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Ballmer says some stock (not his) dramatically overvalued

A year on from knocking five per cent off Microsoft's price through careless talk about overvalued stock, Steve Ballmer has returned to the fray by describing some companies as "dramatically overvalued." But don't hit the phones - last time he blurted that this included Microsoft, but this time around he left his own company out.
John Lettice, 24 Oct 2000

How the hack SDMI challenge was run

All of the responses to the Hack SDMI challenge still being considered are likely to have entirely removed the watermark, according to inside information received by The Register. That doesn't mean that all - or indeed any - of them succeeded in producing an unprotected music file of tolerable audio quality, but it confirms the two-stage nature of the judging process.
John Lettice, 24 Oct 2000

New Intel TV ads ‘complete crap’

You'd think Intel might do a quick trawl around its competitors' websites before signing on the dotted line for a new global ad campaign.
Andrew Thomas, 24 Oct 2000

Pentium 4 to ship bundled with Rambus

With Intel's Pentium 4 launch less than a month away, US distributor Tech Data has posted details of its P4 offerings on its secure site. VARs and resellers planning to offer the chips will have to pay $900 for a 1.4GHz part and $1050 for the 1.5GHz variant.
Andrew Thomas, 24 Oct 2000

Dodgy executives ‘four times more likely online’

The dotcom world is run by a bunch of crooks, according to research from Kroll Associates, a corporate security company. The company found that Internet executives were four times as likely to have "unsavoury backgrounds" than executives from traditional companies.
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Oct 2000

Dutch telco relaxed about LLU in Britain

Dutch telco Novaxess is refusing to get het up about local loop unbundling (LLU) in Britain despite being committed to offering ADSL services from the beginning of next year.
Tim Richardson, 24 Oct 2000

Company director jailed for kiddie porn

A UK company director has been jailed for three months after being convicted of downloading kiddie porn from the Net.
Tim Richardson, 24 Oct 2000

Wildfire Magee mad at ‘spinmeister’ slur

Reg co-founder Mike 'Wildfire' Magee today took time out from his sabbatical to angrily refute suggestions that he was a Sanskrit god.
Lester Haines, 24 Oct 2000

Germany bucks Apple revenue trend

If Apple is running into problems in the US and other territories, it certainly isn't in Germany. The Mac maker yesterday touted a 62 per cent rise in annual revenue as a sign that Germany is its most important European market.
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2000

Nat Semi issues profit warning

National Semiconductor's share took a 35 per cent tumble after the company issued a profit warning for the second and third quarters.
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Oct 2000

SGI Q1 loss beats Street

SGI managed to pull at least one rabbit out of its financial top hat yesterday, widely beating Wall Street expectations of its earnings (or lack of them) despite a predicted fall in revenue.
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2000

Boxman sinks

Boxman, the e-retailer, is to go into liquidation, after failing to find a buyer. The company, which burned through £50 million of shareholder funds, was losing upwards of £2 million a month at the time of its collapse earlier this month. Everyone appears to rate Boxman highly, so what's in store for less well-run dotcom businesses?
Drew Cullen, 24 Oct 2000

BTOpenwoe stung by bugs

BTOpenwoe has been hit with technical problems that prevent people from using the high speed, always on, broadband service.
Tim Richardson, 24 Oct 2000

Hitachi jumps on Crusoe bandwagon

Hitachi is the latest Japanese laptop maker to adopt the Transmeta Crusoe notebook chip.
Andrew Thomas, 24 Oct 2000

Be wins PersonalJava compliance award

Sun today patted Be on the head and said, "There's a good boy," for ensuring its information appliance-oriented BeIA operating system is Personal Java-compliant.
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2000

Carrera ceases trading

Carrera, the stricken system builder has ceased trading and is "operating" with only a skeleton staff.
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Oct 2000

UK Gov't to fund easier-to-use GUIs

The UK Government today announced it will hand out £4 million to anyone who can make computers easier to use.
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2000

P4 set to bust 2GHz barrier in Q2 next year

New Intel confidential roadmaps seen by The Register put more flesh on the bones of Chipzilla's plans for the first half of next year. And the chip behemoth's promise that the P4 ramp will be its most aggressive yet certainly seem to be borne out, assuming everything goes according to plan.
Andrew Thomas, 24 Oct 2000

Debt-ridden Xerox promises ‘aggressive turnaround’

Xerox, the bluechip-to-pauper imaging business, is to tackle its $18bn debt through an "aggressive turnaround plan".
Drew Cullen, 24 Oct 2000

Paedo ‘predator’ jailed

A paedophile has been jailed for five years after abusing a 13-year-old girl he met in a chat room
Tim Richardson, 24 Oct 2000

Mobile phones get on your (ear) nerves

Guess what? Mobile phones cause nerve damage to your ears. They also heat the skin.
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Oct 2000

Oftel welcomes shared access

Oftel has today issued more guff about local loop unbundling (LLU) in Britain.
Tim Richardson, 24 Oct 2000

HWRoundup: Dr Tom burns fast CDs

The friends of the good Dr Tom take a gander at the new 12 speed CD Rewriter from AOpen. There really isn't much these companies can do on the aesthetic side. But it isn't about the package, so get over there and find out whether the insides are any prettier.
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Oct 2000

Acer to bring PlayStation games to DVD players

Taiwan's Acer Labs is working on processor, chipset and software combo that will allow DVD players to run PC and Sony PlayStation games.
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2000

ALI joins VIA in race to support P4

ALI is ramping up an Athlon and Duron chipset supporting 266MHz DDR SDRAM ahead of an expected announcement from AMD on the subject next week. The chipset is set to enter production in November.
Andrew Thomas, 24 Oct 2000

Uni team claims SDMI cracked, and ‘inherently vulnerable’

SDMI now looks comprehensively hacked, with the release of a report by a group of security and digital watermarking researchers claiming that they successfully beat the Hack SDMI challenge.
John Lettice, 24 Oct 2000

Dotcom dodo loses power of speech

Fall Internet World was today hit by the e-malaise when one of its main speakers turned out to be a dotcom dodo.
Linda Harrison, 24 Oct 2000

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