Friday, 29 August 2003
Regains Edge in Server Rivalry. IBM took back its lead in overall
server sales from rival Hewlett-Packard. In the second
quarter, sales of x86 machines surged 21 percent year-over-year.
'Spam' Label, Advertisers Wary of E-Mail. Even
as they boost their budgets for online advertising, major U.S. companies will
be wary of e-mail marketing campaigns until the
menace of unsolicited "spam" e-mail has been tamed.
SoBig Worm May Trigger Torrent of Spam. Half of
all computers sending spam have been infected with a computer virus, leading
experts to warn of further trouble ahead.
Nabs Teen Suspect In MSBlaster Variant Worm. The
FBI arrested a teenager Friday suspected of writing a variant of the original
MSBlaster worm, according to published reports.
IBM researchers in Zurich, Switzerland, have developed novel worm-squashing
software the company says it wants to turn into a product to help guard against
computer-network attacks such as those that slowed Internet traffic earlier
Back the Spam of Time. Another spammer bites the dust (and pays $5,000).
Intel Roadmap: Clockspeed Increase Slowing Down? Very surprising is that
Intel's roadmap indicates only a 3.8 GHz Prescott in Q3 2004.
Ships AT/7 Consumer Electronics Hard disk Drives. Seagate's
new CE hard drives are built from the ground up to be compatible with the
new ATA/7 streaming commands
Spurs MS to Change IE. Microsoft will alter IE as a result of a $521
million patent verdict against it.
Expands Monitor Recall. The computing giant says more monitors may have
a flaw--which originally surfaced in March--that could pose a fire hazard.
Silkworm's Secret Unraveled
Thursday, 28 August 2003
Sanyo Develop SoCs for Display TVs. "The TV market today is transitioning
to LCD TVs and digital TVs simultaneously."
Grows at 3.1 Percent Rate in 2Q. The U.S. economy emerged from the doldrums
in the second quarter of this year and grew at a solid 3.1 percent annual
rate, a better performance than the government thought just a month ago.
Do Ink Cartridges Cost So Much? Consumers revolt
over the cost of inkjet cartridges, even as printer prices plummet.
New Handhelds May Draw You In. There are a few
recent additions to the family of personal digital assistants.
Backlash Grows. As the tide turns...
Bundles up for Small Businesses. Microsoft plans to start selling its
Windows Server 2003 and its Exchange Server 2003 together for $599.
Wednesday, 27 August 2003
Mac G5 Not as Open to Windows. Apple Computer's new Power Mac G5 may
be the fastest Macintosh around, but it is less able than its predecessors
to run Microsoft Windows software.
Picture Gallery. Wow! Hold on to your seats! Hubble
Images of Mars Released. Close
Encounter with Mars Excites Stargazers. The last time Mars came
this close to Earth, our ancestors were living in caves and struggling
make basic tools out of rocks.
Joins Hunt for Worm Writers. Agency is "confident" it
will catch those responsible. Also: Viruses batter networks.
Tuesday, 26 August 2003
Goes After the Flim-Flam Man. The e-commerce
giant files 11 lawsuits in the U.S. and Canada against spammers who engage
Legal Fix for Software Flaws? Industry critics step
up calls for new software liability laws after recent worm infestations.
Faults NASA Culture for Disaster. A sharply critical
report on the space shuttle Columbia tragedy blames the accident on foam that
hit the shuttle's wing, but said the NASA culture made
possible the catastrophe that killed seven crew members.
Reference Design Converts CRTs to LCD TVs. By rolling out the new reference
design — consisting of the company's existing one-chip TV solution
called PNX300x and SAA6713 scaler chip, Philips is hoping to capitalize on
an explosive demand for flat panel-based TV sets.
a small form factor Pentium M PC. A lunch box
for the cognoscenti.
Monday, 25 August 2003
Ships 4GB Microdrive. The one-inch diameter, removable drive features
a data transfer rate that represents a 70 percent increase from the previous-generation
64 High Tech Treasure Hunt. Grand prize winner will receive a desktop
system based on the upcoming AMD Athlon(tm) 64 processor and $6,400 cash.
Quality from a Laser. Minolta has found a
way to get welcome, unexpected photo performance from a color
Courts Mainstream Developers Update. The software maker unveils the first
major update of its MX line of Web development and design tools, including
a version of Flash for developers who prefer traditional interfaces.
Alloy Hitting a Cord With Notebook OEMs. The
number of notebooks adopting magnesium alloy chassis is expected to double
from the six million to 7.5 million units of last year.
Pump for Water-cooled PCs Developed. The system,
developed by a Californian start-up company, aims to silently solve the problem
that the faster chips get, the hotter they become.
Cuts Windows Price to $40 in Thailand. In
a move that could lead to lower prices for Microsoft's software in other countries,
the software company has cut the price of
its Windows operating system and Office application suite in Thailand.
the Tech-Job Drain Be Stopped? Why pay a programmer US$40,000 to $70,000
per year, goes the argument, when the same work can be had for $5,000 per
year from a highly skilled coder in India? But cost-benefit analyses often
leave out important factors...
CEO: Too Early to Declare a Recovery. Despite
the chip maker's surprise announcement boosting its Q3 revenue forecast, company
hasn't seen a "total turnaround" in tech spending, CEO
Craig Barrett says.
Giants Battle for Targeted Ad Market. Google soared
to fame after Netizens fell in love with its simple, efficient search engine.
But that's only half the story. Google has since stumbled
on a huge pile of cash flowing from search-related advertising. And that
has ignited an all-out war from other Internet giants -- Yahoo, Microsoft
and even eBay -- to capture the lucrative new market.
Bottles New Virus Remedy. Symantec takes the
wraps off its upcoming Norton Antivirus 2004, pitching the updated security
software as an antidote to complex viruses such as the MSBlast
Virus Slows, Second Attempt Fizzles. The fast-spreading
Sobig.F e-mail virus slowed on Sunday and failed for a second time to launch
a remote data attack using thousands of infected personal computers, computer
security experts said.
Friday, 22 August 2003
To Launch Mystery Attack. Those who think they have seen the worst from
this week's SoBig.F e-mail virus may be in for a bigger, and nastier, surprise
today if a "mystery attack" is launched by the virus author as
expected. SoBig.F arrives in e-mails with subject lines such as "Re:
Details," "Your Details," "Thank You!" or "Wicked
Screensaver." I'm seeing lots of them,
Retail Sales on the Rise. U.S. retail sales
over the Web grow by 4.6 percent in the second quarter over the previous quarter
to $12.5 billion, the Commerce Department says.
Raises 3Q Estimates.
Chip giant Intel has raised its revenue and profit margin estimates for the
current quarter, saying its Intel Architecture business was "generally
trending higher across all geographies and channels." Intel
Sees Demand, Spot Shortages, for Chips.
Growth Seen for Structured ASIC Market. The market for structured ASICs
is forecast to grow 145% CAGR, reaching $460.3 million in revenue by 2007,
according to a new report...
Flash Revs to Beat 2000 Flash Revs, Semico Reports.
Flash revenues in 2003 will outdo those of the year 2000, despite continued
volatility in pricing, according to Semico Research.
Athlon XP to Migrate to Socket 754. According to the most-recent "top-secret"
versions of AMD Athlon 64 processors known under code-names “Paris” and “Victoria” will
be called Athlon XP, made in Socket 754 form-factors, and will not have
a 64-bit mode.
Module Makers Pushed to OEMs. The shrinking DRAM
spot market has pushed Taiwanese DRAM module makers to explore business in
the OEM market, where they face stiffer quality requirements.
Telephone Rules Issued. Long-awaited details of controversial
U.S. regulations aimed at spurring high-speed Internet service while requiring
telephone companies to keep sharing voice networks with rivals, have
Could Face Uphill Battle in Drawing New Customers.
The Unix vendor recharged its customers with updated future products, but some
noncustomers say the company's recent legal tactics have turned them off
to considering SCO products. "I have no intentions of ever doing business
Boiling Seas Linked to Mass Extinction
Thursday, 21 August 2003
breaks Speed Records. The latest of version
of the Sobig Internet virus, Sobig.F, is spreading faster than any virus seen
before, according to U.K. e-mail security firm MessageLabs
Ltd. SoBig Worm Aims to Turn PCs Into Spam Machines.
Warns of Critical IE Flaws. As the MSBlast
worm continues exploiting a Windows vulnerability to spread across the Net,
Microsoft issues an alert on three critical security flaws
in Internet Explorer.
Your Seatbelts. The next upturn is revving its engine, and starting this
fall things should look radically different than in the past few years.
for Athlon 64 Leaks. Too pricey for
Officially Confirms Duron’s Return. The AMD Duron “Applebred” Model
8 CPUs will have 128KB of L1 and only 64KB of L2 cache, like their predecessors...
Cuts Prices on Most Products.
Reductions range from 3% to more than 20%, with PowerEdge 6600 server prices
slashed 22%. After HP's jugular?
Shareholders Vote in Favor of Vector Buyout. Shareholders
overwhelmingly approved Corel's plan to be taken over
by Vector Capital, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm.
Runs Linux? Up to a Point ... On Friday Microsoft changed its DNS so
that requests for www.microsoft.com no longer resolve to machines on Microsoft’s
own network, but instead are handled by the Akamai caching system, which
runs on Linux.
Community Scoffs at SCO's Evidence. More on the same stuff reported yesterday.
Under Siege. As pop-up-weary Internet users
get access to handy blocking technologies, the slow decline of the oft-criticized
ad format may be beginning. Dux does not run pop-ads.
final Great Observatory Set for Launch.
The telescope, known as SIRTF, has infrared eyes that will seek out newborn
stars in galaxies near the edge of the visible Universe.
Tropical Space Base Ready for Blastoff. Brazil is poised to become the
first Latin American nation to send its own rockets into space, blasting
them off from a jungle launch pad first envisioned a generation ago by its
former military rulers.
Wednesday, 20 August 2003
Chief Says Anti-Spam Bills Won't Work. The chairman
of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday that new anti-spam legislation
being considered by Congress
won't work, and pointed instead to improved technology as the best hope for
eliminating unwanted e-mail.
Proof Bogus, Linux Advocate Says. The first publicly
released sample that SCO claims was improperly added to the
Linux source code has every right to be in Linux,
according to open-source advocate Bruce Perens.
Slams SCO 'Hypocrisy'. Open software developer Samba has accused the
SCO Group of 'hypocrisy' for attacking the GNU General Purpose Licence (GPL)
while incorporating software released under the licence into its products.
Users Divided Over GPL. SCO developers at the company's
annual user conference this week expressed dissatisfaction with SCO's public
disparagement of the GNU General Public
Book-to-Bill Hits 0.97 in July.
North American-based equipment manufacturers post $763 million in July orders
and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.97, according to the trade group.
Prices for DRAMs Rise Again. Contract prices for mainstream DRAMs rose
for the fifth consecutive period for these products in Asia, according to
a report from Dow Jones.
Misses Mark in Earnings, Revenue.
A mismatch between HP's forecasts for PC prices and component prices, especially
in the consumer market, leads to earnings woes.
Releases Tool To Accelerate XP Deployment.
Microsoft unveiled a new tool for solution providers designed to
the deployment of Windows XP, Office XP and Office 2003.
2003 Pricing Remains Same as Office XP. The suite
will formally launch at the end of October, with prices unchanged from the
current retail prices of Office XP, Microsoft said.
on Without Microsoft. Ball told his IT department
he wanted Microsoft products out of his business within six months. "I said, 'I don't care
if we have to buy 10,000 abacuses,'" recalled Ball, who recently addressed
the LinuxWorld trade show. "We won't do business with someone who treats
Sponge Has Fiber Optic Cables Beat. Fiber optic cables -- an amazing
invention showing how clever people can be, right? Maybe so, but nature got
To Snap Mars In Best Bi Annual Photo Op In 60,000 Years. High-resolution
files for downloading will available on HubbleSite
News Center beginning
at 6am EDT August 27.
CD Player Finds New Use as Molecular Detective
Tuesday, 19 August 2003
Expects 38% DRAM Growth.
After more than two years of recession and huge losses, the DRAM market is
on the verge of recovery, Gartner reports, forecasting a 37.8 percent year-over-year
Unveils New Fuel Cell Emergency Generator. Ballard
Power Systems Inc. unveiled a new fuel cell power generator on Monday, designed
for emergency backup applications, following
the worst power outage in North America.
Displays Disputed Code.
Executives use conference to stump for support of SCO's legal actions against
Virus Returns. Yet another version of the virus
began spreading rapidly on the Net Today. I've
seen two of them so far today. Navy's
Intranet Crippled by Worm Outbreak
Appalbred to Come This Month? The Return of Duron?
Claims Speed Advantage. The Web portal touts the
results of a research study claiming that its upcoming AOL 9.0 Optimized service
load Web pages faster than the competition
Scrambles to Plug in Subscribers. About two-thirds of AOL members in
areas hit by Thursday's blackout were unable to log onto the Internet service...
PC Makers Start Playing Games. Gateway plans to release this week customized
versions of its midrange and high-end desktops, which it aims specifically
Approach to Supercomputing Touted at Hot Chips.
Developers mapped out four routes to supercomputing—including one based
on experimental work in nanotechnology—in the opening sessions of the
annual Hot Chips conference.
Won't Release XP SP2 Until '04. Microsoft let the information slip out
by posting a Windows Service Pack Road Map on its Windows Lifecycle
Web site that specified a third quarter, 2004, release for the Windows XP
Service Pack 2 (SP2).
Study Shows Clothing 70,000 Years Old. Adam
and Eve may have put on fig leaves while still in the Garden of Eden but a
study that looked at the most intimate of pests -- body lice -- suggests that
humans started wearing clothes 70,000 years ago. Why Humans and Their Fur Parted
Russia Plans Mars Nuclear Station
Monday, 18 August 2003
Ups Semiconductor Forecast. On what Gartner calls a healthy Q2, the firm
raises its 2003 growth forecast to 11 percent and says the worldwide semiconductor
market appears to be continuing its recovery.
Worm Installs Patches. A new worm takes a different twist by trying to
repair systems infected by Blaster and patch the vulnerability it exploits.
Ships New Power Mac G5. Apple said that it started
to ship two models of its Power Mac G5, with a dual-processor version of
the desktop computer set to ship sometime this month.
Turns Up the Heat on Linux Users. The SCO Group on Sunday said that it
has compiled a list of all the large companies with numerous servers running
Linux and warned that it would not hesitate to drag them into court if they
refused to pay for UnixWare licenses.
Cheer AMD on Hopes for New Chips. AMD shares shot up over 10 percent
following comments from an influential technology strategist that
line of microchips poses the biggest-ever threat to industry leader Intel.
to Delay New Centrino CPU Debut; Introduce 1.7GHz Dothan in 1Q. Sources
at Taiwanese notebook makers have confirmed reports that Intel will postpone
the debut of its next-generation Pentium M processors,
Dothan, to the first quarter of 2004 from year-end.
Cuts 600 Jobs in Chip Unit. In a cost-cutting move,
Big Blue eliminates jobs in its Microelectronics unit, with most of the losses
affecting at a plant in Vermont.
Clears the Way for Fuel Cell Cars in California. California and the automotive
industry settled their legal differences last week, setting the stage for
the emergence of fuel cell cars and likely writing off any broad acceptance
of battery-powered vehicles.
Warns Customers of Phishing Scam. Citibank on Monday warned customers
not to fall for an e-mail scam that threatened to shut down their checking
accounts if they failed to provide their Social Security numbers.
Worm Attack a Bust. A scheduled denial of service
attack against Microsoft's main software update Web site did not materialize
Saturday, as computers infected with the W32.Blaster
worm failed to find their target.
Switching To Web Phones
Scientists Work to Use DNA as Computer Brain
Smallpox Immunity May Last a Lifetime
Friday, 15 August 2003
Hits the Number on Record Sales. Dell reported
net earnings for the second quarter of $621 million, after record sales of
billion, meeting analyst expectations.
Customers, Partners Can Ignore SCO-IBM-Red Hat Linux Battle, OSDL Says. "Assume
the very worst--that SCO wins its case against IBM... Assume SCO proves
that some portion of Linux is a copy or derivative work of its trade secret
Long before that happens, there will be a new open-source version of Linux
any SCO code..."
The Great Power Blackout of 2003 Effects 50
Million People. The Great Power Blackout of 2003 Effects
50 Million People. Huge power outage hits at least eight states
in the northeast and midwest United States, and parts of Canada, including
New York, Albany, Erie, Toronto, Detroit, Cleveland, Ottawa, and Toronto. Power
Failure Socks Northeast. Lights
Begin To Return. Power stayed on in
Alamos National Laboratory Selects the AMD Opteron Processor. Los Alamos
National Laboratory has selected the AMD Opteron processor for two separate
large-scale Linux clusters. Combined, the two clusters are planned to include
more than 3,300 processors and will be used for numerous computing activities
in support of medical, environmental and national defense modeling and simulation.
Microbe Makes Hell Its Home
Thursday, 14 August 2003
promotes new OS as secure alternative to Microsoft.
Seizing the opportunity to criticize a competitor and promote its own operating
system, Sun Microsystems on Wednesday opened up early registration for its
Project Mad Hatter. Press
Breach Raises Linux Code Worries. The GNU Project, which develops many
of the components in the Linux operating system, said this week that the
system housing its primary download servers has been compromised by an attacker.
The project urged those who have downloaded software from the server since
March to check that the source code has not been tampered with.
Upgrades PC Shipments Forecast. The market research firm today forecasted
worldwide PC shipments to reach 39.8 million units in the current quarter
of 2003, a 9.6 percent increase over Q3 2002.
Laser Transmutes Nuclear Waste. A giant laser has cut the lifetime of
a speck of radioactive waste from millions of years to just minutes. The
feat raises hopes that a solution to nuclear power's biggest drawback - its
waste - might one day be possible.
Future as Xbox Supplier Uncertain, as Microsoft Taps ATI as New Partner.
to Argue General Public Licence Invalid. SCO WILL attempt to win its
$3 billion case against IBM by arguing that the General Public Licence (GPL)
is invalid. That's what a pleader at legal practice Boies Schiller and Flexner
is telling the Wall Street Journal today.
Infection Spreading Through TCP Binding. Initial patches from Microsoft
for Windows XP proved inadequate, as the infection appeared
to be able to override a variety of firewalls and Virtual Private Networks
and crash client systems at will. Blaster
Worm Confounds Home Users, Variant Emerges. Worm
Pushes Microsoft to Change Default Windows Security. Microsoft said
it would begin shipping the consumer and business versions of Windows
XP with the firewall completely activated.
Art Of Acoustics. New smaller, flatter audio speakers
look as good as they sound.
Study Shows Plankton's Efficiency. ...collecting sunlight and turning
it into food -- with just a few genes. Understanding how they do this could
help humanity one day better harness sunlight as a power source...
Segway Slowly Glides Into NY Culture
Tuesday, 12 August 2003
Worm Goes Global. Virus-like infection, dubbed LovSan, that was the
subject of urgent U.S. government and industry warnings spread rapidly
this week, causing computers to mysteriously restart and launching a coordinated
electronic attack against Microsoft Corp. Also known as MSBlast, etc, etc... 'MSBlast'
Echoes Across the Net.
Worm hits at least 100,000 computers worldwide despite its poor programming. W32.Blaster.Worm
Slapped with $521M IE Patent Infringement. A Chicago jury has ordered
software giant Microsoft to pay $521 million to the
University of California and Eolas Technology for using patented technology
in its flagship Internet Explorer browser.
Airbus Build Anti-Crash System. The system would link crash-warning devices,
already common on airliners, with cockpit computers that could automate flying
to prevent collisions.
Monday, 11 August 2003
Launches Wave of New Products.
Get ready for Big Bang Two. At a press conference scheduled for today in New
York, Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina is going to unveil the
first of more than 100 new consumer printing and imaging products.
Linux Gaining on Microsoft in India. Vijay Shekhar, who runs a team of
60 people sending scores to cricket-crazy fans through India's booming cell
phone networks, feared that using cheap Linux software for his business could
Next PC Chip Blowout. Intel and AMD are lined up
for another battle in the fall. The rival microprocessor companies have competing
desktop chips coming to market: Intel's Prescott
and AMD's Athlon64. Internet bulletin boards
are already ablaze with debates over which chip will have the better performance,
but the truth is that comparing the two is like comparing apples to oranges.
Releases 1Gbit DDR2.
Hynix will sample the technology in early Q4 and plans to begin its full-scale
volume production by early 2004 to coincide with the release of Intel's DDR2
and Others to Raise SDRAM Prices by 10-15%: Sources.
Seeing a potential SDRAM supply shortage, Taiwan-based IC design houses and
Korea-based Hynix Semiconductor this week will start increasing the prices
they offer to the spot market for 16, 64 and 128Mbit SDRAM die by 10-15%.
Top 10 DVD Drives
Private Spacecraft Performs Crucial Test Flight
Friday, 8 August 2003
is All Smoke and Mirrors.
As display technologies become smaller and more sophisticated, a research team
from Finland have demonstrated a prototype that is not really there at all.
Not Happy as Intel Cuts Delivery of Hot CPUs. Intel, in an effort to promote wide acceptance of the 800MHz FSB (front-side
bus) standard, is cutting back deliveries of its 533MHz FSB CPUs to distributors,
Battle Rooted In Unix History. The SCO Group's attempts
to squeeze a revenue stream out of Linux is rooted in the long and tangled
history of computer operating systems.
Thursday, 7 August 2003
Files Countersuit Against SCO, SCO Shares Drop.
IBM said it filed a countersuit
charging that SCO violated license agreements on the Linux operating
system, sending SCO shares down over 10 percent. Big
Blue files Counterclaims Against SCO. IBM argues that because SCO distributed
a version of Linux under the open-source General Public License (GPL), it can't
claim that Linux software is proprietary.
Linux Kernel Code Seems to be Copied. One analyst sees evidence of copying
from the Unix System V kernel to the Linux kernel.
Wants $32 for Each Embedded Linux Device. The $32 fee applies to any
embedded system regardless of whether it is a Tivo set-top box which uses
embedded Linux or some models of the Sharp Zaurus which also use that kernel.
Games Brace for AMD Power.
The Athlon 64 chip from Advanced Micro Devices is coming out toward the end
of September, and software that takes full advantage of the chip won’t
be that far behind.
Plans 6,000 Wi-Fi Sites by '06. SBC's
move is yet another sign that big telecom companies aim to take control of
the emerging technology, which has largely been dominated by small companies,
universities and public networks.
Announces Enhanced Digital TV Encoder. The VIA
VT1622A digital TV encoder enables the display of
digital information on analog television sets as well as the new generation
of standard definition digital televisions (SDTV).
Demonstrats Mad Hatter Desktop Client Project -- an open source desktop
stack -- at LinuxWorld... Looking Glass looks uncannily like Apple's OS X.
Secret of Walking on Water Uncovered
Wednesday, 6 August 2003
Scoops-up National Semi Unit.
Advanced Micro Devices is purchasing National Semiconductor's information appliance
chip business, which primarily covers the Geode family.
Puts Linux Database in a Box. The DataWare 2600 database appliance unveiled
at LinuxWorld was
designed by Pogo Linux and optimized by MySQL AB.
The partners claim that it can start serving Web sites and databases in under
Links with AMD on Opteron. Sun Microsystems has
hooked up with AMD to offer Java support for its 64-bit Opteron processor.
the Linux and Windows platforms on the high-performance
Opteron chip, Sun's objective is to help businesses move their existing Java
applications from a 32-bit to 64-bit computing platform with minimal changes
to the programming code.
Faces EU Fines, Software Curbs.
Microsoft faces a European Commission fine over
charges it abused the dominance of its Windows operating system and may be
ordered to share vital software with competitors.
Puts a Tilt on the Mouse Wheel. Microsoft is reinventing the mouse wheel,
adding tilt wheel technology for horizontal scrolling and smoothing the vertical
scroll motion, the company said.
for the U.S. Cable Industry Has Not Abated.
subscriber line, service beats cable-modem access when Americans
have a choice of broadband Internet services.
Jelly Lenses Could Fix Ageing Eyes
World's First Cloned Horse Born to Its Genetic Twin
Riding the Sun: Maiden Flight Looms for Solar Sail Satellite
Tuesday, 5 August 2003
New plasma TV Adds Home Smarts. The consumer
electronics maker unveils a plasma TV with built-in broadband networking that's
to a Web pad-like remote control by wireless LAN
SuSE Gain Security Certification. The certification
is seen a big step in expanding the use of Linux for mission-critical applications
in government and corporate environments.
At LinuxWorld: New Hardware, Software Offerings On Tap. Several storage vendors are touting their latest wares in conjunction
with the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo being held this week in San Francisco.
Rips Red Hat, Sets License Prices. The software
maker responds to a new lawsuit by Linux leader Red Hat and reveals steep license
prices for businesses that want to use Linux with SCO's blessing.
Hat Files Suit Against SCO. "We filed this complaint to stop SCO
from making unsubstantiated and untrue public statements attacking Red
Hat Linux and the integrity of the Open Source software development process."
Ready for Close-Up, Best View in 60,000 Years
Galactic Dust Storm Enters Solar System
Monday, 4 August 2003
Global Chip Sales Up 3.2 Percent. Sales of semiconductors
were up in June and during the entire second quarter, fueled in large part
by growing demand for computers, the Semiconductor Industry
Association (SIA) said Monday.
End of Enterprise-Application Upgrades? AMR Research warns that in response
to companies' growing reluctance to shell out for an upgraded version of
an application, "vendor are going to try to play the support card to
move customers to their newest releases."
Use Undeterred by SCO Suit. New research indicates that SCO Group's
lawsuit over the use of Unix source code in the Linux operating system has
not discouraged developers from implementing Linux-oriented software.
Forced Offline by DOS Attack. Microsoft's main website was unreachable
for almost two hours last Friday as the web server on which it is hosted
failed following a denial-of-service attack.
Warns Internet Explorer Users About Worm.
Microsoft Corp. is warning its customers about a computer worm that exploits
a flaw in its Internet Explorer browser.
Masquerades as Note From IT Staff. A new mass-mailing
virus, which disguises itself as a file sent by a computer user's network administrator,
begins infecting systems.
Begin to Reveal Secret of Longer Life. Some scientists
predict biblical life spans.
Friday, 1 August 2003
Issues Second Warning on Microsoft Security Flaw. The U.S. government
is particularly worried about the flaw because it could potentially affect
many users. As many as 75 percent of all computers connected to the Internet
rely on the flawed versions of Microsoft's software.
of the road for SMTP? The pioneering e-mail protocol is under fire as the battle against
Banned From Bidding On Government Contracts. The
General Services Administration (GSA) Thursday temporarily banned MCI from
on new federal contracts.
PC Alley Swept Into History's Dustbin. Once described as a “frenetic
hub that epitomizes the uniquely Chinese OEM business model of on-the-spot
manufacturing," PC Alley has been leveled to make way for the next wave
of progress: the widening of Zhong Guan Cun Road.
Micro, SuSE Link Up on Linux. Sun Microsystems has agreed
to resell and support closely held German software firm SuSE's version of
the Linux operating system, the leading variant in Europe.
v. IBM Remains Murky. As Linux aficionados
descend upon San Francisco, legal experts are divided over whether enterprise
Linux users are protected from copyright
lawsuits by SCO; and only one thing remains clear: IBM's original Unix
licensing terms with AT&T are complicated at best.
Expands Lotus Linux Support.
IBM's Lotus Notes and Domino 6.5 upgrade will include expanded Linux support.
Turns High-tech on Stranger Trying to Lure Him Into Car. A 15-year-old boy foiled an apparent abduction attempt when he pulled
out his cell phone camera and snapped photos of a man trying to lure him into
Wi-Fi Bubble. Wireless ‘hot spots’ were
hyped as the Next Big Thing. Maybe someday.
to Give Free Broadband at Mid-Price Hotels