MS trial lawyer in legal action against Christie's, Sotheby's
David Boies, chosen by the National Law Journal as Lawyer of the Year and by the Department of Justice as lead trial counsel against Microsoft, is now also leading the charge in a class action against Sotheby's and Christie's. The two auction houses are alleged to have limited competition on commissions for both sellers and buyers for most of the 1990s. The chairmen of both companies have resigned.
Apple stock falls to 63 per cent of all-time high
Apple's share price closed at $86.375 - way down on the $140-plus peak it hit back in late March. Trading opened today at $87.625.
Help Big Brother catch benefit cheats
The Department of Social Security is taking its grass-up- benefit-cheats campaign onto the Internet.
Domain name rush causes first balance of payments crisis
A leading Korean newspaper is blaming massive dollar outflows in Korea on 'cybersquatters'
MS leaking Sun code three times entirely accidental – judge
MS on TrialThe contractual aspects of the Sun-Microsoft Java squabble have resulted in another ruling by Judge Whyte, but neither side is cheering about it. In making his ruling that Sun is not entitled to $35 million in liquidated damages for Microsoft having "inadvertently" made Java source code available on its web site, the judge has set a date on which he intends to set a date for the main trial (no, really). At that hearing, expert witness names will have to be disclosed, and dates set for a cut-off for facts and expert discovery.
3Com licenses Palm OS and Zen – and QNX
3Com's "bigger than Palm" Internet appliance will use Palm technology, the comms giant admitted yesterday.
Boffins pave way for optical transistor
A pair of scientists at the University of Toronto have developed what appears to be the world's first silicon-based optical transistor - or at least a substance could be used to make one.
Let the Freeserve sell-off begin
Dixons refuses to be drawn on whether it is preparing to sell-off its majority holding in its monster ISP, Freeserve, despite mounting market speculation that something is in the offing.
Surplus AMD suits find a new home
Former AMD boss Atiq Raza and a bunch of his mates have set up a Silicon Valley incubator company to help start-ups in the networking and communications chips markets.
HP talks up e-speak
e-speak, the software with the Orwellian name, has a history that goes back to the mid-90s, when a handful of Hewlett-Packard engineers were trying to find a way to get a computer to deal with new kinds of things, like an audio stream, without waiting for the next release of the operating system.
365 losses surge
365 Corporation saw pre-tax losses surge to 14.8 million for the year ended 31 March.
AT&T peddles porn
AT&T is to carry The Hot Network - a hardcore adult move channel - and take a fat load of money with it. Digital TV is a costly affair and so the company has turned to man's (and woman's) baser instincts to get some much-needed cash. Family-friendly companies Time and Warner turned the deal down.
Small Earthquake in Chile…
Not a whole shedload of stuff to point you good folks at today. Over at Chip (OK now, Daniel?) there's a look at a prototype of ATI's Radeon chip,
Geek pulls Net super babe
It's every geek's dream - build a Web site, make lots of money and sit back while the supermodels come to you. Well, mygeek.com appears to have pulled it off.
CIX denies customers forced MD departure
CIX, the ISP under attack from its customers for imposing punitive new terms and conditions, has a new managing director.
Euro MPs scrap anonymous email ban plan
European politicians have scrapped a plan to ban anonymous e-mail, as predicted by The Register earlier this month.
Toshiba euthanasia laptop goes on display
A Toshiba laptop used to kill humans is to go on show in London.