The Justice Department has come up with the bureaucratic equivalent of "the cat ate my homework". The DoJ has told watchdog the Center for Public Integrity, which has submitted a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request on foreign lobbyists that its own computers will crash and lose the data if it tries to comply.
The US Supreme Court today kicked back a law designed to curtail Internet pornography, saying the legislation could stifle free speech and that naughty photos are likely better blocked by filters rather than lawyers.
Intel this week cut the prices of its i865 and i845 chipset families in a bid to boost demand after the launch of its top-end i915 and i925 series.
M&S boss Stuart Rose, embroiled in fending off a hostile takeover by Philip Green, claims someone has accessed his mobile phone records.
Nortel Networks is selling its manufacturing operations to Flextronics for between $675m and $725m.
Dell is once again being touted as a potential supplier of AMD CPUs, this time in a research note provided by US investment advisor Susquehanna Financial Group.
France Telecom is likely to have to pay back €1bn in illegal subsidies it received from the French government, following an 18-month investigation by Mario Monti, the EC Competition Commissioner.
As the outsourcing debate continues, expatriate services firms have become the latest targets for outsourcing critics, who are branding them 'unpatriotic'. However, in the long run, opponents of the offshore trend may find themselves unable to fend off the impact of globalisation.
JVC has licensed Ultra-X's UltraPost embedded system diagnostics technology into its upcoming Interlink sub-notebook family. Pitched at system builders and OEMs, UltraPost resides in the host PC's BIOS - it takes up just 32KB - ready to be triggered at start-up. According to Ultra-X, the software runs "professional-level" tests taking in the CPU, mobo, memory, IDE drives, USB bus, Firewire/1394 ports, LAN and AGP.
Police in Hamburg this week arrested two suspects in an Internet dialler scam, which may have swindled 170,000 Internet users into paying €2.5m or more.
BT has confirmed it is to cut the cost of its broadband products in a bid to halt falling market share.
The University of Bradford has introduced a postgraduate course in Forensic Computing, in response to "growing demand for computer scientists" with specialist skills to investigate high tech crimes.
Sun Microsystems has garroted its BluePrint team, which formed a rare bridge between its engineers, its channels, and its customers. BluePrint's professional writers were also experts in their technical field, in subjects such as clustering and Windows integration, and their little publishing imprint has saved many a BOFH from embarrassment, and many a Sun account from ultimately falling to Windows. The team's reward, however, is the P45.
Western Digital has accused storage start-up Cornice of violating its intellectual property and has asked the US court to ban sales of Cornice's hardware.
Orange is to expand its French Wi-Fi hotspot service by 1,500 sites, taking its total to 4500 locations by the end of the year.
The Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating Siebel Systems for a second breach of disclosure rules. The enterprise software vendor is accused of breaking Regulation FD (Fair Disclosure) which outlines how companies release price-sensitive information.
Letters: We fear that some of you, our beloved readers, have misunderstood one or two of our stories this week. In particular, we refer to the news that Satan had been implicated in the latest cyber appliance attacks.
Massachusetts consumers will get vouchers offering discounts for software and hardware as part of a settlement agreement the state has reached with Microsoft. Like yesterday's Arizona case, any unused or unrefunded vouchers will benefit the state's schools.
BT has held up its hands and admitted that its own sloppy mistake was to blame for a broadband ad blunder.
Another warning has been issued over data-stealing malware that exploits a vulnerability in Internet Explorer.
Amazon is to downsize its French back office, resulting in an unspecified number of job losses.
The spyware threat to enterprise security will increase over the next few years without an enterprise-class tool to prevent it, consulting firm META Group warns.
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Lastminute.com has bought the lastminute.de group of companies, to create the "leading online travel brand in Germany". The UK dotcom is stumping up €46.7m (£31m) for the group, of which £16m (€24m) is in cash and the rest is in new shares.
O2 is to stop offering pager services from the end of the year. The mobile operator cites falling demand for services and easy alternatives such as text messages and Blackberry devices for its decision.
Watch out, Apple, another microcomputing pioneer from the 1970s is moving into the digital music business with a portable, hard drive-based music player.
BT is taking action against rogue dialler companies which defraud consumers by secretly changing their computer settings so they call a premium rate phone line instead of their usual ISP number.
Virgin Mobile has at last confirmed the rumours - it will float on the London Stock Exchange next month. The mobile operator is selling off 40 per cent of itself and is hoping the share sale will value the company at about £1bn, according to anonymous sources speaking to Bloomberg.
Wi-Fi and mobile payment solutions still to prove their worth in forecourt self-service Globally, almost 30 per cent of petrol forecourts offer automated payment systems, and in certain markets 90-100 per cent of sites operate at least one outdoor payment terminal. Here, we argue that forecourt retailers should still be focussing their attentions on traditional automated payment solutions rather than the latest 'innovative' alternatives.
UK police today launched a crackdown on the sale of illegal weapons over the Internet. Raids began in London, with searches of 18 addresses.
Motorola is preparing to update its MPx200 Windows Mobile-based smart phone with an updated version, the MPx220, according to company documents seen by The Register.
A committee of MPs and peers today produced recommendations on updating Britain’s aging computer crime laws. The All Party Internet Group (APIG) is advocating stiffer sentencing for computer criminals and laws to make denial of service attacks - a grey area within existing laws - a specific offence.
A group of Europe-based technology companies and research organisations has called on the European Commission to co-ordinate massive public and private investment in the transition from micro to nano-scale electronics.
A Hungarian virus writer escaped prison yesterday after he was convicted of writing a virus that infected tens of thousands of Windows PCs. The teenager - identified only as Laszlo K - was given two years' probation for cybercrime offences by Veszprem City Court.
Analysis With the handover of power in Iraq this week, from the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) to the Interim Iraqi Government, the issue of the country's Internet has again become a big issue.
Cisco is to buy data backup firm Actona Technologies for $82m cash. Privately-owned Actona makes software which makes it easier to back-up corporate data across wide area networks.
The US Court of Appeals has rejected the appeal of the state of Massachusetts and two US industry groups against Microsoft's anti-trust settlement and final judgment with the US Department of Justice and 18 states. The dissenters had called on the court to make Microsoft uncouple - or, in their phrase, to stop commingling - Windows from other programs, such as Internet Explorer.