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Verisign accused of DNS slamming

There's a cheesy scam in the phone industry called 'slamming', wherein customers are tricked into switching their service provider. Double-talk and deceptive marketing materials figure large in this enterprise. Now Verisign (formerly Network Solutions) is taking heat for a practice which borders on registrar slamming.
Thomas C Greene, 26 Mar 2002
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Sun launches Java alternative to Mobile .NET

Sun Microsystems Inc will attack Microsoft .NET on mobile devices - a mushrooming area of application development - with a streamlined, fully-featured version of Java for carriers and customers to share XML-based web services. Palo Alto, California-based Sun opened its seventh annual JavaOne conference yesterday announcing …
ComputerWire, 26 Mar 2002
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Sun opens Java to Open Source community

Future versions of Java for servers, PCs and mobile devices could feature APIs developed by the open source community under changes to the Java Community Process (JCP) to be announced by Sun Microsystems Inc at its annual developer conference today, Gavin Clarke writes. Palo Alto, California-based Sun said it will modify …
ComputerWire, 26 Mar 2002
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Verio joins CA for secure web hosting

Computer Associates International Inc has announced a partnership with web hosting provider Verio Inc, through which Verio will offer CA's security solutions to its European customers. Through the agreement Verio, a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Communications Corp, will offer Islandia, New York-based CA's eTrust Firewall …
ComputerWire, 26 Mar 2002
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LCD monitors cost more (for now)

TFT panel prices are marching upwards, translating into higher prices for LCD monitors for PCs. Asian producers in Taiwan and Korea are quoting higher contract prices for April, on the back of strong demand for notebook panels, and on supply shortages for 15in desktops versions.
Drew Cullen, 26 Mar 2002
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Mobile P4 prices ‘to drop dramatically’

Mobile Pentium 4 prices will come tumbling down in May, according to Digitimes.
Drew Cullen, 26 Mar 2002
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Gosling on C#, why X Windows sucks, and asparagus

Java creator James Gosling was wearing a custom-made T-shirt for the opening day of the JavaOne show in San Francisco, a blue number which features Duke the Java mascot surfing across a watchface, trailing behind him what appears to be a bunch of blue asparagus.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Mar 2002
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EMC PR caught in a spin

(Our thanks to Phil Payne, of Isham Research for alerting us to this.)
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2002
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Red Hat exec tussles over MSOffice for Linux

Red Hat CTO Michael Tiemann yesterday said that the availability of Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer would "open the door to a new range of potential customers" for Red Hat. Which we take as meaning that, if the States' version of the Microsoft antitrust remedies were accepted, Red Hat would be one of the companies bidding for an Office licence. Tiemann had earlier said he though Red Hat would be "fairly interested" in bidding.
John Lettice, 26 Mar 2002
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France Telecom inches towards MobilCom deal

France Telecom today said it has entered a conditional agreement with Gerhard Schmid, resolving its dispute with the founder and major shareholder of MobilCom, the German mobile network in which holds a minority stake.
Drew Cullen, 26 Mar 2002
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Another nail in the Napster coffin

A Federal Appeals Court has turned down an appeal that would have allowed Napster to resurrect its free online file-swapping service.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2002
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Virus WildList closed ‘until further notice’

The WildList, a list of viruses currently at large which plays an important role in testing antivirus software, has been suspended indefinitely.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2002
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Travelocity snaps up Site59.com for $43m

Travelocity is beefing up its last minute bargain basement travel capacity with the acquisition of Site59.com.
Drew Cullen, 26 Mar 2002
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Afilias buys out Tucows .Info service

Afilias is taking operational control for the registration of .Info names by buying out the operations of current service provider Tucows.
Drew Cullen, 26 Mar 2002
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Early Xbox sales low in Europe – report

Xbox may not be playing too well in Europe, according to a report at Heise News. Quoting figures from Markt für Computer- und Videospiele, the report suggests that only small quantities of the machines were actually sold in the immediate post-launch period in FRance and Germany.
John Lettice, 26 Mar 2002
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Disney chief Eisner recruits Abe Lincoln in piracy fight

Disney CEO Michael Eisner has recruited Abraham Lincoln, Vaclav Havel, Douglass North and Sigmund Eisner (relation) for his campaign against intellectual property pilfering on the Internet. And we want some of whatever his speech writers are smoking.
John Lettice, 26 Mar 2002
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Telia to buy Sonera

Telia, Sweden's biggest telco, is to buy Sonera, its counterpart in Finland, through a stock swap. The deal represents a premium of approx 16 per cent for Sonera shareholders, based on yesterday's closing prices of the two firms.
Drew Cullen, 26 Mar 2002
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NAI faces SEC probe

Network Associates has issued a statement confirming the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating its accounting practices.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2002