For some time now British businesses have been donning their most sincere expressions and stressing that Enron/Worldcom style shenanigans could not happen here, because UK accounting standards on creative counting are somewhat tighter than the US version. But just in case, chipmaker ARM is reportedly twiddling its numbers with a view to charging the cost of share options against profits.
Microsoft may be readying the next escalation in the Product Activation wars for the release of WinXP Service Pack 1, according to a report at BetaONE. The site claims that Microsoft has done a rewrite of the way corporate product activation keys are generated, and that although this feature is currently switched off in the SP1 beta, it'll be unleashed when SP1 goes live, the idea being to ambush all of the people using leaked corporate XP Professional keys.
Worldcom - which has rocked the corporate world with its $3.85 billion accounting scandal - has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US.
Tiscali is about to relaunch the Excite portal and search engine through out Europe.
A bevy of iPAQ owners has set up an online petition to shame HP/Compaq into repairing their pocket PCs or offering full refunds. And they want signers of the petition to "inform everyone they can of their conclusion that HP/Compaq knowingly and willingly continues to sell defective products to consumers".
Hopes of a recovery in the PC market have been dashed; IDC reports that worldwide PC shipments were down 0.5% from 31.2 million in Q2 2001 to 31.1 million in the second quarter this year.
EDS - the outfit that provides IT and consulting services to companies and government agencies - has dismissed allegations concerning its financial dealings with WorldCom.
The widespread fingerprinting of UK primary school children has been roundly condemned by watchdog Privacy International.
Congress has been working on legislation to create a militia composed of 'technology experts' who will manage the telecommunications infrastructure in times of national emergency.
Orange UK is evaluating a reference design for a Stinker smartphone (aka Microsoft Smartphone 2002) produced by contract manufacturer HTC, according to documents received by The Register.
The European Commission has unveiled a brace of advice-giving and problem-solving services for European citizens and businesses, both being designed to make it easier for people to exercise their internal market rights and - we surmise - to give the Commission lots of sticks to bask recalcitrant EU governments over the head with.
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has published standards for improvements to SSL which add support for the recently ratified Advanced Encryption Standard.
Real Networks is announcing plans to release some, but not all of its technology under an Open Source-friendly license within 90 days. Under pressure from Microsoft, and completely open formats, it's decided to meet the open source community halfway.
IBM is introducing server connectivity technology which allows Intel-based servers to be linked together with up to 90 per cent fewer switches.
There's been considerable discussion this weekend of the recent sale of SecurityFocus to mega-corporation Symantec for a sweet $75 million. At issue in particular is SF's BugTraq mailing list, which has for years been the most popular full-disclosure vulnerability list going.
The PHP form-data POST handler is susceptible to a malicious POST request that can trigger an error condition which, depending on your hardware, can crash the machine or provide for remote exploitation.