Amazon.com goes nuclear on Avis, Orbitz
Amazon.com Holdings has launched a legal offensive against a number of websites including Orbitz and Avis, claiming that they've infringed Amazon patents.
Nigerian 419er jailed
A Nigerian woman has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for her part in a massive 419 scam.
Tele2 buys Versatel
Stockholm-based Tele2 AB has offered to buy Versatel Telecom International for a total of €1.34bn to boost its expansion on the continent.
Infineon memory boss quits
The boss of Infineon's memory business has quit the company and the board while police investigate corruption charges.
Energis and C&W refuse to deny merger talk
Energis and Cable & Wireless (C&W) have refused to rubbish weekend press reports that the UK telcos are locked in talks about a possible merger.
No2ID pledge reaches 10,000 signature goal
More than 10,000 people have signed a pledge, promising that they will refuse to register for ID cards in the event that the UK government decides we need them to combat the political nasty of the day.
Malware maelstrom menaces UK
Lock up your email servers - there's a blizzard of Windows malware out there.
US gets jitters over in-flight mobes
CommentAmerica's regulators are currently running around in circles over the issue of in-flight mobile phone calls. Transcripts of the latest Congress hearings show that experts are equally afraid that they will work, and at the same time, that they won't work.
The Cloud touts Skype Zones support
European wireless ISP The Cloud has added its Wi-Fi hotspots in the UK and Sweden to Skype's fledgling aggregated network, Skype Zones.
Time to turn on to power over Ethernet?
Quocirca’s changing channelsWith the uptake of IP telephony continuing apace and the proliferation of IP devices in general, has the time finally arrived for an old concept – power over Ethernet (PoE)? For certain deployments of IP based technology, PoE is not only cost effective but arguably essential.
Sony Ericsson claims Q2 market share gain
Sony Ericsson made €87m ($106m) on sales of €1.61bn ($1.95bn) during its second fiscal quarter, the phone maker said late last week.
Cisco sets age limit for board
Cisco has introduced an age bar for its board. Under a new governance policy agreed last week Cisco directors will no longer be eligible for, nominated or renominated to its board after they hit 70.
WinZip bought by VC
One of the web's most popular shareware utilities WinZip has been bought by Vector Capital.
TeleCity agrees £58m buyout
TeleCity - the UK-based colocation and data centre service provider - has agreed to a £58m buyout led by the 3i investment group.
China sends pig sperm to space
Get out of the way, Miss Piggy, the Chinese are sending pigs to space, for real. Or at least, pig sperm. The researchers say they want to study the effects of cosmic rays and microgravity on pig semen, so they plan to send 40 grams of the stuff up on the next available rocket.
Vodafone takes the fight to VoIP
Vodafone is responding aggressively to the rise of VoIP by launching a low cost, flat rate phone service of its own, using capacity on its 3G network. Echoing similar moves by its US joint venture Verizon Wireless, Vodafone’s plan reflects the main defense that cellcos have against the non-3G operators that seek to steal their voice markets using voice over Wi-Fi or, in future, WiMAX.
Apple to muscle in on MVNO market?
Motorola’s iTunes handset is due to launch, at last, next month, against a background of rising speculation that Apple will become an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator), leasing spectrum in the US to offer carrier services under the powerful iTunes brand.
Apple iTunes sells half a billion songs
Apple's iTunes Music Store has sold more than 500m songs, the iPod maker's web site revealed this morning.
Kingston signs IBM for support
Memory maker Kingston Technologies has signed IBM to provide its customers with on-site support in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Sophos service searches for zombie PCs
Anti-virus firm Sophos has launched a service that notifies organisations if any of their PCs are taken over by hackers. The ZombieAlert Service is designed to automatically notifies subscribers about exploited and hijacked computers on business networks.
Google tracks Hitler to San Diego
Black helicopter alertNever in the history of conspiracy theories have there been more black helicopters simultaneously airborne than in the case of what actually happened to Adolf Hitler on - and after - 30 April 1945.
Sproqit finally cranks out workgroup system
Sproqit will next month ship the delayed Workgroup version of its mobile PC-to-PDA data-access system, the company said today.
McKinnon warns off fledgling hackers as hearing looms
Gary McKinnon, the British hacker facing an extradition hearing in nine days time has warned other hacking wannabees not to follow his example.
You Blew Me Up You Bastard
In these troubled times it's good to know that someone out there is addressing the issue of how you would express your anger and disgust were you - God forbid - to become a victim of terrorist atrocity.
Sophos changes channel programme
Anti-virus specialist Sophos is tweaking its channel programme in response to a survey of its resellers.
Exabyte buddies up to Northamber
Exabyte is getting Northamber to distribute its products in the UK. It said it chose Northamber to open up new channels especially those aimed at small to medium sized firms.
Bulldog faces Ofcom complaints
Hacked off Bulldog punters are being urged to contact telecoms regulator Ofcom with their complaints about the broadband provider.
Germany backs ESA's mission to Mars
Germany has signed up to the preparatory phase of the European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars mission, the Aurora project.
Asbo teen ordered to get legless
A Northumberland teenager has been granted every tearway's dream - an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (Asbo) requiring him to get drunk and "to use threatening behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to members of the public".
MS probes Win XP SP2 kernel bug
Windows XP SP2 has proved to be a lot more robust than critics give Microsoft credit for but that doesn't mean it's immune from security problems. Security researcher Tom Ferris of Security-Protocols.com discovered a bug in XP's kernel that might be used by hackers to crash even fully patched systems with Windows firewall switched on.
EC raids Dell in Intel anti-trust probe
The European Competition Commission raided Dell's office last week at the same time as it was rifling through Intel's files, as part of an anti-trust investigation into the chip-maker.
ICANN prez delivers internet vision
InterviewIn his most revealing interview since taking charge of internet overseeing organisation ICANN in March 2003, president Paul Twomey has accused governments looking to subsume ICANN into a UN body as "living in a political fantasy land", while at the same time being thankful that the internet community doesn't have tanks.
Orange SPV M500 smart phone
First UK reviewThe SPV M500 is Orange's take on HTC's 'Magician' compact PocketPC phone, which began appearing earlier this year in a number of guises, such as the i-Mate Jam.
VMware greets new dual-core chips with old world licensing
VMware has joined to the rush to recognize dual-core processors and changes the chips demand of software licenses. What's VMware's plan? Well, thankfully, to treat the dual-core chips on the market from AMD and soon from Intel as regular, old single-core products.
Typosquatters hijack US credit report site
Privacy-sensitive US citizens aiming to get their government-mandated annual free credit reports have to be careful not to endanger their sensitive data instead, stated a report released last Thursday.
Cost of US cyber attacks plummets
The cost of individual cyber attacks fell dramatically in the US last year but unauthorised access and the theft of proprietary information remain top security concerns.
SAP seeks irrelevant executive
Backoffice software giant SAP appears to be bringing a refreshing new approach to its recruitment policy. The company is currently hiring a director of business development for its Palo Alto office. It's an important job: developing partnerships with software vendors in key vertical markets.
Intel slaps 'wide load' tag on new Itanium
With 9MB of cache strapped to its back, Intel's third generation Itanium processor stands as one of the widest loads in the chip game. Now, the tubby beast can handle a wider data load as well due to an increase in its front side bus (FSB) speed.
$1 domains for the developing world
The developing world could soon see .org domain names for just $1 under a new scheme by non-for-profit registry PIR.
DoD picks Opteron as weapon of mass simulation
HP has nailed down a major win for its still young line of Opteron-based servers, picking up a cluster contract from the US DoD (Department of Defense).
Compaq showpiece turns into giant God conduit
HP could whack up to 25,000 workers any minute now - an unsettling premise for employees the world over. The threat of layoffs, however, could prove a tad less disconcerting to some old Compaq hands living in Houston thanks to the grand opening of a massive new church.