29th > September > 2000 Archive
Compaq's Rosen steps down
From: Chairman, Ben Rosen Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2000 5:27 PM Subject: Retirement
850 chipset delays Pentium 4 launch
UpdatedA flurry of behind the scenes activity at the Intel Corporation has failed to convince tier-one vendors they should stand up on 30 October and pledge their whole hearted support for the Pentium 4 platform.
Wanted: non-criminal hackers for new security start-up
Guardian IT this week launches in the UK an anti hacking unit, iXSecurity, which promises to find any holes in British corporate networks that hackers could sneak in through.
Halifax opens Net bank doors – two months late
Halifax, the British mortgage bank, today opened the telephone bit of its new Internet banking business IF.com (it stands for Intelligent Finance - yes, really), only two and half months late.
Apple Q4 earnings to take a kicking
Apple isn't going to make anywhere near as much money this fiscal quarter, the company worriedly told the world yesterday evening after Wall Street had closed for the day. The quarter, Apple's fourth of fiscal 2000, ends on Saturday.
Motorola sues AMD CEO-in-waiting
Motorola is suing Hector Ruiz, Jerry Sander's anointed successor at AMD, and one-time Motorola employee, for "luring away" a senior finance executive from his old company.
Apple denies Cube is cracking
Apple does seem to be having problems with its PowerPC G4 Cube. Not only has the tiny desktop machine not been selling as well as the company had hoped, but Apple's customer services department is being bombarded by concerned customers questioning the Cube's build quality.
Hijacker beaten to death with mobile phone
A hijacker was bludgeoned to death by "fellow" passengers wielding a mobile phone. The make of the phone is not known.
Chip tester TransEDA floating nicely
Newly floated chip tester, TransEDA has made its investors very happy yesterday as its shares pole-vaulted from their start value of 50p to an impressive 83.5p. This valued the company at £42 million and made a paper profit of 67 per cent for investors allocated shares in the company.
Europe to OK $135bn AOL/ Time Warner merger
European Commission anti-trust officials have decided to let the $135 billion AOL and Time Warner merger go ahead after all, but the merger operation will not be allowed to take over EMI's music operation.
Breakup remedy was Microsoft's own fault, says trial judge
Microsoft trial judge Thomas Penfield Jackson has blamed the company's intransigence for his imposition of structural remedies, including a split into two separate operations. At an antitrust conference in Washington yesterday he told reporters that breakup had not been his preferred remedy, but made it clear felt he'd been left with little choice.
IBM, Toshiba team on Linux cluster systems
IBM and Toshiba are to co-operate on the promotion of Linux cluster systems, the duo announced today.
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There is no ‘F’ in Rambus, Ink
A jolly little thread on The Register forum reveals just how jealous Rambus, Ink is of its intellectual property rights.
Photocopy your stack of CDs
Although it is meant for genuine marketing people, O'Dixion's 'CD photocopier', Digimatic, will certainly prove useful to people in the software piracy business.
Bad road planning could stunt Silicon Fen
High tech development in the whole of the UK could be impeded if the planning of Silicon Fen is mishandled, according to research published this week.
WorldSport falls into Net oblivion
Worldsport Networks Europe is going into liquidation after receivers failed to find a buyer. The London company, which provided news and information services for sports federations, called in the receivers on July 6. At that time it had 180 employees, 60 of whom were promptly laid off. At close of play numbers were down to around 90, according to Bloomberg. Worldsport Networks Europe had £ 8 million debt and next to no assets. It is - or was - a subsidiary of Dublin-based World Sport Networks Ltd.
Only uneducated Yanks respect copyrights – study
As we've always suspected, the less time you spend in American schools, the more likely you are to hold on to some semblance of the civic morality which Nanny struggled to beat into your thick skull during your blissful years in the nursery.
WinME sanity and praise
[We ran a story discussing the pros and cons of upgrading to Windows ME, and also gave an account of some of the bugs that have been encountered so far. You lot had a few suggestions and questions.]
Californian faces 100 years in jail and £10m fine for false press release
A 23-year-old California man faces 100 years in jail and a $10 million fine for trying to defraud investors in Emulex.
Readers' Letters A quiet one this week
No Flame of the Week I'm afraid. Can't understand it. It's not like we haven't been trying to rile you all :-). But we do have some interesting comments on online dating, Windows ME, explosions and the US obsession with trying to kill everyone that doesn't worship the stars and strips.
End of road for CharlotteStreet
Associated New Media is binning CharlotteStreet, the brand name for its women's portal, in favour of a new identity as femail.co.uk. The relaunch is supposed to take place in a couple of months time.
MP3.com launches email war on Congress
MP3.com has launched an email offensive aimed at hassling Congress to let users store and listen to music online.