The Third US Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia let stand a lower court decision which found the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) so broad that it could affect virtually any Web site, requiring only that some prosecutor somewhere find some bit of content potentially "harmful to minors".
MS on Trial The DoJ and Microsoft agreed a briefing schedule yesterday, and proposed it to the clerk of the Supreme Court in a letter from Seth Waxman, the DoJ's solicitor general, who will head up the case there.
Analysis Despite the extra preparation time provided by delays, Microsoft was still generating more heat than light at its great Next Generation Windows .NET announcement. The speakers were Messrs Gates, Ballmer, Maritz, Muglia and Belluzzo (no Allchin, as he's having a long holiday). Microsoft's press team must have been in overdrive, because there was almost no advance information, little selective leaking, and no public simultaneous Webcast. It was not until several hours after the meeting ended that a replay of the Webcast became available.
Semiconductor firm Hitachi signed a deal with Rambus ending litigation between the companies and agreeing to pay royalties on synchronous memories and double data rate (DDR) memories.
Fears that Compaq will ditch the Alpha processor appear to have been scotched with sources claiming the firm will produce the 64-bit processor using a 0.13 micron process and target it at Intel IA-64 processors.
Updated PalmOS licensee Handspring, which successfully IPO'd earlier this week, grabbed the number two slot in the US PDA retail marketshare chart, according to figures for May just released by market researcher NPD Intelect.
Scientists at Japanese consumer electronics giant Kenwood have figured out how to make compressed digital music files like MP3s sound as good as the CDs they were ripped from.
Windows Millennium Edition was released to manufacture earlier this week for September shipment to users, but if you just can't wait, the gold code is available for FTP download from a number of sites, according to Register sources.
Britain is an e-nation of porn addicts and gamblers, according to the latest research from wired watchers, NetValue.
BT has played down reports it is considering to float its broadband operation - BT Openworld - and embark on a round of costly media content acquisitions.
ATI's shares fell 16 per cent on the Canadian stock exchange yesterday on investor fears that the 3D graphics market leader is going to see a significant shortfall in earnings.
PC Clinic Every fortnight or so, Dr Spinola gives you sound advice about problems you have with your PC. This time round, he covers technical support, infra-red technology, blackmail, problems associated with Microsoft Fright Stimulator, and the amount of "cash" you need on a "chip".
Napster is busily engaged in lawsuit settlement negotiations with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), according to talks participants cited by the Wall Street Journal.
Porn voyeurs are in for a treat next month, with the promise of a record-breaking online orgy.
Lastminute.com is contesting research figures that show a collapse in user numbers. Internet analysts Netvalue reckon the number of people visiting lastminute's travel site dropped from 668,000 in April to 485,100 in May. Maybe users are getting wise to the site having a misleading name and that it just sells expensive holidays.
Microsoft's big .NET presentation this week didn't get too specific about next year's first Windows implementation, confining itself to describing it as "the next generation of Windows" while implying that it would be built on Whistler. But company president Steve Ballmer, who's been doing interviews again, was maybe a little bit more forthcoming later.
Kent-based, RedHotAnt, has not been squished despite concerns from users that they hadn't heard a peep from the ISP for the last couple of days.
Citrix founder and wise old friend of The Register Ed Iacobucci has been axed as part of a management shake-up that also downgraded company veteran and CEO Mark Templeton, and removed Michael Brown from the board.
Obviously demob happy at the prospect of a spot of fishing in the Russian countryside, Intel CEO Craig Barrett was in relaxed mode with hacks in Moscow earlier today, accidentally stabbing Microsoft in the back in the process.
CDT seems to have put its management wobbles behind it and come up with a rather clever idea to print light emitting diodes using an inkjet printer.
Prices for 64Mb DRAM chips are set to hit $9 or $10 by the second half of this year, The Korea Times reports.
A frustrated Alex Leupp, CEO of 3dfx, has been forced to admit that his company isn't going to meet revenue expectations when it posts its Q2 fiscal 2001 results shortly.
This is a press release issued by breathe dated June 7.
A breakthrough in electronic engineering could revolutionise computing, and lead to radical improvements in hardware designed to aid the deaf and blind.
breathe - the style-conscious ISP - has run out of puff.
Kent County Council has received "40 or 50 complaints" about RedHotAnt, Kent County Council Trading Standards said today.
The AMD roadmap stretching to Q1 2001 is currently on the front page of AMD Zone. Duron 750 by Q4 followed by the Duron 800 in Q1 2001 unless Intel makes things change.
Following yesterday's story about NTL's router service, we have had a number of emails from frustrated NTL users.
Sorry there hasn't been any letters Round-Up for two weeks but Your Right Honourable Letters Ed (that's me) has been otherwise occupied in a different part of Europe and no one was foolish enough to sort through the muck to find the reader gems. Quite right too.
The battle between Portland, Oregon and communications behemoth AT&T has been shifted to federal turf, as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that local jurisdictions do not have authority to force cable companies to share telecommunication lines with local ISPs.