13th > December > 2000 Archive
Fun with Internet bugs
In a recent story we expressed scepticism over claims that the famous HTML bug - an invisible one-pixel image embedded in an HTML document or e-mail message referencing another image on a remote server - could be used for more than verifying e-mail addresses and garnering IPs.
Palm signs Samsung for smartphones, unveils OS 4.0
Palm unveiled a major new OS revision and announced Samsung as a phone licensee at its PalmSource developer conference today. The Korean giant will ship a CDMA smartphone "mid to end Q2" next year, Samsung executives told us. They made no commitment to producing a similar GSM capable model. Palm has already signed deals with Kyocera (which acquired Qualcomm's handset division), Motorola and Nokia to produce smartphones, although the latter uses the guts of Symbian's EPOC with the Palm user interface on top.
Toshiba squares California with $30m ‘fine’
Toshiba has stumped up $30 million to settle claims from a clutch of California state agencies which bought laptops containing faulty floppy disk controllers from the company.
Compaq joins profit warning parade
Compaq, the world's biggest PC maker, is the latest tech firm to issue a profits warning. And once again (viz. Gateway, Apple, Intel, AMD, world+dog) it blames the lack of consumer buyers in America.
World citizen Intel sued in diversity case
Intel is being sued by Webhire Inc, a firm which describes itself as the "number one choice" in recruiting solutions.
Rambus over-priced, over-specced and over there
Kingston Technology, one of Rambus' major partners in the market for PC memory, has confirmed what we all know, or rather suspected: that RIMMs are still highly overpriced, selling for two and a half times the price of SDRAM.
Iridium boss targets bulk buyers
Iridium Satellite, the new owner of the space-based comms network left behind after the original Iridium collapsed, has begun lining up deals with governments and service providers throughout the world now that its key foundation contract has been signed, the company said yesterday.
Obsessed, death-threat emailer to go down
A Portsmouth man was found guilty yesterday of threatening to kill an American woman he met online.
CenterSpan snaps up Scour for $9m
Liquid Audio and Listen.com were both outbid yesterday for the remains of failed movie sharing and Net search company Scour.com. The winner: CenterSpan Communications, with a $9 million in a mix of cash and stock.
Athlon, Duron get new mobile chipset
VIA has added PowerNow! support to its Apollo KT133 chipset, ready for the launch of AMD's Palomino and Morgan mobiles next year. The KT133A is pin-compatible with its predecessor and supports both 200 and 266MHz FSB.
M$ signs Electronic Arts for Xbox
Microsoft has improved Xbox's chances in the videogame console league by signing Electronic Arts, the world's leading independent PC and PlayStation games developer, onto the team.
MS coughs up $97m to settle permatemp case
Microsoft has agreed to cough up $97 million to settle its long running legal dispute with the "permatemps." A lawsuit on behalf of these workers, many of whom had held down "temporary" jobs at Microsoft for years, was filed against the company in 1992, and has been cranking through the system ever since.
Shatner to boldly leave Priceline
William Shatner of Star Trek fame has parted ways with online reverse auction house Priceline.com following a share dive that has seen the value of his holding plummet from £10 million to £155,000.
We Asked Jeeves why it sacked 180 people
Ask Jeeves said yesterday that it would shed 25 per cent of its workforce - around 180 jobs - as part of a restructuring plan that would save it $45 million. The company is expected to take a charge of between $10 million and $12 million for the reshuffle.
NewMedia SPARK today said that EO, its online share distribution platform for retail investors, is to acquire the Swedish online retail IPO outfit, EPO.com, for an undisclosed sum. The all-share deals values EO shares at £1.50 each. All we have to do now is find out how many EO shares there are out there.
Class action tilts at NSI domain name hoard
Aggrieved wannabuy domain name punters are invited to join a lawsuit to force Network Solutions International (NSI) to release its hoard of expired and pdomain names.
Pentium 4 Linux problem all Chipzilla's fault, apparently
Intel seems to be largely to blame for the fact that many Linux distributions won't install on the Pentium 4. According to the latest Linux 2.2.18 kernel notes, Chipzilla's big mistake was to break the usual pattern in CPUID model numbering without telling people - or at least without telling them loudly enough.
Govt slags off Oftel – between the lines
Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers delivered a a vote of no confidence in the telecoms regulator yesterday following the announcement of the shake up of the communications industry and the creation of a new super regulator, Ofcom.
Britain the best Net country in Europe
We don't like surveys, but when two of our favourites - Forrester and MMXI - tell us that Britain is leading the way in Europe when it comes to the Internet, we forget our pervasive cynicism and put on the patriotic hat.
Software fault forces Ford recall
Car giant Ford has instigated a recall of 110,000 Explorer and Mountaineer sport utility vehicles because of a programming glitch in the car's cruise control equipment.
Intel Irish fab to slip a year
UpdatedChipzilla has delayed starting production at its new Fab 24 in Leixlip, Ireland, by 12 months to the second half of 2002.
Amazon in BSA anti-piracy love in
The Business Software Alliance has issued an anti-piracy code of practice for Internet auction sites and has awarded its first merit certificate to goody two-shoes Amazon.com.
Blackmailer posts credit card details on the Net
A computer cracker lifted 55,000 credit card numbers from Creditcards.com and then posted the information on the Internet after an unsuccessful attempt to blackmail the credit card processing firm.
Super regulator won't censor Net
The new super regulator - the Office of Communications (Ofcom) - will continue to wage war on illegal material on the Net although Government preference appears to remain in self-regulation.
EZBid goes titsup.com
It is becoming increasingly clear that if you are not eBay, or a white-labelled Fairmarket auction (like MSN and ZDNet) then you should leave well alone.
Govt's wish is Net for all
The Government intends to make the Net available to every single soul in Britain by 2005, according to the Communications White Paper published yesterday.
What if you build a hub and no one turns up?
Hyperchannel has scaled back operations and is changing its business model, after failing to attract the support of IT disties, MicroScope reports. The company has made 12 people redundant and closed down some local offices on the Continent,
The year is 2020 and it's a digicrime nightmare scenario
A government think tank, Foresight, has produced a report on the future of crime in a world that has gone online.
IGClick ditches unmetered Net access
Another whinging ISP, IGClick, is to can its unmetered Net access service blaming punters for using the service too much.
Sun is top dog in Unix market
Sun Microsystems is keeping ahead of its competitors in the Unix server market according to the latest figures from market analysts IDC.
Orange now not charging for 0800 calls
Orange has caught a bit of flak this week when it came to light that it had started charging for 0800 data calls, without informing customers. The charges kicked in on 1 December but went unnoticed until this Monday.
US Supremes hand White House to Dubya
The US Supreme Court issued an unsigned ruling late Tuesday night which found by a margin of five to four that the state-wide manual re-counts ordered by Florida's Supreme Court violate equal rights on grounds that there is no consistent standard for judging whether a vote was cast; and remanded the case, with considerable irony, to the Fla Supremes, noting that thanks to their own interference there is now not enough time to conduct such a re-count even if the Fla Supremes were to issue a standard.
FTC mulls wireless privacy
Government-mandated technology capable of determining a mobile phone user's physical location dominated a daylong conference about privacy and security issues in the wireless industry, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission in Washington Tuesday.
P4 party people
HWRoundupPlanet Hardware has finished its review of the P4. After all the confusion over at Dr T's, this lot reckoned they'd wait until all the votes were recounted. Click here to get the rest of their thoughts on the beast.
Ofcom – all mouth, no trousers and very hard to swallow
Despite the rhetoric from Government spinsters, Ofcom - the new super regulator that will oversee Britain's communication industry - will be an impotent regulator unable to deal with the likes of BT.
Verizon digs out from spam blizzard
Major American ISP and Gargantuan telecomms generalist Verizon (a monstrosity produced by the marriage of Bell Atlantic and GTE) was deluged with so much spam last week that its servers were unable to function at times, and left customers with something like a 24-hour e-mail delivery delay.