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Worldcom finance duo charged with fraud

Two former top financial executives at WorldCom Inc were taken to court by the FBI yesterday, handcuffed and in full view of the massed ranks of the media, in a major public demonstration of the authorities' anxiety to crack down on corporate fraud. Former CFO Scott Sullivan and David Myers, former financial controller, …
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Microsoft: breaking with licensing tradition

These are critical times for Microsoft Corp. The company deliberately broke its software licensing model with Thursday's introduction of the unpopular Licensing 6.0, Gavin Clarke writes. Until now customers paid Microsoft's licensing charges, shelling-out hard-won IT budget while complaining of expense and confused details …
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VeriSign gets European backing in ICANN reform fight

A coalition of international top-level internet domain name registries yesterday called on the US Department of Commerce to ensure the Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers is reformed into a "lightweight" body with no regulatory power on new services and pricing, Kevin Murphy writes. The move by VeriSign Inc and …
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XP means no point to Intel Anypoint

Intel Corp pulled the plug on its Anypoint consumer wireless line yesterday, bringing an end to a range that has spanned the various fashions in home wireless networks standards. The decision came as the home wireless market becomes increasingly commoditized, and the vendor seeks to cut costs across its business. The …
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Opencola to deliver P2P take on search

Toronto-based software developer Opencola Ltd will shortly deliver the first public beta of a search engine application that will marry traditional web search with a peer-to-peer network, to give knowledge workers greater depth in document searches. "It's a sort of Napster for grown-ups," said Opencola VP of marketing and …
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IBM challenges Oracle with DB2 v8

IBM has recently introduced a new major release of DB2 - version 8. There are a host of new features in the product and we can only cover the headline items here, but it is quite clear that this release has Oracle in its sights.
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Quantum signs Belluzzo as CEO

Quantum Corp has appointed Richard Belluzzo as its CEO with effect from September 3. He will replace Michael Brown who has held the post for seven years. Belluzzo was once a fixture at Hewlett-Packard Co where he served for over 20 years before leaving to head up Silicon Graphics Inc. Less than two years later, he was …
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File swappers launch the MP3 Party

The UK Electoral Commission has agreed to the registration of the MP3 Party, which aims to radically simplify British government and civil administration. The Electoral Commission had initially refused the registration on the belief that the party's name constituted a trademark violation, Ciaran Buckley writes.
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Apple pares UK iMac prices

Apple UK lopped list prices on two new iMacs yesterday. The CD-RW version now cost £1,149 (£1,249) while the CD-RW/DVD-ROM tips up at £1349 (£1399. In March, Apple raised unit prices by £100, citing rises in LCD and DRAM prices. But then, the company could not sell its kit fast enough.
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Nomura shoot Grey Archer in heart

Nomura has pulled the funding plug on Grey Archer, an online exchange for the UK pub trade, resulting in 150 redundancies with immediate effect. Staff will not get one month's pay in lieu of notice, according to sources.
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Mad mods, amputees and the Really Big Button

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HP withdraws DMCA threat

Hewlett Packard has climbed down from its threats to use the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to silence a group of security researchers which unearthed a flaw in its Tru64 operating system.
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GUI wars return: Motorola, Sony Ericsson tie-up

Exclusive Motorola has licensed Symbian's UIQ ("Thin Quartz") user interface for its forthcoming Paragon 3G smartphone, industry sources have told The Register.
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CNET buys Silicon.com

Update CNET Networks is buying the UK assets of Silicon.com, after management at the European online IT news service failed to persuade its VCs to support its continued independence.
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Nildram touts ISDN to wires-only ADSL migration

Nildram the UK ISP has set up a migration service for BT ISDN users to upgrade to wires-only ADSL.
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Graphics chip sales soar, prices fall

Graphics processor shipments jumped 5.2 per cent between Q4 01 and Q1 02, but average selling prices are falling and the outlook for Q2 is described as 'mixed'.
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Guerilla phone marketing draws wrath of Kibo

Letters SonyEricsson's elaborate scheme to hire thesps posing as mobile phone users has drawn an immediate response from angry - grrr! - Register readers.
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VIA finds comfort in July sales

VIA Technologies yesterday released its sales figures for July, totting up at US $53m. This is 28 per cent down on July'01, but 18.48 per cent up on June'02.
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ADSL for under £20

UK consumers can get broadband access for under £20 per month for the first time.
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Microsoft EULA asks for root rights – again

An addition to Microsoft's End User Licensing Agreement has alarmed Register readers.
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Eclipse in broadband promo

Eclipse Internet is running a midsummer broadband promo - why? - cos everyone else is doing it.