The Week in Review: The joy of text

Britons were hot for text on Valentine's Day, 'Zeta-Jones' worm said Hello!, and NTL's broadband congestion charging

Well, you've seen one of these stories every year around mid-February, and we'd hate to disappoint you. Authorities say more than 60 million Valentines day text messages are expected to be sent in the UK on Friday. It's rather a lot actually -- roughly one per every man, woman and child. Doesn't anyone do any work around here?
Amorous Brits say it with texts Romance is all very fine, but beware of mysterious emails offering unauthorised pictures of Catherine Zeta-Jones. While she's embroiled in a high-profile courtroom battle, a virus bearing her name is making its way around the Web.
Zeta-Jones virus says Hello! Just in time for Valentine's Day: Meet the real-life x-ray specs. But of course we're all more interested in the potential of this technology to carry wireless data at terabit speeds -- aren't we?
Terahertz camera takes snapshot of the future And speaking of zany technology... Yours for just £800: A screen that let you use your PC from another room -- but locks up your PC while your doing it, as we're still waiting for Microsoft to sort out that concurrency issue. It's Microsoft's "other" big consumer technology project du jour, the first one being tablet PCs, which have the advantage of actually letting you take your data with you.
ViewSonic sets UK launch date for Smart Displays On a more downbeat note, consider the case of Daniel Feussner, who found out this week that you can't take it with you. Feussner, an ex-Microsoft manager, had been accused of stealing millions of pounds' worth of software from the company and using the money to fuel a high-flying lifestyle, but he died of multiple organ failure at the age of 32. Microsoft expressed its sympathies.
Man charged with massive software theft dies Remember when BT stopped people using P2P applications over its broadband service, but forgot to tell anyone? Now NTL has stepped into similar territory, with limits on how much users can download per day, and users aren't particularly happy about it. Strange -- at one time, broadband companies were struggling to come up with reasons why people could possibly need so much bandwidth. Now that users have found something they like, in the form of P2P file sharing, they're slamming on the brakes...
NTL moves to calm broadband limit fury


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