Dotcoms told to swallow advice of sex industry
Dotcom start-ups should copy the porn industry if they want to be successful.
Urbanfetch and don't carry
New York-based Urbanfetch is to shut its consumer delivery service in the city and ditch its London office.
Blame Europe: now it's 3dfx's turn
3dfx, the leading graphics card maker, says its earnings and sales for the quarter ended 31 October will be "substantially" lower than expected. It attributes the shortfall to "overall softness in the European retail and system integrator channels".
Stan-the-man offers tax free betting
Stanley Leisure has opened two new tax-free sports betting sites. Stanleybet.co.uk is hosted in the UK and was launched in tandem with stanleybet.com, its offshore operation based in Malta. Both sites offer customers 'tax-free' betting on a range of sports although the outfit specialises in association football. It reckons it will be able to offer odds on up to 400 matches a week from 16 countries. Punters can also bet on other major sports, including golf, tennis and rugby, as well as the gee-gees.
Ericsson signs $1bn Compaq Alpha dev. deal
Switches don't usually light The Register's candle, but we were intrigued when we learned the Compaq has won a major contract to supply Swedish comms company Ericsson with Alpha processors.
Taiwan's DRAM makers signal shift to 16Mb
Taiwan Dramurai UMC has ramped up production of 16Mb DRAM chips to capitalise upon the parts' higher profit margins as 16Mb parts become almost as expensive as 64Mb chips.
Europe gives LLU the thumbs up
Europe is another step closer to forcing incumbent telcos to unbundle their local loops by January 2001 after the European Parliament's industry committee yesterday gave its seal of approval to the draft legislation.
Code Book code setters reveal crypto cock-up
InterviewFollowing the news that the final cipher of Simon Singh's Code Book challenge had been broken, The Register caught up with him and Paul Leyland, who between them set the ten ciphers in the challenge.
French Echelon report says Europe should lock out US snoops
The report of the French National Assembly's enquiry into the Echelon surveillance system, published yesterday, points up dangers to privacy and mission creep whereby a 'security' system is being used to spy on European businesses and technological developments. And somewhat ominously, it recommends that the European Union should push for the development of secure computer systems and liberalise policy on encryption.
LCD price crash pushes manufacturers into PDAs and phones
LCD manufacturers in Japan are trying to offset the financial damage done by falling PC and notebook screen prices by moving into production of LCD screens for PDAs and mobile phones. With the mobile phone market set to exceed 410 million units this year, it is a market the companies cannot ignore.
Blackmailed football star named on Web
The football star currently involved in an intriguing sex-blackmail court case has been named on the Net. He is one of the most famous British footballers, he is friends with Paul Gascoigne and the case is being heard in Newcastle crown court.
3Com Audrey Net appliance to debut Tuesday
3Com's first Internet appliance, Audrey, will finally be launched next week after a month's delay, according to company sources sited by CNet.
Get some of the Fuhrer's hair online
A German Web site specialising in Nazi memorabilia has put some of Hitler's barnet* up for auction - at £700 a hair!
Half Gateway's profits come from software and services
PC manufacturer Gateway matched analyst's estimates by reporting net income of $152.6 million for the third quarter, up from $113.1 million a year earlier.
Music biz to define digital music ID system
The Recording Industry Association of America is developing a system to identify and track the transmission of digital music files, the trade organisation said yesterday.
BT Openworld on show next week
BT is holding a two-day love-in at a trendy London location next week to show off its broadband content and technology.
Callnet bought by E-Tel
British ISP, Callnet plc, has been bought by E-Tel Ventures plc, Reg can reveal.
More banks put down payment on Net
Two announcements here. Barclays and Japanese bank Nomura are spending £30 million on a joint shopping portal in time for Christmas. And the Alliance & Leicester is launching a new small business service which it will run almost entirely over the Internet.
Dell recalls fire hazard notebook batteries
Dell today recalled up to 27,000 notebook batteries that are suspected of being a fire risk.
Get Carter more boring than En Carta
It had to happen. Spurred on by the success of British gangster flicks and inspired no doubt by Madonna's recent conversion to anglophilia, Hollywood has sunk to new lows with its remake of classic film Get Carter.
UK rail staff to get kitted out with WinCE Pocket PC timetables
Computer services group Sema has signed a £24 million deal with ATOC (Association of Train Operating Companies) to supply handhelds to rail staff in the UK.
UK brains deliver 8-fold increase in data processing speeds
The clever people responsible for the super-high-capacity solid-state storage breakthroughs, from Keele University, have discovered that the same technology will actually speed up processing time by a factor of eight.
Scotland joins dotcom revolt
Scotland is the seventh most wired country for business, according to the latest findings from Scottish Enterprise.
HWRoundup Fine tune your i815 chipset
Anandtech has taken a look at the ATI Radeon 32MB SDR Version. Major conclusions? It is still not quite up there at lower resolutions, but when more performance is demanded, it comes through with flying colours. Excuse the pun, and check it out here.
Canadians – dem not like the rest of us I tell you
Canada torches all .ca domain names - owners must reapply
A licence to print money?
People watching the BBC on their PC, whether via a PC card or by streaming it from the BBC's web site, should pay for a TV licence. But only if they're in the UK. This led to discussions on why the Brits pay for a TV licence anyway, how TV detector vans work and can you avoid them with an LCD monitor, and the 1949 Wireless Telegraphy Act.
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Open sourced StarOffice 6 vapes download site
UpdatedSun open sourced StarOffice 6 on Friday 13th, in circumstances that cynical-minded individuals might suspect as having been pre-engineered by the marketing department. "At about 5.45am PST," says www.openoffice.org, "our Web server was brought down by a veritable tsunami of hits."
Whistler public beta slips again – but say hello to Build 2281
Build number 2276 of Whistler - the next consumer Windows - leaked into the usual nefarious channels on Monday. But sources close to Microsoft have been filling us in on the 2281 build, which has only just been issued to Redmond's extra special birthday friends. With Paul Thurrotts'WinInfo site reporting that the public beta has again being delayed - missing the revised October 25 target - we felt it worthwhile to fill you in on what it looks like.