Hedge fund that nearly brought down Peru wants COLT dead
A New York-based hedge fund wants to have COLT Telecom wound up. Highberry Ltd has notified the board of the alternative telco carrier that it seeking the appointment of an administrator. It says that COLT will not be able to repay or refinance its bonds when they become due between 2005 and 2009.
Trojanized Sendmail distro circulated
An enterprising computer enthusiast has managed to insert a Trojan in the source code for a recent Sendmail distro and to substitute the malicious package for the real McCoy on the Sendmail.org FTP server.
Gio does ADSL for £17.99 a month
Oldham-based ISP Gio Internet has joined the ever-growing number of broadband outfits to offer promos for its broadband service.
Torvalds stays out of MS debate
Linus Torvalds, the founder and creator of the Linux operating system, has admitted that he would be stuck for words if he ever found himself standing eye to eye with Bill Gates. It's not that he hates the man, far from it in fact, but rather that he simply wouldn't know what to say, he told the BBC's ClickOnline this week.
Intel's Barrett talks up tech rebound
Craig Barrett, the head of Intel, predicted a bounce back to full strength for the tech sector by early 2003 at the latest. Speaking at a conference in Spain the man was strangely upbeat, given that many in the semi-conductor industry are saying this is the worst recession in the industry's history, claiming that the next year or two will see a full recovery of fortunes.
My name is Canary: The Orange Smartphone
Preview This preview, taken from the October issue of What Mobile is of an early version of the HTC Canary prototype. The device which was looked at was sneaked around the world to get into What Mobile's hands. What Mobile is primarily a buyers guide for mobile phones and this is probably the first time the device has been looked at from a phone, rather than PDA perspective. It is certainly the first public preview.
Union wants Net access at work for members
The Public & Commercial Services union (PCS) - one of the UK's largest trade unions - wants its 288,000 members to have access to the Internet at work.
UK urged to invest in fibre networks
On the day that the UK celebrated its one millionth broadband connection the boss of a Swedish company called on the British Government to start thinking about the national roll-out of fibre for next generation broadband services.
Liberty Broadband gets new funding
Liberty Broadband - formerly known as Tele2 (UK) - has secured new funding following its severance from parent Millicom International Cellular (MIC) earlier this year.
E-commerce Minister, Stephen Timms, doesn't have broadband at his home in East Ham, London - even though he has the choice of xDSL and cable.
Dixons takes control of Italian retailer
Dixons is to pay €368m to take control of UniEuro, described as Italy's leading independent electronics retailer.
Time opens 8 more retail stores
Time Group is adding another eight stores to its 140-strong high street retail chain The Computer World. The new outlets are in West London, Merseyside, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester and are set to open by March 2003. Around 40 jobs will be created through the expansion, says Time. ®
‘You are a dick and I am going to kick your head in ya big useless donkey’
The advertising watchdog has reprimanded a company for sending an offensive text message calling for consumers to upgrade their mobile phone.
North Yorks to get wireless broadband network
North Yorkshire is to get a £12m wireless broadband network which will connect council offices, schools and libraries across England's largest county.
E-envoy declares broadband Britain a success, claims credit
UK e-Envoy Andrew Pinder has decided to bunk off his homework this month, and instead of focusing on "specific areas" of his getting Britain online strategy, has decided to "pause and reflect on the increasing extent to which the changes it [the strategy] is bringing about, are being felt across all aspects of our national life."
3: a LogoWatch special
From time to time we poke gentle fun at the efforts of companies to articulate their new logos. This is a public service conducted on the behalf of marketing philistines everywhere. This time it's different. We are simply publishing this Hutchison 3G press release. In full.
BT is broadband slacker – survey
Nine out of ten of communications professionals believe BT is still not doing enough to deliver broadband in the UK.
Want to teach in the UK? Give us your bank password then
Despite the odd unfortunate reverse, creeping control-freakery and privacy invasion is alive, well and thriving in UK government circles. As evidenced by this exchange from yesterday's proceedings in the House of Lords, which was drawn to our attention by Register reader "Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells."
Thieves snatch £4.5m DRAM from Heathrow
Thieves stole £4.5m worth of computer memory from a warehouse near Heathrow, just hours after it arrived from Korea.
MS backs away from media copy restrictions
Numerous studies have confirmed for Microsoft what any fool knows: people are not much interested in a home-entertainment device masquerading as a computer that burns special mission-impossible DVDs which can't be played on any device other than the specific machine which recorded them.