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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sage buys small US developer
Sage, the accountancy software supplier, has bought a small US firm for $14.3m in cash.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MP presses ahead with anti-spam campaign
Derek Wyatt is looking to press ahead with a national campaign to clamp down on spam.
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.