RIP Bill needs ‘a very big knife taking to it’
The Government was today accused of damaging Britain's reputation overseas through its determination to gain snooping powers over the Net.
Andreessen snubs NGWS cheerleading cameo
According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft tried to get Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen to appear at its Next Generation Windows Services launch in Seattle today. Andreessen now heads hosting company Loudcloud.
BeOS goes mobile, announces Gassée (we think)
Be founder Jean-Louis Gassée - the self-styled "French farmer abducted by aliens and raised by VCs in Silicon Valley" - seems to have lost none of his Cantona-like talent for gnomic epigrams.
Sun makes more appliance deals
Sun Microsystems says it will step into the consumer appliance business over the next couple of years as the bits and pieces of its various Internet initiatives fall into place.
The Skinny on Skinning Whistler
BetaNews has reported fresh rumours that Microsoft will build skinning into future versions of Windows, in an attempt to give the OS the theme capabilities of Linux. Right now these are only available from third parties.
White House stung by Web privacy stuff-up
The White House proudly announced Wednesday that its Web site will be among the first incorporating a new privacy gimmick called Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P), which will make any Web site's privacy policies instantly readable to browser software. Users will be able to configure its settings to block sites which do not conform to the standards they choose.
Navy sends underwater emails
The Navy has developed a way of transmitting emails underwater, New Scientist reports.
Intel says Rambus-Tosh deal not final word
The decision by Toshiba to license DDR (double data rate) memory and SDRAM from Rambus will not necessarily hedge in other memory companies, according to Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel.
Waugh hits out at RIP
Those battling against the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) bill and the British Government's bid to limit people's privacy online have a new, literate ally.
Big Q denies W2k Alpha reports
Compaq will not port Windows 2000 to the Alpha processor, it confirmed today.
Vocalis shouts about losses
Vocalis, the speech recognition software company waiting for mobile phone emailing to catch on, has seen sales for the year to 31 March drop from £4.8 million to £2.7 million. Pre-tax loss for the year had grown from £1.1 million to £4.5 million. It has formed a joint venture with BT to produce software for people to talk over the internet and listen to emails.
Handspring stock leaps on IPO
Handspring's cautious debut as a public company yesterday saw the company's share price grow 34.69 per cent, which sounds good, but when you're only starting at $20, in fact leaves you only $6.93 up on the deal.
BT pensioner coughs up to hyperlink invention
BT developed the whole idea of hyperlinks simply as a way to get people to use their telephones for longer.
Intel turns off microprocessor tap again
European OEMs have been told by chip giant Intel they will have to wait until the third week of July for supply of Coppermine processors.
Action warns of £6 million loss
London-based Action Computer Supplies has warned investors to prepare for losses of £6 million for this financial year.
Apple splits stock
Apple yesterday went ahead with its two-for-one stock split. AAPL shares closed at 55.625 – the equivalent of 111.25 at pre-split levels.
BT's WAP strategy whopped by Oftel
BT Cellnet has been slapped by Oftel for preventing customers from altering their homepages on their WAP phones.
Doctor Tom checks out embedded chips
Hardware land reveals a more commercial streak today with almost everyone talking about cash. From memory prices to the swings and roundabouts of the CPU market, we bring you the best bits.
Dotcoms burn up cash less quickly
Heavyweight business mag Barron's has published its second Dotcom survival league table, based on how much cash ebusinesses have and how long it will last them.
Government PC cock-up leaves teachers owed £9 million
A Government cock-up over a computer subsidy scheme has left British teachers up to £9 million out of pocket.
Demon issues ADSL ultimatum to trialists
Demon's ADSL trialists are up in arms after being told yesterday that they had three days to sign up to the full broadband service - at more than £1200 for the year - or face being disconnected.
Laptops get car immobiliser style security
Rainbow Technologies is bringing car immobiliser style security to workstations.
NTL router down for 12 hours
Yesterday at 3pm, one of NTL's linx routers went offline. The network then plunged into chaos as the overloaded system ground to a halt under the weight of the redirected traffic.
ilion sued over wrongful dismissal
Two former ilion execs are suing the networking distributor for more than £600,000 over wrongful dismissal.
Microsoft to ship long-awaited ‘Java killer’
Microsoft will finally launch a rival to Sun's Java next week, according to sources who've been blabbing to Cnet. Called C# - it's C 'sharp' not 'hash', using musical terminology – the language is essentially an easier to use version of C++. That sounds to us not a million miles away from Cool, the Microsoft internal project that surfaced a year or so back that was... well... a C++ based Java alternative.
Brit faces decade in jail after arrest over UAE hacking
A British man faces ten years in a United Arab Emirates jail cell after being arrested for hacking into the country's Internet system.
Bill Gates, Windows, the Universe and everything: .NET
Microsoft has made no secret of its intention to dump the clunky Next Generation Windows Services title, and it has come to pass - the Next Big Thing is going to be called .NET, presumably meaning that Microsoft now proposes to take over the Internet in easy stages, following up later with .COM and - oh yes - .GOV and .MIL.