Astroturf is out, but blogging is in at Redmond. Microsoft is hoping that blog power can boost its much-delayed operating system Longhorn when it makes its first beta in July. The company has given the thumbs up to the formation of a group of 20 volunteers who Microsoft hopes will provide feedback on upcoming builds of Longhorn whilst also selectively filtering news of changes back to the community.
Sun Microsystems' former marketing and strategy vice president Mark Tolliver is taking over at a Silicon Valley start-up that promises to find hidden intellectual property (IP) traps in open source software.
Sun Microsystems is preparing to update StarOffice in July. StarOffice 8.0 will feature improved usability and for those of us, i.e. most of the planet, who grew up using Office at home and work, Sun is also promising improved interoperability with Microsoft's suite.
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Comment Sarbanes Oxley seems wholly focused on the accuracy of a company's financial records and controls around these records, so where does IT security come into the picture, ask SecurityFocus columnist Mark Rasch.
The European Commission is still pushing Microsoft to open up the communication protocols which developers need to make sofware which interacts with Microsoft products.
In an incredible online cock-up, the full details of a classified US military report into the shooting of Italian secret agent Nicola Calipari in Iraq have been made widely and publicly available.
Thousands of jobs at Marconi look set to be chopped as the company restructures its operation following the devastating news last week that it had failed to win a chunk of a massive £10bn contract from BT.
The world's electronics manufacturers spent $18.4bn on semiconductor products during March, 2.2 per cent more than they did in February, the US Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said yesterday.
A new version of the increasingly tedious Sober email worm series is ensnaring victims by posing as an email from the next year's World Cup organising committee. Like previous variants, Sober-P spreads as an infected ZIP attachment to messages written in either German or English.
UK registry operator Nominet has at last acted against domain name registrar Firevision, which has left thousands of customers in limbo and unable to access their domain names.
Intel knocked a couple of dollars off a number of its Centrino chip bundles at the weekend, taking in both standard Pentium M processors and low/ultra-low voltage parts.
France Telecom has flogged its 27.3 per cent stake in German cellco MobilCom AG to US private equity outfit Texas Pacific Group (TPG).
E-net Distribution is warning UK resellers and end-users of the first emergence of a black market in counterfeit writable CDs and DVDs.
Over the next two weeks the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter will deploy its radar booms and start looking up to 5km below the Martian surface for water, and other materials.
Database giant Oracle had talks to buy troubled CRM vendor Siebel, but no deal was done and the two are no longer actively talking.
A new front has opened up in the global battle for control of the internet, with a heated exchange of letters between two of the main players.
Interregnum is buying ITM Group, the bust audio visual reseller, through its subsidiary Audio Visual Machines Ltd.
Interregnum plc is buying audio visual firm ITM Group through its subsidiary Audio Visual Machines Ltd. ITM was in administration.
AMD yesterday added its latest Mobile Sempron processor to its budget CPU line-up, taking the opportunity to prune the prices of the family, and to chop up to 25 per cent off its desktop Athlon 64 chips.
One in 20 Brits have lost money to some sort of online scam such as "phishing", according to research commissioned by AOL UK.
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A group of not-for-profit developers, called Ndiyo (Swahili for "yes"), has announced an ultra-thin-client system which, it says, could make computing available to billions more people across the planet.
BT has beaten off competition from Tiscali and Easynet to win a £45m broadband contract to wire-up 13,500 gaming machines in the UK.
EDS has beaten expectations for the first quarter ended 31 March 2005 with a profit of $4m compared with a loss of $12m in the same period a year ago.
Bugs in anti-virus scanners and various media players joined flaws in Microsoft and Oracle software products in a list of the 20 most serious vulnerabilities discovered the first quarter of 2005.
Greater Manchester's top policeman was deluged with thousands of junk mails last week in an apparent attempt to disrupt police communications. At the peak of the assault on 28 April, GMP Chief Constable Michael Todd was receiving 2,000 spam messages an hour, the BBC reports. Some of these messages came from someone who claimed to know where Todd and his family lived. Others were spoofed so as to appear to originate from US president George Bush.
Juniper Networks and Avaya have signed a joint development pact that will see the two networking firms pool their efforts to fight market leader Cisco Systems.
Troubled telecom equipment maker Nortel has posted a 75 per cent drop in profit in its fourth quarter.
Operation Matrix, which uncovered $480m in stolen hardware and software, is ending this week with the sentencing of the final two defendants. In all nine people have been imprisoned as a result of the huge undercover operation which ran from 1999.
eBay started its eastward expansion on Friday when it opened a Polish version of its online auction site.
Gateway has reported a net loss of $5m on revenue of $838m for the first quarter of 2005, buoyed by strong sales from its notebook business. It says the loss includes restructuring, transformation and integration expenses of $8m.
AMD has applauded moves made by the Japanese, US and French governments to block vendor-specific technology procurement contracts.
Qwest - the US telco that lost out in the bidding war to acquire MCI - reported positive net income for the first three months of the year boosted by the sale of its wireless business in Q1.
Hard drive developer Cornice has settled its legal spat with rival vendor Seagate, the company revealed to its customers yesterday. But it comes at the cost of the company's 1in 1, 1.5 and 2GB Storage Element products.
Analysis ICANN skewed the process to select a new owner for the .net registry in favour of incumbent owner VeriSign. Our in-depth investigation into the process, which has proved highly controversial since a final report gave the six-year contract to VeriSign, has revealed that ICANN:
More than two million copies of Opera version 8 have been downloaded since it was launched two weeks ago, the company says.
A surge in services revenue carried Veritas to a strong first quarter. This will likely be the last period in which the storage software maker reports as a standalone company with Symantec waiting to close its buy of the firm.