14th > July > 2000 Archive

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.
John Lettice, 14 Jul 2000

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.
Andrew Thomas, 14 Jul 2000

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.
Drew Cullen, 14 Jul 2000

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.
Tony Smith, 14 Jul 2000

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.
Andrew Thomas, 14 Jul 2000

Lords do their worst on RIP

The government was nearly defeated again last night on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) bill.
Linda Harrison, 14 Jul 2000

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.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Jul 2000

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.
Tony Smith, 14 Jul 2000

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.
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Jul 2000

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.
Drew Cullen, 14 Jul 2000

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.
Team Register, 14 Jul 2000

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.
Tony Smith, 14 Jul 2000

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.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Jul 2000
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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.
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Jul 2000

Pig farmer wins top UK dotcom award

A Somerset pig farmer has been crowned Britain's top dotcom business king.
Linda Harrison, 14 Jul 2000

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.
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Jul 2000

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.
John Lettice, 14 Jul 2000

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.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Jul 2000

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.
Tony Smith, 14 Jul 2000

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.
Tony Smith, 14 Jul 2000

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.
Robert Blincoe, 14 Jul 2000

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.
Linda Harrison, 14 Jul 2000
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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.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Jul 2000

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.
Thomas C Greene, 14 Jul 2000

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.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Jul 2000

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.
Thomas C Greene, 14 Jul 2000

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.
Linda Harrison, 14 Jul 2000

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.
Jeroen Vermeulen, 14 Jul 2000

Readers' Letters: It's a biggy

[Email on mobile phones, grammar, dead girls, loonies. What more could you possible want from The Reg's letters page]
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Jul 2000

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