12th > July > 2001 Archive

MS takes $2.6bn hit on cable, telecoms stocks

Microsoft's cable and telecoms spending spree of a couple of years ago has finally reared up and bitten the company. It said yesterday that it expected to report a $2.6 billion loss on its investment portfolio in its fourth quarter, quantities of the stuff it spent money on having apparently gone through the floor.
John Lettice, 12 Jul 2001

Motorola posts loss, declares war on Turks

Motorola reported revenues of $7.5 billion down from $9.3 billion in the same period last year, and an overall loss of $232 million. Excluding adjustments the loss was $759 million. Semiconductors were Motorola's poorest performing business, but the company was upbeat about its handsets despite weakening demand.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jul 2001

Samsung is sampling 300MHz DDR SDRAM

Samsung is sampling its fastest DDR SDRAM chip. This runs at 300MHz and offers a data transfer rate of 600Mbps leading to an operating speed of 2.4Gbps, the worlds fastest according to the manufacturer.
Robert Blincoe, 12 Jul 2001

STMicro posts $164m loss

STMicroelectronics has posted a loss of $164.5 million for Q2, while warning that sales are likely to drop in the current quarter.
Linda Harrison, 12 Jul 2001

Yahoo! Q2! Revenues! Fall!

Terry Semel - Yahoo!'s new chairman and CEO - is one heck of an optimist.
Tim Richardson, 12 Jul 2001

Can WinXP Product Activation be reverse engineered?

When Fully Licensed GmbH published details of its analysis of Microsoft's Windows Product Activation (WPA) system earlier this week, it had deliberately removed a small piece of the picture. The company made a fully-working executable of its XPDec utility available for download along with the XPDec source code, but it removed the encryption key from the source.
John Lettice, 12 Jul 2001

M'Soft and Intel scramble into ethical share index

Microsoft, Intel, Dixons and BT are among the companies that have scrambled their way into a new ethical share index series.
Linda Harrison, 12 Jul 2001

BT threatened with 75,000 strike action

BT has been threatened with strike action over a trial outsourcing scheme it is running with a company in India. The ten-week trial will see Indian workers in Mumbai take on back-office data entry tasks. If deemed successful, BT says the move will only affect 25 workers in the UK, all of whom will be retrained for other jobs at the telco.
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jul 2001

PDA Psioneer mulls licensing hardware, IP

Psion is considering licensing hardware designs and other intellectual property, as it licks its chops after a bloody retreat from the consumer PDA market it pioneered.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jul 2001

Anyone fancy watching French football on their phone?

Orange is very excited to announce today that it has signed a seven-year content deal with the French football league to give it exclusive access to games/facts etc for 3G phones. Ain't that great?
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jul 2001

IRC network comes under denial of service attack

One of the largest IRC (Internet Relay Chat) networks, EFNet, has come under a denial of service attack, according to reports posted on the organisation's Web site.
John Leyden, 12 Jul 2001

UK manufacturer launches stool-sampling cyberjohn

Headline update for our US readersUK toilet manufacturer Twyford yesterday placed the humble bog at the cutting edge of 21st century crappercraft with the world's first e-enabled health-monitoring cyberloo.
Lester Haines, 12 Jul 2001

UK data protection complaints increase

More and more people have complained about potential breaches of their personal privacy online, according to a report from the Information Commissioner.
Tim Richardson, 12 Jul 2001

Californian space tax scheme kyboshed

The frankly barking plan by the Los Angeles County taxmen to charge companies for satellites in outer space as "moveable property" has been shot down by state tax officials.
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jul 2001

Samsung SyncMaster 151MP

ReviewFlat-panel display prices may be falling, but if you want something above the norm that offers a few extras you still have to pay the price for it. Samsung’s 151MP is not only gorgeous to look at, it also comes with a built-in TV tuner, which means it can double up as a television. However, all this does add up to almost £900 for a 15in flat-panel.
PC Advisor, 12 Jul 2001

Baltimore Technologies faces takeover action

A little known encryption firm called Chantilley has made a take over approach to the board of Baltimore Technologies, Europe's largest security firm.
John Leyden, 12 Jul 2001

Napster in a coma

Judge Whatsherface (Marilyn Hall Patel) has ruled that Napster will have to remain dead until it can assure him that no copyrighted tracks at all will remain on the file-exchange servers.
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jul 2001

Redlined Word doc prematurely reveals UK govt policy

The perils of making forward looking statements via Word files have been highlighted after a UK government department inadvertently revealed government policy hidden in the document's revision history.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jul 2001

Text a cab in Dublin

UpdatedFrom next month, you'll be able to summon a cab in Dublin by simply sending a text message. E-Taxis has 1,000 new cars ready to hit the streets and life will never be the same again, it told The Guardian.
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jul 2001

US dotcom keeps ownership of SouthAfrica.com

The nation of South Africa has abandoned its fight to own the domain name southafrica.com.
Linda Harrison, 12 Jul 2001

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