So did they or didn't they? Through Friday Microsoft spokespeople, spinmeisters and execs seem to have been largely unsuccessful in damping down the fires started by the Wall Street Journal's 'Microsoft hacked' story, but by the end of the day some kind of corporate line seemed to be emerging - they didn't get anything, they didn't change anything, and anyway they weren't in there for long.
Boo.com is back in business. The failed fashion e-tailer opened its online bootique today after going titsup.com earlier this year having ploughed through £80 million of someone else's money. The European e-tailer is now owned by US-based Fashionmall.com, which bought the outfit for an undisclosed sum.
A US computer broker has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for defrauding Hewlett-Packard.
Britain's minister for e-commerce, Patricia Hewitt, needs to revamp her Web site after it was branded "mildly comic" by a parliamentary publication.
Orange has denied that chairman Hans Snook will quit the company over France Telecom's decision to float the mobile phone network on the Paris stock exchange.
Cable & Wireless is to blow $1.4 billion over the next five years to create a new optical fibre network in Japan.
The seriously troubled PC builder Carrera Technology has had a few of its assets snapped up by Digital Networks. The deal doesn't mark total salvation for the company by any means.
Sega and Nintendo are planning a joint venture, according to Japanese newspaper Asahi.
Linux's explosive growth as a server operating system appears to be slowing, at least in Japan. However, it is still growing faster than the market as a whole.
High profile Net-related security breaches - such as Microsoft getting ha-ha-ha-ha-hacked - will help educate people about the problems of online security.
Well, it is DDR-tastic out there today so first off we wnted to bring you a sample of what the reaction has been in Hardwareland.
Tesco tills are going Linux, following an agreement with Israel-headquartered retail food industry software specialist Point of Sale Limited. The deal, announced today, will cover up to 20,000 checkouts in eight countries.
Datrontech has sold its loss making Dutch subsidiary ICP to JWP Valk Orthondontie BV for NG1 (£0.26).
DDR for the Athlon is finally here. AMD has launched its new 760 chipset to a mostly positive response from the hardware hobbyists, and is promoting it as the end to the memory bus bottleneck.
Letsbuyit.com, the online buying club is seeking a tie-in with a "big retailer or a major mail-order company".
S3 and VIA have finally completed, signed and mailed off their new takeover application form to the Taiwanese Government.
Updated 30-1-2000 Thanks to our chums at Crucial Memory, The Register will now carry a regular memory pricewatch aimed at keeping tabs on the kind of money you'll need for the most popular memory configurations.
The receivers of Callnet, the crash-and-burn free ISP, are to investigate the firm's accounts for 'possible irregularities,' today's Evening Standard reports.
A cybersquatter was today ordered to hand over 43 domain names containing variations of the AltaVista name.
Oftel claims 93 per cent of medium businesses and 69 per cent of small businesses in Britain are either hooked up - or are about to be hooked up - to the Net.
Some 1500 people face child pornography charges after the Italian authorities joined forces with Microsoft to set an online trap to paedophiles.
Sony has confessed that it itself is to blame for some of the "industry-wide component shortages" that it has in the claimed to have limited its ability to ship sufficient PlayStation 2 consoles to meet anticipated demand.
According to Microsoft it knew about the hacker's intrusion almost immediately, it tracked the hacker's movements through its network, and it shut down all of the accounts used by the hacker last week. So how come it blocked access to its corporate network for all of its employees, globally, over the weekend?
Szechwan Publishing is proud to announce that Kevin Reading, Professor of Cybernetics and Self-Publicity at Warwick University, has joined the Register's elite team of writers as resident futurologist.
A stack of new patents filed by Intel has provoked speculation that the company is in effect trying to patent the IA-64 instruction set.
It is not everyday you see people paying £8,000 for a pen, £46,000 for a two week holiday in Barbados or £15,500 for a day on a 30ft yacht.
Channel 4 is showing a report tonight of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht race which claimed the lives of at least five sailors and caused Oracle boss, Larry Ellison to swear off sailing.
Microsoft is to rent software by the hour for the first time via EasyEverything cybercafes.