The French government has lined up against software patents. The minister in charge of patent policy, industry secretary Christian Pierret, last week stated that he opposed them, and that they "would kill innovation and promote judicial terrorism" by multinational companies against startups.
The Unix business has never been known for the simplicity of its business alliances, and in that tradition one of the most complicated deals of all was concluded this week. Finally.
A group of reformed software security breakers have developed technology to secure digital content and software applications.
Bucking the trend of poor financial results from networking equipment suppliers, Cabletron Systems posted increased revenues for its last quarter when it reported its full year results.
Microsoft has teamed up with Net services business NTT Communications to create a broadband Internet channel for the Xbox.
Jerry Sanders, AMD CEO famously once referred to arch-rival Intel as 'the 800lb gorilla'. Using this simian rule of (non-extensible) thumb, The Register calculated that this would make AMD a chimpanzee. Hence the moniker Chimpzilla. But AMD seems to have ideas above its station, judging from the picture of an 800lb gorilla …
Palm's financial problems, outlined at week's quarterly results announcement, sent panic among investors yesterday. The company's shares lost nearly half their previous value, after trading at ten times the stock's average volume.
The head of Toshiba's semiconductor operation, Yasuo Morimoto, has revealed a few further details of Cell - the multiprocessing-oriented CPU architecture for the broadband era currently being developed by Toshiba, Sony and IBM.
A teenage computer cracker, who's efforts sparked a worldwide manhunt and brought FBI investigators to a sleepy Welsh village, faces a possible jail sentence after pleading guilty to deception and theft.
A well-known former computer hacker has been hired to do viral marketing for games firm Nintendo and TV channel E4.
UBC Media's chief executive Simon Cole tells us that contrary to what Department of Education flaks tell us, meetings have taken place with mandarins on providing schools with Internet access via Digital Radio.
Winged watchdog Oftel is strutting its stuff again with an "order" against BT to offer wholesale leased lines to other operators.
Is Be planning to release its BeOS operating system to the open source community? It's something it has discussed in the past but never come down on the issue one way or the other.
Money may pour in and out of commercial Linux vendors, but that does little to diminish the enthusiasm for the less well-known distros. Results from a survey of Linux developers seem to prove the diversity of the distro market.
You know how huge multi-billion pound companies have managed to ruin themselves by paying ridiculous sums of money for 3G licences? Well, unless you live in a Disney movie, you will also know that you (that's you and me - the consumers) will end up paying for it. (Talking of which, this email just came in from PA: "Walt Disney has teamed up with NTT DoCoMo to develop animated content for mobile phones".)
The introduction of wireless networking has spawned a fresh sub-culture in the digital underground. It has brought script kiddies out of their bedrooms and onto the roads.
Sony has announced plans to fire itself up as a mobile phone and mobile computing company.
Cisco Systems has placed a hold on further acquisitions until its financial outlook improves.
Supercomputers are bigger than the average person's holiday cottage, draw enough juice to run a small factory, and require industrial refrigeration units to prevent them cooking themselves, right?
NorthPoint has moved to shut down its DSL network, disconnecting up to 100,000 customers.
Online newshound WSJ.com is to lay off staff as part of parent company Dow Jones' cost cutting campaign.