12th > December > 2001 Archive

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Bridge built between HushMail and PGP users

Users are promised interoperability between HushMail accounts and desktop PGP users with a tool which uploads PGP public keys to HushMail servers.
John Leyden, 12 Dec 2001
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easyEverything chastised for AOL slur

easyEverything has been slapped by the advertising watchdog for "denigrating" AOL UK.
Tim Richardson, 12 Dec 2001
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Can Sun Liberate you from your Passport?

Sun Microsystems and Microsoft have never really seen eye to eye. Sun proudly stood on the accusing side in the DOJ ruling. Then there is all the sniping about Java. Last, but by no means least, is the future.
IT-Analysis, 12 Dec 2001
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E-minister finds his role in Europe

E-minister Douglas Alexander has found his niche in Europe - hosting a conference for its most IT-illiterate countries.
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Dec 2001
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BT appoints new CEO

The Arsenal-supporting vice chairman of Lucent, Ben Verwaayen, is to succeed Sir Peter Bonfield as CEO of BT.
Tim Richardson, 12 Dec 2001
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VIA launches DDR-based mobile Athlon chipset

VIA launched its ProSavageDDR KN266 mobile chipset for AMD's Athlon 4 and Duron processors, the first in VIA's mobile product line to support DDR SDRAM.
Tony Smith, 12 Dec 2001
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MS mislays huge lobbyist team in court filing

Microsoft filed a characteristically Microsoftish document with with the District of Columbia court on Monday. Its "Description of written or oral comunications regarding the revised proposed final judgment" is intended to comply with US regulations regarding lobbying, but it does so in a strikingly minimalist way.
John Lettice, 12 Dec 2001
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Infineon, Toshiba close to merger

Infineon and Toshiba have at long last decided how they can bring their two DRAM operations together - all they have to decide now is whether they want the merger to take place.
Tony Smith, 12 Dec 2001
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SonicBlue challenges TiVo to sign or be sued

SonicBlue last night threatened to take TiVo to court if the digital video recorder company failed to agree to license its DVR technology, for which it was granted a broad patent two weeks ago.
Tony Smith, 12 Dec 2001
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ICL cuts 1500 jobs

ICL today says it will cut 1500 employees - about 13 per cent of its 11,500-strong UK headcount. It will provide a window period for voluntary reductions, which will be followed by "selected redundancies" to make up the total. The reductions are expected to be completed by March 2002.
James Watson, 12 Dec 2001
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EC doesn't understand DRAM biz – Infineon chief

Infineon chief executive Ulrich Schumacher has slammed the European Commission for its insistence on pursuing an investigation into his company's $194 million subsidy from the German government.
Tony Smith, 12 Dec 2001
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Intel confirms 845D DDR chipset shipping ‘early’

Intel has admitted it has begun shipping its DDR-based Pentium 4 chipset, the 845D, ahead of schedule.
Tony Smith, 12 Dec 2001
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BT and Marconi to install 28,000 e-payphones

BT has teamed up with Marconi to replace 28,000 payphones with new multimedia devices.
Tim Richardson, 12 Dec 2001
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A walk through Usenet Memory Lane

Google has ferreted some interesting Usenet posts from bygone days to highlight the integration of 20 years of Usenet archives into Google Groups.
John Leyden, 12 Dec 2001
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Multi-billion-dollar software piracy bust

US Customs penetrated a 'multi-billion dollar' anti-warez operation in several US cities and overseas, and executed over 100 search warrants in connection with it Tuesday, officials say.
Thomas C Greene, 12 Dec 2001
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MS updates WinXP, USB 2.0 and Bluetooth imminent

Microsoft has released a raft of new updates for Windows XP, including a second application compatibility update. The company is also poised to add USB 2.0 support early next year, and Bluetooth by mid-2002. Carpers might wonder in what sense WinXP was therefore "finished" at the time it shipped, but the nicer way to think about it is that the Windows Update service allows Windows development to be a continuous work in progress, while nevertheless keeping users up to date fairly effectively.
John Lettice, 12 Dec 2001

Oftel refers mobile companies to Competition Commission

Oftel has referred the UK's mobile operators to the Competition Commission over their inter-network charges.
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Dec 2001
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Microsoft Hotmail still runs on U**x

Microsoft admits it still hasn't upgraded its Hotmail system to Windows, almost four years after embarking on the task, and fifteen months after the first load balancing machines began to be shifted to Windows 2000 from FreeBSD.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Dec 2001
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How cuddly are Carly and Curly, asks ‘HP’

The continuing strife over the Sircam merger between HP and Compaq could be troubling the venerable Silicon Valley giant.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Dec 2001
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Lords attack Anti-Terror Bill again

The Lords has continued to attack the controversial Anti-Terrorism Bill, voting in a tenth amendment yesterday which will ensure public debate of the voluntary code of practice on retaining phone and email data.
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Dec 2001
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CSFB set to pay $100m fine over dotcom IPOs

Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) is preparing to pay a record $100 million (£70 million) fine to the Wall Street watchdog Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for breaking the rules during the dotcom boom.
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Dec 2001
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Sony is killing PlayStation mod-chips

Sony is cracking down on PlayStation mod-chip makers, forcing them to halt the distribution of their products or face the wrath of its corporate legal might.
James Watson, 12 Dec 2001

My 32 CPUs are better than your 72 CPUs

We heard last week that IBM was preparing to release some record-breaking Java POWER4 benchmarks in response to goading from Sun. And now, it's duly done so.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Dec 2001
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DoD pumps up cybercrime investment

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has invested in a extensive cybercrime training program with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) that will earn the firm up to $86 million over the next eight years.
John Leyden, 12 Dec 2001
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Dell sued over MPEG patents

Six major technology companies are suing Dell for infringing various MPEG 2 patents by installing software on its computers without obtaining a licence.
James Watson, 12 Dec 2001
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AMD nibbles at Intel business PC market share

AMD is eating into Intel's market share - in some territories during Q3, at least - according the figures from market watcher Gartner Dataquest.
Tony Smith, 12 Dec 2001
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AMD touts for server biz with Athlon MP 1900+

AMD has launched the Athlon MP 1900+ and its latest multi-processing chipset, the 760MPX.
Tony Smith, 12 Dec 2001
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AMD processors and prices

Updated With today's addition of the $319 Athlon MP 1900+, it's time to update our chart of AMD's processor products and their prices. As always, the prices listed are per processor when bought in batches of 1000 chips.
Tony Smith, 12 Dec 2001
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Stelios considers legal action over AOL slur ruling

easyGroup chairman Stelios Haji-Ioannou claims the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) should be taken over by the Government because it is unwilling to stand up to 'big media'.
Tim Richardson, 12 Dec 2001
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Micron, Hynix deal to be announced next week?

When will Micron make a bid for Hynix's memory operation - assuming, of course, it decides to do so? Officially, neither Hynix nor Micron will offer any guidance as to when investors and observers should expect an offer, but at least one member of the committee overseeing Hynix's recovery claims it could come as early as next week.
Tony Smith, 12 Dec 2001
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Microsoft shows off streaming technology

Microsoft yesterday showed off its next generation Windows Media Technology, code-named "Corona", which it hopes will improve Internet media streaming capabilities in terms of audio and video quality, as well as reducing bandwidth consumption.
James Watson, 12 Dec 2001
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LLU failing in Europe – Gartner

Industry analysts have called on the European Union (EU) to re-think its strategy for unbundling the local loop (LLU) calling the current policy a "regulatory nightmare".
Tim Richardson, 12 Dec 2001
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Win a pair of Google underpants

Competition When Google acquired the Deja Usenet archive back in February, there were no fiercer critics than us at the sudden loss of functionality. Or more accurately, we were reflecting a sense of disappointment and anger from Register readers almost without precedent, mingled with a sense of alarm that a valuable repository of community information could be lost for good.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Dec 2001
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Transmeta cuts Q4 revenue forecast to $1m

Transmeta has cut its Q4 revenue forecast to $1 million, blaming the shortfall on problems getting sufficient 0.13 micron Crusoe TM5500 and TM5800 processors out to customers.
Tony Smith, 12 Dec 2001