17th > November > 2000 Archive
BT is to offer unmetered WAP access for £20 a month through Genie, its consumer mobile data brand.
About time too. Borland chose Comdex to sneak out the news that the Inprise moniker was finally being cast overboard. We imagine that the relief expressed down at Scotts Valley will have been enough to generate a small thermal discernable from Las Vegas.
Be Inc's relationship with its shareholders continues to resemble one of those weird sex games where you hold your breath just long enough to avoid death by asphyxiation.
Remember how, when Intel announced the upstart USB 2.0 spec eighteen months ago, it promised we'd be buried by compliant peripherals in time for Xmas? Well it's late, but assuredly on its way.
See what happens when you get on the wrong side of your staff? Ingram Micro suspects that anonymous bulletin board posters - anywhere between 12 and 50 people who are saying nasty things about the company and its managers are either employees or former employees (see Ingram Micro sues Yahoo! BB posters).
Apple has quietly updated its open source operating system foundation, Darwin, to version 1.2.1, and it appears to come with a plea for more work on the x86 side of things.
Sony's plan to broaden the scope of its Memory Stick format to other areas than data storage took a step forward this week when the company unveiled a series of prototypes of MS peripherals it has in the pipeline.
UpdatedCelebrity legal-beagle David Boies, now famous for his antitrust work on behalf of Uncle Sam against Microsoft and his defence of Napster from heavy-handed onslaughts by the recording industry, has joined the swelling ranks of lawyers flooding into Florida to lend support (well, sell support), to the Gore campaign's efforts to get a thorough re-count of ballots in districts where the Veep did well.
A daredevil dotcommer has risked his life to publicise his Website by scaling a Los Angeles skyscraper.
Corel will soon spill the beans on its plan for recovery - potentially including the sale of the company's Linux business - president and CEO Derek Burney has said. The announcement will be made in three weeks' time.
A surgeon who was 200 miles from his hospital saved a patient's life - via email.
Apple looks set to boost its dual-processor Power Mac G4 line to 600MHz early next year, after announcing the new models at MacWorld Expo in San Francisco in January.
The free software Plex86 project says it has successfully booted a copy of Windows in the environment.
SDRAM pricing seems to have stabilised after months of free fall, with the benchmark 8 x 8 PC100 64Mb SDRAM staying at $3.85 ($4.08 per unit) in the US, while the value of 8 x 8 PC133 64Mb SDRAMs remained at $3.90 (4.13 per chip).
Voice of middle Britain the Daily Mail, is outraged again at the Internet.
A Net-based mercy dash to save the life of British diabetic Derek Hall ended in tragedy when paramedics arrived to find him already dead on the sofa.
Nvidia's super secret Crush chipset will be officially announced later this month - or at the beginning of December.
Chipzilla will open the P4 kimono and reveal all on Monday. All that hasn't already been revealed, that is, and that doesn't leave an awful lot.
The Federal Trade Commission has put the issue of pre-registration services on its list of dot cons. A new message alert has been put on the government body's Web site entitled "What's Dot and What's Not: Domain Name Registration Scams".
Lke all right-thinking people, The Reg loves saddoes who insist on using mobile phones to conduct loud and lengthy business calls on crowded trains, especially when they are EDS execs.
Once again, Intel US' monstro PR machine has failed to control those pesky American journos resulting in the awfully-helpful folks at Fortune Magazine breaking Chipzilla's embargo on Pentium 4 system prices so we don't have to wait until first thing Monday morning to tell you about them.
ICANN has selected the winners and losers of the new top level domain (TLD) battle.
Telewest, the cable company, has dismissed talks of joining forces with NTL, its bigger rival, after investors said they preferred its debt structure to NTL's.
The Trades Union Congress has embarked on a mini-crusade for a code of practice for employers when using the new email snooping laws allowed under the RIP Act.
We've received several flames sparked by our US election coverage, one of which was 15,000 words long. We thought, you prefer to read this one.
Freeserve saw its share price rocket today on speculation it was about to be gobbled up by Italian rival Tiscali.
Last year's online shopping boom was merely a warm up for the huge spend-fest that will be online Christmas 2000.
A US District Court in Denver has issued a temporary restraining order on behalf of online marketing gurus, 24/7, against the Mail Abuse Prevention System (MAPS).
Well, it's been a busy news week - Pentium 4, ICANN, Oftel, various humorous stories. This means that it is now late on a Friday and your letters ed is tired and wants to get out and down the pub. This, therefore, is a short letters week.
Florida election returns blocked until Monday Bush and Gore exchange personalities Microsoft Nemesis Boies fights for Al Gore Bush hand-count hypocrisy shot down Rhetoric swells as Bush's lead evaporates George Dubya will lose if he wins Capitol Hill re-shuffle promises entertainment
Web site names and shames paedophiles
The Israeli military machine has threatened to get heavy with a US dotcom after finding a bogus army site on one of its servers.
Microsoft's vastly interconnected ISP and portal, MSN, has become easy prey for spammers due to several poorly-protected mail (SMTP) servers to which outsiders can connect easily for a free, anonymous ride, according to a bulletin on the Mail Abuse Prevention System (MAPS) Web site.
Germany's telecoms watchdog has given Deutsche Telecom less than three months to offer ISPs a flat-rate charge for network access.
IBM has hammered critics of its missed sales targets, while predicting more belt-tightening via the Internet.