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New IE spy progie exploits DCOM

A group of Japanese security enthusiasts has developed a little tool called IE'en which exposes traffic between an IE user and any server he's contacting, including logins and passwords over HTTPS.
Thomas C Greene, 02 Jul 2002
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Cyberwar is Hell

Cyberwar is Hell, but never too hellish for feverish salesmanship. Take, for example, McAfee's recent botched attempt to sell the public on the merits of the fiendish "JPEG virus" said to be hanging over beloved digital stockpiles of family photos and Swedish pornography like the sword of Damocles. The corporate deployment of …
George Smith, 02 Jul 2002
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Vodafone eyes up SFR in Vivendi fall-out

Vodafone Group Plc is expected to seize on the disorder at Vivendi Universal SA, following the departure of boss Jean-Marie Messier, by seeking control of France's number-two mobile operator SFR. Weighed down with debt following an over-ambitious expansion program, Vivendi will be looking to sell non-core assets and it …
ComputerWire, 02 Jul 2002
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DoubleClick exits US ad sales business, L90 takes over

DoubleClick Inc, once the leader in online advertising sales and representation, has sold its North American Media unit to rival L90 Inc for $5m cash and a 16.1% stake in the merged company, which will be known as MaxWorldwide Inc. MaxWorldwide will become the largest web ad sales company, leaving DoubleClick free to focus …
ComputerWire, 02 Jul 2002
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FTC turns screws on Payola search

Federal regulators in the US have determined that several Internet-search engines are not properly informing Internet consumers when certain advertisers pay for a prominent placement in search results - which can give them a competitive "eyeball" advantage, unfair or otherwise. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is asking …
ComputerWire, 02 Jul 2002
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Xbox mod-chips still on the menu

Last week we reported on Xbox mod-chip group Enigmah's decision to withdraw its product from the market, citing a consultation with lawyers as its reason for pulling back from the legally delicate area of console modification.

SGI to develop MIPS chips for Origin, Onyx

The impending McKinley Itanium 2 announcement from Intel Corp has all the RISC/Unix vendors redrawing or at least coloring in their own product roadmaps, and workstation and HPC server vendor SGI is no different, Timoty Prickett Morgan writes. SGI is widely expected to make a statement of direction that will see the …
ComputerWire, 02 Jul 2002
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NAI revisits McAfee.com takeover bid

Network Associates Inc has relaunched its bid to acquire the publicly held shares of subsidiary McAfee.com Corp it does not already own, having filed its restated financial results for 1998, 1999 and 2000 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday. Santa Clara, California-based NAI already owns 75% of …
ComputerWire, 02 Jul 2002
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Ebone to shut as sale falls through

KPNQwest's Ebone network could be on the verge of shutting down - again - following the collapse of a deal to purchase the high-speed network.
Tim Richardson, 02 Jul 2002
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Microsoft updates Java (in its own way)

The second prong in Microsoft Corp's Java developer strategy has come into play, with the launch of its latest .NET programming language. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft opened its TechEd Europe 2002 conference in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday releasing Visual J Sharp .NET - an update to Visual J++. Visual J Sharp.NET …
ComputerWire, 02 Jul 2002
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European antitrust chief concerned over MS Palladium?

The European Union antitrust investigation of Microsoft is going to take forever, and Europe has now added Palladium to the list of issues it's not going to focus very hard on for a very long time. We jest, of course, because this isn't quite what Philip Lowe, incoming EU Director General for Competition, told the American Antitrust Institute yesterday, but he did indicate that Brussels is not going to move on Microsoft until the dust has started to settle on the US case, and that this could easily take until the end of the year.
John Lettice, 02 Jul 2002
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Indymedia.nl loses anarchist hyperlinks case

In April this year, Deutsche Bahn sued Google over links to a German anarchist website which showed how to sabotage a railway.
Drew Cullen, 02 Jul 2002
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Police bust global Net pedo ring

Police have arrested 50 in co-ordinated international raids this morning aimed at breaking up a ring of paedophiles trading indecent pictures over the Internet.
John Leyden, 02 Jul 2002
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EC greenlights PSINet Europe sale

The sale of PSINet Europe to a consortium including ClearBlue Technologies, Israel Corporation and Infinity Holdings has been given the green light by the European Commission.
Tim Richardson, 02 Jul 2002
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Akamai wins Digital Island patent injunction

Akamai was granted a permanent injunction against rival Digital Island's content delivery service by a Federal Court in Boston yesterday.
John Leyden, 02 Jul 2002
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$200k prize offered for getting Linux to run on Xbox

An anonymous donor has offered a total of USS200,000 as prize money for getting Linux to run on Microsoft's Xbox, legally, by the end of this year. The prize money is intended to be awarded in stages as parts of the project, which is being run via the Xbox Linux Project, are completed.
John Lettice, 02 Jul 2002
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CNET sniffs Silicon.com

CNET is in talks to buy Silicon Media Group, the European online tech publishing business, for up to £30m, Les Echos reports, by way of the FT.
Drew Cullen, 02 Jul 2002
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Java runs like the clappers on HP Superdome

HP yesterday claimed a Java performance benchmark record for its flagship Superdome server, beating high-end servers from Sun Microsystems.
John Leyden, 02 Jul 2002
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Court freezes lawscot.co.uk, owner claims unfair trial

The Law Society of Scotland is attempting to reverse hijack the domain www.lawscot.co.uk, claiming that its current owner, Mr Tommy Butler, is "passing off" and wrongly receiving private and confidential emails.
Kieren McCarthy, 02 Jul 2002
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Internet privacy campaigner to become MS privacy officer

Caspar Bowden, who resigned as director of the Foundation for Internet Policy Research to 'return to industry' earlier this year, is due to pop up at Microsoft this week, our sources inform us.
John Lettice, 02 Jul 2002
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Corporates! Give your PCs to Africa

Yesterday we wrote about the real Digital Divide, and we promised to run a charity appeal on behalf of Computer Aid International. We asked for details of other refurb PCs-for-developing countries-charities, and we've received several, which we'll run tomorrow, along with a couple of domestic IT charities, running in the US and the UK.
Drew Cullen, 02 Jul 2002
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PDA makers snub Dell handheld plans

Dell has been knocked back by three of the four Taiwanese handheld makers lined up to tender for the contract to make its first handheld PDAs.
John Leyden, 02 Jul 2002
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Mac users to MS: your Right to Left defence is Upside Down

Letters Some, but not too much sympathy for Microsoft Mac boss Kevin Browne from readers wanting Hebrew and Arabic support on the Macintosh.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Jul 2002
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Bug puts Unix servers in a BIND

Security watchers are warning that a security flaw affecting Domain Name System servers running Unix could prove difficult to fix.
John Leyden, 02 Jul 2002