27th > February > 2007 Archive

Veritas man jumps Symantec ship

Symantec's president of its key security and data management business Jeremy Burton has quit the firm to become CEO of business process software firm Serena Software.
Christopher Williams, 27 Feb 2007

HP pays for PolyServe while IBM and Dell watch

Longtime acquisition suspect PolyServe has been eaten by HP.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Feb 2007

Dell could go indirect with Acer buy - analyst

Michael Dell could prove that "Dell 2.0" is more than a marketing throwaway by buying rival Acer, according to a leading Wall Street analyst.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Feb 2007

Gates demands better schools as Gates-backed school closes

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates displayed the timing of a percussionist suffering from the DTs when he called for more US education funding in an editorial for the Washington Post.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Feb 2007

Richard and Judy probe extended

The probe into the Richard and Judy show has been extended as it now appears that complaints about how the phone lines worked and how calls were solicited were discussed on the Richard and Judy forum as early as 2004.
John Oates, 27 Feb 2007

Intel announces fourth 45nm fab

Intel is to spend $1-1.5bn upgrading its Rio Rancho, New Mexico plant, Fab 11X, to produce 45nm processors, the chip giant said yesterday. Output will commence in H2 2008.
Tony Smith, 27 Feb 2007

Apple presses pause on AppleTV roll-out

Apple's AppleTV digital media player will not now ship until mid-March, a company spokeswoman has confirmed. The delay, the subject of much rumour-mongering over the last month or so, amounts to a set-back of a couple of weeks.
Tony Smith, 27 Feb 2007

Hypercard on steroids

Here’s a question: is Runtime Revolution the cross-platform application development tool for people who just want to get things done?
Phil Manchester, 27 Feb 2007

Photos were 'grossly offensive' and not protected as free speech

It is illegal to send indecent or grossly offensive material to cause distress or anxiety to the recipient, even when it is done for political or educational reasons, the High Court has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Feb 2007

Home secretary announces gun crime crackdown

The government is to improve technology for linking weapons to incidents as part of a three point plan to tackle gun crime.
Kablenet, 27 Feb 2007

Sony pledges thinner, cheaper Blu-ray Disc player

Sony looks set to cut the price of its consumer-centric Blu-ray Disc player this summer, knocking $400 off the price of its current model, the BDP-S1, a reduction of more than 40 per cent.
Tony Smith, 27 Feb 2007

Pure unveils 'mobile' satellite broadband

Business broadband provider Pure Telecom has launched a new transportable service which will allow users to set up a satellite broadband link at short notice.
Emmet Ryan, 27 Feb 2007

Chinese develop remote-controlled pigeons

Chinese scientists have pulled off what they claim is a world first: controlling pigeons via brain-implanted "micro electrodes", Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 27 Feb 2007

Microsoft buys into medical search

Microsoft has bought Medstory Inc for an undisclosed amount to try and improve its Live search site.
John Oates, 27 Feb 2007

ESA targets Mercury with BepiColombo mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) has given the go ahead for a mission to explore Mercury, the inner-most planet of our solar system. The mission was formally adopted at the agency's Science Programme Committee (SPC) meeting last Friday.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Feb 2007
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German cops and spooks prep own spyware

AnalysisGermany's police and secret services are pushing for a legal basis for "online house searches" – carried out without the knowledge of suspects, using spyware similar to a Trojan.
Matthias Becker, 27 Feb 2007

RSI Awareness Day: The good and the bad

CommentRSI Action is the UK charity working to facilitate the prevention of RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) conditions and for the relief of sickness, hardship, and distress among those suffering with RSI conditions.
Peter Abrahams, 27 Feb 2007

Mitac to buy Navman handheld business

Mio parent Mitac has apparently acquired rival handheld GPS gadget maker Navman, but the deal will not necessarily boost the company's own GPS division.
Tony Smith, 27 Feb 2007

Cops may check crash drivers' mobile records

The government may give police powers to check crash drivers' mobile phone records after a "routine accident", the Daily Telegraph reports.
Lester Haines, 27 Feb 2007

Google set to challenge Microsoft's office monopoly

CommentGoogle is now head-to-head with Microsoft in the Office Apps market, as you may have guessed from the recent Google Apps announcement. What you get from Google is word processing, spreadsheet, calendar, chat, web page creation, and email.
Robin Bloor, 27 Feb 2007

Comodo resolves site validation glitch

Digital certificate firm Comodo has restored services to normal after websites displaying Comodo's Trust Logo were reduced to a crawl on Friday.
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2007

SanDisk to replace Flash in photography?

SanDisk is set to launch later this year what it calls "the new digital film" - a write-once medium it hopes will replace all the memory cards its been persuading us to buy for our digital cameras for last five years or so. The new product may use holographic memory.
Tony Smith, 27 Feb 2007
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Westcon dives into NOXS

Westcon Group has snapped up network security distie NOXS for €53.25m.
Joe Fay, 27 Feb 2007

Ofcom to pick over Murdoch's ITV stake

Trade and Industry minister Alastair Darling has asked Ofcom to investigate BSkyB's purchase of a 17.9 per cent stake in ITV. He wants the regulator to provide him with advice on whether the deal has public interest implications by 27 April. Ofcom said it is also looking at the possible impact on programming.
John Oates, 27 Feb 2007

'Commercial scale' jitters delay Europe's IPR vote

The European Parliament has once again postponed the vote on the latest version of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) directive. This time, the delay is to "find a final compromise" on the definition of what constitutes "commercial scale" infringement under the new proposals.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Feb 2007
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MySpace hackers avoid extortion rap

Blackmail charges have been dropped against a pair of hackers accused of mounting an extortion scam against MySpace as part of a plea-bargaining agreement.
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2007

Keele Uni celebrates record-breaking vice chancellor

Keele University big cheese Janet Finch has given the troubled seat of learning something to celebrate, by securing a whopping 31.7 per cent pay rise last year.
Lester Haines, 27 Feb 2007

Ofcom's ISP code of practice: why it is necessary

First PersonFor two years PlusNet resisted the broadband industry's voluntary code of practice designed to protect consumers from unscrupulous service providers.
Andrew Smith, 27 Feb 2007

Don't buy our album, beg Deep Purple

UpdatedDeep Purple frontman Ian Gillan has refreshingly asked fans not to buy an "awful" re-released album of the band live at Birmingham's NEC, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 27 Feb 2007

Torex Retail loses two more directors

Torex Retail said goodbye to two more directors late yesterday.
John Oates, 27 Feb 2007

Need an EU grant? Call a Romanian witch

Any reader trying to secure an EU grant but finding the happy band of nations less than forthcoming with the cash is advised to get over to Romania, where supernatural help is at hand.
Lester Haines, 27 Feb 2007

Hatto hoax husband confesses

The husband of the late classical pianist Joyce Hatto has apparently admitted to "doctoring" sound recordings issued on his own record label.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Feb 2007
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Security flap over support ActiveX controls bug

Flaws in an ActiveX component incorporated in many technical support support packages create a risk of hacking attacks, security watchers warn.
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2007
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C2000 makes SME push

Computer 2000 has officially launched a campaign to sell IBM servers to SME resellers.
Mark Ballard, 27 Feb 2007

KGB maps discovered in Jesus's coffin

LettersWhy not kick off with the obvious big story of the week? Yes, James Cameron finds the tomb of Christ. We had upwards of a trillion responses on this one, but very few were actually written in anything approaching comprehensible English, so we've trimmed the pile, somewhat.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Feb 2007

SEC sues 'hacker' firm for insider trading

A firm that allegedly hacked into corporate servers to access news releases early has been sued by US market regulators.
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2007

Kohn on Jobs

InterviewWhat's Bob Kohn doing now? The storied lawyer, who with his father Al wrote the "bible" on music business law has long been active in the IT world too. Kohn was Ashton Tate's attorney during the boom years of the 1980s, and later Borland's general counsel during the attrition years of the 1990s, when the software company was targeted for destruction by Microsoft. He also served on the board of Pretty Good Privacy Inc.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Feb 2007
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Brocade makes hay before McData integration

Storage switch specialist Brocade posted a strong set of quarterly results as it prepares to near-double its market share by integrating recently completed acquisition McData.
Christopher Williams, 27 Feb 2007

Salesforce.com targets Wall Street with wealth creation plan

Salesforce.com is kicking off a series of CRM (customer relationship management) packages targeting financial services, starting with a hostile Wall Street.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Feb 2007

Microsoft employs bologna defense against VMware

In classic Redmond fashion, Microsoft has countered VMware's charges of anticompetitive practices in the server virtualization market by heaving a giant ball of fluff at reporters.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Feb 2007

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