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Judge takes Napster off life support

The proposed sale of Napster's remains to German media powerhouse Bertelsmann has been blocked by bankruptcy judge Peter Walsh in Wilmington, Delaware on concerns that the executive in charge of the batered file sharing outfit, Konrad Hilbers, was a bit too cozy with the German brass and his motives in repeatedly subsidizing the operation were therefore suspect.
Thomas C Greene, 04 Sep 2002
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Greek govt bans all computer games

The government of Greece is making heroic efforts to humiliate the nation in front of the entire world, by banning all electronic games. That's right; something as innocent as playing computer chess on your laptop in a hotel lobby is now a crime with penalties of up to three months in stir and a fine of 10,000 euros.
Thomas C Greene, 04 Sep 2002

Inrange joins 2Gbps Fibre Channel club

Inrange Technologies Corp has at last caught up with the competition in the SAN switching market, and ready to ship SAN hardware supporting the current 2Gbit version of Fibre Channel. The company announced this week that IBM has qualified the 2Gbps I/O cards needed to make Inrange's FC/9000 directors support the standard, …
ComputerWire, 04 Sep 2002
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HP merger is ‘marriage made in hell’

The IT market will get worse before it gets better with little prospect of recovery in spending until 2004.
John Leyden, 04 Sep 2002
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Google, China work to unblock site

Google says it is trying to resolve a problem that left users in China unable to access it popular search engine.
Tim Richardson, 04 Sep 2002

HP targets penny pinchers with Unix server refresh

HP today introduced a trio of entry-level Unix servers aimed at meeting the needs of its increasingly more budget conscious customers.
John Leyden, 04 Sep 2002
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Oracle preps UK job cuts

Oracle is wielding the job axe on its UK consulting organisation. In a statement, the database firm said that it had issued provisional redundancy to a number of staff".
Drew Cullen, 04 Sep 2002

IBM acquires Access360 for identity management

IBM Corp has reached an agreement with Access360 Corp to acquire all assets of the privately held identity management and provisioning software vendor for an undisclosed amount. IBM plans to integrate Irvine, California-based Access360 into its Tivoli systems management portfolio. The company will integrate functionality …
ComputerWire, 04 Sep 2002
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EU seeks bidders for European domain

The European Commission is looking for an organization to run .eu, the top-level internet domain name the Commission hopes to create for companies and individuals in European Union member states. This week, the Commission issued a call for expressions of interest from organizations that want to run the domain, which has …
ComputerWire, 04 Sep 2002
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DoCoMo erects i-mode anti-spam defences

Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo Inc is the first operator in the world to launch anti-spam protection for its mobile users. The company has announced that it will automatically start blocking all spam (unsolicited email advertising) for the users of its i-mode email services from later this year. Under a new Japanese …
ComputerWire, 04 Sep 2002
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Microsoft shut e-commerce Wallet

Microsoft Corp is closing down its Passport Express Purchase service for MSN Wallet, following scrutiny of US trade officials. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft yesterday said Passport Express Purchase would be discontinued next year, enabling Passport to focus on its "core mission". That mission is "robust, online …
ComputerWire, 04 Sep 2002
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Sun may play greater Open Source role

Its new role as a Linux evangelist could see Sun Microsystems Inc release features found in enterprise-level operating system servers to the open source community. A senior executive at Palo Alto, California-based Sun last week didn't rule-out the company's possible donation of high-end technologies to the open source …
ComputerWire, 04 Sep 2002
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Napster sale blocked

A Delaware court has blocked the sale of Napster to its chief sponsor Bertelsmann.
Drew Cullen, 04 Sep 2002
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Cheap thrills on the cyber-terror beat

Did you hear of the computer virus that could "attack the Pentagon's ability to mobilize or communicate with its forces" and cripple all government services in a city? I read about it in the Center for Defense Information's July Defense Monitor newsletter. It would be part of an "electronic Waterloo," readers were informed. …
George Smith, 04 Sep 2002
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Rebranding Fair Use – your answers

Letters Re:Vote against a paid-for Pigopolist pol!
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Sep 2002
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Easynet ploughs on with LLU

Easynet is providing broadband services to more than 850 customers over unbundled lines, the company confirmed today.
Tim Richardson, 04 Sep 2002
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Telewest denies plan to axe 1,000 jobs

Telewest has denied a newspaper report that it is to slash a further 1,000 jobs amid further restructuring at the hard-up cableco.
Tim Richardson, 04 Sep 2002
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Police arrest five in Net credit card fraud probe

Sussex police have arrested five people suspected of involvement in a scam in which goods were bought online using information harvested from purloined credit card receipts.
John Leyden, 04 Sep 2002
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Boycott Hollywood for Thanksgiving?

Letters Re: The Stuckist Net - what is your post-Palladium future?
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Sep 2002
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RIAA servers still broken

Chaos continues at the RIAA's website after weeks of defacement activity.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Sep 2002
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I'll see your domain name in (US) Court!

Two little-noticed and otherwise unremarkable decisions from the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, decided on 23 August 2002, now affirm a principle that is perhaps worrying for those 20 million or so .com domain name registrants who live outside the USA. The cases deal with the question of the geographical location of a domain name and which court can exercise jurisdiction over it.
Andrew Lothian, 04 Sep 2002
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Canoodling women and PC components don't mix

Using images of women kissing and fondling one another while trying to flog PC components is a big no-no, watchdogs ruled today.
Tim Richardson, 04 Sep 2002
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Wanadoo ups revs, narrows losses

Europe's number two ISP, Wanadoo, expects to have more than one million broadband customers by the end of 2002.
Tim Richardson, 04 Sep 2002
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9/11 prompts more govt surveillance

Government surveillance increased throughout the West in the year following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
John Leyden, 04 Sep 2002
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Sony chief Zens away Ericsson phone panic

Sony boss Kunitake Ando has spoken out to quash fears over the future of its partnership with Ericsson to produce mobile cellular handsets. Everything's OK, he insists.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Sep 2002