29th > November > 2001 Archive
B2B still to fulfil promise
Business to Business (B2B) was meant to revolutionise the way that organisations did business. The development of marketplaces meant that products and services could be bought and sold with massively reduced effort in terms of both time and money.
US courts kowtow to entertainment industry
Wednesday was a bad day for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a watchdog group involved in several suits challenging the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) on behalf of consumers, researchers and publishers.
US Supremes mull future of Net porn
The US Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), which Congress passed in 1998 to purge the Internet of materials "harmful to minors." The Act was ruled unconstitutional by the Third US Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia last year.
Palm axes 250 jobs
Palm last night said it will rid itself of 250 staff, part of the fallout of the Be acquisition, but sought to sugar the pill for its remaining employees by stressing that its Q2 revenue is on course to fall between $250 million and $280 million.
Hitachi sheds 130 more Singapore staffers
Japanese chip maker Hitachi will cut a further 130 jobs at its Singapore SDRAM plant subsidiary as the depressed state of the memory market continues to hurt the company.
IBM drops 1200 chip workers
IBM says it will cut around 1000 jobs from its semiconductor division due to the market downturn, nearly five per cent of the unit's staff. It will also chop 180 jobs from its storage technology unit.
WinXP steals your bandwidth
XP RoundupWindows XP helps itself to 20 per cent of your bandwidth, a useful tip at TweakXP reveals. But although this sounds like the sort of thing that could easily fuel paranoia (what's it doing with it?), it's more just a case of sloppy and wasteful configuration.
Intel's battle with Broadcom comes to court
Intel and Broadcom faced each other yesterday as the wide-ranging patent infringement lawsuit the chip giant filed in August 2000 came to court.
Europe faces legal action over ‘disappointing’ LLU
The European Commission (EC) has threatened legal action against some member states after describing local loop unbundling (LLU) in Europe as "very disappointing".
Schmidt dumps Bertelsmann
Andreas Schmidt is to quit his job as the global head of ecommerce at media giant Bertelsmann.
Toshiba drops desktops in US
Toshiba will stop selling its desktop PCs in the US after pushing them unsuccessfully for the past four years. It will focus instead on its various mobile products, such as notebooks, portable servers and wireless networking.
RMS meets Kabong – the Free Software Remix
You'd be free, free hackers too - if you only had the time.
Time bulks up retail lines
Time Computers' retail stores will have an additional 250 product items on the shelves from Monday.
Gates poised to clinch 500k WinXP licence deal for UK.gov?
UpdatedBill Gates is due to swing through the UK next week, trailing clouds of Windows XP licences, and according to embittered Register sources, his good friend Tony Blair will be signing the UK government up for 500,000 of them at a Blair-Gates meeting on 6th December.
UK Govt says ‘no’ to unprotected eshopping
The Government has published five top tips for safe e-shopping this Christmas in a bid to boost consumer confidence online.
Europe to probe Infineon aid package
European Commission investigators are to take a close look at the $194 million handout granted to chip maker Infineon by the German government. The financial package may have broken EC competition rules.
Xbox goes under the knife
Xbox RoundupPeople just will not stop tinkering with their Xboxes! We're all in favour of course, with reservations (the ones that stop us getting sued) so here's a little round-up of things people are speculating on, and some things people have actually done.
Motorola updates PowerPC 7450
Motorola has quietly extended its PowerPC family with two G4-class CPUs: the MPC7451 and the MPC7441.
KaZaA ordered to cease infringing copyright
UpdatedMusic sharing system KaZaA has been given two weeks by a Dutch court to cease infringing recording artists' copyrights.
The e-biz skinny on leather tanning
The UK's leather tanning sector is reluctant to take part in the ecommerce revolution despite pressure from the Government to get businesses online.
Dabs.com offers free online credit
Online retailer dabs.com is offering its customers interest free online financing for any purchase over the value of £500.
Orange kills Locust
Orange pulling the plug on the world's oldest text message community, Locust, by ending its Talk 60 Text 1500 tariff, which enabled a company to make large numbers of text messages for £60 a month.
Jungle.com inches to break-even
GUS, parent company of Argos and Jungle.com, has released its interim results, and announced an 11 per cent increase in profit and 7.8 per cent increase in sales to £2.9 billion.
Jaguar workers face sack over ‘inappropriate’ emails
Eleven workers at Jaguar's Halewood, UK factory are facing the sack, with another 19 lined up for possible disciplinary action, after circulating "inappropriate" emails around the office.
Cisco accountant hackers sent to jail
A pair of former Cisco beancounters have been sent to prison for 34 months after they were found guilty of hacking into the network giant's computers as part of a $8 million fraud scheme.
Govt unveils £11m e-truancy fund for schools
The Department for Education and Skills has unveiled a £11.25 million fund for schools to purchase hi-tech solutions for the age-old problem of truancy.