The fast move into the trial phase presented the DoJ with a problem; it had expected at least a year before trial, and had no witnesses lined up. Reback told Heilemann after a meeting with Klein: "If I were Joel [Klein], I'd have been pissing my pants right then." Nobody wanted to testify, for fear of retribution.
Bill Gates broke down and cried at a Microsoft board meeting on 24 January 1999, after delivering "an extended and emotional tirade" against the DoJ, Judge Jackson, and the circumstances that had befallen the company. So says John Heilemann in a 52-page article in the November issue of Wired, entitled "The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth". The unanswered question is of course, who told Heilemann about the tears?
Envivid, which yesterday claimed to be partnering with web appliance manufacturer Frontpath to produce a Transmeta BeOS appliance, today removed references to Frontpath from its web site, and ducked any further questions by claiming it was "entering into a quiet period".
Transmeta notebooks have been available for a week now, and although it's been a fascinating week for benchmark mavens, the casual punter hasn't been much enlightened.
Quantum lost $19.5 million on its hard disk drive operations in its second fiscal quarter, despite a seven per cent rise in revenues to $824 million. The company described the loss as "disappointing" but claimed that things would be better next quarter, moving towards a break-even point.
LetsBuyIt.com has admitted that it's been bugged by a billing problem but has insisted that the error has only affected a handful of punters.
UpdatedNapster has made the first public test version of its controversial MP3 music sharing software available for the Mac.
Citizen's PDA-for-a-PDA module, discussed recently by Handspring's Donna Dubinsky, has made its first appearance out of the Japanese company's labs.
Amazon is happy with its Q3 results as losses have been less than expected. This was attributed to it cutting shipping expenses and sales growing by 79 per cent.
A claimed "worldfirst" today from the guys over at BX Boards, as they get up close and personal with the Asus A7 Pro VIA KT133 AGP 4X Socket A mainboard. Apart from the ludicrously long winded name, this has one feature you will certainly approve of: Multiplier Adjust. Check it here.
Compaq has reported Q3 profits jumped sharply on the back of strong sales across all its lines. The news didn't stop its stock slipping by four per cent, and though it expects strong growth to continue into Q4, it has reduced full-year earnings forecasts to adjust for impact of the week euro. Revenue forecasts remain the same.
Technology Means Business (TMB), a new Government-funded body which provides technical advice to SMEs, is calling on resellers to apply for accreditation for its professional industry standard.
IBM Global Financing has launched Price-per-Seat, an all-in-one bundle of hardware, software and services, wrapped into a per PC price. Price-per-Seat is aimed at companies with more than 500 PCs - and the kit doesn't have to come from IBM.
Compaq is to sell a $1 million super computer to the Japanese government. Researchers on the AJERI project - a nuclear energy project - are likely to use it to run simulations to aid them in their research.
It's not even in the shops yet, but Chipzilla has made yet another price reduction on the forthcoming flagchip Pentium 4.
Mesh has slammed the receivers for Carrera, the almost defunct PC assembler it was in the frame to buy, for changing the rules of the game during negotiations.
Sun has joined Microsoft's Universal Plug and Play initiative, the UPnP Web site discretely noted t'other day.
Mice maestro Logitech has reported a 43 per cent Q2 sales surge to $190 million.
Intel's dinky little eMail Station, part of the InBusiness range it inherited from Dayna, turns out to be susceptible to simple denial of service attacks, but the chip behemoth doesn't seem to care a Hell of a lot.
Intel has rejected Bluetooth and Home RF wireless technology for its new range of consumer wireless PC peripherals on grounds of cost. The new peripherals are currently only available in the US.
UpdatedThe top selling games console at Christmas is unlikely to be a player offering 36 old ZX Spectrum titles - but at £9.95 the retro gamer could do a lot worse.
Britain's first village designed for people embracing the concept of teleworking has been put in receivership because almost after a third of the homes remain unsold.
Skimpily clad waifs pranced down the catwalk at today's Fall Internet World sporting some bizarre wireless technology outfits.
AOL top knob Barry Schuler today claimed the Internet would be more important than the Industrial Revolution.
It started as an anti-stalking measure inspired, in part, by the shocking murder of a 20-year-old New Hampshire woman named Amy Boyer, whose twisted stalker tracked her down by purchasing her Social Security number from an on-line broker.