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BT strong-armed to offer wholesale leased lines

The grinding wheels of regulatory bureaucracy have ruled today that BT must allow rival telcos to compete.
Tim Richardson, 20 Dec 2000

Red Hat ships 64-bit Linux beta

Red Hat today released the first public beta version of its upcoming 64-bit Linux distribution for Intel's IA-64 architecture.
Tony Smith, 20 Dec 2000

Beenz meenz job cuts

Online loyalty Web currency outfit beenz.com has axed 25 jobs in the US and is looking for a further 18 volunteers in the UK.
Tim Richardson, 20 Dec 2000

3dfx staff start job hunts

Enterprising 3dfx staffers have already begun touting their services to potential employers through a new Web site - x3dfx.com (geddit?!?)
Tony Smith, 20 Dec 2000

Napster partner urged to curb Nazi song swaps

German media giant Bertelsmann has said it will co-operate with the country's Constitutional Protection Office to eliminate neo-Nazi songs from Napster - but it's not sure what it can really do to help.
Tony Smith, 20 Dec 2000

Pentium 4 prices and speeds, January to June

RoadmapWe must have more pints of cider with our buddies.
Mike Magee, 20 Dec 2000

Sega to create games for Net appliances

Sega is looking to the emerging Internet appliance market as a new games platform as the company struggles to make its way in the PlayStation 2 era.
Tony Smith, 20 Dec 2000

Foundry issues second profit warning

Shares in US networking equipment maker Foundry Networks almost halved in value yesterday after it issued a second profit warning.
John Leyden, 20 Dec 2000

AMD takeover rumour rolls again

Consider this. AMD share's price closed on Wall Street last night at $15.375.
Mike Magee, 20 Dec 2000

Creative cuts sales forecast

Sound card supremo Creative Technology has lowered its Q2 sales forecast because its big PC vendor customers are buying less.
Robert Blincoe, 20 Dec 2000

Meet the Warner Bros: Jekyll and Hyde

Warner Brothers' stated approach to Harry Potter fan Web sites is in direct contradiction to what is really happening. Not only that but our suspicion that it believes it has a right to any domain containing any reference to Harry Potter has been confirmed. And it doesn't even look at people's sites before firing off threatening legal letters.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Dec 2000

MPs give BT broadband thumbs up

It was billed as the big showdown - a chance to humiliate BT publicly in front of an audience of influential parliamentarians. Rival telcos lined up in front of the trade and industry select committee yesterday to recount tales of sharp practise, dirty tricks, foot dragging and obstructive behaviour concerning local loop unbundling (LLU).
Tim Richardson, 20 Dec 2000

Ballmer tells MS troops to work harder, spend less

Microsoft president Steve Ballmer is planning cutbacks - maybe. In a 4,000 word memo to staff leaked to CNet,* and followed up by a company-wide webcast on Tuesday, Ballmer called for a return to "the kind of cost-conscious culture that marked Microsoft's earlier years," and said investment would be scaled back from the original 2001 plan.
John Lettice, 20 Dec 2000

US says cell phones won't kill you

There is no link between mobile phone use and brain cancer, at least in the short term, according to a study of a group of brain cancer patients in the US.
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Dec 2000

TSMC to chop chip output

Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) is chopping chip production in Q1 of 2001 due to slowing demand.
Robert Blincoe, 20 Dec 2000

Claire Swire email claims nine more victims

Nine members of staff at the Financial Services Authority have been suspended because they forwarded the now infamous Claire Swire email. They may also lose their Christmas bonuses.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Dec 2000

Le Freeswerve shares fall on lottery news

Le Freeswerve was quick out of the blocks this morning to announce it would be working with lottery operator, Camelot, as the sole provider of national lottery tickets online.
Team Register, 20 Dec 2000

Gameplay loses UK MD

Multiplatform games outfit Gameplay has lost its UK MD and replaced him with a triumvirate of executives.
Tim Richardson, 20 Dec 2000
Broken CD with wrench

Railtrack's phone mast frenzy

Plans to deploy over 5000 new mobile phone masts have been unveiled by Marconi and Railtrack, as part of their new joint venture, Euromast.
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Dec 2000

OpenBSD exploit gets serious

An esoteric buffer overflow bug in OpenBSD has been upgraded in importance after it was discovered that, in certain conditions, it could allow a cracker to gain remote access to a server.
John Leyden, 20 Dec 2000

Telewest threatens to derail unmetered Net access in UK

Telewest has warned it will take legal action against Oftel unless it makes changes to the introduction of the wholesale unmetered Net access product, FRIACO.
Tim Richardson, 20 Dec 2000

Vivendi staff get free PC through PeoplePC deal

Vivendi is to stick a PC with Internet access into every employee's home through a deal with US ISP PeoplePC.
Linda Harrison, 20 Dec 2000

Tualatin a big B-step for Intelkind

RoadmapOne slide of the lastest Intel roadmap the mole showed us before he scurried off into the streets of the West End yesterday, told tales of Tualatin.
Mike Magee, 20 Dec 2000

More pumped up P4 posting

Well, we thought they'd stopped coming in, but One2Surf has posted a review of the P4. It couldn't go by without a mention, so if you want to get yet more info on Chipzilla's fourth P, go here.
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Dec 2000

Security patch distribution – it's trojan time

The way operating system vendors issue security patches is insecure, in many cases, and could let crackers exploit this to trick users into loading trojan horses onto their systems.
John Leyden, 20 Dec 2000

Reg Xmas curry cracker

Vulture Central yesterday celebrated a cracking year in the traditional style - papadoms, beer and good cheer. Witty conversation and revelry were the order of the night as delirious hacks worked their way through an enormous quantity of pilau rice and Kingfisher lager.
Lester Haines, 20 Dec 2000

Stealth plan puts copy protection into every hard drive

ExclusiveHastening a rapid demise for the free copying of digital media, the next generation of hard disks is likely to come with copyright protection countermeasures built in.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Dec 2000

How many MS OSes does it take to change a lightbulb?

In Microsoft's vision, the PCs of the future are easier to use, harder to break, and their software is difficult (preferably impossible) to pirate. One of the problems with this, from the user's point of view, is that these PCs will tend to be much more constrained environments, achieving Microsoft's notion of simple (Windows) computing, but sabotaging the techie's desire to fiddle around with the stuff and break it.
John Lettice, 20 Dec 2000

Notebook slump hits America

Notebook PC makers could be in for an even worse time than their desktop PC counterparts.
Linda Harrison, 20 Dec 2000

eMachines to miss sales targets

eMachines has joined the barrage of revenue warnings spewing from the IT industry this festive season.
Linda Harrison, 20 Dec 2000

Palm laughs in face of PC panic

Palm gloated over its fourth straight quarter of triple digit sales growth today.
Linda Harrison, 20 Dec 2000

Micron shares tumble

Micron Electronics met lowered estimates for its first fiscal quarter today, while its share price tumbled.
Linda Harrison, 20 Dec 2000

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