15th > December > 2000 Archive

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Consumer Profile Exchange could protect privacy

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.
Thomas C Greene, 15 Dec 2000
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Homechoice loses email

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.
Tim Richardson, 15 Dec 2000
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Express sells four Web sites for £1

Express Newspapers sold four of its Web sites for a £1 yesterday in a bid to stem the haemorrhage of cash from the business.
Tim Richardson, 15 Dec 2000
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Corel Linux sell-off nearly a done deal

Troubled software developer Corel looks set to sell off its Linux operation - an option mooted just three weeks ago by company CEO Derek Burney.
Tony Smith, 15 Dec 2000
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Taiwan snaps at heels of Jap LCD market

Top Japanese LCD makers are losing out to aggressive Taiwanese competition.
Andrew Thomas, 15 Dec 2000
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Red Hat shaves loss to $900k

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.
Tony Smith, 15 Dec 2000
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Net users are Lunatics

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.
Tim Richardson, 15 Dec 2000
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United halves newmeejah spend

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.
Team Register, 15 Dec 2000
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The Incredible Shrinking Merisel

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.
Drew Cullen, 15 Dec 2000
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HP worker ‘missing’ after plane door opens mid-flight

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.
John Leyden, 15 Dec 2000
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BTinternet offers 24/7 unmetered Net access

BT's ISP, BTinternet, is to launch a 24/7 unmetered Net access product to rival those offered by AOL UK and Le Freeswerve.
Tim Richardson, 15 Dec 2000
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Warner Bros backs down on Harry Potter Web site

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.
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Dec 2000
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Korean duo do each other in after suicide site meet

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.
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Dec 2000
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EO cans news team

Updated EO, the online share distribution platform owned by NewMedia SPARK, is making its EOnews news team redundant.
Robert Blincoe, 15 Dec 2000
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Group pitches CD-R, DVD compatibility

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.
Tony Smith, 15 Dec 2000
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Microsoft hacked in the Balkans

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.
John Leyden, 15 Dec 2000
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Corel responds to Linux sale speculation

Corel issued a major press announcement this afternoon to announce there's... er... nothing to announce. Yet. Maybe.
Tony Smith, 15 Dec 2000
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Infineon buys into Ramtron

German chipmonger Infineon has taken a $30 million, 20 per cent stake in Ramtron, comprising $10 million in cash and $20 million in shares.
Andrew Thomas, 15 Dec 2000
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Toshiba latest victim of US PC slump

Japanese notebook manufacturer Toshiba has admitted that its US sales have not escaped the current slump.
Linda Harrison, 15 Dec 2000
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Claire Swire: wanna know who she is?

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.
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Dec 2000
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DRAM makers sit on stocks

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.
Drew Cullen, 15 Dec 2000
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Thus virus variant is not very scary

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.
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Dec 2000
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Don't use such foul language on the site, you wa*kers

Rudest words in Britain
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Dec 2000
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Flame of the Week: we're a bunch of tits

[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]
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Dec 2000
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Major MS pirate pleads guilty

A US man has coughed to being the main man in a $2 million worldwide network that counterfeited Microsoft Office.
Robert Blincoe, 15 Dec 2000
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Reg staffer cut off by 24-7 Freecall

Troubled UK unmetered ISP 24-7 yesterday dumped another 1000 users from its service for alleged 'abuse' yesterday, including yours truly.
Andrew Thomas, 15 Dec 2000
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Website combines spam with encryption

At last! A positive use for spam.
John Leyden, 15 Dec 2000
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Shoot 'em up shoot outs and Soltek exclusives

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.
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Dec 2000
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Southpark meets Wallace and Gromit

Shockwave.com and Atomfilms.com have jumped into bed together for a broadband e-entertainment orgy.
Linda Harrison, 15 Dec 2000
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Is the end looming for the Microsoft monopoly?

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.
John Lettice, 15 Dec 2000
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So, ole Dubya finally finally wins

US Supremes hand White House to Dubya US Supremes stop Florida re-counts
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Dec 2000
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Prodigy to fight BT's ‘shameless’ hyperlinks patent lawsuit

Prodigy Communications Corp has reacted angrily to BT's hypertext links lawsuit branding it "blatant and shameless".
Tim Richardson, 15 Dec 2000
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Best of the Rest: Harry Potter, Kevin Warwick, Lara Croft

Bigger tits for Lara Croft
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Dec 2000
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Readers' Letters filth, filth, filth

[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]
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Dec 2000
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Int'l cybercrime treaty remains horrid

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 …
David Banisar, 15 Dec 2000
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BugTraq, @Stake differ on vulnerability reports

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.
Thomas C Greene, 15 Dec 2000
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Nvidia agrees to buy ailing 3dfx for $112m

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.
Linda Harrison, 15 Dec 2000
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Ellison richer than Gates?

Bill Gates watched helplessly as investors wiped $35 billion off the value of his beloved company today.
Linda Harrison, 15 Dec 2000
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Korean sex-swap op pulls in the hits

South Korean doctors claim to have discovered the secret of pulling in Internet punters - by showing sex change surgery on line.
Linda Harrison, 15 Dec 2000