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Microsoft disowns Nokia cybersquatting prank

Microsoft has blamed a lone, crazed cybersquatter for hijacking Nokia-related domains and diverting them to The Beast's own rival PocketPC website.
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Lamo strikes again: WorldCom

It's dusk in San Francisco, and at a Kinkos copy shop deep in the financial district Adrian Lamo shrugs off his overstuffed backpack and pulls out a battered Toshiba laptop. With a few keystrokes, the hacker fills the computer's display with a map of the United States, crisscrossed with hundreds of colored lines, crowded with …
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Elcom sells UK reseller op

Ebusiness software shop Elcom is selling off its UK reseller business.
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The Trivia Quiz – BOFH-style…

Episode 30 Episode 30 BOFH 2001: Episode 30     Yes! It's time for the Bastard Trivia Quiz! Test your skill! Place your bets! Answers at the bottom! General Knowledge 1. You're in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike. Where do you go? A. N B. S C. E D. W E. To lunch 2. Network utilisation figures are reaching an all …
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Evesham staff get Xmas bonus

The good times are here again for staff at Evesham.com - profit related pay (PRP) has returned to pad out Christmas pay packets.
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Ericsson boss gets death threat

The chief exec of Ericsson, Kurt Hellström, has been sent a 9mm bullet along with a letter saying he will "die soon".
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No-HTML plug-in for Outlook available

I've always believed that if the US Government were ever to get really serious about Internet security, the top players in Microsoft's management hierarchy would find themselves handcuffed, blindfolded, led onto a tarmac within some obscure Air Force base, and shot.
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Siemens slashes Infineon stake

Siemens has cut its stake in Infineon, its erstwhile semiconductor division, to under 50 per cent, paving the way for the chip maker's independence.
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UMC bond sale raises $302m

UMC's attempt to raise cash selling convertible bonds yesterday proved more successful than it had anticipated with the sale more than 17 times oversubscribed and the bonds changing hands for 40 per cent more than the 4 December closing price of previously offered American depositary receipts.
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UK eshoppers becoming more mature

The UK's Net users are becoming more confident with shopping online, according to the latest survey from Forrester.
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School sales make up 60% of Viglen business

Learning Technology, the system builder formerly known as Viglen, has reported 59 per cent of its sales now come from the education market.
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Sony to bring PlayStation 2 to Korea

Microsoft's plan to sell Xbox to Korean gamers next October has driven Sony to bring its own machines to the console-free country (officially, at any rate).
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‘Computers for schools’ promotions ungenerous

School-targeted shopping promotion schemes don't provide particularly good value to participating schools, consumer rag Which? has claimed.

Govt watchdog slams £1 billion IT failure

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has today published its report into the government's failed payment card scheme - which saw £1 billion of taxpayers' money wasted - and pulls no punches.
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Mesh marketing mush

Marketing and communications jobs at Mesh Computers are getting the revolving door treatment.

Toshiba breaks off 3G partnership with Siemens

Updated Toshiba has ended its partnership with Siemens to build 3G phones, blaming delays in European networks and poor prospects for the next-generation service.
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How to set a record for the number of games sold per console

Microsoft is trumpeting the fact that its console buyers, "can't get enough of the Xbox launch games... gamers are buying 2.4 games with every Xbox, resulting in the highest game attach rate ever recorded for a console at launch".
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SMS phone crash exploit a risk for older Nokias

Nokia has upgraded its phone software to guard against a security glitch that might allow a cracker to render a phone inoperable by sending a text message. However, older phones may still be vulnerable.
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Sports supplier drops punters' pants in public

An elementary security mistake by the official online supplier of Welsh Rugby and UK Athletics has resulted in the exposure of sensitive customer information on the merchant's Web site.
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Jungle cancels £250K worth of sales

Jungle.com is cancelling 2,500 orders because it believes it can't fulfil them before Christmas.
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Mediawave not dead after all

Yesterday we reported that the company responsible for the infamous Madonna gig Webcast had gone into receivership.
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WStore profitable in early 2002

Corporate-focused e-reseller WStore says it expects to break even in the fourth quarter of this year and will enter profitability in the first quarter of 2002.
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Europe told to rethink e-privacy directive

Privacy expert and MEP Marco Cappato has written an open letter to the presidents of the European Council and EU Telecoms Council asking them to reconsider legislation due to be discussed in the European Parliament tomorrow.
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Afilias gets to grips with .info fiasco

Afilias, the registrar behind the new .info top-level domain, has outlined its latest approach to the mass cybersquatting problem that has troubled it from launch at the end of July.

Larry Ellison loves the PC

Ageing Oracle boss Larry Ellison has declared his infatuation with the young PC.