RIAA hits paydirt: wins first music-sharing jury trial
The Recording Industry of America today won its first jury trial against an individual accused of illegally downloading music.
Coming to a Windows PC near you: 4 critical security updates
Microsoft plans to roll out four "critical" security updates that stamp out remote execution vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Outlook Express and Windows Mail.
Sun patches multiple flaws in Java
Sun Microsystems has issued patches for several vulnerabilities in its Java Runtime Environment that leave users on Windows, Linux and Solaris wide open.
IBM preps Power6-based blade and Blue Business Platform
IBM has some server shenanigans planned in the coming months, and we'd like to share them with you.
Google and Frontline smack Verizon over US wireless auction (again)
Score one for the anti-Verizons in the ongoing battle for the 700-MHz band, a slice of US wireless spectrum set to be auctioned off by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in mid-January.
Betfair catches whiff of tennis match fix
The gentlewomen of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) have gotten their knickers in a twist over some unusual betting activity at the online betting exchange Betfair, the AP reports.
Linux on mobile: manifest destiny?
When the Linux Foundation emerged from the collision of the Open Software Development Labs (ODSL) and the Free Standards Group in January 2007, cynical observers described it, with some justification, as "yet another Linux knitting circle".
Westcon catches Latin American minnow
Westcon, the specialist networking distie, is moving into Mexico and the Caribbean for the first time, through the acquisition of Cernet of America, and a sister Mexican company called Cernet Tecnologia en Telecomunicaciones.
Facebook faces more legal trouble
Social networking site Facebook has been ordered to turn over information on whether registered sex offenders have set up profiles on its site.
Birmingham trust signs up to VoIP
The Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust has signed a contract with BT to host its IP telephony services.
Global Voice hits right note with €32m bond
Irish-owned data network firm Global Voice, which trades as euNetworks, has raised up to €32m in funding through the issuing of a convertible bond.
PC superstore puts Microsoft on sale for under £150
The bargains just get better and better at PC World. This week it's got the world's leading software company on sale for a measly £149.99.
BT says its Wi-Fi kibbutz isn't targeting 3G
BT has played down suggestions its new Wi-Fi sharing initiative is designed to compete with 3G mobile broadband in future. It will bid to improve coverage by opening the network to other ISPs' customers, however.
Northamber blames Vista, weak dollar for revenue slide
IT distributor Northamber has seen revenue for the year ended 30 June 2007 tumble to £182.2m, down a hefty £22.2m on its 2006 figures.
MS claims Halo 3 is world's fastest selling game
Halo 3 has proven to be a shrewd investment for Microsoft. The software behemoth claims the game is the world's fastest-selling video game to date, generating sales in excess of $300m (£150m/€190m) during its first week.
O2 Cocoon mobile phone
ReviewO2 may have beaten its rivals to the iPhone, but it’s already launched a first assault on the mobile music market with a distinctively quirky own-brand design, the Cocoon. With 2GB of tune-packing internal memory and 2GB memory card support it’s ready to go toe-to-toe with most other music phones. And, strangely enough, alarm clocks too...
Money men rubbish spooky fears over 3Com deal
Bain Capital Partners, the private equity shop that sounded the death knell for 3Com this week, has moved to kneecap talk of a national security block by the US.
MS drops nagware validation for IE7 installs
Microsoft has dropped the requirement for Windows XP users to go through Windows Genuine Advantage validation in order to get Internet Explorer 7.
IBM coughs up SMB software
IBM has reached out its sizeable hand to the little people in the biz world with the launch today of a new range of software products.
Spammers turn YouTube into spam relay channel
Miscreants have turned a YouTube service into a spam relay channel.
Pipex-Intel WiMAX emerges as Freedom4
The first serious attempt at a WiMAX ISP is getting tarted up for launch, but keeping its pricing cards close to its bosom.
UK company presents the pop-out post-a-phone
A UK design company has gone eco-friendly with its recyclable landline handset, which is so flat it can be posted through your letterbox. The Post A Phone is just 0.4cm thick and made from recyclable cardboard and plastic.
IBM drops attempt to patent outsourcing
IBM has abandoned a ludicrous attempt to patent outsourcing after an internet outcry.
Forget municipal Wi-Fi, welcome to Zigbee City
Utility company Göteborg Energi AB has selected NURI Telecom to provide Zigbee-enabled electricity meters to every home in the Swedish city of Gothenburg.
Spammers target hamsters after Ig Nobel winning research
Today is surely the biggest day of the year for boffins and those involved in the pursuit of boffinry. Because today, the Ig Nobel awards are handed out. Well, they were handed out last night, but the boffins will be having their hangovers today, and that is even more important.
Doubters fret at Nokia Navteq deal
CommentNokia has spent the greatest part of its life being misunderstood by US stock analysts, and its move to acquire US mapping company Navteq, for a colossal $8.1bn, at $78 a share, is no exception.
Kim Jong Il: dictator, gnome, and now 'internet expert'
This week's historic reconciliation summit between North and South Korea has delivered an unexpected nugget of pure news gold: as well as being a "mad as cheese" bon viveur and the world's greatest golfer, Kim Jong Il considers himself an expert in packet-switched networking.
Orange offers extended network coverage
Orange is to charge customers for extending network coverage into buildings with limited or no coverage, while still billing them for calls carried over their own broadband connection, according to the firm's picocell strategy, announced today.
Geeks and Nerds caught on film lacking geeky nerdiness
Canada was shocked to its honest-to-goodness core this week by the news that the country's PC repairmen are undermining its sweet as maple syrup image.
Computer glitch nixes death row appeal in Texas
A Texas inmate was sent to his death after a computer glitch held up his appeal filing, and a presiding judge refused to extend the deadline.
DRM on steroids controls backfires on Blu-ray
The introduction of a new form of encryption control for Blu-ray discs last week has been accompanied by playback snags and worse, on a number of players.
Alcohol makes you smart enough to study it
CommentsStudious teens can now take a course in "alcohol awareness" and earn a certificate equivalent to half a GCSE. The exam appears not to include a practical section, instead focussing on the dangers of drinking to excess. Always willing to discuss alcohol, you bit right in:
Open .NET challenge for iPhone development
It stole the summer and broke hearts, with its empty promises on customization and a hardware lock down that turned some iPhones into bricks.
Microsoft and Bungie part ways
The whispers and omens of Halo developer, Bungie Studios departing from Microsoft were true. Microsoft announced today it will spin its record-breaking development team back into the wild.
Lawmaker shows nudie pic to high school seniors
Ohio state legislator Matthew Barrett was supposed to give a group of high school seniors a civics presentation using PowerPoint slides he had prepared on how a bill becomes a law. What they got was an anatomy lesson when the computer he was using displayed the image of a topless woman.