13th December 2002 Archive

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Microsoft in spotlight over Borland swoop

The acquisition spotlight fell on Microsoft Corp yesterday, as speculation swept Wall St that the company was moving against Borland Software Corp as well as Rational Software Corp to revive its application design and modeling offerings, writes Gavin Clarke. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft was reported to be preparing …
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Borland: Q2 03 for TogetherSoft, StarBase integration

.NET tools expected in the first half of next year from Borland Software Corp could see first steps towards tighter integration with offerings from TogetherSoft SA and StarBase Corp. Executives told financial analysts this week integration between the recently acquired TogetherSoft's and StarBase's products and Borland's …
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VeriSign exits UK domain retail biz

VeriSign Inc is closing its retail domain name business in the UK with the loss of about a dozen jobs, ComputerWire has learned, writes Kevin Murphy The company, which has seen its share of the domain market steadily eroded over the last two years, has sold its 60,000-strong UK customer base to French-owned Amen Ltd, a …

CodeWeavers targets Citrix with CrossOver Server Edition

CodeWeavers Inc, the major commercial backer of the Wine project to enable Microsoft applications to run on Linux and Unix operating systems, is taking aim at Citrix Systems Inc with the release of CrossOver Office Server Edition. The new product enables users to utilize the server-based computing model to host Microsoft's …
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Psion says trading meets forecasts

Trading is in line with management expectations at Psion, with the company stressing that it has cash resources "more than sufficient to support investment in both Symbian and organic development at Psion Teklogix".
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BTw in new year ADSL promo

BT Wholesale is offering ISPs half price broadband connections as part of a limited promotion early next year.
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Peapod bought out of administration

IT consultancy/distie Peapod announced today that it has been bought out of administration by Communication Technology Investment Ltd (CTIL). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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Bulldog offers 2Mbps broadband for punters

Bulldog Communications has unveiled an unbundled 2Mbps ADSL service aimed at home users. Available to some 400,000 punters in central London, the Primetime 2000 service costs £39.99 a month.
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Hutchison 3G signs phones 4u

Hutchison 3G is getting the UK distribution ball rolling before launch, bagging major retailer phones 4 U as a supplier for its 3 mobile network. Last week Hutch signed up Carphone Warehouse.
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E-fraud costs retailers millions

Internet fraud will cost US on-line retailers $500 million this Christmas, as fraudsters devise more sophisticated scams to obtain credit card information.
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Yes, I am that West Saharan grandmother

Letters No over-riding theme in this postbag, just emails that took our fancy.
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Final UK order deadline at Cash'n'Carrion

Midnight GMT tonight (Friday 13) is the final UK order deadline for pre-Xmas delivery at our Cash'n'Carrion Reg shop.
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MS staffer accused of $9m software for Ferraris scam

The Microsoft store, theoretically an employee-only operation, is a fabled source of improbably cheap goodies, small-time scams and handy licensing loopholes - but $9 million worth of software? For just one employee? Over nearly a year?
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Cobalt security patch creates new holes

A security-hardening patch for Sun Cobalt appliances causes more problems than it solves, the company admits.
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120 jobs could go at Kingston as Tiscali pulls contract

120 people could lose their jobs after Tiscali UK ditched an outsourcing deal with call centre operation Kingston Incontact (KI).
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T-Mobile withdraws Nokia 7210

T-Mobile has withdrawn Nokia's 7210 from sale just days after beginning sales of the much anticipated picture-messaging handset.
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Senate Closes Accidental Anonymizer

Never let it be said that the United States Senate has done nothing for Internet privacy.

Telco kit sales get slumpier in 2003 – Alcatel

Alcatel SA has warned that a preliminary evaluation of 2003 market prospects "confirms the likelihood of a further deterioration from 2002 levels." In the chill economic climate, the Paris, France-based telecoms equipment supplier was forced to express its confidence that it could meet its financial obligations. "The …
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EDS seals $4.5bn gig with Bank of America

Electronic Data Systems Corp made a major stride in its effort to restore its battered reputation yesterday by announcing a ten-year $4.5bn outsourcing deal with US financial giant Bank of America, writes Joe Fay. EDS believes the contract ranks amongst the top ten services transactions ever, and is the biggest deal to …
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Big chem deploys DMCA to takedown parody site

My, how the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the DMCA, is turning out to be a fine and flexible friend. It extends across continents. It reaches into computers in Norway and Russia, which when we last looked, were sovereign nations and not US States.