18th > April > 2006 Archive

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.
Ashlee Vance, 18 Apr 2006

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.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Apr 2006

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.
Mark Ballard, 18 Apr 2006

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.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2006
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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.
Mark Whitehorn, 18 Apr 2006

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.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2006

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.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2006

Mobile search focuses on smut

Mobile users search Google for porn while PDA users are more likely to be looking for local services.
John Oates, 18 Apr 2006
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India's Rolta hits London Stock Exchange

Indian IT services firm Rolta India made a successful debut on the London Stock Exchange this morning.
John Oates, 18 Apr 2006

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.
John Leyden, 18 Apr 2006

Eircom confirms takeover approach

Eircom has confirmed that Australian investors Babcock & Brown have made a €2.4bn bid for the Irish incumbent telco.
Tim Richardson, 18 Apr 2006

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.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2006

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.
John Oates, 18 Apr 2006

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.
Jan Libbenga, 18 Apr 2006

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.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2006

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.
Christopher Williams, 18 Apr 2006

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.
Tim Richardson, 18 Apr 2006

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.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2006

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.
John Leyden, 18 Apr 2006

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.
John Oates, 18 Apr 2006

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.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2006

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.
ElectricNews.net, 18 Apr 2006

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.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2006

Amazon extends food offerings

Amazon.com, the one-time US bookseller, is extending the range of food it offers.
John Oates, 18 Apr 2006

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.
John Leyden, 18 Apr 2006

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.
Team Register, 18 Apr 2006

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.
Christopher Williams, 18 Apr 2006

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.
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2006
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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.
'ard Reg, 18 Apr 2006

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.
John Leyden, 18 Apr 2006
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Fitter IBM drives profit higher in Q1

IBM's no frills agenda paid off in the first quarter as the giant posted a larger profit despite flat revenue.
Ashlee Vance, 18 Apr 2006

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