14th > November > 2000 Archive

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Azlan interims, Datrontech death throes, distie mergers

Azlan, the networking equipment distie to IT training firm, more than doubled its profits to £3.74m (1999: £1.67m) for the six months to September 30. Sales climbed 35 per cent to £261.7m.
Drew Cullen, 14 Nov 2000
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Bertelsmann eyeing up Liquid Audio?

Is Bertelsmann out to acquire Liquid Audio? That was the key rumour doing the rounds at the Webnoize 2000 conference yesterday.
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2000
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Crusoe a loser in wrong tree bark-a-thon

Transmeta's code morphing technology may be terribly elegant, and LongRun power management may be more sophisticated than either Intel's SpeedStep or AMD's PowerNow, but the sad fact is that elegance and sophistication do not a world-beating product make.
Andrew Thomas, 14 Nov 2000
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AMD demos 1.5GHz Athlon

AMD has an Athlon running at 1.5GHz at Comdex, but the company still says production Palomino chips will only hit this speed sometime in Q2 next year, by which time Intel's P4 will be running at over 2GHz.
Andrew Thomas, 14 Nov 2000
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BT messes with Swiss 3G auction

BT has started its £10 billion disposal programme with the sale of a minority share in Swiss telecoms company Sunrise for £460 million. Unfortunately, this had the knock-on effect of pulling Sunrise out of the auction for Swiss 3G licences - just 10 minutes after it started. There are now four bidders left for four licences and the Swiss government is not happy at having lost out on a few billion pounds. In fact, in an eerie echo of the Italian 3G auction, the Swiss government has launched an investigation into BT. Oh dear. We wonder if it will cost BT £1.2 billion this time round.
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Nov 2000
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World Online raided in insider trading probe

The HQ of World Online was raided today over allegations of insider trading at the Dutch ISP.
Linda Harrison, 14 Nov 2000
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Seagate releases monster 180GB drive

The launch of Seagate's Barracuda 180 has pushed back the finish line again in the race to have the largest hard drive on the planet. Anyone wanting to hold the title must now produce a drive with more than 180GB of space.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Nov 2000

Palm CTO rubbishes ‘3000 man years’ of Symbian OS work

Palm looks certain to go it alone in the smartphone derby after delivering a bitter attack on potential parter Symbian to The Register. We doorstepped Palm's Chief Techology Officer, Bill Maggs, who said Symbian's "3000 man years" of effort wasn't what Palm needed, and criticised the consortium's "one core solution". That's wildly incorrect but, hey - he said it, and we wrote it down. Maggs began by denying that PalmOS would need to be drastically rewritten to cope with real time demands.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Nov 2000
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Transmeta talks 256-bit Crusoe

Skirting around recent corporate setbacks - IBM and Compaq (?) - Transmeta says it will bump up both hardware and software for its Crusoe processors next year. A morphing upgrade to the current Crusoes will offer 20 per cent performance or efficiency improvements - OEMs can choose either, and it's a flashable software upgrade. Transmeta will build 128 VLIW Crusoes next year and 256 bit successors in 2002, marketing Veep Ed McKernan told us.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Nov 2000
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New compilers for P4, Itanic

Intel has released version 5.0 of its C++ and Fortran compilers with extensions to utilise the new features available in the upcoming 32-bit Pentium 4, due for launch next Monday. There's also a pre-release version for the 64-bit Itanium which can be used on systems based on Intel 32-bit Pentium processors to create 64-bit executables.
Andrew Thomas, 14 Nov 2000
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Fixed wireless auction a complete shambles

Bloody hell. The hyped auction for broadband fixed wireless access (acronymised to BFWA) has fallen flat on its face just days after it kicked off, with more than half of the UK yet to even receive a bid.
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Nov 2000
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DoCoMo's i-mode enjoys 20-fold sales leap

Japan's NTT DoCoMo has said revenues form data transmissions over its i-mode service have leaped 20-fold in the last six months to ¥117.2 billion ($1.1 billion).
Robert Blincoe, 14 Nov 2000
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Jerry Pournelle launches verbal tirade against disabled journalist

Veteran science fiction author and Byte columnist Jerry Pournelle launched an astonishing verbal assault in a Las Vegas eaterie yesterday which left a disabled local journalist in tears.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Nov 2000
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Freeserve: the worst customer service in the world?

UK ISP Freeserve has gone one step further in alienating its customers by sending out hundreds of thousands of emails demanding payment within seven days or risk being cut off Freeserve Time altogether.
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Nov 2000
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Be takes new slant on Net appliance biz

Be yesterday introduced a suite of server-side software tools that will allow BeIA-based Net appliance providers to manage their installed base of machines.
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2000
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Palm finally offers PalmOS 3.5 upgrade

Palm has launched its Mobile Internet Kit, which allows Palm III, V and m100 PDAs hook up to the Net via a cellphone connection.
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2000
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Americans stuff $11.6bn into Xmas e-tail stocking

Around 6.3 million American shoppers are expected to spend the majority of their Christmas budget online this season.
Linda Harrison, 14 Nov 2000
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Playboy.com pulled back from IPO

Playboy Enterprises has pulled Playboy.com out of its IPO before it could make any kind of splash.
Robert Blincoe, 14 Nov 2000

Totally random: mobile phone spam

Vodafone and the data protection commissioner have joined forces in an attempt to shut down a mobile spam company, Webcom International.
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Nov 2000
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AMD firms up roadmap details

Chimpzilla now says it won't have a 2GHz processor on the market until the 64-bit ClawHammer arrives some time in the first half of 2002 - a full year after Intel's P4 hits the same speed. The four and eight-way server variant, SledgeHammer, will sample in Q1 2002 and go into production in Q2.
Andrew Thomas, 14 Nov 2000
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IBM is a mean green recycling machine

The greens have a new ally in keeping the planet clean, at least in the US, as IBM has announced that it has signed up to a new initiative to help people recycle unwanted computer hardware.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Nov 2000
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Cheaper, faster Rambus on the way

Samsung has begun mass production of 0.17 micron Rambus DRAMs. The company says the new technology is being used to produce RDRAMs with densities of 128, 144, and 288Mb.
Andrew Thomas, 14 Nov 2000
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RIP just got scarier

A suggested amendment to the Freedom of Information Act, put forward by Lord Falconer, aims to automatically exempt all cases of Tribunals concerning the RIP Act from disclosure.
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Nov 2000
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NSI dodges naughty domain name lawsuit

Network Solutions has dodged a lawsuit over its refusal to register domain names containing naughty words.
Linda Harrison, 14 Nov 2000
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Chipzilla, HP target Apple's Cube

Hewlett-Packard and Intel are taking Apple's Power Mac G4 Cube head on with their own highly compact PC design, codenamed Deep Forest.
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2000
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ICANN: the Internet's answer to Stalin

There is apparently no end to ICANN's God-like arrogance. Not content with turning the Internet into more and more of a gentlemen's club, it is now attempting to do the old dictator's trick of rewriting history to eliminate its enemies.
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Nov 2000
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UK Net population jumps 40% to 11 million

The number of people using the Net has jumped by 40 per cent in the past year, from 7.8 million to 11 million in the UK. There are more women online than before, more children and more over 35s.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Nov 2000
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HWRoundup Peek at the P4

Dan of Dansdata has got some benchmarks for the P4. Dan said, [rather smugly we think but we are also forgiving, so that's OK] that he decided it would be easier to sit and wait for Intel to send him one than it would be to traipse over to Comdex. Handily ignoring any warnings not to open various boxes, he managed to get a few tests done. Go here for the results.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Nov 2000
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eBay, QXL hit in piracy swoop

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) attacked online auction sites as the devil's spawn today.
Linda Harrison, 14 Nov 2000
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Semiconductor sales to slump in 2002

Semiconductor sales will hit a slump in 2002, Gartner warned today.
Linda Harrison, 14 Nov 2000
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MP3.com squares Universal with $53.4m payout

MP3.com is to cough up $53.4 million to settle its copyright infringement case with Universal Music Group.
Linda Harrison, 14 Nov 2000