27th > March > 2007 Archive

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Netezza stock on the block

Data warehouse appliance maker Netezza seeks $100m with an initial public offering on the Nasdaq.
Austin Modine, 27 Mar 2007

Bertelsmann settles over naughty Napster

The large music labels today received a three-pronged reminder of what could have been.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Mar 2007

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.
Dan Goodin, 27 Mar 2007

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?
Tim Anderson, 27 Mar 2007

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.
Christopher Williams, 27 Mar 2007

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.
Robin Bloor, 27 Mar 2007

Nintendo acts against Wii modchips?

Nintendo is reportedly tweaking the Wii's internal workings to prevent the use of console modification chips.
Tony Smith, 27 Mar 2007
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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.
Christopher Williams, 27 Mar 2007

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.
Emmet Ryan, 27 Mar 2007
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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.
Bob Tarzey, 27 Mar 2007

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.
Tony Smith, 27 Mar 2007
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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.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Mar 2007

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.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Mar 2007

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.
Tony Smith, 27 Mar 2007
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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.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Mar 2007

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.
Tony Smith, 27 Mar 2007

New Jersey mulls driver text ban

Authorities in New Jersey are considering making it an offence to send text messages while driving.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Mar 2007

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".
Lester Haines, 27 Mar 2007

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.
Mark Ballard, 27 Mar 2007

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.
Tracey Cooper, 27 Mar 2007

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.
Lester Haines, 27 Mar 2007

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.
Christopher Williams, 27 Mar 2007

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.
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2007

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:
Lester Haines, 27 Mar 2007

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.
Tony Smith, 27 Mar 2007

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Mar 2007

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.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Mar 2007

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.
Christopher Williams, 27 Mar 2007

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.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Mar 2007
Tech Data

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Mar 2007

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.
Mark Ballard, 27 Mar 2007

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.
John Lettice, 27 Mar 2007

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:
Tracey Cooper, 27 Mar 2007

Watermark buys Cedilla

Cedilla Systems, the Manchester reseller, is selling itself to a Dutch dealership.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Mar 2007

Sun NEBS Opteron box

Sun Microsystems has pumped out its first Opteron-based rack server aimed exclusively at the hardened telco crowd.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Mar 2007
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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.
Austin Modine, 27 Mar 2007

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.
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2007
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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.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Mar 2007

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.
Matt Stephens, 27 Mar 2007
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Sun creates new chip unit out of Yen

Looking to up interest in its processor business, Sun Microsystems has formed a separate microelectronics unit.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Mar 2007

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.
Dan Goodin, 27 Mar 2007
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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.
Dan Goodin, 27 Mar 2007

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.
Drew Cullen, 27 Mar 2007

HP looks to teach Acer about Texas Justice

Hewlett-Packard has sued Taiwan-based PC maker Acer for alleged infringement of five U.S. patents related to PC technology.
Austin Modine, 27 Mar 2007

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