Feds claim 'largest ever' CD piracy bust
Counterfeit software from Symantec and Adobe Systems has been seized in an operation that netted the largest ever crop of illegal CD manufacturing equipment in the US.
Yahoo! targets! Stanford! students!
Geeks and overachievers at the prestigious Stanford University are to be offered access to more than one million online songs hosted by Yahoo! Music. But almost a quarter of the students are excluded, since the service doesn't work on Mac computers.
Will you blother reading a bloring blook?
Some press releases are so simply, staggeringly indescribable, we print them without comment. These are most often related to corporate makeovers or rebranding exercises, which is quite appropriate in this case.
'Be' Broadband updates on 24 meg service
Broadband ISP "Be There" has issued an update on the progress it's made so far in providing unbundled broadband in London.
Adaptec slips SAS under the wire
Storage Expo, LondonAdaptec's upcoming family of Serial Attached SCSI adapters is on show here, even though it doesn't formally launch until next week. Already on sale is the 48300, a basic eight-port card offering mirroring and striping (RAID 0/1) on a 64-bit 133MHz PCI interface. It has four 3Gbit/sec internal SAS ports and four external, and lists for around £250.
Pillar pops up in Europe
Storage Expo, LondonPillar Data called its competitors "dumb" as it opened its European operations this week. The Larry Ellison-funded storage networking unstart-up is the latest to claim it will revolutionise the market with systems that do more than anyone else for less money.
Evesham pitches leaner NAS
Storage Expo, LondonEvesham Micro is jumping into the low end NAS business with a compact Windows fileserver based on Intel's LeNA reference design. Called SilverSTOR XS, the NAS box can have up to four hot-swap SATA drives for up to 1.6TB of capacity, and runs on an Intel XScale processor.
Quantum taps DPM for low-end snapshots
Storage Expo Quantum has enhanced Microsoft's DPM software to fill out its disk-based backup line with an appliance that comes in under its DX series of virtual tape libraries on price.
In Motorola vs Palmsource, who catches the OS?
Motorola was pipped at the post with its bid to acquire PalmSource, and isn't happy. It's suing the software company and seeking a termination fee.
UK broadband to get faster next year
Broadband speed across the UK are set to jump to 8 meg if trials of BT's new "Max" service prove successful.
Claranet buys French hosting outfit
UK-based ISP Claranet has snapped up managed hosting outfit Artful for an undisclosed sum.
Data retention compromise mooted by EU Ministers
European Justice Ministers have agreed not to immediately force through plans for an EU-wide data retention scheme, but opted to negotiate with the European Parliament instead. MEPs had objected to the proposal, claiming that it breaches civil rights laws.
Space age scanners headed for airports?
A scanning system inspired by bats could spell the end of airport metal detectors, according to the European Space Agency.
Start-up buys Solid State Solutions
Magnos Holdings, a new company set up to buy enterprise storage resellers, has made its first acquisition: Solid State Solutions (S3). Terms are undisclosed.
Oz Swiftel case settled in a shroud of secrecy
The long running Australian Swiftel case was settled today. All the important issues and players were involved in this case – ISPs, alleged BitTorrent and P2P users … film, music and other content holders. There were also allegations of large-scale internet-based copyright infringement. The case was supposed to represent another significant piece in the Australian judicial puzzle known as the “legal framework in the digital age”. So, why was this case settled, and why were the terms of the settlement sealed?
ID card pricing announced
The cost of a new stand-alone ID card has been set at £30, it was revealed yesterday.
PlusNet buys into LLU
PlusNet has become the latest operator to sign up to Easynet's unbundled broadband service enabling the Sheffield-based ISP to cut its dependency on BT for high speed net access.
Researchers name gene suspected in Tourette's syndrome
US researchers said yesterday they had identified a gene that could be involved in Tourette's syndrome. Scientists at Yale University's school of medicine, writing in the journal Science said that although other genes and other factors probably also come into play, they had good evidence that a gene called SLITRK1 is at least partly responsible for the condition.
LLU falters in UK
There's yet more bad news for telecoms operators keen to invest in providing their own broadband services direct to end users.
Compressed air could help bridge digital divide
BT is looking to wire up remote areas with broadband services by blowing fibre optic cables between existing telephone poles.
Turkey new hotspot for holidays and viruses
LettersThe postbag was positively groaning this week. But we shall ignore almost everything you've said in favour of a fabulous photo story. We got a note from a reader (thank you, you know who you are) that one William Gates III was holidaying in Turkey. And Lo! CNet has the confirmation.
Google Earth: the black helicopters have landed
Competition resultsIt's taken our photo interpretation bureau the best part of two weeks to sift through the hundred of entries we had for our "Spot the Black Helicopter" competition - giving readers a chance to win one of our lovely Black Helicopter t-shirts.