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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
MS mounts futile bid to delay, blunt trial penalties
AnalysisMicrosoft'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.
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.
Compaq's Capellas offered as MS character witness
MS on TrialIt'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MS DreamWorks witness' site runs on Linux
MS on TrialLast 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.
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.
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.
C2000 loses Web manager to London dotcom
Computer 2000 this week saw its general manager for e-commerce and marketing scooped by a dotcom.
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.
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.
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.