News Briefs: Intel, Microsoft, Spike

News Briefs: Intel, Microsoft, Spike

Pirate cops hearty fine

Simon Bailey of Australasian Computing & Bookkeeping Service has been hit for $424,000 after Microsoft took the reseller to the Australian Federal Court.

Microsoft accused the South Australian reseller of advertising and selling pirated copies of Office 97 and Windows NT 4.0 to individuals and resellers through Internet Newsgroups.

In a press release Microsoft claimed it warned Mr Bailey about the sale of counterfeit software in January 1999, and further investigations led to the court hearing. Along with the fine the Court ordered that Mr Bailey pay Microsoft's costs of the proceedings.

Intel unveils Itanium processor pricing

Intel has revealed the US price for its Itanium 64-bit processor, which comes in four models, featuring two different clock speeds and two Level 2 memory cache sizes.

Cache size, rather than clock speed, seems to be the deciding factor in pricing the chips. Both the 800MHz and 733MHz processors with 4MB of L2 cache are priced at $US4227. Meanwhile, the price of the 800MHz offering with only 2MB of cache drops more than 50 per cent to $1980. The 733MHz Itanium with 2MB of cache costs $1177. Prices are per chip for 1000-unit quantities.

Spike spends up

Spike CyberWorks has thrown some more cash behind a Hong Kong company, this time acquiring online entertainment developer Velocity9.

Velocity9 creates interactive entertainment content for broadband subscribers, such as streaming video and online advertisements. It was originally funded by Spike's major shareholder, (no relation to distributor, Tech Pacific).

Velocity9's technology and services capability will be integrated into Spike's multimedia division, and its co-founders have been employed by Spike.

Spike adds Velocity9 to a growing list of acquired Hong Kong companies, including SoftPub and Linux Centre (HK).

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