10th > February > 2005 Archive
Napster urged TV viewers to "Do the math!" in a poorly-received Superbowl commercial on Sunday. But when we do the maths on Napster's business, we discover the company lost $1.36 on every $1 it earned in the last three months. Excluding income from Roxio, which Napster now classifies as "discontinued operations", Napster had revenues of $12.1m in its Q3 2005 period, posting a loss of $16.4m.
UK companies paid out £1.8m ($3.34m) in fines over the last five years in settlements for illegal software use, the Business Software Alliance reports. As well as paying fines, firms caught using unlicensed software were obliged to cough up an undisclosed amount to put their software assets in order.
BT has followed in the footsteps of its ISP rivals today and announced that it is upping the speed of its retail broadband service at no extra cost.
In the first case of its kind, a California video game maker is suing an entire community of software tinkerers for reverse engineering and modifying Xbox games that they legally purchased.
Businesses are becoming ever more nervous with news that almost 100,000 viruses are worming their way around UK IT systems. A report by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reveals that over 85 per cent of businesses believe that the problem will get worse in the future.
Comment The trend to Open Source in South America seems to be stronger than it is anywhere else. Almost all governments there seem to be setting an Open Source agenda.
BT Retail's slice of new DSL punters continues to slide, according to the telco's own figures released today. The former monopoly admits that the figures are "disappointing" but remains chipper that it is still the UK's largest broadband ISP.
A new round of attacks and phishing attempts use some unexpected attack vectors that we should have been paying attention to, but weren't, writes Scott Granneman of SecurityFocus.
A cross-platform flaw affecting many Symantec security products - both consumer and enterprise - has been discovered. Users of Symantec's Norton SystemWorks 2004, Norton SystemWorks 2004 (both Mac and Windows), Norton AntiVirus 2004, corporate anti-virus apps and Brightmail anti-spam software (among others) all need to apply patches following the discovery of the "highly critical" security bug. In all 30 packages are affected.
The fate of the European software patent directive is set to be decided next week, as its supporters and its opponents head to a final showdown in Brussels.
Former WorldCom boss Bernie Ebbers knew the telco's books were being cooked but failed to do anything about it, former CFO Scott Sullivan testified yesterday.
Comment The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution is supposed to be the one that protects people and their "houses, places and effects" against "unreasonable searches". Forty-two years ago, the US Supreme Court held that attaching a listening device to a public pay phone violated this provision because the Constitution protects people, not places, and because the Fourth Amendment prohibits warrantless searches without probable cause if the target enjoys a reasonable expectation of privacy.
The UK's biggest phone company, British Telecom, has posted a 70 per cent rise in profits, driven in large part by sales of overseas businesses.
Yahoo! has released a beta toolbar for the Mozilla Firefox browser. You can download the Windows version here. The net giant is to release MacOS and Linux flavours "shortly".
UK scientists have called for £100m to keep Britain at the forefront of stem cell research, and are asking for a new charitable foundation to administer the funds. They say that a lack of cash threatens early advances and that there is a risk of UK research being left behind by ongoing foreign programmes.
SCO dodged a legal bullet, yesterday, as the judge overseeing its lawsuit against IBM refused the computer giant's request for a summary judgment. But it may only be a temporary reprieve, as District Judge Dale Kimball used his statement to launch a scathing attack on the merits of SCOs case against IBM.
The EU will not set targets for lowering greenhouses gases after the first period of the Kyoto Protocol ends in 2012, an EU executive Commission report has revealed. Instead, it will focus on bringing the US and other nations into the damage limitation fold. The US refused to ratify the Kyotot Protocol which which aims by 2008-12 to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from developed nations by 5.2 per cent below 1990 levels.
Pfizer and Microsoft today announced a joint legal offensive against sellers of illegal Viagra and two international spam syndicates alleged to have promoted illicit sales of counterfeit versions of the drug. The legal action follows a seven-month investigation during which Microsoft and Pfizer worked together to track down illegal drug distributors operating websites selling "generic" Viagra as well as the spammers advertising them.
Intel has 65nm versions of its mobile, desktop and server-oriented dual-core processors up and running in the its labs, a senior company executive revealed today.
Almost half of Wanadoo's internet users are broadband subscribers, the company's parent France Telecom (FT) announced today. At the end of December the number of Wanadoo broadband subscribers had risen to 4.37m (up from 2.45m a year before) making up 46 per cent of Wanadoo's European customer base at the end of 2004.
Apple has updated Mac OS X 'Panther' to version 10.3.8, today posting separate updaters for version 10.3.7 of the operating system and for all previous Panther releases.
Intel has quietly extended its 'Grantsdale' Pentium 4 chipset family with a pair of low-end products, as anticipated.
Exclusive Far Eastern smart phone maker Group Sense is preparing a new Palm OS-based handset, called the Xplore M68, and this time it's pitching the handset at the European market.
Desktop Summit There is a shallowness to Southern California culture that can make you question the authenticity of anything coming out of the place. The boobs are fake. The faces are fake. The water is fake - pumped in from far away reservoirs. The cities are filled with bland, repetitive strip malls loaded down with chain restaurants not local cuisine. Half of the people aren't even real people at all - they're actors.
The European Competition Commission has accused T-Mobile and Vodafone of charging too much for access to roaming services in Germany. It sent each firm a 'statement of objection', detailing alleged breaches of EC rules on abuse of monopoly powers.
Consumers are more likely to change their operator than their mobile number to dodge the growing nuisance of text message spam. More than eight in 10 mobile phone users surveyed in a study by Switzerland's University of St.Gallen and mobile services firm bmd wireless have received unsolicited mobile messages.
Sun Microsystems' embrace of Intel processors lasted all of two years. It has decided to go the Opteron-only route for its x86-compatible workstations and one- to four-processor servers.
One of the few BitTorrent hubs willing to battle the major movie studios has been shut down by Hollywood.
Microsoft is recruiting patent engineers - but complete ignorance of patent law is not considered an obstacle to being hired, according to the job ad.