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 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.
Poor old Chip. ATI is throwing its corporate weight around following the German site's review of a prototype Radeon graphics chip.
May the Lord have mercy, as my dear old mum used to say.
Thousands of BT Internet customers are facing their third day locked out of their email accounts after an upgrade cock-up.
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.
They have been slated for causing brain tumours and Alzheimer's, but now it's serious: mobile phones are bad manners.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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, the UK's second biggest reseller, has launched a hostile 85 million take-over bid for the UK's third biggest reseller Compel.
A "new and dangerous" worm virus is spreading through e-mail systems using Microsoft Outlook, the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Centre (NIPC) warns.
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 appears to be rapidly imploding, despite the C$15-30 million cash injection it successfully negotiated last week.
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.
Bright Station is to announce today the purchase of technology assets of boo.com, for a whopping 250,000, the Sunday Times reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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 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 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 Internet users are being forced to wait at least one month longer than new customers to sign up for BT Surftime.
Computer 2000 this week saw its general manager for e-commerce and marketing scooped by a dotcom.
3dfx has begun shipping its much-anticipated Voodoo 5500 AGP card and told buyers to expect stock to hit stores' shelves on 9 June.
You gotta hand it to BT - the telco certainly knows how to look on the bright side of life.
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.