30th > May > 2007 Archive

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Broadcom verdict broadsides Qualcomm

Broadcom won $19.6m today from Qualcomm, after a jury found the chip design rival guilty of infringing three patents for cell phone technology.
Austin Modine, 30 May 2007
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Phony BBB email dupes more than 1,400 execs

A provider of online security services has uncovered a highly sophisticated phishing scheme that has already duped at least 1,400 US executives. They were fooled into sending sensitive information in response to an email purporting to come from officials at the Better Business Bureau.
Dan Goodin, 30 May 2007
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CDW goes private for $7.3bn

CDW, the big US computer dealer, is selling itself to a private equity firm for $7.3bn. That's a 16.1 per cent premium over CDW's closing price on Friday.
Team Register, 30 May 2007
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Apple plugs two QuickTime holes

Apple has plugged two holes in its QuickTime media player that could create serious security problems for people tricked into visiting malicious websites. The release, which is available for both Windows and Mac platforms, is Apple's second security patch in less than a week.
Dan Goodin, 30 May 2007
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Pentagon: China threatens space and cyberspace

A Pentagon report into Chinese military capability says that the People's Republic "is expanding from the traditional land, air, and sea dimensions of the modern battlefield to include space and cyber-space."
Lewis Page, 30 May 2007
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Mobile games set for simultaneous launch

Four of the largest mobile games publishers (EA, Glu, Gameloft and I-play) have agreed to launch games simultaneously on all the UK networks, removing one more avenue for network differentiation and, hopefully, reducing customer confusion.
Bill Ray, 30 May 2007
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Peer-to-peer networks co-opted for DOS attacks

A flaw in the design of a popular peer-to-peer network software has given attackers the ability to create massive denial-of-service attacks that can easily overwhelm corporate websites, a security firm warned last week.
Robert Lemos, 30 May 2007
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Bomb squad disables suspect sex toy

Here's a top tip for those of you thinking of sending battery-operated sex toys via the Royal Mail: take out the power source before popping the package in the post, or you might enjoy a more explosive climax than anticipated.
Lester Haines, 30 May 2007
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Westminster blows £29m to save £20k

Westminster City Council is doing its bit to save the planet by installing energy-saving street lamps in every thoroughfare in the borough, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 30 May 2007
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Sophos apologises for going legal on school techies

UK security software developer Sophos has apologised for drafting in its lawyers after a member of a forum for IT technicians in schools posted a foul-mouth rant criticising recent changes in its anti-virus technology.
John Leyden, 30 May 2007
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Tesco's old timers get yoof slang pamphlet

Tesco has issued old timers working at some of its 1,500 stores with a handy guide to the kind of English guaranteed to have Middle England choking on its cocoa - that favoured by hoodies, wannabe homies, and anyone under 21 who considers the baseball cap to be the US's greatest contribution to English street culture.
Lester Haines, 30 May 2007
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Firms urged to tighten up access policies

Half of us keep our passwords on Post-It notes and over a third of IT professionals say they could still access their company's network if they left their job.
Stephen Errity, 30 May 2007
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Pesticide link to Parkinson's disease

Researchers from the University of Aberdeen have found an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease among those exposed to pesticides.
Lester Haines, 30 May 2007
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Microsoft waves in Minority Report-style computing era

Microsoft launched Surface Computing last night, and with a new computing paradigm - the table-top.
Bill Ray, 30 May 2007
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Tiscali coughs to spam blacklisting after a week without email

Updated Tiscali has admitted the reason many of its customers have been unable to send outgoing email for over a week is because it has been blacklisted as a spammer.
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BT chief speaks fluent PowerPoint

CISAC BT's Dutch chief executive Ben Verwaayen may be the first keynote speaker to talk entirely in PowerPoint™: He's reduced his speeches to a series of motivational slide headings.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 May 2007
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Google Maps hits the streets

Google yesterday announced the immediate availability of "Street View" - ground-level, photographic panoramas of Denver, Las Vegas, Miami and New York which allow Google Maps surfers to "navigate around a city, 'virtually' walking the streets, checking out restaurants and landmarks and even zoom in on bus stops or street signs to make travel plans":
Lester Haines, 30 May 2007
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Zune to sell one million by June

Microsoft expects sales of the Zune MP3 player to hit the one million milestone by the end of June, almost eight months after the product made its debut. Apple on the other hand has sold 100 million iPods since its launch in October 2001.
Scott Snowden, 30 May 2007
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CSC details iSoft objections

CSC insists its blocking of the takeover of key health provider iSoft is in the best interests of the "successful delivery of the NHS National Programme for IT".
John Oates, 30 May 2007
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VCPoker.com busts on saucy ad campaign

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ordered the firm behind VCPoker.com to stop advertising online gambling as likely to get you laid.
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Terra Firma ups ante for EMI

A private equity buy-out at EMI is looking increasingly likely with Guy Hands - the money man behind Terra Firma - hiking the bid to buy the music firm with a new offer of £3.7bn.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 May 2007
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Google Earth unearths crashed Darfur gunrunning plane

A crashed Antonov transport plane at the centre of US and UN allegations of gunrunning into war-torn Darfur is visible on Google Earth.
Lewis Page, 30 May 2007
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Judges define scope of McKinnon appeal

Accused Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon's final appeal against extradition edged forward on Tuesday after judges defined the two points that might merit consideration by the Law Lords.
John Leyden, 30 May 2007
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It was Microsoft wot done it

Database myths and legends (Part 9) In this series we're looking at the myths and legends of the database world - some are true, some false. The myth under the spotlight today is: Bloor Research once produced a report that slammed SQL Server so much that Microsoft had it suppressed.
Mark Whitehorn, 30 May 2007
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Is Avaya up for grabs?

Avaya has seen its shares rocket by more than 15 per cent amidst speculative reports that a takeover bid for the network firm is imminent.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 May 2007
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Creative Zen Stone MP3 player

Review If you never consider an MP3 unless it comes with a screen...then stop reading now. But if, on the other hand, you may be interested in a highly portable, cheaper version of the second gen iPod Shuffle, walk this way.
James Atkin, 30 May 2007
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Morocco unbans YouTube

Video sharing website YouTube has been unbanned by the Moroccan government after five days of unavailability in the desert kingdom.
John Oates, 30 May 2007
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US cities in Web 2.0 battle against graffiti

American cities have begun to wage war against graffiti artists using the latest consumer tech: namely, integrated digital photography and GPS platforms feeding into a central database run as an online service.
Lewis Page, 30 May 2007
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Gov. resists ID card scrutiny

The Office of Government Commerce has appealed against an order by the Information Tribunal that it must publish official documents that assess the justification for the government's identity card scheme.
Mark Ballard, 30 May 2007
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VeriSign boss signs off

Stratton Sclavos, boss of VeriSign for the last 12 years, has unexpectedly quit the security and domain registrar firm with no explanation.
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Man barely survives hamster attack

A Worcestershire man may well have saved his own life after suffering a "severe allergic reaction" to a hamster bite - by self-administering anti-allergy drugs before paramedics arrived.
Lester Haines, 30 May 2007
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USB stick security suite puts squeeze on software

Security startup Yoggie Systems has squashed 13 security applications - covering functions such as personal firewall, anti-spam, and anti-virus - onto a USB stick.
John Leyden, 30 May 2007
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CafePress drops Buddha-snap doggie G-strings

US online apparel outfit CafePress today dropped "G-string underwear and T-shirts for dogs* emblazoned with [a] picture of Buddha" after Thailand went ballistic at the outrage.
Lester Haines, 30 May 2007
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The Mirror website cracked

The website for UK tabloid The Mirror has been unavailable all day.
John Oates, 30 May 2007
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Epson adds to Stylus series

The newest addition to Epson's entry-level Stylus series, the D92, has been announced. Continuing the theme of this general purpose printer range, it features four-colour delivery up to the size of A4 and print speeds up to 25ppm in black and white and 13ppm in colour.
Scott Snowden, 30 May 2007
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Mobility: what do you want exactly?

Reader survey We're all familiar with the imagery used to punt the mobile technology vision: a lone executive atop a hill, gazing contentedly at the limitless horizon to the sound of the skylark and the gentle rustling of trees as he communicates effortlessly with the furthest corners of the globe.
Team Register, 30 May 2007
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Last.fm scrobbled for $280m

Media conglomerate CBS has bought Last.fm, the London-based social music network, for $280m.
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MIT eggheads build 'human-robot relationships'

An MIT doctoral candidate has produced a robotic desk lamp, though its maker prefers to call it a "collaborative lighting assistant", or even "non-anthropomorphic robotic platform".
Lewis Page, 30 May 2007
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Toshiba gives price-cutting AMD the nod

Toshiba is to start shipping laptops with AMD processors, effectively bringing to an end its exclusive partnership with Intel. The computer giant said it will add AMD microprocessors and graphics chipsets in up to 20 per cent of its Satellite laptop models.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 May 2007
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Germany declares hacking tools 'verboten'

Updates to Germany's computer crime laws banning so-called "hacking tools" have been criticised as ill-considered and counterproductive.
John Leyden, 30 May 2007

HP grants little telcos NonStop rights

HP wants to give the poor, huddled masses of telecommunications companies in developing countries a chance to buy its very best gear. So, the vendor today rolled out the NonStop NS3000AC server - a more moderately priced, always on system.
Ashlee Vance, 30 May 2007
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Brocade gives SAN FAN a one-two

Brocade left the product announcement spigot on over the Memorial Day break, churning a flood of new and upgraded software and hardware. This week's broad launch covers performance boosts, data protection and virtualization for the company's SAN (storage area network) and FAN (file area network) lineup. Grab a bucket.
Austin Modine, 30 May 2007

IBM whacks 1,600 more services jobs

IBM has shed another 1,573 jobs as part of an ongoing push to thin its services organization.
Ashlee Vance, 30 May 2007

Palm reveals 'secret' smartphone buddy

Two years after hinting that Palm was designing a "new category of mobile device," co-founder Jeff Hawkins revealed the the big secret today at the All Things Digital conference.
Austin Modine, 30 May 2007