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March 2004

Wednesday, 31 March

Acer, Asustek and BenQ Stand Firm On Using AMD Processors for Notebooks. Three Taiwanese notebook vendors seem to be standing firm on their decisions to launch notebooks built using processors from AMD, despite growing pressure from Intel.

IBM Unwraps New Power Processor Strategy. IBM said it plans to embark on a new "open collaboration" model for its Power processor architecture and create an ecosystem of developers, solution providers, etc. that could resemble the company's efforts with Java and Linux.

IBM Seeks Knockout Blow in SCO Case. A recent court filing from IBM Corp. appears to indicate a growing confidence on the part of the Armonk, New York, computing giant that it will prevail in its legal dispute with The SCO Group Inc., according to lawyers following the case.

Board Seeks Mandate on Expensing Options. The rule-setting board for accounting moved toward requiring companies to deduct from the bottom line the cost of stock options given to executives and employees, an action with profound consequences for profits and executive pay.

GNOME 2.6 Out to Up Linux Desktop Stakes. Is the Linux Desktop ready for prime time? The minds behind the GNOME Project say latest release could help promote wider acceptance.

Wal-Mart Sells PCs With Sun's Java Desktop System. The Java Desktop System, which runs on Linux, includes the Gnome desktop, StarOffice productivity suite, Mozilla Web browser, and the Evolution e-mail client.

DR-DOS 8.0 Ships With FAT32 Support. Devicelogics began shipping DR-DOS 8.0, the latest version of the embedded operating system.

Fast-Lane DVD Burning. With quicker drives and more-potent software, is the time is right to take the rewritable DVD plunge?

Sony Studio Bets on Blu-Ray. A studio affiliated with Sony Corp. is the first to commit to launching its new titles on the Blu-ray high definition disk format.

High-Tech Glass: Pure Material Made in Levitation Lab

Outsourcing Could Create 'Wage Compression' for IT Workers. A study on offshore outsourcing predicts that more IT jobs will be created in the U.S. than lost because of productivity gains and lower prices on goods and services.

Treasury Chief Backs Outsourcing. Snow says companies becoming increasingly efficient. They aren't listening.

Tuesday, 30 March

The Monster Offshore. Even small Maine companies are recruited to ship work overseas.

Offshoring Pros And Cons. Offshore outsourcing has become a complex social, economic, and political issue that raises more questions than it answers.

ITAA: Outsourcing Tech Jobs Strengthens U.S. Economy. The IT trade group says its new study concedes offshore outsourcing has put some Americans out of work, but that it ultimately will lower inflation and create jobs.

Microsoft Says It's Hard to Recruit 100 Software Engineers in China

Spammer's Porsche Up for Grabs. "We'll take cars, houses, boats - whatever we can find and get a hold of," said AOL's Randall Boe.

Nano Work Chases Self-cooled Chips. Future chips may be self-ventilating, thanks to added microfluidic-like layers that pump heat-laden air off-chip using a classic "corona wind" effect.

ZiLOG Rolls Out Remote Control Chip. ZiLOG has introduced a new Z8 one-time programmable IR microcontrollers targeted at the universal remote control market.

Gates Foresees 'Almost Free' Hardware. Hardware costs will fall so sharply within a decade that widespread computing via speech and handwriting won't be limited by expensive technology, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates asserts.

Home Networking Skyrockets, but Media Lags. Impressive home networking sales aren't expected to do diddly for media and entertainment networking, IDC says. The research firm explains why.

A Prominent Solar Prominence from SOHO

Monday, 29 March

President Bush Calls for Broadband for All by 2007. President Bush called for universal and affordable access to broadband Internet service by 2007, saying that the technology would speed the flow of information and spark innovation.

Net Viruses Hobble Europe's Small Business Sector. Internet viruses are overwhelming Europe's small business sector with 22 percent of these companies closing down operations to recover from recent attacks.

Frontline Defenders. A look inside a Symantec securities operation center shows how cyberattacks from around the globe are detected and thwarted.

Will India Price Itself Out of Offshore Market? The U.S. technology industry's demand for offshore services is apparently beginning to drive up pay rates in India, raising questions about the long-term benefits of outsourcing work to that country.

Apple Told to Halt 'World's Fastest' Claims for G5. The Council of Better Business Bureaus has recommended that Apple Computer discontinue comparative performance claims regarding its Power Mac G5 desktop.

Vivato Antennas Bring Wi-Fi To Large Area Of Spokane. The City of Spokane has installed what is believed to be the country's largest municipal wireless network. The core Wi-Fi technology covers a 100-block downtown area.

A La Carte Cable TV Suggested. It's easy for Congress to take the cable television industry out to the woodshed for raising rates and force-feeding channels customers don't necessarily want.

NASA's X-43A Scramjet Sets Air Speed Record

Methane Found on Mars May Be Sign of Present Life?

Robotic Lumberjack Dives to Harvest Flooded Forests

Friday, 26 March

Overall U.S. Economy Grows. Growth in most sectors continues to drive demand for semiconductors; February orders slack off from January, but numbers are way up from 2003.

Gartner: 1/4 of U.S. IT Jobs Offshored by 2010. Six years from now, one quarter of traditional U.S. IT jobs will be done offshore, in countries like India and China.

More Worms Assault E-Mail Users. PC users awoke today to the threat of three new worms identified by security software companies.

German Company Clogs SCO's Legal Machine. A tiny German software company has thrown some sand in the gears of The SCO Group Inc.'s roaring legal machine.

SCO Linux Licensee has Second Thoughts on Deal. Houston-based Internet service provider Everyones Internet Ltd. is reconsidering the benefits of buying SCO's controversial intellectual property license for Linux.

Intel Says "No" to 64-bit Pentium 4 in Retail. No "Intel Inside" 64-bit desktops this year.

NT Eyed as Windows-to-Linux Migration Link. Big Blue sees opportunities as the older o/s is phased out. But analysts say migration involves more than just technology comparisons.

Dual DVD Drives Take Over. More vendors adopt DVD +/- drives, easing choices for customers.

Cool Pic

Thursday, 25 March

U.S. Politicos Fire at EU's Microsoft Ruling. In a strongly worded letter, members of the House International Relations committee ask regulators in Brussels to reconsider their decision to levy a record fine against the U.S.-based company.

Four-megapixel Digital Cameras to become Mainstream in 2005. Four-megapixel digital still cameras (DSCs) are expected to overtake traditional cameras in sales by 2005.

Survey: 275,000 Telecom Jobs to Go Offshore by 2008. Call centers, IT services and application service development and accounting and finance operations will be among some of the top processes moved offshore by telecommunications operators.

Life on Mars - but 'we sent it'

Scientists May Have Found the 'Human Gene'

Wednesday, 24 March

The EU Strikes: Hands Down Record Fine To Microsoft. The European Union declared Microsoft guilty of abusing its "near monopoly" with Windows to squeeze competitors in other markets and hit the software giant with a record fine of $613 million.

'Nano-lightning' Could Cool Computer Chips. Jumping electric charges could waft cooling breezes across microchips, replacing today's bulky, noisy and less efficient fans.

HP Takes Linux Desktop Around the World. Expanding a market it already has a commanding hold on, HP will make a global push to sell PCs that run the Linux OS. The move is especially noteworthy because HP has a long-standing alliance with Microsoft.

IT Leaders Question Senate Spyware Bill. Authors of a U.S. Senate bill that attempts to outlaw spyware and some adware are headed in the right direction, representatives of IT vendors told a Senate subcommittee, but the bill's efforts to define an illegal type of software could lead to confusion.

IPv6 Test Demonstrates Peer-to-Peer Network Capabilities. The second test phase of the Moonv6 network, the world's largest multivendor IPv6 network, demonstrated the IPv6 spec's ability to operate with most network elements while handling real-time applications.

Online Game Sales Surpass $1 Billion in U.S. Online gaming on video game consoles gathered momentum in 2003, with U.S. retail sales of online games exceeding $1 billion. Sales of games with online features rose 167 percent from 2002.

Huge Salty Sea Covered Parts of Mars

Tuesday, 23 March

10GBase-T Group Agrees to Channel Model. The IEEE task force working on a standard for 10-Gbit Ethernet over copper has agreed to a model for its physical channel.

Startup Demonstrates 10G-Bit Over Copper. Intel-backed SolarFlare has developed a working prototype of a chip that would permit 10G-bit communications over standard CAT5e copper wiring.

Broadband Prices Too High for Many U.S. Consumers. Interest in broadband is still growing, but dial-up consumers remain highly price-sensitive, according to a report from the Yankee Group.

Hotmail, Yahoo Users at Risk of PC Takeover. Malicious hackers could inject harmful code just by e-mailing an unsuspecting Hotmail or Yahoo user.

Novell Sets Sights on 'Complete Linux Desktop.' In the 1990s, Microsoft defeated Novell in the market for server operating systems. Now Novell is taking the battle back to Redmond, Wash., launching an attack on Microsoft's desktop stronghold.

Europe Ready to Punish Microsoft. The European Commission is poised to fine Microsoft more than $600 million for antitrust violations, the largest penalty it has ever imposed.

Software Buyers See More Change. A new study concludes that software buyers are in the driver's seat--forcing vendors to rethink their pricing, development and licensing.

DDR Spot Prices Rocket Amid Taiwan’s Political Turmoil. Spot prices for 256Mbit (32Mbitx8) DDR shot up by over 6% yesterday in Asia, driven by aggressive buying amid political unrest in Taiwan after the island’s contested presidential election.

Unusual Gadgets Find Their Place at Cebit. To some visitors, the most unusual product on offer at the annual Cebit exhibition may be the bratwurst served with curry sauce available at several stands. But the exhibition halls at the Deutsche Messe fairgrounds in Hanover, Germany, are also filled with an array of quirky and unusual gadgets.

Feature-Rich Flash Drives. Declining prices, increasing capacities, and small footprints heighten popularity.

3D Ads to Put Virtual Beers on Bars

Scientists Create Fifth Form of Carbon

Slender and Elegant, It Fuels the Bomb

'Fab Five' Make Rare Appearance In Night Sky

Monday, 22 March

HP to Announce Small-business Server for $499. The $499 HP ProLiant ML 110 computer server includes Microsoft's small-business server software.

Hands-On Preview: Windows XP Service Pack 2 RC1. Microsoft made Release Candidate 1 available, and for the first time the new Windows Security Center is available for viewing.

SCO Targets Federal Supercomputer Users. The SCO Group, the company that's hoping to profit from its assertion that Linux violates its Unix intellectual property, has threatened legal action against two federal supercomputer users.

Linux Push Breathes New Life Into Novell. Novell will try to bask in the glow of Linux at its BrainShare user conference this week, following the company's acquisitions of software vendors Ximian and SUSE Linux last year.

Consumer Industry Shows Linux to the Living Room. Consumer electronics companies want to leverage the trend toward adding value to consumer electronics through software to create a Linux-based "living room operating system."

Seagate: Storing the Library Of Congress On A 50-Cent Coin. Seagate's research team is currently developing Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) that is expected to enable ultra-high storage densities.

Symantec Unveils New Firewall Appliances. Taking an integrated security approach, Symantec on Monday introduced three appliances that combine intrusion prevention and detection, content filtering and VPN functionality.

Silicon-based Magnets Boost Spintronics. Using both charge and magnetic moment to process data could make chips much faster, but temperature is a problem.

Fast-Moving Worm Crashes Computers. Witty, a new worm that hit the Internet Saturday, corrupts hard drives of machines running vulnerable versions of ISS' BlackIce products, causing the PCs to crash.

A Pair of New Palm OSs. Two renamed, updated versions should appear this year.

AOL Says It Sees Sharp Decline in 'Spam' E-Mail

Friday, 19 March

Microsoft Ponders AOL Purchase. Media conglomerate Time Warner has held talks in recent months with the software giant about selling its America Online unit, according to published reports.

Semi Orders Stay High. North American-based manufacturers post $1.31 billion in February orders, a 6 percent increase from the previous month of $1.23 billion, according to SEMI.

Move Over 3G, Here Comes WiMAX. Just when mobile operators are finally getting their costly third-generation (3G) networks up and running, a new wireless technology pushed by the computer industry is about to mess things up.

Novell to Use YaST as Rallying Point. Novell plans to unveil an open source systems management project that aspires to link together flagship management products from IBM, HP, and Computer Associates.

StarOffice Does Boffo Business in Germany. Thanks to German software distributor Markement, Sun has sold more than a million copies of StarOffice in Germany.

Viewing E-mails Spreads Bagle Variants. Just previewing an infected email is enough to unleash the latest variants of the computer virus that exploits a flaw in Windows.

Comet Nucleus

NASA to Test Supersonic Drone Plane

Thursday, 18 March

CeBIT Starts in Hannover Germany

AMD to launch Athlon 64 FX-53. AMD will launch its most powerful desktop processor to date in a press conference today at the Cebit trade show in Hanover, Germany, according to a source familiar with the company's plans. AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 CPU Review.

SuSE Delivers First 2.6 Kernel Linux. Hoping to further entrench its credibility as a top tier Linux player, Novell became the first vendor to ship a retail version of the open source operating system based on version 2.6 of the Linux kernel that takes advantage of both 32- and 64-bit platforms.

Nanode Redefines Meaning of Small PC. HANOVER, GERMANY -- The Nanode gives new meaning to small-form factor PCs. Hoojum.

International Telecom Market to Reach $2 Trillion by 2007

Windows XP Service Pack Gets Face-lift. Microsoft has released a close-to-final version of the second major update to Windows XP, adding new security tools to the operating system.

EU-Microsoft Antitrust Talks Collapse. Microsoft and the technology industry prepare for impact of antitrust ruling by the EU after settlement talks fall through.

HP Unveils Rugged Notebook, Tablet PC. Hewlett-Packard filled a hole in its portable PC line with the introduction of a rugged notebook PC and a rugged Tablet PC.

Asteroid to Pass Very Close to Earth

Vast Reserves of Frozen Water Found on Mars Pole

Wednesday, 17 March

Outsourcing Means U.S. Job Creation is a Must, Powell Says. Secretary of State Colin Powell's remarks come amid a growing outcry in the U.S. about the loss of jobs from offshore outsourcing to low-cost locations like India.

W3C Approves Internet-Based Voice Technologies. The World Wide Web Consortium on Tuesday gave its approval to a couple of standards for building Internet-based communications between humans and computers.

NC State Scientists Develop Breakthrough Internet Protocol. new data transfer protocol for the Internet makes today's high-speed Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) connections seem lethargic.

Rocket Fuel Boosts Speed of Transistors. Hydrazine turns out to be ideal in helping to make faster thin-film transistors, a crucial component of liquid crystal displays.

IBM's POWER Architecture Gaining Speed. Big Blue plans more announcements about its latest chip architecture.

AMD Launches New XP-M Chip for Light Notebooks. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) launched a new mobile chip for thin-and-light notebooks as it attempts to transfer its desktop and server momentum to the fast-growing notebook market.

Siemens Claims Wireless Tracking Breakthrough. The company announces at CeBIT a new triband module that integrates GSM, GPRS and GPS to handle tracking functions in various applications.

Vendors Debunk Open Code Mystique. Novell, IBM, HP and others say they wouldn't be spending millions of dollars on open source projects if the Kool-Aid were not only sweet but also profitable.

Barebone PC Maker Becomes PC Company. Shuttle offers build-to-order XPC Cubes

Scientists Confirm Phenomenon Of Falling Beer Bubbles

Tuesday, 16 March

AMD Gets Thumbs-Up from Lehman. Wall Street watcher Lehman Brothers raises its expectations for AMD on positive play in the flash market and industry adoption of the company's 64-bit Opteron processor.

Microsoft Exec: Open Source Model Endangers Software Economy. A Microsoft official Monday questioned how the software industry could survive if users are getting software for free through open source.

Apple Delivers Significant Mac OS X Update. Mac OS X 10.3.3 update has been released for desktop and server Macs.

Full-court Press for HDTV Begins. Samsung Electronics and major U.S. cable operators have launched a multimillion-dollar ad campaign for high-definition TV, in a push to bring the technology into more homes.

Sony: Robotics to Drive 'Third Wave' of Chip Innovation. Sony's Tsugio Makimoto says ASICs and flash memory will be the differentiating products of the third wave of innovation.

New Computer Worms Use Password Trick. The arms race between worm writers and anti-virus companies intensifies with the use of password-locked files.

Lindows Files to End All Microsoft Suits. In the latest legal battle with Microsoft, the open-source OS maker requests that the software giant be barred from filing another trademark suit against it overseas.

DRAM Contract Prices to rise 8-10% in Late March

Sedna of the Outer Solar System

Monday, 15 March

Regulators Back EC Microsoft Ruling. Commission will impose a fine anywhere between $100 million and $1 billion.

Samsung Predicts Memory Shortage. The company expects a global shortage of basic memory chips later this year as the industry switches production to more specialized chips used in cell phones and digital cameras.

Software Speeds-up Dial-up Using Tricks. Dial-up Internet access by phone modem, once condemned to death in the slow lane as cable modems and DSL lines zipped to domination, is getting a reprieve thanks to a slick new technology called Web acceleration.

A New Approach to Trouble Tickets. Advanced beta tests from Mercury's latest application look to shave time off company downtime.

AMD Opteron Processor Tapped for Expansion. IBM and Sun are set to roll out Opteron-based offerings they hope will broaden their reach in the marketplace.

Friday, 12 March

Washington Beefs Up Can Spam. FTC and FCC issue proposed rules to further clarify the broad stroke language of Congress.

AT&T Begins Selling Net phone Service. AT&T has begun selling unlimited local and long distance Internet phone service for $40 a month, a move that's expected to roil the telephone industry.

Microsoft's Ties To SCO Confirmed? By Investment Group
BayStar Capital, which invested $50 million in The SCO Group last October, confirmed that Microsoft introduced it to the small software company that has mounted a court challenge to Linux.

Office XP Update Interferes With Spam Filters. Microsoft Corp.'s latest set of updates for Office XP is causing headaches for users of two junk mail filtering products.

Wireless USB—the Next Video Data Channel? Intel and partners are developing a specification that's primed to deliver real-time audio and video.

High-performance, Single-crystal Plastic Transistors Reveal Hidden Behavior. Printing circuits on sheets of plastic may offer a low-cost technique for manufacturing thin-film transistors for flexible

National Semi Earnings Up. The chip maker says the outlook for next quarter is bright too.

AMD Fuels the Ghostrider Robot. The world’s first autonomous motorcycle.

Top 15 Notebooks. Portables with distinctive designs--a 17-inch wide-screen model and a unit that can convert to a Tablet PC--debut this month.

Dell: The Next IBM

Indian Leader Says Outsourcing Will Ultimately Benefit U.S.

Robots Could Repair Hubble Space Telescope: NASA

100-metre Nanotube Thread Pulled From Furnace

Thursday, 11 March

Web Name Wait Lists 'Will Hurt the Little guy.' A controversial new waiting list service will make it easier for big companies to snap up expired internet domain names, say experts.

Satellite Seeks Broadband Reentry. Satellite companies including DirecTV-parent Hughes and refinanced start-up WildBlue are preparing risky plans to re-enter the broadband business.

More Internet Users Leaping to Broadband. More Internet surfers across the country are dumping slow dial-up connections in favor of faster and increasingly less-expensive cable or DSL connections commonly called broadband.

Mobile Wireless Router Reaches 25 Miles. Nova Engineering Inc. has announced a mobile wireless router that it says is effective at distances of up to 25 miles, with throughput speeds of up to 300 kbps.

Power's the Thing at Server Blade Summit. Power consumption becomes an issue as HP and Sun demonstrate blade systems.

Intel Tells China: No More Chips. The chip giant says it can't meet the deadline to use a proprietary security scheme, so it'll stop selling Wi-Fi there all together.

Zinc-oxide Structure Joins Nanoscale-device Push. The piezoelectric nature of zinc-oxide called "a dramatic advance."

Microsoft Reissues Office XP Fix After New Problem Found. Vulnerability risk hiked from 'important' to 'critical.'

Microsoft Rings-up Cash Register Customers. Six major European customers will use Windows XP Embedded for their point-of-sale terminals, while Linux is held back by SCO Group's threats.

Will Your PC Kill the Video Store? Blockbuster sizes up online movie rentals and adopts the advantages for its own service.

Chenbro Warns its Cases are Being Counterfeited. "Knock off" replicas in the channel.

Hubble's End Not Quite Foregone

Stunning Desktop Available

Disembodied Robotic Arm Clambers Round Home

Carbon Dioxide Is Key Suspect in Rainforest Change

Wednesday, 10 March

Net Providers Slam Spammers. Microsoft, America Online, Yahoo! and Earthlink are suing hundreds of people under a new federal anti-spam law.

Double-Digit PC Growth Through 2005. IDC adds to its PC market forecast, reporting that the market will see double-digit growth through 2005.

NVIDIA nForce3 250 Mainboards Approach the Market. New Mainboards for Athlon 64 to Come Next Week.

Army to Gates: Stop the Freebies. Microsoft has been mailing free copies of its pricey Office productivity program to government employees, but at least two federal agencies are warning recipients to return the gifts.

Napster, IBM Unveil New Music Delivery System. Online music service Napster unveiled an application using IBM technology to help universities and other customers save computing bandwidth and money..

Robot Builder Could 'Print' Houses

Humphrey Rock

Tuesday, 9 March

Open-source Databases--Going Mainstream? Following in the footsteps of the Linux operating system, open-source databases are moving toward mainstream use and threatening proprietary software alternatives, says a new survey.

Will PHP 5 Live Up to Its Billing? PHP 5 promises Web developers a major improvement with an environment that contains a revised object-oriented programming approach, better XML support, and built-in SQL database capabilities.

No Criminal Sanctions for file Swappers in EU. European Parliament approves watered-down IP law on file sharing, counterfeiting.

PayPal Settles N.Y. Probe, Faces Others. Online payment service PayPal has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle charges that it misled customers who expected refunds when purchases went awry.

Quantum Codes Debut in Real World. Quantum cryptography has emerged from the laboratory and into the real world.

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field

Monday, 8 March

Utility to Let Customers access the Internet Through Standard Electrical Outlets. News release with more info. Faster speeds (in excess of 3 mbps) at lower monthly cost than other broadband services.

Semi Sales Flatten. Semiconductor sales growth pauses for a fourth month, but expectations are for a strong pick-up and continued recovery this spring.

Early Dell, HP 2Q Orders Lead to DRAM Tight Supply. According to sources at DRAM distributors, large PC OEMs such as Dell and HP are currently placing DRAM orders for the second quarter of this year.

Miniature Fuel cells May Oust Batteries. A trick that boosts the power of cells by up to 50 per cent is revealed, offering a solution to the power crisis facing smartphones.

HP Goes Mainstream With Two Athlon 64 Notebooks. One of which is touted as the mobile gaming notebook for any budget.

HP To Release Ultra-Thin Blade. Making a small unit even smaller, Hewlett-Packard will release a dual-processor blade server that is more compact than any such unit now on the market.

Samsung, Sony Complete Deal for LCD Joint Venture. Samsung and Sony have completed a deal to establish a joint LCD manufacturing company named S-LCD Corp.

Chip Sets Extend Fiber With Copper in Last Mile. Ikanos has developed an optical line terminal/optical network unit (OLT/ONU) and customer-premises chip set that allows equipment vendors to build systems that deliver performance of 100 Mbits/s downstream and 50 Mbits/s upstream for up to 2,000 feet.

Sober.D Worm Spreads to North America. Worm that appeared Sunday arrives in an e-mail message with the subject line "Microsoft Alert: Please Read!"

Think Upgrade Before Buying a New PC. A United Nations University study into the environmental impact of personal computers has found that around 1.8 tons of raw material are required to manufacture the average desktop PC and monitor.

Carnegie Mellon Develops New Sensor To Detect Computer Hard Drive Failures. Carnegie Mellon researchers predict that they may be able to extend the lifespan of a computer hard drive and save users time and money by sensing how much daily heat a hard drive endures. Numbers don't calculate...

Friday, 5 March

Bob Vila Web Site Operator Sued for Spam. An ISP sued the operator and online marketer of the BobVila.com home improvement for allegedly violating a new federal anti-spam law.

CA Blasts SCO, Disputes Linux License Claim. Computer Associates blasted The SCO for harassing Linux users and misrepresenting the terms of a software licensing arrangement between the two companies that protected CA from a potential SCO lawsuit.

Making Sense of the SCO Suits. Legal experts explain the differences in the two SCO lawsuits and what they mean to Linux users.

Lurking "spyware" May Be a Security Weak Spot. Many computers may be harbouring unwanted software that can eavesdrop on a user's computer use and could pose a security risk.

Two Slick New Flash and Burn Drives. Versatile storage devices let you store and play back digital images, burn CDs, and more.

Echoes From the Edge

Thursday, 4 March

Michael Dell Steps Down. After 20 years at the helm, Michael Dell will transfer the title of company CEO to Kevin Rollins, currently president and COO.

Philips' New Camera Lens Works Like Human Eye. Philips has invented a tiny digital camera lens to fit inside a mobile phone that could focus on objects and create sharp pictures in ways that are similar to the human eye.

Nvidia to Bundle Doom 3 With graphics Cards. Nvidia plans to push its sales of its graphics cards by bundling the online game, Doom 3, to be launched by id Software in April, according to sources.

Court Orders SCO to Show More Code. A judge ordered both the SCO and IBM to reveal more information in their legal tangle over Linux and Unix, including the code SCO believes infringes on its intellectual property. SCO Takes Careful Aim, Shoots Itself in Other Foot.

Bill Aims to Curb Offshoring. House members introduce a bill to discourage American companies from shipping jobs overseas by controlling the flow of federal grants and loan guarantees.

States Demand Internet Taxes

Information Paradox Solved? If So, Black Holes Are 'Fuzzballs'

Wednesday, 3 March

10th Variant of Bagle Worm Hits the Net. The sending address is spoofed to make it appear as if the message is from someone in the recipient's domain.

Microsoft's Windows Media 9 May Become Mandatory for HD DVD. The DVD Forum, the industry group promoting the video format and developing future improvements, said its steering committee has provisionally approved Microsoft's Windows Media 9 as one of the mandatory elements of a high-definition DVD spec.

NEC Claims License to Carbon Nanotube. While announcing an agreement with Sumitomo, NEC says it owns two patents on carbon nanotubes that must be licensed by any company wishing to pursue the graphite material.

SCO Suits Target Two big Linux Users. SCO Group is targeting lawsuits at auto parts retailer AutoZone and automaker DaimlerChrysler in its continuing legal battle over the Unix and Linux operating systems.

Flat Panel Face-Off. With LCD screens, big is good, bigger is better, and both are more affordable than ever.

PC Makers Try Again with TV Computers. Intel has its chips on a big bet: that PCs, running a special version of Windows, can replace a pile of consumer electronics devices at a significantly lower price, and at the same time add new features.

Court Rebuffs FCC's New Telecom Rules. A federal appeals court handed local phone companies a strong legal victory, throwing out key restrictions included in a recent regulatory overhaul but keeping controversial broadband rules opposed by their rivals.

Evidence Bubbles Over To Support Tabletop Nuclear Fusion Device. Researchers are reporting new evidence supporting their earlier discovery of an inexpensive "tabletop" device that uses sound waves to produce nuclear fusion reactions.

Mars Was Once 'Soaked' With Water

Tuesday, 2 March

Intel's 'Gallatin' a Warm Up for 'Nocona.' The No. 1 chipmaker marches on with its Xeon multi-processor technology on the way to its 64-bit extended processor and the Windows software it can run on.

Corel's WordPerfect Office 12 Plays Well With Microsoft. Corel unveils its newest alternative, WordPerfect Office 12, which will ship in late April.

SCO to Sue Linux User. The SCO Group will launch its first lawsuit against a Linux user for alleged violations of SCO's intellectual property, SCO Chief Executive Officer Darl McBride said.

Novel Ink-jet App: Organ Replication

Monday, 1 March

January Semi Sales Up 27% Year-Over-Year. But sales slip sequentially on seasonal patterns, the Semiconductor Industry Association reports.

IT Spending Makes a Comeback, Gartner Reports. The firm reported today that IT spending was back to budgeted levels in January, a mark not hit since March 2003.

A Network of One's Own. When Georgia's Douglas County School System needed a communications upgrade recently, administrators took a radical step that's increasingly raising the hackles of telecommunications giants: They built their own high-capacity fiber network.

Registrars Sue ICANN, VeriSign to Block Domain Name Service. The second lawsuit in two days filed against ICANN charges that a proposed domain-name wait-listing service is anti-competitive and violates consumer protection laws.

Microsoft Links Office With eBay. Microsoft and eBay delivered tools that enable links between the 2003 editions of Excel and FrontPage and the eBay online auction service.

Netsky-D Worm Spreading. A new computer worm dubbed "Netsky-D" is clogging e-mail systems around the world.

Low Notebook Demand Hurts Intel

Dux Computer Digest Web Site Receives One Million Page Requests. For the first time, the Dux Computer Digest web site received more than one million Analog page requests per month during February 2004.

Quantum Dots Deliver Photons One At A Time

Ocean Power Technologies to Harness Spanish Waves

TV Set Doubles as a Mirror

Cassini Closes in on Saturn

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