24th May 2005 Archive

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Intel exec quits to run LSI Logic

Former Intel CTO Pat Gelsinger last night took full control of the company's recently formed Digital Enterprise Group following the surprise resignation of fellow DEG chief Abhi Talwalkar.
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UK court bans online porn sales

Pornmongers in the UK can no longer send videos or DVDs through the post or sell them online.

FTC claims Rambus spoiled antitrust evidence

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has accused Rambus of destroying vital documents pertaining to its antitrust case against the memory technology developer.
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Cons should get 'unrestricted' net access - charity

The Home Office has rejected plans to give lags access to the internet and email while doing porridge.
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Lookout, France! Google hires neo-con headbanger

The company that prides itself on "Doing No Evil" isn't taking any chances with its latest executive appointment. Dan Senor, the company's new Global Communications and Strategy VP, has a CV guaranteed to have Register columnist Otto Z Stern firing a celebratory fusillade skywards from his compound in New Mexico.
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Paris Hilton burger cavort crashes website

Over-excited males flocking to see a controversial TV ad featuring highly-talented heiress Paris Hilton cavorting in a bikini atop a Bentley with a sponge, a hose and a Spicy BBQ Burger brought down the Carl's Jr. website specifically set up to promote the soft-core meatfest.

EC watching clock on Microsoft's compliance deadline

Microsoft has been given a week to comply with the European Commission's anti-trust sanctions, or face being fined at a rate of $5m per day.

HP plans blade blitz on IBM

A burst of sales from IBM's blade server division has rival HP rattled and ready to retaliate.
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Vodafone knocks up a profit

Vodafone posted respectable results for the year ended 31 March, 2005 but is still struggling to get its Japanese division back on track.

UK banks hope to send phishing mules packing

UK banks plan to delay transfers between account holders of the same group by up to a day in order to introduce new security checks. The move is designed to help thwart phishing attacks that cost British banks an estimated £12m last year. NatWest, Halifax and Barclays have all introduced the security measure, the BBC reports.

Valley execs' greed returns to dotcom levels

While record numbers of tech jobs were shipped offshore last year, Silicon Valley's tech execs gorged themselves at levels unseen since the dot com boom.

AMD to ship dual-core Athlon X2 on 31 May

AMD will formally launch its dual-core desktop processor, the Athlon 64 X2 - aka 'Toledo' - on 31 May, the company has said.
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US family defiant in tinfoil house

This one is causing some merriment on Slashdot at the moment: a Sacramento family has been ordered to remove aluminium cladding from their house which, they claim, is protecting them from radio wave attack by neighbours.
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Kingston Comms posts profit

Kingston Communications' decision to expand its business beyond its East Yorkshire enclave is beginning to pay off, the Hull-based telco said today.
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Microsoft vs Google heats up

Bill Gates kept the heat on Google yesterday by lifting the skirts on MSN’s new local search and mapping service.
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Sonos wireless music kit ready to roll in UK

Sonos will ship its multi-room wireless hi-fi system in the UK on 10 June, the company told The Register yesterday.
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Punters wooed by MCI and Verizon

MCI and Verizon have sought to reassure punters about the future of their $8.8bn merger following the bruising take-over battle earlier this year.

Microsoft ups direct sales staff

Microsoft is increasing the number of direct sales staff it employs but insists partners have nothing to fear.

US bank staff 'sold customer details'

The sale of sensitive banking details to an allegedly bent debt collection agency has triggered warning letters to more than 100,000 US consumers. Bank of America has told about 60,000 customers and Wachovia a further 48,000 that their financial records have been breached. Both banks have offered affected customers free credit monitoring services for a year.

Public sector IT less satisfying when outsourced

Despite continuing interest in outsourcing local government IT projects, new research from the Society of IT Management (Socitm) has revealed that users don't like it. The survey found that user satisfaction is, on average, 13 per cent lower in largely outsourced councils than in those that keep their IT in-house.

Sun King vows to ask new HP Chief on a Solaris x86 date

New HP CEO Mark Hurd should be on the lookout for a dinner invitation and a Solaris x86 goodie bag from Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy.
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Suffolk ISP nabs BB users

Suffolk-based ISP Fast24 has snaffled up the broadband customer base of another Suffolk ISP, Central Point.

PalmOne to become Palm again

PDA and smart-phone maker PalmOne can now go back to calling itself Palm, thanks to a deal done with Palm OS developer PalmSource, it emerged today.

Bradford IT staff to strike

IT staff at Bradford City Council are threatening strike action over a disputed outsourcing agreement.
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When will RIAA's Rosen respond to Otto's love note?

Stern response It has been more than a week since I asked former RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) Chairman Hilary Rosen out on a date. She has yet to respond.
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Puny human takes on chess-playing supercomputer

The credibility of the human race is on the line, as a new six match man vs. machine chess tournament is announced in London. From 21-26 June, Hydra, the most powerful chess-playing computer ever built, will take on the rather puny-by-comparison UK chess Grandmaster, Michael Adams at the Wembley Centre. A purse of £80,000 is up for grabs, but more than that: the reputation of the species is on the line.

Big Blue European workers strike

It wasn’t just BBC staffers that were on strike on Monday - IBM workers across Europe took action to protest against planned job cuts at the IT giant.

House passes anti-spyware bills

The House of Representatives approved two anti-spyware bills on Monday. The bills take markedly different approaches to fighting the growing problem of invasive programs that snoop on user's online activities, effectively leaving it up to the Senate to thrash out a solution.
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Internet forces British banking industry to modernise

The growing popularity of internet and home banking has finally forced UK banks to speed up the time it takes to transfer funds between accounts.

IBM and Red Hat to teach Uni students how not to get offshored

Jobs of tomorrow. Jobs of tomorrow. Jobs of tomorrow. That's what IBM and Red Hat can promise the software students of today who are seeing their potential jobs offshored to India.
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Westminster to open Wi-Fi network to hoi polloi

Westminster Council's metropolitan Wi-Fi network is to be made accessible to the public, courtesy of BT's wireless Internet service provider, BT Openzone.
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ISPs urged to throttle spam zombies

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), along with more than 35 government agencies worldwide, announced an ambitious effort on Tuesday to get ISPs and other organisations to deliver the net from the plague of zombie spam networks. The group is encouraging ISPs to identify and quarantine customers whose PCs may have unwittingly been turned into spam zombies, under the control of hackers.
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Shiver me timbers: we are all pirates

Letters We thought we'd keep letters fairly light and breezy today (no, really) so why not begin with Microsoft's rather poorly-named OneCare PC health check service: