14th > December > 2000 Archive
AT&T porn channel challenged by religious investors
The US Supreme Court may have relaxed regulations restricting porn on cable TV this year, but that can't prevent dissatisfied shareholders from leveraging the Almighty Greenback against purveyors of filth in a free market.
EMI digital music licensee list grows
Musicbank has become the latest company to license EMI's digital music archive in return for cash and warrants to buy an equity stake in the online business.
Palm creator ‘calls’ Symbian boss in OS' defence
PalmSourceThe creator of the Palm and co-founder of Handspring, Jeff Hawkins, defended the platform's technical deficiencies a knockabout session at PalmSource yesterday.
MEP slams Net purchase tax
A European politician wants purchase tax to be scrapped on all goods delivered over the Net.
RM shuns £300m Northern Ireland contract
RM, the UK's biggest IT supplier for schools, has walked away from a ten-year £300 million contract to supply all the IT for Northern Ireland schools. RM, with JV partner ICL, was the only company negotiating for the deal, which would have been Britain's biggest ever education contract, but said it could not accept onerous penalty clauses demanded by Northern Ireland.
Hard cases for hardcases: Palm debuts Bluetooth kits
PalmSourceWith only five 16-bit fishes, and two not-quite-multitasking loaves of bread, Palm fed its multitude of developers some Bluetooth technology yesterday.
Napster perfume producer
Litigious thrash band Metallica has taken to law again, this time in pursuit of a perfumier.
Self censoring site rating system surfaces
A new rating system for Web sites, designed to protect kids surfing the Net and their nervous parents, was unveiled yesterday.
Intel stock price cheap? You must be joking
Intel share price equals its historic high, standing at a price/earnings ratio of 30, a tech analyst claims.
Nintendo sets 24m target for next-gen GameBoy
Nintendo has promised to produce 24 million GameBoy Advance handheld game consoles during the product's first year on sale - with one million of them flying through shop doors in the first ten days.
Dotcom Entrepreneur of the Year sacks quarter of workforce
British dotcom consultancy, Rubus - voted CBI Most Promising New Company 1999 - has axed 75 people from it staff.
US DSL market slows
The DSL modem market slowed a little in the last quarter as subscription rates were damaged by a strike at Verizon. However, despite this, the introduction of the DOCSIS certification bolstered the cable modem market enough that shipments increased.
Bill Gates shot in mock documentary
An independent film that follows a conspiracy surrounding the fictional death of Bill Gates is scheduled to appear on the festival circuit early next year.
Tech firms' top brass work round low pay
Senior staffers at technology companies earn much less than their old economy counterparts, but jack up their remuneration with very generous share option schemes.
Ofcom: It's about broadband, stupid
AnalysisSo the Government has become the proud single parent of a bouncing new super communications regulatory agency, Ofcom, writes Tom Steinberg.
Compaq to OEM TurboLinux
Compaq is to bundle TurboLinux's version of the open source operating system with its Intel-based ProLiant, and perhaps AlphaServer and AlphaStation systems, the company said today - just weeks after touting Red Hat's Red Hat Linux 7 on its Alpha machines.
IBM ships revamped mainframe
IBM is to begin shipment of its first G7 mainframe, today, as well as an enhanced storage system.
ISP Freecall kicks off 1000 ‘abusers’
Unmetered ISP 24/7 Freecall has axed 1000 users from its service because it claims they "abused" the service.
Women like HP more than men do
Women and men have different brand loyalties when it comes to buying computers, and someone's done the research to prove it.
AMD, Alliance patch up differences
AMD and Alliance Semiconductor have agreed settlement terms for AMD's patent infringement lawsuit filed in 1996. Alliance and AMD will drop their claims and counterclaims against each other and Alliance will pay AMD an undisclosed sum for past damages.
BT launches US hyperlinks legal action
BT - which owns the patent to hypertext links - has begun its legal fight to claim back millions of dollars in licensing revenue from US ISPs.
Asus P4 mobo pees on Intel board
Motherboards, Intel and Asus. It can only be the P4T i850 motherboard, from Asus, for the P4. Sharky checks it out here. He reckons Asus has the Midas touch, so its bound to be scorcher.
BAA.com domain battle settled out of court
The legal battle over the ownership of www.baa.com has been settled out of court after its owner, Tom Bourke, was no longer able to afford the heavy legal fees.
We all knew that it was going to be a wait for 3G mobile phones, but according to projections shown to us today by Citrix, it may be a longer one than anyone thought.
FTC blesses AOL/Time Warner nuptials
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Thursday finally approved the proposed $111 billion merger of America Online and Time Warner after reaching a settlement purportedly requiring the vast, resulting media combo to keep its broadband pipes open to competing ISPs.
Yummy Claire: we try to clear up this mess
Well, good lord, the Great Claire Debate of 2000 (see: Is this the greatest ever email hoax?). We spent most of yesterday trying to get to the bottom of the whole affair while being continually bombarded with sightings, extra "info", outright lies and accusations of stupidity. You, the readers, provided us with just over 400 emails, 30 of whom claimed to be from Claire and five of which were useful. But thanks anyway.
Compromise sought in Windows bug copyright saga
The moderator of a security mailing list BugTraq has won the backing of its readers in insisting that Microsoft, and another vendor, @Stake, allow him to post advisories on security problems in full.
Xmas panic means PC fire sales
IT giants are virtually giving away products in the scramble to fill American Christmas stockings.