28th > October > 2005 Archive


Wall Street puzzled by Microsoft's performance

It may have been Microsoft's show but both Google and Yahoo! made their presence felt during the company's first quarter earnings call Thursday.

Visual Studio and SQL Server '05 step closer

They've been a longtime coming, but Microsoft's next database and developer tools have entered the final straight with code released to manufacturing.
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Verizon's MCI deal gets Washington green light

The US Department of Justice has OK’d Verizon’s $8.4bn takeover of MCI, finally bringing an end to one of the US’ most spectacular corporate soap operas.
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MIT and Nokia open joint research facility

MIT said yesterday that it is starting a new research centre in partnership with Nokia, as part of its Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). The new facility, called the Nokia Research Centre Cambridge, will focus specifically on advancing "the state of the art in mobile computing and communications", the two institutions said.
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Sex.com thief arrested

The con-man who stole the most valuable domain name in the world, Sex.com, has been arrested by Mexican police and handed over to US agents after nearly six years on the run.

Anti-Spyware definitions finalised

The Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC), an alliance of software companies, security firms and consumer groups, finalised its definitions of spyware on Thursday.
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Dutch Big Brother mum quits show

The woman who gave birth in the Dutch Big Brother house has walked out of the show after branding housemates "childish, talkative and manipulative", the BBC reports. "I want to enjoy maternity, not feel annoyance," Tanja told Dutch paper De Telegraaf, admitting: "I'll be happy when I am amongst normal people again."
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Janet Jackson in net strip shocker

Janet Jackson yesterday made an unexpected guest appearence on at least two websites in a 34-second clip showing the singer sunbathing in her birthday suit. According to Reuters, the video "appears to have been shot surreptitiously through an opening in a fence surrounding an outdoor enclosure where the subject was lying on a chaise lounge (sic)".
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Level 3/Cogent agree new traffic deal

Level 3 and Cogent Communications’ customers should not have to worry about being marooned from one another’s networks without notice after the firms announced a reworked peering agreement.
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Info Commissioner criticises ID Cards Bill

The Information Commissioner believes the measures set out in the National Identify Cards Bill go "well beyond" the requirements to set up a secure, reliable and trustworthy ID card system.

Hounslow outsources revenue and benefits

The London Borough of Hounslow has this week awarded an outsourcing contract worth £50m.
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Manchester boffins hunt tropical storms in Darwin

Researchers from the University of Manchester are heading off to Australia next week in search of a better understanding of the role dust particles play in the weather, ozone layer depletion, and possibly even in climate change.

Sales up but profits down at Ingram Micro

Profits at Ingram Micro slipped to $48.4m in Q3 2005 from $77.3m in the same period last year. The distie's income dropped even though its sales grew 16 per cent from $6.02bn in Q3 2004 to $6.96bn in Q3 2005. Europe made up a third (43 per cent) of these sales, up 10 per cent compared to last year.

WD Q1 nets increased income

Western Digital saw hard drive shipments rise more than 8.2 per cent during the three months to 30 September 2005, the hard drive maker announced last night as it published its Q1 FY2006 financial figures.
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Florida ponders violent game distribution limits

Florida looks set to join California and introduce legislation to limit the sale of violent computer and video games to children.
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PDA shipment slide continued through Q3

While the world's mobile professionals continue to buy fewer PDAs than they have in the past, the low-end of the market continues to show some strength, market watcher IDC said yesterday.

Mobile data a rip-off says email software vendor

A British email software claims greedy mobile operators are locking it out of the mobile data, forcing it to find a backdoor into the lucrative sector.
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Palm TX Wi-Fi PDA

Review It's not so long ago that Palm launched the LifeDrive, the first PDA to include a hard drive, and Palm set itself up with a tough act to follow. Its twin autumn launches comprised one PDA designed to get newcomers interested - the £80 Z22, and one for the more serious PDA fan, the T|X, writes Sandra Vogel.
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Biometric monkeys get Imperial about student satellites

Letters What a mixed and varied week it has been. Let's see...where to start?
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Court squashes strawberry scent trade mark bid

The European Court of First Instance yesterday dismissed an attempt to register a trade mark for the smell of ripe strawberries, on the grounds that there is no “generally accepted international classification of smells” that would identify the mark.
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eBay scam gang face sentencing

A couple who conspired together to fleece eBay users worldwide out of around £300,000 in a long-running scam are due to be sentenced at Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court on Friday. Nicolae Cretanu, 30, and his wife Adriana, 23, a Romanian couple based in east London, conned marks into handing over cash for non-existent goods.
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Girls: fancy an SMS-fired Bluetooth vibrator?

NSFW Our female readers are invited to imagine the folllowing scenario: It's Monday, you're at work, you're bored, you're thinking "how could I possibly spice up this trawl of the 2,000 weekend emails in my inbox?" when it occurs to you that if someone were to invent an SMS-triggered Bluetooth vibrator then your partner could bring you to an earth-shattering climax simply by texting a few sweet words of lurv, leaving you totally satisfied as a woman and fit to face the most daunting online task.
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Unspinning the government by text message

The government thinks that it can better engage with the public by sending it text messages. Oh deep joy.
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Phone, chip makers demand EC Qualcomm probe

Nokia, Panasonic, NEC, Ericsson, Texas Instruments and Broadcom have accused Qualcomm of abusing European anti-trust regulations - and they have asked the European Commission to force it clean up its act.
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Palm kicks off Euro 3G smart-phone R&D drive

Palm has opened an R&D centre in Ireland, the better to create custom smart-phone applications for its European, Middle Eastern and African carrier customers, the company said today.
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Microsoft warns that Korea may have to do without Windows

Korean lovers of Microsoft's operating systems may soon have to without the software, according to the code giant. Microsoft has confessed that Windows might be pulled from the Korean market due to ongoing actions by the Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC).
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Intel's Xeon chip kill is result of chaos in India

Exclusive While stunning in its own right, Intel's cancellation this week of the multicore "Whitefield" processor stands as a more significant miscue that simply excising a chip from a roadmap. Whitfield's disappearance is a blow to India's growing IT endeavors.