25th > August > 2005 Archive


BEA buying Plumtree customers

If ever you needed a good example of just how though business is in the enterprise IT market right now, you need look little further than BEA Systems' $200m purchase of enterprise portal specialist Plumtree Software.
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EDS re-inks deal worth £2.6bn with DWP

David Blunkett's new home, the Department of Work and Pensions, has renegotiated its swathe of contracts with EDS, bringing them all under one umbrella.

Polyglot IM worm targets MSN

A new worm spreading over IM networks is the first to check system settings in order to send a message in the appropriate language. The Kelvir-HI instant messaging worm is spreading over MSN Messenger's network, albeit modestly. IM security specialist Akonix classifies it as a low-risk threat.
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AOL to reform customer service after NY probe

AOL has agreed to reform its customer service operation following complaints that led to legal action by Elliot 'the Blitzer' Spitzer, New York's attorney general. In a settlement announced Wednesday, AOL will be obliged to remove obstacles US consumers faced when seeking to switch or cancel their internet service.

Quantum slashes 250 Irish jobs

Data storage hardware maker Quantum Corporation is to cut 250 jobs in Dundalk with the close of a manufacturing facility.
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Utah bathed in pretty pink Aurora

Stargazers in Utah, Colorado, New York and other US states were treated to a rare display in the early hours of this morning, when the first of two large coronal mass ejections from the Sun collided with the Earth's atmosphere, creating stunning Auroras.
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O2 Germany licences mobile World Cup clips

In brief Mobile operator O2 has secured the right to sell highlight clips from all 64 matches in next year's World Cup to its mobile subscribers in Germany. O2 has secured the right to offer up to four minutes of video footage per match for "near-live" and post-match highlight coverage on mobile phones following a licensing agreement with sport rights trader Infront Sports & Media.
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Playboy launches full-frontal online edition

They're no slouches over at Playboy when it comes to innovative ways to deliver e-smut.
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LA cops bust pothead alligator liberator

LA police have busted a man suspected of having released a full-sized alligator into the city's Lake Machado two months ago and which has since frustrated all attempts to recapture it.
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Gartner plots hype cycle for emergent tech

Collaboration, next generation architectures and real world web applications have been singled out as key emergent technolgies by analyst house Gartner. But other technologies such as video conferencing and passive RFID tags have been labeled as over hyped in Gartner's 2005 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies.
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Norwich Union probes IT staff lay-offs

Norwich Union is investigating allegations that company policy on the handling of redundancies was not followed when IT staff in Bristol were given their marching orders.
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Councils to publish phone mast emission data

Vodafone has sought to quash UK luddites' fears that mobile phone masts are turning their brains into something resembling a partially set trifle.
Joe Fay, 25 2005
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China slashes gamers' time online

China will attempt to limit the amount of continuous time online gamers can spend staring at their monitors amid growing concern about "addiction" to games such as World of Warcraft and Lineage II.
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The GIMP threatens PIN number security

This must be a first: Linux image manipulation programme the GIMP has been fingered as a possible tool in uncovering people's PIN numbers as sent through the post. It's not all open source gloom, though, Photoshop can also be used to, in certain circumstances, enhance illicitly-obtained printed PIN numbers.

W3C tells US Copyright Office: IE is not the only fruit

The US Copyright Office wants to limit the number of browsers that can submit online forms to its site. The agency has proposed that, temporarily at least, it will accept copyright claims via forms submitted from only Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape browsers.
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Mio GPS smart phone exposed

Exclusive Mio will next week preview the A701, its first GPS-enabled Windows Mobile-based smart phone, The Register has learned.
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US getting fatter, faster

Americans are getting fatter, faster than ever before, according to the latest figures from the non-profit Trust for America's Health.

Intel preps 'GPS for Wi-Fi' location tech

IDF Intel today demonstrated a location-detection system for Wi-Fi networks that it claims will provide far more accurate readings than traditional triangulation techniques.
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Intel looks to 'Dunnington' multi-core Xeon future

IDF Intel's follow-up to 'Whitefield', its four-core, next-generation microarchitecture-based Xeon MP chip, will be called 'Dunnington', the chip giant let slip yesterday.

Pentium 4 VT plans confirmed by Intel

IDF Intel has confirmed a report that the Pentium 4 660 and 670 will be updated soon to incorporate Virtualisation Technology.

Microsoft goes Hollywood with 'Halo' film deal

Microsoft has a new deal with Hollywood and, no, it's not to use Windows digital rights management (DRM) capabilities to prevent illegal copying of films.
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US fighters tooling up with lasers

The US military is going all Star Wars with plans to equip its aircraft with laser guns to shoot down enemy missiles and aircraft.

Big Iron boys make a bundle for SMBs

Big iron stalwarts Sun Microsystems and Oracle have launched a series of Linux and Solaris database bundles targeting resellers and small and medium business (SMBs).