27th > May > 2002 Archive

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Qwest exposes customer data

Telecom giant Qwest Communications acknowledged Thursday that a glitch in its Web-based paperless billing system left some long-distance customer records exposed for over a week. Qwest offers long-distance customers a price break if they forgo printed statements and pay their bills with a credit card though the company's Web …
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NAI to pull plug on CyberCop

Network Associates Inc will in July pull the plug on further development of its popular CyberCop vulnerability scanner and intrusion-detection product and instead will redirect efforts to integrate new security functionality into lines produced out of its Sniffer Technologies network analyser arm. Products reaching end of …
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LG Philips raises LCD stakes

LG Philips, the liquid crystal display manufacturing joint venture of Royal Philips Electronics NV and LG Electronics, moved to consolidate its market-leading position on Friday with the opening a major new fab in Kumi, South Korea. The thin-film-transistor LCD plant is claimed to be the first "fifth-generation" TFT-LCD …
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Sony buys in InterTrust DRM technology

Digital rights management (DRM) company InterTrust Technologies Inc has signed a licensing agreement with Sony Corp to pay InterTrust a $28.5m fee plus undisclosed future royalties to license copyright patents to use in its consumer electronics products. The deal gives Sony rights to InterTrust's 24 existing US patents, plus future rights to the 90 patents that are pending.
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Face recognition kit fails in Fla airport

Palm Beach International Airport security workers would be racking up heaps of overtime pay dealing with more than fifty false positives daily if their bosses were to install Visionics' terror-busting face recognition gear, the airport administrators have concluded.
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UK Government aims to track laptop theft via ID chips

The UK Government is backing a scheme to fit tracking technology to laptops and other items in an attempt to curb theft.
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Nigerian fraudsters – let the games begin

Our piece last week on Nigerian 419 email fraudsters provoked a flurry of correspondence.
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Ratner to launch online jewellry empire

Gerald Ratner is looking to raise £4 million as part of his plan create an online jewellery empire.
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SMS, word entry killer app goes hunting for Nokia

Howard Gutowitz, CEO of Eatoni Ergonomics, is that dangerous character, a Man with a Mission. For starters he's built a better way to do SMS, and is battering at the doors of the major mobile phone companies trying to attract their attention. But the Mission is broader (and simpler) than that, because if you think of search as being the key that unlocks the internet then obviously you can't unlock it for mobile devices without it being simple and easy for people to type in words. Now, just type http://www.theregister.co.uk into your Nokia. Exactly.
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Axe hangs over NEC PC ops in Scotland

Japanese electronics outfit NEC is due to issue a statement later this afternoon concerning the future of its computer plant in West Lothian, Scotland.
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Sheppey, Chatham, Sidcup – the UK's triangle of fear

If you've ever wondered how to tell whether or not you're a pikey (gypsy), look no further than this illuminating guide to another weed-tangled acre of the Garden of England.
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Laptop cops nasty holiday dose

Doctors at The Computer World, a new retail division of www.timecomputers.com have been battling to save a laptop which contracted a nasty case of crabs while on holiday.
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Apple ‘iBrowser’ insurgency denied by AOL techs

The most tantalising net rumour burning up the wires this week is the one about the Apple iBrowser. Heard it? It goes like this.
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Security researchers warn of worm blitzkriegs

Security researchers are warning of the availability of more powerful virus writing techniques, which call for a more co-ordinated approach to combat next generation worms.
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Anti-virus evals waste precious resources

Opinion Opinion In 1991, essayist Paul Fussell wrote, "The current United States can be defined as an immense accumulation of not terribly acute or attentive people obliged to operate a uniquely complex technology, which, all other things being equal, always wins." This was BAD, Fussell said. And it was not just an ordinary "bad," …
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Intel plays gentle giant in euro-broadband push

Intel loves broadband. No it really, really loves broadband. In the US, Craig Barrett, Intel CEO is lobbying the Bush administration to promote a national policy to accelerate broadband rollouts across the country.
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NEC jobs in Scotland safe

Some 155 jobs at NEC's PC manufacturing plant in Livingston, Scotland, are safe - for the time being at least.
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Opera vuln gives up local files

A vulnerability in Opera 6.01 and 6.02 for Windows allows a malicious Web site to grab any file off a client's local drive with ease, GreyMagic Software has discovered. That's the bad news. The good news is that affects only Windows, and it's fixed in version 6.03 which is now available for download. Version 6.0 is not affected.
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MESH shuts Scottish PC manufacturing ops

MESH is to close its Scottish manufacturing operations, near Edinburgh. All production will now be handled from the company's Oxley, north London headquarters. It has not released the number of people affected by the move.
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Klez-H is the worst virus ever – official

Klez-H is the worst virus ever, according to figures from managed services firm MessageLabs, which has blocked 775,000 copies of the pathogen since it first appeared on April 15. Klez-H overtakes the infamous SirCam worm.
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Orange to launch flat rate GPRS mobile Internet access

Orange is to launch a flat-rate mobile Internet service in France this Friday.