27th > September > 2005 Archive
Police and NSPCC tracing web images of children
Greater Manchester Police and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) are working together on a new project to trace and identify abused children whose images are shown on the internet.
Beatific Gates blesses the Windows Palm
It's amazing what the pharmaceutical industry can do nowadays - but I swear Bill Gates is getting younger with each public appearance. Of course it helps to have days like this, where one of Microsoft's most audacious business opponents finally capitulated. Or became an "OEM licensing partner", as they say in the business. On days like this, the years must fall away.
DEA shuts 4,600 rogue pharmacy sites
The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) last week arrested 18 people for allegedly selling pharmaceutical drugs unlawfully over the internet. Those arrested include the ringleaders of more than 4,600 rogue pharmacy websites, which are now all closed. In addition to the 18 individuals arrested, seven luxury cars, 2,400 cheques and money orders from individual customers, and several boxes of cash were seized.
Jobcentre Plus staff tell of IT system woes
Jobcentre Plus staff are put off from encouraging benefit claimants to use e-channels because of bad experiences with their own IT systems and contact centres, a government report reveals.
Google fixes video search
Google, celebrating its seventh birthday today, has revamped its video search service.
ANTs: a strange name for a database
CommentANTs Software, otherwise known simply as ANTs (which actually stands for Asynchronous Non-preemptive Tasks), is little known, yet it is a public company that has been around since the 80s. It started life working on parallel supercomputers but then faded into dormancy for the best part of a decade. It then re-emerged in 1999 as a project to implement its MPP (massively parallel processing) expertise within the database field. As a result the ANTs Data Server (ADS) was launched last November.
Of Autodesk and the Freedom Tower
Autodesk is famous for Autocad and it is the market leader in computer-assisted design, with some 2500-plus third-party developers producing complementary products.
Intermix sticks with Murdoch
Intermix, the company behind MySpace, has rejected a rival offer from ex-CEO Brad Greenspan.
Hutch buys three Indian cellcos
Hutchison Whampoa is buying three Indian mobile companies for $1.15bn.
Merlin quizzed on missing millions
Merlin Biosciences, the €450m venture capital fund, has confirmed it is facing a Serious Fraud Office investigation. The probe is believed to centre around a "missing" £2.5m.
O2 posts upbeat trading update
Increased customer numbers and improved performance in the UK and Germany has prompted O2 to up its revenue forecast, the cellco announced today.
Phoenix IT confident on year
Phoenix IT Group told the Stock Exchange that trading for the first six months to 30 September 2005 was in line with expectations. The firm's directors remain confident that trading for the year will be in line with expectations.
Oktoberfest nurse in fairground porn shoot outrage
Three Italian visitors to Munich's legendary Oktoberfest came away with more than a hangover last week when they were entertained by the sight of a nurse pleasuring herself with a sex toy in a Ferris wheel gondola while two men armed with a video camera looked on.
Intel, MS back HD DVD
Intel and Microsoft have formally allied themselves with Toshiba's HD DVD next-generation optical disc format. Both will become members of the HD DVD Promotion Group, the pair said yesterday.
Don Quijote to tilt at asteroids
The European Space Agency is putting together a mission to see how well current technology could handle the threat of an asteroid impact. The agency has now selected two targets for its rehearsal deflection mission, dubbed Don Quijote.
PlusNet exposes VoIP plans
PlusNet - the AIM-listed ISP - is the latest firm to jump on the VoIP bandwagon after confirming yesterday that it plans to unveil a broadband telephony service shortly. The Sheffield-based ISP said its PlusTalk VoIP service is based on open standards enabling its punters to communicate for free with other open standards-based services.
Long wait for Palm Windows Mobile Treo
Palm unveiled its as-yet-unnamed Windows Mobile-based Treo smart phone yesterday, but don't expect to be able to get your hands on one until early next year, if you live in the US. Customers outside the States will have to wait the best part of a year before the device appears in their local markets.
UK.biz urged to swot up on computer forensics
Businesses are failing to capture essential evidence from their computer systems, according to a UK industry group which has published a new set of guidelines designed to help firms gen up on computer forensics.
HP job cuts: France wants its subsidies back
HP's job-cutting scheme has hit a snag - French politicians are claiming the firm owes more than a million euros in subsidies. The company is looking to cut 6,000 jobs in Europe - just under a thousand in the UK and 1,240 in France.
Dixons hails birth of 'Son of Freeserve'
Dixons has cut the ribbon on its new VoIP service claiming it is the "most significant development in the telephone market since the launch of the mobile phone". The launch of Freetalk - from the same people that introduced ISP Freeserve - comes as little surprise since details of the VoIP service have already been leaked.
Resellers raided over 'fake Cisco kit'
Police have still released no details about computer firms they raided earlier this month netting equipment worth £500,000.
Apple's iPod Nano screen woes deepen
OK, let's see if we can find some good news about the iPod Nano. Hey, here's some: Jim Allchin, head of Microsoft's Windows division, bought one the day it came out. Talk about sleeping with the enemy!
ESA preps polar research sat
Europe is preparing to launch a satellite designed to test the prediction that climate change is causing the ice at the poles to thin.
BT in VoIP price cut cull
BT is "to fight for every customer" as its traditional voice service comes under threat from VoIP operators offering free and cheap calls.
BT names Openretch XI
BT has named its starting XI to head up its new Openreach network business which will provide equal access to its phone network. The giant telco announced the creation of Openretch last week as part of a regulatory settlement with Ofcom.
Hairdresser applauds text marketing service
Txtlocal is a new service which aims to help small businesses take advantage of mobile advertising.
Password overload plagues US.biz
Managing multiple passwords is driving end-users up the wall and leading to rising help desk costs due to frequent password reset calls.
Global warming, hydroponics and yet more frogs
LettersPlane delayed? To kill some time, just check out the public access terminals while you're waiting for your flight to board. Apparently people have been treating them just like their home PCs. Goodness only knows what you might find....
MEPs reject UK's data retention plan
The European Parliament has rejected the UK's plan to require communications providers to retain rather loosely-defined user and traffic data for a minimum of a year, and possibly indefinitely.
Trusted search software labels fraud site as 'safe'
Digital certificate firm GeoTrust's launch of a search engine with built in trust features this week has been marred by the classification of a phishing site as genuine. Powered by Ask Jeeves, GeoTrust TrustWatch search aims to protect users against fraudulent behaviour and phishing attacks by giving web sites a verification rating. It's a laudable aim, but the classification of a recently created phishing site as "verified as safe" raises serious doubts about the effectiveness of the technology. Such incorrect classifications create a false sense of security that can only play into the hands of would-be fraudsters.
BA breaks online booking records
British Airways claims record levels of customers are booking flights through its web site in a testament to the company's IT turnaround and response to low-price carriers.
Government hurting, not helping, innovation
The UK government has come under fire for its ability to foster innovation in IT, with criticism reserved for "big" government projects and a crippling regulatory framework.
Dell turns to Sun in battle against, er, Sun
There's no shortage of irony when a company as savvy as Dell spends thousands of dollars on a fancy marketing campaign only to have a partner undermine the entire message of the promotion by using a rival's gear in the ad.