28th > September > 2001 Archive
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, the UK VC house, has won its battle to assume control of Sputz AG, the German online brokerage.
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)
"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 Microsystems and Microsoft have both made significant announcements on J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) this week.
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.
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, 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.
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".
Virus BulletinA grassroots organisation representing the interests of corporate users has received a frosty welcome from the anti-virus community.
Virus BulletinMicrosoft is considering using anti-virus vendors to deliver security patches for its product alongside their own updates for virus definition files.
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.
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.
EasyEverything, the Internet cafe chain, has received a lifeline injection of £15m cash from founder and Easyjet chairman Stelios Haji-Ionnou.
AMD's Palomino processors will launch on 9 October.
Psion Teklogix has launched a ruggedised * industrial handheld device it calls the netpad. It's a half-kilo "half-VGA" (640x240) tablet.
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.
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.
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.
We wrote about e-district.net for the first time in February 2000, when the London-based leisure/community site announced its intention to list on the AIM stock market (WebTV propels e-district to financial stratosphere).