20th November 2004 Archive
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The investors have spoken and decided that Oracle buying PeopleSoft for $9.2bn in cash sounds like a pretty good deal. More than 60 per cent of PeopleSoft investors tendered their shares to Oracle, giving the database maker the go ahead to pursue its acquisition bid. Oracle had vowed to give up on the takeover if the majority …
Financial News 20 Nov 2004, 18:34
Letter Can collective database licensing cure this tragedy of the commons?
"How do I get rid of a blog screen?" asks reader Richard today. "Everytime I enter Google a blog page appears and I want to get rid of this." He may have had the same problem with the new Microsoft beta search engine, in which El Reg has but a spectral presence - with many hundreds of links to entries talking about Register …
Media 20 Nov 2004, 20:43
But decision sparks more big questions over fairness
The owner of Gatwick.com, Bob Larkin, has successfully defended his domain against a determined effort by airport authority BAA to take it off his hands. Domain arbitrator WIPO decided that Larkin has a legitimate interest and right in the domain, and rejected BAA's complaint. However, the decision by WIPO has again raised …
Financial News 20 Nov 2004, 20:54
Ten years late. But better late than never
ICANN - the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers - which oversees the Internet in all its manificent lunacy, has just published a Strategic Plan, in which it has outlined what its direction and goals are for the next three years. In reality though, the strategic plan is a sales pitch to the world. And it should …
Media 20 Nov 2004, 22:46
'I'm a whistleblower, and I'm getting the shaft'
A federal judge in Los Angeles has dismissed charges against a California man who used a keystroke logger to spy on his employer, ruling that use of such a device does not violate federal wiretap law. Larry Ropp, a former claims adjuster for a US insurance company, was caught last year using a "KEYKatcher" brand surveillance …
Security 20 Nov 2004, 22:58
Netware sales carry on falling
Novell has reversed its year-ago loss on a five per cent rise in revenue, but it failed to meet some forecasts on the Street. The maker of NetWare - and now a major force in the Linux business - posted net income of $13.1m, or $0.03 a share, for the three months to the end of October. Same time last year it lost $109m, or $0.29 …
Security 20 Nov 2004, 23:21