7th > December > 2005 Archive

.eu domains are go, go, go!

It may have taken over five years getting there, but at 10am today, the first .eu domains will go on sale - and it's going to be a landrush.
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Dec 2005

Google makes US brand top three

Google has stormed an annual poll measuring public reputations and perceptions of the "most valuable" companies in US corporate culture.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Dec 2005
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All I want for Christmas is ...

So, what is the good little developer getting for Christmas? If you didn't overflow any buffers this year (well, not many anyway) and followed all the “best practices” that nice Mr Gates told you about and didn't play about with nasty little ragamuffins like Linus, then you might get a nice shiny new workstation in your stocking.
Comment, 07 Dec 2005

Apple sells 3m video downloads

Apple has sold more than 3m video downloads since it began offering them through its iTunes Music Store some 55 days ago, the company revealed yesterday.
Tony Smith, 07 Dec 2005

UK pumps €108m into Mars mission

The UK has whipped out its cheque book and pumped €108m into the European Space Agency's "Aurora" robotic space exploration programme which will culminate in a Mars exploration mission (ExoMars) due to touch down on the Red Planet in 2013. ExoMars will account for most of the cash, while €7.1m is earmarked for preparations for a future "Mars Sample Return" mission.
Lester Haines, 07 Dec 2005
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AMD, IBM 'stress' silicon for 65nm chips

AMD and IBM yesterday claimed their take on the 'strained silicon' technique had yielded a 40 per cent boost to transistor performance.
Tony Smith, 07 Dec 2005

Fibernet reports 'solid' quarter

Fibernet - the UK-based outfit that provides telecoms services to large organisations as well as other telcos and ISPs - reports that its performance during Q1 has been "solid".
Tim Richardson, 07 Dec 2005

Intel, Qinetiq tout quantum well transistor breakthrough

Intel's partnership with UK R&D company Qinetiq has borne further fruit: the pair this week said they had made a quantum-well transistor with a gate length of 85nm.
Tony Smith, 07 Dec 2005

Game sleuths close eBay Xbox 360 auction

The auction of eight Xbox 360 bundles on eBay by someone claiming to be a store manager for retailer Game has been pulled.
Tim Richardson, 07 Dec 2005

Podcast named 'Word of the Year'

The rather unpleasant "podcast" has been named as Word of the Year by the New Oxford American Dictionary, according to the Beeb.
Lester Haines, 07 Dec 2005
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SanDisk to appeal STMicro patent clash win

SanDisk has again sued STMicro, once more alleging the European chip maker has violated its intellectual property rights. The move follows SanDisk's failure to persuade the US International Trade Commission that STMicro's NAND Flash chips infringe another SanDisk patent.
Tony Smith, 07 Dec 2005

Korean FTC hits Microsoft

Korea’s Fair Trade Commission has ordered Microsoft to decouple its instant messaging and media player software from Windows and pay a $32m fine following a long-running investigation into the software giant.
Joe Fay, 07 Dec 2005

So who is funding the CFIT and why?

Every delegate at the last week's ICANN conference in Vancouver was handed a free bag with an enormous sponsorship logo for an organisation called CFIT.
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Dec 2005

Mobiles for dogs and other gadget goodies

Certified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scour Gizmoville for the oddest digital goodies, TV Scoop features all that’s cool in British telly and Propellerhead answers your PC queries.
Tech Digest, 07 Dec 2005

Inmarsat fires up satellite broadband service

Inmarsat has flicked the switch on a new satellite service that gives users access to broadband services almost anywhere in the world.
Tim Richardson, 07 Dec 2005

Japan triumphs with MP3 toilet seat

Japanese sanitary ware outfit Toto has produced what must be the last word in toilet seats - the Apricot - which, besides all the usual features the Japanese consumer expects (bum-warming facility, bidet action, automated lid, etc, etc), boasts an MP3 player with detachable remote.
Lester Haines, 07 Dec 2005

Xmas parties: avoid sex, drugs and booze

Around 80 per cent of British bosses will not organise an office party this Christmas, in part due to legal hangovers from fighting and flirting at past events.
OUT-LAW.COM, 07 Dec 2005
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Sony opens up over another CD security hole

Sony has again been outed for including questionable software on its music CDs, after it emerged a security vulnerability in content protection software shipped on some of its disks could allow consumers’ PCs to be hijacked
Team Register, 07 Dec 2005

Creative unveils Vision:M video iPod killer

Creative is about to launch its alternative to Apple's video-enabled fifth-generation iPod. Creative is expected to announce the player tomorrow, but the company's Japanese division appears to have jumped the gun and detailed the machine today.
Tony Smith, 07 Dec 2005

MS to pump $1.7bn into India

Microsoft will pump $1.7bn into India over the next four years, in the process creating 3,000 new jobs. Most of the cash will, according to Bill Gates, go towards improving the software giant's research and development capabilities.
Lester Haines, 07 Dec 2005
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Sony Ericsson Walkman W900 3G music phone

ReviewThe W900 is billed as the latest and greatest in the 3G Walkman phone series. Spotted at the launch in October in black and in white, the latest news is that only the white version will be released in the UK. And for the first three months, the W900 will only be available in the UK on the Vodafone network.
Dan Leonard, 07 Dec 2005

MEPs urged to reject data retention plan

Privacy International and European Digital Rights (EDRi) are calling on MEPs to reject a proposed Directive on data retention when it comes before the European Parliament next week following an agreement reached by EU Ministers on Friday.
OUT-LAW.COM, 07 Dec 2005

IBM information management

CommentThis is the third of my articles derived from IBM’s Software Group analyst conference, in this case focused on the Information Management part of the IBM software portfolio, which is my main interest.
Philip Howard, 07 Dec 2005

Euro-publisher chief slates 'parasitic' search firms

The head of the European Publishers Council gave Google and other search vendors a savaging this week, warning they could not expect to “help themselves” to producers’ content for free and forever.
Team Register, 07 Dec 2005

Samsung sues Matsushita

Samsung has accused Matsushita's Panasonic subsidiary of violating nine plasma display panel patents it holds, and today filed lawsuits with the US District Court in Los Angeles and Pennsylvania, South Korean news sources report.
Tony Smith, 07 Dec 2005
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UK Customs denies pressing banks to pull out of mobile sector

"We have chosen to end the banking relationship between your company and HSBC." With these words, over 150 mobile phone dealers in the UK have suddenly found themselves treated as money-launderers - and HM Revenue and Customs is said to be behind it. Some dealers say the Revenue is instructing banks to dump its mobile customers.
Guy Kewney, 07 Dec 2005

Bookham axes 150 UK jobs

Bookham Inc - the fiber optic company that used to be based in the UK before upping sticks and settling in the US - is axing 150 jobs at its factory in Paignton, Devon.
Tim Richardson, 07 Dec 2005

Microsoft Discovers Branch Office

Went to a useful workshop on Windows Server 2003 R2 for its launch yesterday (Tues 6th Dec). No, it's not WS 2005, it's an enterprise-friendly step release with no kernel changes but some new functionality. Looks good - much was made of it clever replication capability using the RDC (Remote Differential Compression) protocol.
David Norfolk, 07 Dec 2005

Go Virtual to become Agile

The bigger the IT user, the more likely they are to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous server under-utilisation. Most of the major research companies have, at some time or another, studied the use of server resources in a production environment and found it low. A typical server – you know the type of beast: dual Xeons, a Gigabyte or two of memory and a reasonable RAID array – is usually only doing something productive for around 20 percent of its life. The rest of the time, it sits there, idling away the hours, doing nothing.
Martin Banks, 07 Dec 2005

CollabNet adds IP checker to software

Developers working on CollabNet's hosted collaboration service can now verify the intellectual property (IP) terms of their code to remain on the right side of the law.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Dec 2005

Microsoft vows to fight South Korean antitrust ruling

Microsoft will fight a South Korean government ruling ordering it to separate its IM software and Media Player from Windows and pay a $32m fine for violating antitrust laws.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Dec 2005

Sun will be seeing double with Niagara II

ExclusiveSun Microsystems has at last delivered its first batch of Niagara-based servers, and you've no doubt read plenty about the boxes here or elsewhere. What you haven't read much about is Niagara II. We're here to help.
Ashlee Vance, 07 Dec 2005
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Consumers improving security, but gaps remain

Spyware and viruses have infected fewer home PCs than a year ago, but the large majority of computer users still lack a critical software defense, such as spyware protection, up-to-date antivirus or a properly configured firewall, according to a study of Internet users released on Wednesday.
Robert Lemos, 07 Dec 2005

Security threats soar in 2005

Nearly 16,000 new viruses, worms and Trojans have appeared in 2005, but criminals are moving their focus to niche targeted groups with specially customised malware to steal data and cash.
ElectricNews.net, 07 Dec 2005

Songwriters challenge UK online royalty rate

Composers and songwriters on Friday set out their case for an increased royalty rate for the sale of music downloads and challenged record companies to disclose the monies they make from the sale of internet downloads.
OUT-LAW.COM, 07 Dec 2005
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Small.biz grabs more UK public sector deals

The number of government contracts being won by small businesses has increased, according to official figures.
Startups.co.uk, 07 Dec 2005

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