22nd > February > 2001 Archive

IBM withdraws CPRM for hard drives proposal

At a much-anticipated meeting in Texas yesterday, IBM withdrew its proposal to put CPRM (Copy Protection for Recordable Media) into ATA hard drives.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Feb 2001

Open access challenge to Google

Your letters continue to stream in complaining about the loss of service resulting from Google's takeover of Deja's Usenet assets, and calls are spreading to make the archive publicly available.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Feb 2001

Taxan to flog Asus mobos

Monitor vendor Taxan has struck a deal to sell Asus motherboards in the UK. The deal marks another attempt by Taxan to grow its UK business after failing to launch a PC business last summer.
Robert Blincoe, 22 Feb 2001

Apple gets Nvidia GeForce 3 first

UpdatedNvidia's affection for Apple is clearly deeper than we previously thought. How else to judge the company's decision to give its next-generation graphics chip, the GeForce 3, to the Mac maker first.
Tony Smith, 22 Feb 2001

Apple intros CD-RW, ‘technicolor yawn’ iMacs

UpdatedApple's Steve Jobs unveiled new, CD-RW equipped iMacs at MacWorld Expo Tokyo last night, as expected.
Tony Smith, 22 Feb 2001

Woundup Office XP hits RC1, preview edition looms

Earlier this week Microsoft began sending out Office XP RC1 to testers. This is also dubbed the Office Professional Corporate Preview Beta... or is it? According to a news report at ActiveWin, the Corporate Preview kit was announced in MSDN's Flash magazine for $19.95; only to be used for evaluation purposes, with a time limit. But a Microsoft spokeswoman confirms that this information was inaccurate, and it won't be available for the public until a later date. If you have an MSDN subscription, you can nevertheless find it in March's issue as a full download.
Luis Escalante, 22 Feb 2001

HP mulls dropping WinCE for Palm or Linux

Hewlett-Packard is considering dumping Microsoft and hopping into bed with Palm, the company's incoming Embedded and Personal Systems chief, Iain Morris, has admitted.
Tony Smith, 22 Feb 2001

Intel settles FIC patent suit

Intel and Taiwanese mobo maker First International Computer have settled their long-running patent clash, the two companies tersely announced yesterday.
Tony Smith, 22 Feb 2001

Harvard prof in uncrackable crypto claim

A Harvard computer science professor says he has developed a provably unbreakable encryption technique, with a key based on a stream of random numbers.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Feb 2001

VNUNet online experiment fails

VNUNet is to ditch its standalone online news service. Ten staff including admin and journalists have lost their jobs as a result of the action.
Tim Richardson, 22 Feb 2001

Toshiba gets hacked down under

Toshiba Australian Web site has become the latest high profile victim of Internet vandals.
John Leyden, 22 Feb 2001

My Internet love is a corpse-hoarding granny

Trevor Tasker's online romance went from steamy to chilly when he flew to the States to marry his love, only to discover that she was an old age pensioner with a corpse in her freezer.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Feb 2001

Customs arrest 21 in £7m PC component tax fraud probe

Twenty one people have been arrested during a raid by Customs & Excise officers investigating a multi-million pound VAT (value added tax) fraud involving computer components.
John Leyden, 22 Feb 2001

All your base are belong to us

Updated and funnier
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Feb 2001

Nvidia GeForce 3 details emerge

So what's so special about Nvidia's GeForce 3 introduced yesterday at - of all places, given the company's PC gaming background - MacWorld Expo Tokyo?
Tony Smith, 22 Feb 2001

AOL France fined for misleading advertising

AOL France has been found guilty of misleading advertising over its flat-rate Internet access service.
Tim Richardson, 22 Feb 2001

Lucent to probe conduct of dead employee

Lucent has reportedly began an investigation about the activities of a former recruitment executive who was imprisoned for forgery and embezzlement.
John Leyden, 22 Feb 2001

Porno spam too hot for University

Pornographic spam has sparked a litigious rage in Warwick University officials.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Feb 2001

Dead-baby muncher pic spawns police inquiry

A picture of a man apparently dining with gusto on a roasted baby at the rotten.com Web site has led to a police inquiry by Scotland Yard and the FBI, according to a horrifying story by The Independent.
Thomas C Greene, 22 Feb 2001

FBI traitor suspect had mad C skillz

Kevin Poulsen, 22 Feb 2001