Snitch-a-customer program was ‘stupid’, says Microsoft
Microsoft branded its shop-a-non-Windows-user program for resellers "stupid" today, and blamed its own "very very confusing" license agreements for obfuscating the picture.
TiVo wields patent club against Microsoft
Silicon Valley executives are often urged to fill those precious moments between the Stairmaster and the early coronary by reading ancient war manuals. We're not sure if any of these contains the advice: "pick your fights carefully", but if they do, TiVo doesn't seem to have reached this page yet.
BT to sell Yell today?
BT is to announce later today the sale of it yellow pages and e-commerce outfit, Yell, the FT reported, although the sale could be delayed until after the holiday weekend if negotiators hit any last minute snags.
Italian court denies Rambus demand to shut Micron plant
Rambus' attempts to halt production of Micron memory chips that it claims infringe its SDRAM patents have failed - at least in Italy.
Apple to add more colours, bigger screen to iBook
UpdatedApple will update its new iBook with a range of coloured shells, the company that's producing them on the Mac maker's behalf has let slip.
Intel lets slip 2GHz P4 release timeframe
Intel has confirmed it will release a 2GHz Pentium 4 next quarter.
No code or body fluids exchanged in MS Lavender Wedding
Microsoft's much-ballyhooed 'Shared Source' initiative appears to have failed its first big test. With a great deal of swagger, Microsoft announced a partnership with defense contractor Lockheed Martin yesterday to target US government contracts.
Russian script wrinkly on hacking charges
A Russian pensioner has been arrested after allegedly masterminding a scam geared to lifting the credit card number of Western tourists visiting Moscow cyber cafes.
dot.com domain monopoly silences critics
One of the quirks of domain name history is that the keeper of the all-important root file, Network Solutions (now VeriSign), hosted the most popular discussion forum on the subject of domain name politics. Until yesterday, that is.
DfEE needs to learn about Web sites
UpdatedThe Department for Education and Employment needs to learn a thing or two about Web sites. Specifically, how to build them without putting templates live on the Web.
QXL snuggles up to MS
Shares in online auction outfit, QXL Ricardo plc, shot up 23 per cent (a whopping 1.5 pence) on news that it had signed a technology and marketing deal with Microsoft.
Transmeta licenses AMD Hammer technology
AMD's long-mooted partnership with Transmeta has finally reached the point where the pair can admit it in public. So Transmeta announced today that has licensed AMD's x86-64 instruction set architecture and had signed up for HyperTransport while was at it.
Kyro II sails through Windows testing
Kyro II, ST Microelectronics' 3D graphics accelerator, has passed hardware and software compatability tests set by the Windows Hardware Quality Lab (WHQL). This means that system builders don't have to do the tests themselves.
PC World's got a DVD-R PC for £1,499
UpdatedPC World is claiming a UK first - it's selling a PC with a recordable DVD drive from today.
Surfers warned about pro-anorexia sites
A British eating disorder organisation was today warning women about the dangers of visiting pro-anorexia Websites and chatrooms.
Email smut – sent quicker than a Prescott punch
Around one in seven office workers admit to sending raunchy emails to pals and colleagues at work.
Disabled mother of four beats off MS, Mounties in piracy case
Further evidence of Microsoft's uncanny knack for publicity is provided by the story of a Canadian victim of the company's anti-piracy campaign. According to Canadian newswire CP Wire, 41 year old disabled mother of four Brenda Avery found herself on the receiving end of the full might of the Redmond SWAT team and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
VIA unveils latest C3, announces design wins
Taiwan's VIA launched its latest x86-compatible 0.15 micron C3 processor today, the EBGA (Enhanced Ball Grid Array) packaged C3 E-Series.
Security software crashes Cisco kit
Probing Cisco's networking equipment with vulnerability scanning software is liable to crash its boxes, the networking giant has been forced to admit.
NAF accused of unjustifiable money grabbing
The National Arbitration Forum has been accused of pocketing money for a case that never happened.
Yogic Flyers top political sites
The latest figures from Internet monitoring outfit, Keynote, reveals that those Yogic Flying members of the Natural Law Party have the most responsive Web site of all the political parties in the general election.
Tiscali UK cull about to begin
Word has reached Vulture Central that the cull at Tiscali's UK operation is about to get underway.
eMachines loses Nasdaq listing
eMachines, the bottom-scraping budget PC maker, has been delisted from Nasdaq because its shares fell below the $1 level.
ATI illegally misled shareholders, lawsuit claims
ATI has been hit with a class action alleging that the 3D graphics company misled shareholders by providing a false picture of its current financial statement and its potential earnings.
Conservatives given the A-team treatment
The Conservative party has been given the A-team treatment on guydowman.com. Pictures! Music! Talk! And Little Willy Hague, Mad Anne Widdecombe, Michael Portillo and Francis Maude become Hannibal, Mr.T, Face and Murdoch respectively.
Contribute to the SMS election poll
Mobile portal Boltblue is running "the first ever" election poll using mobiles on 5 June - two days before the general election. Text message who you intend to vote for and the company will collate the info and pump out what it hopes will be an accurate reflection of how the national will vote.
Recording Industry Ass. sues Aimster
Aimster's attempt to seek judicial protection from the Recording Industry Ass. of America hasn't deterred the litigious music business organisation - yesterday it hit the software company with a Napster-style contributory copyright violation suit.
Windows HyperTerminal surrenders your box
Microsoft issued its third security bulletin for the week on Friday, this time reporting an unchecked buffer susceptible to an overrun attack in the ubiquitous HyperTerminal Telnet/serial client which cheerfully sets itself up as the default during Windows installation.