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Amstrad touts em@iler-plus on TV

Amstrad is to spend £ 2.2m on advertising the e-ma@iler plus, its text-messaging, games-playing, email delivering telephone, on television.
Drew Cullen, 15 Feb 2002
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Call for tougher action, in Samsung stolen phone wake

In the wake of the theft of 26,000 Samsung mobile phones last weekend, questions have been raised about why networks are less efficient at blocking mobiles stolen from individuals.
John Leyden, 15 Feb 2002
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W3C makes digital signature recommendation

The World Wide Web Consortium yesterday unveiled the fruits of its unprecedented collaboration with the Internet Engineering Task Force with the publishing of XML Signature as a W3C Recommendation. XML Signature is one of three security markup specifications the organization is building. With XML Encryption and XML Key …
ComputerWire, 15 Feb 2002
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Dell hints at services, storage ambitions

Dell Computer Corp emphasized its enterprise credentials and shrugged off the threat of the Hewlett Packard Co and Compaq Computer Corp combination as it unveiled its fourth quarter numbers yesterday, Joe Fay writes. The Round Rock, Texas-based PC vendor said it was considering ways of expanding its services capabilities …
ComputerWire, 15 Feb 2002
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Sun to marry iPlanet portal to Grid Engine

Sun Microsystems Inc will announce today that it has created a set of Java-based frameworks that integrate its iPlanet Portal Server with its Grid Engine software, Timothy Prickett Morgan writes. The move, the company says, will facilitate the proliferation of grid applications among corporations and research institutions …
ComputerWire, 15 Feb 2002
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Nvidia opens books for SEC

Nvidia is conducting a review of accounting practices, in response to a 'request' from the Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC).
Drew Cullen, 15 Feb 2002
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Evesham sets up small business portal

Evesham.com, the UK system builder, has introduced an internet access service for its small business customers.
Drew Cullen, 15 Feb 2002
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Gateway secures entry to small biz

The making money mantras for PC builders large and small increasing revolve around three topics these days: wireless, security, and Internet access. All three can provide recurring revenues, although in the case of wireless, the big money kicks in for the road warriors.
Drew Cullen, 15 Feb 2002
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Scanning for SNMP vulnerabilities

SANS has released a scanning tool called SNMPing which will find SNMP daemons running on a TCP/IP network. It defaults to port 161, but you can enter the port of your choice.
Thomas C Greene, 15 Feb 2002
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Apple exec refused ‘Kill Dock’ bribe

BSDCon An Apple executive turned down an offer to sabotage the Mac OS X code tree, yesterday, we can sort of exclusively reveal.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Feb 2002
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Why your vendor has no SNMP fix

Ever wonder why only a handful of vendors had a fix ready for the myriad SNMP vulnerabilities recently reported? The vulns were discovered nine months ago, after all.
Thomas C Greene, 15 Feb 2002
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Justice chief queried over MS campaign contributions

A Democrat representative on the US House Judiciary Committee has written to Attorney General John Ashcroft asking why he did not disqualify himself from participation in settlement talks in the Microsoft case, whereas he has done so in the case of the Enron investigation. Ashcroft's failed senate campaign in 2000 received contributions from both Microsoft and Enron.
John Lettice, 15 Feb 2002
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Symbian CEO Myers exits suddenly

Symbian CEO Colly Myers has stepped down, just a month after the company secured a new round of funding from its investors. It's not as yet clear where he's going, if it's anywhere in particular, but the move seems to have been not entirely planned for - David Potter, founder of Psion and Symbian chairman, is taking the post of executive chairman while a new CEO is found, and joint COOs have been appointed - CFO Thomas Chambers and director of programme management Kent Eriksson.
John Lettice, 15 Feb 2002
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MS to block internet apps by default in .NET

Microsoft is to implement a switch in default security settings in a forthcoming service release for the .NET Framework. As shipped, the default policy will be not to allow managed code to run from the Internet. Think about that one for a moment and then think about what you thought .NET was supposed to be about, folks - but don't worry, you can always switch it back on.
John Lettice, 15 Feb 2002
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BT Cellnet mmail falls off the Internet

BT Cellnet's email to its own SMS gateway service, mmail, is currently unavailable after the domain fell off the Internet.
John Leyden, 15 Feb 2002
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Virus smuggling risk for Outlook Express users

Security researchers have identified a way to smuggle virus laden emails past AV checkers and into the in-boxes of Outlook Express users.
John Leyden, 15 Feb 2002
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Coming soon: foot-powered laptops

A US developer is coming to market with a device which lets users recharge batteries using a foot-operated pump.
John Leyden, 15 Feb 2002
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802.1X can be toppled ‘like set of dominoes’

Security researchers have suggested even more security shortcomings in the way Wireless LANs are set up.
John Leyden, 15 Feb 2002
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Lindows CEO delivers broadside in MS trademark dispute

Recently we published a piece in which we argued that Microsoft was doing no wrong in pressing a trademark case against Lindows.com. And it would probably win anyway, we said. Two people agreed, while 70 or so thought we were talking out of our proverbial.
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Freedom Network source code now available

CodeCon Source code for ZeroKnowledge Systems' discontinued anonymous Internet service has leaked onto the Web, apparently with the blessing of ZKS' Chief Scientist Ian Goldberg.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Feb 2002