Sony warns of hacked files
Sony Corp warned users of its new PlayStation Portable game player not to down-load files taken by hackers from a company Web site and posted on the Internet because they are incom-plete and will cause the device to shut down. The "dummy" files, which promise to add functions such as Web browsing and e-mail to the console, were intended for use by the company's software developers, said Yoshiko Furusawa, a spokeswoman for Sony Computer Enter-tainment in Tokyo. Sony hasn't decided which functions it will add to the PSP and is looking at "various possibilities," she said. Computer hackers tracked down the files by breaking into a Web site Sony was still developing.
Hollinger legal fees pile up
Conrad Black's alleged corporate misdeeds have cost newspaper publisher Hollinger International Inc more than US$57 million in legal fees and other costs, according to a company filing. Chicago-based Hollinger International, the parent company of the Chicago Sun-Times, said Tuesday that an investi-gation into alleged corpo-rate malfeasance and the litigation it has spawned cost the company US$10.1 million in 2003 and US$46.3 million in the first nine months of last year. The company reported a loss of US$74.3 million in 2003, according to a filing on Tuesday with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. It also con-tained restated financial results for the years 1999 to 2002. Black stepped down as CEO in November 2003.
Firefox gnaws at Explorer
The upstart free Web browser Firefox nibbled away more ground from Microsoft over the past month and now has a market share of nearly 5 percent, a research firm said on Tuesday. The group WebSideStory said usage of Firefox, created by the nonprofit Mozilla Foun-dation, has almost doubled in the past three months to 4.95 percent of all Internet users. Usage of Mozilla still trails Internet Explorer by a wide margin: the Microsoft browser built into the Windows operating system was used by 90.3 percent of Web users, the research firm said. But that is down nearly 3 percentage points since October, when Firefox was released.
Asia demands speed
Motorola Inc expects revenue to rise in Asia on demand for high-speed phone services, said Scott Durchslag, a vice president at Motorola PCS in Singa-pore. Motorola, which yesterday reported a 34 percent gain in fourth-quarter profit, doubled revenue and quadrupled margins in South Asia during the period, Durch-slag said in an interview. "Consumers in Asia are absolutely cutting edge in terms of what they're trying to do on handsets," he said.
Texas wins Samsung order
Texas Instruments Inc, the world's biggest maker of mobile-phone chips, won its first order from Samsung Electronics Co for a proces-sor to run digital cameras in handsets after a two-year effort to get the business. Samsung is using Texas Instruments' OMAP proces-sors to run software pro-grams in four mobile-phone models, Texas Instruments sales manager Fred Cohen said yesterday. He said he expects more Samsung phones with OMAP chips to be released later this year.