MS shares drop as analysts squabble over ‘shortfall’
Analysts squabbled yesterday over a report that sent Microsoft shares down 2.3 per cent. Michael Murphy, editor of the California Technology Stock Letter, said that Microsoft's Q4 revenues, due out on Tuesday, would miss Wall Street's consensus estimate of $6.125 by about $300 million.
Intel: benchmarks ‘not good enough’ for Rambus
In a remarkably audacious explanation of why Rambust continually fails to impress when compared with the much cheaper alternatives, an Intel spin paramedic today explained why we've all got it terribly, terribly wrong.
Woman touts 10-year-old for adoption on the Net
A woman has been arrested for arranging the adoption of her ten-year-old son over the Net.
Iomega recovery marred by falling sales
Iomega continues to recover from last year's financial troubles, but the company still faces an ongoing slide in sales.
Windows ME ‘a toy operating system’
Never let it be said that Microsoft is a huge, monolithic, monster intent on world domination. Well, OK, a lot of you have already said that. But consider the reply given to The Register earlier today when we asked a geezer very close to Windows 2000 why Internet Explorer 5.5 wasn't deemed ready for inclusion in Win2K's Service pack 1 when it is bundled with the very forthcoming Windows ME.
Lords do their worst on RIP
The government was nearly defeated again last night on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) bill.
Ray Lane – why he quit Oracle
Following his recent resignation, Ray Lane, erstwhile number two to Larry Ellison at Oracle, has spoken about the real reasons for leaving the company. Ellison has also done a bit of a U-turn and is now claiming that Lane quit the company after his responsibilities had been reduced.
RIAA dubs Napster defence ‘patently baseless’
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) yesterday responded to Napster's defence, released last week, against the organisation's copyright violation lawsuit.
Reno gets her teeth into Carnivore
US Attorney General and everyone's favourite gal Janet Reno has said she'll launch a review into Carnivore - the FBI's automated tapping system for ISPs. "I'm taking a look at it now to make sure that we balance the rights of all Americans with the technology of today," she said with depressing predictability.
Music minnows fear Net Giants
A clutch of small European music companies have called on the European Commission to ensure that they are not swamped in the consolidation of Internet and content giants.
Freeserve/T-Online deal back on the agenda
Takeover talks between Freeserve and Deutsche Telekom's T-Online seem to be back on. Rumours of the deal sent the share price to 335.5 pence. Analysyts at Credit Suisse First Boston have put a 496p target on the shares according to the Daily Express. Looks like the Freeserve management's concerns about their share options are being sorted.
EMI digital music service to debut next week
EMI, one of the world's 'big five' record labels, will next week release 100 albums and 200 singles as digital downloads to be sold through online music retailers.
Compaq and Seagate sued for $800 million
Compaq and Seagate are being sued for patent infringement by New York based company, Convolve. The privately held firm is seeking $800 million in damages and a permanent injunction against Compaq and Seagate from manufacturing or selling drives incorporating the disputed technology.
Establishment uses local loop to flay BT
With sad predictability the EU plans to issue directives telling BT it will have to unbundle the local loop before the end of the year. And with sad predictability, Oftel said it wasn't possible and BT sulked and refused to budge. We'd seen this sort of bickering so many times before that we thought it barely worth covering.
Pig farmer wins top UK dotcom award
A Somerset pig farmer has been crowned Britain's top dotcom business king.
We have the solution to cybersquatting
Internet technology has spawned an enormous amount of legal action, but the most bitter of it has frequently been to do with so-called cybersquatting.
Preview version of Windows Whistler released
Microsoft has given beta testers access to the first preview edition of Whistler, the next version of Win2k. Designated build 2250, the software is available at a private download site, and according to Paul Thurrott of WinInfo, includes the first version of a skinning feature called Visual Styles, which will allow the UI to be tailored.
Sandcraft chip patenting shocker
In what has been described as something of a branding exercise, Sandcraft, the electronics designer, has released a list of newly granted patents. Our advisors assure us that there is nothing utterly earth shattering in here, but that there are some new ways of doing old tricks. Or, in other words, they are evolutionary developments in design.
Canadian province rules violent game ‘pornographic’
Violent computer game Solider of Fortune has been classed as pornography by British Columbia, Canada, forcing shops to remove the title or face prosecution for peddling adult material to kids.
3Com finalises Palm stock giveaway
3Com will hand out 1.484 Palm shares for each of its own shares stockholders own, the comms company said today.
eBay gets the law on sweary bidder
Auction site eBay has asked a federal judge to bar a Chicago man from its web site as it claims he's ignored their own attempts to bounce him.
Mesh top nob scampers into arms of rival
Mesh Computers general manager Paul Kinsler has quit the London PC maker after four years in the job.
Anand goes on Apollo Pro 133 mission
As a concerned reader pointed out a few days ago, AMD is not the mortal enemy of Intel, but Via could be. Having successfully picked off a few points worth of desktop market share, Via now seems to be turning its attention to the workstation market. Anand has come through again with the lowdown of Via's Apollo Pro 133 chipset.
Mexican geeks crack controversial gov't report
Mexico's leftist Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) Wednesday revealed a long-sought list of 2300 questionable loans that it obtained by cracking a password on a protected CD, Reuters reports.
Seti concept gets commercial
Inspired by the success of alien search project SETI@home, a group of US companies has launched fee based distributed computing venture, hoping to tap into the unused power of idle CPUs.
NASA blocks all Excite@Home traffic to thwart hackers
The US government's normally lame efforts to secure its computer networks from malicious script kiddies fell to new lows earlier this week as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) secretly blocked access to several of its Web sites from more than 1.5 million cable subscribers belonging to ISP Excite@Home.
Mr Spock drafted in to flog Dotcom
Star Trek megastar Leonard Nimoy is riding his success as the face to flog IT-related stuff and got himself a new ad contract.
Wireless Developers of the World Unite
WAP l has many shortcomings, and the prospect for their resolution is Not particularly hopeful, but speakers at the first Wrox Professional Wireless Developer Conference in Amsterdam this week painted an interesting picture of the wireless computing future. The collective opinion was that with the coming of WAP 1.2, there will be reasonable security for online purchases and information exchange in Europe.