UK will miss 2005 broadband goal
Britain's broadband strategy lies in tatters today after Government-backed research found it will fail to meet its goal to make the UK the most competitive and extensive broadband market in the G7 by 2005.
EB buys its way into France
Electronics Boutique, the UK's biggest games retailer, has jumped into France through the acquisition of Scoregames, a leading French indie.
'We're not killing off floppy drives' – Intel
Intel Technology RoadmapIntel has denied it is trying to kill off the floppy disk drive, despite suggestions made in documents sent to PC makers and seen by The Register that it would like to see them phased out by the second half of next year.
CMP Said to Lay Off Nearly 200
CMP Media is in the process of chopping nearly 200 jobs in a cost-cutting measure made necessary by an historic free-fall in the tech economy, insiders have told SWMS.
Bidders for BT local loop put heads together
The two companies that have put in bids for BT's local loop are planning a summit meeting with a view to working together, the Sunday Times reported yesterday.
Time to start downloading software in-store
Time Computers will test an in-store downloading and burning software replication system in three stores over the next three months. Following the trial period, the company will decide whether to roll it out to its entire retail network.
John Lewis back in e-business
John Lewis Partnership has relaunched its Website with six-times more product lines than first time around. At the same time it's ducked the famous 'never knowingly undersold' marketing commitment for its ecommerce venture.
Music biz wants tougher DMCA, CPRM 2 to protect copyright
Update Our source may not be all he or she claimed to be, and serious doubts have been cast on the veracity of the comments attributed to the RIAA's Rosen and co. For a full update click here.
Microsoft pulls stealth release of Java for .NET
UpdatedMicrosoft has pulled a download that added Java language support to .NET. Microsoft silently made it available on Sunday, less than 48 hours after we first broke the news of the project.
BT admits to bandwidth restrictions for file-sharing sites
BT Openworld has been forced to admit it is restricting the bandwidth for certain Web sites after furious customers starting compiling evidence of interference. Previously BT had categorically denied any such restrictions.
Solectron buys Stream
Stream International, once one of the world's biggest resellers of software, has a new owner.
Govt tries to sell fixed wireless licences for fourth time
The government is trying for the fourth time to get people interested in the licences that offer fixed wireless access. Let's hope it's a bit more successful this time.
BT targets SMEs with new services
BT Retail went on the offensive today in a bid to generate an extra £500 million revenue over the next five years from small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).
E-envoy plugs BT
BT laid on an impressive show of force this morning as it launched its new range of ebusiness services for SMEs.
Profit warning – Arrow's turn
Arrow Electronics, the world's biggest electronics components distie, is the latest tech firm to issue a profits warning.
Intel takes bumps off packaging
The boffins at Intel have developed a new means of casing the guts of a processor. The technology, called “Bumpless Build-Up Layer” (BBUL), will only start to be used in the somewhat distant future to build processors, but will pave the way to deliver the “performance of billion-transistor processors”.
NTL unveils hi-speed unmetered Net access
NTL has unleashed an unmetered, always-on high-speed Net access service which, it claims, will go head-to-head with existing ISDN and flat-fee dial-up services.
Another step towards cheaper TFT-LCD monitors
Samsung is kicking its 15-inch TFT-LCD XGA-resolution display panel into mass production.
Western Digital bumps EIDE drive buffer to 8MB
Western Digital (WD) has released its latest Caviar hard drive, the WD-1000BB-SE, a 100GB EIDE hard drive. The thing that separates it from the pack is its 8MB buffer, which the company claims is the largest available in this class of drive.
First Athlon XP reports
A few tests have started popping up on the Web in anticipation of tomorrow's Athlon XP launch from AMD.
The recession is good news. For IBM anyway
The current recession is music to the ears of IBM's Web services marketing manager, Siva Darivemula. "The recession could help our e-services because companies are looking at cost-cutting," he told us in a flying visit to the UK.
Sun lures IIS defectors with iPlanet price cuts
Sun is doing it best to make hay from the Gartner Group's recommendation to ditch Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS).