2004.02.16 - 2004.02.22   |   A summary of the past weeks main technology & science news. Updated every Sunday.
General IT (General, Business, Financial, Misc)

AT & T Wireless sold to Cingular for $40bn.
EC acknowledges (stupid) US integer patent.
Internet pop-up ads soon gone?
New Jersey mom sues RIAA for racketeering.
Sun signs Mobile Java deal in China.
BBC might offer TV archive through P2P.
ATI introduces cheap HDTV tuner.
New type of mini notebook demonstrated.
Seagate launches Serial SCSI drives.

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

Exploits follow Windows source code leak.
Beagle-B worm rampage hits web.
EC puts pressure on M$ and bundled SW.
Lindows OS now also known as "LinDash".
Search engine battle intensifies.
VoIP the "killer app" for US broadband?
Cisco enters Video Conferencing biz.
Semiconductor Roundup (CPUs, Chip-sets, Memory)

Intel reveals Xeon with 64-bit extensions.
Craig Barret "explains" Intel's 64-bit plans.
64-bit Pentium to ship in time for Longhorn?
AMD introduces two new low power Opterons.
AMD cuts Opteron prices (significantly).
AMD cuts Athlon XP prices.
Athlon FX53 to replace FX51?
Intel cuts mobile Celeron prices.
Intel mentions mobile 3D chip.
nVidia unveils PCI Express support.
Centrino 2 to launch in late 2004.
Motorola's chip biz spinoff named Freescale.
"Grantsdale" does not offer full DX9 support.
Micron samples 4GB DIMMs.
German scientists get 9TFLOPS computer.
China's homegrown CPU is coming along.

Science Roundup (Science & Astronomy)

Supermassive black hole rips apart a star.
New Dark Energy hints revealed.
Rosetta (comet chaser) launch imminent.
Hubble & Keck find most distant galaxy yet.
New large Kuiper belt object detected.
Mars rovers start digging.
NASA turns to US Navy for nuclear reactor.