We have lift-off! The solar broadband airplane
By 2005, people could be receiving mobile phone services, broadband connections and even digital TV from solar-powered airplanes that fly at 65,000 feet.
Xbox breaks US sales records
A report indicates that Microsoft has smashed sales records in the US market, thanks to a strong launch line-up.
Ranger drops CA proxy fight, picks up $10m
Ranger Governance Ltd has agreed to drop its proxy challenge for five seats on Computer Associates International Inc's board of directors in exchange for $10m and CA's promise that it will add another outside director to its board.
i-Mode comes to Spain
NTT DoCoMo Inc spread its i-mode tentacles ever further yesterday with the announcement of a tie-up with Telefonica Moviles SA that will see the wireless internet service launched in Spain in the first half of 2003.
Lord Currie crowned Ofcom king
Lord Currie, the dean of the Sir John Cass Business School of the City of London, is to be the first chairman of Ofcom, the new media/telecoms regulator, the FT says.
Mad mouse mod entombs LEGO volunteer
Site(s) of The DayThe Silly Season is drawing near, stories - save for the occasional multi-billion dollar telco collapse - are drying up, everyone's thinking of their holidays. So what better time to kick off a new feature - Site of The Day.
BT LookSmart buys UK Plus
BT LookSmart has bought the UK Plus search engine brand for an undisclosed sum from Associated New Media. No details of job losses or transfers have been released either.
MS' step-by-step intro of new WPA with WinXP SP1
The Register has received further information regarding Microsoft's redesign of the product activation system, due to be introduced with WinXP Service Pack 1. Our sources say that yes, a slipstreamed install of SP1 will mean you have to get a new key from Microsoft, but confirm that if you just install over the existing installation this won't be the case.
OpenOffice bats for the Mac
The first Mac OS X version cut of the open source office suite, OpenOffice, has emerged blinking into the daylight. It's due to be officially announced at OSDCon later today.
MS goes security patch crazy
A plethora of patches from Microsoft wings its way into our in-box this morning.
Windows.NET RC1 preview offered for free download
Windows.NET is nearly, finally, with us, as is evidenced by the appearance of one of those now traditional Customer Preview Program (CPP) Microsoft giveaways for RC1. The Ts & Cs, as far as we can make out, are that you can give them some money to get the CDs sent or download it for the price of filling in the reg form. Then you can run it for 360 days, after which it turns into a pumpkin, but there seems a reasonable prospect of you upgrading to RC2 as and when it's available.
VIA flogs P4 mobo, 533MHz FSB support
VIA today announced a whizzy new Pentium 4 mobo, the first to incorporate its new P4X266E chipset.
Govt sidelines Fujitsu in courts IT fiasco
The Lord Chancellor' department is cutting back the role of Fujitsu Services in a project to modernise the magistrates court system, following long delays in delivering bespoke software.
Orange closes Photo Message leak
UpdatedOrange has withdrawn publicity for its forthcoming MMS service - to be called "Photo Messaging" - after prematurely publishing details yesterday. The pages in question earlier today returned a 404 Not Found. Now they're back, without the pricing information.
1901 Census site update is no update
The 1901 Census site has been down - ooh, getting on for seven months now. This week the Public Records Office issued an update on getting the service back online.
Big software pushes hard for national Gestapo
I was puzzled last month when industry lobby the Business Software Alliance (BSA) released a cyberterror FUD bomb. Or, rather, a FUD dud -- a laughably meaningless survey of the opinions of so-called "IT pros" all laboring under the delusion that a deadly national catastrophe by electronic means is just around the corner.
Opera, IBM team to build browser for shouting at
IBM and Opera Software are developing a "multimodal browser based on the XHTML+Voice (X+V) specification," it says here, following up with a long-winded and deeply tedious explanation of what a multimodal browser might be. But cut to the chase* friends, it's a browser you can shove onto a handheld device and control via a number of non-traditional inputs - i.e., it's a browser you can shout at.
Time revives Colossus PC brand for high street
Time has dusted down one of its old PC brands, Colossus, for use in its retail chain, The ComputerWorld.
Brian Tindle: Internet villain and the new Claire Swire
Brian Tindle has become the latest name to be added to the Internet Hall of Shame, following accusations by his ex-girlfriend of an illicit holiday affair causing her a swift visit to the doctor.
BIND 9 upgrade behind BT DNS issues
Several domain hosting companies have reported DNS errors coming from BT's doors in recent weeks. After failing to get any explanation from the monster telco, some contacted The Register in frustration.
You can help reverse the UCITA today
A group of lawyers committed to keeping uniformity in state laws is having its annual meeting beginning this week, and the Open Source community wants to deliver this message to them: UCITA will kill Open Source. And they really need your help.
ISP Review – down but not out
UpdateISP Review, disappeared off the Web some time on Tuesday. Is it a DNS rub-out? Apparently, not - the web site, a must-read for the UK ISP industry as well as for many users, was ambushed by NetisNet, its hosting company.
Feds gunning for WorldCom honchos
The US Department of Justice is preparing to indict WorldCom former CEO Bernard Ebbers on numerous charges stemming from the severe mismanagement of accounts which has led to the company's recent financial melt-down, the Associated Press reports.