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D-Day arrives for Klez.E
Klez.E, one of the variations of the nasty Klez family of computer worms, is set to detonate on Friday, but security experts are mixed on damage predictions.
Google gains mindshare with InfoSpace deal
Google Inc is now powering the web search of more top web sites than any of its rivals. The company inked a deal last week with InfoSpace Inc that will see its web search integrated into InfoSpace's family of web portals.
IBM dominates network consultancy market
IBM Global Services has reasserted itself as the number one player in the services industry this week, courtesy of some good old fashioned bean counting at IDC. The analyst has completed its assessment of the Network Consulting and Integration Services vendors and IBM's ever growing, shrinking teams of consultants has taken the top notch.
GPRS access for Windows laptops
ReviewThe Sierra Wireless Aircard 750 is a PC Card which gives a Windows laptop computer GPRS access. It is not alone. There are a number of competing cards—a flip through the advertisements in What Mobile will reveal four cards.
WinXP SP1 out now, and new corp version leaked?
Service Pack 1 for Windows XP will be officially released to the general public today, but you can already get hold of it from Microsoft on a decent speed connection. ActiveWin.com, which has been doing quite well on SP1 leaks recently, spotted this one, and as this is presumably where you'll get it when the wraps actually do come off later today, it's not likely to disappear.
PC sales to disappoint (even more) in 2002
IDC has cut its growth projections for PC sales in 2002 from 4.7 percent down to 1.1 percent, reflecting a continuing slump in hardware spending.
UK bottom of yet another broadband league table
Take-up of broadband in the UK lags pitifully behind other countries in Europe, according to the latest stats from Nielsen/NetRatings.
MS seeks ‘game hacker’ to beef up Xbox security
Microsoft is clearly serious about stopping people messing around with Xbox, whether via mod chips, bios replacements or unauthorised insertions of alternative operating systems. The company is currently running a help-wanted ad for some kind of crypto gumshoe for the Xbox design team.
Todmorden triggers ADSL checker first
Todmorden in West Yorkshire has become the first area in the UK to reach its trigger level to be converted to broadband.
Amazon.com sues Expedia for late payments
Amazon.com is sueing online travel outfit Expedia for allegedly failing to cough up $3.66m as part of a contractual agreement between the two companies.
Orange pre-pay top ups through hole-in-the-wall
Abbey National customers throughout the UK will be able to top up their Orange mobile phones using the bank's cashpoints from today.
HP makes teeny molecular memory chip
HP's boffins have built a tiny 64-bit memory chip using molecular devices as active switches.
Cisco expels Dell from reseller fold
Dell's increased interest in the networking market has prompted Cisco Systems to strike it from its list of accredited resellers.
HP fires ‘Microsoft-baiting’ Perens
HP has fired Bruce Perens - the leading Open Source evangelist and former Debian project lead - for Microsoft-baiting, he says.
UK call centres knackered by BT fault
Part of BT's phone service was knocked out earlier today causing disruption for some of the UK's biggest companies.
Judge rules PayPal unfair
Disgruntled customers of PayPal have won an important battle after a US judge ruled its arbitration policy rigid and unfair.
I have seen the future, and it's yesterday
Stupidly Late ReviewA long time ago* (in computer years, at least) Psion launched the netBook, which was (and still is, in its own small way) a useful subnotebook variant of the Series 5, but with a decent-sized keyboard and a reasonable, backlit, colour screen. I instantly pounced on Psion demanding an eval unit, not merely because I was a journalist who wanted to review it but because I wanted to check it out as a potential customer, and all being well, I'd maybe buy (this was before the dotcom crash) five for the team. Now read on.
Bill Gates sells MSFT, takes Prozac
Bill Gates has sold almost half a billion dollar's worth of Microsoft stock this year, and begun to invest heavily in big pharma. In the second half of this year he bought 2.5 million shares in Eli Lilly, manufacturer of Prozac, and also made major investments in Merck and Pfizer, notes Information Week.
SGI raises the Itanic
Earlier this summer, SGI launched a tour to reassure customers that its heart and soul remained with MIPS and Irix. Today it touted impressive memory benchmarks for its Itanium2 hardware, due to be launched next year, and it's running Linux.
Spam killing Haikus come to Europe
Habeas, a start-up which embeds haikus in email headers to certify messages are from opt-in lists and not spam, has clinched its first deal in Europe.