VMware rubber stamps 'free' Server product
VMware has officially joined the great virtualization software giveaway. The company this week peeled the "beta" label off VMware Server and put the fully cooked version of the product up for download.
Indies, songwriters want jaw jaw with ISPs
Indie labels, songwriters and publishers hailed Wednesday as a landmark day for digital music - the first sign that many of the warring parties within the music business have agreed on something.
Microsoft to foot consultant recruitment bill for UK dealers
Microsoft Business Solutions is to foot the bill for recruiting 400 new consultants for its UK partners, to combat a severe skills shortage in the channel.
Microsoft to Google: get your tanks off our lawn
Kevin Turner, Microsoft's chief operating officer, fired a shot across Google's bows yesterday, warning the company to steer clear of enterprise search.
Cisco equipment at heart of £9m alleged scam
Co-ordinated raids by police on both sides of the Atlantic have resulted in the capture of two Russians suspected of operating a warranty scam using Cisco equipment.
Computing VAT regime will be turned on its head, says EU Commissioner
VAT on mobile phones, computer chips and other digital goods will not be charged between businesses under new rules about to be approved in Europe. Tax commissioner Laszlo Kovacs has said the plan will be approved in the next two weeks.
AMD to complain about Intel in Germany
AMD vs IntelAMD will formally complain to German anti-trust authorities about alleged attempts made by Intel to stop certain retailers selling PCs based on AMD processors, the chip maker said yesterday.
Microsoft Live could use channel
Microsoft's plan to sell its software direct over the internet is still so green that the software giant might employ channel partners to operate it outside the US.
Secret court secretly reviewing secret wiretaps
Washington RoundupSenate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter (Republican, Pennsylvania) has crafted proposed legislation, pre-approved by the White House, enabling the FISA star chamber court to rubber-stamp the NSA's massive, warrantless wiretap program, and decide that it is constitutional. Clearly, the Republicans don't want the Supremes to get their hands on this one, although it is hard to imagine them letting the FISA court have the last word.
California to sue DRAM makers over price-fixing claims
Seven of the world's biggest memory makers today face an antitrust lawsuit from 34 US Attorneys General who claim the companies conspired "to fix DRAM chip prices, artificially restrain supply, allocate among themselves the production of DRAM chips and markets for the chips, and rig bids for DRAM chip contracts" between January 1998 and June 2002.
eBay in wing-mirror reflectoporn shocker
UpdatedWe at Vulture Central know only too well that eBay will pull without mercy any auction it considers is sullying the good name of the world's premier tat bazaar.
Sony, Samsung confirm 8G LCD deal
Samsung and Sony today announced an agreement to build an eighth-generation LCD plant, confirming claims made last month that the pair were near to signing just such a deal.
FujiFilm fetes face-detecting digicam
Fujifilm will this autumn ship a digital SLR camera equipped with a face-spotting feature to help snapper's take better people pictures, the company announced this week. It also unveiled its latest compact digicam, a 6.3 megapixel machine with an ISO 3200 rating.
Readers with plenty to hide poo-poo global database
LettersThe European Commission finally grew a pair and announced the fine it is imposing on Microsoft for failing to comply with its 2004 anti-trust ruling. Here's a suggestion for Steve and Co to consider:
French poor to get net for €1 per day
The French government has announced its intention to provide 1.2m of the country's poorest citizens with a computer and broadband connection for €1 per day.
File-swappers' identities protected by Dutch court
A Dutch appeals court has thwarted attempts by the Dutch anti-piracy organisation BREIN to get the identities of file-sharers from five ISPs, including Wanadoo and Tiscali.
Networking sites could help hackers
Professional networking sites are unwittingly providing hackers with the possible means to carry out sophisticated social engineering scams, a UK security consultancy warns.
Griffin iTrip to be UK street-legal by year's end?
UK communications regulator Ofcom had finally formally proposed the legalisation of low-power FM transmitters typified by Griffin Technology's iTrip, used to beam whatever an iPod's playing to a nearby radio. The agency said it hopes it could have a Europe-wide legislative framework in place by the end of the year.
Kinderstart stopped in its tracks
A US judge has sent Kinderstart back to the drawing board, after dismissing the education website's anti-trust lawsuit against Google.
Typepad goes titsup again
Blogging service Typepad suffered an outage yesterday that left some of the web's keenest information nodes disconnected for 10 hours.
World Cup streaming fails to score
Geek TVRed cards for the "experts" who predicted that the web would go into meltdown during the World Cup, thanks to the bazillions of fans watching the live stream.
The English: 'bebados arruaceiros e nojentos imbecis'
FoTWIn 1969, El Salvador invaded Honduras as a result of a bit of argy-bargy at a World Cup qualifying match, in what came to be rather splendidly known as The Soccer War.
Inventory woes hit EMC profits
Inventory problems have pushed down profits at storage powerhouse EMC despite increased quarterly sales. For the quarter ending 30 June (Q206), EMC recorded sales of $2.57bn, 10 per cent higher than the $2.34bn it posted over the same quarter last year. EMC's net income for Q206 fell to $279m from $293m in Q205.
America's libido can't afford a Bill Gates University
And ninthlyHere are a few farmers in trucks buying up supplies and groceries and transacting a little business. At ten o'clock the women come in armies, with shopping bags, their children trailing alongside. The bars open, men gulp a morning beer, the bartender mops the mahogany, there's a smell of clean soap, beer, old wood, and cigar smoke. At the railroad station the express going down to Boston puffs shooting clouds of steam around the old brown turrets of the depot building, the streetguards descend majestically to stop traffic as the bell rings and jangles, people rush for the Boston train. It's morning and Galloway comes to life - Jack Kerouac, The Town and the City