28th > March > 2002 Archive

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China and Taiwan best of enemies in business

China has become Taiwan's biggest export market, replacing the Island Republic's longtime ally, the US. The countries' armed forces may be glaring at each other across the Taiwan Straits, but according to figures released by the Taiwanese government, and reported by Chinese news agency Xinhua, exports to mainland China …
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Microsoft Judge considers post-PC evidence

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly is open to the possibility that an antitrust remedy against Microsoft Corp may extend beyond the PC to handheld devices and the like, according to reports coming out of the District of Columbia courtroom. The judge told attorneys late Tuesday she "need[s] more factual information" about post-PC …
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Vodafone expected to revamp Vizzavi

Vodafone Group Plc is planning to revamp its Vizzavi wireless internet service provider (WISP) service in an effort to head off competition from KPN NV's i-mode services which were launched in Germany two weeks ago. According to reports, Vizzavi will be given a significant overhaul, with increased emphasis on visual …
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IE 6.0 is burying Netscape

The release of Microsoft Corp's Internet Explorer 6.0 web browser signaled a "precipitous" decline in the usage of AOL Time Warner Inc's Netscape, according to the latest numbers out from WebSideStory Inc. The tally, extrapolated from the web logs of the 125,000 sites WebSideStory surveys, has Netscape usage at an all-time …
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Tiscali sales, losses balloon

Tiscali today reported sharply higher losses and much higher costs on much bigger sales in 2001. The company also wrote down acquisitions paid for by shares to the tune of EUR815m. This saw net equity at the end of 2001 reduced to EUR 1.150bn, against EUR 2.24bn in 2000.
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ATI goes a bundle on the Mac

OK, Mac fans, some of you have been complaining lately about the lack of Apple coverage on the site - or to be more specific - on our Mac channel, which was completely bare for a couple of weeks.
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MS scarier than the CIA, Gateway exec says

One of the more controversial items in the Microsoft v. Stubborn States hearing is the uniform licensing agreement with OEMs, which, depending on who you talk to, is either a triumph of egalitarianism, or a Trojan horse designed to rein in the most successful OEMs by lowering their contract terms to the level of the small fry.
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Broadband sales surge ahead of DSL price cuts

BT Wholesale is reporting sales of ADSL connections have soared from 3,000 to 8,000 a week since the telco reduced the wholesale price of DSL connections.
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Microsoft aims ‘shared source’ spoiler at Java

"We're code sharing capitalists!" beamed Microsoft's John Montgomery in an interview with C|NUT radio* yesterday, as Redmond released 11MB of source code - almost two million lines of Hungarian notationally-correct sweatwork - for its .NET infrastructure.
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BSA makes a spectacle of Bausch and Lomb

Another day, another "illegal software" settlement, another company humiliated by Business Software Alliance press release.
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Barclays BACS system crashes

Oh dear. Up to 250,000 people in Britain will be paid five days late following 'processing problems" with Barclay's BACS automated payments system.
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Viglen wins Northern Ireland megadeal

Viglen has scooped the contract to run IT for Northern Ireland's primary schools. The deal runs for three years and is worth £26.2m, and is the fourth that Viglen has won from the Northern Irish education system, worth £50m in total.
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Xbox: ‘Microsoft has its teeth kicked in’

Leave it to EA's ever-controversial president John Riccitiello to put the boot. According to El Ricco, by way of Blooomberg, "Microsoft has had its teeth kicked in, in both Europe and Japan". Ouch. This may help explain why EA has been quietly shuffling all of their European Xbox releases further back into the summer for the last few weeks...
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Power line networking firm suffers brownout

One of the three companies participating in developing a standard for sending high speed Internet traffic over a home's existing AC wiring is operating on a skeleton staff as it struggles to find addition sources of funding.
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Bloody hard to run a forum in Sweden – Lawyer speaks

(Mikael Pawlo is Associate, Advokatfirman Lindahl, working with Internet law issues for Aftonbladet Nya Medier.
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Last chance to win a Space Invaders arcade console

competition Just a quick reminder for anyone who may not know (hardly likely, granted, given the 16,000,000 ads which have run over the last two weeks) that Rackspace's Win a Space Invaders Arcade Console competition ends tomorrow, 29 March at 5.00pm GMT.
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MS smartphone partner Sendo signs Java deal

UK mobile phone company and noted Microsoft partner has Sendo has struck a licensing deal with Tao Group, producer of the intent Java platform and a company in deep with The Other Side." Tao is friends with Sun, Psion, numerous other usual suspects and - oh yes - Amiga, and intent is an application runtime environment compliant with Sun's J2ME (Java 2, Micro Edition) mobile phone spec.
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WinXP Pro with .NET Server performance? Forget it…

In response to our piece on NTSwitch earlier this week, reader David Bazile was sufficiently fired up to try the routine. NTSwitch purports to demonstrate that there are relatively minimal differences between Microsoft server and workstation operating systems by allowing you to switch between, say Win2k workstation and server, and XP Pro and .NET Server. In either direction.
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Win a Space Invaders arcade console

Competition There's very little that will reduce the battle-hardened Vulture Central hacks to teary-eyed nostalgia. One thing guaranteed, however, to provoke an outburst of "when I was a lad" is the original 70s Space Invaders.
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IBM pushes Linux kit into telcos

IBM has pulled out the stops again to dive into one of its favourite verticals - telcos. Yesterday the company began touting the latest iteration of its e-Series, the x383, bundled with Linux to give a low cost, powerful box - ideal for a capacity booster in the hosting hotels.
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Online gambling tops Internet card fraud league

Online gambling has become the number one Internet-related card fraud problem in Europe.
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Walter Jr sues HP over merger vote tactics

Walter Hewlett, the dissident Hewlett Packard director, has filed a complaint in a Delaware court protesting against methods used by Hewlett-Packard to solicit votes for its proposed merger with Compaq.