2004 Archive

ClientLogic job fears after AOL UK loss

There are fears over the future of jobs at ClientLogic's Bristol call centre after AOL UK terminated a contract with the call centre operator.
Tim Richardson, 10 Dec 2004

Local e-gov is wonderful

Local authorities will save around £320m a year by implementing the local e-government National Projects, according to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Dec 2004

WiMAX to steal 3G and DSL market share

WiMAX and other new high-speed wireless technologies are likely to take market share from 3G as well as DSL. In a white paper research firm TelecomView says that WiMax will supplement and in some cases replace 3G, DSL and other wireline technologies to provide broadband services.
ElectricNews.net, 10 Dec 2004

Tinsel knocks out Brighton wireless network

Part of a wireless network in Brighton fell over this week after someone tied tinsel round an aerial. Volunteers at the community-based wifi network piertopier.net were baffled when one of their nodes located in Brighton hotel went AWOL.
Tim Richardson, 10 Dec 2004

Online stores 'pricing out' high street retailers

More consumers are turning to the internet instead of the high street for their Christmas shopping. High street retailers feel the pinch of disappearing footfall, as consumers stay home to take advantage of cheaper online goods, according to a report by CyberSource, an electronic payments firm.
Startups.co.uk, 10 Dec 2004

BT names Danon successor

BT group finance director Ian Livingston is to replace BT Retail chief exec Pierre Danon, who leaves the telco next year.
Tim Richardson, 10 Dec 2004

EU regulators probe mobile roaming charges

European telecoms regulators this week launched an investigation into the cost of using a mobile phone abroad. Concerns of the high cost of international roaming charges sparked the probe by the European Regulators Group (ERG), which brings together national regulatory authorities, supported by the European Commission.
John Leyden, 10 Dec 2004

MS Eolas appeal begins

Microsoft began its appeal yesterday against a $565m judgment that it infringed on a patent held by Eolas, a University of California spin-off. The federal appeals court heard that the patent should not be valid because of prior art claims.
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Dec 2004

Planet Earth goes mobile mad

Global mobile phone subscriptions doubled over the last four years to reach 1.5bn by the middle of 2004, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) said yesterday. The growth in cell phone usage - particularly in developing countries - means that approximately 25 percent of the world's population now has a mobile.
John Leyden, 10 Dec 2004

HP launches low-end PC for China

HP, the world's second largest producer of PCs, has begun selling a 3,999 yuan ($483) computer in China.
Robin Lettice, 10 Dec 2004

Southpaws thrash righties: study

Researchers have suggested that left-handed people are better at surviving fights to the death.
Robin Lettice, 10 Dec 2004

Sprint and Nextel mull mobile merger - WSJ

Sprint - the US's third biggest mobile telco - and fifth-place rival Nextel are reportedly in talks about a possible merger. The deal would create a carrier with approximately 39m subscribers and a market value of around $70bn.
John Leyden, 10 Dec 2004

Kazaa can't bar child pornographers, court told

Sharman Networks - the company behind peer-to-peer file sharing outfit Kazaa - has denied it is able to block users who use the service to share child pornography.
Tim Richardson, 10 Dec 2004

EC calls for rethink of data retention proposals

The European Council has effectively ditched the British proposal for a data retention directive, and has instructed its preparatory bodies to look for another approach to the issue. This doesn't mean the framework is being dropped in its entirety, however, and it could even end up broadening its scope.
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Dec 2004

One in five Brits 'buy software from spam'

More than one in five British consumers (22 per cent) has purchased software in response to spam email, a study by Forrester Research claims. The study - sponsored by the Business Software Alliance - found that a substantial minority of punters are quite happy to make junk mail purchases across a broad range of products.
John Leyden, 10 Dec 2004

In net politics, it's God vs Dog

Votes, Bits BytesNet religion bumped into real, organized religion again at the Berkman Center's Votes, Bits Bytes conference today, held at Harvard University's Law School. The subject couldn't be more topical. In the recent elections, church-based groups got out the vote. Despite the view that a blogger's vote is worth ten ordinary votes, real religion triumphed Internet religion.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Dec 2004

Former Oftel boss leaves Ofcom

David Edmonds, the former head of defunct telecoms regulator Oftel,is to step down as a board member of Ofcom early in the New Year.
Tim Richardson, 10 Dec 2004

The Supremes prep for P2P battle royal

The US Supreme Court is ready to put P2P networks, technology firms and your rights to share culture to the test.
Ashlee Vance, 10 Dec 2004

Kerry net chief: cool software doesn't win elections

Votes, Bits, BytesZach Exley, the online communications chief for the Kerry-Edwards campaign, offered a brutally frank assessment of his team's elections tactics today. It probably didn't win him many friends at the Berkman Law School's Internet and Society 2004 conference here at Harvard, many of whom have come to hear their faith in the goodness of the internet affirmed - but it's the most accurate account we've heard.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Dec 2004

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