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Attack of the Mod Squads

On September 16, 2002, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo filed a lawsuit against Hong Kong distributor Lik Sang International Ltd, in the High Court of Hong Kong, alleging that the company had infringed copyrights associated with their various gaming systems. In response, the company shut down, and when it came back up three weeks …
Mark Rasch, 30 Oct 2002
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Pet vs Pet: .NET ‘trounces’ Java

Java expert The Middleware Company has optimized Sun's showcase J2EEPet Store application, and reckon it still runs like a dog.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Oct 2002
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Want to know what people email to Saddam Hussein?

An insight in what people want to tell Saddam Hussein comes from the pitifully poor security setup on the Iraqi President's main Web page.
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2002
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Growth at France Telecom, but there's that huge debt pile…

France Telecom SA expects revenue this year to rise by 8% to 9% while it is looking for earnings at the EBITDA and EBIT levels to increase more than 15%. But this prediction, made as the Paris, France-based incumbent revealed third-quarter sales figures, is scarcely significant at a time when the market is waiting for …
ComputerWire, 30 Oct 2002
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Register.com sacks COO without explanation

Register.com Inc has fired COO Rajiv Samant after less than 18 months on the job, the company announced yesterday. The New York-based domain name registrar said Samant has been "terminated effective today" but did not give a reason. The firm said president and CEO Richard Forman will take over Samant's responsibilities and …
ComputerWire, 30 Oct 2002
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Slow handset sales hit Orange growth

Mobile phone operator Orange SA has confirmed that it will miss its target of 15% revenue growth this year and instead is aiming at sales around the 17bn euro ($16.7bn) mark, an increase of 12.7% on last year's level. The mobile arm of France Telecom SA warned last month that while revenue from its network is on target, …
ComputerWire, 30 Oct 2002
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Borland thinks Mono for open source .NET challenge

The next planned release of Borland Software Corp's Kylix cross-platform development suite could bring Microsoft-style web services to Linux, helping consolidate the product's early market lead, writes Gavin Clarke. Scotts Valley, California-based Borland is investigating use of Ximian Inc's Project Mono in Kylix, as a …
ComputerWire, 30 Oct 2002
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AOL IM and ICQ to interoperate, at last

If AOL Time Warner Inc has any intention of driving the instant messaging market towards open, email-style, interoperability, it is certainly taking the slow lane, writes Kevin Murphy. It emerged yesterday that the latest of several incremental moves towards interoperability will see AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ, AOL's …
ComputerWire, 30 Oct 2002

Fujitsu backs Linux for mission critical, enterprise systems

Fujitsu is to adopt Linux as one of its "key operating systems" for next generation IT systems, and is rolling out Linux versions of nine of its middleware and packaged software products, the target being to have commercialised large-scale, mission-critical enterprise systems running on Linux within the next three years.
John Lettice, 30 Oct 2002
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AOL UK launches ‘mother of all broadband services’

AOL UK is to splash out on plugging its broadband service.
Tim Richardson, 30 Oct 2002
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MS gets top security rating for Win2k, makes big noise

After three years of waiting, Microsoft has achieved Common Criteria certification for Windows 2000, so it's probably handy that the company decided not to start pulling the plugs on the OS before last from next April. Common Criteria certification, since you ask, is an effort to establish an internationally recognised set of security evaluation criteria - Win2k getting achieving certification, since you also ask that, does not mean that the product is any more secure this week than it was last week. It does mean it'll be a lot easier for it to sell into secure defence and government establishments, without having to get special clearance.
John Lettice, 30 Oct 2002
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Nanny State to take over TV

The E-Envoy's office has just published a frightening insight into how the Government intends to forge closer ties with ordinary people.
Tim Richardson, 30 Oct 2002

Introducing Network Attached Encryption

Application security specialist Ingrian Networks has developed a technology to offload encryption functions from application or database servers onto appliances with the aim of providing more robust security for data in storage.
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2002
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Europe hits Nintendo with €168m fine for fixing game prices

Nintendo and several of its distributors have been hit by the European Commission for total fines of €167.8 million for "colluding to prevent trade in low-priced products." And to the slight shock of The Register, these low-priced products seem to have been in the UK, with Nintendo and friends acting to block their export to countries where they could command higher prices, such as Germany and the Netherlands.
John Lettice, 30 Oct 2002
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UMC bounces back

Taiwanese bespoke chip vendor UMC has returned to profitability after winning new customers and improving sales of its more expensive chips.
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2002
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Office 11 won't run on Win9x, says MS

Microsoft is kissing goodbye to Win9x users with Office 11. The product, currently in beta, will require Win2k SP3 or XP, according to a posting, reported here in Betanews, by Office 11 beta coordinators, who said that stability and security were the reasons for dropping Win9x.
John Lettice, 30 Oct 2002
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Sayonara to the cathode ray tube

Forget cathode ray tube, large screen TVs with LCD displays will become a fixture in homes within the next three years.
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2002
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Open Source Scripting with IT-Minds.com

This week's featured books from Reg associate IT-minds.com are the pick of their Perl, Python and PHP offerings.
Team Register, 30 Oct 2002
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Nintendo massively underestimated EC fine

Nintendo wildly underestimated the scale of the fine slapped on it by the European Commission (EC), The Register can reveal.
Tim Richardson, 30 Oct 2002
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New Alliance for webcasters

Webcasters have a new forum this week, with the launch of the Webcaster Alliance. Many of the founding members dissented against the attempted compromise Small Webcasters Amendment Act, or HR.5469.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Oct 2002
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Brussels to spend €250k on Linux migration study

The European Commission has awarded UK-based consultancy netproject a €250,000 contract to study the issues of migrating government computers in member states to a Linux / Open Source environment.
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2002
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PalmOS 6 details emerge

PalmSource has offered us a glimpse of the next milestone for PalmOS, version 6.0 due for release next year.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Oct 2002
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MS Tablet suits Corridor Warriors, Canteen Commandos

Microsoft today identifies a key demographic for its TabletPC initiative, and it isn't pretty.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Oct 2002