11th > September > 2000 Archive
Western Union hacked, 15,000 CC numbers taken
Emergency fund service and salvation of the world's bail bondsmen, university students and cornered deadbeats Western Union admitted late Sunday that malicious hackers compromised the credit card details of 15,700 customers who had transferred money on their Web site, which was left unprotected while undergoing maintenance, the Associated Press reports.
Register Zoroastrian warns of vulture threat
It can get very confusing out here in California. Picked up a copy of the Orange County Register this morning, locally known as the Register to find that today's Focus on Religion is all about Zoroastrianism.
Warner to detail digital music service today
The last of the world's 'big five' recording companies to unveil a digital music distribution service, Warner Music, will do just that later today, according to 'leaks' to the major news media.
Ban Napster, MPAA et al demand
As the October kick-off date for the Napster trial nears, numerous interested parties - lobby groups, in other words - have begun filing Friend of the Court briefs providing information they hope will sway the court's final judgement one way or t'other.
Metallica lawyer tells colleges to block Napster
Metallica's lawyer, Howard King, who has filed anti-Napster actions on behalf of the band and others, including rapper Dr. Dre, is spamming US universities, seeking their co-operation in blocking use of the MP3 sharing software on their networks.
An iMac supercomputer cluster you can carry home
Terra Soft, the company behind the Yellow Dog and Black Lab Linux PowerPC distros has released a supercomputer cluster based on Apple's iMac. They're teaming up with Marathon Computers of Nashville Tennessee, who have been building Apple PowerPC-based racks for several years.
UPC follows Telewest in dropping Microsoft ‘Inactive TV’
Microsoft's costly investments in European cable companies don't seem to be paying off. The second largest cable company in Europe, UPC (United Pan Europe Communications), has officially chosen to base its interactive TV software on Liberate and OpenTV, in preference to its earlier preferred partner Microsoft.
Bubble economy gurus rate Amazon's pricing wheeze
RealNetworks cuts deal with Streambox
RealNetworks has settled its legal fight with Streambox, nearly nine months after it was granted a temporary injunction against the latter's streaming media VCR software.
US Patent Office dismisses key Napster defence
UpdatedThe US Patent and Trademark Office has told the US Court of Appeal that it should discount Napster's argument that the controversial MP3 sharing service is protected by the US Home Recordings Act (HRA).
E-Murdoch has a Future
Bath-based consumer techie publisher The Future Network Plc has appointed Elisabeth Murdoch to the Board as a non-executive director with immediate effect. Murdoch, 32, joins the Future Board after four years at British Sky Broadcasting, most recently as Managing Director of Sky Networks.
IBM not selling 1.1GHz Athlon boxes in US
IBM will reveal what machines it will be launching based on AMD's Athlon 1.1GHz this week - but it will not be shipping them in the US.
Hardware Roundup The Gigabyte 8TX – and more…
Howdy pardners, time to check what's in the OK Corral today.
Blair in e-homeless scheme
Wired British Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected to rub shoulders with down-and-outs today as part of an initiative to provide the homeless with computers skills and Net access.
Power to the People: apply online to enter UK govt
The modernisation of the House of Lords is going on apace and now us commoners are invited to apply for a place in the red-seated chamber. Not only that but in line with Tony's Blair e-government prattling, a new Web site is being set up to welcome applications online.
MS/Ericsson mobile link-up launched
Microsoft and Ericsson's joint mobile venture, enticingly called Ericsson Microsoft Mobile Venture AB, makes its first appearance today, about a year after the plan was first announced.
Falling DRAM prices dent Winbond
The August revenue figures announced by Winbond Electronics on Saturday broke its all-time record, set one month previously, writes Iain Pocock in Taipei.
Latest Itanium has infernal kernel
UpdatedReports on developer newsgroups suggest that the latest chip stepping of Intel's Itanium processor is causing problems for Linux developers whose code worked fine with stepping A2.
UK invests £1 billion in e-government
The British Government is to plough £1 billion over three years into a major e-government shake-up, Prime Minister announced today.
UK plc loves the Net
More than a million small businesses went online in Britain last year smashing the Government's own target for SMEs joining the dotcom revolution.
Windows ME boosted August PC sales by 60 per cent
August's PC sales saw 60 per cent growth, proving demand is not weakening in the sector.
Rambus gets Intel ramboost
It's pretty evident that chip giant Intel is now going to go the whole hog and push its Pentium 4 project to the limit.
HP in talks to buy PWC's consulting biz for $18 billion
Hewlett-Packard is in talks to shell out $18 billion for Price Waterhouse Coopers' consulting arm.
Hardware Roundup QDI SynactiX 2E mobo reviewed
OCWorkbench has mixed feelings about the new QDI SynactiX 2E motherboard, reckoning it's pretty stable but doesn't have much to write home about in the performance stakes.
Nokia's Web TV box and the IBC conference
We were invited by Nokia to preview its new "media terminal" at the IBC show in Amsterdam at the weekend. The event proved very interesting.
Flame of the Week We are Intel lapdogs
[Not as diseased as most our flames, but it'll do. There is some tongue, some cheek and an uncanny description of ole Mike Magee]
UK's e-Govt plans are a joke
CommentSo the British Government is to spend £1 billion on IT to modernise public services.
Car crash kid investigated for online fraud
A 15-year-old kid from Florida is under investigation for fraud after crashing a car he is suspected of buying online.
Readers' Letters Late and small
[Okay, okay, so your Letters Ed went on a press freebie to Amsterdam and forgot all about Readers' Letters. Seeing as it's now Monday, what's gonna happen is that we'll post a shortened version of just what we say it is: readers' letters. Besides, there weren't many good ones this week anyway. All the troublemakers must be on holiday]
Intel promises better 1GHz Pentium III supply
UpdatedChip giant Intel is denying rumours that it is running into problems with supplying the latest flip chip Pentium III because it is using the same stepping as the withdrawn 1.1GHz Pentium III.