Oracle mimics Microsoft's per socket pricing
Oracle has tossed customers a Microsoft-like bone by loosening up its software licensing restrictions for low-end servers running on multi-core chips.
Oracle opens arms to TopLink developers
EclipseConOracle has issued a fresh chapter in its quixotic open source strategy by fully opening a key piece of its Java application server and database technology.
Could the EU provide a forum for rational gaming legislation?
In a ruling sure to ruffle the feathers of those opposed to open and regulated gambling environments, the European Court of Justice today issued its most forceful opinion yet covering the cross border provision of gaming services.
Huawei-3Com taps Expand for WAN software
The convergence of WAN optimisation with core routing may be taking a big step forward, with Huawei-3Com (H3C) buying the rights to use acceleration software from Expand Networks in its upcoming Intelligent Management Centre (iMC) integrated router platform.
Eclipse scrubs up Web 2.0 credentials
EclipseConAfter six years mostly focused on enterprise computing, Eclipse is tackling rich internet applications by expanding into Web 2.0.
Reuters to start MySpace for City traders
Newswire and financial data service Reuters is to dip another finger in Web 2.0 waters by setting up its own version of MySpace. But the Reuters site will be targeted at City traders rather than US teenagers.
English court cannot hear SanDisk MP3 patent case
An attempt by Flash memory card maker SanDisk to take on a group of MP3-related patent holders has failed in an English court. The High Court said all of SanDisk's claims fell outside the court's jurisdiction of England and Wales.
Oracle pays $3.3bn for Hyperion
CommentLast week, Oracle, one of the industry giants, announced that it has agreed to buy Hyperion Solutions Corporation, by no means a small ISV, for $52 per share - thereby valuing the acquisition at approximately $3.3bn.
Samsung fields Flash cache fitted hybrid hard drive
Samsung has begun sending out hybrid hard drives to computer manufacturers, according to a variety of reports coming out of Asia today.
EMC strengthens armour for SMB offensive
CommentEMC has announced several new products targeted at mid-market enterprises seeking to more effectively consolidate, backup, archive, and protect their information.
Tesco charges punter £1 a minute for US freephone call
CommentTesco's pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap philosophy works for most things - but not neccessarily telecoms it appears.
US Navy research throws up vomit ray
The US Navy is funding research into a "Star Trek phaser set on 'stun'".
Becta throws shroud over Microsoft deal
The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) has signed a secrecy clause with Microsoft which prevents it from disclosing the prices schools are paying for software licences.
Stormy weather for malware defenses
When the Storm Worm swept through the internet in mid-January, the program's writers took a brute force approach to evading anti-virus defenses: They created a massive number of slightly different copies of the program and released them all at the same time.
Network access control with fewer delays
Nevis Networks reckons it's the first to come up with a version of network access control for the LAN that doesn't get in the way of users.
Mozilla patches faulty patch
The Mozilla Foundation has patched a faulty patch that was itself subject to a security vulnerability.
Intel waiting for key update before going Vista
If it's not good enough for Intel, is it good enough for you? We're talking Microsoft's Windows Vista, which the chip giant's CEO, Paul Otellini, this week indicated has not won the backing of his technology experts.
Hit the DECT: cordless phones on test
Group TestThe mobile phone may well be enjoying its time in the limelight, but like reality TV stars and the England cricket team, it probably won't last forever. Especially not when you cast your eye over this little lot, the cream of the DECT cordless-phone crop. Where these handsets are concerned, it is indeed good to talk.
Home Office threatens illegal immigrants with text messages
UK.gov has unveiled its latest weapon in its battle against illegal immigration – the fearsome text message.
Fortify and the Java open review project
CommentI got some flack recently for daring to suggest (or appearing to) that open source software (OSS) should be "fit for purpose" (here).
Babelgum - another new, new TV thing
So P2P TV services really do conform to the proverbial bus cliche: you wait ages for one, then loads of cliches come along at once.
New Jersey BOFH cuffed over $10m Cisco scam
A public sector computer technician from New Jersey has been arrested over allegations he took Cisco for $10m through a fraud that exploited the networking giant's programme for replacing broken or defective kit.
Fraud cost UK at least £13bn in 2005
About £13bn of fraud was committed in the UK in 2005, but the figure could be on the conservative side, a report commissioned by the Association of Chief Police Officers said today.
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Nokia expands phone software update service
Nokia has powered up its handset software update system, having trialled the tool last year. The web-based system allows phone owners to update their devices without having first to find a service centre to do it for them.
ITV extends Local on-demand service
ITV Local is now open for business in London and Central, after a year of trials in the Meridian region. The online service offers local news, documentaries and films, bulked out with the inevitable user-generated content.
Media blasts Cambridge undergrads' drinking habits
Boozy students hurl so much vomit about at Cambridge University that cleaners are now being immunised against Hepatitis, it has been revealed.
Banks unleash paper tigers over terror data probe
British banks have responded to European privacy watchdogs, who claim they broke the law by letting US anti-terror investigators have access to the details of their customers' international financial transactions.
Carmakers tout green motors in Geneva
Car manufacturers have been at pains to tout a new green image in the run up to the 77th International Motor Show, which opens tomorrow in Geneva.
Italy tops global wiretap league
Britain may have more CCTV cameras per head than anywhere else in the world but when it comes to electronic surveillance the country is way behind Italy, the Netherlands and even Sweden.
Feds fume over Microsoft anti-trust delay
The US Department of Justice told a federal judge it is unhappy with Microsoft's plans to extend a deadline for supplying technical information to licensees documenting how Windows communicates with operating systems and middleware made by other companies.