1st > September > 2000 Archive
Microsoft's controversial and often-dysfunctional Windows Me Sweepstake came to a close yesterday with the promotional Web site in full working order - at last.
Hardware site 2CPU, which a few days ago published a set of Pentium 4 benchmarks, is reporting that pressure from Intel has forced it to pull them from its site.
Microsoft says it won't be issuing a patch for a newly discovered security vulnerability in Windows that PGP's COVERT lab classifies as 'high-risk'.
Great Universal Stores has bought Jungle.com for £37 million.
Many hardware sites are reporting a ZD story about Intel getting round to producing its cut-down Celeron processor using a 100MHz system bus, as reported here and here in prehistory.
You thought you'd heard it all in the continuing struggle of Micron, Rambus and the Dramurai, didn't you?
PalmOS-based handheld vendors have warned that they may run into difficulty fulfilling orders in the run-up to Christmas, thanks to the global shortage of key PDA components.
US District Judge Jed S Rakoff will next week decide whether MP3.com wilfully used 5000-odd CDs owned by record label Universal without permission - and how much the online music company must pay up in damages.
T-Online's share price went up 7 per cent yesterday on the news that its half-year sales had doubled (to £216 million). This despite the fact that its chief exec resigned last week and the company's suffered its first loss of £45 million. It made a £2 million profit last year. The losses came mostly from the cost of its acquisition programme.
A 23-year-old student was arrested yesterday in connection with an online fraud that saw the share price of Emulex Corp free-fall by 60 per cent last week.
Intel may have browbeaten 2CPU into submission (see Intel Pentium 4 benchmarks stalinised), but as we said earlier today, genies that come out of bottles have a habit of going walkabout.
BT's Finance Director Robert Brace has finally listened to what the City, press and investors have been telling him and promised to reduce the company's huge £30 billion debt by £10 billion. This means a hold on big deals, the wheeling out of the Cellnet float idea (again) and the possibility of selling minority shares.
The Office of Fair Trading has warned that e-commerce companies are entering a monopoly position (well, oligopoly, but only economists tend to know what that means), and may soon be able to exploit their powers to rip off consumers.
Abbey National's Internet bank, Cahoot, has had to recall all its customers' Visa cards after they failed to work in supermarkets and shops.
Judge Janet Hall's ruling that Microsoft used deceptive business practices, that these were approved at the highest levels within the company, and that Microsoft executives had been less than truthful in their testimony, puts last year's verdict in the Bristol antitrust trial in a certain context. The trial was a 'victory' for Microsoft in that it was concluded that there was no antitrust case to answer, but now Judge Hall has made her views on the company's conduct abundantly clear by hitting it with a punitive damages penalty of $1 million.
America's cultural dominance of the Internet is coming to an end.
[A student launches his protest to this story: Everybody wants to study computing]
Microsoft is re-engineering its X-box spec. to provide the games console with digital VCR functionality, sources close to the machine's development have claimed.
[Last week, we ran with a Threat of the Week. The person concerned panicked and fired off some emails. We thought it was only fair to give him a right of reply.]
Orange has sacked 45 of its staff for looking at naughty pictures on the Net.
[Water. Duck's. Back. But if a duck is able to have a kinda entertained smirk, then that duck, The Register duck, is the one that is having the water on its back. Failure to understand a joke is often funnier than the original joke. NB Some letters may be very funny satires of flames]
[Not as many here as in the Abuse section]
[Pretty disparate bunch. Some long and intelligent, some short and stupid. Take your pick]
[It's an occasional conversation in the pub at lunchtime: do abusive readers honestly think we are in any way affected by their crazy rantings? We're still undecided but we do love em. Interestingly, few return, leading to the second question: while they're all ballsy and confident in their front room, do they not realise we'll publish what they write?]
Great Universal Stores' take-over of Jungle.com is a serious threat to Dixons domination of the UK's computer retail market.