MySpace founder loses court case over News Corp sale
A judge has dismissed MySpace founder Brad Greenspan's claims that the sale price of the social networking site to News Corporation was too low. Greenspan said he will appeal.
EC boosts open source
The European Commission has taken steps to promote the use of open source systems and software in the public sector.
Connection failures delay prison releases
Parliament's Public Accounts Committee has said the release of prisoners on home detention curfews (HDCs) is being delayed because most prisons are not connected to the Police National Computer (PNC).
Sony touts 3.6Mbps 'super 3G' Vaios
Sony has begun offering a Vaio notebook bundled with an HSDPA-enabled datacard supplied by T-Mobile. The manufacturer quickly claimed the kit will allow users to download data at speeds of up to 3.6Mbps.
Libya signs on for 'One Laptop per Child'
The Libyan government has signed up to Nicholas Negroponte's "One Laptop per Child" (OLPC) scheme to buy each of its 1.2m school children one of the machines by June 2008, according to reports.
Transmeta accuses Intel of patent infringement
One-time low-power x86-compatible processor provider Transmeta has initiated legal proceedings against Intel, alleging the chip giant used its power-efficiency technology without permission. The lawsuit claims infringement of ten Transmeta patents.
Dell, Alienware ready AMD Live! media centre systems
Dell and Dell subsidiary Alienware are to announce a number of media centre machines based on AMD's Viiv-like platform, Live!, the chip maker has revealed. Expect unveilings at the DigitalLife show taking place in New York this week.
Copycat cat firm goes titsup
A firm offering to clone dead pet cats is to close, after selling a grand total of two of the moggies, including the first which we reported in 2004.
When Borland got shirty
Database myths and legends (Part 4)In the second myths and legends story we related how the knights of the Good King Bill were accused of stealing secrets from Borland at a conference way back in 1992.
Band translates Beatles into Cornish
A couple of Cornish musicians have decided to do their bit for the advancement of the local lingo by translating some of the Beatles' best-loved ditties into Cornish, the BBC reports.
Global Crossing eats Fibernet
US-based bespoke IP networker Global Crossing has acquired UK firm Fibernet for £49.8m in an all-cash deal.
IBM, Sun and Fujitsu keep hyping delayed chips
Plagued by delays, IBM and Sun Microsystems continue to try and beef up interest in their upcoming server processor lines.
HTC runs in with T-Mobile Dash smart phone
Taiwanese phone maker HTC today formally announced that T-Mobile will ship its S620 BlackBerry-like, QWERTY keyboard equipped handset in the US as the Dash. It's set to ship on 25 October, T-Mobile said.
BT sniffs at PlusNet
PlusNet confirmed to the City this morning that it is in talks which might lead to the sale of the business - with BT reportedly in pole position.
Saturn's new rings spark search for moons
The recent discovery of new rings around Saturn has prompted speculation that the Cassini mission will find previously unidentified moons orbiting the planet.
Sage says results in line with expectations
Sage has issued a trading update, stating that both revenues and pre-tax profits for the year ending 30 September were in line with market expectations.
IBM takes the guesswork out of data centre fires
Buying tons of rack and blade servers has been a harrowing experience for plenty of customers. You load up a data centre with the compact kit and then cross your fingers, hoping the mesh of metal, plastic and cabling doesn't catch on fire.
Bluetooth SIG launches TransSend app
The Bluetooth SIG has today launched its TransSend application, allowing websites to embed a chunk of data, such as an address or map, in a web page and have it copied to a mobile phone at the click of a mouse.
BT debuts 'spam-buster' system
BT has launched an automated system to track down and tackle professional spammers and 'botnet'-infected customers on the BT broadband network.
Seagate lifts Maxtor max capacities
Seagate has upped the storage capacity offered by its Maxtor Shared Storage II and OneTouch III external hard drive product line-ups, increasing the maximum unformatted data space provided by them to 1TB and 1.5TB, respectively.
Vodafone cans Carphone Warehouse
Vodafone contract phones will soon only be available from Phones4U. The two firms announced an exclusive deal today which will see the operator's contract offerings disappear from the stores of Phones4U's biggest high street rival, Carphone Warehouse.
Intel EOLs 91x, 955 chipsets
Intel has begun the process of discontinuing its 91x chipset family, along with the 955X. Some 15 chipsets in all will no longer be available for order after 13 March 2007, with all final orders due to be fulfilled by 12 October 2007.
Infection-by-cache risk unearthed
Malware housed on storage and caching servers, such as those used by ISPs, enterprises, and leading search engines, continues to pose a risk after websites containing malicious code have been pulled.
Nvidia launches mobile GeForce 7950 GTX
Nvidia has launched what it claims is the world's fastest notebook graphics chip. Yes, we're talking the mobile version of the GeForce 7950, appearing soon in a number of laptops as the GeForce Go 7950 GTX.
Google's Orkut accused of 'spreading hatred' about India
Orkut, the Google-owned social networking site, has come under fire for hosting a community called "We hate India", which includes anti-India messages and a picture of the nation's flag being burned.
MEPs vote to restrain pan-Europe patents
The European Parliament today adopted the compromise resolution on patent policy put forward by a coalition of MEPs, by a majority of 494 to 109 votes. Parliament made some further amendments to the resolution, which already sought to restrain parliament's approval of the contentious EPLA (European Patent Litigation Agreement).
ICANN refuses to pull Spamhaus domain
Internet governance organisation ICANN has said it does not have the authority to suspend the website of The Spamhaus Project.
3G broadcast trials leave T-Mobile in the cold
Twelve cell sites in Bristol will be used to trial Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (MBMS) over the next three months, with Vodafone, Orange, and 3UK all taking an active role in evaluating the technology along with Telefonica (owner of O2).
IE market share: What's going on?
Recent high-profile security problems with Internet Explorer have done little to dent its market share - or maybe not, according to conflicting reports on web browser use.
Physics students protest at Reading
Physics students at Reading University have come out in protest against their department's impending closure.
Airport to tag passengers
Airport security chiefs and efficiency geeks will be able to keep close tabs on airport passengers by tagging them with a high powered radio chip developed at the University of Central London.
Sun's Darkstar invades Second Life
ContestMarketing-savvy companies trapped by the limitations of reality have found a new vehicle for their propaganda - the vacuous world of Second Life.
On that $1.65bn Google - YouTube deal
Google is probably the right home for YouTube, for many reasons, not least of which is the corporate culture which prefers to fund everything with advertising and the fact that both companies have emerged as popular web favorites against the odds.
Microsoft services chief to spend more time with his family
Rick Devenuti, chief of Microsoft's fledgling managed services operation is the latest high-ranking manager to leave the company.
ECI and chums set out to double DSL speed
Israeli telecommunications equipment maker ECI Telecom said this week it was behind a new consortium aimed at getting to the next technical level in DSL technologies. It wants to develop and promote an upgrade to DSL technology called Dynamic Spectrum Management (DSM).
Sony Ericsson blames hit products for Q3 profits surge
Sony Ericsson has announced pre-tax earnings of €433m for its fiscal third quarter, up 187 per cent year-on-year.
Penelope the Thunderbird
Actually, it was never quite clear why Qualcomm bought Eudora, the old market-leading email program, but it would have been quite understandable if it had been because it foresaw the growth in mobile email, and wanted to bundle something with BREW phones.
Palm launches 'Low Rider' phone
Palm has launched its fourth smartphone of the year - a PalmOS model with a budget price. It's the first major upgrade to Palm's GSM line since the Treo 650, announced in late 2004 - and, which Palm was forced to stop selling in the EU in the summer because of the RoHS hazardous waste requirements. It's also much more aggressively priced than its predecessor.
Insight opens China front
Insight Enterprises, the giant US reseller, is dipping its toes into mainland China, opening up base in Shanghai. The office is not facing inwards, more reaching out to multinationals with Chinese subs.
Maxdata buys electronics retailer
Maxdata, the PC and monitor maker, is moving into consumer electronics retailing in its German homeland with the acquisition of Yakumo, of Braunschweig. Yakumo's 51 staffaccount for a turnover of €146m.