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DVD decoding-as-speech fails to impress court

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is "a kind of digital straight-jacket" violating the rights of individuals to make fair use of copyrighted materials, Stanford University Law School Dean Kathleen Sullivan argued to the Second Circuit US Court of Appeals in Manhattan Tuesday.
Thomas C Greene, 02 May 2001

Ingram Micro toughs out downturn

IT distribution is a stressful business at the best of times. In bad times, it's a pretty horrible place to be, with reseller customers going titsup all over the place, inventory going off more quickly than pears, suppliers squeezing co-operative marketing funds, the constant grind to shave operating expenses.
Drew Cullen, 02 May 2001

BT gets £4.8 billion for telecoms stakes

BT announced this morning that it is to get £4.8 billion for its shares in Japan Telecom, J-Phone and Airtel. The sale to Vodafone will make more money than expected and help take a chunk out of BT's £30 billion debt.
Kieren McCarthy, 02 May 2001

VIA C3 roadmap extended to 1.2GHz+

VIA has updated its processor roadmap to confirm the arrival of the successor to Ezra, itself the follow-up to the current C3 - aka Samuel II.
Tony Smith, 02 May 2001

Apple unveils 'iBook 2.0'

Apple launched a new iBook consumer notebook - codenamed P29, incidentally - yesterday, as expected.
Tony Smith, 02 May 2001

Linuxcare, TurboLinux decide to hang separately

Linuxcare and TurboLinux look ripe candidates for acquisition after a planned merger between the two companies collapsed on Monday. Both CEOs warned that further job losses were now likely.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 May 2001

Fulham FC wins cybersquatting case

UpdatedFirst division and soon-to-be Premiership football club Fulham has won a WIPO case over the domain name www.fulhamfc.com.
Kieren McCarthy, 02 May 2001

Connectix previews virtual Windows, Linux even OS/2 tech.

Emulation specialist Connectix - the company that ran into so much trouble by daring to allow Mac and PC users to run PlayStation games - has released a preview version of its upcoming Virtual PC for Windows software.
Tony Smith, 02 May 2001

Is Microsoft's WMP8 merely viral marketing?

We're beginning to wonder if Microsoft's strategy for its Windows Media Player 8 beta is a canny piece of viral marketing, and no more.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 May 2001

Codebreaker II A helping hand…

Ok, you've convinced us. We're going to give you a helping hand with our fiendish Codebreaker II competition. Let's face it, you need it, if Jeffrey Kane is anything to go by:
Lester Haines, 02 May 2001

Microsoft tells US Air Force to bug off

Microsoft's security patch for Outlook, which is designed to protect users from the effects of another Love Bug-style virus, has come under fire from no less a body than the US Air Force.
John Leyden, 02 May 2001

Yahoo! hires Beavis and Butthead for porn clampdown

Yahoo's much-publicised new clampdown on porn has left Web users laughing due to its Beavis and Butthead approach to filtering.
Kieren McCarthy, 02 May 2001

BT to vacate corporate HQ

BT is to move out of its cathedral-like offices opposite St Paul's to help reduce overheads and raise cash.
Tim Richardson, 02 May 2001

PC World slow to advertise actual screen sizes

PC World is carrying on with old style misleading monitor advertising until the last possible second.
Robert Blincoe, 02 May 2001

How MS might vape invalidated WinXP systems

Microsoft's product activation process doesn't know who you are, and is, says the company, entirely anonymous. So if you try to activate with an invalid product key, or after you've done a little cracking you're using an invalid key, there isn't actually anything Microsoft can do about you - or is there?
John Lettice, 02 May 2001

Apple makes OS X ad-compliant

Apple has quietly added the ability to burn CD recordable media to Mac OS X. The feature is part of the 10.0.2 patch which slipped out yesterday. Apple was widely criticised for omitting the capability from the initial OS X release in March - particularly as it meant that Apple could only fulfill two thirds of the promise it makes made in its global ad campaign - 'Rip. Mix. Burn' - in its new OS.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 May 2001

Adobe latest to enforce compulsory vacation

Come Independence Day, the hills of Silicon Valley will be particularly alive with holidaying tech workers.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 May 2001

eToy's sarcastic send-off to bankrupt namesake

One of the early Net successes, which has since slipped into bankruptcy - eToys.com - has been given a sarcastic send-off by namesake eToy.com.
Kieren McCarthy, 02 May 2001

Police caused more damage to IT firms than protestors

You may well have heard that the West End of London (where we are based incidentally) was all but shutdown yesterday thanks to a massive over-reaction by the Metropolitan Police towards Mayday protesters.
Kieren McCarthy, 02 May 2001

Chip sales slip 7% in March

Worldwide semiconductor sales slipped seven per cent in March as the industry waited for oversupply to dry up.
Linda Harrison, 02 May 2001

IBM extends PowerPC roadmap to 2GHz+

IBM has updated its PowerPC roadmap with plans to take its G3-class processors to 2GHz and beyond - a move that will see the company finally re-seal the breach with PowerPC partner Motorola and incorporate AltiVec technology into its microprocessors.
Tony Smith, 02 May 2001

Woolworths blocked e-mail during anti-capitalist demos

High Street retailer Woolworths blocked the receipt of external email yesterday amid fears that it might be targeted by virus writers during Mayday anti-capitalist protests.
John Leyden, 02 May 2001

Codebreaker II Cracked it!

Well, it's been quite an afternoon down here at the Vulture Central encryption department. Not two hours after we gave you an apparently much-needed leg up, we got an triumphant e-mail from one Mark Wutka.
Lester Haines, 02 May 2001

AMD's Sanders denies chip price war

Jerry Sanders today said AMD did not expect a chip price war, despite recent cuts from itself and rival.
Linda Harrison, 02 May 2001

CNET bathes in red ink

CNET, the world's biggest IT portal, blames "short-term pressure" in the technology marketplace for falling sales, and losses in Q1.
Drew Cullen, 02 May 2001

How secure is CA's security mailing list?

More than 60,000 subscribers to CA's anti-virus alert email list received a spam message this morning.
John Leyden, 02 May 2001

The Great VC Squeeze of 2001

Venture Capital investment tumbled 40 per cent in the first quarter of 2001, the biggest sequential drop on record.
Linda Harrison, 02 May 2001

Cyberholics! Go Cold Turkey

Are you addicted to the Internet? The easy way to find out is to throw your computer out of the house for a day or two and see if you suffer withdrawal symptoms.
Linda Harrison, 02 May 2001

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