Tech giants back Fair Use bills
The IT industry's giants including Intel will rally behind a bill to be announced by Congressman Rick Boucher in Washington DC, tomorrow morning.
AMD delivers Q3 sales warning
AMD has warned of much lower than expected revenues for the third quarter, which it blamed on the poor performance of the PC market.
Public WLAN access slips into St Albans
People visiting bars and restaurants in St Albans, Herts, will be able to hook up to wireless Net access for free thanks to a deal with reseller Wialess.com and 3com. Two premises have the gear so far and another should be up and running soon.
Congress reps launch fightback on DRM rights erosion
Two US Congress representatives are this week raising the standard of rebellion against the entertainment business' use of DRM and the DMCA to erode consumer rights, and hence to enhance their own revenues. Rep Zoe Lofgren of San Jose introduced her Digital Choice and Freedom Act of 2002 earlier this week, while Rick Boucher, who's been threatening moves on the subject for a while now, has called a press conference at 11am Washington time "for the purpose of announcing the introduction of legislation to reaffirm fair use rights in the digital era."
Elpida to swallow Mitsubishi DRAM biz
Elpida will be the last major Japanese DRAM maker, after buying Mitsubishi Electric's DRAM business.
Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom prep big job cuts
T-Com - Deutsche Telekom's fixed network division - is to shed an extra 22,000 jobs over the next couple of years as it embarks on a massive restructuring to improve efficiency and competitiveness.
Cable modem users top 10m in US
There are more than 10m cable broadband punters in the US, according to the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA). It claims some 75m households in the US have access to cable broadband services, with around two thirds of these owning a computer.
FBI names 20 most unwanted security flaws
The FBI has teamed up with the SANS Institute to draw up a list of the worst 20 security vulnerabilities bedevilling Windows and *Nix systems.
AOL surprised to be a Lindows partner
How might a small software company with big ambitions draw vast amounts of free advertising press coverage? Fans of the movie "The Mouse That Roared" know the answer to that one: get sued by software superpower Microsoft, of course. Lindows.com has been there and done that. How else might it generate a major-league buzz? How about by marketing the world's first $199 "AOL computer". Lindows.com has just been there and done that, too.
Help! MS issues another critical security fix
Microsoft has released a patch to fix critical flaws within Windows Help Facility which could enable attackers to execute arbitrary code on a victim's PC.
Windows servers in the data centre? IBM is working on it
The Register has a new Enterprise Storage Channel
IFfy Web site lives again
If.com - the Halifax's Internet bank - is working again after going titsup for the last four or five days. Thankfully, normal service was restored last evening. So far so good.
Voice ‘texting’ – the killer GPRS app from the -erk- USA?
Mobile phone technologies that have been pioneered in the US are about to be deployed in Europe? Surely some mistake... But from what Sonim Technologies CEO John Burns had to say to The Register earlier today, it looks both possible and plausible. Sonim is pushing a system called Push to Talk, which in essence allows your phone handset to operate as a push button radio (like the ones you get in Tandy/Radio Shack that always turn out to be less useful than you thought), a voice equivalent of text messaging, and a component of what you might call a buddies list.
BT extends cheap install promo for no frills broadband
BT Retail is to extend its half price line activation offer until the end of the year, the monster telco announced today.
Junk mail evades Hotmail filter
Hotmail users are irked at a loophole in Hotmail's anti-spam technology which makes them unable to block messages from certain senders.
The old DEC, the New HP, the price of The Right Thing
Letters: The last thing I wanted to do in the story titled HP reprising DEC's fate: Microsoft VAR? was to sentimentalize Digital, or suggest it had a divine right to exist, no matter what mistakes it made.
Real cure for the vileness of Visual Basic
More choice for BASIC afficionados: REAL Software announced on Tuesday that it would port its highly-regarded Mac development platform to Windows.
Boucher's DMCRA sandbags Pigopolists, DMCA
As we reported yesterday, some of the biggest names in IT names were on hand to support a legislation from Rep. Rick Boucher unveiled this morning. Boucher vowed to strike out the repressive portions of the DMCA, and "directs the Federal Trade Commission to undertake a rulemaking to assure adequate notice to the public of any lack of functionality which may attend the purchase of copy protected CDs."