5th > September > 2002 Archive

Novell intros cheaper licenses for Web services

Novell has announced cheaper prices for companies using its software to provide Web services.
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DNS vulnerability ‘critical’

Nominum Inc says a recently discovered flaw in the dominant domain name server on the internet is far more serious than originally thought, and could allow crackers to crash or even take control of any internet-connected application running on Unix, Kevin Murphy writes. "We know for sure we can use this bug to crash any …
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KT plans WCDMA 3G launch next June

KT ICOM, the third-generation mobile unit of South Korea's fixed-line incumbent, Korea Telecom, yesterday said it will launch 3G service based on WCDMA technology in June next year. The company said it has awarded a KRW 140bn ($117m) contract for 3G equipment with local manufacturer LG Electronics. As probably the most " …
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Borland preps more .NET support

Borland Software Corp will increase its support for .NET with development tools the company believes will win corporate backing despite reduced IT spending, Gavin Clarke writes. The Scotts Valley, California-based company is preparing an integrated development suite called Borland .NET Development Environment, as an …
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WebSideStory upgrades HitBox Pro

WebSideStory Inc, the San Diego, California-based provider of web analytics software for mid-size firms has released a version of its HitBox Professional service that features enhanced e-commerce return on investment (ROI) functionality. Version 3 is the second major upgrade to WebSideStory's subscription-based service for …
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Solaris users slam Sun Intel plans (again)

Sun Microsystems Inc is still facing protests from unhappy Solaris x86 users despite announcing the resurrection of the Unix operating system for Intel Corp-compatible processors at last month's LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, Matthew Aslett writes. Santa Clara, California-based Sun has fought a running battle with Solaris …
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Intel spins out LANDesk

Intel Corp is spinning off its LANDesk desktop systems management software as an independent company, selling the products and assets to The LANDesk Acquisition Corp, a company created by venture capitalist firms Vector Capital and vSpring Capital. Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed, but Intel will …

Siebel 7 performance issues revealed by user

Rumors of performance issues with the Siebel 7.0 client, which have been circulating for several months, were yesterday confirmed by one of Siebel Systems Incs' biggest customers. During a presentation outlining Reuters Ltd's migration from version 6.3 of the Siebel software to Siebel 7, at the company's UK user group …
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More indictments for WorldCom brass

WorldCom's senior fraudsters executives are set to turn on each other under increasing pressure from federal prosecutors determined to get at former CEO Bernard Ebbers, the Associated Press reports.
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Music labels are bleeding – Midbar

Midbar, the company that has been selling a lot of anti-copying technology to music publishers, says it is just that: a technology provider. "It's up to the labels which of the CD products they want to implement," says Midbar's v.p. of sales and marketing, Noam Zur. Consumers with complaints need to contact the music companies, not Midbar, he says.
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How to get out of Outsourcing

Over the past couple of years we've seen the phenomenal growth of Outsourcing as businesses focus on their core competencies in an attempt to ride out the economic slowdown. We've also seen the emergence of the mega-Outsourcing deal - multi-million dollar and involving passing on a significant part of the customer's IT delivery capability. The recent early termination of the Bank of Scotland deal with IBM has challenged the wisdom of such deals.
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MS patches bogus certificate hole on NT, XP

Microsoft has finally begun patching a severe security flaw in its implementation of digital-certificate basic-constraints checking which we've been ranting about for nearly a month. The stuff-up makes it possible for SSL and e-mail signature certs to be forged.

BT slams ‘scandalous’ phone hacking claims

A former BT engineer claims that phone hacking is a "disease" within BT and that the telco is failing to protect its customers from premium rate phone scams.
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Sage buys small US developer

Sage, the accountancy software supplier, has bought a small US firm for $14.3m in cash.
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Computacenter sales down on PC slump

Slumping product sales were to blame for a big drop in half year sales at Computacenter, the UK's biggest reseller produced group revenues £975m for the six months to June 30 (2001: £1,173.7m). It notes a 20 per cent fall in product sales during the period.
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Orange offers DIY price plans

Orange is to scrap different price plans and replace them with a single DIY package which customers can devise themselves.
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HM Customs VAT probe paralyses UK CPU broking

The UK CPU broking market has been paralysed in recent weeks, following an industry-wide delay in refunding VAT payments on export sales.
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IT is not geeky, says industry group

The IT industry is trying to shed its "geeky" image among schoolchildren in a bid to attract more youngsters into the sector.
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PBS purges Web content on Israeli disapproval

The US Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is airing a documentary film this week by affiliate WNET in New York, called "Caught in the Crossfire: Arab-Americans in Wartime," which considers the predicament of Arab-Americans since the 9/11 atrocity. In addition to the film is a companion Web site offering background material for curious viewers.

One last feed for HP e3000 warhorse

HP unveiled the final upgrade - probably - for its venerable e3000 range yesterday, along with more details of the user migration programme to its mainstream range of HP/UX servers.
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Anonymous $1m grant to test copyright laws

An anonymous gift of $1 million to Duke University in the US will be used to finance a new centre conductin research into curtailing recent extensions of copyright law.
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MP presses ahead with anti-spam campaign

Derek Wyatt is looking to press ahead with a national campaign to clamp down on spam.
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Flat-rate Net access returns to Ireland

UTV Internet has launched a flat-rate off-peak Internet access service, making it the only ISP in the Irish market to offer such a product.
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Oracle confirms numbers in UK jobs cull

Oracle has confirmed that it is to axe 270 jobs in the UK, equivalent to eight per cent of the workforce.