27th > September > 2000 Archive
US Representative Rick Boucher (Democrat, Virginia) introduced a bill, called the "Music Owners' Listening Rights Act of 2000", in the House Monday which would protect a downloadable audio database from copyright infringement complaints if it were accessible only to people who had previously purchased the music in another format. In other words, if they behaved just like MP3.com.
The company formerly known as The Big Q and also known as Compaq, is re-branding itself yet again, next Monday, with a fantastic advertising campaign that flies in the face of history and literature.
Online film e-tailer SightSound.com has pulled out of a $50 million float, citing poor market conditions.
Motorola yesterday unveiled its latest PowerPC G4 processor, the 7410, but the new processor is unlikely to please Mac users looking for a chip capable of catching up with Intel's ever-growing megahertz lead.
UpdatedApple CEO Steve Jobs has just announced upgrades to the company's consumer-oriented portable Mac, the iBook.
Apple has released its public beta, but only on CD and for those Mac users keen enough to shell out 25 quid or 30 bucks, depending on their country of residence.
Microsoft has at last said when it will ship Office 2001 for the Mac: just under a month from now, on 11 October.
Apple's lawyers have been quietly busy persuading a Napster clone developer to change its name.
A band of Taiwanese companies and Taiwan-based subsidiaries of US operations have come together to promote IEEE 1394 as the standard connectivity and networking technology for information appliances.
Angry British Mac users have called off their planned disruption of Apple CEO Steve Jobs' keynote speech at Apple Expo Paris on Wednesday.
Apple was clearly so impressed with Genentech chairman and CEO Arthur D Levinson's performance in their Power Mac G4 Cube promotional video that the company has given him a place on its board.
Apple's recent brush with Mac-oriented Web sites publishing details of upcoming product launches has clearly forced the company to rethink its legal support. To beef that up, the Mac maker this week launched a quest for someone to pursue any it suspects of infringing its trademarks and copyrights.
Apple's proprietary Apple Display Connector (ADC) may not be quite so proprietary or such a smart piece of Apple technology as the company would have us believe.
Licking its wounds, Citrix regroups next week at its Thinergy Conference in Florida. But ahead of that Tarantella chose this week to crank up the pressure another notch by releasing Version 3.0.
Toni Beckham, the nice lady in charge of investor relations at AMD, has gone on record to re-assure people that while Intel might have a problem, its own status in Europe is absolutely fabulous.
3Com is busily preparing the way for the launch of the first product in its upcoming Ergo family of Internet appliances with a Web site of its very own, as a reader over at PalmStation has discovered.
A US government report, due to be published today, will assert that the US air traffic control system could be vulnerable to hackers. It says that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) failed to complete proper background checks on foreign nationals it employed to ensure that the system was Y2K compliant and other computer experts called in to look at the overall security of the system.
Nvidia will move into the chipset market with an X-box inspired product it's currently calling the Media Communications Processor (MCP).
Communications chipmonger Broadcom has asked a California superior court for an injunction against Intel in a bid to stop Chipzilla from selling products Broadcom claims are the result of stolen trade secrets.
A development by Motorola could be the first step towards fuel cells small enough to power a mobile phone and laptop computers.
Marc Andreessen, the not-too-poor co-founder of Netscape, has filed plans for an IPO of his latest Net venture LoudCloud.com. The company is worth around $600 million and he hopes to make $150 million from the float.
AOL and Japanese mobile phone company NTT DoCoMo have signed a big touchy feely deal in which they will both work on the mobile Internet market. It not actually official yet (probably formally announced today) but then it's hard to keep a $100 million deal quiet.
The chipset formerly known as Twister, S3 and VIA's ProSavage KM133, is now sampling. Designed for Socket A Duron and Athlon processors, it combines VIA's Apollo KT133 chipset with the S3 Savage4 3D and Savage2000 2D graphics engines, and is aimed squarely at the value PC segment.
Do you remember all that stuff about unmetered Internet access - you know, how it all went horribly wrong and everyone has had to scrap it? Well one of the most interesting aspects of it was when AltaVista went temporarily insane and denied rumours (for about a month) that it was lying about having subscribers to it service.
The sorry saga of local loop unbundling (LLU) took another turn for the worse today after the Times reported that more than a third of Britain's population will be without broadband services because they live in "deadzones".
Once upon a time, it was impossible to get a word out of Transmeta, the chip start-up which established a Garbo-like mystique in pre-launch mode by the simple expedience of keeping its gob firmly closed. Today, it's difficult to get the chip designer to shut-up.
Microsoft's ever-resourceful marketing goblins seem to have come up with a killer combination of features designed to win hearts and minds for MSN Explorer, the jazzy Internet-email client intended for newbies from the Great Unwebbed. The second beta of the software has a built in 'spam a friend by mistake' function, and if you happen to have an MSN email account, it may confiscate your POP service and give you a Hotmail account instead.
Would-be Nathan Barleys will have another gadget to flourish next month when Psion ships its "smart" digital radio tuner, Wavefinder.
John Miner, VP and general manager of Intel's Communications Products Group, told bemused delegates at Networld+Interop that the rapid convergence of voice and data networks is being driven by the move to e-business and the addition of voice capabilities to the online experience.
Tony Blair is offering to swap one PC in return for every five children, this headline from VNUNet suggests.
Baltimore Technologies has signed a deal with AppGate that will see it provide a security layer to AppGate's flagship server product of the same name. This will provide application authentication, a level of security beyond a company firewall.
Dear oh dear oh dear. It's a trickle then it's a flood. It looks like the rumours that T-Online's entire board would resign over Ron Sommer's (CEO of parent company Deutsche Telekom) interference may well be true. Having already lost chairman Wolfgang Keunje "for personal reasons" (isn't everything personal?) and marketing chieftain Ralf Eck, the CFO Christian Hoening has now walked out the door.
Sport and geeks rarely mix, but Formula One is a bit of an excdeption. After all, there is a whole big pile of technology involved here. The gang at Planet Hardware have decided to investigate the nature of the beast in Grand Prix racing. And we are not talking about Schumacher this time.
Okay, so what's been happening with WAP? Well, not all that much. i-Mode has got some more useful publicity with AOL's deal with NTT DoCoMo. People are talking about i-Mode taking over the world again.
Although Red Hat rolled out its big budget distro Red Hat Linux 7.0 this week, a far more intriguing release has appeared this week with nary a mention from the corporate trade press.
The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has found a compliant, pseudo-academic body to perform its promised review of the Carnivore e-mail sniffer after several prominent universities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Purdue University, Dartmouth College, the University of Michigan and the Supercomputing Centre at the University of California at San Diego withdrew their applications or simply refused to apply, over objections that DoJ restrictions would compromise their independence.
"A steel vault. A moat. Fort Knox. We've got something a little better," on-line brokerage firm E*Trade boasts to its prospective customers. E*Trade employs "some of the most advanced technology for Web security," the PR blurb continues. "In other words, your personal information is for your eyes only."
Hacks were in uproar today at Sun's New York launch of its "Net Effect" strategy.
Max Butler aka 'Max Vision' on Monday pleaded guilty to one felony count of unauthorized access to protected computers and recklessly causing damage. The former FBI consultant on computer crime had been indicted by a federal grand jury in March and charged with fifteen counts of breaking into scores of US government computers as well as possessing the passwords of 477 customers of California ISP Aimnet.