17th > December > 2004 Archive

Tech lobby loses stock options battle

US corporations must accurately reflect the value of stock options in their accounts from June next year, the accounting industry's board FASB ruled today.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Dec 2004

RIAA sues 754 more P2Pers

The Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) has filed a further 754 lawsuits against named and unnamed individuals it claims have infringed its members' copyrights.
Tony Smith, 17 Dec 2004

Symbian CEO to quit

Symbian CEO David Levin is to leave the company to join publishing and media group United Business Media (UBM), it was announced last night.
Tony Smith, 17 Dec 2004

Analyst slashes 2005 chip capex forecast - again

Market watcher Gartner has once again cut the amount of money it reckons the world's chip makers will invest in new equipment next year.
Tony Smith, 17 Dec 2004

'World's Biggest Luddite' heads for the UK

Lock up your laptops - the "World's Biggest Luddite" is coming to the UK.
Tim Richardson, 17 Dec 2004

DHS network vulnerable to attack

The US Department of Homeland Security is having some homeland cyber security issues on its systems providing remote access to telecommuters, according to a newly-released report by the DHS Inspector General's office.
Kevin Poulsen, 17 Dec 2004
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AMD to gain market share in 2005

AMD will continue to grab market share from Intel next year, investment house Piper Jaffray (PJ) forecast this week, thanks to what the researcher called a "very compelling product line".
Tony Smith, 17 Dec 2004

Property tycoon buys fantasy island

A 22 year-old Australian gamer has bought a virtual island for $26,500 in the largest Massive Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game (MMORPG) purchase ever.
Robin Lettice, 17 Dec 2004

DfES wants school kids spaced out

The British National Space Centre and the Department for Education and Skills have joined forces to bring real-life space science into the classroom.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Dec 2004

iRiver preps colour-screen iPod Mini rival

iRiver's parent company has revealed the portable music player maker's next major release: the 5GB hard drive-based H10.
Tony Smith, 17 Dec 2004

Capgemini picked for Swansea eGov project

Swansea Council has named Capgemini to run its ambitious £100m eGovernment programme.
Tim Richardson, 17 Dec 2004

eBay buys Rent.com for $415m

eBay is spreading its wings still further with the acquistion of Rent.com for $415m. The apartment rental site claims to be the biggest of its type in the US and boasts an annual revenue of $40m.
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Dec 2004

Adobe patches Acrobat, Reader flaws

Adobe has released updates for Acrobat and Reader to fix security bugs that might allow attackers to gain access to unpatched systems. A trio of vulnerabilities pose a risk to users of version 6.0.0 to 6.0.2 of Abode’s products.
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2004

PalmOne offers Treo 650 users a free 128MB card

PalmOne has posted instructions detailing how Treo 650 owners can claim their free 128MB SD memory card.
Tony Smith, 17 Dec 2004

Swatch designs Paparazzi wristwatch for MSN

Swiss company Swatch and Microsoft have jointly designed a new computer wristwatch called Paparazzi. The miniature computer tells you what the weather will be like tomorrow, which movies are showing in local cinemas, the sports results and even current stock-exchange prices.
Jan Libbenga, 17 Dec 2004

Spanish deploy CAD in the name of God

Builders on Antoni Gaudi's landmark Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona are to get helping hand in realising the Spanish architect's vision - in the form of new software from Dassault Systemes and IBM.
Lester Haines, 17 Dec 2004

German Postbank phishers arrested

German police have arrested five suspects of Internet-banking fraud that successfully targeted Postbank account holders. A sixth suspect is on the run, German news site Heise Online reports.
Jan Libbenga, 17 Dec 2004

PalmOne Q2 sales soar

PalmOne saw its sales grow 37.8 per cent sequentially and 29 per cent year on year during the second quarter of its 2005 fiscal year, the smart phone and PDA maker reported yesterday.
Tony Smith, 17 Dec 2004

Wanadoo.fr staff strike over 'buggy' VoIP service

Wanadoo UK has denied that the roll-out of its new internet telephony service will be delayed, after problems with the VoIP service in France.
Tim Richardson, 17 Dec 2004

Gooooal! Ronaldinho scores his own domain name

Brazilian and Barcelona football star Ronaldinho has won his namesake domain name, www.ronaldinhogaucho.com.
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Dec 2004

Car self-destructs in assassination bid

A middle-aged Frenchman has become the latest victim of murderous technology after his car exploded as he activated the central locking system.
Lester Haines, 17 Dec 2004

Prior art claimed for concentration camp invention

LettersAfternoon, lovely readers, and welcome to Friday's trawl through the letters bag. We'll hand over to John Lettice to kick things off today:
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Dec 2004

Apple talks up mid-range Motorola 'iPod phone'

Apple has declared itself "very happy" with Motorola's attempt to build an iPod-style mobile phone that can play songs downloaded from its iTunes Music Store.
Tony Smith, 17 Dec 2004

Playboy turns up the heat with iBod

We're delighted to report that Playboy is once again pushing back the envelope of soft porn by offering iPod Photo users the chance to acquire some free snaps of naked fillies.
Lester Haines, 17 Dec 2004

Rosy future for Sprint-Nextel marriage

So 2004 has started and ended with a major US cellco merger. The difference in style and execution of the two deals symbolizes wider contrasts that will filter through to the market as the four companies involved go through their transition periods. The takeover of AT&T Wireless by Cingular was messy, protracted and the buyer has been saddled with an inflated purchase price and a difficult consolidation process. Though the two companies achieved market leading bulk, their marriage was one of deeply flawed operations with poor customer service records and unimaginative future technology paths.
Wireless Watch, 17 Dec 2004

NTL's CIO quits

NTL is looking for a new CIO after Phil Pavitt confirmed his decision to quit the cableco next year.
Tim Richardson, 17 Dec 2004

Canadian 'iPod tax' illegal, judge rules

Canada's levy on blank media that could be used to record copyright material does not apply to MP3 players, the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal has ruled.
Tony Smith, 17 Dec 2004

Motorola shapes up its act

Motorola CEO Ed Zander is approaching his first anniversary in the job, one that will be overshadowed by the probable loss of the company's largest equipment customer, Nextel. As analysts mulled over the potentially serious impact of that loss, Zander rolled out his long awaited corporate restructuring, in an announcement that was low key, but highlighted many pointers to a future Motorola.
Wireless Watch, 17 Dec 2004

MS plugs weak XP firewall

Microsoft this week quietly fixed a security weakness in the configuration of the built-in firewall component of Windows XP.
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2004

Radiation puts kybosh on cheap satellite plans

The space around the Earth is more dangerous than scientists thought, according to new research. This could mean plans for lightly shielded, very cheap satellites will have to be shelved for the time being.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Dec 2004

'We know you're in there!' - x-ray drug powers for UK police

The Home Office's collection of tough-sounding but pointless laws continues to grow, despite the departure of David Blunkett mid-week. Today's addition is the Drugs Bill, which includes proposals to give police powers to order ultrasound or x-ray examinations of "dealers who swallow their drugs to conceal the evidence."
John Lettice, 17 Dec 2004

Adobe shares dip despite Q4 profit surge

Shares of Adobe were down 2 per cent during Friday's trading even though the software maker posted better than expected fourth quarter figures one day earlier.
Ashlee Vance, 17 Dec 2004

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