Princeton University Computer Science Professor Edward Felten, who has credited himself and his team with cracking the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) Public Challenge, has once again wussed-out after threatening to do something frightfully daring like publish the results of his research.
It started with a tip from a Register reader whose bank advised him to cancel his Visa credit card after shopping at on-line retailer Egghead.com, then developed into a tour de force of public-relations worst practices, and finally ended in lingering doubts about whether Egghead's vehement claim that no credit card data was compromised during its Christmas hack is trustworthy.
Net users who alleged that AOL access software tampered with the workings of their PCs have cleared the first hurdle in their legal fight against the Internet giant.
Sony has narrowed losses at its consumer electronics business and PlayStation division.
Toshiba is back in black for the year, but the company's operating profits dipped in the second half due to the chip market slump.
Ian French, Ideal Hardware's CEO, is to work full time on European M&As and growth for parent company Bell Microproducts Europe.
A post on The Tech Report suggests that Microsoft just might be preparing to retro-fit XP’s product activation to Win2k. According to the author, installation of the Internet Explorer 6 preview on a Win2k machine resulted in the addition of a new, suspicious-sounding registry key.
The City, media and everyday investors are not impressed with the announcement yesterday that Sir Iain Vallance was to step down as BT chairman and be replaced with current BBC governor Sir Christopher Bland.
Firms are becoming prepared to adopt vigilante tactics against crackers in response to a rise in cybercrime that law enforcement measures alone cannot be expected to control.
Updated IBM has claimed a breakthrough in producing smaller processors based on nanotechnology. Nanoelectronics isn't new, but IBM's Thomas J Watson Lab says the new research - it's actually a process improvement - makes more precise and reliable placement of transistors based on carbon nanotubes, rather than silicon possible.
Madge.web, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Token Ring card maker Madge Networks, has gone bust. Its parent company has called in the UK receivers and is actively seeking to sell the rich media streaming host as a going concern.
Siemens will axe a further 3,500 jobs following a poor set of Q2 results, the company announced yesterday.
Alcatel has held talks with Lucent Technologies concerning a possible acquisition or merger of the two companies.
UK Jedi get green light
Computer fires man
Space station computers crash
Future is to shut down Business 2.0 in Europe. The closure of the UK, German and Italian editions will cost it £1 million.
Sony has released a beta of the long-awaited Linux kit for its PlayStation2 games console.
Dixons' PC builder talks to the Reg.
NASA grounds Pope
Confusion between the level of security an ISP is willing to provide, and the level of protection users understand they receive, leaves companies vulnerable to attacks by crackers.
Creative Technology - the folk behind the SoundBlaster cards - has posted a $101 million loss for its third quarter, compared to a net income of $88.3 million in Q3 last year.
1.7GHz P4 spanks 1.33GHz Athlon in Quake 3
Miss France or Mr Snip?
Dixons Stores Group is cutting a layer of management out of its PC World stores leaving 300 managers without a job.
Time Computers cut back around 130 jobs from its head office this week, according to the remaining staff.
Compaq is to buy a US systems integrator called Proxicom for $266m. This will increase the numbers of service professionals working for Compaq in North America by 1000, or 20 per cent of the total.
British-based Atlantic Telecom is forging ahead providing DSL-based broadband service in Holland and Germany but is hesitant about progress in the UK.
ce Consumer Electronic AG, the online chip broker, is setting up a subsidiary for the UK and Ireland.
The day after Caldera cut 17 per cent of its staff (including OS/2 and Java vet Nick Petreley), we found ourselves musing how urgently the Utah-based Linux distro needed the stability of SCO's revenue. Caldera is expected to complete the merger next week.
The managing director of Cisco Gold Partner NSC technology has pleaded guilty to several counts of fraud at the Crown Court at Middlesex Guildhall today.
WorldCom is expected to announce massive job cuts as early as next week slashing its UK workforce by almost 20 per cent.
Dennis Ritchie, co-author of Unix and the C language, has posted a panoramic view of the sheer versatility of his operating system.
While you can get sacked for looking at, saving or Photoshopping your work colleague's head onto some filthy porn, the Internet has provided us with a clean, safe, legal way of focussing those lustful intentions.
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has come under fire over the capabilities of a product designed to protect business from the effects of email viruses, such as the Love Bug and Anna Kournikova worm.
NT 4.0 Service Pack 7 is available - but not on this planet. Sharp-eyed reader Jon Bright, who has interesting tastes in bedtime reading, points us to a few clues to this bizarre piece of Microsoft channel segmentation.
The FBI yesterday issued an alert warning system administrators to bolt up their security hatches in order to block possible attacks next month by Chinese crackers bent on revenge against the US.
Google overnight yanked the Deja backup tape out from under the Foosball table, where it had been propping up that wobbly leg, and now much of Deja's historic Usenet archive is online again.
Britain is languishing in 21st place in a league table of broadband-enabled countries according to figures compiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Passport is Microsoft's online wallet service, to which you're supposed to sign in once and shop online feeling all secure forever after.