Last week the Royal Bank of Canada sold two-thirds of its shares in the world’s Most Despised Technology Company (that’s SCO, to you) to BayStar Capital. When the Canadians lose faith, you know you’re in trouble (unless you’re SCO and wouldn’t recognise trouble if it bit you in the Yukon). That leaves BayStar as the last wooden leg propping up SCO’s mega-billion-dollar lawsuits. Considering that the venture capital firm has publicly expressed concerns about SCO’s management team, I can’t imagine CEO Darl McBride is feeling too cozy right now.Hard evidence
Bet you thought I was just kidding last week about the Microsoft-spam connection (heck, I thought I was just kidding). But consider this: Sir Bill recently paid an $US800,000 fine because his money folks, Cascade Investment, failed to notify the FTC when it purchased more than 10% of pharma company ICOS. As some of you probably know, ICOS makes the anti-impotence drug Cialis. If your inbox is engorged with Cialis spam (mine sure is), well, now we know why.That’s quite a ringtone you’ve got there
In related news, wireless carriers in Europe are apparently gearing up to deliver adult videos to 3G cellphones. Gartner estimates the mobile fleshpot market will be worth a whopping $US1.5 billion by 2005. No word yet on whether you’ll have to pay extra when you set the phone to vibrate.By the tail
According to the Mac gossip mill, Apple has code-named the next version of its OS “Tiger”. I’d be careful about getting too close to it. Just look what happened to Siegfried & Roy.Send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.