30th > January > 2001 Archive

Waitt takes charge at Gateway

Gateway CEO Jeff Weitzen is retiring - after just 13 months at the helm - and at the age of 44!
Drew Cullen, 30 Jan 2001

AMD buy back is masterstroke

Yesterday, we expressed some doubts over the wisdom of AMD's $300 million share buyback (see AMD to buy back 'undervalued shares). Today, we bring you two counter-arguments - and pretty persuasive ones at that.
Drew Cullen, 30 Jan 2001

Woundup Whistler beta requires product key, IE6 escapes

As reported earlier here in the Woundup, Microsoft has begun cracking down on who actually gets Beta 2. Today, Microsoft announced that beginning with Whistler Build 2419, a product key will be required to complete the installation. This key will work with all versions of Windows, including Personal, Professional, Server, and Advanced Server.
Luis Escalante, 30 Jan 2001

Compaq suffering iPAQ shortages

Compaq has admitted it is suffering major supply shortages of its iPAQ handheld PocketPC device.
Robert Blincoe, 30 Jan 2001

Intel reveals Transmeta ‘killer’

Intel will unveil Transmeta-targeting mobile Pentium III and Celeron parts today. The new chips' clock speeds are lower than Intel's existing mobile processors, but are expected to offer significant power savings.
Tony Smith, 30 Jan 2001

Thus loses less

Thus, the phone and Net services and ISP company owned by ScottishPower, has announced a reduced operating loss for its third quarter, thanks mostly to a 11 per cent rise in sales. It lost £13.8 million on sales of £59.9 million. "Earnings" before interest, tax etc came in at a loss of £4.7 million, but this was better than the expected £5.6 million loss. Shares are up about 15 per cent at the moment.
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Jan 2001

Here's what's in IE6 build 2403

Early test version of Microsoft's upcoming Internet Explorer 6 browser have been posted onto the Internet.
John Leyden, 30 Jan 2001

Euro telco reform is failing

Industry experts have slammed the pace of telecoms reform in Europe warning that rival telcos are finding it difficult to break into new markets.
Tim Richardson, 30 Jan 2001

How LinuxDisk will put a bomb under storage fatcats

Linux advocates who think corporates have stolen their revolution ought to have reason to cheer up this week. For a humble free software device driver still has the power to change the world, we'll discover at LinuxWorld in New York this week.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jan 2001

Banking software goes open source

Dresdner Kleinwort, the German investment bank, is to employ a new software system, called Openadaptor, that will allow distinct systems and devices to connect to each other on the Net. It is based on Linux, Apache, and other open-source Internet software tools, including a system developed by Silicon Valley based CollabNet.
Lucy Sherriff, 30 Jan 2001

Telewest crows about numbers

Telewest claims it has 280,370 dial-up Net access customers - up 52,102 during the last quarter, according to details published today.
Tim Richardson, 30 Jan 2001

Cops face mobe jingle ban

Police in Kent have banned undercover officers from using TV cop theme tunes as mobile ringing tones, The Sun reports today.
Lester Haines, 30 Jan 2001

Red Hat to bundle Eazel

Red Hat yesterday said it will bundle Eazel's Nautilus 'Linux user interface for the rest of us' software with future releases of the open source OS.
Tony Smith, 30 Jan 2001

New Labour's Internet dirty tricks campaign exposed

The Labour Party has been heavily implicated in a political dirty tricks campaign carried out over the Internet. Thousands of anti-Plaid Cymru messages posted to various political newsgroups have been traced back to the Labour Party's communications headquarters in Millbank, London.
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Jan 2001

Psion bid for big time wrecked by Motorola pullout

The collapse of Psion's joint venture with Motorola is major bad news for the British company, but isn't likely to cause significant ripples for the cuckoo in the Psion nest, Symbian. Yesterday Psion shares nosedived as the company confessed that Motorola had canned the jv, and that consequently Psion's all-in-one PDA/mobile phone would be knocked back to 2002 - plucky little Psion's bid for the big time therefore seems to be toast, for the moment.
John Lettice, 30 Jan 2001

Plot to snoop on Prince William

MI5 has foiled an attempt to bug the phone calls and email messages sent by Prince William, according to an exclusive story in today's Daily Express.
John Leyden, 30 Jan 2001

Thus kinda pulls out of LLU

UpdateThus has confirmed it isn't pulling out of local loop unbundling in Britain - it simply isn't going ahead and installing equipment in BT's exchanges.
Tim Richardson, 30 Jan 2001
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VoIP finds captive market in US prisons

A firm has finally found a killer application for Voice over IP technology - using it make it easier for prison staff to eavesdrop on calls made by convicts.
John Leyden, 30 Jan 2001

Nokia cuts mobile handset forecast

Nokia today warned profit would stay flat for Q1, while cutting handset sales forecasts for the year.
Linda Harrison, 30 Jan 2001

Lucent dazzled by AMD Flash

Lucent will buy AMD Flash memory parts for the next three years, the company said today.
Tony Smith, 30 Jan 2001

VIA roadmap and chipset jamboree

HWRoundupX-bit labs has posted a review of the Iwill DVD266-R mainboard, based on the VIA Apollo Pro266 chipset. The site says "the results turned out unbelievable: even Pentium 4 1.5GHz capitulated in front of dual Pentium III 1GHz on Iwill DVD266-R."
Lucy Sherriff, 30 Jan 2001

New govt health bill leaves privacy on deathbed

A new government health bill, due to enter the Commons in two weeks, will trample on patient privacy by giving the Health Secretary Alan Milburn the right to "disclose and process" even confidential information.
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Jan 2001

US whupped in cyberspace

Pentagon chiefs and US boffins are apparently running around like headless chickens after their first 'space war games' resulted in the 'Chinese' giving Uncle Sam a good old cyberkicking.
Lester Haines, 30 Jan 2001

Amazon.co.uk denies existence of MI6 book

The controversy surrounding the book by ex-MI6 spy Richard Tomlinson continues. The Sunday Times won the rights to publish extracts; a publisher in Scotland is to print it and 192.com has said it will import thousands of copies into the UK, so bringing it into the public arena and bypassing the Official Secrets Act.
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Jan 2001

Be quarterly revenue falls to $16k

Internet appliance operating system developer Be is looking forward to a good 2001. It has to: last year it recorded revenues of a mere $480,000, which barely covers the salary bill, we reckon.
Tony Smith, 30 Jan 2001

Search engine veteran poo-poos AltaVista patent claims

AltaVista's claim that it owns patents to virtually all search engine technology has been mocked by a search engine veteran, Alan Emtage.
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Jan 2001

IPv6 translation device released

A Japanese firm has released what it claims is the first network protocol conversion device that can translate between current and next-generation Internet protocols.
John Leyden, 30 Jan 2001

NTT DoCoMo to link PlayStation to mobiles

Sony Computer Entertainment and Japan's NTT DoCoMo have taken their love-in one stage further to develop links between PlayStation consoles and mobile phones.
Linda Harrison, 30 Jan 2001

Amazon remainders 1,300 staff

Amazon is to make 1,300 people - 15 per cent of its staff - redundant. The job-cuts will cost it more than $150 million - now. In 2003 the e-tailer will issue an unspecified number of shares through a special trust fund to dumped staff. Which is nice... but a bit peculiar.
Linda Harrison, 30 Jan 2001

New York to get tax-free PCs?

New Yorkers may get the chance to cash in on tax-free computers later this year.
Linda Harrison, 30 Jan 2001

BSA offers piracy truce in five US cities

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) is launching a piracy truce for small and medium businesses in five American cities. The companies are to be encouraged to turn themselves in if they suspect they are harbouring unlicensed or counterfeit software.
Linda Harrison, 30 Jan 2001

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