15th > December > 2000 Archive
The IBM-backed, XML-based standard enabling companies to exchange consumer data conveniently over the Web called Customer Profile Exchange (CPE) may not be quite the threat imagined by worried US consumers and privacy advocates.
Broadband ISP and video-on-demand outfit Homechoice has been experiencing a major routing problem that has left Net users with a pitiful service for at least a week.
Express Newspapers sold four of its Web sites for a £1 yesterday in a bid to stem the haemorrhage of cash from the business.
Troubled software developer Corel looks set to sell off its Linux operation - an option mooted just three weeks ago by company CEO Derek Burney.
Top Japanese LCD makers are losing out to aggressive Taiwanese competition.
Red Hat, the Linux company that isn't a Linux company - it's an "open source Internet infrastructure solutions" provider, apparently - yesterday said its latest quarter saw revenues rocket a clear 112 per cent. And its loss improved somewhat too.
People use the Net and chat on the phone more in the run-up to a full moon than at any other time of the month, according to the boffins at BT.
United News & Media is to halve its investment in newmeejah for 2001 and rename its online umbrella organisation as part of series of changes at the company. The monster media group blew £120 million propping up its online sector during 2000. Next year, it can only afford £60 million. It has also signalled its intention to jettison all its b-2-c online activities in favour of b-2-b stuff. Whatever's left will come under the banner of United Business Media International. Out goes it new media division, Xilerate.
Once upon a time, Merisel was the world's second biggest IT products distributor. Years of cutbacks has seen the company retrench, first to North America, and now to Canada only.
A search is on for a Hewlett-Packard employee who is missing after a door was opened during the flight of one of the firm's shuttle craft.
BT's ISP, BTinternet, is to launch a 24/7 unmetered Net access product to rival those offered by AOL UK and Le Freeswerve.
Well, that didn't take long. One week after we got a little indignant about Warner Brothers sending 15-year-old Claire Field a legal letter demanding she hand over her www.harrypotterguide.co.uk domain, the giant conglomerate has backed down and waxed lyrical about how wonderful her site is, what a great fan she is etc etc, you know the drill.
A 21-year-old student and a 28-year-old man were found dead in a motel room, in what appears to have been a suicide pact. The two men, both from South Korea, met on a suicide Web site.
Updated EO, the online share distribution platform owned by NewMedia SPARK, is making its EOnews news team redundant.
The Optical Storage Technology Association, a trade body for makers of rewriteable CD drives and media, has approved a specification to allow consumer CD and DVD units to play CD-R and CD-RW discs created by PCs.
A Microsoft Web site has been defaced in the latest of a string of attacks that have called into question the ability of IT companies to keep their systems secure.
Corel issued a major press announcement this afternoon to announce there's... er... nothing to announce. Yet. Maybe.
German chipmonger Infineon has taken a $30 million, 20 per cent stake in Ramtron, comprising $10 million in cash and $20 million in shares.
Japanese notebook manufacturer Toshiba has admitted that its US sales have not escaped the current slump.
Well, this has been an interesting week for all fellatio lovers out there. To be honest, we've been sitting on Claire Swire's true identity for a day because first we'd heard she might have lost her job and then there were the rather nasty legal implications.
Spot market DRAM prices rose for the week of November 20, but mainly because manufacturers are sitting on stocks, market research firm ICIS-LOR reports.
New variants on an old macro virus showed up this week. First spotted in September last year, the Thus virus tries to erase all the data on an infected hard drive.
Rudest words in Britain
[Normally, we're tidy up readers' spelling and grammar, but we felt that doing that in this case would remove some of its crazed beauty]
A US man has coughed to being the main man in a $2 million worldwide network that counterfeited Microsoft Office.
Troubled UK unmetered ISP 24-7 yesterday dumped another 1000 users from its service for alleged 'abuse' yesterday, including yours truly.
At last! A positive use for spam.
OC Workbench has an exclusive peek at the latest offering from Soltek. The Soltek SL-75KVA-X mainboard certainly impressed these guys despite falling short of some of its competition in the overclockability stakes. Click here to get the rest of the story.
Shockwave.com and Atomfilms.com have jumped into bed together for a broadband e-entertainment orgy.
Analysis Firing off the current industry standard profit warning yesterday Microsoft CFO John Connors blamed the usual suspects. To an extent this is justifiable, because Microsoft remains dependent on PC sales, and if PC sales are sluggish then Microsoft software revenues ought to slow to match. But there are a few factors special to Microsoft that could mean it's worse than that, and that maybe the Redmond money machine is finally starting to come apart.
US Supremes hand White House to Dubya US Supremes stop Florida re-counts
Prodigy Communications Corp has reacted angrily to BT's hypertext links lawsuit branding it "blatant and shameless".
Bigger tits for Lara Croft
[A busy busy week for stories this week - isn't everyone supposed to be taking it easier this time of year? A PR bunny told us on Wednesday that her company figured they'd get a last story in the papers before Christmas and while everyone else was going to company parties. It seems everyone else had had the same idea. BUT despite all this, all the effort we've put in when we should have been trying to lure unsuspecting ladies until the mistletoe, your input has been shocking. Not many letters this week. Mind you, we've got a cracking Flame of the Week. Enjoy]
Commentary Commentary This week, the Council of Europe (CoE) Experts Group on Crime in Cyberspace is meeting in Strasbourg, France to finalize the international Cybercrime Convention. The experts should be proud of themselves. They have managed during the past eight months to resist the pernicious influence of hundreds if not thousands …
Two respected names in Internet security, SecurityFocus and @Stake, have encountered what we hope will be a brief impasse on the issue of how to share vulnerability reports, into which a great deal of unremunerated work is put.
The PC sales slowdown today claimed fresh blood: 3dfx has decided to shut its doors and flog most of its assets to Nvidia for $112 million.
Bill Gates watched helplessly as investors wiped $35 billion off the value of his beloved company today.
South Korean doctors claim to have discovered the secret of pulling in Internet punters - by showing sex change surgery on line.