Microsoft opts Passport holders into spam hell
Emboldened by user 'apathy' to Yahoo!'s privacy changes in April, Microsoft has followed suit. It has now co-opted existing Passport users to share their email addresses and other registration information with third parties, Register readers report.
Open source shunned by monopolists' “good code” initiative
In certain parts of this town, it's de rigeur for shopkeepers to display the sign: "OUR COMMUNITY IS A HATE FREE ZONE!"
UK flights grounded following computer glitch
Air travellers in the UK face severe disruption this morning following computer problems at the National Air Traffic Service (NATS) at Swanwick in Hampshire.
dabs.com pushes into corporate market
dabs.com, the Bolton-based direct reseller, is gunning for more corporate business through a new outbound telesales division.
UK SMEs profit from ecommerce
Three out of four business-based Web sites in the UK make a profit, according to research by ecommerce software supplier Actinic.
BTo donates 800 broadband connections
BTopenworld is to donate 800 ADSL connections to businesses and community groups over the next couple of years in a bid to drive demand for broadband.
VIA flogs DDR333 P4 mobo
VIA has intro'ed a new P4 mobo, the "first mainboard featuring the VIA Apollo P4X333 chipset". This is not completely surprising - licensing issues between Intel and VIA means that few Taiwanese mobo makers want to stick their neck out selling and marketing P4 boards with VIA chipsets (although some are willing, obviously to build product for VIA under the cloak of anonymity).
MS IE patch misses the mark
Microsoft's latest cumulative patch for Internet Explorer fails to tackle at least one of the problems it is meant to fix, and leaves a dozen reported security bugs unpatched.
Citrix scores MS code deal, pulls NT 4.0 TSE support
Earlier this week Citrix announced that it had struck a deal with Microsoft to give it access to Windows server code for another three years. And, by some strange coincidence, Citrix will not be supporting NT 4.0, Terminal Server Edition in Metaframe XP, Feature Release 2, which is due out shortly.
Psion ships Ethernet, 802.11 upgrade to netBook OS
Psion as a company is adept at not telling people things, and indeed where you can get them, so it's no surprise that this week it has contrived to sneak out a new rev of the netBook OS which finally includes built-in support for Ethernet PC cards, including several 802.11 ones. This is presumably the support that was due (was it in Q1 2001?) very shortly after the netBook launched in the first place, and that The Register infrequently harangued Psion operatives about before finally giving up.
Bertelsmann saves Napster
Bertelsmann is to mop up the rest of Napster – for around $8m. Or rather the assets: it gets the name and it has the P2P software, and it pays off the creditors, but it sidesteps the liabilities – most notably, other shareholders, and the gazillions demanded by most of the music majors.
blueyonder escapes Usenet death row
Internet admins have lifted a Usenet Death Penalty (UDP) sentence from blueyonder after deciding it had done enough to clamp down on the stream of spam emanating from its network.
From H to P and back again
Hewlett Packard is no more, a spokesperson told us today. The company will now be known as "HP", confirming a report in the San Jose Mercury this morning.
Egg hatches one-stop Web banking service
Egg has rejected criticism from its competitors about the security and privacy implications of a service, which allows its customers to manage all their online accounts from a single Web page.