27th > September > 2002 Archive
There was rampant speculation in the Far East yesterday that Intel Corp was plotting an alliance with a raft of DRAM vendors. Local reports suggested the Santa Clara, California-based company was in talks with Taiwan's Powerchip Semiconductor Corp, Hitachi Ltd, NEC Corp and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. The reports coincided …
Colt Telecom has confirmed massive job cuts amid the continuing slump in the telecoms industry.
A loose coalition of software developers and security companies has come together with the aim of preventing vulnerability information being released prematurely, Kevin Murphy writes. Yesterday, a body calling itself the Organization for Internet Safety, announced its existence, and said it intends to have draft guidelines …
Nortel Networks Corp has issued a second profit warning on its third-quarter figures and announced plans to avoid the ignominy of de-listing of its shares in New York and Toronto by a reverse stock split. The network equipment vendor said it now expects revenue in the third quarter to September 30 to show a 15% decline on …
Nokia Corp attempted to shine a light across the gloomy European 3G landscape yesterday with the launch of the first 3GPP-compliant WCDMA and GSM900/1800 dual-mode, tri-band handset.
To: Adam Harris VP – Fujitsu Europe
AOL UK is to cease offering unmetered dial-up Net access to up to 30,000 customers because their telcos don't support unmetered Internet services.
One of my very first forays into the wicked, wicked world of journalism (aged 15) was being shown by a local radio reporter how to re-edit a tape to make the Mayor of Middlesbrough appear to be a slurring, bumbling wreck. I'd wangled a school assignment with the station and having just met the Mayor - a confused and very red-faced fellow - in person, the doctored tape did him no less than justice. Sometimes you have to exaggerate the truth just a little bit, to convey the essential truth.
Updated Nvidia is to take a charge of up to $66m to cover the cost of converting underwater - i.e. worthless -employee stock options into stock. If all the option holders take up the offer - and they would be as daft as a brush not to accept free shares - 20.6 million stock options will be cancelled and 4.8 million new shares will be issued.
A record number of malicious hacking attempts were made this month, and anti-American groups are responsible.
Nortel Networks yesterday revealed the anti-computer worm defences it had developed in-house after it was hit hard by last year's outbreaks of Nimda and Code Red 2.
This year has been mercifully quiet on the virus front but anyone who reckons the virus problem has finally been beaten is failing to learn the lessons of history.
Mollycoddled attendees at the Virus bulletin conference remained confined to the Hyatt Hotel, New Orleans on Wednesday night, as Tropical Storm Isiodore petered out.
BT Wholesale has set pre-registration trigger levels for a further 58 telephone exchanges, it announced today.
Despite earlier suggestions to the contrary (which we didn't believe anyway) Microsoft may be planning an interim version of Windows XP to fill the chasm between last year's rollout of XP itself, and the next big one, Longhorn, which quite possibly won't hit until 2006 or later. According to an eWeek piece by Mary Jo Foley (who we have missed greatly since Ziff Davis hid her in a paid-for newsletter), Microsoft is proposing to reach for the bottle again, having foresworn the demon release cycle treadmill just a few short months ago.
Our criticism of Nvidia's plan to convert employee share options into stock (Nvidia turns water into wine) is not universally shared. Here are two contrarian opinions.
CNET is to start charging software publishers for listing their apps on Download.com.
A malicious Win-XP Help Center request can easily and silently delete the contents of any directory on your Windows machine, we've learned. Worse, MS has rolled the fix silently into SP1 without making a public announcement. A good sketch of the problem in English, along with a harmless self-test, can be found here, thanks to Mike at http://unity.skankhouse.org, who did some tinkering after noticing a tip on a BBS.
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