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RIAA engineered the webcast split – former exec
The Recording Industry Association of America engineered the recent split in the webcast community, engaging in what appears to be classic divide-and-rule tactics.
Universal puts 43,000 tracks on the Net
In an effort to cash in on a sector dominated by piracy, Universal Music says it will begin selling music on-line through certain outlets.
Kerberos bug bites
A flaw has been identified in certain implementations of the widely used Kerberos authentication protocol. The flaw could be exploited by crackers to gain root access to authentication servers.
Europe busts Nintendo for keeping game prices high
Console outfit Nintendo broke European antitrust laws, and an announcement of the level of fine is possible by next week, according to today's Wall Street Journal. Nintendo's sin, says the Journal, was obstructing cross-border sales, thus allowing it to keep prices high, and keep a frim grip on its distribution channel.
Low cost server market booming
The low cost server has cut itself quite a niche through the turmoil of the tech industry. While budgets seldom extend to a half million dollar server implementation, they may well reach the few hundred thousand needed for some low-cost Intel server power. Indeed, that's the picture that's emerging. Bucking the downturn in the tech industry, the low-cost server base is grabbing revenues at every turn.
Blair misses e-commerce targets
The UK government has failed to achieve its target of having the worlds best environment for e-commerce by the end of 2002, according to a new report from the office of the e-envoy. Despite the stuttering attempts of the New Labour policy makers the report, 'The Worlds Most Effective Policies for the E-Economy', categorically states that those targets have not been met and it is specifically down to the lack of Governmental and citizen uptake.
The truth about tritium II
I'm happy to stand corrected today on my recent piece regarding tritium and its many and varied uses.
‘Prices are trade secrets’ – stores unite to make DMCA look stupid
Four major US retailers have thrown their weight behind the anti-DMCA campaign by making it look ridiculous. The bargain hunter site FatWallet.com has been given notices under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act by WalMart, Target, Best Buy and Staples claiming that their sale prices are copyright trade secrets.
Failure to back up data could cost you millions – Fujitsu
Thanks to a Reg reader for alerting us to the following flyer from Fujitsu: Failure to back up mobile data could cost you millions
IT graduate salaries on the up
Graduate salaries in the IT sector are on the up in spite of a significant fall in the number of vacancies on offer.
MS paper touts Unix in Hotmail's Win2k switch
An older MS internal whitepaper from August 2000 on switching Hotmail, which MS acquired in 1997, from front-end servers running FreeBSD and back-end database servers running Solaris to a whole farm running Win2K, reads like a veritable sales brochure for UNIX, but concludes that the company ought to set the right example by ensuring that each division "should eat its own dogfood."
BT issues broadband roadmap
BT today forecast that broadband could reach 90 per cent of the UK by mid-2005.
Call for domain name code of practice
UK domain name outfit Internetters has called on Nominet UK to take the "moral high ground" and set up and fund a code of practice in a bid to stamp out cowboy domain sellers.
Symantec undeletes mail deletion bug
Symantec has issued a fix for a serious bug within Norton Internet Security 2003 which is responsible for the unexplained deletion of emails for some users.
Telewest beats BTo with broadband numbers
Telewest added 39,000 new broadband customers during the summer taking its overall subscriber base to 216,000 at the end of September.
All CDs will be protected and you are a filthy pirate
One mad consumer relations team might be an isolated incident, two begins to look like a trend. The dismissive response Bertelsmann Music Group's copy protection team recently issued to a consumer's query essentially boiled down to, 'all Cds will be copy protected, it's not our problem that they won't play on some devices, so tough.' But apparently, it's a competition. EMI Germany is taking pretty much the same attitude, and its humorously-tagged Consumer Relations team is calling the customers pirates while it's about it.
Most Europeans won't bother with DSL
Scepticism among the public about broadband remains high in Europe with the "broadband revolution" appearing to some way off, a research company has said.
NTL UK MD quits
Stephen Carter, the MD and COO of NTL UK and Ireland, is to leave the company at the end of the year.
Pogo PDA maker restructures
Pogo Technology Ltd, the privately-owned UK niche PDA designer, is paving way for an MBO, through a restructure, following the failure of a shareholder to meet a funding commitment.
IBM relaunches PC division
Computing giant IBM has a new name and a new strategy for capturing market share in the PC business. Currently, the PC inventor's market share languishes in third place behind Dell and Hewlett Packard with less than half their worldwide sales, writes Steve Malone.
What sank Sendo's Stinker?
AnalysisAfter you shake hands with Microsoft, goes the saying, count your fingers. Sendo's decision to abandon Microsoft's cellphone platform for the emerging Nokia standard, Series 60, gives the British company a new lease of life. But it's a crushing blow to Microsoft, which needed every OEM it could find for its Smartphone 2002 platform, and must now go it alone with an unproven and risky manufacturing model.
Climbing Spam Mountain
Pornographic spam rose slightly last month, while financially-related unsolicited messages became marginally less of a problem.
Verisign moves DNS root servers in defensive ploy
Key Internet Domain Name System (DNS) servers have been relocated to improve Internet security and stability in the wake of a recent, serious distributed denial of service attack.
MS admits its Linux-bashing jihad is a failure
The Beast has hired a research crew to do a bit of attitude sampling among the Great Unwashed in the US and abroad, and has found that slagging Linux is not winning it any points. In a company memo posted by Eric S. Raymond here we learn that regular folks are both eager for a Microsoft alternative and generally respectful of the open-source concept.
Data security for Linux power users
HowtoA couple of months ago I wrote a security howto for Linux newbies, the goal of which was to help people achieve decent security using easy and safe techniques. Now it's time to address you power users out there, by which I mean people comfortable with the command line, using a text editor from the console, and tweaking configuration files -- people confident enough in their ability to recover from unpleasant surprises to take a bit of risk with their systems in the interest of securing their data and their privacy.
Share option move takes Nvidia to Q3 loss
Nvidia Q3 sales were $430.3m, up 18 per cent on the same period last year ($365m). But it was a very different story so far as profits were concerned, with the graphic chip firm tumbling into loss controversial and expensive decision to convert underwater employee share options into fully vested stock.
IBM sprinkles more Pixie Dust on HDDs
IBM boffins have squeezed more areal density from its latest mobile hard drive, thanks to a liberal extra coating of Pixie Dust.
DVD Forums averts Littlewoods legal action
Prompt action by the DVD Forums, one of the largest forum communities in the UK, has succeeded in averting threatened legal action for alleged fraud by Littlewoods.
Sendo junks MS smartphone, joins Nokia camp
Ouch! Microsoft got a kick in the teeth today from one of its few Smartphone allies. Sendo, the UK handset maker, today announced that it's stopping all development on the Windows for Smartphone 2002 platform. It is instead signing a licence for Series 60, the Nokia smartphone platform erected upon the Symbian OS.
MS UK MD takes Tablet PC to policy wonkfest
Neil Holloway, MD of Microsoft UK, took the opportunity his slot at Beyond the Backlash, today's Internet policy wonkfest to show off his brand new Tablet PC.
BT ups rev and profit
Shares in BT rose this morning after the monster telco reported improved turnover and profit for the second quarter.
BTopenwound still bleeds
BTopenworld - the ISP division of the monster telco - has increased revenue and narrowed its losses.
Think tanks think about post dotcom future
The hangover associated with the end of the dotcom party should not overshadow the huge social and economic potential made possible by digital technologies.
Why does my typing appear on my neighbour's PC?
HP's wireless keyboards can transmit data to other computers in faraway buildings. No this is not a feature but an astonishing security flaw, discovered by two neighbours in Stavanger, southern Norway.
Qualcomm monoculture is ‘killing American wireless’
LettersThere's a huge reality gap if you follow wireless on this continent. Proponents of the CDMA phone system used by the large American networks (and rejected by most of the rest of the world) spend much time boasting about the system's "technical superiority".
Germany, Austria take stand against EU ISP data retention laws
Germany and Austria stand alone among European countries expressing reservations about controversial European Union data retention proposals.
Sex, Text, Revenge, Hacking and Friends Reunited
Sometimes, you come across a court case that is simply perfect. And this one, a tale of two-timing, intercepted text messages, computer hacking, and publication of sex pictures on Friends Reunited, scores a big fat nine out of 10.
Interoute future in doubt
The future of one of Europe's largest fibre-optic networks looks uncertain following the appointment of administrative receivers at pan-European corporate telco Interoute.
File swap nets will win, DRM and lawyers lose, say MS researchers
A group of Microsoft researchers, including Paul 'Mr Secure PC' England, has delivered a paper which concludes that all efforts to stop content swapping/theft - possibly even including Palladium - are in the long term futile. This message, particularly the bit that dealt with the economics of DRM-enabled versus 'clean' content, must have gone down a storm with the audience.
Is this the Windows Longhorn PC? HP unveils ‘Agora’ concept
HP has been showing what might be the next generation of Microsoft business PC behind closed doors at Comdex, according to Mark Hachman of Extremetech. The "Agora" communications PC looks a bit switched off to us, possibly even wooden, but salient points are that HP told Mark that there would be a "fully-functioning product" at WinHEC next year, and that HP is "lead partner" with Microsoft on the initiative, with "commitments to Mr. Bill Gates."
Why is mi2g so unpopular?
Richard Forno, author of The Art of Information Warfare and security consultant to the US Department of Defense, has launched a broadside against mi2g, accusing the UK-based security consultancy of spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt about cyberterrorism risks.
Apple revs notebooks: the last true Macs?
Apple has speed-bumped its PowerBook and iBook ranges, and although the more dramatic under-the-hood changes anticipated by the rumor sites haven't materialized, there are dramatic price cuts to the consumer line.
Fly the flag with ‘The Register London’
It's been a while since we've launched a new Reg branded t-shirt, so it is with great pride that we unveil our lovely Register London fashion statement.