23rd > December > 2004 Archive

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How Microsoft played the patent card, and failed

Analysis In rejecting Microsoft's appeal this week a European court has dealt a significant setback to Redmond's attempts to mount an attack on competitors based on intellectual property litigation.
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2004: the year of British broadband ...

2004 in review It's been a good year for broadband in the UK. Take-up has almost doubled; charges have continued to fall, breaking the all important £20 a month price point; and more of us can hook up to it - if that's what we want.
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Groups fight internet wiretap push

Companies and advocacy groups opposed to the FBI's plan to make the internet more accommodating to covert law enforcement surveillance are sharpening a new argument against the controversial proposal: that law enforcement's Internet spying capabilities are just fine as it is.

WTO backs Hynix over US DRAM duties

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has said that the US should not have imposed import duties on South Korean memory maker Hynix.
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Hutchison buys out Italian 3G partner for €470m

Hutchison Whampoa is buying out Cirtel, its Italian 3G partner, for €470m. The Hong Kong-owned conglomerate is shelling out €373.2m to repay a loan made by Cirtel to the venture and €40m to mop up the junior partner's 1.6 per cent stake.
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PLCs hit back at complaints on web accessibility

Some FTSE 100 companies receive three or four complaints every week saying that their web sites are not accessible, according to a corporate forum which this month attacked the lack of guidance to accompany the UK's disability rights legislation.
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Scott McNealy's Xmas dream

Exclusive I had the weirdest dream last night.
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An interview with Santa's CIO

With hands on management and a little bit of star dust, Santa's IT operation goes without a hitch year after year. William Knight talks to the big guy's very secretive CIO and finds out it's not always eternal joyfulness at Christmas HQ.

Infineon accuses Rambus of 'litigation misconduct'

Infineon has asked the US court to dismiss patent infringement allegations made against it by Rambus, alleging its opponent engaged in a "chronic and wilful pattern of litigation misconduct".
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Intel to launch low-end 915 chipsets Jan 05

Intel is said to be preparing to launch two further low-end 'Grantsdale' chipsets next month.
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Optus hit with $13m smut bill

Australian telecoms monolith Optus has been hit with a AU$17m ($13m) bill for unpaid commissions to its former partner in the international net smut trade, the Australian reports.
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Red Hat Q3's 'validate' Linux subscriptions

Red Hat yesterday said its sale rose 55 per cent during its third quarter of fiscal 2005, reaching $50.9m from the year-ago total, $32.8m. Q3's sales were ten per cent higher than Q2's.
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Gio Internet sends in the debt collectors

Gio Internet, the low-cost Internet access provider that pledged to "take the UK by storm", may have blown itself out.
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Toshiba launches HD DVD consortium

Toshiba, Sanyo, NEC and Memory Tech yesterday formally opened the doors for the HD DVD Promotion Group, positioning the consortium head to head with the Blu-ray Disc Association in the battle for the hearts and minds of content providers, hardware suppliers and consumers.
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Germany: still nein to Nazi sites

An administrative court in Germany has upheld a ban on access to Nazi content targeted at German ISPs based in the state of North Rhine Westphalia. The court ruled that the cross-border character of the web "cannot undermine powers vested to the Federal states".
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Boffins decode Chromosome 16

Scientists at the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (JGI) have finished analysing and sequencing Chromosome 16. This completes the US share of the Human Genome Project, JGI said yesterday.
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Dutch govt ends exclusive MS upgrade talks

The Dutch government has abandoned its negotiations with Microsoft over an ambitious plan to upgrade more than 260,000 workstations and servers.
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Apple Canada cuts iPod prices

Canadian retailers Best Buy and Future Shop have said they will reduce the price of iPods following Apple Canada's decision to lower the player's prices.
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EU biometric RFID scheme unworkable, says EU tech report

European plans for biometric passports and visas have been derailed by, er, European plans for biometric passports and visas. A technical committee set up to report to the Council of Ministers on the implementation of a uniform visa format has concluded that collisions between contactless chips in a passport would make the current plans unworkable, reports Statewatch.

RLX quits blade server biz, whacks most of staff

RLX stunned the server world today, announcing that it will stop making blade server hardware and focus instead on software only. This shift by the company that pioneered blade server technology will result in RLX laying off close to 80 percent of its staff, leaving it with a skeleton software crew, The Register can reveal.