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Sun builds StarOffice SDK

Sun Microsystems Inc is building a StarOffice developers kit, to further boost its desktop productivity suite's chances against Microsoft Corp's Office, writes Gavin Clarke. Santa Clara, California-based Sun told ComputerWire it is working on developer tools which simplify construction of both enhancements to StarOffice …
ComputerWire, 27 Nov 2002
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South Korea leads the way on 3G (even though it's 2.5G)

South Korea may be the great world economy recovery play, but it's only just out of the sick bay. And, as the case of the sorry Hynix illustrates, admittedly in extremis, the world's eleventh biggest economy has to overcome this basic problem - not enough profit and too much debt.
Drew Cullen, 27 Nov 2002
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Shareholders block C&W chairman choice

Institutional investors have blocked the appointment of David Nash as the next chairman of Cable & Wireless Plc, and have forced the loss-making carrier to look for someone from outside the company. Non-executive director Nash was due to become chairman at the end of this year. But after a meeting between directors and …
ComputerWire, 27 Nov 2002
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Vivendi fills war chest for Cegetel battle

French media giant Vivendi Universal SA has signed a 1bn euro ($1bn) loan with its banks, in a clear sign to the market that it is ready to enter a bidding war with Vodafone Group Plc for control of French telecom operator Cegetel SA. The new financing, added to recent asset sales, should give the Paris-based conglomerate …
ComputerWire, 27 Nov 2002
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Sun on track for $2.9bn in Q2

Sun Microsystems Inc yesterday held its traditional mid-quarter update with Wall Street analysts and confirmed that the company was on track to meet the analyst consensus of about $2.9bn in sales for the second fiscal quarter ending in December, Timothy Prickett Morgan writes. However, Stephen McGowan, Sun's chief …
ComputerWire, 27 Nov 2002
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WorldCom settles with SEC

The US Securities and Exchange Commission drew a line under its fraud action against WorldCom Inc yesterday, when the embattled telecoms carrier agreed to a partial settlement in the case. The move marks a major step forward in Clinton, Mississippi-based WorldCom's rehabilitation effort yesterday, and its efforts to emerge …
ComputerWire, 27 Nov 2002
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2003 Tech spending flatter than flat pancake

Tech budgets through 2003 will not grow as many predict, falling instead by 0.03%, finds a new tech spending confidence study from Gartner.
IT-Analysis, 27 Nov 2002
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Free Chinese Net users – Amnesty

Amnesty International has called on the Chinese authorities to free all those who've been locked up for using the Internet to express their views or share information.
Tim Richardson, 27 Nov 2002
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Possessed! The Solaris font daemon

A buffer overflow risk exists in the font service which ships with Solaris. There is a workaround, but no comprehensive fix just yet.
John Leyden, 27 Nov 2002
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Chip industry heads for bounce back

The latest slump in the semiconductor industry has hit beyond the usual manufacturing base of Intel et al and reached right out to the UK with its community of specialist chip designers - the effects of which have been devastating. With redundancies, office and plant closures this has been, "...the worst recession in the semiconductor industry."
IT-Analysis, 27 Nov 2002
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Incorporated man makes ‘murder confession’ online – arrest follows

New Hampshire police arrested a man yesterday after a poster 'confessed' to the murder of a California policeman online.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Nov 2002
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Lik-Sang changes hands, preps mod-chip court case

Lik-Sang, the Hong Kong based online retailer of videogames "accessories", is to hand over the running of its business to a company called Pacific Game Technology Limited, in a move designed to allow the current management of the company to focus on fighting its forthcoming court case against Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo.
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Danish anti pirates continue to target copyright theft

The Danish Anti Pirat Gruppen (Anti Piracy Group) is to continue targeting Net users who swap copyright material illegally.
Tim Richardson, 27 Nov 2002
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First hackers sighted in high speed mobile phone arena

T-Mobile has installed a firewall on its GPRS network in the States after a small number of users complained of receiving hacker probes when using its high-speed mobile service.
John Leyden, 27 Nov 2002
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BT's broadband registration scheme a ‘shambles’

The organiser behind a campaign to get his local exchange upgraded to ADSL has described BT's pre-registration scheme as a "shambles".
Tim Richardson, 27 Nov 2002
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BTo anti-spam move kills its users' mail servers

BTopenworld anti-spam measures introduced today are preventing customers with dynamic IPs from running their own mail servers.
John Leyden, 27 Nov 2002
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SMS security risks highlighted by Friends Reunited hacking case

Breach of trust by two dismissed mm02 workers, rather than deeper problems, led to the release of private text messages to a jealous boyfriend that sparked a campaign on revenge against his cheating girlfriend.
John Leyden, 27 Nov 2002
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We've got a mobile computing survey which wants filling

We are, at long last, thinking of setting up a mobile/PDA Reg, but it needs funding. For The Register that means numbers to crunch for advertisers. Rather than make up the figures, we thought we'd ask the people who know best. You.
Drew Cullen, 27 Nov 2002