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Torvalds: main impact of MS trial psychological

During a predictably banal interview of Linus Torvalds on Radio Wall Street yesterday - where the interviewer clearly hoped for some tips about how to turn Linux into a pot of gold for investors - our hero had a couple of interesting things to say about the Microsoft case.
Graham Lea, 29 Jun 2000

Fujitsu takes aim at Sun share

When we met Fujitsu-Siemens suits earlier this year in good old Munchen, we managed to extract the admission from the boys that its Hal-based Sparc server, running the Slowaris operating system, was a better Sun than Sun.
Mike Magee, 29 Jun 2000

Novell too nice for own good

In the cutthroat, fast-moving world of IT, you can rely on Novell to do three things:
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Jun 2000

NatSemi, Taiwan Semi strike ten-year deal

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has licensed a clutch of its logic processes to NatSemi, it announced yesterday.
Mike Magee, 29 Jun 2000

Ellison offers Gates all his rubbish

Spying on Microsoft and unveiling its several front groups was a "public service", Oracle founder Larry Ellison told reporters during a press conference Wednesday.
Thomas C Greene, 29 Jun 2000

WHO doctors clear mobile phones of cancer risk

The World Health Organisation has joined the ranks of researchers who reckon mobile phones pose no health risk - in opposition to the ranks of researchers who reckon mobile phones are quite unsafe.
Tony Smith, 29 Jun 2000

Palm handhelds hit by dodgy DRAM bug

Palm has coughed to the fact that some of its handhelds contain duff memory chips that could destroy users' personal data.
Tony Smith, 29 Jun 2000

Intel gets round Windows boot floppy problem

Intel is about to introduce a new BIOS update process for its newer mobos which gets around the difficulty users of Windows 2000 and ME have in creating a bootable floppy.
Andrew Thomas, 29 Jun 2000

Palm Q4 profits, revenues double

If only 3Com had held on to Palm for few more quarters. Yesterday, after the comms giant announced a major downturn in sales and a $340 million operating loss, its former subsidiary reported three-month profits that more than doubled quarter on quarter, and a year-on-year doubling of revenues.
Tony Smith, 29 Jun 2000

IBM super 'puter does 12 trillion calcs per second

IBM's latest supercomputer is going to run three times as fast as the speediest beast in in action today.
Lucy Sherriff, 29 Jun 2000

ATI Q3 loss wider than expected

ATI's previous predictions of revenue shortfalls and losses for its third quarter proved accurate today when the 3D graphics market leader posted "unacceptable" financial results for the three months to 31 May.
Tony Smith, 29 Jun 2000

Yahoo! buys eGroups to spam users with ads

Yahoo! has agreed to buy eGroups for $430 million and fold the business into its exisiting communication businesses - Yahoo!Mail, Yahoo!Messenger and Yahoo!Clubs.
Team Register, 29 Jun 2000
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Free broadband access: Spielberg shows how (oops)

It's easy to get free broadband access if you're Steven Spielberg, or in some way connected with Steven Spielberg. Or at least it was, until the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) retained Arthur Andersen to compile a report detailing the stack of illegal freebies local telco GTE had showered on Spielberg, Dreamworks Studios and numerous other Hollywood luminaries and outfits.
John Lettice, 29 Jun 2000

Bill Gates' roots in the trashcans of history

It is interesting to note the high moral tone being taken by Microsoft in its castigation of Oracle's legal if somewhat dodgy intelligence gathering activities.* But surely Microsoft hasn't forgotten that Bill Gates himself, together with Paul Allen, has also used trash cans as a primary source of intelligence?
Graham Lea, 29 Jun 2000

NTL kicks off customers sharing log in

Victim of its own success or of inept market planning? Whichever way you look at it NTL has badly underestimated demand for its free Internet service. The company has admitted that there is at least a two month backlog of applications still to be processed.
Lucy Sherriff, 29 Jun 2000

PR flunkeys' hack list is officially rubbish

Yesterday we ran a story on Miller Freeman's attempt to make money by charging £725 for a league table of journalists, split into categories such as impact, positive and negative coverage.
Team Register, 29 Jun 2000

Daily Telegraph offers sex change ops to dotcom workers

Today's Daily Telegraph ran a very small correction on page 35. "A technical error in some editions has produced an incorrect picture on page seven of today's dotcom telegraph. For a correct version, e-mail us on tele.com@telegraph.co.uk."
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Jun 2000

Helpful hacker faces Aussie Feds

A young computer enthusiast compromised an Australian Government Web site over night using a simple CGI script, and then notified 17,000 businesses that their banking details were unprotected, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Thomas C Greene, 29 Jun 2000

Internet pedo sting ruled entrapment

A man convicted of trying to have sex with children was ordered released from prison by the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that the Feds had entrapped him, the Associated Press reports.
Thomas C Greene, 29 Jun 2000

Nvidia confirms Mac support with GeForce 2 MX

Nvidia today clarified its position on Mac support - sort of. The 3D graphics company has certainly changed its mind since we quizzed it on the matter six months ago - back then it had a real downer on the platform, now it considers the Mac a viable market.
Tony Smith, 29 Jun 2000

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