21st > December > 2005 Archive
Google and AOL cement ad love
The widely leaked alliance between Google and American Online has been confirmed with the two companies announcing a broad partnership on Tuesday.
You're infected so pay us to get infested
Spyware spreaders have stepped up attempts to trick users into downloading malware using a combination of browser vulnerabilities and deceptive spam emails. In particular, bogus warnings about infestation are frequently being used to dupe Windows users into accepting potentially malign code, reports security vendor Websense. In many cases, these scam emails also request money in return for "fixing" supposed security problems that don't actually exist (example here).
Lenovo replaces Big Blue CEO with Dell man
Lenovo has performed a CEO swap, bringing in Dell's Asia-Pacific chief and slotting old IBM hand and current CEO Stephen Ward into the role of consultant.
PC, CE firms to develop 'unified' display connector
A consortium of computing and consumer electronics companies have come together to create the successor to today's DVI and yesterday's VGA display connectors.
20 Japanese giants sue US processor patent holder
Almost two dozen Japanese electronics companies have together filed five lawsuits against US intellectual property holding company Patriot Scientific. The lawsuits ask the US District Court in Oakland, California to declare three patents held by Patriot to be invalid.
Laptops to drive PC market forward in 2006
Low-cost and portable PCs will continue to fuel the PC market in 2006, despite economic slowdown and lower replacement activity.
Intelligent design ordered out of class
A US court has delivered a setback to religious conservatives hoping to get the theory of intelligent design onto the school curriculum.
'Crazy Frog' firm fined £40k
One of the firms behind the "Crazy Frog" ringtone service has been fined £40,000 because for misleading punters about the real cost of the service.
Intel to 'bring forward' Conroe release date
Intel is to align the launch of its next-generation desktop processor, 'Conroe', and its upcoming 965 family of chipsets, delaying the latter and bringing forward the former.
Seagate to buy Maxtor
Seagate its to acquire rival hard disk drive maker Maxtor the two companies announced today, in a stock-swap valued at $1.9bn.
CAN-SPAM working - FTC
Legal action and email filtering are helping to minimise the nuisance of spam, according to US federal regulators. In a report (PDF) to Congress on the effectiveness of the US Federal CAN-SPAM Act, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) concludes that technology has reduced the amount of junk email reaching consumers' in-boxes. Meanwhile rigorous law enforcement has had a deterrent effect on spammers. "Consumers are receiving less spam now than they were receiving in 2003" when the CAN-SPAM Act was enacted, the FTC concludes.
Palm sales surpass expectations
Palm posted strong sequential and annual sales gains yesterday when it reported its Q2 FY2006 financial results. Revenues hit $444.6m, up 18 per cent on the year-ago quarter and 29.9 per cent on the previous quarter's $342.2m - and better than the firm had previously forecast.
Telewest punter hounded by Bulldog calls
A Telewest customer is trying to figure out why he received hundreds of phone calls yesterday for Bulldog's customer support at his home in Kent.
Palm pledges three new smart phones in 2006
Palm will unveil three new smart-phone products in 2006 in addition to the already announced Windows Mobile-based Treo 700w, the company's chief said yesterday.
Hackers download pirate movies onto compromised PCs
Hackers have developed a sneaky technique for installing pirated movie files on Windows PCs infected with the lockx.exe rootkit. Doctored copies of BitTorrent are loaded on infected machines and used to download Disney movies or the film version of Mr. Bean.
Tomorrow's paper will be digital
Belgian daily De Tijd is to be distributed electronically in what is claimed to be the first complete solution for portable electronic reading and writing.
Three charged over Xbox chipping
Three men have been charged in the US with selling illegally modified Xbox game consoles that allow the devices to play pirated video games, according to reports. Two of the suspects ran a video games shop in Los Angeles. Games consoles such as the Microsoft Xbox or Sony Playstation 2 include copyright protections that prevent them running pirated games or games subject to regional control (where a console bought in one part of the world cannot run games purchased in another).
IBM buys Micromuse
IBM is buying network performance specialist Micromuse, boosting the data, voice and video management capabilities of its Tivoli infrastructure software suite.
iTunes boosts traffic to Apple's site
Apple is the fastest growing site on the internet, with traffic up 57 per cent since last November, thanks to the popularity of its iTunes music service.
Ex-Qwest Chief indicted for insider trading
Former Qwest Chief Joseph Nacchio has been indicted on a whopping 42 counts of insider trading with the government accusing him of selling $101m in stock after discovering that the telco faced major financial risks.
So what's the business case for Windows Vista?
The next few weeks could be crucial in the evolution of Windows Vista, Microsoft's next client operating system. Microsoft engineers will crunch through feedback from 500,000 beta testers who evaluated the latest Windows Vista Community Technology Preview (CTP).
Fines rise for premium-rate phone offences
Parliament has approved an increase in the maximum fine that can be imposed on premium-rate rogues. The cap on the fines that can be imposed by Britain's premium-rate services regulator is going up to £250,000 from 30 December 2005.
Subscriber love drives Red Hat in Q3
Red Hat has impressed once again, posting a 44 per cent surge in revenue during the third quarter. The software maker's results mark the second stellar quarter in a row.