Conexant and PMC cut jobs amid gloomy forecasts
US chip outfits Conexant Systems and PMC-Sierra have both announced job cuts amid gloomy financial forecasts.
Compaq and Transmeta named in Tablet PC XP gang
Microsoft has crawled into bed with top vendors such as Compaq and Transmeta to give the world Tablet PCs based on its Windows XP OS.
Russia and US shut down pedo site, arrest nine
US and Russian officials have arrested nine people in connection with a Website suspected of selling hundreds of child porn videos worldwide.
1,700 students get day off school after IM threat
An American teen was arrested yesterday after an Instant Message comment scared New York schools into closing for the day.
IR35: the govt's viewpoint
The civil servant behind the controversial IR35 tax legislation has spoken at length with contractor group Shout99. In the interview Sarah Walker is unrepentant regarding the legislation and is sure that it will be upheld as legal. Sarah was the architect of IR35. She is soon to move to the Inland Revenue's Pensions Department.
Azlan bullish at year-end
Azlan, the pan-European networking equipment distie, has issued a bullish trading update and says it is confident of the outcome of the financial year (ending March 31).
Quake rocks Hiroshima fab
NEC's DRAM fab in Hiroshima was shut down yesterday after the site was hit by an earthquake.
breathe to close?
breathe is bemused by weekend press reports that it's new owner, Great Universal Stores (GUS), is to shut down the ISP three months after buying it.
Why do we need 3G phones anyway?
The move to packet switching that will come with the introduction of GPRS services will make serious business applications, picture messaging and mobile gaming a reality.
Skycar crashes and burns?
Inventor Paul Moller's recently unveiled Skycar - the 21st century solution to commuting woes - has come under heavy ground fire from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology aeroboffin.
Europe to create cybercrime forum
The European Commission is looking to create a new talking shop to thrash out the issues affecting cybercrime.
MS hobbling WinXP Server, pushing users to Advanced version?
Packaging changes introduced by Microsoft in Beta 2 of Windows XP look set to limit use of XP Server to small networks, and force larger customers to spend more money on XP Advanced Server. The changes are not yet final - according to Microsoft they "represent out current thinking about how we can better position our product offerings."
Ex-Novell CEO becomes chairman of Google
Departing Novell chief executive Eric Schmidt has become chairman of search engine firm Google.
Nokia and Ericsson to axe staff
Nokia is to axe 300 to 400 jobs to slim down its high-speed Internet broadband systems division.
Acer to split in two
Acer is split into two businesses - one to make and sell its own brand machines, the other to supply IBM, Dell and other customers on a made-to-order basis.
ic24 denies Tiscali acquisition
Trinity Mirror has denied reports that it has sold its ISP, ic24, to Tiscali for £25 million.
Jack Straw shoots back in the Net
Home Secretary Jack Straw is having a summit today and tomorrow concerning the problems the Internet is throwing up. Today at 3pm, he's meeting representatives from the mobile phone industry to discuss ways in which mobile theft can be tackled.
Police swoop on Internet paedophiles
A series of raids was mounted this morning on the homes of suspected Internet paedophiles.
Time staff claim they've been paint poisoned
Burnley based Time Computers is facing legal action from three employees and one sacked ex-staffer for breaching health and safety regulations.
IMEI numbers no antidote to mobile fraud
The retention and reporting of IMEI numbers is no solution to mobile phone theft, a number of Reg readers have informed us. Police are currently pushing for greater awareness of IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) numbers, which can be found from your phone by typing "* # 0 6 #".
British courts to take pleas by email
Instead of appearing in court, defendants are to be given the opportunity to submit pleas by email to charges they face.
Minnow ISP takes on mighty BT
A small British ISP is considering legal action against BT after the monster telco allegedly disconnected the Surrey-based service provider's SurfTime customers yesterday.
Napster demands fans march on Washington
Napster is calling on its users to march on Washington, DC and protest about the way the company feels it has been treated.
MS cools to USB 2.0, warms to 1394
Microsoft's support for USB appears to be not quite as warm as it once was, if comments made by Carl Stork, the Beast of Redmond's general manager for Windows Hardware Strategy, are anything to go by.
Voice over DSL: good for slashing your phone bill?
Voice over IP connections has been a much talked about (but infrequently used) networking technology for a number of years but kit to allow voice and data over DSL links has just being introduced to Europe.
AMD aims high with mobile roadmap
AMD may be late to the high-performance mobile processor table, but it's trying hard to make up for its tardiness in 2001.
DoubleClick undergoes security audit after hack attack
Internet advertising firm DoubleClick has denied reports that the security of its Web servers has been compromised by vulnerabilities which lay unnoticed for the last two years.
MS proprietary tech undermines HailStorm – analyst
Microsoft's holier-than-thou standards pitch for .Net could be undermined by its insistence on using its own, non-standard version of Kerberos. And that, reckons Bloor Research in an overview of HailStorm published today here,could prove controversial.
WinXP Blade: MS' plan to kill off Linux Web servers
There is indeed more than meets the eye to Blade, the WinXP server edition Microsoft introduced as a 'possibility' at WinHEC yesterday. The Register's spies (who seem to be on something of a roll at the moment, and we thank them for that), report that Blade servers are viewed internally as 'cool,' and killer products.
IM – maybe the song I cannot sing
It had to happen - an American schoolgirl has released a song about Instant Messaging.
DRAM price rise shock horror!
The DRAM market may have bottomed out - temporarily -, with prices tipped to rise over the next couple of months.
IBM touts world's quietest mobile drives
IBM has built "the world's quietest" range of mobile hard drives.