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Nortel CFO quits over pension claims

Nortel Networks Corp has announced the immediate resignation of its CFO Terry Hungle and notified US and Canadian regulators, alleging he has broken the rules of the company's stock investment plan, Terry Murphy writes. Nortel said Hungle, a 20-year veteran of the firm who was appointed CFO in early October, moved money in …
ComputerWire, 12 Feb 2002
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Google in a Box

Google Inc has developed what it calls "Google in a box", a search appliance designed to reduce the cost and complexity of behind-the-firewall searches at large enterprises. With the likes of Inktomi Corp and AltaVista Co squarely in its sights, the company has already sold the product to National Semiconductor Corp and "a …
ComputerWire, 12 Feb 2002
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Europe not sold on Internet at home

Europe's love affair with the Internet may never become as intense as that between US citizens and cyberspace, according to the latest eEurope benchmarking report of the European Commission. Although there has been a dramatic rise in household Internet use in the EU, rising from 18% of households in March 2000 to 39% last …
ComputerWire, 12 Feb 2002
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HDS plays down API swaps with IBM or EMC

The prospects of cooperation among high-end storage makers turned flat last week when Hitachi Data Systems - one of the triad of suppliers in the market sector - ruled itself out of any near-term technology access swaps with its rivals, Tim Stammers writes. Although HDS said that the latest version of its HiCommand …
ComputerWire, 12 Feb 2002
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Apple cuts jobs, discloses store revenue

Apple has taken a $24 million hit and shed 425 jobs, according to the company's latest SECC filing. The cuts fall on Apple's IT, operations and admin, and the bulk of the expense is cancelled equipment leases, as opposed to cancelled human being leases.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Feb 2002
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Anthrax and blood tests come to InterX rescue (maybe)

An American anthrax and blood testing firm is the key to the survival of cash-strapped InterX, the British content management software company.
Drew Cullen, 12 Feb 2002
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MS issues monster IE security fix

A total of six new security stuff-ups affecting Internet Explorer and Outlook Express have been addressed in a cumulative patch which has made two temporary appearances on the TechNet Web site since last week.
Thomas C Greene, 12 Feb 2002
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Accused DEA data-thief skips bail

Federal agents in Los Angeles are searching for a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) who last week skipped out on felony charges of illegally selling sensitive information about private citizens from law enforcement computers, SecurityFocus has learned. "He's a fugitive," said Thom Mrozek, a …
Kevin Poulsen, 12 Feb 2002
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Charney an ominous MS pick

At the Blackhat Security Briefings in New Orleans last week my standard opening question in conversation was, "So, what do you think about Scott Charney?" For the most part, the standard response was, "Who's that?" If you have not heard yet, Microsoft has announced that Mr. Charney, previously a security and cybercrime …
Tim Mullen, 12 Feb 2002
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Rebel States slam MS witness list

The nine States still pursuing the case against Microsoft yesterday asked the judge to bar 16 of Microsoft's witnesses, accusing the company of using "hide-the-ball" tactics by waiting until the last minute before filing the list. Microsoft's list includes 23 "previously undisclosed" witnesses, and maintains a certain coyness in that no less than seven of the mooted Microsoft witnesses may or may not actually take the stand.
John Lettice, 12 Feb 2002
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Former Corel CEO innocent of insider charges shock

Former Corel CEO Michael Cowpland has been vindicated in the long-running Canadian insider trading action mounted against him by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). There is of course the small matter of the C$1 million fine, but still...
John Lettice, 12 Feb 2002
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Boston E-Party looms, as EU set to tax online sales

The European Council of Economic and Finance ministers (ECOFIN) is set to agree the imposition of Value Added Tax on online sales today. ECOFIN agreed this in principle in December, but after today's sign-off it will have to go through the European Parliament, after which legislation will go into force.
John Lettice, 12 Feb 2002
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Gambling software firm takes $1.3m charge for security breach

Cryptologic, the gambling software firm, is taking a a $1.3m charge for a fraud on its system perpetrated by hackers.
John Leyden, 12 Feb 2002
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Cancer busters turned 'paranoid yank saviors'?

As Vulture Central II Team Captain (oh the glory that title has bought me... the free beers, the women flocking, never getting given the wrong order a >Maccy D's....), I feel that it is my duty to inform theregister.co.uk and its readers that United Devices have stopped using _some_ of our PCs for the purpose of molecular modelling to aid the discovery of treatments / cures for cancer.
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IBM Memory Keys in mystery virus infection

A computer virus has somehow infected IBM's 32MB Memory Key, prompting the firm to issue a utility that cleans up the infection.
John Leyden, 12 Feb 2002
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Mythic sued over EULA

BlackSnow Interactive is a company which locates rare and expensive items in massively multiplayer online RPGs such as Anarchy Online and Dark Age of Camelot and then sells them on its website.
Eurogamer.net, 12 Feb 2002
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The Great Mobile Phone Robbery

Thieves have made off with 26,000 Samsung mobile phones after an audacious raid on a warehouse on the outskirts of London.
John Leyden, 12 Feb 2002
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SGI stays with MIPS at high-end

SGI has refreshed its high-end 64-bit MIPS line of high-end graphics servers, workstations and supercomputers with - a faster 64-bit MIPS line-up.
Drew Cullen, 12 Feb 2002
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Dell rolls out GPRS notebooks across Europe

Dell is making it easier for road warriors to obtain high speed Internet access by outfitting its notebooks with a GPRS connectivity package.
John Leyden, 12 Feb 2002
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Best Buy offers $30 discount to GeForce-4 disappointees

The best medicine for a disappointed shopper is more shopping, Best Buy reckons.
Thomas C Greene, 12 Feb 2002
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Serious network security holes surface

A slew of security vulnerabilities in implementations of SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) may allow unauthorised privileged access, denial-of-service attacks, or cause unstable behaviour, security clearing house CERT has warned.
John Leyden, 12 Feb 2002