SEC goes formal with IBM probe
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has gussied up and gone formal with its IBM probe.
Oracle wraps up SOA goodies
Oracle has bundled a set of its web-service-enabled middleware to help customers deploy the infrastructure needed for service-oriented architectures (SOAs).
Compel buys Peoplesoft house
Compel has bought Allinity Limited, a specialist Peoplesoft consultancy, for a down-payment of £1m in cash and shares.
Phoenix IT survives EDS takeover at DWP
Phoenix IT has emerged from contract negotiations with EDS Global Field Services to supply desktop maintenance and support at Department of Work and Pension with an £8m plum.
MS ends Mac media player development
Microsoft hasn't updated the Mac version of Windows Media Player since 28 November 2003, and it doesn't look like it's going to do so ever again - despite the software giant's plan, stated this week, to continue developing Office:Mac for the next five years or more.
RIM reveals free Mac Blackberry sync software
Research in Motion (RIM) has licensed third-party utility PocketMac for Blackberry and will provide the $30 software to Mac-based Blackberry owners free of charge.
American casts long shadow on Google Earth
A couple of weeks back we ran an amusing little ditty about a couple of UK college ne'er-do-wells who had been captured on Google Earth lounging about in a sunny back garden swilling gin.
World mobile phone market growth to stall
Mobile phone shipments may rise this year, but manufacturers are going to see revenues fall as the momentum driving the market over the past few years stalls.
Fujitsu to raise 1.8in HDD ceiling with Cornice
Fujitsu today said it plans to break into the 1.8in hard disk drive market, part of a strategy to double the company's unit sales by 2009 and grab third place in the HDD market in the same timeframe.
FTC backs consumer security quiz
US consumer watchdogs have put together a quiz designed to educate Joe Public to be on guard online. Consumers can test their knowledge about safeguarding their personal information and remediation steps they might want to take if their ID is purloined here.
Fujitsu-Siemens looks to ship Wi-Fi smart phones in Q3
Fujitsu-Siemens is apparently gearing up to hop on the Blackberry-clone bandwagon, following Motorola's Q, Nokia's E61, HP's iPaq hw6500 series and Palm's Treo family with a keyboard-equipped smart phone of its own in Q3.
Zero-day WMF flaw underscores patch problems
For four days in January, network administrators and security-savvy home users had a choice: download and install an unofficial open-source fix for the critical flaw in the Windows Meta File (WMF) format, or wait an estimated week for an official patch from Microsoft.
Firms 'fail to capitalise online'
Despite a bumper year for internet retailers, more than three-quarters of the UK's small businesses are still failing to take advantage of a widening online customer base, new research shows.
Pipex speeds up LLU investment plans
Pipex is looking to accelerate its investment in broadband this year by installing its kit in about 100 exchanges over the next 12 months.
Sci-Fi channel to show new Doctor Who in US
The BBC has sold last year's season of the revived Doctor Who to the Sci-Fi Channel, paving the way for the Dotor's new adventures to be broadcast in the US.
Detroit spammer faces slammer
A US spammer likely faces at least two years in jail next week after he admitted using networks of compromised PCs to distribute junk mail messages. Daniel Lin, of West Broomfield, Detroit, is expected to plead guilty next Tuesday (17 January) at a court hearing after he admitted using virus-infected corporate computers to peddle weight-loss cures penis pills and other assorted tat. Lin struck a deal with prosecutors which means he'll only go to jail for between two years and 57 months instead of the far more lengthy incarceration he risked if he'd continued to protest his innocence.
NTL ready to up bid for Virgin Mobile
NTL is getting ready to make another formal bid for Virgin Mobile, reports the Independent after its £817m bid (323p a share) for the mobile operator was rejected by the board of Virgin Mobile in December.
The year of the Legal Film Download starts CES video frenzy
This year's CSE saw big names committing to the video file download cause. But how realistic is watching films over the internet?
Trusted computing? Nothing to do with us, says UK IT
How interested is the computer industry in trusted computing? Not as much as you might think, suggests Eddie Bleasdale of netproject. "They've nothing to sell in this area," he told The Register, "so they're not interested." Bleasdale is mounting a reprise of netrproject's successful 2002 Trusted Computing conference at the end of this month with support from the Department of Trade & Industry, which intended that the event would also attract sponsorship from the UK computer industry, but none has been forthcoming.
Anti-spyware group defines detection guidelines
The Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC), an alliance of software companies, security firms and consumer organisations, has agreed a set of guidelines on detecting invasive finalised spyware. The final draft of the ASC's "risk-modeling description" aims to give an objective criteria on whether a program is malign. A draft of this description was thrown open for public comment in October and the final version that's emerged is essentially an expanded and polished version of what we had back then.
Interesting lunch with Dave Clarke, a pre-sales manager at HP yesterday. We were talking about designing systems for manageability - I think that Dave's POV was that you used a subset of the team that was good at such things to build a (J2EE, say) framework using ITIL good practice as the basis for a "software factory".
News Corp throws everything but kitchen sink at 'digital home'
News Corp’s Fox Entertainment has cut a deal with sister company DirecTV to put FX and Fox Broadcasting content over a broadband line to its new DirecTV Plus DVR, designed by NDS.
Reader demands fluorescent dog
LettersToday is Friday 13th, so what better day* to conclude our correspondence on WW2 british bombers, and specifically, the Google Earth Lancaster as featured in Tuesday's letters:
Friday the 13th: what's the worst that could happen?
It's Friday the 13th - day of ill omen and inauspicious portent. It's also a really bad day to take your kids walking on a beach next to one of the UK's nuclear power stations. Click here to find out why.
CCTV Peeping Toms jailed
Two members of a trio of municipal "Peeping Toms" from Merseyside have been jailed for training a street safety CCTV camera on a woman's flat in Liverpool's Bootle district in November 2004. Over several hours, the BBC reports, she was filmed from the Sefton CCTV centre - which controls 70 such cameras - "cuddling her boyfriend before undressing, using the toilet, having a bath and watching television dressed only in a towel".
Yahoo! loses! Nazi! lawsuit!
Yahoo! has lost a lawsuit in which it claimed a French court violated its right to sell Nazi trinkets.
Union website hits back at Verizon pension freeze
Workers at Verizon are being urged to visit a newly created website as part of a campaign to get the US telco to overturn its decision to freeze pensions for thousands of employees.
UK LLU about to make 'breakthrough'
The UK is on the verge of achieving a "breakthrough" in LLU as the number of unbundled lines passes 200,000 and the proportion of cock-ups falls.
Griffin pitches iPod Nano clear case, bendy car dock
Another day, another iPod accessory from Griffin Technology. Today's is the iClear a transparent polycarbonate shell developed to keep your iPod Nano safe from scratches.
DCA goes all bashful on ID card voting linkage
Despite rumours to the contrary, the Government has as yet not announced plans to harvest the UK's electoral rolls for ID card defaulters, or to make voting dependent on having an ID card. But an answer to a parliamentary question given by the Department of Constitutional Affairs earlier this week makes it reasonable to suspect the existence of unannounced plans, or perhaps just partially-formed dreams, to this effect.
You don't write as well as Google finds!
FoTWSome flames have it all. Gobs of questionable spelling, heaps of distressing capitalization and a general incoherence that makes them works of art. This Flame of the Week doesn't quite meet all of our traditional, exacting standards. It does, however, have a phenomenal accusatory streak beyond any other letter received in recent days.
Investors fan Sun shares higher, knock AMD
Shares of Sun Microsystems surged Friday on heavy trading, countering a drop earlier in the week.
Penguin steals HP, Compaq, DEC, Tandem vet
Little Penguin Computing has nabbed one of HP's major hardware executives, announcing that Pauline Nist will officially join the company next week.
Aussie coppers crushed to discover Segways are illegal
Some Australian police officers hoping to embarrass themselves by riding around on Segways have run into a problem - the law.