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Eight new IIS security holes exposed

There are eight new security stuff-ups affecting various editions of Microsoft IIS (Internet Information Server), the most serious of which will enable an attacker to take over the system, MS revealed today.
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NAI ups bid for McAfee.com

Network Associates Inc's attempt to acquire McAfee.com Corp looks to be back on after the enterprise security vendor upped its offer by 15.6%. Santa Clara, California-based Network Associates originally offered 0.675 of a Network Associates share for each McAfee share, a value that McAfee's special committee of the board …
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BT plans mobility services push

BT Group Plc yesterday said it plans to raise 180m pounds ($258.5m) in new revenue from wireless services in 2004, including 30m pounds ($43m) from the UK's first public access wireless LAN service. The announcement underlines that last year's spin-off of the UK incumbent's mobile network to mmO2 Plc did not signify its …
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Microsoft mobilises, as partners back .NET

Microsoft Corp has accelerated its drive to make SQL Server central to .NET for enterprises, announcing software providing information notifications to mobile devices in addition to desktop-based systems. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft's partners have also announced .NET versions of products or .NET-ready versions of …
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IBM mulls earlier launch for iSeries Regattas

IBM debuted midrange versions of its pSeries "Regatta" Power4 servers this week, and the rumor making the rounds in the iSeries community has it that IBM may move up its iSeries Regatta announcements, too, Timothy Prickett Morgan writes. The new pSeries 670, which wasn't expected to debut until October, has four, eight, or …
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Rambus profits up

Rambus, the controversial designer of fast memory chips, produced profits of $6.7m for Q2, ended March 31 (Q1 $6.2m and Q2, 2001 $8m) on sales down five per cent sequentially, and 25 per cent down on Q2, last year.
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EB UK waves through name change

Electronic Boutique UK shareholders yesterday approved the name change of the company to THE GAME GROUP PLC. The name change takes effect within three working days, and all EBUK stores will get a GAME makeover.
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MS pulls the plugs on Hailstorm, pending rethink

Hailstorm, one of the cornerstones of Microsoft's .NET "bet the company" strategy, is no more - at least in the most ambitious of its advertised forms. As initially envisaged .NET was about Microsoft producing the systems that would allow delivery of services across to Internet to individuals, and Hailstorm, subsequently rechristened .NET My Services, was intended to allow consumers to access a range of services based on their own particular identity, anytime anywhere. But Microsoft has been unable to convince any of the providers of such services that it makes sense to do this via Microsoft.
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mmO2 signs 10-yr deal with IBM

mmO2 - aka BT Cellnet - has turned to IBM to sort out its customer services operation in a deal worth £50 million in the first year.
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How modular is Windows?

Is a stripped down version of Windows possible? In the Unsettling States' version of the antitrust trial (the full, unexpurgated version, as opposed to the DoJ's Antitrust Lite) Princeton University professor Andrew Appel argued this week that it is, basing his opinion on the existence of Windows XP Embedded.
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Yahoo! increases! Q1! revenue!

Yahoo! Inc remains chipper about the future despite posting yet another quarterly loss.
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Monitoring reduces security risks

Counterpane today released statistics to back its claim that customers of its monitoring services are far less likely to have their networks penetrated.
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Newmedia agency cleared of spreading worm

Updated Subscribers to a mailing list on news about 20th Century Fox received an unwelcome release yesterday when they were sent a copy of the Klez-E worm.
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ARM tools up for killer phone app – 3D games

ARM announcements tend to vary on a scale from dull to impenetrable, and today's - detailing a 3D graphics collaboration between ARM, Imagination Technologies and Superscape, is no exception. We'd categorise it as understandable but not very exciting. But it just so happens that The Register spent some time with Mike Grant of Superscape and Steve Evans of ARM at GSM World the other month, so we're in a position to realise that this not very exciting release is in fact about the killer app for mobile phones.
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Europe elbows Internet content ‘blocking’

The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to oppose the use of "blocking" as a way of regulating content on the Internet.
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Audit trail dogs DVD+RW drive manufacturers

Numerous readers have contacted us pointing out that we were overly kind to DVDR+W drive manufacturers yesterday when we said they didn't seem to have specifically advertised that their products would be upgradable to be able to write DVD+R media. Well actually, yes they did.
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UK plc ignorant of RIP Act

Awareness of the Government's Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) remains low among UK businesses and ISPs more than a year after the controversial legislation became law.
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Give your password to complete strangers? No problem…

When it comes to password security UK office workers are extremely lax, according to an unscientific survey of commuters at a busy London train station.
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Win-XP Search Assistant silently downloads files

Just over a week ago, while searching for a file on a Windows-XP machine, I was surprised to see the Search Assistant attempting to activate my Internet connection. It puzzled me because I wasn't searching the Internet, only my local drive. I was busy with other things at the time, but I made a mental note to look into it soon, which I promptly forgot to do.