Column Surely the prayer of every Rambus suit as she or he rises in the morning must be "give us this day your daily bread"?
MS on Trial Since the judge delivered his verdict, Microsoft's top executives have stoutly maintained that the company is innocent, will be vindicated, and will not change its business practices. There is no plan B, official.
Nemesis surely looms for the unlovely Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with the news that David Boies, the Wyatt Earp of antitrust law, has signed up for the Napster defence team. Boies, special counsel for the US government in its antitrust action against Microsoft, has spent much of the last two years reducing strong Microsoft execs to shifty, implausible blusterers.
Here's a very plausible explanation for that very public bucket of cold water poured by T-Online on reports that it would buy Freeserve. And it comes from the Sharewatch column of the Sunday Times which points to a capital gains tax liability of up to £1bn faced by Freeserve owner Dixons. "It is thought," the ST says, "that Dixons wants T-Online to take over its tax liability." At the same time, Kalms has been holding out for 600p per share, valuing Freeserve at £6 billion.
Need To Now (NTK), "*the* weekly high-tech sarcastic update for the uk",has been at it for ages, the-which-dotcom- company-is-going-to-die-next game.