UK.gov loves computer contractors (true)
The government has surpassed the private sector to become the country’s largest employer of freelance IT specialists.
ONS struggles to define ecommerce revenues
The growing popularity of online shopping has transformed from just another showroom for selling goods into a driver of economic growth, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) claims.
Swindon goes large on outsourcing
Swindon Borough Council is planning to outsource its back office services in a deal that could be worth up £500m.
IT industry prepares for the worst over ID cards
After years in which suppliers have absorbed most of the blame for government IT failures, the case for there being equal measures of ineptitude in the civil service is gaining momentum behind the concerted campaign against ID Cards.
AOL UK to spend £120m on local loop unbundling
AOL is planning to spend £120m to provide broadband and phone services direct to punters in a move that will further erode BT's dominance of the UK's telecoms sector.
AMD looks to quintuple CPU cache capacity
AMD has licensed a memory chip technology that could allow it to increase its processors' cache sizes fivefold without changing the size of each chip's die.
Rambus Q4 income drops 35 per cent
Rambus posted mixed Q4 FY2005 results yesterday, with a large year-on-year income gain accompanying a big sequential slide.
New Horizons off to Pluto
NASA's New Horizons' mission to Pluto blasted off yesterday from Cape Canaveral - the first step in a 10-year, one-way trip.
Tesco VoIP service flawed, say rivals
Tesco says the launch of its internet phone service will see the cost of calls "slashed to rock-bottom prices", but according to rivals, the service has too many restrictions and will not necessarily be any cheaper.
ATI R580 GPU benchmarked
ATI's R580 graphics chip will appear in three Radeon X1900 configurations: the XT, the XTX and a CrossFire Edition.
Mobile phones don't cause brain tumours
Using a mobile phone will not increase your chances of contracting cerebral cancer, a four-year study conducted in the UK has concluded.
US man kills himself 'live' on gamers' forum
A 20-year-old US man is reported to have killed himself live on a webcam on Bulgarian gamers' forum www.metalgearsolid.org, according to AFP and other agencies. Mitchell "Mitch" Lee Stuekerjuergen, aka "Kuja105", reportedly swallowed antifreeze and pills "after complaining about family problems and a lack of money", forum administrator Boyan Georgiev is said to have told Bulgaria's BGNES news agency on Wednesday. Stuekerjuergen subesquently died on 4 January in hospital in Illinois.
BOFH: 'Did you know..?'
Episode 3"Did you know..?" the Boss asks, strolling into Mission Control and attempting to read at the same time (which probably accounts for those thudding noises we heard earlier).
Phones4U raves about '3G Christmas'
Three in 10 of all 3G phone contracts sold in the UK are flogged by Phones4U shops, the retailer announced yesterday.
Acer to integrate 3G into notebooks
Acer is to embed 3G mobile-phone technology into its future notebook PC products, kicking off with a pair of Centrino Duo-based machines, the company said this week.
802.11n Wi-Fi spec nailed down, at last
Broadcom has begun sampling the first wireless chipsets that support the 802.11n draft specification that was finally approved yesterday for submission to the IEEE for ratification as a standard.
Banks make it easy for scammers
Financial scammers are making easy pickings of small businesses because banks are too lazy to check their transactions, say fraud campaigners Early Warning UK.
Million $ pixel site faces legal threat
The student entrepreneur behind the milliondollarhomepage.com is facing the threat of legal action from the firm that paid more than $38,000 for the last 1,000 pixels.
Sex.com owner sells up to chase $65m damages
He may just have sold it for $14m, but the owner of the world's most valuable domain name, Gary Kremen, now intends to spend his time recovering the $65m he is still owed by the con-man who stole the domain 10 years ago.
Pipex hosting service floored by electrical fault
Pipex' data centre in London was floored by a power failure yesterday, leaving tens of thousands of customers in the dark.
German court orders shutdown of Wikipedia
The German Wikipedia site was taken down by court order this week because it mentioned the full name of a deceased Chaos Computer Club hacker, known as Tron. A Berlin court ordered the closure of the site on Tuesday after it sided with the parents of the German hacker, who wanted to prevent the online encyclopedia from publishing the real name of their son. A final ruling is expected in two weeks' time.
Apple to open stores in Germany, reseller claims
Apple is planning to open a series of Apple Stores in Germany, with the first shop coming on stream before the end of the year.
UK splashes out £5bn on bumper e-Xmas
Consumer demand for online shopping broke more records this Christmas with UK sales up almost 50 per cent compared to last year, according to research from Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG).
South Korea warns Japan over Hynix DRAM tax
The South Korean Government will formally complain to the World Trade Organisation if Japan proceeds with a plan to impose a punitive import duty on Hynix DRAM products, it said this week.
IT security a problem, says FBI
People are frustrated with the "non-stop barrage" of intimidation they get from computer security troublemakers, says the FBI.
USwitch calls in advisors to prep sale
USwitch.com - the UK-based utilities comparison web site - has confirmed that the business could be up for sale after appointing financial advisors to carry out a strategic review of the business.
Motorola makes up for lost time with Kreatel buy
Motorola came out of the IPTV closet this week, spending an unspecified amount of cash to buy IPTV specialist set-top maker, Kreatel of Sweden.
Eurovision Search contest: a search engine for Europe
Writing a decent search engine isn’t all that difficult. Turning it into a multi-billon dollar brand is something else entirely. One needs clever inventors, risk-taking entrepreneurs and clever inventors.
Intel answers Itanium mystery with riddle
The strain of defending the Itanium processor appears to have crushed the spirit of one Intel executive. Will Swope, a VP in Intel's enterprise group, has turned to riddles in order to explain why the company has dropped hardware that could execute x86 instructions from the delayed upcoming dual-core Montecito processor.
Mistakes found in 98% of US patents
Almost every US patent contains at least one mistake, according to new research. The vast majority are trivial errors, most of them the fault of the USPTO; but two per cent of the patents examined were found to contain serious mistakes that weakened the core claims.