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Sun

Sun and Intel go crazy over Solaris on Xeon

Sun Microsystems once again has eyes for Intel, and this time it's serious. According to the street's word, Sun and Intel will announce a partnership Monday centered around Sun slotting Xeon chips into its servers and Intel backing Solaris x86. Such a relationship would mark Sun's most significant Intel embrace to date. It would also provide Intel with an ample AMD-bashing opportunity.
Ashlee Vance, 22 Jan 2007

Jack & Jill to fetch old phones

The Jack & Jill Children's Foundation has kicked off a month-long drive to recycle over half a million old or unwanted mobile phones. The charity cares for families with terminally ill babies suffering irreparable brain damage, referred to by doctors as SDD. It aims to raise €500,000 from its recycling project. The foundation estimates that for every 20,000 phones it receives it will be able to support one new nurse. Functional phones will be sent to third world countries while broken phones will be dismantled - some parts will be re-used while toxic elements will be removed and disposed of safely. "For the past seven years we've collected empty toner and inkjet cartridges," campaign organiser Stephen Bebbington told ENN. "We saw groups in Britain doing something similar with mobile phones. Last year we did a sort of dry run collecting mobiles and managed to raise around €100,000." A three week print and radio advertising campaign to raise awareness of the collection begins on Sunday. The campaign will see freepost envelopes distributed through the news media allowing mobile phone owners to mail their unwanted devices at no extra charge. There will also be collection bins placed in pubs, schools, phamarcies and other outlets throughout Ireland. Celebrities lending their support to the campaign include hurling star DJ Carey, rugby player Denis Hickie, jockey Frankie Dettori, pop star Ronan Keating and economist Eddie Hobbs. "We have been bowled over by people's generosity in supporting this. Businesses have given freely of their facilities to aid the collection process, and are offering free or heavily discounted advertising," said Jonathan Irwin, founder of Jack & Jill. "They seem to have really taken on board the fact that in recycling old mobiles, everybody wins. The giver feels good, the charity gets real hard cash, the environment wins, and the third world wins. They have realised that at the end of the day, what's the use of old phones languishing in a bottom drawer at home when they could actually be doing good for our babies, for so many causes and so many people?" Further information on the campaign can be found here. Copyright © 2007, ENN
Emmet Ryan, 22 Jan 2007

AMD cuts Athlon, Sempron prices

AMD has pruned the prices of a number of its desktop processors by up to 26.8 per cent, focusing the adjustment on its low-end Sempron CPUs and its Athlon 64 dual-core lines.
Tony Smith, 22 Jan 2007

Rio de Janeiro honours Naomi Campbell

Battling supermodel Naomi Campbell was on Friday appointed ambassador for Rio de Janeiro - allegedly the world's most violent city. According to an announcement on Rio's official website, Mayor Cesar Maia and Campbell enjoyed a cosy chat in the Palácio da Cidade during which the chuffed Streatham clotheshorse willing accepted the honour. Maia explained that Campbell "has an image which is the face of Rio de Janeiro, and can represent the city abroad like no-one else". Campbell responded by confessing the city was one of the few in the world where she "felt at home". Rio has recently suffered an upsurge in gang-related violence. On 14 January, 500 federal police were sent into the city to restore order following riots in December which left 19 people dead. During the violence, gang members assaulted police stations and torched buses. Eight of the victims were incinerated in a bus after rioters robbed the passengers and set fire to it. Campbell, meanwhile, recently pleaded guilty to "reckless assault" on her former housekeeper Ana Scolavino, prompting a New York court to sentence her to "pay Scolavino's medical expenses of $363, do five days of community service, and attend an anger management class". ®
Lester Haines, 22 Jan 2007
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2007 - the year of...?

CommentComment As we bid farewell to 2006 and begin to see the realities of 2007 (ie, no real change to the problems we had in 2006), I thought I would have a look at what could change 2007 into a more interesting year in the IT space. First, wouldn't it be great to get more IT and line of business people working together? For this to happen we need to change the nomenclatures used, and provide enabling technologies that allow business processes to be matched with technical capabilities, and vice versa. Sounds like a job for service oriented architectures (SOA).
Clive Longbottom, 22 Jan 2007

Vendors pledge to make Flash as easy to upgrade as RAM

Intel, Hynix, Micron, Sony and the other companies behind the Open NAND Flash Interface (ONFI) have announced the specification is complete and ready to use to break the proprietary link between Flash memory and controller chips. It now plans to make Flash as easy to upgrade as RAM.
Tony Smith, 22 Jan 2007
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Is Solaris really a bright choice for developers?

So, you're tired of Windows and thinking of trying Linux. There are lots of good distros, RedHat or Novell have all the enterprise cred you might need. And there's a support community too, it's a no brainer.... Well, that's all true enough – but why not try Solaris - in its OpenSolaris form - too? It's just as available, at Open Solaris.org, where there's a pretty active community going.
David Norfolk, 22 Jan 2007
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PCA expels two members

The Professional Computer Association (PCA) is throwing out two companies for failing to follow its code of practice. Vantage Computers, or Vantage Direct, of Westgate in Kent, has been kicked out for failing to respond to association complaints about customer service and failing to refund at least one customer's pre-payment. Repeated attempts by the PCA to get a response from Vantage have failed.
John Oates, 22 Jan 2007

Intel ships low-end Core 2 Duo

Intel appears to have quietly rolled out a low-end Core 2 Duo desktop processor, the E4300. The part, which supports no more than an 800MHz frontside bus clock and contains just 2MB of L2 cache, went on sale in Japan this weekend.
Tony Smith, 22 Jan 2007
cloud

BI and CPM markets to get cozy in 2007

AnalysisAnalysis For years analysts have asked suppliers "so which market are you in - BI or CPM?" Suppliers were somewhat coy about the answer. BI and CPM were perceived as distinct and separate markets.
Gerry Brown, 22 Jan 2007

Belgian! newspapers! warn! Yahoo! over! links!

Belgium's French language newspapers are continuing their copyright crusade and this time want compensation from search engine Yahoo!. The Copiepress group, which includes La Derniére Heure, La Libre Belgique, and Le Soir, is demanding Yahoo! stops publishing articles from Belgian newspapers without prior authorisation, AFP reports. Last year, Copiepress took Google to court to stop it reproducing content from the French and German language Belgian papers. The publisher successfully argued that Google News Belgium infringed its copyright by republishing snippets of its newspapers. Facing a fine of €500,000 a day, Google removed all links from its Google News Search service. Meanwhile, the search engine has appealed the decision and a verdict is expected by the end of the month. So far, newspapers in the Flemish part of Belgium haven't joined their collegues in Wallonia. Copiepresse accuses Yahoo! of violating copyright laws by giving internet users access to archived newspaper articles. The Belgian newspapers have also asked Microsoft to stop the unauthorised publishing of articles and it too agreed to remove all links to articles in Belgian newspapers from its search engines and news aggregators. But, Microsoft underlined that these measures do not imply any acknowledgement or recognition of Copiepresse's rights. ®
Jan Libbenga, 22 Jan 2007

Dell probes alleged Inspiron screen issue

Buyers have begun complaining that the displays Dell installs in its Inspiron notebooks may not be up to scratch, and a groundswell of internet users are asking the computer giant to sort out the situation.
Tony Smith, 22 Jan 2007

Cash for honours investigation 'hacks' Downing Street

Police hacked into Downing Street computer systems during their investigation into allegations of cash for honours against the Labour Party. Officers were authorised to break into the network. The search was made before the arrest of Ruth Turner, a top Blair aide, on suspicion of perverting the course of justice on Friday. The Sunday Telegraph reported that the Met team, headed by assistant commissioner John Yates, became frustrated with the "very slim" file of documents handed over by Number 10. More here. A Westminster source told the paper that police computer experts used forensic-type software to trawl for files related to the allegations: "Quite clearly, in the past few days, the police have found something quite significant, possibly a file dump of some kind. "They have been using specific software of the type they use in complex fraud cases." According to the paper, authorisation for the hack would have been given by a senior officer, or by an independent commissioner, often a retired judge appointed by the Home Office. ®
Christopher Williams, 22 Jan 2007

New Zunes, Euro debut due next Xmas?

Microsoft has said it could launch its Zune wireless digital media player and online song store in Europe by the end of the year, potentially much earlier than the company previously indicated. New US models may debut in the same timeframe.
Tony Smith, 22 Jan 2007

Net security from one of the fathers of the biz

InterviewInterview Many people have seen internet maps on walls and in various publications over the years. Federico Biancuzzi interviewed Bill Cheswick, who started the Internet Mapping Project that grew into software to map corporate and government networks. They discussed firewalling, logging, NIDS and IPS, how to fight DDoS, and the future of BGP and DNS.
Federico Biancuzzi, 22 Jan 2007

Man loses weight playing Wii Sports

Nintendo's Wii games console will help you lose weight, at least if you play the bundled Wii Sports title on a regular basis. So claims a North American fan of the machine, and he's posted the results of a six-week weight-loss experiment conducted with the console to prove it.
Tony Smith, 22 Jan 2007
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Netgear HDX101 200Mbps powerline Ethernet adaptor

ReviewReview It's a neat trick being able to transmit data around your home or office via the mains power wiring. You get a more stable, less interference-prone connection than Wi-Fi and a potentially faster link too. The downside is that there's no roaming, at least not beyond the reach of an RJ-45 cable and however many powerline adaptors you've got dotted around your house.
Tony Smith, 22 Jan 2007
Linux

Linux lobby pitches single standards camp

Two vendor-backed Linux groups will join forces today to get more sway over the standards and direction taken by the open source OS. The Open Source Developer Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG) will become a single entity called the Linux Foundation. The organisation will aim to accelerate take up of enterprise Linux by sponsoring developers - including Linus Torvalds - and standardising applications across the different distributions.
Christopher Williams, 22 Jan 2007

Microsoft wants Wi-Fi 'filling stations' for Zune II

MidemNetMidemNet So Microsoft's strategy for its Zune player is becoming clear. Just dig up what Register readers were talking about five years ago. Having attempted to add "BluePod" features ("squirting" music between devices wirelessly) to Zune, Microsoft is now promoting another concept that may sound familiar to long-time readers. On Saturday, Microsoft's media business chief Chris Stephenson said he wanted to see music dispensed by over the air "filling stations" to Zunes.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jan 2007
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US tops spam relaying and malware leagues of shame

The US hosted more than one third of the websites containing malicious code identified during 2006. The country also relayed more spam than any other nation last year, according to a study by net security firm Sophos.
John Leyden, 22 Jan 2007

Sony Ericsson eyes TV-phone market with Bravia handset

Sony Ericsson has made use of almost every other key Sony product brand - we're thinking Walkman, we're thinking Cyber-shot - for a mobile phone, so it's no great surprise that it's borrowed the Bravia brand for a handset with the ability to show TV programmes. The Japan-only SO903iTV sports a 3in widersceen display and a fold-away antenna. As a phone, it's a clamshell that supports i-mode and has a two megapixel camera on the back. It'll ship on the DoCoMo network in red, black and white versions. ®
Tony Smith, 22 Jan 2007

Asus confirms AMD ATI Mobility Radeon X2300 imminent

Asus has thoughtfully pre-announced AMD's next-generation mobile graphics chip, the ATI Mobility Radeon X2300, which the Taiwanese vendor today said it's planning to build into an upcoming Core 2 Duo-based notebook.
Tony Smith, 22 Jan 2007

For Real, DRM no cure for music biz blues

MidemNetMidemNet Real Networks' CEO Rob Glaser summed up the music business' ambivalence towards DRM this weekend, and said digital music needed the shackles taken off. Glaser predicted that the first year of DRM-free downloads would be the first year digital overtook physical. And only with DRM-free music would customers get the flexibility they deserved, he added.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jan 2007
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IBM tries to turn your workspace into MySpace

IBM polished up another facet of its Lotus product suite today with a promise to turn every corporate network into a bubbling MySpace clone.
Joe Fay, 22 Jan 2007

AOL gets new Europe, international chiefs

AOL Europe has appointed its sixth boss in a year as it repositions itself as an advertising-supported portal business. A retiring Philip Rowley is replaced by Dana Dunne, who most recently presided over Belgian telco Belgacom [see correction below]. He was also a leader of management consultants McKinsey and Co's telecoms practice. Rowley himself was brought back from a non-executive chairman role to run the European business day-to-day when Carlo d'Asaro Biondo jumped ship in December, less than two months into his tenure. One source at AOL said the new appointment was the last straw: "Apparently he's the ideal person for the role (as opposed to his five predecessors)." "Your reporter can't take a sixth [European boss] so is off too." AOL also parachuted its Indian CEO Maneesh Dhir into the role of international CEO, meaning he'll be Dunne's boss and in charge of non-US territories. Dhir takes over from Joe Redling, who was part of the exodus of senior executives in America in December. Dhir will run things from AOL's London offices. That pre-Christmas clear out followed the installation of Ron Grant as AOL president. He said: "AOL is in a terrific position to grow internationally, and with Maneesh and Dana, we have a leadership team that can expand our global presence as an advertising-supported web company." Plus ça change. ® Correction A reader contacted us to say Dana Dunne never "presided over" (as we wrote), or was "president of" (as AOL wrote in its press release) Belgacom. We put the concerns to AOL, who confirmed a mix-up somewhere in the PR department had led to Dunne's CV being accidently slightly improved during the composition of the press release. AOL apologised for the error, and said it would correct its own website to make it clear that Dunne was president of one of several divisions (reporting to the COO, who in turn reported to the CEO) at Belgacom, rather than of the whole company...which is something rather different.
Christopher Williams, 22 Jan 2007
BT

BT's Home Hub runs on Linux

BT's wireless broadband router Home Hub may be in breach of the terms of Linux's General Public License, after it emerged the device runs on open source code. The telco was reported to gpl-violations.org on 5 January.
John Oates, 22 Jan 2007

US deals foreign banks gaming blow

House of CardsHouse of Cards Only days after two former executives of an Isle of Man based online payment service were arrested on money laundering charges, the American government dealt another black eye to the European financial services industry.
Burke Hansen, 22 Jan 2007
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2007: the year you go out of business?

Fears have been voiced that last week's unexpectedly early interest rate rise will send more small and medium-sized businesses down the tubes this year. The doomsaying comes from online credit-checking firm E-bcm. The Bank of England's independent Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) bumped up the base rate by quarter of a per cent to 5.25 per cent in response to rising inflation.
Christopher Williams, 22 Jan 2007
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Chip dynamo loses ex-AMD execs

ExclusiveExclusive Flashy chip start-up PA Semi has started losing some of its top executives ahead of the release of its first product, The Register has learned.
Ashlee Vance, 22 Jan 2007
Sun

Sun deals Xeon server line to Intel for Solaris ad

Server buffs have spent years wondering when Sun and Intel would finally bury their hatchets in each other's back and form a partnership. Now the deal is done, but it wants for excitement, controversy . . . anything.
Ashlee Vance, 22 Jan 2007
Warning: biohazard

Storm Trojan gang declare start of World War III

The virus writers behind last week's Storm Trojan outbreak showed off some neat tabloid headline-writing skills in a string of similar attacks over the weekend.
John Leyden, 22 Jan 2007
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MySpace sues Spam King

MySpace.com has sued self-proclaimed spam king Scott Richter for allegedly using compromised user accounts to send millions unsolicited ads touting ringtones, polo shirts among other things.
Dan Goodin, 22 Jan 2007

Data governance definitions

I am getting mixed messages about data governance. IBM recently published the results of a survey it had conducted into the use of data governance, which it conducted in conjunction with the NCC. Out of 141 respondents, from companies of all sizes, only seven per cent reported that data governance was neither implemented nor on the planning horizon. Of the remaining 93 per cent more than half had some sort of (at least initial) process in place. Now, admittedly this was a self-selecting set of respondents but this does not fit with my experience.
Philip Howard, 22 Jan 2007

Bloggers unite to save astroturfing for Mankind

Silicon JusticeSilicon Justice Apparently, the blogosphere buys into every press release they read.
Kevin Fayle, 22 Jan 2007
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PSI sues IBM in mainframe emulator spat

Platform Solutions Inc (PSI) the mainframe emulator maker, has come out fighting in its legal battle with IBM, alleging all manner of anti-trust abuses in a suit announced today.
Drew Cullen, 22 Jan 2007

Vonage swaps local for long distance charges

Vonage, the indie broadband telco, is turning itself into a Skype-alike by offering cheap-as-chips long distance and international calls to any Vonage number (or 800 number). Callers don't have to have a Vonage line to call a Vonage number. They ring a local access number and then piggyback to the local Vonage number and so pay for the price of a local call. So the service, Vonage V-Access, is like a calling card, but without the calling card. V-Access is available today in seven countries: the US, Canada, Mexico, France, Italy, Spain and the UK. Today's news from Vonage is not altogether surprising. It can only go cheaper: the company finds itself caught between Skype, which is queen of the PC-to-PC phone call scene and big carriers willing to drop their price pants to maintain market share. Last week AT&T flexed its pumped-up monopoly-greased pecs by offering AT&T Unity, unlimited calling across its landline and Cingular cellco networks. That leaves 100m customers in the US with one less reason to buy a plan from an independent VoIP telco (so long as they are prepared to spend at least $59.99 a month plus add-ons, of course). Vonage release here. ®
Drew Cullen, 22 Jan 2007