16th > December > 2004 Archive


HP confirms that Itanium is Intel's responsibility

HP and Intel have confirmed earlier reports that located a massive migration of HP Itanium boat people making their way to Intel.
Ashlee Vance, 16 Dec 2004

BT appoints phone Czar

BT has appointed a director of Wholesale Line Rental (WLR) to liaise with the industry and regulator Ofcom concerning the development of a genuine wholesale voice telephony service.
Tim Richardson, 16 Dec 2004

Websites strain under net traffic load

Internet traffic overload is putting a severe strain on ecommerce websites. A survey of 1,900 global companies published yesterday reveals that 86 per cent of organisations saw an increase in Internet traffic over the last year. Much of the extra traffic came from website transactions.
John Leyden, 16 Dec 2004

Clarke takes charge of Blunkett's Fear Agenda

AnalysisBritish Home Secretary David Blunkett's resignation last night casts doubt over his ambitious and controversial plan to implement a compulsory biometric ID card scheme. The plan has been deemed "technologically impossible" by the Government's own IT chief. Blunkett was also viewed as Tony Blair's most senior political ally. He resigned after he could no longer deny giving his nanny preferential immigration treatment.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Dec 2004

Apple ships Mac OS X update

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.3.7, the latest version of its Panther operating system.
Tony Smith, 16 Dec 2004

US FCC to rethink in-flight mobile phone rules

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) did not issue a ruling this week that finally permit in-flight Wi-Fi - contrary to hundreds of reports on the Internet and elsewhere.
Tony Smith, 16 Dec 2004

US broadband blimp test flight planned next month

Way back in September 1998, we reported on a plan to provide cities with blanket wireless data coverage using base-stations mounted on cheap aeroplane rather than expensive satellites.
Tony Smith, 16 Dec 2004

Laptops cause infertility: official

Pretty well every IT news site worth its salt has in the last week reported on the chilling conclusions of a report in the Oxford Journals online into the long-term effects of laptop use on male fertility.
Lester Haines, 16 Dec 2004

You can't move for desktop searches out there

Desktop Searches are nothing like buses. Not even buses arrive five at a time. But with Ask Jeeves and Microsoft both launching new desktop searches to rival Google's, and with Yahoo! and AOL running around shouting about how they will have one as well early next year, you have to wonder whether the whole IT industry has gone barking mad.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Dec 2004

Michigan Wi-Fi hacker jailed for nine years

A 21-year-old Michigan man was sentenced to nine years in federal prison yesterday in federal court in Charlotte, North Carolina for his role in a failed scheme to steal credit card numbers from the Lowe's chain of home improvement stores by taking advantage of an unsecured Wi-Fi network at a store in suburban Detroit.
Kevin Poulsen, 16 Dec 2004

Revolting customers slam dunk Dell

Following our story yesterday about the way Dell handled the sale of a discounted PowerEdge server we've been inundated with emails from readers completely lacking in any seasonal festive spirit or goodwill for the mega computer corp.
Tim Richardson, 16 Dec 2004

PCI Express 2.0 to double bandwidth

The guardian of the PCI Express specification, the PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG), has agreed to increase the bus' single-lane, one-direction data rate to 5Gbps - double its current throughput.
Tony Smith, 16 Dec 2004

Google hails adwords victory

A district judge has ruled that Google can continue selling advertising triggered by searches for trademarked brand names. Judge Leonie Brinkema ruled that the adwords program does not violate US federal trademark laws.
Lucy Sherriff, 16 Dec 2004

Aussie police get spyware powers

Australian police can use spyware and Trojans to gather evidence under new powers introduced last week. The Surveillance Devices Act authorises Federal and state police to obtain warrants to plant back doors or keylogging on the PCs of suspects, The Age reports. Warrants can be obtained to investigate offences with a maximum sentence of three years or above.
John Leyden, 16 Dec 2004

Ofcom orders BT price cuts for broadband rivals

Communications regulator Ofcom has confirmed a new set of charges today that will form the basis of local loop unbundling (LLU) in the UK. Ending a seven-month consultation into LLU which has seen charges for rival operators come down by as much as 70 per cent, it should pave the way for other operators to invest and provide alternative wholesale services direct to customers.
Tim Richardson, 16 Dec 2004

Toshiba trumpets world's fastest lift

Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corporation is today somewhat inadvisedly trumpeting the world's fastest elevator in the world's tallest building - a 60.6km per hour express lift in Taipei 101.
Lester Haines, 16 Dec 2004

The rise of the rat-brain controlled android

There are two further indications today that the inexorable Rise of the Machines™ will certainly lead to the eventual subjugation of humanity.
Lester Haines, 16 Dec 2004
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Serco splashes £235m on ITNet

Serco Group, the public sector services contractor, is to acquire ITNet, the computer services firm, for £235m in cash and shares. Serco is to pay 320p per share, a premium of 10.9 per cent on ITNET's closing price of 288.5p yesterday.
Lucy Sherriff, 16 Dec 2004

Symantec buys Veritas for $13.5bn stock

Security firm Symantec and storage software firm Veritas have agreed to merge. The all-stock transaction is valued at approximately $13.5bn, based on Symantec’s stock price of $27.38 at market close yesterday.
John Leyden, 16 Dec 2004

Apple iTunes sells 200m songs

Apple's iTunes Music Store has notched up more than 200m paid-for song downloads, the company said today.
Tony Smith, 16 Dec 2004

Nokia hologram to expose fake, unsafe batteries

Nokia has begun applying a holographic sticker to its mobile phone batteries in a bid to prevent fake power packs being inadvertently purchased as the real thing.
Tony Smith, 16 Dec 2004

Samsung shows 2.5m monster monitor

Samsung has unveiled what's possibly the world's largest plasma monitor screen - a monster 255cm (102in) high density panel codenamed 'Atlas'.
Tony Smith, 16 Dec 2004

Microsoft buys anti-spyware firm Giant

Microsoft today announced its acquisition of anti-spyware firm Giant Company Software for an undisclosed amount. Redmond said it would use Giant's technology to develop tools that will help users to keep spyware and other deceptive software off their computers.
John Leyden, 16 Dec 2004

Time Warner squares AOL fraud claims with $510m settlement

Giant media corp Time Warner has agreed to cough up $510m (£263m) to settle claims that AOL inflated its ad earning revenue.
Tim Richardson, 16 Dec 2004

French hand Bull Itanium supercomputer survival package

Just days after the French government announced it would once again bail out server maker Bull, it awarded Bull what is sure to be a lucrative supercomputing contract .
Ashlee Vance, 16 Dec 2004

MS and Autodesk compare patenting notes

Autodesk and Microsoft have signed a cross-licensing agreement that will give each company broader access to the other's patent portfolio. Terms of the deal, which is reported to have taken six months to hammer out, were kept under wraps.
Lucy Sherriff, 16 Dec 2004
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Students find 44 Unix flaws as homework

University students tasked with finding flaws in Unix applications as homework have uncovered 44 bugs. But since the University of Illinois at Chicago students were asked by tutor Daniel Bernstein to find 10 bugs each, most will likely flunk his Unix Security Holes course. The assignment counted for 60 per cent of the marks available to the 25 students taking the course.
John Leyden, 16 Dec 2004

No more debate on EU patents directive draft

The European directive on software patents is another step closer to being adopted. According to The International Herald Tribune, the directive will not be debated any further before ministers vote on adopting it as a common position.
Lucy Sherriff, 16 Dec 2004

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