8th > September > 2000 Archive
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Digital Freedom Network (DFN) has challenged Net users to scour the Web in search of the very worst examples of online censorship.
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.
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 shipments are due to rise 18.5 per cent this quarter, with Asia Pacific leading the way, according to IDC.
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.
Updated Most 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?'
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.
Almost 300 million people around the world access the Net from home, according to the latest figures from ACNielsen eRatings.com.
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 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.
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.
Newport Beach Sources 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 .
The UK CEO of World Online has welcomed the move by the Italian ISP, Tiscali, to acquire the Dutch outfit.
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.
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.
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.
Newport Beach Our pals at OC Workbench have their mitts on details of a Gigabyte mobo supporting the Pentium 4.
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 - 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.
US telecom company Qwest Communications International is to cut around 13,000 employees following its buyout of US West.
Intrepid Reg fan Alex Cooksey has set a new vulture merchandising altitude record of 14,000ft during a daredevil ascent of Nepal's Annapurna. Intrepid Alex - supported only by 35 native bearers and a Medivac chopper - fought his way from the tourist bus to the bar in a nightmare thirty-yard trek through driving snow. Alex …
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.
LineOne is still waiting to hear whether it's been kicked out of the Internet industry trade group, ISPA.
The UK's high street retailers will have sold all their allocations of Sony PlayStation 2s by the end of the weekend.
Ever wondered what makes up the grimy residue that coats your computer keyboard?