16th > May > 2002 Archive

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BTo ups revs, cuts losses

BTopenworld - BT's mass market ISP - continues to lose money in spite of seeing a massive jump in income.
Tim Richardson, 16 May 2002
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BT revenues rise, debt cut

BT has halved its debt over the last year and increased revenues, the monster telco revealed today.
Tim Richardson, 16 May 2002
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Tiscali breakeven in Q1

Tiscali reckons it's taken yet another step towards its master plan to become a major force among ISPs in Europe.
Tim Richardson, 16 May 2002
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Gummi bears defeat fingerprint sensors

A Japanese cryptographer has demonstrated how fingerprint recognition devices can be fooled using a combination of low cunning, cheap kitchen supplies and a digital camera.
John Leyden, 16 May 2002
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A Perl of an offer from IT-minds

This week Reg associate IT-minds.com brings you a Perl of an offer as part of their treasure-trove of discounted books.
Lester Haines, 16 May 2002
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IBM Web services guru predicts WSDL future

If you think the alphabet soup of web services acronyms is bad - with SOAP, WSDL, UDDI, WS-Security and WS-Routing to name but a few - then hold on to your spoon, writes Gavin Clarke. Things are going to get much, much worse. IBM's director of e-business standards Bob Sutor predicts between 20 and 25 XML-based …
ComputerWire, 16 May 2002
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KPNQwest heads for telco dead pile after banks pull plug

The cash crunch facing European backbone telecoms operator KPNQwest NV has turned into a full-blown crisis after it revealed that its banks have pulled the plug on its credit facility. The Hoofddorp, Netherlands-based carrier which last month finally admitted that it could be forced into a massive debt-for-equity swap to …
ComputerWire, 16 May 2002
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Wordcom taps $2.65bn debt as bank talks continue

WorldCom Inc yesterday confirmed it is to break into its $2.65bn debt facility as the company struggles to reassure customers and investors that it has available cash to continue operating. The company expects to draw the entire amount, then pay it back in a few weeks when it completes negotiations on a $5bn secured debt …
ComputerWire, 16 May 2002
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Marconi clams up as finance talks enter new phase

Marconi Plc has abruptly called off a meeting to reveal details of its five-year business plan with the excuse that talks on a refinancing deal with bank and bondholder creditors have "entered a new phase." Leaks from the company earlier this week suggested that a conclusion of talks with bankers could be more than a month …
ComputerWire, 16 May 2002
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Wanadoo joins OD2 online music band

Wanadoo - the French ISP which also owns Freeserve - has followed in the footsteps of Tiscali and signed an online music distribution deal with On Demand Distribution (OD2).
Tim Richardson, 16 May 2002
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Outlook worm markets porn site via your sig

A malicious Javascript worm adds a link to a porn site on emails coming from infected users' machines, AV firms have warned.
John Leyden, 16 May 2002
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Siemens signs up for Nokia Series 60 on Symbian

Siemens today put more of its weight behind Symbian OS, licensing Nokia's Series 60 platform and agreeing to collaborate in its development. Series 60 is Symbian-based, and Siemens itself bought a five per cent stake in Symbian last month.
John Lettice, 16 May 2002
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MS releases grand daughter of all IE security patches

Microsoft released another cumulative patch for Internet Explorer yesterday, which promises to plug up six recently discovered security defects involving the browser.
John Leyden, 16 May 2002
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Exam results by SMS? E-government goes mobile

The E-Envoy's CEO of e-delivery Alan Mather has come up with a whole new e-delivery channel for government services - the mobile phone. In today's issue of Computing,* Mather suggests that children could receive their exam results in a text message, while the infrastructure delivering this and other government services could also be used by private sector companies, such as banks.
John Lettice, 16 May 2002
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Yahoo! charges! for NYTimes! content!

The creep towards paid-for online content continued today with news that access to the NYTimes.com's archives is now available at a price on Yahoo!.
Tim Richardson, 16 May 2002
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Academics float NVidia pixel plans

A collection of small furry animals catches our attention, pointing their paws at this very interesting research paper. Have a look, says one.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 May 2002
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World leaders use terror card to watch all of us. Forever

Pronouncements from this week's G8 Justice and Interior Ministers meeting about data protection and the retention of Internet traffic data have created concern among privacy activists.
John Leyden, 16 May 2002
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Lindows judge throws the book at MS

Lindows is a cock-a-hoop over a decision by a Seattle district court judge not to allow an injunction against the knock-off Linux distro.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 May 2002