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Crackers deface Ferrari

Defacers turned motor sport fans yesterday in a protest against the controversial decision to gift Michael Schumacher victory at the Austrian Grand Prix.
John Leyden, 14 May 2002
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RealNames shutdown threatens Asian naming market

The closure of RealNames Corp yesterday threatens the ability of Chinese and Japanese speakers to easily address web sites in their own languages. Microsoft Corp's Asian units are said to be under pressure from local naming authorities to urge their parent to reconsider its position on RealNames' closure.
ComputerWire, 14 May 2002
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DRAM vendors face torrid summer

The DRAM industry in Asia is struggling to stabilize prices and launch them back on an upward trajectory even as observers predict no return to growth till the end of summer. Prices slumped last week, as the market responded to new that Hynix Semiconductor was set to be broken up. Hopes that the cash-strapped Korean vendor …
ComputerWire, 14 May 2002
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Liberty to make new European move

Liberty Media Corp is reported to be lining up a bid for NTL Inc's Swiss unit, Cablecom AG. The New York-based European cable operator, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week, has pledged to begin the process of selling the Swiss cable operations after Cablecom's bankers had threatened to wreck NTL's restructuring …
ComputerWire, 14 May 2002
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Nortel acts to avoid cash crunch

Networking equipment maker Nortel Networks Corp is preparing to raise up to $2.5bn in cash through the issuing of securities in order to increase its liquidity and quell fears that it could fall into a funding gap. The Toronto, Canada-based company withdrew an SEC filing made eighteen months ago which registered a …
ComputerWire, 14 May 2002
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PSINet Europe sale gets US green light

The sale of PSINet Europe has been given the green light by a US bankruptcy court and is on course to be completed before the end of June.
Tim Richardson, 14 May 2002
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Flame war after Klez worms onto Richer Sounds mailing list

Consumer electronics retailer Richer Sounds has pledged to beef up its security after its mailing list became a conduit for the spread of the Klez worm.
John Leyden, 14 May 2002
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Peregrine top two quit after $100m hole uncovered

A huge financial scandal has engulfed Peregrine Systems Inc after its auditors uncovered revenue recognition "irregularities" involving as much as $100m in the last two financial years. Chairman and CEO Steve Gardner and CFO Matt Glass quit the CRM and asset management software developer yesterday after the irregularities …
ComputerWire, 14 May 2002
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McAfee.com launches SpamKiller

McAfee.com Corp yesterday unveiled the latest in its lineup of managed security application services, SpamKiller, targeted at small and medium sized enterprises that are fed up with receiving unsolicited commercial email. "It's not really a security problem," said McAfee.com VP of worldwide marketing Atri Chatterjee, "but …
ComputerWire, 14 May 2002
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Govt wants big media regulator, promises little stick

The UK Government said it will not try to regulate content on the Internet as it took yet another step forward to create a new all-encompassing single regulator for the media and telecoms industries.
Tim Richardson, 14 May 2002
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Cisco has encouraging quarter

Cisco Systems Inc yesterday delivered a fiscal third quarter that saw its first year-on-year quarterly revenue rise for over 12 months, but CEO John Chambers was still wary of predicting an immediate upturn. For the three months to April 27, the company reported net income of $729m, compared to a $2.7bn loss a year ago, on …
ComputerWire, 14 May 2002
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Intel CEO denies plan to build China fab

Intel Corp CEO Craig Barrett has reiterated his company's position regarding investing in the People's Republic of China. "We have no immediate plans for a fabrication plant in China at this point," he said. Barrett made his remarks to the South China Morning Post during a flying visit to Taipei, Taiwan last week, having …
ComputerWire, 14 May 2002
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SiS patent wins, Hercules job losses, Intel 533 MHz license fun

HWRoundup What's going on at Hercules, the Guillemot graphics card brand, in North America, HardOCP's Kyle Bennett asks? ... " and now we have gotten word that they are laying off employees. We asked a contact of ours what was going on up there and for an official reply and this was the answer we got from Kelly Ramsay, Director of Marketing for apparently all three divisions.
Drew Cullen, 14 May 2002
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Intel sleepwalks through Nvidia press release

Nvidia today issued a press release confirming that mobos incorporating its GeForce 4 graphics chip work very well indeed with the new Intel/Rambus 533MHz FSB- supporting i850E chipset. And curious reading it makes too.
Drew Cullen, 14 May 2002
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Dixons buys phone dealer for £31m

Dixons Stores Group is extending its reach into the business market for mobile phones with the acquisition of Direct Telephone Services Ltd for up to £31m (£2m is contingent upon performance, and the bulk is payable loan notes, presumably for tax planning reasons).
Drew Cullen, 14 May 2002
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Job losses at Simply Computers

Systemax is restructuring its Simply Computers division, shutting down its warehouse ops in Walthamstow and focusing all logistics at Greenock. There's around 40 job losses.
Drew Cullen, 14 May 2002
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EDS bans IM

EDS, the computer arm of the British government, has banned its staff from using Instant Messenger products in the workplace. It cites security concerns, especially over virus transmissions.
John Leyden, 14 May 2002
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Microsoft confirms Navision acquisition

Microsoft Corp has confirmed its intention to acquire Danish mid-market business applications vendor Navision a/s. Navision will join the Microsoft Business Solutions division, which is already home to Microsoft's previous acquisition in the business applications area, Great Plains. The move will create a global business …
ComputerWire, 14 May 2002
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MMS take-up could disappoint

With the leading handset manufacturer Nokia Corp stridently proclaiming 2002 as the year of Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS), and with forecasts from market research companies such as Ovum Ltd suggesting that the market for MMS will generate $70bn in revenue by 2007, it looks as though MMS is going to be the most …
ComputerWire, 14 May 2002
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McDonald's serves WLAN broadband in Japan

Fast-food diners in Japan could soon be able to get broadband with their burgers.
Tim Richardson, 14 May 2002
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Compulsory Windows: for Macs, and people without PCs?

Microsoft has come up with another novel way to make its software compulsory - an annual subscription licensing system for schools where you have to pay for all of the computers you're using, even if you don't want them to run the Microsoft software you're licensing. This includes Macs, and although the Ts & Cs of the agreement don't make it entirely clear what you're supposed to do with the Windows upgrades you end up buying for these machines, we bet putting them on eBay isn't a recommended option.
John Lettice, 14 May 2002
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E-government could cost 800,000 jobs, says e-envoy

The achievement of the UK government's target of putting all services online by 2005 could cost 800,000 public sector employees their jobs, according to e-envoy Andrew Pinder. And although that's a fifth of the public sector headcount, Pinder says that as half of the total are in jobs delivering services that can't easily be e-liminated (nursing, for example), it's actually 40 per cent of the rest who could be replaced.
John Lettice, 14 May 2002
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Don't talk and drive

People who use a mobile phone while driving are four times more likely to have an accident.
Tim Richardson, 14 May 2002
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VeriSign hit with slamming lawsuit

VeriSign Inc's legal team is going to have its workload increased significantly over the coming months, Kevin Murphy writes. The company continues to be pounded by class-action shareholder lawsuits related to its recently slashed share price, and yesterday a domain name competitor, BulkRegister.com Inc, sued it over …
ComputerWire, 14 May 2002

Cisco IDS gets faster

Cisco has boosted the speed and added better management capabilities to its line of intrusion detection products.
John Leyden, 14 May 2002
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Sircampaq: The Winners and Losers

SRCAM Day One We were in Cupertino today, as the "new Hewlett Packard" gave its first indications of which products will live and which will die under the newly merged monolith.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 May 2002
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Firm runs down Dell battery dispute

Dell has agreed terms over rechargeable battery technology owned by a company called UNOVA, which filed suit against the PC giant in February, 2000.
Drew Cullen, 14 May 2002

Uncertainty over HPQ clouds workstation market

The workstation market declined five per cent during the first quarter of this year, making it one of the hardest hit segments in the IT spending slowdown.
John Leyden, 14 May 2002
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Get a discounted classic from IT-minds

There's much excitementat Vulture Central at the news that this week's featured title from El Reg affiliate www.it-minds.com comes with a personal recommendation from James Gosling (Fellow and Vice President, Sun Microsystems Inc, and inventor of the Java programming language).
Team Register, 14 May 2002
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Undetectable ‘son of cookie’ system wins grant

The developers of a 'son of cookie' web monitoring system have received a Proof of Concept grant from Scottish Enterprise to commercialise the system. Their non-cookie based web monitoring software does not (as indeed the name suggests) rely on cookies, but instead is intended to replace them with something far more powerful.
John Lettice, 14 May 2002
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Today is Matrox sundog day

Today Matrox launches the Matrox Parhelia 512 next-gen graphics chip. For Japan, the 14th of May is nearly over, and the product has already been launched.
Drew Cullen, 14 May 2002
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Celeron price chops pave way for new models

Intel shaved a few points off Celerons yesterday, paving the way for next week's widely touted launch of 1.7GHz and 1.8GHz Celerons, the first of the bargain basement CPU line to use a P4 core.
Drew Cullen, 14 May 2002
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Campaigners reject naked DSL protest

Campaigners in Kent trying to get BT to upgrade their area to DSL have rejected plans to hold a naked demonstration at their local telephone exchange.
Tim Richardson, 14 May 2002
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FTC probes Rambus

Rambus yesterday confirmed that it was the subject of an Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation. Shares fell 5 per cent on the news in after-hours trading.
Drew Cullen, 14 May 2002
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Web community puts price on head of super highwayman VeriSign

Domain registrar VeriSign has infuriated the Web community by wrongly transferring a New York writer's domain to an unchecked person in Germany.
Kieren McCarthy, 14 May 2002
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Fun and games with the BBC search engine

It looks like the glitch that has plagued the BBC's new "editorially independent" search engine appears to be still throwing up some rogue results.
Tim Richardson, 14 May 2002
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UK firms drop standalone ebizzes

The number of UK companies with standalone ebusinesses has more than halved in the last 12 months, according to the latest figures from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
Tim Richardson, 14 May 2002
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EDS postpones instant message ban

EDS has postponed its proposed ban on instant messaging after staff told its techies that it was an important tool for communicating with clients.
John Leyden, 14 May 2002
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Marker pens, sticky tape crack music CD protection

Music disc copyright protection schemes such a Cactus Data Shield 100/200 and KeyAudio can be circumvented using tools as basic as marker pens and electrical tape, crackers have discovered.
John Leyden, 14 May 2002
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Pipex gives away free ADSL modem

Pipex is getting even more aggressive in the broadband marketplace with yet another tempting offer designed to get people to sign-up to its ADSL service.
Tim Richardson, 14 May 2002
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Cisco pushes for fault resilient IP networks

Cisco Systems unveiled plans today to make IP networks based on its technology more resilient from failure.
John Leyden, 14 May 2002
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E-Envoy backtracks on 800,000 job loss claim

News junkies in the UK may have noticed the strangely slow-motion creeping barrage that's been engulfing E-Envoy Andrew Pinder over the past couple of weeks. At the Microsoft Government Leaders Conference in Seattle last month Pinder floated the notion of 800,000 civil servants losing their jobs as a consequence of e-government. Not many press at the GLC, so he was not torn limb from limb, as would have been the ordinary course of events back in the UK.
John Lettice, 14 May 2002
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“Humble” Jobs launches Apple server

Apple has brought its customary attention to detail, and ease of use features to its first rack mount server, Xserve, launched in Cupertino today.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 May 2002