Netezza stock on the block
Data warehouse appliance maker Netezza seeks $100m with an initial public offering on the Nasdaq.
Bertelsmann settles over naughty Napster
The large music labels today received a three-pronged reminder of what could have been.
Bulgarian 'stole $350k' from Americans in eBay scam
A Bulgarian woman has been arrested and charged with participating in a scheme that used eBay to scam Americans out of at least $350,000. Her alleged fraud is similar to dozens of scams found on the auction site daily.
Microsoft’s software factories
At Microsoft’s Architect Insight conference in Wales this month, Microsoft software architect Jack Greenfield tells us about a BMW factory which rarely makes the same car twice. It is an example of mass customization, handling millions of variations within an automated process. Could the same apply to software development?
No 10 urged to throttle 'unlimited' broadband claims
A petition on the Downing Street website is urging Tony Blair to put a stop to broadband advertising which trumpets "unlimited" broadband, despite reining in users with usage limits.
Make way for the 64 bit revolution
Cast your mind back 15 years, if you can. Believe it or not, that was when the IT industry suddenly started to get excited about 64 bit computing.
Nintendo acts against Wii modchips?
Nintendo is reportedly tweaking the Wii's internal workings to prevent the use of console modification chips.
Canada sticks the boot into Neteller
Money transfer group Neteller, which at one time serviced about 85 per cent of online gambling transactions, has been forced to pull out of Canadian and Turkish markets after garnering attention from regulators.
The Doors open online
The remaining members of The Doors have decided to break on through to the digital side as the band made its back catalogue available online on Monday.
Businesses show renewed confidence in IT
Quocirca's changing channelsSelling pricey IT solutions to enterprises has never been easy. To get sign off on large projects often requires getting board level approval as well as getting all the influencers in the IT department on your side. So any indications that IT departments are getting a bit more power in this process should be welcome news to vendors and resellers alike.
HTC unveils Windows Vista handheld
Mobile device maker HTC has shifted up a gear and announced a handheld based not on Windows Mobile but Windows Vista. Dubbed Shift, the sub sub-notebook boasts the full array of wireless connectivity, including 3G HSPDA.
RM satisfied by performance
RM PLC has said it is on course to hit its trading expectation for the six month financial period ending 31 March.
Boffins pave the way for DNA photography
Scientists working in the US have developed a lens that could one day allow people to take optical pictures of things as small as a molecule of DNA.
Sony Ericsson reveals its first 'super 3G' phone
Sony Ericsson this week took the wraps off not only its latest Walkman-branded slimline slider phone but also its first handset capable of accepting high-speed HSDPA downloads.
Atos to 'explore strategic options'
French IT services group Atos Origin has responded favourably to expressions of interest and invited private equity buyers to take a closer look.
Samsung doubles solid-state drive capacity
Samsung has upped the capacity of its Flash-based SSD line to 64GB, offering the unit in the media player- and notebook-friendly 1.8in form factor.
New Jersey mulls driver text ban
Authorities in New Jersey are considering making it an offence to send text messages while driving.
Oz vigilantes capture Toadzilla
Australian environmental group Frogwatch has captured one of the largest cane toads ever seen Down Under - a 40cm long, 1kg monster boasting a body "the size of a football".
GPL 3: Open source to open closed shop
The open source movement will tomorrow publish the next public discussion draft of its free software license, GPL 3.0, after cloistered talks over patent challenges from software corporations delayed its release.
GSK runs out of juice over Ribena claims
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), manufacturer of iconic English thirst-quencher Ribena, has been squeezed before an Auckland (NZ) court for misleading consumers about the levels of vitamin C in the local version of its blackcurrant drink.
Bold Gaza croc-smuggling ruse ends in failure
Guards on the border between Egypt and Gaza who pulled up a "suspiciously fat" woman found three crocodiles strapped to the would-be smuggler's waist, The Scotsman reports.
Ofcom cuts mobile charges
Ofcom has announced new pricing controls for mobile phone operators which cut the amount they can charge for carrying calls made from other networks.
Security can boost privacy
Increased security need not lead to an erosion of personal privacy, according to an optimistic study by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
easyJet.com files elderly passengers under 'livestock'
A round of applause for easyJet.com today for confirming many passengers' suspicions as to how airlines view their customers. Try this answer to a query regarding "assistance", paying close attention to the category from which it comes:
De-scratch your DVDs for $250, firm offers
Stuck with a stack of CDs and DVDs that no longer play properly because they've been scratched? US company VenMill claims to have the answer: a disc repair system that does away with the disc-denuding abrasives of old.
IBM jumps on board the mortgage ship
Just as the US mortgage biz flushes itself down the toilet, IBM has said it will offer software and computers that will help process wannabe homebuyers' applications.
Geneticists report 'semi-identical' twins
Geneticists in the US have discovered a previously unknown kind of twins they have called semi-identical. The twins are identical on their mother's side, but only share half of their father's DNA.
Ofcom bankrolling mobile operators, alleges BT
BT has slammed Ofcom's new controls on mobile operator charges, accusing the regulator of continuing to subsidise 3G licence debts racked up in boom-era spectrum auctions.
Cluster spies turbulent reconnection
New data from the European Space Agency's Cluster satellites show a magnetic reconnection event taking place, even in the turbulent plasma around our planet.
Tech Data abandons Middle East
Tech Data, the world's second biggest technology distributor, is withdrawing from the Middle East with Aptec stepping in to fill the hole left in the region.
Brussels downbeat on US passenger snoop plan
Transatlantic talks over the US grab for European personal data in its war on terror are floundering, the European Parliament heard yesterday.
Blair crime policy review proposes fingerprint activated iPods
The iPod mugging has become one of the top crimes de nos jours, but despair not, worried teen victim - the Tony Blair crime policy legacy is poised to come to your rescue. With fingerprint activation of MP3 players.
Blunkett mobilises sheep army to fight global warming
LettersThere's a virtual buffet of letters this fine Tuesday, so we've selected a few choice cuts to tickle your taste buds:
Watermark buys Cedilla
Cedilla Systems, the Manchester reseller, is selling itself to a Dutch dealership.
Sun NEBS Opteron box
Sun Microsystems has pumped out its first Opteron-based rack server aimed exclusively at the hardened telco crowd.
Beer reporter drinks crow
LettersMother always said never trust a professor of beer-ology. Or, she certainly would have if she wasn't drunk all the time.
One in ten Brits is victim of online fraud
More than on in ten (12 per cent) of UK internet users fell victim to fraud over the last 12 months.
Start-up goes mad over Windows app for multi-core chips
Software start-up Peakstream has fired up a Windows beta of its code meant to make programming for a wide variety of multi-core processors as easy as, well, programming for single-core chips.
Software is never done… Or is it?
The notion of doneness pervades everything we, as humans, set out to achieve. Want to send a manned rocket to Mars? It’ll be done when it’s done. Composing a new symphony? Can’t wait to hear the finished piece. Want to create a payroll system for an automotive company? Better deliver it on time, otherwise they might grow tired of waiting and pull the plug on the whole project.
Sun creates new chip unit out of Yen
Looking to up interest in its processor business, Sun Microsystems has formed a separate microelectronics unit.
Best Buy swallows Speakeasy whole
Best Buy, the giant electronics retailer known for interminable waits to get time with a salesperson, is acquiring Speakeasy, an ISP popular with the techno-elite for its flexibility and attentive customer service. The companies are promising Speakeasy will remain independent, but some of the ISP's customers are ruing the union.
University website peddles Adobe warez
Get it while you can, folks: everything you need to install a pirated version of Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional on your Windows-based PC.
ITT fined $100m for shipping night vision goggles to China
ITT illegally exported military night vision goggles to China. For good measure, it supplied some classified technical data about a laser counter measure known as a "light interference filter". Now it is paying the price for its skulduggery: a whopping $100m fine.