22nd > February > 2007 Archive


Microsoft supports rival SWsoft by answering the phone

Microsoft continues to make nice with non-VMware entities in the server virtualization market. The software maker this week, for example, firmed up a support deal with SWsoft that will see its rival's customers gain access to Microsoft's own army of Windows Server experts.
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Salesforce.com profits plunge, commits to investment splurge

Marc Benioff delivered a spirited defense of Salesforce.com's growth and spending plans today, after announcing income plunged on surging sales.

Veritas digs out $30m to bury dotcom ghosts

Veritas today put to bed an interminable accounting scandal dating back to the dotcom bubble, and the reign of its disgraced CFO Kenneth Lonchar.
Free Software Foundation

GPL advocates urged told to pay for love

Comment The folks looking after the general public license (GPL) are fond of portraying themselves as the humble shepherds of the free and open source software movement. Their job, among other things, is to provide an open and transparent means for protecting the freedom to review, copy, tinker with and redistribute code.
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Registerfly files suit against ousted CEO

The split between the founders of Registerfly.com, the leading domain name registrar, took a tawdry turn last week, as court documents filed by John Naruszewicz and Unifiednames, the corporation that owns Registerfly.com, made some shocking allegations against ousted CEO Kevin Medina.
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eBay security conspiracy catches on with readers

Letters Our story reporting the abundance of people who believe there is a secret backdoor in eBay's network appeared to touch a nerve. Please continue to send tips to your reporter at the link above.

Microsoft fights AT&T before US Supremes

A US court case that threatens to ramp-up damages against US technology companies which lose patent infringement suits has entered its final stages.

Google to charge to keep balls in the air

Google will try to chill Microsoft’s post-Office launch glow today, adding Docs & Spreadsheets to its apps suite and pitching a pay per seat version of the bundle to corporate customers.
Joe Fay, 22 2007
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TV show delays drive Oz viewers to distraction

Australian TV viewers are waiting longer than ever to view their favourite overseas produced televisions shows, driving them to use BitTorrent and other internet-based peer-to-peer programs to download programmes from overseas, prior to their local broadcast.
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BPI seeks damages from CD WOW!

The British recording industry has taken online retailer CD WOW! to court, claiming that the company is breaking a previous court-ordered undertaking not to sell cheap CDs imported from Asia.
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Jesus appears atop mobile phone mast

Large crowds gathered yesterday around a mobile phone mast in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu after locals spotted Jesus Christ atop the structure, Kampala's The Monitor reports.
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ViSOR numbers creep towards 100,000

The number of records on the Violent Sex Offender Register is on course to reach 100,000.
Kablenet, 22 2007
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Apple and Cisco kiss and make up

Apple and Cisco will have products on the market called "iPhone" at the same time, without suing each other. Instead, they are going to work towards interoperability in other areas to prove they are now best friends.
Bill Ray, 22 2007

Cisco pays $135m for Reactivity

Cisco is continuing its buying spree, paying $135m in cash and options for Reactivity.
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Mobile operators taken to task on roaming

Mobile operators have been accused of "twisting the truth" by a major European consumer lobby group investigating roaming charges.
Flag Canada

Wi-Fi terror menaces Vancouver

International terrorists with a grudge against the winter sports community are believed to be clearing their diaries in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, to be held in Vancouver.
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NZ fishermen hook 'biggest ever' squid

New Zealand fishermen have landed what experts reckon might be the biggest squid ever snared - a 10-metre-long, 450kg example of "colossal" Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni.

Capita ups turnover

Capita shares took a beating this morning, falling nearly four per cent, despite its posting strong prelim results.

First female Turing Award winner named

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named Frances E Allen as the recipient of the 2006 A M Turing Award.
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Mexican students adopt robobabies

The Mexican state of Chihuahua has formulated a cunning plan to reduce the area's soaring teenage birth rate - obliging youngsters to look after wailing, burping robobabies, Reuters reports.
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Road pricing - Blair's shock 'privacy guarantee'

The Downing Street road pricing petition, which closed on Tuesday night, has had an immediate but largely unnoticed effect. It appears to have wrung a reasonably firm privacy commitment from Tony Blair.

Ex-judge jailed for child abuse

A former senior judge from California has been jailed for 27 months for possession of child pornography in a case initially based on evidence from a vigilante hacker.

Egyptian blogger jailed for four years

An Egyptian blogger found guilty of insulting both Islam and the country's president has been jailed for four years, Reuters reports.
Computer 2000

C2K offers online Microsoft licenses

Computer 2000, the UK arm of Tech Data, is the first distie to offer resellers Microsoft's Open Value Licensing programme through a website.

What's happening in the world of data warehouse appliances?

Comment Quite a lot has happened in the data warehousing appliance (DWA) space recently, so here's an update.
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Biscit says no trouble at the mill

Internet Service Provider Biscit has insisted it is "business as usual" after its chief executive left the board.
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US killer robots take jobs from flyboys, dolphins

"Team Warrior", a killer robot manufacturing alliance led by General Atomics of San Diego, CA, announced yesterday that its Warrior Extended Range/Multi Purpose Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System (ERMP UAS) would enter production for the US Army, another step in the US forces' ongoing effort to automate most military activities.
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Europe beams out UWB roadmap

The European Commission has taken the first steps towards an EU-wide license for Ultra Wide Band (UWB) radio communications, by agreeing that such an approach is necessary and laying down the basic pattern of adoption.
Bill Ray, 22 2007
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Data watchdogs write then bury transparency plan

European privacy guardians committed themselves to transparency and openness last week - but haven't gotten round to telling anyone yet.
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Iraqi bombers use chemical-based psych strikes

US military spokesmen in Baghdad yesterday indicated a new trend in bombing attacks by Iraqi insurgents.
Warning: train

Symantec subscription glitch derails users

Symantec has apologised after a glitch with its software resulted in "small group" of its customers been falsely advised that their software subscriptions had expired early.
fingers pointing at man

Quantum crypto backdoor closed

Researchers believe they have secured a potential backdoor in a cryptography technique known as Quantum Key Distribution (QKD).
canon's new Spring 2007 range

Canon fires off volley of new cameras

This morning in London, Canon proudly showed off its Spring collection for 2007, comprising of no fewer than 43 new products aimed at both the consumer audience and professional user, from printers to projectors, cameras to camcorders.
Pentax Optio W30

Pentax pushes out new products

Pentax today announced the latest additions to its Optio compact digital camera range: the A30 high-end digital compact and the W30 that features waterproof functionality enabling use for photography and videos at depths of three metres.
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TJX security breach fears grow

TJX, the US retailing giant,says a hacker intrusion against its credit card transaction processing system is more serious than first reported.
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Closed Skype wants open networks

eBay's proprietary VoIP service Skype wants the Federal Communications Commission to change its rules on how cellular networks operate.

Mandriva courts 419 scammers

Mandriva has moved to open a direct sales channel to the 419 scammer set.
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Canadian geeks snub Sun's McNealy

For Sun Microsystems Chairman Scott McNealy, it could be the ultimate disgrace. A group of Canadian technophiles has organized a Geeks on Ice hockey tournament and not invited the technology world's most famous puck-hunting executive. Instead, the Geeks on Ice crew have tried to convince RIM CEO Jim Balsillie to attend their gig, and Balsillie has returned the favor by ignoring the Canucks.

Sun's top Solaris sellers bail out

Exclusive A pair of Sun's top Solaris executives have scurried right on out of the company, The Register can reveal.
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Man pleads guilty to spreading Trojan via IRC

A Washington-state man pleaded guilty to one felony count of computer fraud relating to charges he spread malware to users of an internet relay chat (IRC) channel. He faces up five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced in early May.

Sun's servers resurgent in 2006 - Gartner

Sun Microsystems used 2006 as a throwback session by pushing its sales way higher while rivals were happy to exit the year with any kind of growth.