After Grokster: why (almost) everything we're told about P2P is wrong
AnalysisGrokster! Is it the end of the world as we know it? No, it isn't. But before we examine how the two lobbies, the technology lobby and the recording industry lobby, have let us down so badly, let's pause for a moment to consider how the press has let us down this week, too.
Oracle becomes EJB 3.0 'standard'
JavaOneOracle is throwing open its application server to millions of Java developers after Sun Microsystems approved Oracle's version of the proposed EJB 3.0 specification as an official reference implementation.
Open-source projects get free checkup by automated tools
More open-source software projects are gaining the benefits of the latest code-checking software, as the programs' makers look to prove their worth.
Sell the IT department down the river
Companies which outsource do better than those who don't, according to research commisioned by a company that does, er, outsourcing.
XP-lite goes Latin
Microsoft is offering a cut-down version of Windows XP for Spanish speakers in Latin America.
BT thrashed for 'free' VoIP call claim
BT Communicator - the giant telco's PC-based internet telephony service - does not make "free" calls, according to a ruling by the advertising standards authority (ASA).
Virtual postcard delivers Trojan
A spam campaign that poses as a virtual postcard delivery is being used to lure surfers into infecting their PCs with a Trojan horse.
UK at (very small) risk from tsunami
The UK is at risk from a tsunami, according to a government report, but the risk is very, very small. And apparently, any tsunami would also be very small by the time it reached us, and our existing coastal defences would be sufficient.
US boffins resurrect zombie dogs
US scientists at the Papa Doc Duvalier Center for Reanimation Studies* are celebrating ground-breaking research during which they successfully raised dogs from the grave after several hours of "clinical death".
Ebbers could face life for WorldCom fraud
Bernie Ebbers - who was found guilty of masterminding the $11bn accounting scandal at US telco giant WorldCom - should spend the rest of his days behind bars, the prosecution has said.
ID cards halve Labour majority
The UK's Labour government saw its majority cut from 67 to 31 last night in a vote on the controversial ID Card bill.
India call centre staff in sex romp shocker
Any reader who has ever wondered what Indian call centre operatives get up to between harassing angry BT punters about overdue bills and then selling their personal details to the highest bidder may be surprised to learn that they do not actually fill their spare time with watching old episodes of Eastenders in order to hone their English skills ("Good afternoon sir, your British Telecom bill is 11 minutes overdue, would you like to pay now by credit card or am I gonna havter get on the bleedin' blower every ten minutes for the next munf til you cough up the wonga, lawks a-mercy luv a duck?"), but rather blow any call-free moments indulging in torrid rumpy-pumpy with follow headset jockeys.
Wanadoo brand to be scrapped
The name Wanadoo is to be consigned to the scrap heap as part of yet another rebranding exercise at the ISP formerly know as Freeserve.
Novell launches GroupWise 7
Software firm Novell expects the launch of its collaboration suite GroupWise 7 to help it to claw back some of the losses it recorded in the second quarter.
Spyware blizzard shows no sign of let up
Hackers are continuing to target British workers with a series of specially crafted Trojan horse attacks two weeks after a UK government agency issued an unprecedented security warning. The latest batch of malware again targets a small network of specifically targeted domains in assaults designed to slip under the corporate radar and allow hackers to steal privileged information or launch further attacks from compromised systems.
AMD and MS dig deep to free the freebies for 64-bit PC fans
The good news for you hardware geeks out there is that AMD and Microsoft have found a few more cheap hardware/software kits to offer at their Tech Tour events. The bad news is that the kits will probably run out by the time you finish this story.
France wins billion dollar fusion research plant
The European Union announced yesterday that the world's largest ever fusion reactor will be built in France, at a total cost of around $12bn.
Mashboxx pulls off Sony BMG deal
P2P music outfit Mashboxx has struck a licensing deal with Sony BMG Music Entertainment as it gears up for the launch of its “legal” file sharing service.
Fake news spreads email virus
Claims of Osama bin Laden's capture by US soldiers and conspiracy rumours about Pope John Paul II's death are just two of the supposed news stories tricking internet users into launching a new email virus.
Wanadoo to blow €200m on Orange name change
France Telecom is to spend €200m changing the name of its Wanadoo ISP to Orange - the brightly-coloured name of its mobile phone operation.
German identifies cerebral penis control centre
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Google conquers planet Earth
Google has launched a downloadable application which lets you virtually travel to anywhere in Canada, the US and the UK.
Novell versus SCO will go to court
Novell has failed in its attempt to get SCO's patent claims chucked out so the case is now likely to go to court.
Sony may go after PSP sellers
Sony may take further legal action against other retailers and websites which are selling mobile Playstations ahead of the delayed UK launch in September.
Anti-spyware market to rocket
In briefThe corporate anti-spyware market is predicted to explode over the next four years extending to more than 540m seats in 2009, a 30-fold increase from an estimated 16m seats in 2005, according to a study by analysts the Radicati Group published this week.
Is that a lake on Titan?
A dark patch on the surface of Titan, moon of Saturn, might be a lake filled with liquid hydrocarbons, astronomers have said.
Wanadoo UK domain 'suspended'
There are red faces at Wanadoo UK - France Telecom's UK ISP which will be renamed Orange from next year - after one of its business domains was "temporarily" suspended yesterday afternoon.
MS issues final software update for Win2K
Microsoft released a final update rollup for Windows 2000 on Tuesday (28 June) just two days before expiration of mainstream support of the still-widely-used operating system. The update contains every security patch issued since the release of Service Pack 4 and the end of April 2005 along with various non-security related software bug fixes.
Grokster: Confusing sin and sinner
CommentThis merry band of Register readers (a.k.a. technophiles extraordinaire) surely knows already all about Grokster and StreamCast, two companies that have been distributing P2P filesharing technologies. You also know about the music/movie industry crusade against P2P that ultimately spawned the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Monday in the MGM Studios vs. Grokster case. There, the Court unanimously decided that both Grokster and StreamCast may be sued for inducing copyright infringement. (Under federal copyright statute, the penalty can be anywhere between $750 and $30,000 per demonstrated instance of copyright infringement.)
Database growth boosts Oracle
Oracle posted solid revenue growth during its fourth quarter on the back on improved database sales.
Motorola buys Sendo team, patents
Motorola has acquired the R&D team and the patent portfolio of Sendo, which went into administration today. Sendo is Britain's only mobile phone manufacturer, and shipped 5m handsets last year.