Young Canadian computer science student Matt Goyer claims to be preparing to set up a Napster clone with HavenCo, which operates out of the ludicrous principality of Sealand, to evade recording industry lawyers, according to a story in Monday's Globe and Mail.
A core objection to paranoid rants regarding the US National Security Agency (NSA) electronic eavesdropping apparatus called ECHELON is the simple observation that spooks trying to use it are literally buried in an avalanche of white noise from which it's quite difficult to extract anything pertinent.
Systems Union is launching a new version of its mid-range accountancy software product, SunSystems 5, this week. The product is the culmination of £30m investment and 400 man-years of development, according to the company. Systems Union was bought last year by Freecom.net, owner also of Pegasus. The group, since renamed Systems Union, has cut staff from 1,700 to around 900.
A senior exec at BT has slurred the good name of British Net users describing their online activities as a "passive and sometimes rather weird kind of entertainment".
Microsoft has released another pre-beta 2 interim build of XP to external testers, but although this might be interpreted as meaning we're still not there yet, some of the mods in the code are largely added in preparation for the impending widespread beta. But anybody holding their breath waiting for the full poop on Product Activation will have to turn a little bluer - it turns out that when Redmond said 'read my lips - no more registry hacks' after build 2428 it didn't really mean it.
The Data Protection Registrar's code of practice for surveillance in the workplace has been delayed due to the large number of responses from a public consultation.
Compaq has escaped a customer lawsuit that accused the PC giant of knowingly selling defective machines.
Palm has posted data on the successor to its m100 consumer-oriented PDA, the m105, suggesting availability is imminent, as we predicted here.
UpdatedTony Blair is to accept the 'first ever' fully electronic petition. Number 10 Downing St will accept 2,000 emails from concerned stockbrokers calling for stamp duty to be removed from stock and share purchasing - currently a tax of 0.5 per cent on every transaction.
A British dotcom is auctioning its collection of floral URLs after turning down an offer of £3 million for them last year.
Microsoft has hired former IBMer Cliff Reeves as VP, marketing of the "Windows.NET Server Product Management Group." We're not entirely sure what the blazes that is either, but according to the man himself he'll be delivering "enhanced business solutions to our customers and partners, through the Windows.NET Server family," and given Reeves' vintage it's surely a pretty senior post.
A senior figure in the antivirus industry has spoken out against the misinformation and myths which surround computer viruses - many of which he said arise due to hype from vendors themselves.
British computer giant Specialist Computer Holdings expects sales to grow to £2 billion next year.
VIA is taking a leaf out of Intel's book and - to all intents and purposes - bundling its preferred high-performance memory with its chipsets.
Well after months and months of poorly researched and hysterically hyped stories on how the Internet was a den of credit card fraud, new figures show that actually the Internet is a pretty good place to flash the plastic.
The number of wireless surfers in the US is expected to grow to 88.6 million in 2005.
ADSL modem manufacturers, Alcatel, has apologised for refusing to talk to users about its products.
Today is a great day for the truth ladies and gentlemen. We've already had some light shed on the nonsense spewed out regarding Internet fraud and now it's back to our old friend, the WAP phone.
Hotmail has come under criticism for placing its subscribers' email addresses on a public Internet directory site when they sign up for the service, making them easy prey for spammers.
British ISPs can expect to source wholesale broadband services from a telco other than BT following a ruling today by the telecoms regulator, Oftel.
Bill Gates' plans to expand his $109 million home have prompted speculation over the patter of tiny feet.
Intruders found their way into Amazon division Bibliofind, which hooks up buyers and sellers of rare or out-of-print books, and maintained convenient access to a database of 98,000 customer accounts for about four months.
UpdatedWant to see what Microsoft's Stinger smartphone looks like? Tech site Infosync, which has a good track record for nabbing screenshots of unreleased gadgets, has posted a number of examples of the new device's user interface.