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Hammer momentum leaving Itanic stranded

Microprocessor Forum AMD and Intel packed the floor with their staff at yesterday's server Q&A at the Forum. Questions from employees - inevitably to the opposition - dominated the session. AMD fielded VP and chip CTO Fred Webber, and Intel put Robert Yung, enterprise platforms CTO into the firing line.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Oct 2002
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MS beta site cracked

The server on which Microsoft makes its beta programs available for testing has been infiltrated by outsiders who have downloaded an unspecified cornucopia of programs. Among the items available are forthcoming editions of Win-XP, .NET Server, and some confidential works in progress.
Thomas C Greene, 17 Oct 2002
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Dead telcos situation slows net growth

The growth of the internet is slowing in terms of the capacity of its cross-border backbones, and the financial crisis facing the carrier industry is mostly to blame, according to TeleGeography Inc, a Washington DC-based research firm. The company said that in 2002 the growth rate of international bandwidth slowed to 40%. …
ComputerWire, 17 Oct 2002
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Chipzilla's 1GB phone

Microprocessor Forum Texas Instruments had a very low profile at this year's Microprocessor Forum. Like Sun, with whom they shared a table outside the press room, they officially weren't there. Or at least not presenting.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Oct 2002
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RIAA-backed webcast bill ‘a disaster for the US’

Letters Some good may come out of the great webcasting betrayal - exclusively reported here and here - if the ire directed against the Recording Industry Association of America unites artists and broadcasters.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Oct 2002
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The Ellen Feiss of blogdom?

A couple of weeks ago we linked to a weblog by Beth Goza, the marketing manager at Microsoft responsible for selling PocketPC to the world. Bravely, Beth used the blog to wrestle with her conscience over whether it was OK to cheat at XBox games.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Oct 2002
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Moby Monkey fined £10K for misleading text spam

Moby Monkey - which was slapped with a record £50,000 fine in the summer for sending misleading spam text messages - has been fined again.
Tim Richardson, 17 Oct 2002
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MS eases up on ‘gimme all Your Stuff’ community license

Microsoft Corp has re-worked a controversial license for a .NET developers' hosted community, after concern the company granted itself wide-ranging rights over developers' code. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft has apparently loosened the terms under which ISVs post code to GotDotNet Workspaces, granting all community …
ComputerWire, 17 Oct 2002
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Symantec on a roll, thanks to security boom

Symantec Corp yesterday posted a healthy-looking fiscal second quarter supported by revenue growth in all but one of its businesses, and reported a bottom line that beat analysts' and its own estimates. For the three months to September 30, the company saw a net income of $52m, compared to a year-ago loss of $12m, on …
ComputerWire, 17 Oct 2002
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AMD fiscally hammered, vows to claw way back

Advanced Micro Devices Inc yesterday outlined plans to claw its way back into financial stability as it unveiled third quarter results that were worse than market watchers had feared. The CPU and flash memory vendor unveiled sales of $506.2m for the quarter ending September 29, a drop of 33.6% on the previous year. …
ComputerWire, 17 Oct 2002
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New MS support policy takes Win2k off death row

Analysis Following up on our slightly baffled take on Microsoft's new product lifecycle policy, which was announced earlier this week, senior marketing manager Lars Ahlgren called us up with a few clarifications. And although the big list of products is still currently messy (Lars says this should be fixed shortly) the core new policy is actually pretty positive, and has some interesting implications and consequences.
John Lettice, 17 Oct 2002
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US Net users worried by lack of trust

Net users in the US still don't trust that their personal information is safe when they're online.
Tim Richardson, 17 Oct 2002
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Fibernet reports pre-tax loss

Shares in Fibernet slipped in trading this morning after the alternative carrier reported a pre-tax loss of £91m.
Tim Richardson, 17 Oct 2002
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Sky flogs BT Broadband

BT and satellite TV broadcaster, Sky, have completed a mutual back-scratching exercise aimed at providing a bundle of services to compete directly with cablecos.
Tim Richardson, 17 Oct 2002
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UK firm touts alternative to digital certs

Two factor authentication, using secure tokens is being backed as an alternative to digital certificates by a UK company, which is enjoying support from the Parliamentary All Party Export Group.
John Leyden, 17 Oct 2002
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IT spending to increase in Europe – Gartner

The UK, Ireland and Italy could see better-than-expected growth in IT spending next year, according to Gartner.
Tim Richardson, 17 Oct 2002
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Novell pitches Nsure at ID anywhere

Novell yesterday fleshed out its plans to address the secure identity management market, as part of its attempt to reinvent its business around three key areas.
John Leyden, 17 Oct 2002
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BTo signs Brightmail to fight junk mail

BTopenworld has signed up Brightmail to tackle the junk mail bombarding its users' accounts. It is to install Brightmail Solution Suite at the SMTP gateway, to hoover up spam before it reaches users.
John Leyden, 17 Oct 2002
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Wall St. cheers Sun job cuts

Wall Street is always grateful to hear of job cuts, and Sun's decision to shed 11 per cent of its staff - or 4,400 people - saw its stock rally by almost ten per cent.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Oct 2002