We thought it was a slip of the tongue, but no - it's official! Microsoft today enshrined 'Shared Source' in pride of place on its website, and called on its lead punch-bag Craig Mundie to renew his assault on software libre. This time, Mundie used space offered by the CNet/ZDNet empire as a bully pulpit. There's little new to his latest diatribe, and Mundie's role seems to be falling into place: more of a Wheedler-in-Chief than Philosopher Prince.
Against all expectations, the cosy deal which obligingly extends registrar VeriSign's .com domain monopoly for another six years (and its .org and .net franchise for another five) appears to be unravelling in the spotlight. An incriminating email reprinted on the ICANNWatch weblog appear to show ICANN's counsel Joe Sims privately laying the groundwork for the deal, which strongly favoured VeriSign, in contradiction to public statements and ICANN's charter.
System Builders Summit, Monte Carlo Nvidia's president and CEO has delivered a tantalising glimpse of the kind of performance he expects future generations of Geforce boards to give.
Andy Mitchell, CEO of search outfit WebTop and the former boss of AltaVista UK, is on "gardening leave", according to some well-placed gnomes tucked away in the herbaceous borders.
Microsoft has warned that traces of the 'illegal' copy of Windows Media Player 8 could botch the authorised upgrade from Media Player 7 to 7.1. The contraband, beta Version 8 is deemed 'illegal' - it's the one that's only supposed to be bundled with Windows XP/2002, and that isn't out yet.
Palm has canned its plan to buy Extended Systems after admitting that its Q4 revenue will be half what the PDA maker had originally expected.
Sharp yesterday said its latest notebook for the Japanese market, the Mebius PC-SX1-H1, will be powered by a Transmeta Crusoe CPU and ship at the end of June.
Dell met sales forecasts for the first quarter, but warned revenues would drop in the second quarter due to the weak US corporate market.
NASDAQ-listed Chinadotcom is to slash some 500 jobs in its bid to break even, the company announced today.
The World Wide Web's days are numbered, Forrester Research claims. The Internet may have taken off, mostly around the Web, but the next step of its evolution will see expansion beyond the browser, the company reckons.
System Builders Summit, Monte Carlo Only four players will be left in the PC/server hard drive market in three years time. Or so IBM reckons.
Anandtech community member Dennilfloss has dramatically confessed to the murder of another member, single mother Nowheremom, on the tech site's forum.
System Builders Summit, Monte Carlo What a jammy git. Evesham.com boss Richard Austin is leaving the IFE/System Builders Summit in Monte Carlo as the proud owner of a £40,000 Porsche Boxter.
Dotcoms were this week warned to expect more casualties in the saturated UK online sports market.
Tiscali SpA has appointed the current head of portal Excite Italy to run Tiscali's new unified operation in the UK.
Telewest is to shed 170 jobs in its bid to rationalise its call centre operation in the UK.
AMD has confirmed that it will announce a faster desktop Athlon next month.
France's Alcatel has inched nearer to its buyout of Lucent Technologies, a deal now worth more than $40 billion.
There was absolutely no competition in the Dafta Longest Email Disclaimer category. UBS Warburg runs hurtling through the tape with this:
If you thought that brevity and clarity might be considered essential in the international dissemination of information via email, think again. Still, it's nice to see that Rathbone Investment Management continues to use legalese as its first language:
They don't muck about down at London's Southwark Council. Quite right too:
If you're ever stuck in Aberystwyth and in desperate need of accessing you email, this might contain some useful vocabulary:
We reckon that this one has being doing the rounds for a while, but let's not let that spoil our enjoyment:
Is there anything in the following which suggests that off-road.com are attempting to avoid possible litigation?:
So great was the response to our recent appeal for the world's longest email disclaimer that we have decided to celebrate the best of the bunch in six categories. The organisations responsible will be awarded a coveted Vulture Central 'Dafta' for their contribution to international timewasting:
Intel has made its strongest commitment to developing Linux for the telecoms market to date, outlining what it sees as priorities for the development of the open source operating system.
Asustek is showing off its first Athlon 4 notebook - an Athlon 4 beast with an Nvidia GeForce 2 GO included.
The ASP Industry Consortium and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have announced the set of recommendations and guidelines for the ASP market they have been jointly working on for nearly a year.
Intel is positioning its Pentium III chips as a viable alternative to Risc processors in powering carrier-grade servers for the telecommunications industry.
NASA has awarded contracts for the development of a new generation of reusable space vehicles. The Space Launch Initiative (SLI) - which is aimed at improving safety and drastically reducing the cost of space operations - offers the possibility of a full-scale vehicle within five years. The initial contracts - …
Crucial.com, the retail arm of DRAM maker Micron Technology, has cut volume prices on PC2100 DDR modules to bring them into line with PC133.
Intel has indicated that its wireless Internet on a chip could be available in as little as a year.
A range of Timothy McVeigh T-shirts, the majority revelling in the man's planned execution by lethal injection planned for 11 June, has popped up on eBay for between $10 and $15. McVeigh, 33, pleaded guilty to the Oklahoma bombing in which 168 people died, including 19 children.
Iris recognition is the top biometrics ID technology, British researchers claim.
A San Diego man has landed himself a one-year jail sentence after refusing to give up the Net.
The press has been blissfully buzzing lately with rumors and long-shot speculation about a privacy/anonymity application called Peekabooty, which white hat group Cult of the Dead Cow (cDc) is developing for roll-out at this year's Defcon convention in Las Vegas this July.
Palm Inc saw a third wiped off its stock price at one stage in trading today after acknowledging that it was "more or less dramatically changing our business model." The company announced higher losses and lower sales than expected, and the company walked away from its proposed merger with Extended Systems, an enterprise integration software company.