19th > November > 2001 Archive
US lands huge bootleg MS haul
American law officials have impounded $60m worth of bootlegged Microsoft goods - the biggest seizure of counterfeit software in the US. The seizure interrupted a "major counterfeit software distribution pipeline", Microsoft said in a press release.
VAT net closes in on AOL Europe
HM Customs and Excise has signalled that it is keen to create a "level playing field" on tax matters for ISPs operating in the UK.
HMV flogs digital downloads
HMV the High Street music and games retailer, is to sell digital downloads from its Web site hmv.co.uk.
PlayStation emulator developer Bleem folds
UpdatedBleem, the company behind the PC and Dreamcast-based PlayStation emulator of the same name, has closed down.
Zeus throttles app-level DoS attacks
Zeus Technology is upgrading its Web server technology to guard against application level denial of service (DoS) attacks.
West LB ‘cans bid’ for BT phone network
German investment bank West LB has decided not to proceed with the £18 billion bid for BT's landline phone network.
GameCube launches (in US)
Nintendo's GameCube hit US retail shelves yesterday (officially, anyway), just three days after the debut of Microsoft's Xbox console.
BMG to replace anti-rip Natalie Imbruglia CDs
Bertelsmann Music Group has had to back down on plans to force anti-rip technologies on British CD buyers.
Korea gets Xbox – in Oct 2002
Korean gamers won't get their hands on Microsoft's Xbox until the second half of next year, sources close to the software giant's Korean operation claim.
Scoot grinds through re-org
Scoot.com, the accident-prone online directory-cum-infomediary, has survived another quarter. And what a quarter.
Mobile phone sales fall
Worldwide mobile phone shipments declined ten per cent year on year for the third quarter. A total of 94.4 million units were shipped for the quarter, down from Q3 2000's 104 million.
Gates preaches to the NHS converted
During negotiations over a massive software licensing contract with the National Health Service (NHS), Microsoft "offered the NHS the opportunity to be addressed by (Bill) Gates," according to Computer Weekly, citing no sources.
Quanta laptop dances in pole position
Taiwan has kept its crown as the world's number one notebook manufacturer - the country exported between 12.63m and 14.3m units this year.
ATI A3 Athlon XP chipset revealed
Mobo maker First International gave ATI's A3 chipset its first public outing at Comdex last week. And, as we've reported before, the chipset will support AMD's Athlon XP processor.
Govt fails the UK SME broadband test
The UK Government should use legislation to reduce the cost of broadband and speed-up its roll-out across the country, according to a hard-hitting report from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).
Intel's Desktop Roadmap
UpdatedIntel will cut the prices of its desktop Pentium 4 line on 27 January 2002 by up to 18 per cent, we hear. By then, Intel's 0.13 micron P4 die-shrink, codenamed Northwood, will have been less than a month on the market, but that's Intel and pricing for you.
Ceci n'est pas une Xbox
René Magritte, Belgium's most famous Surrealist artist, painted a picture of a pipe with the caption: "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" -translation: This is not a pipe. Quite correct, it's not a pipe. It's a picture of a pipe.
Dell touts budget server
Dell is shipping the 1500SC, the latest addition to its budget range of PowerEdge servers. Prices start at £999 (without an operating system).
Dell begs for mercy after ditching desktop Linux
Dell has published an open letter to its Linux customers 'clarifying' its position as regards the insurgent OS. Actually, the letter is headed "Clarifying Dell and Linux", but either of these would be a massive task, and we think we know what they meant to say. In any event, the letter reads like it's an apologia from a company that has been taking heavy fire from mullahs... er... enthusiasts and is making a desperate but futile effort to salvage its position.
VIA in talks with Intel to settle P4 chipset fight
VIA is close to settling its legal battle with Intel over the Taiwanese firm's P4 chipsets, according to the Commercial Times of Taipei.