26th > September > 2005 Archive
Be 24 meg broadband is go
'Be' - the local loop unbundling (LLU) broadband ISP - goes live today offering net access of speed of up to 24 megs for £24 a month.
Tiscali in UK consumer data security breach
Tiscali has apologised after a data security breach left the name, address, contact information and product order of random customers displayed to other subscribers of the ISP onFriday. The UK ISP sent out an email to its customers to accompany the launch of new broadband products offering them the opportunity to re-grade their current service package.
Dolphin assassins menace Gulf of Mexico
Heavily-armed, frightened, and confused. No, we don't mean the Bush Administration, but a group of killer dolphins trained by the US Navy and lately washed into the Gulf of Mexico by Hurricane Katrina, if The Guardian is to be believed.
Amstrad pulls em@iler from shelves
Amstrad's integrated 'phone and email device is being withdrawn from retail sale after poor sales this year provoked the company to pull the emailer.
Murdoch faces fight for MySpace
Rupert Murdoch has a fight on his hands to get control of InterMix - the company behind blog host MySpace - after Murdoch's NewsCorp offered $580m or $12 a share to buy it in July.
GI Janes in Iraq DIY smutfest
When you're not getting shelled or shot at, war can get deadly dull. Fortunately, America's gals in uniform overseas appear to be having a rollicking good time, and no doubt enjoying numerous material perks as a result of being in short supply and high demand, and naked.
The ugly truth about coopetition
Quocirca's changing channelsThere is an ugly word used to describe the fact the rivals in business some times have to find a way to work together – coopetition. In the ICT industry everyone knows that, on occasions, competitors have to hold their noses and talk to each other. But this distasteful process can be avoided to a greater or lesser extent, depending on the vendors involved, if the process is handled through third parties like VARs and integrators. In short, channel organisations can act as coopetition brokers.
Award nominations for anti-patent campaigners
Florian Mueller, best known to Register readers as one of the leaders of the campaign against the European software patent directive, has been nominated for the European of the Year award, run by the magazine European Voice.
China hits blogs where it hurts
The Chinese government is taking action against bloggers and other sources of online news.
Apple scraps with War Child over charity album price
Apple clashed with kids-caught-in-conflict charity War Child last week when it appeared to go its own way on album pricing.
Phishers target Yahoo! Photos
UpdatedInternet crooks looking to capture login details of Yahoo! accounts are changing tactics. Phishing attacks that attempt to capture a user's Yahoo! ID and password by tricking the gullible into handing over their credentials to fake sign-in pages have been around for months if not years. Recently, though, these phishing sites have begun using alternative Yahoo! Sign In pages, such as Yahoo! Photos, net security firm Websense reports.
AOL UK 'sorry' for network bungle
AOL UK is coughing up more than £100,000 in compensation after a bungled network upgrade left around 20,000 punters without broadband. The ISP said it would give £5 credit to those hit by the glitch as "a goodwill gesture". The £5 credit will appear on accounts when the next bill is due, AOL UK said in an email.
Motorola to ship Q 'Blackberry-beater' early
Motorola has brought forward the release of its would-be Blackberry-beating smart phone, CEO Ed Zander revealed on Friday.
Euro email storage scheme 'illegal', warns official
The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has said that he is not yet convinced by the arguments put forward in favour of a European directive on data retention, and has set out strict conditions any such law would have to meet if it's to be considered acceptable by his office.
O2 i-mode service to start 1 October
UK mobile phone network O2 will today announce it will begin offering i-mode services on Saturday, 1 October.
BT disses Dixons' 'Freetalk'
Dixons has yet to confirm details of its anticipated VoIP offering, Freetalk, but the service is already causing a stir.
Developing World must cut mobile taxes
Governments in the developing world should cut taxes on mobile handsets to help the poorest take advantage of the technology.
Deutsche Telekom 'eyeing up O2'
Deutsche Telekom (DT) - which owns cellco T-Mobile - could be prepared to pay up to £18bn for UK telco O2, according to the The Business.
US Army goes shopping for anthrax
The US Army has asked companies to bid for contracts to produce large quantities of anthrax and equipment to produce other unnamed biological agents, according to New Scientist, but has not said what it needs the facilities for.
Sales up but profits down at Sophos
In briefUK-based security firm Sophos announced plans to launch centrally-managed client firewall and adware detection and removal products on Monday as it reported an increase in annual turnover of 19.2 per cent to £66.2 million ($122.6 million USD) for the year ending March 2005.
Chickens find home online
A West Country website is having to upgrade equipment to keep up with demand for its streamed videos of chickens.
Ask Jeeves where the dole office is
Jeeves - that butler mascot of search site AskJeeves - is to be pensioned off.
Four arrested in '£6m' phone scam probe
Four men have been arrested in connection with a premium-rate phone scam that police reckon could have netted an estimated £6m. The four - two from Cambridge and two from Basingstoke - were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud customers of the telephone network, police said in a statement.
Limewire preps 'piracy-prevention' barriers
LimeWire developers are working of code modifications that will prevent users of future versions of the popular P2P client from sharing copyrighted works. Future versions of the software may check to see if material presented for sharing is copyrighted before blocking sharing if no suitable license can be found, Slyck reports. Users would still have the ability to trade their own work or files they have permission to distribute via a Creative Commons license.
Salty seamen's erotic viewing blocks emergency radio
The crew of a fishing boat was whiling away a few lonely hours on the high seas watching a saucy film, not realising that they had left the radio transmitting on the emergency channel, thus blocking all Mayday radio comms for a 30-mile radius.
Watford Electronics saves Tiny from knackers' yard
Watford Electronics has scooped up the assets and trading rights of Tiny Computers and Tiny.com from the administrators. Terms are undisclosed.
Python movies secure best spin-off crown
The Monty Python films have been voted the best TV series spin-off in a poll of readers of the BBC's listing magazine Radio Times. Mission: Impossible was second, with Star Trek in third.
Intelligent design meets evolution in court
A court in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is set to hear a case that could have implications for the teaching of science across America.
Intel and Dell update server gear with promises and rhetoric bump
Intel and Dell - aka the Brotherhood of Single-Core Chips - continue to flail about, issuing statements that promise they will eventually ship systems with dual-core server processors. The statements appear to be InDell's best attempt at calming customers' nerves, while competitors and their customers turn to rival gear based on AMD's dual-core Opteron processor.
AMD counters Intel with speedier Opterons
AMD today won a round of its ongoing chip marketing battle with Intel by pumping out a new fleet of speedier dual-core Opteron chips. Intel did its best to counter the move with a couple of variations to its single-core Xeon line but obviously fell short of its rival.