Lawscot.co.uk domain dispute continues
The controversy over lawscot.co.uk shows no signs of ending soon, with owner Tommy Butler sacking his legal advisers.
Visa Web-porn CC processing regs invite censors
Porno paymasters CCBill, iBill and Epoch/Paycom have issued a set of strict credit-card-order handling regulations for adult Webmasters using their services, which they say have been handed down to them from Visa International. The billing service providers, also called processors or aggregators, will now be responsible for a good deal more monitoring and record-keeping related to their clients, which henceforth are to be known as "sponsored merchants". The implication here, obviously, is that the billing processors are the ones doing the sponsoring, and are therefore implicitly accountable for the massive amounts of fraud and chargebacks which the on-line adult entertainment industry contributes to our happy lives as consumers.
Linux-based TMTA tablet PC for $600?
After reviewing Acer's Tablet PC recently I mused out loud about the viability of using a more overtly tablet-like CE device for what I think of as 'proper' Tablet PC tasks. But why wait, asked reader Per Hammer - this one looks just the ticket, and it's only $600.
China clamps down on Net cafes – again
China has launched another crack down on Internet cafes this time banning children under the age of 16 from using them.
Lucent throws 10,000 more overboard
Lucent has announced plans to axe a further 10,000 workers after issuing a further profits warning.
Cert-based authentication 'on life support at UK.gov
Single sign-on via certificates is "on life support" at the UK Government Gateway, and there now seems a strong possibility that the Gateway will pull out the plug, and start banging heads together. Speaking to The Register earlier today Alan Mather, the UK e-Envoy's CEO of e-delivery, said that uptake of certificates wasn't anything like his team had expected, and suggested that the achievement of simple, universally available authentication processes might be a matter for government rather than industry.
S Korea broadband in league of its own
The UK Government has yet to respond to a report which examines South Korea's place as the world's leading broadband nation.
Web sites blackout over Spanish monitoring law
Spanish Web site operators have taken their sites offline in protest at government proposals to regulate online content.
MSN chucks $300m at new software
MSN is chucking $300m at marketing the latest version of its Net access software.
DMCA critics get chance to object
The US Copyright Office has opened the door to exceptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by inviting comments on the controversial law.
IBM announces 64-bit PowerPC processor
Apple can look forward to a boost in speed and performance after news emerged of IBM's plans to produce a 1.8GHz 64-bit PowerPC processor next year. Maybe.