Judge clarifies Google AdWords ruling in the US
A district court judge this week clarified her decision of last December to dismiss important parts of a trade mark case against Google brought by car insurance firm GEICO over the search engine's AdWords service.
Cheques 'extinct by 2025'
Paper cheques could be extinct within the next 20 years as consumers and businesses switch to more convenient forms of payment, a new study reveals.
Thus throws hat into Energis ring
Thus has gone public with an £800m 'proposal' for Energis, which would trump an agreed offer from rival Cable & Wireless.
Nvidia preps 'C51 Intel Edition'
Nvidia is preparing an Intel-oriented version of its first integrated chipset, 'C51'.
Intel slashes Pentium 4 6xx prices
Intel yesterday pruned the prices of its Pentium 4 6xx processor series by up to 34 per cent. The cuts had been expected.
Bid for O2 dead, or just sleeping?
Mobile operator O2 has denied any knowledge of a reported €20bn takeover bid for the company, concocted by Deutsche Telekom and Dutch operator, KPN.
Chinese eye $100 wireless laptop
Broadband wireless has traditionally flourished in developing economies, as a relatively low cost way to bring broadband access to countries with limited infrastructure. But this does not mean that it is a technology for spreading access to poor users. In general, operators in new economies target enterprises, expatriates and other high income oases, leaving rural and low income groups pretty much untouched.
Mobile war smoulders around internet UI
Most of the analysis of the handset war between Nokia and Motorola centers on their device designs, with Nokia’s stainless steel 8800 squaring up against the US company’s RAZR and PEBL. Just as important to the user’s choice, however, is the user interface and, increasingly the ease of use of internet capabilities, and this week we saw the giants focusing their attentions on the software side of the battle.
Sony dips toe into SMB market
Quocirca's changing channelsSony leads the market in consumer electronics when measured across its total product range. That range is so diverse that for every product it sells it faces a different set of competitors – some of who lead Sony in their particular area. Profits have suffered in the face of fierce competition and Sony is looking to expand its business from consumers to small and mid-sized businesses (SMB), where its market share is tiny. To achieve this, in Europe at least, Sony is seeking the help of the channel – how will it be received?
Flaw on Tuesday, worm by Sunday
Virus writers have created a worm that spreads using a Microsoft Plug-and-Play vulnerability disclosed only last week. The ZoTob worm exploits a security weakness detailed just five days prior to its arrival last weekend.
US games software giants target UK mod-chip supplier
ExclusiveThe founder of a UK-based games console modification company has pledged to fight the US software industry's attempt to shut down his business.
eBay UK trading to hit £4bn
Trading on eBay UK is likely to hit £4bn this year - equivalent to 1.3 per cent of all UK retail sales, the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) has predicted. And all of this ecommerce action could represent a £3,000 per annum boost for the average UK household, the CEBR told the BBC.
Taser absolved of stun gun death liability
An Arizona court last week delivered some good news for Taser International Inc. shareholders when it dismissed a wrongful death and product liability lawsuit against the stun gun manufacturer.
RIAA admits CD-R more a threat than P2P
The Recording Industry Ass. of America has acknowledged that P2P file-sharing is less of a threat to music sales than bootleg CDs.
Scientists invent pee-powered battery
Researchers in Singapore have developed a paper battery that is powered by urine. Despite sounding gloriously silly, the breakthrough promises a cheap and disposable power source for home health tests for things like diabetes.
Violent video games do not cause aggression
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has weighed into the ongoing polemic regarding a possible link between violent video games and "real-world aggression".
Korean rhetoric of hate immortalised on web
Fans of Communist anti-Western rhetoric will be delighted to learn that a US aficionado of North Korea's Central News Agency (KCNA) has collated more than "50 megabytes of hard-core Stalinist propaganda ... each article written in the unique and indelible style of the KCNA".
Brits steal carloads of F**king Austrian roadsigns
An Austrian village called Fucking will not change its name despite sniggering Brits making off with its roadsigns.
Firefox loses ground to IE
Firefox's market share slipped last month for the first time since the alternative browser began its battle to offer a popular alternative to Microsoft's ubiqitous Internet Explorer software. This consistent growth suffered a set-back when Firefox fell back from 8.71 per cent market share in June to 8.07 per cent in July, acording to web analytics firm NetApplications. Over the same period Microsoft's share rose from 86.56 per cent in June to 87.2 per cent in July, so Firefox's loss was Microsoft's gain.
Energis rubbishes Thus bid
Telco Energis has ripped apart the takeover offer made by its smaller rival Thus, as it continues to recommend its shareholders accept the “fully-committed offer” from Cable & Wireless due to lapse this evening.
Want women in IT? Make maths mandatory
A new study of 21 different nations has found that the male dominance of computer science at university level is pandemic.
UK hit by sperm donor crisis
The UK government's plan to make fertility treatment increasingly available to single women and lesbian couples has hit a slight snag - there are not enough sperm donors coming forward and coming to provide 50 per cent of the raw materials.
Bulk mailer convicted of data theft scam
A Florida man has been convicted of stealing vast amounts of personal information from Acxiom, one of the world's largest database companies, in order to inflate the value of his spamming firm.