7th > February > 2005 Archive
AOL man pleads guilty to selling 92m email addies
An ex-AOL employee has pleaded guilty to stealing 92m customer names and email addresses from the ISP's database. The 24-year old, Jason Smathers, sold the email addresses for $28,000.
AOL UK doubles broadband speeds
AOL is the latest British ISP to double the speed of its broadband products without charging net users more. But it won't happen overnight: the firm is rolling out the upgrade to its 750,000 (ish)UK broadband over the next six months.
Intel Japan faces anti-trust action
Intel is facing warnings from regulators in Japan concerned about its business practices.
Intel details dual-core Itanium
Intel boffins will this week discuss the creation of the 90nm dual-core Itanium 2 processor and detail 'Foxton', the chip maker's energy conservation system for server processors.
Ask Jeeves if it'll buy Bloglines
Search engine Ask Jeeves is planning to buy Bloglines, the leading RSS aggregator, and integrate its technology into its search system, according to unconfirmed reports.
University of California moots barcodes for corpses
The University of California is considering using barcodes and RFID tags to keep track of the bodies donated to medical research, following a series of scandals involving illegal trading in body parts.
Alliance touts holographic disc 'revolution'
Forget HD DVD, forget Blu-ray Disc, the future is the HVD - the Holographic Versatile Disc.
Revealed: the tech consumer as prawn
Comment"I wouldn't eat prawns," said Julie Walters, portraying a prissy housewife in one of Victoria Wood's comedy sketch shows. "You know how they are. They spend all day treading water at sewage outlets with their mouths open."
XML - past, present and future
Last week I had the pleasure of meeting up with Jean Paoli of Microsoft. In November, Jean was presented with the XML Cup 2004 to recognise his lifelong work in XML and its precursor SGML. The meeting gave me an opportunity to hear about the fascinating history of XML and understand some of its importance to Microsoft and the industry.
eBay backtracks as it cuts some fees
eBay is cutting some of the fees it charges sellers in the US and Canada after being stung by criticism over recent price hikes. Less than a month after eBay announced new fees would be introduced from 18 February has reined back some of its proposals after "listening to you, our Community".
Google loses another trademark fight in France
Google has lost another trademark infringement fight in Europe, this time to luxury goods company Louis Vuitton.
Broadreach to bring Wi-Fi to motorway eateries
UK public-access Wi-Fi provider Broadreach Networks announced today that its ReadyToSurf Internet access service has pushed out rival WISP Swisscom from UK motorway stops run by Moto.
3G success hangs on handsets
The slowness of 3G to start to deliver on its promises is well documented, and the operators have laid the blame firmly at the door of the handset makers. Many of their complaints were politically motivated, as part of the ongoing battle between phonemakers and cellcos to take the 3G driving seat. But now that UMTS and EV-DO networks are rolling out, commercial success will rely heavily on having handsets with the right functionality, usability and price.
US telcos Sprint for the line
AnalysisThe face of US telecoms has changed dramatically in the past year. Following the consolidation of the cellular sector with the mergers of Cingular Wireless with AT&T Wireless, and then Sprint with Nextel, the most dramatic of them all has been agreed – the acquisition of AT&T by SBC, one of the regional ‘Baby Bells’ it was forced to spin off when its monopoly was broken up.
Rude software causes emotional trauma
Scientists at California University in Los Angeles (UCLA) have discovered computers can cause heartache simply by ignoring the user. When simulating a game of playground catch with an unsuspecting student, boffins showed that if the software fails to throw the ball to the poor student, he is left reeling from a psychological blow as painful as any punch from a break-time bully.
Sanyo S750 3G handset
ReviewWe've come to believe that your choice of mobile phone says more about what you are than who you are. But one thing is clear: we all like to think we're ahead of the technology curve. Sanyo may be a late entrant into the UK mobile phone market - this is the first device the company has launched here - but it has managed to include everything the mobile phone user could want, writes Stephen Patrick.
Acer spills user details Down Under
A security breach uncovered last week left customers of Acer's Australian store able to see other user's order histories, complete with contact details. Credit card details were not disclosed but complete contact information (email and phone addresses) and detailed order information was left exposed. This data, samples of which have been seen by The Register, might be used by fraudsters posing as Acer to trick users into handing over sensitive bank or credit card payment details.
Aussies deploy toad-blasting audio killing machine
An enterprising Australian reckons he has found an answer to the plague of poisonous cane toads which is marching its way inexorably across Oz, according to a transcript of an ABC Radio National broadcast last week. The cane toad was introduced into Australia from Hawaii in the 1930s to fight the spread of cane beetles. Since then, it has advanced across the in-this-case-not-so-Lucky Country at up to 30 miles per year while swelling its population to 100m individuals.
TI licences PowerVR phone graphics core
Texas Instruments has extended its PowerVR MBX Lite graphics engine licence, the chip maker said today.
Energis calls for BT break-up
Ofcom should "just get on with it" and break up BT, according to Energis CEO John Pluthero. Today he urged Ofcom to reject BT's proposals for a regulatory settlement and instead focus its attention on the structural separation of the UK's former telephone monopoly.
US brewer adds caffeine to beer
A US brewer is set to exploit Britain's mooted 24/7 licensing laws by launching a caffeine-laced beer. Anheuser-Busch's 4.5 per cent "BE" brew boasts a hit of caffeine equivalent to half a cup of coffee, plus ginseng and Brazilian fatigue-busting guarana. It is seen as a rival for non-alcoholic looney juice Red Bull - commonly mixed with vodka by British youths when they want to get plastered and throw a few shapes on the dancefloor simultaneously, UK tabloid The Sun reports.
PPARC sets up Mars committee
PPARC has appointed a board of space experts to oversee the UK's participation in the European Space Agency's Aurora programme.
U2 says soz for online snafu
Rock gods U2 have apologised to fans who were unable to get their hands on early tickets for the band's next tour.
Small.biz demands return to tech college system
A report by the Small Enterprise Research Team at the Open University reveals that 50 per cent of entrepreneurs believe that schools and universities do little to instil practical skills in their students, and that two thirds of UK small business owners are calling for the return of technical colleges in order to boost entrepreneurial success. Bosses also cast doubt over work placement schemes, which they believe are not taken seriously by enough schools.
Egenera freshens blades with a touch of Opteron
Egenera this week spruced up its blade server line in a major way with the release of new Opteron-based systems and a refresh of the BladeFrame hardware that sits at the center of the company's technology.
MCI 'makes $5m a year from spam gangs'
Spamhaus has slammed MCI for hosting a website selling spamming software that is allegedly integral to the illegal trade in compromised PCs. The site - send-safe.com - sells spamware called Send Safe which uses broadband-connected PCs infected by viruses such as SoBig to distribute junk mail.
13 EU countries link up to fight spam
Anti-spam enforcement authorities in 13 European countries have agreed to work together when investigating complaints about cross-border spam from anywhere within the EU. The countries are Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands and Spain. The idea is to make it easier to identify and prosecute spammers anywhere in Europe.
Your 'fancy' Napster bashing bites
LettersOur recent column challenging Napster's new To Go music rental service triggered an unusual volume of letters. The vulture flock appears to be divided where Napster is concerned with many saying $14.95 per month for tethered downloads sounds pretty good and others insisting that Apple's per song model will win the online music wars.
Firefox spoofing flaw goes international
A security loophole in Mozilla and Firefox browser could be used to spoof the URL displayed in the address bar, SSL certificate and status bar. The vulnerability also affects Opera and Konqueror and stems from a flawed IDN (International Domain Name) implementation within the browsers.