28th > September > 2001 Archive
Future Network suspends shares
The Future Network PLC, the Bath, UK publisher of computer games, consumer PC, and hobby magazines has had its shares suspended on the London Stock Exchange, "pending an announcement" later today.
New Media Spark wins German bid battle
New Media SPARK, the UK VC house, has won its battle to assume control of Sputz AG, the German online brokerage.
Northamber weathers storm
Northamber, the Pan-UK IT distie, this week reported a decline in profit before tax (PBT) of #163;5.5m on sales of £299m, for the year to June 30, 2001 (2000: PBT £7.5m on sales of £284m)
MS spinmeisters invent huge demand for WinXP ‘story’
"One month to go and customers can't wait for Windows XP! Thanks Microsoft for letting us - the public - have a try before we buy!" So shrieks the latest excitable press release from the Microsoft UK spinmeisters at Augusto Ne. "Thousands of people," it says here, "both technical as well as those who wanted to get a look at the latest home PC operating system from Microsoft, who have signed up to the Windows XP preview programme have been posting their comments up on the MSN user group site over the past couple of weeks - and the good news is, they like it."
Sun and Microsoft move on J2EE
Sun Microsystems and Microsoft have both made significant announcements on J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) this week.
Telewest launches gaming service
On Wednesday (Sept 26), Telewest Blueyonder herded a bunch of journalists and suits into Covent Garden’s glitzy Nutopia, an all-white dungeon populated by tropical fish and broadband-connected computers.
E-minister tells us where he's been for four months
The formerly elusive e-minister Douglas Alexander turned up for the third time this week at the launch of new government Web site www.beyondbricks.com, a portal for Internet entrepreneurs.
Tempo in adminstration
Tempo, the computer and electrical retailer, has gone into administration. All its 37 stores will be kept trading through the Christmas period and the administrators have said a potential buyer has already expressed interest in the business.
Future makes enormous loss
This morning Future Network requested that its shares be suspended on the London Stock Exchange. This afternoon, it has revealed the reason - it did not want a false market to develop in advance of a "significant announcement".
User group calls for anti-virus early warning alerts
Virus BulletinA grassroots organisation representing the interests of corporate users has received a frosty welcome from the anti-virus community.
Microsoft mulls patch distribution with AV updates
Virus BulletinMicrosoft is considering using anti-virus vendors to deliver security patches for its product alongside their own updates for virus definition files.
.Net may lead to fewer viruses
Virus BulletinAntivirus vendors will have to significantly redesign their products in order to address risks of malicious code arising from the release of Microsoft's .Net platform.
Beware the Pulsing Zombies
Virus BulletinDistributed denial of service attacks, one of the most difficult security risks to guard against, could become even harder to detect with the development of tools that turn agents on and off during an attack.
Not so Easy Everything gets £15m
EasyEverything, the Internet cafe chain, has received a lifeline injection of £15m cash from founder and Easyjet chairman Stelios Haji-Ionnou.
Psion launches industrial PDA
Psion Teklogix has launched a ruggedised * industrial handheld device it calls the netpad. It's a half-kilo "half-VGA" (640x240) tablet.
Judge sentences MS, DoJ to 24x7 settlement talks
MS Antitrust Judge 2.0 Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has ducked the prospect of early and intensive legal sessions with the warring parties and told them to sort themselves out instead. They've been given till 2nd November to come to a settlement, and told to talk 24 hours a day, seven days a week until then.
Liverpool better than Man U: official
For those poor misguided souls who don't think Liverpool football club is superior to Manchester United, the latest figures from Nielsen/Net Ratings should put you straight.
MS scraps Internet-control deal
The latest version of Internet Explorer is routing mistyped Web addresses through MSN's search engine, in direct contravention of a contract that RealNames (in which Microsoft has a significant stake) has with domain name company XTNS. Or so XTNS claims.