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FBI warns Congress: foreign telecomms may inhibit wiretaps
The great twins of American obsessiveness, Power and Wealth, stood in direct conflict on Capitol Hill Thursday as the House Commerce Subcommittee considered numerous implications of Deutsche Telekom's $46 billion takeover bid for US mobile phone operator VoiceStream Wireless.
Scaldera swings the axe
The Santa Cruz Operation is to shed 19 per cent of its workforce - 190 employees - as it gets ready to hand its Unix operations over to Caldera.
Amazon's Loyalty Tax: IE users pay more
Jeff McNeal, editor and publisher of the The Big Picture DVD site, says Amazon.com's recent random pricing has prompted him re-examine his relationship with the Seattle e-tailer.
Leaked email halts SF newsroom
Never have the perils of bad mouthing your colleagues by office email been so vividly illustrated as in the unfortunate case of a San Francisco newspaper reporter.
Napster fan hacks 50 more sites
Pro-Napster hacker 'Pimpshiz' has proved true to his or her word and struck again, breaking into and defacing a host of US Web sites - just as promised last month.
Wall Street goes mad on imaginary MS settlement talks
the twitchy vulnerability of Wall Street was amply illustrated yesterday by what seems to have been an entirely spurious rumour that settlement talks between Microsoft and the DoJ were under way again. Microsoft stock promptly kicked up on double normal trading volume, but it seems the rumour was at best wishful thinking.
MP3.com's battle with RIAA not ours – Napster
Napster moved to distance its legal wrangle with the music industry from MP3.com's own tussle with the world's biggest recording companies - which could see MP3.com paying up to $250 million in punitive damages for copyright theft.
Cunning stunt hunt worth a punt
The Digital Freedom Network (DFN) has challenged Net users to scour the Web in search of the very worst examples of online censorship.
Clothing company hit by anti-DeCSS suit
Programmer-oriented T-shirt supplier Copyleft has fallen foul of the DVD Copy Control Authority, the movie industry-sponsored body that oversees DVD anti-piracy technology.
MS Hotmail caves to Harris over spam blocking
Survey outfit Harris Interactive has triumphed over the mighty MAPS (Mail Abuse Prevention System) Realtime Blackhole List. After finding itself on the anti-spam list earlier this year Harris sued AOL, Microsoft Hotmail and a clutch of other outfits for blocking its email surveys. Microsoft has now joined AOL in bravely giving in to Harris, although the company says no money has changed hands.
Worldwide PC sales to rocket in Q3
Worldwide PC shipments are due to rise 18.5 per cent this quarter, with Asia Pacific leading the way, according to IDC.
Hitachi to offer Linux support from mobile to mainframe
Hitachi is to offer Linux on all of its major product lines, from mobile devices to mainframes, the company announced in Tokyo yesterday. Support for Linux will be available on its MP mainframe series; IA-64, 9000V Unix and HA8000 PC servers, the Flora PC series and its mobile products.
SoundMax audio drivers – how to get hold of 'em
UpdatedMost Reg readers' response to our story about the vastly superior SoundMax 2 audio drivers for Intel's Easton mobo, was 'where can I get them?'
Kmart limits sale of violent computer games
US retailer Kmart yesterday said it will clamp down on sales of violent computer games to young children. The company will now require would-be buyers to prove that they're old enough to meet a game's age rating.
US in Net demise
Almost 300 million people around the world access the Net from home, according to the latest figures from ACNielsen eRatings.com.
TSMC carries on chip churn
Another month, another record. Amidst talk of peaking semiconductor cycles and oversupplies of memory chips, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co posted another record high monthly revenue last month. The record will do well to last beyond next month's revenue announcement, analysts said.
Hotmail co-founder starts new dotcom venture
Hotmail co-founder Sabeer Bhatia has launched his biggest private dotcom venture. The man who made $400 million selling the internet email service to Microsoft has spent less than $10 million of his own money on Arzoo.com - a business which will fix IT problems over the Web using software professionals based in the US and India.
Heatsinks that work by sound
Boffins at the University of Pennsylvania reckon that the future of cooling lies in converting heat into sound. The technique, which we don't pretend to understand for a moment, centres on some dinky little gizmos called carbon nanotubes.
AMD to axe prices again October
Newport BeachSources close to AMD in the US say the firm will make an attempt to queer Intel's Pentium 4 pitch by once more slashing prices on its microprocessors .
World Online happy with Italian job
The UK CEO of World Online has welcomed the move by the Italian ISP, Tiscali, to acquire the Dutch outfit.
Nokia unwraps Linux Net appliance
Mobile phone maker Nokia today unveiled its entry into the Internet appliance market. Called Media Terminal, the device - the first in a series of consumer electronics units - is based on Linux.
TSMC carries on chip churn
Another month, another record. Amid talk of peaking semiconductor cycles and oversupplies of memory chips, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co posted another record high monthly revenue last month. The record will do well to last beyond next month's revenue announcement, analysts said, writes Iain Pocock in Taiwan.
Porno Webmasters nailed in $43m credit scam
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Thursday ordered a California Web-porn outfit to pay $37.5 million in restitution for a credit-card billing scam, made possible after the defendants purchased access to a database of three million credit-card numbers from Charter Pacific Bank of Agoura Hills, California, and illegally tacked charges onto those accounts to the tune of $43 million, or over ninety per cent of their annual revenues.
Gigabyte provides Pentium 4 support
Newport BeachOur pals at OC Workbench have their mitts on details of a Gigabyte mobo supporting the Pentium 4.
Timna – bring on the orange sauce
US analysts seem to have just woken up to the fact that Intel's system on a chip Timna is scheduled for launch next year. We've mentioned before that the cheapo chip is on shaky ground, and the analysts' comments give us no reason to make us change our minds.
CMGI in trip to knacker's yard
CMGI - which has lost two thirds of its $50 billion value since the beginning of the year - is to take measures to try and halt the company's slide.
Qwest to shed 13,000 staff
US telecom company Qwest Communications International is to cut around 13,000 employees following its buyout of US West.
Vodafone upgrade improves voicemail security
Ever vigilant cellphone operator Vodafone upgraded its voicemail software this week to provide improved security. Security was improved to the extent that a sizeable chunk of users found themselves locked out of their own voicemail.
ISPA: no decision on LineOne
LineOne is still waiting to hear whether it's been kicked out of the Internet industry trade group, ISPA.
PlayStation 2 to sell out this weekend
The UK's high street retailers will have sold all their allocations of Sony PlayStation 2s by the end of the weekend.