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Chip designers vow to cool overheating Gelsinger
If current Gelsinger models are obeyed by 2010, Intel's vice president of architecture may be producing enough thermals to bring microprocessor conferences to a grinding halt. And by 2015, the heat dissipation from future Gelsingers will require portable, industrial scale para-coolants to chill the hyperbolic Veep. That promises a crisis for the industry:
eToys death sentence confirmed
eToys has given up the ghost and admitted it will end its tortured existence on April 6.
CNET shuts Gamecenter
CNET will call time on Gamecenter at the end of this week, blaming the closure after four and a half years on a drop in advertising revenue.
Woundup Brace yourself for the new Windows XP UI
When the Woundup first begun, I asked the readers what they thought of the Windows UI. Some say it needs major changing, other say people like us make Windows "buggy". Although, after much speculation, it's highly probable we will see Microsoft's new UI, codenamed Luna, in Windows XP "Luna will come with Beta 2, but I can't say more than that," said a source to Paul Thurrott. But this isn't exactly classified - a couple of months back Microsoft execs were telling The Register to expect the real new UI in Beta 2, so really we're talking no change of plans here. Yet.
Transmeta says TSMC is second ‘primary supplier’
UpdatedTransmeta has signed the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company as its 'second source' chip maker. The deal ends IBM's role as exclusive Crusoe churner.
Vivendi buys Uproar games site
Vivendi Universal has bought Uproar, the New York-based Net games firm for $140m.
Taiwan Semicon: Q1 2001 to be a bit of a downer
The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has become the latest chip outfit to offer a gloomy outlook for the coming year. Yesterday, it admitted it is anticipating below-par earnings for the current quarter, the first of fiscal 2001.
Cisco's Borg-like acquisition spree may be curtailed
Cisco has missed its second quarter profit and revenue forecasts.
Linux not behind investment bank open source shindig
About a week ago, we wrote about plans by Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, the German investment bank, to release its Openadaptor software to the open source community.
BT bottles unmetered debate
UpdatedBT pulled out of a debate about unmetered Net access prompting critics to sneer at BT's apparent cowardice.
Mobiles don't cause cancer! This time
The biggest survey into a possible link between mobile phones and cancer has concluded that there isn't an increased risk of cancer from using mobiles. Media reports seem to be claiming that this has been the conclusion all along.
Love Bug author says bug created in cyber gang war
The suspected author of the Love Bug computer virus has re-emerged as a security pundit.
Users haven't learned any lessons from the Love Bug
Computer users haven't learned any lessons from the spread of the Love Bug virus last year.
Plan to charge for BIND security info
Following revelations about a serious security weakness, the group involved in administering the BIND domain name server software is considering charging for access to security-related information about the important Internet program.
Network Associates weathers DoS attack
Security firm Network Associates was subject to a denial of service attack last night after crackers posted a Trojan horse on security mailing list, BugTraq.
Flaws leave Cisco content switches vulnerable
Cisco has issued a security notice which admits to two security vulnerabilities affecting its range of high-end content switches, one of which remains unfixed.
Anti-virus becoming less important than content control
By 2007 firms will spend more on content filtering and encryption technology than they do on anti-virus software according to a report by industry analysts Frost & Sullivan released this week.
AOL users warning over ‘rapidly spreading’ Trojan
A security firm has warned AOL users of the rapid spread of a Trojan horse program which can steal their passwords.
Captain Crunch sets up security firm
Legendary hacking figure Captain Crunch is returning from years of relative obscurity to set himself up as a security consultant.
‘Cyber Sweeney’ host hi-tech crime meet
The National Crime Squad is holding its first ever conference on hi-tech crime and electronic extortion via the Internet.
Encryption vs anti-virus
The proper integration of encryption and anti-virus software is the only way to stop the two security tools continuing to work at crossed purposes, according to virus hunters at Kaspersky Labs.
World Economic Forum hacked
Intruders, possibly hacktivists, compromised a computer network of the World Economic Forum and obtained credit card details from a number of its attendees during its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Reuters reports.
Militants plan terror in chat rooms shocker
Islamic terrorists are using the Internet bulletin boards to exchange information and plan act of terror and revenge, according to a report in today's edition of USA Today.
‘CrackWhore’ a boon to password-request sites
A brute-force password cracking program called CrackWhore written by our Dutch friend SubReality turns out to be clever for more than its name.
Gameplay cuts Net access at HQ
Gameplay has cut the Internet connection to its London office to prevent employees leaking news about today's massive number of redundancies, according to sources close to the company.
One billion online by 2005
The online population will rise to one billion people - more than double the current level - by 2005, and the majority of users will use wireless devices to get online.
Sun wastes bullets on .NET in shooting spree
Sun spent so much of yesterday protesting that Sun ONE was not a me-too announcement cobbled together in response to Microsoft's .NET marketecture, that we started to get annoyed that they were annoyed. It's a new name, but with no new products behind it, no new business areas to tackle, simply support for a few new buzzwords keenly used by the other side, Sun simply engaged in some minor rebranding.
Feds use biometrics against Super Bowl fans
Super Bowl 2001 fans were secretly treated to a mass, biometric scan in which video cameras tied to a temporary law-enforcement command centre digitised their faces and compared them against photographic lists of known malefactors.
Antfactory director murdered
It used to be just money that you lost by investing in the Internet, now it's lives. The Latin American director of online investment management company Antfactory has been found dead in Argentina. He and his wife had been shot in the neck at close range and a note, written in English, said they had been killed for not paying bribes.
The451.com wields job axe
The451.com, the absurdly self-regarding paid-for IT news site, is reducing headcount by just over 20 per cent, taking staff down from 50 to 39, The Industry Standard reports.
Jackson goes in frame as MS appeal court orders ‘bias’ session
Microsoft has been given an unexpected present by the Court of Appeals, in the shape of an unasked for 30 minute session on Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's conduct of the trial, and his alleged mouthiness outside of the court.
MoD laptop thefts put the wind up the US
Pentagon officials got something of a fright when a Ministry of Defence laptops was stolen last May.
Orange now worth even less
France Telecom is still insistent on pushing through Orange's float but, amid fears that the whole thing could be a failure, are now thinking of hacking a sixth off the float price to make it successful.
Fugitive stays silent after eating mobile SIM card
A man at the centre of a French corruption scandal ate the chip from his mobile phone in an attempt to keep its secrets, according to a report in today's edition of the Times.
No one wanted bust Datrontech's Summit business
Datrontech's receivers have failed to sell the company's Summit Peripherals division.
Police urge business to report hi-tech crimes
Businesses are being urged to report hacking attempts and incidents of Internet-based extortion to the police, rather than keep quiet for fear of damage to their reputations.
Mobile phone companies ripping us off
UpdatedMobile phones companies are "making profits greater than would be expected in a fully competitive market", says winged watchdog Oftel in a new report on the mobile market. Which means that they are basically ripping us off by charging more than they need to.
Autonomy ships call centre brain saver
Autonomy has shipped its iVoice technology to its first customers.
AMD, Olivetti and the Italian connection
Historically, AMD is weak in the Italian corporate and public sector, so it may be forgiven for issuing a press release about not one but two wins with0 the Italian government.
AMD appoints memory presidente
AMD has promoted Walid Maghribi to the newly created position of president of the company's Memory Group.
Warwick University welcomes student e-debt
Warwick University has come up with a revolutionary new way of pulling it into the Internet era - making ownership of a laptop compulsory for its students. Even better than that, it won't cost the University a thing because students will have to buy their own.
Stephen King reveals The Plant profit
Horror maestro Stephen King has revealed he made nearly half a million dollars from his e-book experiment The Plant.
BT favourite for ‘Internet Villain’ award
BT's hot favourite to pick up an industry award tonight at the event dubbed the "Internet Oscars".
120 jobs lost as Logical exits PC business
Logical, the networking reseller arm of Datatec group, is withdrawing from the supply and maintenance of PCs and servers in the UK, with the loss of 120 jobs out of a total workforce of 400.
Anand digs bigtime bandwidth
HWRoundupAnand and friends take another step along the road towards the holy grail of decent bandwidth with a look at ServerWorks. An unlikely juxtaposition of words, true, but Anand seems impressed. DDR bandwidth without DDR? Check it out here, just don't mention the price.
Spice Girls death threat hoax dupes poncy music site
A ludicrous satirical story regarding the Spice Girls and a fictitious stalker who sent the band sinister messages, including a tape foreseeing their bizarre deaths, soiled underwear and notes written in faeces has been picked up and printed as fact by poncy new Web site Ammocity.com.
Sick of crap DSL? Start your own service!
Sick of not being able to get decent DSL service? The answer may be to take matters into your own hands and bypass the telco altogether.
Server sales grew 21 per cent in Q4
Server shipments grew 14 per cent in 2000 thanks to strong sales in Q4.
Armed blaggers escape with 800MHz PIII chips worth £700K
Armed robbers are still at large after stealing an estimated £700,000 in Pentium chips from a freight forwarding firm in Berkshire last week.
Net games outfits told to ditch free services
Online games companies have to look past the PC if they want to survive, according to IDC.