16th > May > 2000 Archive

Forget ‘e’ and ‘m’, p-commerce is the future – 'strewth

Flippin' prefixes. Well, stop worrying about electronic and mobile commerce and welcome positioning-based commerce (catchy). Apparently, this is where your Wap phone knows where you are and feeds you information directly specific to your location.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 May 2000

Yahoo! sued for privacy invasion

Only days after Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang signed on to a NetCoalition privacy scheme with a group of e-CEOs calling for "robust, visible and comprehensive" on-line privacy policies, a Yahoo! user filed a lawsuit against the company alleging that his privacy had been severely compromised.
Thomas C Greene, 16 May 2000

'America's Most Wanted' site said DoS'ed after cyber-crime broadcast

America's Most Wanted host John Walsh urged his viewers on Saturday night to help "take down" those responsible for the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks which briefly crippled numerous high-profile Web sites back in February.
Thomas C Greene, 16 May 2000

Eckhard Pfeiffer goes under QXL hammer

UK online auctioneer QXL has agreed to buy Eckhard Pfeiffer's latest venture, Ricardo.de, for 668 million in stock.
Linda Harrison, 16 May 2000

Intel to drop prices on non-existent boxed chips

Chip giant Intel, still reeling from the effect of supplying over a million defective 820 chipsets to its customers, is rallying slightly by dropping prices on its 1GHz processor and a range of other chips no-one can get.
Mike Magee, 16 May 2000

Cape Cod not cold in its grave, but that doesn't stop new Intel mobo launch

Even considering Chipzilla's legendary insensitivity to public opinion, you'd have thought someone at the compnay would have noticed that this week is probably not the most apposite time to be introducing a new motherboard.
Andrew Thomas, 16 May 2000

ACLU: Intel ‘violating free speech’

The American Civil Liberties Union is, according to NewsBytes, backing former Intel employee Kourosh Hamidi who was ordered to stop criticising Intel in internal emails. In a case of email as free speech, the ACLU has filed an Amici Curiae (Friend of the Court) brief in an appeal pending in the lawsuit brought against by Intel.
Andrew Thomas, 16 May 2000

Digital TV ‘threat to planet’

Learned researchers from one the UK's most respected universities have put their name to an absurd claim that digital TV set top boxes (STBs) are a major threat to global warming.
Andrew Thomas, 16 May 2000

Microsoft to patch Outlook

Micro$oft bit the bullet Monday and announced plans to develop a patch for its popular Outlook e-mail client which will save users from themselves by blocking those file types most likely to contain malicious code.
Thomas C Greene, 16 May 2000

Pope Jobs reveals third Macintosh secret

Carrot-munching ascetic Steve Jobs refused to throw any red meat to developers in his keynote to Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose.
Annie Kermath, 16 May 2000

E3 shows AMD, Intel games without frontiers

Los Angeles, California was again the location of this year's E3 - the world's largest computer gaming convention, which draws attendees and exhibitors from all over the world.
Team Register, 16 May 2000

Caminogate recall: refund or replacement?

Intel has clarified its stance on the CC820 mobo recall programme. On its Web site here the company states:
Andrew Thomas, 16 May 2000

AOL to pay $3.5 million over accounting irregularities

AOL is to pay $3.5 million to settle federal charges against it regarding allegations of serious errors in its accounts.
Linda Harrison, 16 May 2000

Windows developer update – APIs are MS confidential IP

MS on TrialSteve Ballmer has become the latest Microsoft exec to make his bid in the MS doomwatch stakes. Writing in this week's issue of Newsweek Ballmer predicts that if the US government gets its way, less innovation, higher prices the undermining of "the future success of America's high-tech industry" will ensue.
John Lettice, 16 May 2000

Office 2k for $5? How Microsoft buys its way into education

After some spadework, we're starting to get a clearer picture of Microsoft's deal-making with US educational institutions. As we reported earlier this week, the business end of the deal from the student's point of view is that you get a copy of Office 2000 for $10, but there are various different permutations in operation that'll get you software for $5, $2 or even for free, depending on where you study.
John Lettice, 16 May 2000

Government gets WIFfy in the midday sun

Wired Prime Minster Tony Blair has given his personal backing to a global talking shop designed to bring people together to discuss the issues facing the development of the Net.
Tim Richardson, 16 May 2000

CompuServe users fall through big hole in Net

CompuServe customers across Europe were left without Net access this morning after the ISP suffered technical problems.
Tim Richardson, 16 May 2000

LineOne's Chowdhury resurfaces at NBCi

Ajay Chowdhury - who stepped down as head of LineOne last week - has resurfaced.
Tim Richardson, 16 May 2000

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