Symantec inherits $1bn tax bill from Veritas
Symantec's purchase of Veritas could end up being much pricier than first imagined if the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has anything to say about it. The IRS has slapped Symantec with a $900m tax bill to cover allegedly insufficient payments made by Veritas in 2000 and 2001.
Wales and Sanger on Wikipedia
What do you think of Wikipedia today? Time to hear it from Wikipedia's co-founders, Jimmy 'Jimbo' Wales and Larry Sanger. Or depending on which part of Wikipedia you choose to believe, Wikipedia's founder and ... well, some other guy.
UK car tracking database delayed to boost capacity
The police have delayed crank starting their national car tracking database so they can keep more data about more people for longer periods of time.
Apple accused of patent infringement
Apple has been accused of using another company's technology without permission. The Mac maker was this week accused of violating the intellectual property rights of Burst.com, which maintains Apple has infringed four patents relating to music and video downloads on demand.
Microsoft’s purchase of ProClarity – the bigger picture
CommentThere’s a large and obvious hole in Microsoft’s line-up of functionality in SQL Server 2005: Analysis Services is a solid multi-dimensional database engine but Microsoft offers no means of graphically displaying the data it handles. The need for such tools increases hugely when dealing with multi-dimensional data: users are perfectly at home with 2-D views offered by bar charts and graphs, but visualising data in three and more dimensions becomes increasingly difficult and requires specialised software. Until now, users have had to look to third party offerings for visualisation tools.
ATI rebuts 80nm GPU slip claim
ATI has denied claims that it has scaled back or postponed its plan to adopt an 80nm chip fabrication process this year. Industry insiders had alleged two GPUs due to ship in Q3 will now be fabbed at 90nm and not the smaller node as planned.
Sony debuts DVD Walkman
Sony will offer Japanese consumers a Walkman-branded portable DVD player on 1 June, the consumer electronics giant said today. The tablet-style device sports a 7in LCD and a bundled recharging station with integrated stereo speakers.
Mobile search focuses on smut
Mobile users search Google for porn while PDA users are more likely to be looking for local services.
India's Rolta hits London Stock Exchange
Indian IT services firm Rolta India made a successful debut on the London Stock Exchange this morning.
Firefox under fire from multiple security bugs
The Mozilla Foundation has warned of a slew of critical vulnerabilities to its popular Firefox web browser and related products. The most serious of the flaws create a means for hackers to inject malware onto vulnerable systems. Other flaws would make it easier to construct phishing attacks or swipe sensitive information from PCs running Firefox.
Eircom confirms takeover approach
Eircom has confirmed that Australian investors Babcock & Brown have made a €2.4bn bid for the Irish incumbent telco.
AMD said to be researching 'reverse multi-threading' tech
AMD is working on a way to make a multi-core processor appear to the host operating system as a single-core chip, it has been claimed. If true, the move turns on its head the drive to develop multi-threaded apps the better to take advantage of multiple cores.
Cendant appoints former CA exec Jeff Clarke
Cendant has appointed IT industry veteran Jeff Clarke as the new CEO and president of its travel distribution business.
Microsoft sues Dutch companies for illegal COA use
Microsoft has successfully sued two Dutch companies it claims sold Certificate of Authenticity (COA) labels without the appropriate software or repackaged them with different software.
Ex-Gizmondo exec denies theft, drink-driving charges
Former senior Gizmondo staffer Stefan Eriksson this week pleaded not guilty to charges of embezzlement, grand theft, driving while drunk and the illegal possession of a firearm. Eriksson, 44, made the plea through his attorney during an appearance before the Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday.
Internet embraces teledildonics
Researchers and industry types in the emerging self-pollution field of teledildonics are pushing their vision of a future where people hook all manner of sex toys up to their computers.
EU mulls changes to telecoms 'universal service'
The European Commission (EC) is to take a new look at "universal service" rules to see if they need updating for the internet age.
Intel Mac tricked into triple-boot config
Intel-based Macs can now play host to three operating systems and boot into any one of them at will. The triple-boot technique has been outlined on the OnMac.net website, home of the first code to allow the new machines to run Windows XP.
Afghan market sells US military flash drives
Purloined flash drives containing classified US military secrets have turned up for sale in a bazaar in Afghanistan. Shopkeepers in the marketplace in Bagram claim the kit was sold to them by cleaners, garbage collectors and other local workers at the nearby US airbase.
Flextronics sells software biz
Flextronics has sold its software development arm to private equity group Kohlberg Kravis and Roberts for $900m in cash and shares.
Nvidia touts 'flagship' GeForce Go 7900 GPUs
Nvidia has formally unveiled the GeForce Go 7900 mobile graphics chip family notebook maker Toshiba pre-announced last month. Then, Toshiba debuted a laptop based on the 7900 GS - today, Nvidia added the 7900 GTX to the line-up.
European firms open to security attacks: McAfee
A large number of European businesses are failing to protect themselves from security vulnerabilities, a new study has revealed.
Universal releases first HD DVD movie
Universal, at least, is ready for anyone who's just bought a Toshiba HD-A1 HD DVD player in the US and wants some hi-def films to play on it. Make that 'movie' - the studio's Home Entertainment division today began shipping its first and only HD DVD title, Serenity, but you'll have to wait a week for further discs.
Amazon extends food offerings
Amazon.com, the one-time US bookseller, is extending the range of food it offers.
All my personal details for chocolate? Go on then
Infosec blogWhen I explain what I do to Spanish friends and neighbours in my faltering Castilian, people often ask me about malicious hackers. It's very often hard to explain that the viruses they receive in their email are most likely random attacks. A PC is, after all, very personal so it's easy to symphatise with people who take cyber-attacks personally themselves.
Poker players flock to PartyGaming
PartyGaming saw revenues jump 54 per cent over the last year as the global appetite for online gaming continues to soar.
Paint-on lasers set to rescue silicon
Researchers have said they can rescue silicon from the interconnect bottleneck that is set to put the kybosh on increases in number-crunching pace by 2010. A 'paint-on' laser will make it possible for chips to use optical communication to remove the logjam, say a team from the University of Toronto.
Dell unveils 'fastest' consumer laptop
Dell has announced what it claims - and it should know - is its fastest consumer-oriented notebook, the gamer friendly XPS M1710. The laptop sports Intel's quickest Core Duo processor plus Nvidia's newest, top-of-the-range mobile GPU, and comes in a choice of glowing red or metallic black carapace.
Seagate doubles 15K drive capacity with perpendicular
Seagate has updated its Cheetah 15K enterprise-oriented hard disk drive line-up with a model that incorporates perpendicular recording technology and takes the 15,000rpm drive family's capacity to 300GB - more than double the current top-of-the-line model's 147GB.
MS patch glitch cripples HP computers
A critical Windows patch released last week is tripping up third party applications thereby causing interference to the smooth running of Microsoft's operating system. The MS06-015 update is designed to fix a serious security flaw in Windows Explorer but in doing so it can interfere with HP's Share-to-Web software which ships with digital cameras, scanners and some HP CD-and DVD drives.