Egg loses cash
British Internet-cum-telephone bank, Egg, reported an increase loss, before tax, for the nine months to September 30 of £115.1 million - up 7 per cent compared to last year (£108 million).
Dell, AMD and Taiwan: the final, final word
The weekend before last, a new Dell sources AMD rumour floated to the surface, courtesy of a report in Taiwanese newspaper The Commercial and Industrial Times, and amplified by way of the press-clippings service on chip firm VIA's Web site.
UK awaits G4 Cube discount and speed bump
Although Apple cut $300 from the G4 Cube in the US on Friday, there's no word yet of similar discounts being made available to UK buyers. To make matters worse, US punters have the option of a high-end G4 Cube as standard that isn't available through the UK store.
IBM bumps up Unix flagship with SOI
IBM still has some life to squeeze out of its POWER3 chips, and today it tops up the RS/6800 S80 line with processors based on Silicon on Insulator (SOI) process technology. Except it isn't called the S80 any more, and it isn't even the RS/6000 these days, either. So as two successful brands slip down the disposal chute, say hello to the "eServer pSeries p680". We're sure this makes sense to someone, somewhere....
SMEs get ‘cyber slingshot’ from Telewest
Peter Wood - the founder of insurance outfit, Direct Line and the man responsible for that annoying little beeping red phone on wheels - is to chair a new broadband operation aimed at SMEs.
Secret IRA Web site shut down
A Web site run by the Real IRA has been pulled by its American ISP. UK newspaper Daily Express is claiming credit for the discovery and subsequent removal of the site, which contained security details for Prince William while at St Andrews university.
Colour Handspring Visor on sale
Handspring has released the Visor Prism, the colour-screen version of its electronic organiser.
Oftel to be grilled by MPs
The head of telecoms regulator, Oftel, is to be hauled up in front of a committee of MPs next month to explain how local loop unbundling is progressing in Britain.
IT giants who don't pay tax part 1: how Cisco does it
AnalysisCisco is "a modern house of cards, in which the cards are Cisco's stock and the companies acquired for Cisco stock" according to Barrons. Part of the problem is that Cisco is not employing astute financial engineering techniques, so it has been increasing its exposure with little or no appreciation of the potential downsides. One sneeze from the market, and maybe the whole lot could go over.
IT giants who don't pay tax part 2: how Microsoft does it
AnalysisMicrosoft makes much more money from dealing in stock options than from Windows, and as a result paid no tax in fiscal 2000. It's not the picture you'd expect, and it's not exactly easy to get the real picture either - but it's all perfectly legal, really.
New radio software: the legal Napster?
Some new fancy software from SongCatcher.com may mean you'll never have to pay for your favourite songs again. And the good thing is that it's perfectly legal.
Freeserve ‘right to kick out heavy users’
Last week's we reported the (Consumer Association's attack on Freeserve for terminating the flat fee accounts of its 700 heaviest users.
MS spends $250k to shore up ‘Most Net-Friendly Senator’
Microsoft's recently discovered interest in politics has resulted in substantial, disguised company backing for embattled Michigan Republican Senator Spencer Abraham, today's Wall Street Journal reports. By a strange coincidence two major issues pushed by Abraham, H-1B visas for IT workers and the high tech business itself, are both dear to Microsoft's heart.
Who's the most powerful IT exec in the UK?
AOL supremo Steve Case is the fourth most powerful man in the UK (just behind the prime minister, chancellor and Alan Greenspan, chairman of the American federal reserves), according to a Power 300 list compiled by Channel 4.
TSMC sales soar on fab contracts
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co(TSMC) last week announced that sales in September reached a record monthly high. However the company's stock fell by almost the maximum limit as the market had been anticipating even stronger revenue figures, analysts said.
HP gets its garage back
HP has bought the famous garage where William Hewlett and David Packard used to keep their Bar-B-Q, charcoal briquettes, and broken sun lounger.
Oops! Bush email campaign sparks blizzard of spam
UpdatedSelf-styled "leader in permission-based email marketing/e-messaging" ClickAction says it is working closely with the FBI and various ISPs to nail the spammers responsible for sending "millions of unauthorised emails" in the past few days. Said ClickAction coyly: "These illegal emails included references to a ClickAction hosted web site, but are neither sent nor authorised in any way by the Company."
NTL in cut-price broadband trial
NTL has cut the cost of it broadband cable modem service for punters in the Cambridge area as part of a trial.
Reg readers get the hump with BTOpenwoe
Reg's mail bag was worryingly full this morning following Friday's report about the hassles experienced by someone trying to sign up to BTopenworld - the broadband ADSL service from BT.
SCH confirms Compel stand-off
It's all working out rather nicely for Specialist Computer Holdings, the UK's second biggest reseller group.
Toshiba pays US govt $33.5m for ‘defective’ laptops
Toshiba has agreed to cough up $33.5 million to settle a lawsuit in the US over potentially dodgy laptops.
Sony goes iMac with trendy Transmeta Vaio
Sony is to bring out two trendy versions of its Viao computers aimed at fashion-victim laptop users.
Brits are miserable
People in Britain are bloody miserable with nearly a quarter of men and women fearing a hopeless future, according to research out today.
HWRoundup 3dfx and Nvidia PCI punch-up
At Viahardware Buck has put the 3dfx Voodoo 4 PCI up against Nvidia's MX PCI in a PCI budget card punch-up. It's billed as a young gun versus the wise master kind of thing. Uncle Buck reckons the "GeForce2 MX PCI would most likely scale better than the Voodoo4 4500 PCI with faster CPU's. However the Voodoo4 4500 PCI can do Glide, something that the GeForce obviously lacks at."
ICANN steps over mark – again
Domain name registrar Regland.com has threatened to sue ICANN with regard to the new top level domains unless it apologies for damaging behaviour and makes a public statement of its official policies.
Brit sentenced in Daily Mail hacking plot
Former Daily Mail employee William Culbert approached the Daily Express with an exclusive offer to disable the Mail's operations for a week in exchange for £600,000, but earned himself eighteen months in the slam instead.
1.33GHz Athlon ‘for sale’ – in Sweden
Dustin, a Swedish computer reseller, is touting on its Web site for the spanking price of 8,225.00 kr. We say "touting" because Dustin announces the part is "Ej i lager" - or not in stock (we've also removed the link, as the company has excised references to the part since we first wrote this story).
Taxan scraps plan to make PCs in UK
Taxan Europe has ditched plans to manufacture PCs in the UK after its Japanese parent company got the jitters.
Hi-tech South Africa is ‘too white’
The information and communications industry is still too white, a black achievers gala in South Africa heard at the weekend.