7th > January > 2005 Archive

Brocade to fix two years of earnings after audit

Brocade is to restate two years worth of financial statements after discovering that it improperly accounted for stock-based employee compensation.
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Nappletizer users - getting physical?

You've heard the sampler, now buy the real thing.
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Apple music store smacked with antitrust suit

An iTunes Music Store customer is suing Apple for anticompetitive behaviour, arguing that music purchased from the store obliges him to use Apple's iPod. That much at least is true, but Thomas Slattery, who filed the lawsuit in a California District Court this week faces a difficult task convincing the court of its merits.
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Phone biz agrees on $1 DRM levy

The mobile phone industry has already agreed on a DRM standard for locking down media - and it'll cost $1 per handset, plus a percentage of each piece of media downloaded.
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Gio debt demands pulled

Wescot Credit Services Ltd is no longer collecting money on behalf of troubled ISP Gio Internet.
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Microsoft Anti-Spyware?

Column Microsoft has jumped into the anti-spyware market, but is this a new approach to thwarting bugs, or is it gearing up to profit from a dubious industry it helped create?
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The government open source dynamic

The news just broke that the Venezuelan government is planning to migrate to Open Source, having issued a decree to central government organizations to draft plans for migration.
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Former Worldcom directors cough up $18m

Ten former directors of WorldCom have agreed to cough up $18m (£9.5m) of their own cash to help settle a class action lawsuit following the collapse of the telecoms company in 2002.
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Tesco offshores 400 IT jobs to India

UK supermarket chain Tesco is to move hundreds of IT support jobs to India. The UK retailer has set up a subsidiary company to provide service and support, which already employs 190 people. Tesco says that by the end of 2005 its Indian operation will have 770 employees in total.
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Mozilla and Firefox flaws exposed

Mozilla and Firefox users were warned of a number of potentially troublesome security vulnerabilities this week.
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OFT rattles sabre over 'free flights' web offer

A UK website flogging mobile phones is facing legal action from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for failing to pull a misleading "free flights" promotion.
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Gates holds forth on Red Menace of IP law reform

It must be wonderfully simple inside Bill Gates' head. In the world outside the debate over patents and copyright may be raging, but at Bill Brain Central there's no need for reform, the system works fine and is becoming more popular, and the opposition consists of "communists" threatening the American Way.
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Innovation Prize: entry deadline looms

There are just three weeks to go before the closing date for entries in the £50,000 MacRobert Award 2005 The competition, organised by the Royal Academy of Engineering, seeks to recognise groups (of up to five people) or individuals who have "exploited a major engineering breakthrough".
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Shuttle launch moves closer

NASA has taken a big step towards the relaunch of its shuttle fleet with the delivery of a new, Improved Shuttle External Tank to the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. The tank is due for deployment on the May "Return to Flight" mission to the ISS, dedicated mainly to "testing and evaluating new procedures for flight safety" aboard space shuttle Discovery.

BBC staff asked to lay off BBC news ticker

BBC techies are advising staff not to use the corporation's own news ticker service, Newsline. Our sources inform us an item in the corporation's internal mag Ariel reported that high network load because of the application had prompted the advice.
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UK e-spend on the up-and-up

A record number of Brits last year eschewed the pre-Xmas high street shopping stampede in favour of online shopping, and the trend is set continue during the traditional January sales.
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Kids warned about street thefts

British kids are being warned to keep their hi-tech gadgets under wraps to protect themselves from being robbed.
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Canadian scientists build nano-propeller

Canadian researchers have built a tiny, working propeller out of gold and nickel nano-rods. It is not the first time a nanoscale rotor has been made, but previous efforts have involved a biological process, which this one does not.
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Plugs to be pulled on EU biometric visa scheme?

The European Union is poised to accept that its current plans for biometric visas are unworkable, reports Statewatch.. Last year a Council of Ministers technical group concluded that multiple RFID chips in passports would render the whole snooping match unreadable, which effectively killed a plan everybody had been poised to sign off. Now the Luxembourg incoming Council presidency has accepted this, and tentatively recommended two possible ways forward that were proposed by the technical group.
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Three jailed in Saudi rape film case

Saudi Arabia has jailed three men convicted of organising the rape of a teenage girl and later peddling footage of the assault across mobile networks. Two Saudi men used a video mobile to film the assault of a 17-year-old girl by a Nigerian man, a Saudi court heard. The subsequent distribution of this video across mobile networks ultimately led to the men's arrest and conviction.
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Man stabs long-lost Friends Reunited mate 7 times

A UK man who traced his long-lost best mate via Friends Reuinted, then stabbed him seven times in a drunken rage because he thought he had attacked his sister, was jailed for three years today at the Old Bailey, Reuters reports.

SanDisk offers USB-friendly SD flash memory

CES 2005 SanDisk - the original inventor of flash storage cards - has introduced a SD flash memory card with built-in USB connectivity. Consumers can just use the SD card in their digital camera, then whip it out and plug it into any USB port, without needing an SD card reader.
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iTunes launches in Ireland

An Irish version of the iTunes Music Store was quietly launched on Thursday night after Ireland was previously omitted in a euro-zone roll-out in October.
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Ofcom readies spectrum review

Ofcom is due to publish next week yet another review covering the UK's radio spectrum.
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Oracle finally puts PeopleSoft in its pocket

At long last, Oracle really has its prize.

Blu-ray Disc maker to 'abolish cartridges'

CES 2005 TDK pledged to render recordable Blu-ray Discs more resilient yesterday when it announced a new coating material that it claims eliminates the need for protective cartridges.

Game firms back Blu-ray

CES 2005 Two major games publishers yesterday lent their support to the Blu-ray Disc format, along with a number of lesser players, as the other companies behind the medium began in earnest their efforts to talk-up the technology ahead of its debut later this year.
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Studios announce HD DVD movie release lists

CES 2005 While games publisher Vivendi Universal was touting its support for the Blu-ray Disc format yesterday, the movie business in which it owns a 20 per cent stake, Universal Studios, was announcing plans to release 16 HD DVD titles in the US.

U3 launches USB drive-hosted app 'standard'

CES 2005 A US-based start-up said today it wants to unify attempts to evolve USB Flash drives from storage devices into application delivery products.
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IBM buys into spookware

IBM will soon be keeping a close eye on you thanks to its purchase of SRD (Systems Research and Development).
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Microsoft's Ballmer beat off Asian genital challenge

We've all wanted to say it. "Hey, Steve Ballmer, Why don't you suck my tiny yellow balls?"
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A boutique PC for only $50,000

In the cut throat world of PC retail, where margins are razor thin, major OEMs are looking at a small boutique outfit with close interest. Truvia's designer PC, which blends furniture with a high-end desktop from VoodooPC, doesn't immediately look like a promising avenue for the big box shifters. Truvia's custom PCs start at $50,000. But there is a market for such kit, founder John Wojewidka told us, before flying out to the 'soft launch' at CES this week.

Thin client firm NCD becomes invisible

Exclusive This year started with a major member of the thin client market missing. Onetime high-flyer NCD (Network Computing Devices) has met its end and done so with no fanfare at all.