4th January 2002 Archive
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5pc less clout
The Hewlett Foundation, which opposes the proposed Sircam merger with Compaq, has sold 5.5 million shares in HP and an undisclosed number in HP's Agilent division. It leaves the Foundation, controlled by leading merger dissident Walter Hewlett, holding 36.5 million shares. As these are voting shares, Hewlett has less clout than …
Business 4 Jan 2002, 08:47
QA shares advance
Update QA today issued a statement through the Regulatory News Service, denying that it was in talks to sell the company. Shares in QA, the UK's biggest IT training company, advanced 5.5p to 51.5p this morning on a Daily Mail report saying that it could be in merger talks with Azlan. So much for the share price - trading …
Channel 4 Jan 2002, 09:28
When will the fog of war lift?
John Gantz, chief research officer at IDC, the IT analyst firm, presented these forecasts to customers in a telebriefing, entitled: "Predictions 2002: Will the Fog of War Lift?" The global IT market rebound will begin by mid-2002, perhaps sooner. September 11 and its effect on the economy knocked back earlier predictions that …
Business 4 Jan 2002, 09:45
Rumour roundup G4 Spheres and Flying iCars
Six months ago Apple castigated the rumor sites for raising expectations about new product launches. Back then it didn't - as widely expected - launch a flat-panel iMac. But this time, it's frantically stoking those rumours itself, running a billboard-sized countdown on its home page and teasing callers that the new kit will …
Mac Channel 4 Jan 2002, 09:48
Must mean MS is poised to launch it anyway...
USB 2.0 support for Windows XP may have escaped from Redmond slightly early, in accordance with a long tradition of such breakouts. A USB 2.0 patch is due out via Windows Update and hardware vendors later this month, but something that certainly looks like it is currently available for download at littlewhitedog.com. As Fido at …
Software 4 Jan 2002, 09:57
Hynix creditors, mostly banks, want Micron to pay $7 billion for the Korean DRAM vendor. But Micron may offer only $5 billion for the company, Hynix says. The creditors, which have the power to naysay the deal, want to recoup $4.6 billion, just under two-thirds of the debt that Hynix carries. So how do we know this? It's all …
Channel 4 Jan 2002, 10:11
Could be the start of a landslip...
Research outfit Gartner has noted an ominous development for Microsoft and other non-indigenous firms operating in China. On 28th December 2001 the Beijing municipal government awarded contracts to six local software vendors, and rejected the seventh bidder - Microsoft. The contract covers office automation, antivirus and …
Software 4 Jan 2002, 10:24
Review Good looker
The Samsung R210 is a good-looking budget WAP phone with picture messaging and downloadable ring tones. It's currently available on Vodafone and BT Cellnet at £9.99 with a contract, or £44.99 if you're looking to upgrade. Price includes a hands-free headset. At 113x48x22mm and 88g the phone is fairly small and light. It's only …
Personal 4 Jan 2002, 11:42
Nvidia has settled a lawsuit brought against two computer enthusiasts who published confidential information after allegedly hacking into the graphic chip firm's Web site. Terms are undisclosed. The two, aged 19 and 21, posted "intellectual property and information about unannounced products" on enthusiast site M3DZone after …
Security 4 Jan 2002, 13:20
A mock documentary which follows a conspiracy surrounding the fictional death of Bill Gates is scheduled for a January 13 World premiere at the Slamdance film festival. Nothing So Strange, a feature-length independent film, examines the questions about the Gates 'assassination' and chronicles a campaign by Citizens for Truth, a …
Bootnotes 4 Jan 2002, 14:13
For Ritchie or poorer, in sickness...
BTopenworld's new CEO started work this week but is unlikely to make any immediate changes to the division's strategy. Alison Ritchie, 41, is set to continue with the strategy implemented by former BTopenworld CEO, Andy Green, who replaced Alfred Mockett as CEO of BT Ignite. Last autumn the telco's mass market Internet …
Telecoms 4 Jan 2002, 14:15
Search engine worse than the Reg's?
The strange search results debenhams.com produced for the word "jugs" are no more. Mysteriously, the site went down for engineering last night, and on its reappearance "jugs" was just returning boring old coffee maker and kettle results. But the hilarity continues - try "cans" or "biscuit" or "espresso." No, we don't know what' …
Bootnotes 4 Jan 2002, 15:02
Which is nice
Bucks-based ISP Nildram is to continue offering half-price installation for its single user broadband service until the end of March. The move comes as the half-price installation promotional offer run by BT Wholesale - which was passed on by many ISPs including Nildram - finished at the end of December. While the standard …
Telecoms 4 Jan 2002, 15:21
Moving to profit
Virgin Mobile is trilling louder than an annoying ringtone after notching up record Christmas sales. The mobile phone group attracted more than 250,000 new customers in the three months to December - an increase of more than 50 per cent against the previous quarter. And with almost 1.5 million customers the company now expects …
Data Networking 4 Jan 2002, 17:04
Guninski nails another vulnerability
Veteran bug hunter Georgi Guninski is recommending disabling Active Scripting - or ditching Internet Explorer entirely - after he discovered yet another vulnerability with the browser. IE allows hackers to browse known local files using a specially crafted script due to a bug in the browser's GetObject() JScript function, …
Security 4 Jan 2002, 17:09
Tampa cops abandon it in disgust
Crowd surveillance kit using face recognition technology by Visionics has been a comic failure in tests by the Tampa, Florida police, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has discovered. By leveraging the Florida open-records law, the watchdog organization obtained system logs proving that the Visionics contraption has …
Music and Media 4 Jan 2002, 18:58
- Geek's Guide to Britain INSIDE GCHQ: Welcome to Cheltenham's cottage industry
- 'Catastrophic failure' of 3D-printed gun in Oz Police test
- Game Theory Is the next-gen console war already One?
- Analysis Spam and the Byzantine Empire: How Bitcoin tech REALLY works
- Apple cored: Samsung sells 10 million Galaxy S4 in a month