14th > February > 2002 Archive

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Police arrest five over mobile phone blag

Five men were arrested yesterday after the recovery of thousands of phones taken during one of Britain's biggest ever mobile phone theft.
John Leyden, 14 Feb 2002
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NAI sells firewall business

Secure Computing has acquired the Gauntlet firewall and VPN business from Network Associates (NAI) for an undisclosed amount.
John Leyden, 14 Feb 2002
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Apple pushes Mobile QuickTime bundle, delays release of 6.0

Apple Computer Inc has announced plans to bundle up a package of software and services, to sell packages of streaming media software and systems to wireless operators. The company has formed a partnership with mobile handset and systems vendor LM Ericsson Telefon AB and server vendor Sun Microsystems Inc. Apple will supply …
ComputerWire, 14 Feb 2002
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Visual Studio.NET to expand economy – Billg

Microsoft Corp launched the long-awaited Visual Studio.NET and .NET framework yesterday, pitching the IDE as its most important product to-date for developers and as specifically designed for an economy founded on web services, Gavin Clarke writes. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft told delegates at its VSLive! …
ComputerWire, 14 Feb 2002
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HP overshoots on Q1

Does the fact that Hewlett Packard Co did a little better than expected in its first fiscal quarter mean that the $25bn merger with rival Compaq Computer Corp is a good idea, as chairman and CEO Carly Fiorina clearly believes, Tim Prickett Morgan writes Or does it mean that, as founder's son Walter Hewlett believes, the HP …
ComputerWire, 14 Feb 2002
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Lover's Guide at a PC near you

Here's something saucy for Valentine's Day - a PPV streaming version of The Lover's Guide, the famously -ahem - educational video series.
Drew Cullen, 14 Feb 2002
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MSN Messenger worm entices the unwary

A relatively benign but effective Internet worm attacked users of Microsoft's MSN Messenger service Wednesday by exploiting a bug in Internet Explorer that was reported last year, but was only recently patched by Microsoft. Dubbed the 'Cool Worm' by an early discoverer, the worm arrives as an MSN instant message that reads, " …
Kevin Poulsen, 14 Feb 2002
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Comcast promises not to track subscribers

A little brouhaha started last week with a post to the Vuln-Dev mailing list, in which a contributor called J Edgar Hoover observed that Comcast's cable Internet service was using an Inktomi traffic server capable of recording the individual comings and goings of its subscribers.
Thomas C Greene, 14 Feb 2002
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Enjoy our Valentine's Day computer books love-in

Romantic opportunity It's that time of year when the daffodils are bursting forth from the cruel earth, the sap is rising, and a young man's thoughts turn to romance.
Lester Haines, 14 Feb 2002
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BSD ‘3 times as popular as desktop Linux’ – Apple

BSDCon BSD is now three times as popular on the desktop as Linux, Apple's Ernest Prabhakar told attendees at the annual USENIX BSD Conference here yesterday.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Feb 2002
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Anders Heljsberg on what's next for C#

According to ancient scriptures, Anders Heljsberg "journeyed to the wilderness, and wept and wailed and cried out unto the Lord, saying: 'Shall I spend the rest of my days tinkering with a Pascal compiler I wrote 15 years ago? Couldn't I have a go at something else?'"
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Feb 2002
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Cellphones build IM bridges

The "Wireless Village" initiative started by the three dominant mobile phone companies Nokia, Motorola and Ericsson yesterday showed off the IMPS initiative which ought to bridge the gap between SMS text messaging and PC-based IM.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Feb 2002
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Former Corel CEO back in frame as regulators toss deal

Former Corel CEO Michael Cowpland is not not guilty of insider trading after all. Earlier this week he appeared to have escaped the slammer via a strange deal whereby his personal holding company peaded guilty and paid the fine, but Cowpland himself escaped, sort of.
John Lettice, 14 Feb 2002
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Keygen routine producing valid WinXP product keys?

A cracking system for Windows Product Activation publicised this week may present Microsoft's anti-piracy system with its most serious problem yet. It takes the form of a key generator which appears to produce valid activation keys for Microsoft products, and if this really is the case, it is difficult to see how Microsoft can differentiate between keys issued with legal product, and keys generated by the keymaker.
John Lettice, 14 Feb 2002
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Compaq seizes bootleg components

US marshals raided the premises of a Bow, New Hampshire computer parts wholesaler, and found a thriving counterfeiting operation.
Drew Cullen, 14 Feb 2002
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Cisco protects against IP telephony security risks

Cisco is introducing a major refresh of its security product portfolio, adding new features to safeguard IP telephony.
John Leyden, 14 Feb 2002
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Senators' stock options move could cost MS billions

Four US senators are proposing legislation that would stop companies using stock options to window-dress their earnings statements. The proposed Ending Double Standards for Stock Options Act would require companies to treat employee stock options as an expense for book-keeping purposes if they want to claim them as an expense for tax purposes. The current situation in the US allows companies to effectively hide the cost of stock options (which in essence are a part, in cases such as Microsoft a major part, of the compensation package) while substantially reducing their own tax liability.
John Lettice, 14 Feb 2002
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Nildram chips away at ADSL prices

Nildram, the Aylesbury ISP, has cut ADSL connection fees to £29 per month plus VAT, helpfully pointing out that this is a saving of £140 a year over the previous tariff.
Drew Cullen, 14 Feb 2002
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Weird escort/temp service ‘cybersquats’ UK estate agents

Here's a blast from the past: a cybersquatter is leveraging off the names of other companies to generate online traffic for its own service.
Drew Cullen, 14 Feb 2002
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Cisco and Intel split on high speed wireless futures

Cisco and Intel are at odds over which emerging standard for high speed wireless LANs offers the best migration path for users.
John Leyden, 14 Feb 2002
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Slashdot editor proposes on front page

Here's a romantic story for Valentine's Day and there's an IT angle (sort of).
Drew Cullen, 14 Feb 2002