31st > May > 2002 Archive

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Europe bans spam

The European Parliament has voted to ban the sending of unsolicited commercial email.
Tim Richardson, 31 May 2002
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MEPs vote for Big Brother

Today is a poor day for privacy on the Internet, after the European Parliament voted in favour of controversial data retention regulations.
John Leyden, 31 May 2002
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Amazon and bol to refund delivery charges

Amazon.co.uk has given a frosty reception to a ruling by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) which means that the online book shop will now have to refund delivery charges when people return goods.
Tim Richardson, 31 May 2002
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Palm numbers suggest dire quarter for handhelds

The PDA industry looks set for another quarter of bloody retreat, if an earnings warning by Palm Inc holds true. Santa Clara, California-based Palm warned yesterday that its fourth quarter fiscal figures would fall way short of expectations, but said this was down to an industry downturn in PDA sales, which it insisted …
ComputerWire, 31 May 2002
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UltraDNS goes low, low.,low with $1 offer

UltraDNS Corp is to offer small businesses and individuals domain name system hosting for $1 a month, going after a market typically serviced by free and shareware-like offerings, the company revealed yesterday. Marketing VP Ray Stephens said BasicDNS's customers' domains will be hosted on the same eight-POP global …
ComputerWire, 31 May 2002
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Memory sticks in Infineon pricing craw

The returning gloom over the DRAM sector deepened yesterday as Infineon AG chief executive Ulrich Schumacher warned that contract prices will fall if there is no imminent upturn in IT spending. Schumacher said contract prices for 128MB DRAM parts are still higher than $4, but spot prices have already been pushed down to $2 …
ComputerWire, 31 May 2002
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KPNQwest in looming liquidation scenario

Time is running out for bankrupt pan-European carrier KPNQwest NV. Yesterday it admitted that it is struggling to find a buyer for the company as a whole, and advised its customers to make contingency plans with other network providers, increasing speculation that it will be forced to shut down its network in the next few …
ComputerWire, 31 May 2002
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Operators squeeze 3G suppliers

Cash-strapped wireless carriers in Europe are now renegotiating 3G equipment contracts and have driven prices down to half the level of two years ago, according to a senior executive of Alcatel SA. The comments by Marc Rouanne, the head of the Paris, France-based company's mobile networks unit, plunged the whole sector …
ComputerWire, 31 May 2002
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US Net users happy to pirate software

US internet users have a schizophrenic attitude to software piracy, and while recognizing the principal that developers should be paid for the work are more than happy to download pirated software from the Web. The finding came in a survey released by the business software alliance, covering 1,000 users. Half of …
ComputerWire, 31 May 2002
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Tele2 UK elbows consumer BB users

Wireless broadband operator - Tele2 UK - is to concentrate on providing high-speed Internet access for business users.
Tim Richardson, 31 May 2002
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Library Net porn filters shot down

Three federal judges in Philadelphia have struck a blow against prudery and thrown out a federal law forcing public libraries to filter access to Internet pornography or forfeit federal funds, the Associated Press reports.
Thomas C Greene, 31 May 2002
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AMD gouges prices

AMD has lopped list prices by between 7 and 52 per cent for Athlon mobile and desktop processors. The deepest cuts are to be found on the mobile line, while the range for desktops is between 11 per cent and 32 per cent.
Drew Cullen, 31 May 2002
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Vodafone rings price changes

Vodafone's decision to exclude 0845 and 0800 tariffs from free minutes allowances has upset a number of users.
John Leyden, 31 May 2002
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Dan Technology teeters on brink

Dan Technology, the UK system builder, is talking to insolvency practitioners BDO Stoy Hayward, brought in today at the behest of its bank.
Drew Cullen, 31 May 2002
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KPNQwest files for bankruptcy

Dutch telecoms outfit KPNQwest filed for bankruptcy this afternoon after failing to find a buyer for parts of its business.
Tim Richardson, 31 May 2002
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Widescreen iMacs set for Q3 – report

A report from the heartland of American manufacturing (ie Taiwan) suggests that production of 17 inch and 19 inch versions of the new iMac will begin in Q3 this year.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 May 2002
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Klez-H tops virus charts – again

Variants of the Klez worm were by far the most common viruses circulating on the Internet this month. Again.
John Leyden, 31 May 2002
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Frontside buses vs Backside drug caches

Letters One reader, we think this could be President George W Bush himself, as it's written his trademark style, tells us:-
Andrew Orlowski, 31 May 2002