MS on Trial The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has conceded Microsoft another 60 days to comply with its proposed behavioural remedies. The remedies alone are enough to oblige Microsoft to sell multiple versions of each Windows OS, sans "middleware".
MS on Trial With tape recorders being forbidden, and shorthand-writing becoming as rare as Algol coding, it's not easy to analyse the significance of what happened in Judge Jackson's courtroom on Wednesday without the transcript.
MS on Trial When Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson demanded that Microsoft reply to the revised DoJ break-up proposal within a matter of days, the company Dream Team began putting it about that this amounted to a denial of due process. They had heaps more evidence to present explaining why a break-up would spell catastrophe for Western Civilisation - maybe a good six months' worth - and by cutting them short the judge was denying them their right to a fair hearing, they claimed.
MS on Trial The DoJ has stuck to its proposal to break Microsoft into two - an OS and an apps company - and to impose tough conduct remedies pending the breakup. The only changes in its Revised Proposed Final Judgement are a couple of relaxations and a few phrasing improvements. The filing follows closely the mood of Judge Jackson in court last week, and it's likely that he will agree to it.
MS on Trial When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. And when you're Bill Gates, it seems, every competitor is using proprietary protocols against you.
Despite the stratospheric cost of third generation (3G) licence auctions in Europe, operators will achieve payback within five years of kicking off the services, says Nokia. Unsurprisingly Nokia is coy when asked what the payback period would have been if the auctions hadn't wound up raising $30 billion-plus a pop (Two weeks? Three weeks?), but the company has some interesting things to say on the subject of why 3G licences should be profitable, even after hyper inflation of the prices.
A Surrey businessman has rebuffed an offer of 4.7 million, half of it in cash, for the domain name e-buy.com.
Sony's share price rose 6.7 per cent for three minutes because of an unfortunate blooper by an unnamed trader on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, according to a Bloomberg report. Finger trouble apparently caused someone to buy 900 million shares in the company, sending Sony surging upwards until the error was discovered.
A Pokemon fan received a death threat by email after she bought a card in an Internet auction.
European operators are scheduled to introduce broadband wireless data services towards the end of this year, but it's beginning to look as if it's not all it's cracked up to be, and that they'll be going rapidly into reverse on the expectation management front. For starters, GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) is going to be a lot slower on the ground than you'd been led to believe, and unless some charitable elves drop off some new battery technology pronto, device endurance won't look too clever either.