13th > August > 2001 Archive

Affinity Internet munches Blue Carrots

Affinity Internet has scooped up the assets of niche ISP Blue Carrots for approx. £700K.
Drew Cullen, 13 Aug 2001

MS eases up on WinXP photos, Passport – but only sort of

It's concessions a-go-go for Microsoft this week - or is it? Today, according to the WSJ, the company intends to take some of the sting out of Windows XP's photo capabilities (thus, it hopes, mollifying Kodak), and just a few days ago it cut back on the amount of information you need to supply in order to sign up for its Passport authentication service.
John Lettice, 13 Aug 2001

Fear and Loathing in the co-lo cabinets

Nightclub shootings by Reg Towers, as happened last week, certainly didn't impress this staffer. I live in Hackney and frankly, if I want nightclub shootings there's absolutely no need for me to travel into the West End to get them. Plus if the psychotic Hackney Yardie gangster with a spray and pray gets narked in a nightclub queue, he's going to do a heap more damage than just wing a bouncer. Basically, I'm underwhelmed. And there are other jolly features of living in Hackney too — for instance, it's horribly close to the physical location of The Reg servers in Aldgate. Horribly, horribly...
John Lettice, 13 Aug 2001

Redstone hit by DTI/FSA investigation

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Financial Services Authority (FSA) are investigating troubled broadband telco, Redstone Telecom, over whether it kept investors properly informed over price-sensitive information, today's Independent reported.
Tim Richardson, 13 Aug 2001

Palm m125: spec. slips out

More information has leaked out about Palm's upcoming m125 PDA.
Tony Smith, 13 Aug 2001

Think tank urges face-scanning of the masses

The famous Rand Organization, a putatively non-partisan think tank, has come out in favor of using face-scanning technology to violate the privacy of the innocent masses in search of -- you guessed it -- terrorists and pedophiles, the two most detested fringe-groups on the planet.
Thomas C Greene, 13 Aug 2001

Rambus must pay Infineon $7.12m

Rambus must pay Infineon $7.12 million in legal fees, the US District Court of Virginia ruled late last week.
Tony Smith, 13 Aug 2001

Buy.com confirms Intel's next price cuts, 2GHz P4

Intel's upcoming 2GHz Pentium 4 has begun to appear on Web retailers' catalogues ready for its official release on 26 August - in just under two weeks' time.
Tony Smith, 13 Aug 2001

BT to completely write-off Concert?

BT may write off the entire Concert joint venture with AT&T, at a cost of £1.2 billion, according to the Mail on Sunday.
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Aug 2001

FBI swoop on $10.5m software piracy gang

A gang of four suspected software pirates were arrested in a raid by FBI agents in Los Angeles last week. Counterfeit Microsoft software worth an estimated $10.5 million was seized.
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2001

More ‘Palm ate my PC’ cases emerge

Palm's line on the 'Palm ate my PC' affair is clear-cut: "Palm is not aware of any HotSync operation that will cause damage to computer motherboards," said a company spokeswoman late last week.
Tony Smith, 13 Aug 2001

Creative Tech to ship Audigy next month

Creative Technology has confirmed it will release its next-generation audio card, Sound Blaster Audigy, in September, as part of a plan to refocus the company's efforts on sound products.
Tony Smith, 13 Aug 2001

Bill Gates spells out the future

Bill Gates has spelt out what he believes is the future in the Sunday Times this week. The article was sparked by the 20th birthday of the PC, reported widely since Billy Boy and Andy Grove got together to say how wonderful it was - and by extension, how wonderful they are.
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Aug 2001

Stelios fails to show outside AOL UK

Cybercafe chain - easyEverything - appears to have bottled plans to park its advertising lorry outside AOL UK's headquarters.
Tim Richardson, 13 Aug 2001

Haymarket suspends the net

Haymarket is to suspend publication of its flagship Internet monthly magazine the net, blaming the advertising slump.
Linda Harrison, 13 Aug 2001

NTL to shut Welsh call centre

Around 70 staff are expected to lose their jobs at NTL's call centre in Newport, South Wales.
Tim Richardson, 13 Aug 2001

Hunt for Code Red authors turns into witch hunt

Reports that the author of the infamous Code Red worm belong to virus writing group 29A have been comprehensively refuted by hacking groups and security experts alike.
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2001

Nikon Coolpix 995

ReviewThe last Coolpix model we reviewed didn't fare too well. However, it seems Nikon may have listened to our criticisms because the 995 irons out some of the problems we had with its predecessor.
PC Advisor, 13 Aug 2001

TSMC, UMC July sales: no better than June

If the semiconductor industry is going to recover during the second half of the year, it had better get a move on. Initial data from the world's top two chip foundries, TSMC and UMC, suggest the turnaround hasn't started yet.
Tony Smith, 13 Aug 2001

Prostitutes inspire Russia e-government plans

Net-literate prostitutes have shamed Russia's government into putting up Web sites for their various offices. The number of Web sites produced by Russian tarts has caused a senior official at the Kremlin, Alexei Violin, to order government bodies to shape up and follow their lead.
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Aug 2001

AOL dismisses job cuts claims

AOL has brushed aside reports of impending job losses at its US HQ as "just rumours".
Tim Richardson, 13 Aug 2001

Yugoslavs develop mobile phone gun

Lester Haines, 13 Aug 2001

CNET sneaks in European presence

CNET is taking the softly softly route to establishing its brand across Europe by launching local entry pages to its news.com site.
Robert Blincoe, 13 Aug 2001

Emails will prove vital to Hamiltons' rape denial

Emails look as though they will be the vital evidence in the bizarre rape claims surrounding disgraced former MP Neil Hamilton and his wife.
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Aug 2001

Japan implicated in Kiwi hacking probe

A Japanese government agency has been implicated in attempts to hack into a medical research institute in New Zealand.
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2001

NeonHippo launches FRIACO service

Birmingham-based NeonHippo is attempting to buck the current trend towards market consolidation among ISPs and launch a new branded unmetered access service.
Tim Richardson, 13 Aug 2001

Trojan Room coffee pot sells for £3,350

UpdatedThe famous Trojan Room coffee pot has been sold for £3,350.00.
Robert Blincoe, 13 Aug 2001

Badgers ate my phone line

The Reg has had its share of drive-by shootings, Cisco fiascos and co-lo catastrophes over the last week.
Drew Cullen, 13 Aug 2001

Ex-Panrix boss launches micro PC assault on UK

Former-Panrix boss Simon Panesar has reappeared in the UK computer market - this time selling ultra-small PCs.
Linda Harrison, 13 Aug 2001

Code Red and the Cisco Side Effect

Acres of newsprint have been devoted to the outbreak of the Code Red worm but little attention has been given to the collateral damage its outbreak is creating.
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2001

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