31st > July > 2002 Archive

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PayPal adds FrontPage wizard to developer channel

PayPal Inc said yesterday it is distributing a plug-in for Microsoft Corp's FrontPage 2002 web development tool that allows users to add PayPal e-commerce functions to their sites using a wizard interface. The company, soon to become a part of eBay Inc, has been targeting web merchants through a variety of channels as it …
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IBM buys PwC Consulting on the cheap

IBM Corp reasserted its position at the top of the IT services market by buying PwC Consulting for $3.5bn yesterday, Joe Fay writes. The computing giant's own Global Services business has seen growth slow of late, but the deal means IBM will inherit additional services revenues of around $4.9bn a year and 30,000 employees …
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Clock ticks on Microsoft's licensing – opposition remains

Tomorrow's the day Microsoft Corp's latest licensing plan officially kicks in, and still customers resist. An InternetWeek survey of 319 customers published yesterday has confirmed earlier surveys of massive - if slightly weaker - corporate resistance to Licensing 6.0. Licensing 6.0 introduces three-year licensing cycles …
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CA to record stock options as expenses

Computer Associates International Inc has announced that it plans to record the cost of new stock options as expenses, as it continues its efforts to improve the image of its financial accounting and corporate governance. The Islandia, New York-based systems management vendor has been heavily criticized for its accounting …
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EarthLink's mix shifts toward broadband

EarthLink Inc yesterday reported that during the second quarter its dialup subscriber base declined, hitting its top line, but that it is seeing good growth in its broadband access market, spurred primarily by a lucky break it got from federal regulators when rival America Online Inc bought Time Warner Inc, Kevin Murphy …
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EU solicits anti-cybersquatter advice

The European Union is looking for suggestions about how to deal with cybersquatting as it prepares to launch the .eu domain, Matthew Clark writes.
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Win2k SP3 live tomorrow, but downloadable today

Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 is out, available now to the company's major customers, and to everybody else from Thursday. It currently being Wednesday, and Microsoft's record on dispensing service packs in an orderly and controlled manner being what it is, you will be entirely unsurprised that you can currently download it anyway, here.
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MS thumps the shared source in academia tub

Academics from the UK's Lancaster University were this week given the snappily-titled Microsoft Windows Embedded Academic Excellence Award for work on IPV6 implementation involving shared source access to Microsoft code. This and other triumphs for the company's shared source programme were publicised at the Third Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, where "more than 325" (we really wish people wouldn't do this - 326, then?) top researchers gathered.
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Dodgy discounts offered ahead of MS licensing deadline?

An informant in the channel writes alleging Microsoft customers (or even more so, non-Microsoft customers) have an opportunity to achieve spectacular discounts in the last-minute sales rush before tomorrow's Licensing 6.0 deadline. As you know, 31st July is your absolute last chance to do something about your Microsoft licensing situation prior to the new regime kicking in tomorrow, and as you also may have heard, many customers remain deeply unenthusiastic.
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Sizzling Summer discounts from IT-minds

This week's sizzling Summer discount offer from Reg associate IT-minds.com is the mighty Neil Bradley's new XSL Companion. A concise, comprehensive and accessible guide to the scope, strengths and limitations of the XSL (eXtensible Stylesheet Language) family of stylesheet standards for XML, this book explains the practical ways in which XSL can be utilized for formatting and manipulating information held in the hugely popular XML data format. Bradley's new edition of the best-selling 'XSL Companion' covers all the features of the new XSLT standard. Usual price £28.99 but available to you for £20.29!
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IBM kills Monday:

We all knew it was coming. When PwC Consulting recently announced - to a flourish of trumpets and Flash graphics - that it was relaunching as Monday:, it was only a matter of time before the whole preposterous venture went convincingly titsup.
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Nvidia's rotten Q2

Nvidia had a rotten quarter in Q2, with sales plummeting up to $172.9m from Q1.
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Aussies go for scramjet gold

The Australians have apparently succeeded where NASA spectacularly failed in firing up an experimental scramjet. The news has caused much excitement at Vulture Central with the prospect of the hypersonic flying car we were promised in the early 1970s now one step closer to realisation.

IBM enables DB2 for AMD Opteron

IBM is optimising DB2, its enterprise database, on Opteron, AMD's upcoming 64-bit multiprocessor platform.
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OASIS adopts UDDI 3.0

The third version of a specification for web services directories has officially passed to the Organization for Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS). OASIS yesterday confirmed a Computerwire report it will steward technical work for Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI). The …
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HP invokes DMCA to quash Tru64 bug report

Hewlett Packard has threatened to use computer crime laws and the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act to muzzle a group of security researchers who unearthed a flaw in its Tru64 operating system.
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VeriSign, Segway, JPEGs, lava lamps

Letters No flame of the week, this week. But a glorious howitzer aimed in the direction of the .com monopoly kicks off this week's eclectic postbag:-
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DVD: the new saviour of the PC industry?

DVD could be the key driver in hauling PC makers from the Slough of Despond.
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Cisco exec pleads guilty to $50m fraud

Disgraced former Cisco Systems executive Robert Gordon has pleaded guilty to fraud and insider dealing charges.
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Geeks. Law. Everything in between

Site of The Day Oftentimes, lawyers ask us for references to cases/ opinions when we cover legal stories. This not our bag, but it fits snugly into Greplaw, a new Berkman Internet and Society production.
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Klez tops the virus charts

Yet again, variants of the Klez worm are by far the most common viruses circulating on the Internet.
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That £76 Vaio notacontract receipt explained

After two days of dead silence, The Register has been given a statement on the Foris £76 Viao fiasco - but from WorldPay, not Foris. Silence continues to reign in that particular quarter.
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Today's MS Licensing 6.0 deadline to loom again tomorrow

OK, so you didn't give in and buy Microsoft Software Assurance or Upgrade Advantage in good time, and today you haven't given in to the blandishments of the resellers desperate to get you to save yourself "35-60% in future upgrades" by putting your hand in your pocket. So at midnight, you'll be safe, because the Microsoft Licensing 6.0 scheme will have kicked in, and that's that - these maniacs are going to stop calling you, at least while they go on holiday to spend their vast accrued commission.