10th > November > 2005 Archive

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Gates stirs Microsoft with dramatic 'more meetings' plea

Analysis Ever the master of public relations, Microsoft has always been able to figure its way out of a tight spot with the use of a judiciously leaked memo.

Second-hand software licences for sale

A new market has opened for second-hand Microsoft software licences by exploiting British insolvency laws and a clause within many Microsoft licences that permits disused or unwanted volume licences to be transferred. Microsoft says the business model is legal.

Cisco misses the Street

Cisco shares in Frankfurt are down almost three per cent this morning after the router giant posted disappointing quarterly results late last night.
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Supremes won't review freelancer's source code defeat

The US Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal against a ruling that said a company could modify programs written by an independent consultant, without his consent. The case serves as a reminder of the need to have written agreements in place with freelancers.
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AMD-Intel legal battle will not go West

AMD vs Intel AMD's anti-trust lawsuit brought against Intel will be heard in the US District Court of Delware under Judge Joseph Farman, the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) has ruled.
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Mobile technology: the big Reg survey

Reg Reader Studies It's that time of the month again when we ask you, our beloved, tech-savvy readership to give us your input on a topic of IT import.
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Nvidia Q3 beats Street

Nvidia came in ahead of analyst expectations when it announced a Q3 FY2006 net income of $65.3m (36 cents a share) on sales of $583.4m last night - just shy of the $583.8m record achieved in Q1 FY2006. That said, the company saw its profitability fall sequentially.
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Openreach hits BT with £70m charge in Q2

BT is shelling out £70m to fund the creation of Openreach - its new access services division.

Tech companies unite to buy up Linux patents

A new patent holding company, Open Invention Network (OIN), has been founded with the sole aim of acquiring patents relating to Linux and offering them royalty free to Linux developers. OIN backers IBM, Novell, Red Hat, Philips and Sony said that the company would promote Linux and "spur innovation globally".
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Sage buys Adonix

Sage is paying £78.4m in cash for French firm Adonix.

NTP vs RIM judge 'unlikely' to stay case

The US Judge presiding over NTP's legal battle with Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) this week said it was "highly unlikely" he would wait for a US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) verdict on the validity of NTP's intellectual property before making his own judgement on the matter.
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Reg inks affiliate deal with MicroDirect

Site offer Eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed that a new link appeared yesterday in the "Reg Shops" navigation box on the left of your screen, viz: "Computer Components". The explanation is simple: El Reg has inked an affiliate deal with MicroDirect to supply quality computer components, and especially peripherals, to our tech-hungry readership.

Four-GPU SLi rig spied on web

Asus has demonstrated a four graphics chips running co-operatively on an SLi-enabled motherboard.
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E-voting snafu hits Schwarzenegger

A computer data cock-up meant that California Governor Schwarzenegger was told he'd already voted when he showed up at a polling station earlier this week. The Gubernator was initially advised he might have to submit a provisional ballot before checks established he hadn't previously voted, allowing the former Hollywood star to cast his vote in California's special election normally.
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Lads from Lagos recruit Kofi Annan

We've said it before and we'll say it again: 419 emails are like number 12 buses - you wait ages for one and then loads turn up at once.
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NY State orders car CO2 emission curb

In a bid to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, New York state officials have announced that cars sold or registered in the state must cut the amount of CO2 they produce, as of 2009. The move could cut the state's emissions of the gas by 14.9 million CO2 equivalent tons per year by 2020, and by 26.3 million CO2 equivalent tons per year by 2030.
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Olympus quits MP3 player market

Apple has claimed another major scalp in the Digital Music Wars. Olympus, maker of the m:robe media player, has said it is pulling out of the market.

Email 'get rich quick' scams double in October

Incidence of email "get rich quick" scams more than doubled (albeit from a low base) last month, according to email security firm Clearswift. It warns surfers to disregard spurious "work from home opportunities" received via junk mail which are normally designed to lure naive users into criminal enterprises. After accounting for 0.5 per cent of spam emails in September these work at home scams made up 1.2 per cent of junk emails caught in a Clearswift's sieve last month.
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Kingston Comms confirms bid approach

Kingston Communications - the telco that operates from a BT-surrounded enclave in Hull - is the latest outfit to receive a bid approach.
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Her Maj gets satnavved up

The Queen has installed satellite navigation systems in her Daimler-Jaguar as well the fleet of limos - three Rollers, two Bentleys and three Daimlers - which whisk Her Maj between palace and public function.
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US TV sex on the up-and-up

US TV viewers are currently enjoying 3,783 sex scenes per 1,000 hours of quality programming, compared with a limp 1,930 in 1998, a Kaiser Family Foundation survey has found.
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First Trojan using Sony DRM spotted

Virus writers have begun taking advantage of Sony-BMG's use of rootkit technology in DRM software bundled with its music CDs.

TSG brings Pegasus specialist under its wing

The ever-acquisitive Technology Services Group has closed a takeover deal with Birmingham-based Open Systems Services.
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Govt tightens rules on e-casino advertising

The Government looks set to clamp down on some types of advertising for online casinos, the FT reports today.
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Spitzer snaps star births in Cassiopeia

Stunning new infrared pictures of star forming regions in the Cassiopeia constellation have been sent back by the Spitzer Space Telescope.
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Love labor law? Hate Xmas?

We're delighted to announce that Settec - "considered today as one of the main players in training business", and offering "specialized seminars cover topics such as defensive driving, first aid, ergonomics..." - has organised a full-steam five-day session in sunny Cairo for those of you interested in Labor and Social Security Laws.
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Rainbow warriors crack password hashes

A trio of entrepreneurial hackers hope to do for the business of password cracking what Google did for search and, in the process, may remove the last vestiges of security from many password systems.

Sony hit by lawsuits over root kit

Sony BMG is facing a class action suit from Californian consumers who claim the music giant's rootkit DRM technology damaged their computers and breaks three separate Californian laws.
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Give us digital rights for digital consumers

The UK's National Consumer Council (NCC) has lent its voice to pan European calls for the music and film industries to stop treating consumers like pirates.
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Nvidia GeForce 6800 GS reference card

Review The GeForce 6800 GT was a cracker. While Nvidia wowed everybody with the 6800 Ultra, it was the 6800 GT that most people bought, offering most of the bang without quite as much of the buck.

Sophos develops Sony DRM unmasking tool

UK security firm Sophos plans to release a tool which will detect the existence of Sony's DRM copy-protection rootkit on Windows computers, disable it, and prevent it from re-installing.

EMC should set VMware free

Analysis EMC shareholders concerned about the stagnant nature of the company's shares should open up a new document file right now. They should address it to CEO Joe Tucci, and they should title it "Spinoff VMware and unlock precious shareholder value."