28th > May > 2003 Archive

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Ballmer shoots for a billion in Microsoft share sale

Don't mind the $1.2 billion Steve Ballmer sold in Microsoft stock. He really is very committed to the software maker's future.
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Wi-Fi hotspots mean some burnt fingers

Wi-Fi hotspots are hot indeed, but they could end up being too hot to hold, for the network operators at least. Although companies are piling on board, the latest two to announce packaged wireless hotspots for sale being Toshiba and Evesham Micro, the business and revenue models still haven't come together.
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KaZaA is download king

Sharman Networks, the company behind the KaZaA file-swapping service, said its software has been downloaded a staggering 230.3 million times.
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Apple halts iTunes' Internet sharing ability

Apple has knocked on the head iTunes 4's ability to stream music over the Internet.
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Frankie Says… broadband should not be a fad

The UK Government is being warned not to regard broadband as some "fad" - wot, like Deely Boppers and "Frankie Says..." T-shirts? - and is being urged instead to take a longer-term view about the benefits of high-speed Net access.
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Seagate denies Taiwan hard drive recall claims

Update Seagate today damned as "inaccurate" a report that the company has begun taking dodgy 40GB and 80GB hard drives off Taiwanese distributors' shelves - a move alleged to be taking place by local channel sources.
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Retail consumer PDA sales drove 34.6% growth in April

April has proved a bumper month for PDA vendors selling into the UK, France and Germany, the latest data from European market researcher Context shows.
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The Number creates 300 jobs in Plymouth

Some 300 new jobs are to be created in Plymouth following the decision by directory enquiries (DQ) outfit, The Number 118 118, to open up a second centre to handle calls.
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Office XP – when is a price cut not a price cut?

When is a price cut not a price cut? Microsoft has garnered a certain amount of positive publicity thanks to yesterday's estimated 15 per cent cut on Office XP, and alongside this cut it announced it would be bundling some support services with its volume Software Assurance licensing scheme.
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Sony unveils the PSX

The PlayStation 2 hardware is to be integrated into a new home media device from Sony's consumer electronics department, codenamed the PSX, as the Japanese giant struggles to extend the success of its games division to other operations.
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Crucial offers own-brand USB Flash drive

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch USB Drive Memory specialist Crucial has launched Gizmo, the latest addition to the long list of USB-based Flash drives. Available in 64, 128 and 256MB flavours, each chewing gum pack-sized Gizmo comes with a three-foot USB extension cable, a wrist strap, lifetime guarantee and free shipping. Prices (including UK …
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ASA raps UK Internet Registry

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ordered domain sales outfit UK Internet Registry to stop sending out letters that look like invoices.
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Network security tailored to Small.biz

The security demands that their larger supply chain partners place on small and medium businesses (SMBs) means that they will soon be burdened with organising and managing security for themselves to a greater extent and financial cost than they currently do.
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Tiscali's debt collectors demand cash from ‘PC Plod’

Following yesterday's story Tiscali's debt collectors demand cash from 'PC Plod', Tiscali UK queried Greg Palmer's claim that he had never been a Tiscali punter. They did not, however, deny the fact that a letter demanding cash had been sent to "PC Plod".
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MS withdraws XP security update

Microsoft has withdrawn a security-related update for XP after conflicts between it and third party firewall products left some users unable to connect to the Net.
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First Sony Ericsson T610s appear – and then disappear

Rotten news for eager geeks awaiting Sony Ericsson's super camera-phone, the T610, with Bluetooth. No, you can't even read a review of the thing; they're being recalled. It's not a problem, though, says S-E.
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Survey: Do punters really want TV on their PC?

Market research organisation Jon Peddie Research is seeking real users' opinions about the convergence of PCs and TV - and is offering a heap of goodies from ATI, Nvidia and Pinnacle to tempt users to tell the company what they think. Interested readers can express their opinions by filling in JPR's online survey form …
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Microsoft down and out in Munich

Linux zealots all over Munich have strapped on their lederhosen and knocked back a few liters of beer after the open source operating system beat out Microsoft's Windows for a major city contract.
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Red Hat, Linux, consumers, money – do they mix?

Earlier this year Red Hat split its range into two segments - effectively, business and everything else. It did this in the wrong order, as The Register remarked at the time, but subsequently the company has padded out its Enterprise range to consist of Advanced Server, Enterprise Server and Workstation, so here at least it has a complete set.
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Vulture Capitalist ISP still providing service

Dear VCISP Punters,
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Cisco looks for WLAN boost

Two successive quarters of flat sales of wireless LAN kit in the enterprise market have prompted Cisco Systems to look to the consumer and small office market for growth in the immediate future.
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Exclusive: HP's printer team in espionage drama

Hewlett-Packard's top secret printer labs are under attack from an audacious rival using the art of deception to gather confidential information.

Novell torpedoes SCO's Unix IP claim

In the latest installment of "The Canopy Family" - a drama to rival the The Magnificent Ambersons - Novell has rebuffed SCO's claim to hold Unix copyrights and patents.
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End the tyranny of bomb-happy RIAA

Letters Re: RIAA attacking our culture, the American Mind