American airwaves are becoming hopelessly congested and there isn't much bandwidth available for expansion, a worried US President Bill Clinton observed in a hastily-drafted Executive Memorandum signed on Friday, in which he directed the Secretaries of State, Defence, Treasury, Transportation and Commerce to get their act together, cooperate, and solve the problem straight away [and no snickering in the press gallery, bud].
Poor old BT has been hit with yet another PR disaster -this time it's the turn of its Internet portal Genie.
Top city stockbroker Merrill Lynch has sacked 15 London staff for allegedly sending pornographic emails.
Gateway is next month staging what it claims will be the world's biggest computer games tournament.
E-staff at Manchester-based Powernet Telecom were escorted by police from their offices on Friday after being told they would not be paid.
BT has denied that Sir Iain Vallance is to step down early as chairman of the monster telco.
Wanadoo, the cash-rich ISP majority-owned by French Telecom, has "entered the race to buy Freeserve", Sunday Business claims.
Britain's leading telcos have lodged a formal complaint with Oftel against BT over the way broadband services are being introduced, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
Oftel has launched a preliminary enquiry into BT's handling of Local Loop Unbundling (LLU), a spokeswoman told Reg this afternoon.
Britain's Minister for e-commerce has turned herself into something of an oddity by becoming one of the few people to openly back Oftel and the way it's handled local loop unbundling (LLU).
The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals failed to rule on the Recording Industry Association of America's contributory copyright violation case against MP3 sharing service Napster yesterday.
If the Recording Industry Association of America's contributory copyright violation case goes against Napster, the MP3 sharing software company would be in real trouble when damages are assessed.
A New York dotcom is offering surfers the chance to win shedloads of cash and make a mess of their underwear.
The Free Internet Group (FIG) is prepared to prosecute individuals if they abuse the ISP's 24/7 flat-fee Net access.
The Government has abandoned "impractical" plans to force companies to seek permission from their staff to monitor email and phone usage at work.
'Big five' recording company BMG yesterday damned comment from Napster CEO Hank Barry that the music industry was unresponsive to the MP3 sharing software company's attempts at conciliation as "completely inaccurate".
Execs at dotcom casino Galaxiworld.com got their wrists slapped yesterday for defrauding the Queen's bank of $32 million.
UUNet has suffered a major outage at its London Docklands facility affecting 400 corporate customers.
It appears UUNet has finally got its house in order after its Docklands facility in London went for a burton this morning.
Heavily censored FBI documents obtained by US watchdog outfit the Electronic Privacy Information Centre (EPIC), under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, indicate that the FBI's electronic snoop known as Carnivore might be able to monitor a good deal more than just e-mail traffic.
More than half of all secondary school teachers in Britain have their own email addresses, according to figures just released by the Government.
ISPA (Internet Service Providers Association) could be about to rule whether LineOne broke the industry's code of conduct when it ditched its unmetered Net access product during the summer.
E-tail giant Amazon.com has a fresh challenger to the ownership of the prized 1-Click system.
What's it like to be a human being? Well researchers Harris Interactive and 3Com want to know and have teamed up to carry out what they claim is the largest ever poll of Internet users, and their counterparts in the non e-world.
New Yorkers were queuing round the block for jobs in the bubble economy this week.
Swedes are being given the chance to go elk hunting on the Net.
Yet more Pentium 4 benchmarks have popped their tiny little heads over the parapet, but this time they could be the real thing.
Last Friday's coup de grace on the hapless Timna (see Intel's Timna dead - official) could be seen as a welcome return to sanity for Intel's marketing department.
AMD confirmed today that a 1.2GHz Athlon would be in the stores in time for Christmas.
In Victorian times, if the marketing folk of the day wanted to make something sound exciting and high tech, they'd affix an 'Electric' prefix or suffix. Thus were born the Crapper Electric Toilet and the DeSade Electrical Servant Pacifier.
Worldwide semiconductor sales were $18.18 billion in August, a record for the year, and a stonking 52.7 per cent higher than August 1999's puny $11.91 billion.
More details of Intel's Pentium 4 delay have come to light thanks to an internal document obtained by Digit Life.
Leaked Intel documents seen by The Reg reveal that Celeron will finally move into the 1990s in 2001. The cheapo chip has been lumbered with a puny 66MHz front side bus ever since its inauspicious launch as the cacheless Covington in the latter years of the last century.
Intel's Pentium 4 is now scheduled for launch at the end of November in 1.4 and 1.5GHz guises.
No sooner do we advise that 1.2GHz Athlons will be in the shops in time for Christmas than do we discover that the little suckers will actually be out and about before the end of this very month.
Napster will face the Recording Industry Association (RIAA) in court today, as the two sides meet for what should be their final confrontation.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has given Oftel a vote of confidence over its handling of local loop unbundling.
A virtual woman is running for the Whitehouse - not the porn mag, the presidency of the United States of America.
According to ixbt labs, Intel is about to revamp its PIII Slot One chips ranging from 600 to 933MHz with the cC0 core used in the flip chip variants of the processor.
Sex-crazed bankers at Deutschebank in London have been given the boot for downloading porn from the Web.
[Something to put a smile on your miserable faces]
[Only uneducated Yanks respect copyrights - study]
Apple shares dropped further on Friday, as the company's profit warning inspired a whole bunch of previously pro-Apple analysts to downgrade the Mac maker's stock.
The US Department of Commerce has lifted the 10.44 per cent anti-dumping tariff it had imposed on Hyundai, the DRAM maker.
Chip giant Infineon Technologies is to buy California circuit company Ardent Technologies in a $42 million share deal.
Did you know that there are £200 million worth of IT training courses going to waste each year? We neither (to tell the truth, we hadn't given this any thought).
Ian Carey - CE of Manchester-based Powernet Telecom and the man who called in administrators on Monday - was a disqualified director, according to the FT.
Viglen has bought a 49 per cent stake in Pedagag limited, owner of @School (atschool.co.uk), an on-line internet based content resource which enables primary school children to "surf the Internet in safety and provides help with homework, school projects and tests".
Mighty Dell warned analysts yesterday that Q3 sales would be three per cent less than expected thanks to Europeans not buying enough of its products.
PST Group has launched a company to help vendors offload excess stock online.
European Franchise outfit PC-Spezialist, which operates 121 stores in Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg, reckons that Intel could have been economical with the actualité over a dip in Euro sales contributing to the chip behemoth's warning on Q3 profits.
The way things are going, VA Linux will soon have the entire readership of Slashdot working for it.
VIA has released its September sales figures and they are not so bad after all. The Taiwanese microprocessor firm produced revenues of NT$3.5 billion (about US$115 million) - NT$500 million down on its record month in August, but a stonking 253.45 per cent up on September 1999.
Logica, the UK software and services group is paying £370m cash for pdv Unternehmensberatung, a German competitor.
Computacenter today said it was no longer interested in buying Compel. The UK's biggest reseller made a conditional offer for Compel, the UK number 3, in June. So far, it's not saying why.
Online auctions may get shedloads of hits, but visitors aren't returning to the sites after losing their e-auction virginity.
European Commission anti-trust regulators said today they have yet to come to a firm conclusion as to whether AOL's proposed merger with Time Warner should be allowed to stand.
EMI and Time Warner have withdrawn an application to merge their music businesses from European Commission anti-trust regulators.
A bubble economy guru has slammed Amazon.com's strategy to be all things to all men.
Germany's Bertelsmann Music Group is believed to be making moves on EMI, following the UK company's decision to call off its proposed merger with Time Warner's Warner Music Group.
Palm appears to have successfully countered PalmOS-licensee Handspring's attack on its consumer flank, or so the latest US retail marketshare figures seem to suggest.
IBM is to rename all its servers tomorrow, under the blanket moniker - eserver.
Some might see IBM's pursuit of Linux as a sign of desperation, an and mainframe Linux as a whimsy, but every indication we see is that combined these maneuvers do seem to be paying off.
BXBoards makes a welcome return to the roundup with this review of the AX3SPro Solano based mainboard from AOpen. The reason for the delay (the guys got the board just after Computex) has been given as "various acts of gods". That sounds reasonable to us.
Microsoft has retreated from its recent threat to take action against Jeff Merkey's Timpanogas Research Group for providing read-write access to NTFS partitions.
Analysis Microsoft's juggling of its accounting practices last week might have been made under cover of legal necessity but there are a couple of upsides from the company's point of view as well. The reporting format it's gone for makes it trickier to implement Judge Jackson's judgement, temporarily set aside, that the company should be split into two. And although superficially it looks as if it'll be easier to see which of the company's revenue streams are performing, the reverse is the case when it comes to Windows and Office.
Analysis The persistent - and persistently wrong - rumours that Microsoft is going to port Office to Linux will have gained new impetus following yesterday's "alliance" with Corel. Here we have Microsoft pumping cash into a leading Linux vendor which is also just about (pace Sun) its last serious competitor in the apps business. Microsoft must want Corel's Linux expertise to get the skunkworks Linux Office port flying, right?
A bill to get 600,000 more work visas for high-tech foreigners sailed through the US Senate today.
After sailing through the Senate by a margin of 96-1, the bill that would increase the quota for high-tech-worker visas went to the House where it was approved as well, again with only one nay vote. The bill will grant nearly 200,000 H-1B visas to foreign tech geeks for each of the next three years. The visas remain valid for six-year terms.
Thomas Hodgson, president and CEO of the financial portal GlobalNetFinancial.com, has issued a statement in a bid to reassure investors following a decline in its share price. He said: "We are very much aware of the recent difficult market conditions in small-cap stocks and stocks in Internet-related companies.
Microsoft is being sued by a black, female former employee who claims race and sex discrimination. Monique Donaldson, who left the company in May, alleges that the company's appraisal system operates according to the biases of its largely white male managers, rather than on merit.
Anand takes time out from higher education to post, if not write, a new mainboard review. The Chaintech CT-7AIV2 Socket-A KT133 microATX is in for the treatment today. Go here if you feel as yet under informed.
IBM's re-branding of its servers as eServers could land it in court as US company Technauts claims to have been selling servers under the same name since early 1999. The company also holds the trademark rights to the brand name.
Sony has again called for partners to help it leverage its PlayStation 2 games console as a gateway to the Internet for homes, capable of hooking up all your consumer electronics kit to the Net.
AMD has released its Linux-based 'Hammer Sim' - a simulator that allows developers to run and debug code written for Chimpzilla's upcoming x86-64 64-bit processor technology.
In the last year, 865 patents were granted in the telecoms sector, making it officially the most innovative business in the country. Chip design also played its part, as 429 patents were granted in the last 365 days for circuitry design.
Analysis It's Broadcasting House, ancestral home of the British Broadcasting Corporation, and at Psion's Wavefinder launch a top level exec from the Beeb's new media operations is delivering an extended commercial for the Corporation's digital radio efforts. A contra deal typical of little Psion, known for its addiction to leveraging, one wonders? But one swiftly forgives, as Mr BBC New Media's boastful intro rapidly degenerates into an unintentionally amusing whine.
Colt Telecom has started offering broadband DSL services in The Netherlands, the company announced today.
Interactive TV use will increase tenfold in the US over the next three years, according to IDC.
Don't laugh - but Oftel is to start a "major review" of the dial-up Internet access market in Britain.
The Shadow Chancellor has called for BT to be broken up.
A Scandinavian chauffeur has been booked into a clinic for SMS addiction after his habit left him sending more than 200 e-chat messages daily.
Microsoft is to pump $135 million into its (suddenly former) deadly rival Corel. The injection is approximately equivalent to 25 per cent of the cash-strapped Canadian company, and is intended, according to a joint announcement released after the markets closed last night, to provide a foundation for an alliance over Microsoft's .NET strategy. Apart from that, it's all pretty murky.
According to Microsoft's proxy statement, as of 8 September Bill Gates' had only 13.7 per cent of Microsoft's shares (worth $43.9 billion at $60), and Steve Ballmer 4.5 per cent (worth $14.4 billion). The 31 executive officers and directors as a group control 18.8 per cent of the company. Mrs Gates has $12.9 million in shares in her own right.
MS on Trial "The scope of this case is monumental," Microsoft claimed while asking the court of appeals for a slow-track appeal process over five months. It also wants its principal brief to be 56,000 words - four times longer than is normally allowed - and for its reply brief to be 28,000 words, which is twice the normal length.
MS on Trial In response to what was in effect a Microsoft bid to extend the antitrust appeals process into a retrial earlier this week, the DoJ has filed its response early, calling for - as expected - a rather shorter appeals schedule. But although Microsoft hasn't won its retrial, it can glean some satisfaction from the current state of the case; even by sticking to the DoJ's schedule the process goers into next year, and a new US administration.
MS on Trial In its early filing in response to Microsoft's proposed timetable for the appeal, the DoJ has exposed some of the ways in which Microsoft is trying to cause delays.
"Anyone owning shares of Microsoft has become all-too-well aware of what happens when the risk associated with an investment suddenly increases. Until this year, Microsoft was one of the best stocks to own..." All very true of course, but it is hard to feel sorry for punters - apparently including the authors of a report entitled The real economic costs of the Microsoft decision - who have had years of warning that there could be a downside.
Microsoft is adamant that it wants to file long briefs and have five months for its appeal. But it did decide to accept the DoJ's challenge and file its scheduling reply in two days, rather than by 10 October as it was entitled to do.
CNET, the world's biggest IT portal, has built or bought a useful collection of price-comparison and catalogue databases and is looking to computer resellers to turn this into a useful revenue stream. And it appears to be successful - last week subsidiary, Swiss-based CNET Data Services (CDS), the company announced that it had signed up four European resellers to integrate CNET-owned software into their own Web sites.
Hyundai could be richer to the tune of $110 million following the US Department of Commerce's decision last week to rescind DRAM anti-dumping tariffs imposed upon the firm. Why? It's because the US authority has decided to backdate the decision to January this year.
Graphics hardware market leader ATI yesterday saw its losses narrow despite declining sales over the last three months, but at least had record annual revenues to give it heart.
A South Korean OEM, Myung Ge, has been ordered by a Utah district court to pay $2.4 million damages to Novell, after it was found guilty of counterfeiting software.
Anecdotal evidence about AMD's market share growth in Europe is turning into hard fact.
Transmeta's upcoming IPO will peg its stock at just $11-13 per share, according to the chip company's latest filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
ECS, the UK subsidiary of French reseller giant GFI Informatique, has bought GADC Networks, a rival networking systems integrator for an undisclosed sum. The group now has UK revenues of more than £25 million a year and a British staff head count of 150. No jobs will be lost in the takeover.
Research published today from Gartner Group indicates that PC demand in Europe is not to blame for poor performance in the hardware market, contrary to statements from both Intel and Dell. The report predicts growth rates of 11-13 per cent - below last year's 23 per cent, but not to be sniffed at.
The quality of online legal advice was today called into question after a lawyer claimed a legal firm's Web site was handing out incorrect advice.
China has excelled itself with a fresh batch of Big Brother Internet restrictions out today.
Online car trader, JamJar.com, had a bit of a mix-up over pricing at the weekend, which left some customers unable to buy the cars they wanted at the advertised price. A Nissan Primera was withdrawn from sale on the site after it emerged that it had been offered for sale at £1,000 below the actual price.
One of the main problems with ecommerce is getting the stuff you buy delivered to your house. While you are actually in your house, as opposed to while you are at work so that you have to take the following morning off to pick up your parcel from your local post office.
Helen Fielding, the author of bestseller Bridget Jones' Diary, has wrested control of the domain name Bridgetjones.com from a Florida-based cybersquatter.
Freeswerve - Britain's biggest ISP - is to get tough with Net users it believes are abusing its 24/7 unmetered service.
Two Britons have been charged with allegedly fleecing punters accessing porno Web sites, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said yesterday.
EverQuest gamers are revolting after one of their online buddies was banned from the Verant Interactive gaming community for allegedly posting a smutty story.
Execs at Kibu.com, a virtual hangout for teenage girls, have pulled the plug on the site just 46 days after its launch.
Online advertising company DoubleClick is to buy NetCreations in a $191 million share swap.
The number of registered domain names is set to double to 60 million by 2002.
Poor old Priceline.com is having a rough ride of it - two of its licensees have announced they are going down the tubes.
Lastminute.com has signed a deal with Nortel Networks so it can get non-PC literate customers to use its services over the phone. The customer portal will use automated voice recognition, and the same database customers access when using the Internet.
The intellectual property subsidiary of Philips has accused six US semiconductor outfits of patent infringement and inducing others to infringe its patents.
Citrix iForum First the news. Citrix has unveiled the WYSE Blazer - a "portal appliance" made in conjunction with WYSE and Nat Semi at its iForum conference in Orlando. This little box is your portable portal and will revolutionise the world (of course). Plug it in and away you go. More details as and when they arrive.
Element 14, the bit of Acorn left after the veteran British company was dismembered for its ARM shareholding, has been bought by Broadcom for $594 million in shares.
Micron Technology, the US Flag-waving DRAM maker, has pulled in record Q4 net income of $727 million, on sales of $2.6 billion.
Citrix iForum Shortly after top man of Citrix Mark Templeton gave his keynote speech at the iForum in Orlando, fellow cuddly gnome David Weiss* (VP marketing) gave us a series of demos which made application service providing a tangible concept for the first time.
UK Publishing news Computing, the slightly-less dull version of Computer Weakly, is obviously feeling the pinch and deems it necessary to embark on a redesign.
Sony's has extended its plan to dominate the digital entertainment market with the launch of a subsidiary whose mission is to bring venture capital to new media start-ups.
PC manufacturer Hi-Grade has offered a number of UK IT journalists the chance to buy into a private float of the company.
A bunch of miffed AOL subscribers today saw their three-year battle to sue America Online stomped all over.
Nintendo is sueing 55 domain name owners, whose sites "wilfully infringe" its Pokémon trademarks.
Chicago's gangster ridden past has come back to haunt city officials with the appearance of a new website - Voteauction.com, where people can register to sell their vote to the highest bidder
The relaunch of shoddy sportswear site Boo.com is due to go ahead at the end of this month. The URL, trademark and a few other bits were bought by Fashionmall.com in June, after the bulk of it had been bought by Bright Station for £250,000.
You can't say Napster isn't popular. The latest usage statistics, unveiled yesterday by online market researcher Media Metrix, shows the number of US home-based users the MP3 sharing software increased six-fold between February and August.
Gameplay.com - the British-based games portal - today reported revenues of £23.2 million for the full year to July. Its preliminary results showed that gross profits hit £4 million with an operating loss before goodwill and depreciation of £22.8 million.
Hewlett-Packard's Carly Fiorina has topped Fortune magazine's "50 Most Powerful Women" poll for the third year running. The "silver medal" went to Debby Hopkins of Lucent Technologies and eBay's Meg Whitman came in third. By contrast, the probably better known Oprah Winfrey came in at number 15.
The world's biggest hard disk drive company is to be created, through the takeover of Quantum's HDD business by Maxtor.
Citrix iForum BT's ASP offering, ASP Enabler, is already a screaming success. What else could a hyped service with just one customer be?
We have in our hands a new, but incomplete, AMD OEM price list, due to take effect from 9 October. However, we understand that AMD may be having second thoughts (over timing, as opposed to pricing). And who could blame the company for making hay, while Intel don't shine.
Intel's low power consumption XScale architecture will eventually replace StrongARM in Chipzilla's portfolio, Ron Smith, VP of the chip behemoth's wireless communication group, said today.
Apple is getting flabby, and Steve Jobs is going to get it into shape. At least that's what he told staff t'other day in a "communications meeting" broadcast to Apple-atchiks around the globe.
Someone at Intel's notoriously-leaky Qiryat-Gat plant (Fab 18) in Israel has been blabbing to Israeli paper Haaretz about teething troubles with the upcoming Pentium 4 chip.
Corel's alliance with software rival Microsoft will see the troubled Canadian operation ship .NET versions of its Mac applications.
Sony took its copyright violation case against PlayStation emulator developer Connectix to the US Supreme Court yesterday, but found that body would not back its demand that Connectix's Virtual Game Station be banned.
An encryption algorithm developed by a pair of Belgian researchers is almost certain to be confirmed as the new US security standard.
Analysis There are several theories as to why Microsoft did a deal with Corel, but neither a Linux-based liaison nor assuaging antitrust concerns stand up to serious examination. On the antitrust front, Microsoft is probably more concerned about its PR image vis-a-vis the punters than the court of appeals. There are some clues about the real reason for the apparent chumminess if we look at how the deal came about - and especially at what remained unexplained after the analyst call.
A nifty little piece of software from IXOS comes out today that will archive any files attached to your emails, thus keeping your inbox compliant with the principles of Feng Shui, ie uncluttered.
Microsoft has released an interim build of Whistler to testers, having knocked back the actual release of beta 1 of the software two weeks, to 25th October. According to Paul Thurrott of WinInfo, who's hand a chance to look at a copy of the build (2267), there are a few small improvements over the previous build, but no major new features. Two things do however seem particularly worth noting - there's a new policy whereby testers have to download or install code live using Passport validation, and according to Thurrott the new Whistler UI is a severe hardware hit.
[We ran a story on a survey that claimed one in ten online women had shagged someone they met online. We said nonsense. You begged to differ. We ran a few responses last week, but since then more and more have piled in. Here are some]
Servecast.com has launched Europe's first dedicated broadband audio and video network and is planning to spend another $40 million on the infrastructure over the next six months, and is opening offices in Amsterdam, Milan and Brussels by the end of the year.
Kingston Communications, love object of Hull Council and residents, has been the latest to be hit by the unmetered Internet access bug. The company, which has consistently been ahead of other telecoms operators in terms of technology and service, has had to cut back its Internet access offerings, leaving a trail of unhappy punters.
Dr Tom's duly notes the existence of NVidia's new detonator drivers for Linux. Of course it does more than just that - and the drivers are throughroughly road tested, as you would expect. Click here for the whole story, and no jokes about Penguins. Thankyou.
Although it's a late arrival at the Symbian ball, Sanyo this week has become the first OEM to show a living, breathing Quartz prototype at the Ceatac show in Japan.
This little story of journo arrogance takes place in the Swan Hotel in Orlando (you'll know it's the Swan hotel and not the Dolphin hotel because it has several 60-foot blue swans on top of it. The Dolphin has several 60-foot off-pink dolphins on top of it).
Now this is more like it. SCi Entertainment has bought the rights to World War II classic The Great Escape. Made in 1963, the film is based on a true story and contains such stars as James Garner, Donald Pleasance, Steve McQueen, James Donald and Charles Bronson.
Special report It's only a short time since Windows Me - Microsoft's 'final' operating system based on the Win9x kernel - was released, but we're already seeing bug reports, problems and fixes for the new OS, writes Luis Escalante.