27th > February > 2007 Archive

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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.

HP pays for PolyServe while IBM and Dell watch

Longtime acquisition suspect PolyServe has been eaten by HP.

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.
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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.
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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.

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.

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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Microsoft buys into medical search

Microsoft has bought Medstory Inc for an undisclosed amount to try and improve its Live search site.
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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.
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German cops and spooks prep own spyware

Analysis Germany'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.
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RSI Awareness Day: The good and the bad

Comment RSI 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.

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.
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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.

Google set to challenge Microsoft's office monopoly

Comment Google 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.

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.

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.
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Westcon dives into NOXS

Westcon Group has snapped up network security distie NOXS for €53.25m.
Joe Fay, 27 2007
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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.
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Asus Lamborghini VX2 laptop

Review Cars and laptops obviously make good bed-fellow if Asus' latest Lamborghini-badged model is anything to go by. While its first effort - the VX1 - may have been seen as a me-too effort to rival Acer's Ferrari tie-up, there's got to be something in the partnership to produce further offspring.
Will Head, 27 2007
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'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.
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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.
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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.
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Ofcom's ISP code of practice: why it is necessary

First Person For two years PlusNet resisted the broadband industry's voluntary code of practice designed to protect consumers from unscrupulous service providers.
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Don't buy our album, beg Deep Purple

Updated Deep 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.

Torex Retail loses two more directors

Torex Retail said goodbye to two more directors late yesterday.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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C2000 makes SME push

Computer 2000 has officially launched a campaign to sell IBM servers to SME resellers.
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KGB maps discovered in Jesus's coffin

Letters Why 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.
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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.
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Kohn on Jobs

Interview What'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.
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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.
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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.

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.