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My name's too rude for MS Passport

Letter A letter from James Woodcock in the UK:
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jun 2002
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Microsoft's Mac Hebrew snub prompts Israeli AntiTrust complaint

Microsoft's refusal to provide Hebrew support in its Macintosh Internet Explorer browser or Office suite has prompted a complaint to Israel's antitrust department.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jun 2002
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Moody's cuts HP ratings

Credit agency Moody's Investor Services cut its ratings on Hewlett Packard Co's debt by a notch on Friday citing the "challenges and uncertainties" the company faces in integrating Compaq Computer Corp, which it acquired in May. HP's senior unsecured debt was cut from A2 to A3, its long-term subordinated debt from A3 to …
ComputerWire, 17 Jun 2002
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EU hints at central takeover of radio spectrum licensing

The European Union may be planning to take over spectrum licensing from the individual European government agencies, according to a report from the European Commission published last week. The report is an update to the state of the market for third-generation mobile technology and services, prepared under the guidance of …
ComputerWire, 17 Jun 2002
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Vendors jockey for Mobile Java position

The battle to become the dominant mobile Java provisioning vendor hotted up last week with a slew of reseller and operator tie ups intended to reinforce the leading players' credentials. But the posturing hides the fact that the mobile content infrastructure market is changing, if the CEO of UK-based Elata Ltd is to be …
ComputerWire, 17 Jun 2002
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Forum Systems aims At XML security space

One-year-old Utah startup Forum Systems Inc this week becomes one of the first entrants into the emerging XML security space, when it launches its Forum Sentry appliance. The company is taking aim at government, financial services and healthcare, the traditional early adopters of security products. The Sentry appliance …
ComputerWire, 17 Jun 2002
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Jeeves serves CRM game

Ask Jeeves Inc's Jeeves Solutions division is further moving from its search roots into the customer relationship management market, with the announcement today of an upgraded JeevesOne product that allows structured data to be queried for the first time. The enhancements, which come as a part of its $155,000 JeevesOne …
ComputerWire, 17 Jun 2002
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NSA gets Linux secure

Security is one of the highest profile issues in IT and there has been constant baiting between the Microsoft and Linux camps over who has the more secure operating system. At the start of the year we saw Bill Gates wake up to the fact that security is a good thing and now there is news that the US National Security Agency has been working on a security module that plugs straight into a Linux distribution.
IT-Analysis, 17 Jun 2002
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Beijing cyber cafe fire kills 24

The mayor of Beijing has ordered the closure of all Internet cafes in the city following a fire in which 24 people were killed and 13 injured.
Tim Richardson, 17 Jun 2002
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dabs.com boasts record sales, orders

dabs.com, the UK online IT reseller, posted record profits and sales for the year to 31 March, 2002.
Drew Cullen, 17 Jun 2002
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Monday night at the Single's Club? Apple's Real People

A week ago Apple launched a new advertising campaign, and there's widespread relief in the Mac community that the pious and self-satisfied "Think Different" advertisements (beautifully parodied by Momus here*) have been put out to pasture. And replaced by successors which get low and dirty, and try to explain exactly why the Mac might be better than a PC.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jun 2002
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Tele2 axes jobs

There are concerns about the future of wireless broadband operator Tele2 following news that it has made "drastic" job cuts following restructuring at the company.
Tim Richardson, 17 Jun 2002
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Telewest intros 1Mb broadband service

Telewest is to offer a 1Mb broadband service to its punters across the UK at a price that undercuts a similar product from cableco NTL.
Tim Richardson, 17 Jun 2002
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Small MS class action to go ahead, unbound joy in Iowa

What you might call a bijou class action lawsuitette is to go ahead in Iowa, following a ruling by the state Supreme Court that Microsoft could, after all, be sued for overcharging consumers in the state. The suit does not however amount to very many beans, judging by the plaintiff lawyers' estimate of the extent of devastation wreaked on Iowa by The Beast with Windows 98; this, they say, cost about $40 too much, and about 20,000 Iowans bought 98.
John Lettice, 17 Jun 2002

Sun's low-end server fight with Intel

Server briefing Who'd be Scott McNealy, Sun's CEO? True, his company's fourth fiscal quarter, due to end on 30 June, is expected to show a return to profitability - a single cent per share, reckons Wall Street - but the collapse of all those server-hungry dotcoms and reduced spending by almost everyone else has taken a heavy toll.
Tony Smith, 17 Jun 2002
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Logica opens SMS to landlines

The race to deliver SMS services over landlines is hotting up, with Logica throwing its hat into the ring.
Drew Cullen, 17 Jun 2002
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bomb.com for sale

The owners of bomb.com are selling their domain to save their family from financial ruin.
Tim Richardson, 17 Jun 2002
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Proxim sails up Agere's Orinoco

Proxim is to buy the ORiNOCO-branded WLAN equipment business from Agere Systems for $65m in cash. Following the acquisition, Proxim claims it will have market leadership in the 802.11 sector.
Drew Cullen, 17 Jun 2002
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Europe data laws to cover media player ‘spyware’

Over the past few days it has been reported in various places that the European Union is extending its privacy investigations to include music players, meaning that Microsoft is in the frame again, this time alongside Real. The reports, however, are not strictly true (we accept that headline-hungry sub-editors will have had something to do with them). The EU is indeed looking at media players, but it is doing so as part of a far wider-ranging effort to nail down privacy protection policy and its implementation.
John Lettice, 17 Jun 2002
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EDS tightens grip on UK gov with Loudcloud buy

EDS is buying the web services business of Loudcloud for $63.5m. It's also paying $52.5m in license fees in its data centres over three years for use of Loudcloud's Opsware. In return it gains maybe $75m in revenues and 50 clients, of which the most prominent, certainly on these shores, is the UK government.
Drew Cullen, 17 Jun 2002
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Intel breaks out Xeon server ‘building blocks’

Intel today launched a dozen new server boards, some server chassis, RAID controllers and server management software for system builders.
Drew Cullen, 17 Jun 2002