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Software in China, India to top $27bn by 2006

China's software and application development services sector has the potential to become as big as India's by 2006, when the industry in both countries is expected to generate revenue of more than $27bn, according to Gartner Inc. The Stamford, Connecticut-based market research company said China's WTO entry, its hosting of …
ComputerWire, 11 Jul 2002
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Liberty move on Telewest faces legal challenge

A move by Liberty Media Corp to gain control of UK cable operator Telewest Communications Plc by buying a chunk of the company's bonds has hit a snag. A group of bondholders is taking legal action, claiming the move was illegal. Though Liberty denied the allegation, and said its offer complied with security laws, it …
ComputerWire, 11 Jul 2002
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W3C releases first drafts of WSDL 1.2

The Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced the first public working drafts of Web Services Description Language (WSDL) 1.2, an XML-based language that describes a web service - the data exchanged, the protocol to use and its location on the web. The new specification was developed by the W3C Web Services Description …
ComputerWire, 11 Jul 2002
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Soap and WSDL ‘must haves’ for web services – IDC

Support for fundamental web services standards such as SOAP and WSDL will become a "must have" feature of application server software platform (ASSP) by the end of 2002, according to the latest report from industry analyst firm International Data Corp (IDC). The Framingham, Massachusetts-based firm said that the majority …
ComputerWire, 11 Jul 2002
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Yahoo! Back! In! The! Black!

Yahoo!, the world's biggest Internet portal (whatever MSN claims), is on the road to recovery, reporting a 24 per cent advance in Q2 revenues to $225.8m (Q2 2001: $182.2m) and making its first profit in six quarters.
Drew Cullen, 11 Jul 2002
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Fox recommends hacked DVD players for The Simpsons

Fox is recommending that UK customers bypass the regional encoding system enforced by DVD manufacturers. And the recommendation comes from no less an authority than Homer Simpson himself.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jul 2002
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MS licensing deadline doom looms – buy or die

In three weeks time, corporate IT people, your Microsoft software licensing regime is completely screwed if you haven't done something about Licensing 6, which kicks in on 1st August. From that point you'll be unable to license Select version 5, Upgrade Advantage (UA) and Software Assurance (SA) on products you've already got and, as the good people from Gartner point out in this handy ready-reckoner, if you haven't figured out your options and taken appropriate action, you could end up paying 45 per cent more next time you upgrade.
John Lettice, 11 Jul 2002
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Attack of the Cyber-Terror Studies

Last month's Business Software Alliance report on cyber security (pdf) concluded that cyber terrorism was going to be really serious, so everyone should protect themselves by giving more money to the members of the Business Software Alliance. How did it reach this conclusion? No, not by using professional intelligence experts or foreign affairs specialists, but by asking corporate security officers for their opinions.
Jay Heiser, 11 Jul 2002
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MS: our phone software might not be good enough

A refreshing wind of honesty seems to be blowing out of Microsoft's phone division these days.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jul 2002
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MS SQL Server multiple vulns

First up we have a trio of issues, all of which have been fixed with a single cumulative patch. There are two exploitable buffer overrun vulnerabilities, one of which allows an attacker to run arbitrary code, and a registry stuff-up enabling the SQL Server service to write to the registry and specify another account, like LocalSystem, say and have OS-like privies.
Thomas C Greene, 11 Jul 2002
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PGP Outlook plugin has major security hole

A malicious e-mail can create a buffer overrun in Network Associates' PGP plugin for MS Outlook on Windows, which in turn can be used to run arbitrary code with the user's level of privilege. At a minimum this could compromise the user's passphrase and expose his encrypted messages, and at a maximum surrender control of the machine. Attachments do not need to be activated; merely selecting the malicious message is sufficient.
Thomas C Greene, 11 Jul 2002
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Wales gets broadband boost

The Welsh Assembly is to stump-up a load of cash to bring broadband to Wales, Economic Development Minister Andrew Davies announced today.
Tim Richardson, 11 Jul 2002
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IE scripting flaw uncovered

Security researchers yesterday released details of a cross domain scripting flaw in Internet Explorer ahead of a fix by Microsoft.
John Leyden, 11 Jul 2002
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MS talks to self about not talking about home 802.11b range

Microsoft, as we've all been aware for some time, plans to enter the home wireless arena at the tail end of this year, and the company today announced that it, er, plans to enter the home wireless arena at the tail end of this year. And...? Er no, that's it folks, they're refusing to give details.
John Lettice, 11 Jul 2002
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Welsh Assembly Web site sick

Oh dear - the Welsh Assembly is to spend £100 million on broadband. It might need to spend some of that on its Web site.
Tim Richardson, 11 Jul 2002
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Fighting the Pigopolists with bricks not bluster

Letters An overwhelming response to our report on Rep. Rick Boucher's proposal to outlaw share-denial systems, beginning with copy-protected CDs [see Congressman vows Pigopolist legislation]. In this report we resurrected a modest proposal of ours which is neither new nor entirely original, but which caught your attention nevertheless : that we legislate the entertainment complex off our PCs for good.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jul 2002
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Open source developers wary of MS graphics patent grab

We solicited your views on Microsoft throwing its patents up for trade at an OpenGL meeting this year. Scare or dare?
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jul 2002