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Judge takes Napster off life support
The proposed sale of Napster's remains to German media powerhouse Bertelsmann has been blocked by bankruptcy judge Peter Walsh in Wilmington, Delaware on concerns that the executive in charge of the batered file sharing outfit, Konrad Hilbers, was a bit too cozy with the German brass and his motives in repeatedly subsidizing the operation were therefore suspect.
Greek govt bans all computer games
The government of Greece is making heroic efforts to humiliate the nation in front of the entire world, by banning all electronic games. That's right; something as innocent as playing computer chess on your laptop in a hotel lobby is now a crime with penalties of up to three months in stir and a fine of 10,000 euros.
HP merger is ‘marriage made in hell’
The IT market will get worse before it gets better with little prospect of recovery in spending until 2004.
Google, China work to unblock site
Google says it is trying to resolve a problem that left users in China unable to access it popular search engine.
HP targets penny pinchers with Unix server refresh
HP today introduced a trio of entry-level Unix servers aimed at meeting the needs of its increasingly more budget conscious customers.
Oracle preps UK job cuts
Oracle is wielding the job axe on its UK consulting organisation. In a statement, the database firm said that it had issued provisional redundancy to a number of staff".
Napster sale blocked
A Delaware court has blocked the sale of Napster to its chief sponsor Bertelsmann.
Easynet ploughs on with LLU
Easynet is providing broadband services to more than 850 customers over unbundled lines, the company confirmed today.
Telewest denies plan to axe 1,000 jobs
Telewest has denied a newspaper report that it is to slash a further 1,000 jobs amid further restructuring at the hard-up cableco.
Police arrest five in Net credit card fraud probe
Sussex police have arrested five people suspected of involvement in a scam in which goods were bought online using information harvested from purloined credit card receipts.
Boycott Hollywood for Thanksgiving?
LettersRe: The Stuckist Net - what is your post-Palladium future?
I'll see your domain name in (US) Court!
Two little-noticed and otherwise unremarkable decisions from the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, decided on 23 August 2002, now affirm a principle that is perhaps worrying for those 20 million or so .com domain name registrants who live outside the USA. The cases deal with the question of the geographical location of a domain name and which court can exercise jurisdiction over it.
Canoodling women and PC components don't mix
Using images of women kissing and fondling one another while trying to flog PC components is a big no-no, watchdogs ruled today.
Wanadoo ups revs, narrows losses
Europe's number two ISP, Wanadoo, expects to have more than one million broadband customers by the end of 2002.
9/11 prompts more govt surveillance
Government surveillance increased throughout the West in the year following the September 11 terrorist attacks.