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Sun buys an Infiniband leg-up

Sun Microsystems has bought itself some negotiating muscle, picking up the rights to Dolphin's Infiniband technology. Dolphin provides the SCI (Scalable Coherent Interface) interconnects for Sun's Enterprise clusters, Fujitsu's RM600s and Data General's cc-Numa servers, and helped define the SCI spec in its early days.
Annie Kermath, 01 Jun 2000
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Amazon dumps Alpha 17 years ahead of schedule

Amazon switching to HP for its infrastructure is bad news for Compaq and Sun, but has a certain piquancy for The Register. Amazon was of course a big, prestige (but we'd guess not particularly revenue-rich) customer for Alpha back in the days before it was Compaq Alpha.
John Lettice, 01 Jun 2000
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ATI throws wobbler over prototype review

Poor old Chip. ATI is throwing its corporate weight around following the German site's review of a prototype Radeon graphics chip.
Andrew Thomas, 01 Jun 2000
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Next generation Intel chipsets have bugs

May the Lord have mercy, as my dear old mum used to say.
Andrew Thomas, 01 Jun 2000
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BT Internet customers locked out of email

Thousands of BT Internet customers are facing their third day locked out of their email accounts after an upgrade cock-up.
Linda Harrison, 01 Jun 2000
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Symbian's Myers on Microsoft, antitrust and those memos

Over Jambalaya and Cajun ribs, Symbian's CEO Colly Myers talked to The Register about those Gates memos, staff-poaching, Intel's entry into the handset business, and keeping the noisy Symbian fraternity in harmony.
Annie Kermath, 01 Jun 2000
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The dos and don'ts of mobile phone etiquette

They have been slated for causing brain tumours and Alzheimer's, but now it's serious: mobile phones are bad manners.
Linda Harrison, 01 Jun 2000
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Meet the Sexy Sister

The soap format really isn't made for the Web, but that doesn't stop people coming up with new and interesting variations in the hope of worldwide audiences (and dollars).
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Jun 2000
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MS mounts futile bid to delay, blunt trial penalties

Analysis Microsoft's last two documents prior Judge Jackson's Final Judgement are strange in format and puzzling in intention. The company sticks to its guns without any rational hope of victory at this juncture - so it hopes to fight again later.
Graham Lea, 01 Jun 2000
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3Com sues Xircom in modem patent clash

Just over two months after announcing it will sell off its analog modem business, the comms giant is suing Xircom for allegedly ripping off some of its patented modem technologies.
Tony Smith, 01 Jun 2000
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Compaq's Capellas offered as MS character witness

MS on Trial It's now all over bar the sentencing. Microsoft handed in its final arguments yesterday, and given that there's very little in the the judge is likely to agree with, he's quite capable of ruling on remedies today, or tomorrow. Effectively, Microsoft's latest filing is an investment for the appeal process, when the company will try once more to gather its friends - notably Mike Capellas of Compaq - around it.
John Lettice, 01 Jun 2000
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TurboLinux announces lay-offs and refocus

There was some barely disguised meerschaum in some quarters of the Valley after TurboLinux announced lay-offs: reportedly ten per cent of the company's workforce.
Annie Kermath, 01 Jun 2000
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Napster exiles 230,000 more alleged music pirates

Napster has booted a further 230,142 alleged copyright infringers off its MP3 sharing system. That brings the total number of 'Napster Exiles' to just under 550,000 ex-users.
Tony Smith, 01 Jun 2000
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Gay Labour Lord gets Web reprimand

Controversial Labour Peer Lord Waheed Alli has been told off by the House of Lords for giving his Parliamentary office as a mailing address for a post on a new "gay dot-com" company. Waheed placed an ad in the Media Guardian in April for a CEO, offering 150,000 a year plus stock options.
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Jun 2000
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Computacenter launches hostile bid for Compel

Computacenter, the UK's second biggest reseller, has launched a hostile 85 million take-over bid for the UK's third biggest reseller Compel.
Linda Harrison, 01 Jun 2000
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Oven geek teaches Planet Online staff how to use microwave

Submitted by D Frost, Cookery Correspondent Planet Online is holding a special technical session to teach its sales staff how to use a microwave oven. An operative from Panasonic will attend the ISP's office in Leeds tomorrow to give detailed instruction on how to use the sophisticated cooking device. Of course, if that's a …
Team Register, 01 Jun 2000
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New worm virus courtesy of MS Outlook

A "new and dangerous" worm virus is spreading through e-mail systems using Microsoft Outlook, the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Centre (NIPC) warns.
Thomas C Greene, 01 Jun 2000
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NexGen Windows – has the trial derailed it for keeps?

Microsoft has issued a last minute cancellation of its Next Generation Windows Services (NGWS) announcement, which was scheduled for June 1st. Several times already the company has put back the date when it will put some flesh on the bones of the project it has described as comparable in cost and ambition to the development of the Boeing 747 and NASA's lunar programme, but this time it could be serious. NGWS now seems poised on the brink of disappearing into a legal morass which could last months, even years.
John Lettice, 01 Jun 2000
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Corel staffers face up to prospect of 500 job cuts

Corel appears to be rapidly imploding, despite the C$15-30 million cash injection it successfully negotiated last week.
Tony Smith, 01 Jun 2000
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Beached Baan bows to buyer

Invensys has confirmed that it has made an agreed all-cash offer for Baan of 2.85 Euros share, which values Baan at 762 million Euros, 474, or $708 million. The offer is recommended by both boards. Yesterday, Baan closed in Amsterdam at 2.62 Euros, giving a less than nine per cent premium, which is certainly considerably less than expected.
Graham Lea, 01 Jun 2000
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Boo assets go for a song

Bright Station is to announce today the purchase of technology assets of boo.com, for a whopping 250,000, the Sunday Times reports.
Drew Cullen, 01 Jun 2000
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I'm no cybersquatter, says Ronaldo.com owner

When Infogrames sent out a press release saying it had offered software developer Ronaldo Nascimento 100,000 for his legitimately owned URL www.ronaldo.com, we were confused.
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Jun 2000
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Transmeta scores Gateway-AOL Linux appliance deal

Gateway and AOL are to become Transmeta's first announced major customers. The grand unveiling of a Linux Internet appliance is scheduled to take place later today, but Transmeta's flair for publicity doesn't seem to have tarnished in the three months purdah since it announced, and even seems to have rubbed off on its partners a tad.
John Lettice, 01 Jun 2000
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New Intel chip prices

Chipzilla's new price list introduces three new Xeons and a solitary Pentium III, along with price cuts of up to 44 per cent on existing parts. All prices are for 1000-unit quantities.
Andrew Thomas, 01 Jun 2000
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France Telecom buys Orange cellular outfit in $45 billion deal

Every now and again somebody buys Orange, the number three UK mobile phone business, and CEO Hans Snook gets another addition to his substantial wad. Not that we're suggesting this is anything more than a side-effect, of course. This time around it's France Telecom, which today announced that it will be paying Vodafone AirTouch 20 billion Euros in cash and 20 billion in stock for Orange, and will take on debt of about 4 billion Euros and pay Orange's 4.5 billion tab for the UK 3G licence.
John Lettice, 01 Jun 2000
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This crazy WAP world we live in

As one reader pointed out, following our last rundown of the hype circus that is WAP, this stuff exists, it's out there and does work.
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Jun 2000
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BT forced to offer unmetered access to competitors

Oftel, the winged watchdog, has told BT it must offer its competitors an unmetered rate of access to its network. The decision follows a complaint by MCI Worldcom that BT refused to offer it a flat-fee service, offering instead the usual pay-as-you-use metered access.
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Jun 2000
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Nintendo set to delay Dolphin debut?

Has Nintendo delayed the launch of its upcoming next-generation games console, codenamed Dolphin? That's certainly one inference you can make from the company's latest financial results.
Tony Smith, 01 Jun 2000
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Telewest makes sweet music with chello, ditches blueyonder?

Telewest, the digital cableco that just can't seem to get it right, looks set to ditch its broadband service for a Dutch version from chello.
Tim Richardson, 01 Jun 2000
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MS DreamWorks witness' site runs on Linux

MS on Trial Last week Judge Jackson refused to let Microsoft call new witnesses to respond to what the company terms "the government's sweeping demands." But yesterday Microsoft submitted the witness list, along with a precis of what they would (probably) have said, anyway. And some of it's fascinating; Compaq CEO Mike Capellas sings the virtues of having a single vendor for OS and apps (so rival vendors can forget the Compaq gig), while one of the other star witnesses, Jeffrey Katzenberg of DreamWorks, seems to have a Web site that runs on, er, Linux.
John Lettice, 01 Jun 2000
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Sony aims to quadruple PS2 output

Sony has revised build targets upwards for Playstation 2 consoles to 2.2 million units per month, from earlier announced targets of 1.4 million units per month.
Drew Cullen, 01 Jun 2000
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BT Surftime: All men are not born equal

BT Internet users are being forced to wait at least one month longer than new customers to sign up for BT Surftime.
Linda Harrison, 01 Jun 2000
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C2000 loses Web manager to London dotcom

Computer 2000 this week saw its general manager for e-commerce and marketing scooped by a dotcom.
Linda Harrison, 01 Jun 2000
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3dfx resumes Voodoo 5 5500 AGP shipments

3dfx has begun shipping its much-anticipated Voodoo 5500 AGP card and told buyers to expect stock to hit stores' shelves on 9 June.
Tony Smith, 01 Jun 2000
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BT Surftime: How to turn four customers into 20

You gotta hand it to BT - the telco certainly knows how to look on the bright side of life.
Tim Richardson, 01 Jun 2000
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Analyst ups MS stock, apparently forgetting verdict's due

The latest news from Rosswell is first, that "influential" Goldman Sachs analyst Rick Sherlund today said the onset of a quiet period in the trial may allow Microsoft stock to recover lost ground, and second, that the stock price promptly kicked upwards. Consequently we at The Register have started idly musing about the viability of something called, say, goldfish.com* as a source of stock tips.
John Lettice, 01 Jun 2000