2003.12.15 - 2003.12.21   |   A summary of the past weeks main technology & science news. Updated every Sunday.
General IT (General, Business, Financial, Misc)

EC agrees to hand over citizen data to US.
RealNetworks sues Microsoft for $1 billion.
Swedish ISP to offer 100Mbit/s in April '04?
IBM to move over 4000 IT jobs to India?
CD-R patent owner threaten to sue Roxio.
Sony launches PSX in Japan. (Deja Vu?)
Toshiba prepares 2cm HDD for handhelds.
NEC to show Red/Blue ray DVD combo.
Video iPod in the works?
"Bored" kids spend 130M in two hours.
Another company tries a "Free PC" campaign.
Server Management Working Group formed.
Sanyo to ship "sub-sonic" mobile phone.
Sony invents running terminator robot.

Science Roundup (Science & Astronomy)

Mars Express successfully deployed Beagle 2.
Great Nuclear Fusion project finally underway?
The return of the Russian flying saucer?
Silicon based fuel cell created in Japan.
XMM probe questions Dark energy theory.
Massive "Grid computer" gets funding.
SpaceShip One breaks sound barrier.
Semiconductor Roundup (CPUs, Chip-sets, Memory)

AMD ships slower mainstream Athlon 64.
Next-gen Intel chip-sets to debut in March '04.
ATI's R420 to enter volume production in Q1 '04.
Transmeta to sample 90nm Effiecon in a month.
VIA ships integrated Athlon 64 chip-set.
Intel reworks it's MP tactics?
Analyst predicts Itanium replacment.
Intel enters digital TV market with new chip.
SiS ships mobile Athlon XP chip-set.
Toshiba shows 45nm Strained Silicon tech.
VIA K8T800 Pro chip-set details emerge.
DRAM prices drop 15% in 4Q.
Hitachi shows 3Gbit/s Serial SCSI interface.

Software Roundup (General SW, Security, Virus-alerts)

Linux kernel 2.6 released.
Dutch court rules file-swapping programs legal.
CheckPoint buys ZoneLabs.
Benchmark program Sysmark 2004 released.
Sony & Philips preparing universal DRM.
Microsoft continues to fight spam.
Win XP Service Pack 2 BETA out?