19th May 2005 Archive


Microsoft running late in virtualization

Microsoft's Next Generation Secure Computing Base (NGSCB), conceived originally as hardware-based Digital Rights Management (DRM) for Longhorn, is morphing into server virtualization, Gartner Group says.
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BEA: services up, licensing down

BEA Systems kicked-off its new fiscal year in familiar style Wednesday, with a continued fall in new licensing from its core WebLogic business.

IBM and Google find each other in desktop search

Eric Schmidt, Google’s chief executive, yesterday dismissed the notion that the company is competing head-to-head with Microsoft on the internet while launching a deal with IBM in Microsoft’s heartland of the desktop.
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IT distributors have 'compelling valuations'

It's tough being a IT distie - managing the drip-drip effect of margin squeeze, of reduced co-op marketing budgets, of vendor consolidation and seeing the month's profits wiped out by a collapsing customer.
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Navicore launches UK GPS kit for Symbian

Finnish smart-phone route-planning software developer Navicore set up shop in the UK this week, pledging to shake up the consumer GPS market.
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Gateway founder Waitt quits

Ted Waitt, chairman of Gateway, the direct PC vendor with a folksy image, is leaving the company he started. Waitt handed the CEO's role to Wayne Inouye last year.
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Netscape launches version 8.0

Netscape has officially launched the latest version of its browser, Netscape 8.0, according to reports. Although the browser is based on Firefox, it also supports the Internet Explorer engine, and so will be able to render more sites than will Firefox alone.
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BT's new wave drives 'excellent' quarter

BT appears to be coping with the loss of 100,000 phone punters a month by making giant strides in broadband and other "new wave" areas. The UK telco is weaning itself off its dependency on traditional phone services and instead turning to its "new wave" fix to keep the business moving forward.

ATI chooses 'CrossFire' for SLi-rival moniker?

ATI may have let slip the name of its upcoming multi-GPU rendering technology. On 5 May, it filed to have the phrase 'ATI CrossFire' and the word 'CrossFire' registered as trademarks.

WD ships 300MBps SATA II drive

Western Digital has begun shipping desktop hard drives supporting the Serial ATA II standard, the hard drive specialist said yesterday. It also launched a pair of external drives pitched at case-modders and consumers, respectively.
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TSG buys another Scottish reseller

Technology Services Group has bought Edinburgh Microsystems Centre (EMC), a specialist Sage reseller with 150 customers, for an undisclosed sum.
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UK banks ignore security audit findings

Some UK corporates routinely ignore the findings of security audits treating them solely as a necessary step to satisfy corporate governance regulations, according to an experienced penetration tester.
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Xbox 360 retail price could be higher than expected

Goldman Sachs maintained an "outperform" rating on Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people) after meeting senior management late Tuesday.
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Californian boffins plot piracy-proof DVD players

Piracy was abolished back in the 21st Century, my children, when the world's DVD players learned to rat on their owners.
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eBay comes to cable TV

Comment The consumer electronics and computer industries could have saved themselves many billions of dollars if they'd remembered why people watch TV. Panicked by apocalyptic warnings of attention-deficit computer types, they threw their energies into making TV more "interactive" - with predictable for program quality and usability.
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eBay sitting on the old Gumtree.com

eBay has is expanding its international classifieds business with the acquisition of UK-based Gumtree.com for an undisclosed sum. The deal was transacted through Kijiji, eBay's international classifieds business.
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Samsung prototype promises super-skinny TVs

Samsung is gearing up to show off a prototype 40-inch, single-sheet, organic light emitting diode (OLED) screen, paving the way for super-skinny TV sets just over an inch thick.
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FTC wants to tweak CAN-SPAM Act

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is consulting on proposed changes to the CAN-SPAM Act. These clarify the steps by which a recipient can opt-out of receiving spam, and reduce the time limit for honouring an opt-out request.
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TDK touts 100GB recordable Blu-ray Disc

There's an Onion article we rather liked a while back that neatly lampooned the shaver business, in which Gilette, frustrated by Wilkinson Sword's move to three-blade razors, promptly shouts: "F**k 'em - we're going to five blades."
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China hits net gambling hard

More than 1,300 people have been detained in Shanghai after Chinese authorities continued to clampdown on internet gambling.
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FA cries foul over internet streaming pirates

Premier League bosses have blown the whistle on fans who stream live footage from games without permission. Football chiefs are considering whether to take sites to court in a bid to clamp down on the practice.
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Campaigners quiz Google on China play

Reporters without borders - aka Reporters sans Frontiers (RSF) - has taken Google to task for its baby steps towards setting up business in China. The organisation, which campaigns across the globe for the freedom of the press, and "denounces violations of the human rights", has written to Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, demanding a clear indication as to whether or not Google will censor its search results at Beijing's behest.
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Orange postpones Wildfire closure

Orange has been forced to delay the scrapping of its Wildfire voice recognition system by four weeks after being rocked by criticism from unhappy punters.
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Joe Public cools to eGov projects

Investment in e-government doesn't seem to have had the desired effect, if a new MORI poll is to be believed. Although the £2.5bn invested in improving access to information and services has undoubtedly transformed the way some local authorities do business, overall satisfaction with local authorities was found to have dropped 10 per cent over the last three years.

Broadcom broadsides Qualcomm with wireless chip IP lawsuit

Broadcom has slapped Qualcomm with a lawsuit, alleging that its rival infringed on 10 patents tied to processing wired and wireless communications.

Fujitsu pumps Solaris servers with speedy new Sparc

Fujitsu has added some muscle to its PrimePower server line by outfitting systems with a 2.08GHz version of its Sparc64 V chip.
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Wal-Mart cedes DVD rental biz to Netflix for a plug

Super, hyper, global, mega store Wal-Mart has given up on renting DVDs via the mail, deciding instead to form a partnership with upstart Netflix.