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Office 2003: one year on

Richard Glew, Microsoft's worldwide director of partner marketing, told The Reg how the introduction of Office 2003 has changed the way the software giant's reseller partners work with customers.
John Oates, 27 Jan 2005

Police launch site to tackle net pervs

An international police taskforce has launched a website where children can report possible online paedophile activity. The site's logo will appear on AOL BT, Vodafone and Microsoft websites, providing a hotlink to the home page of Virtual Global Taskforce.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Jan 2005

eXeem Lite promises spyware-free P2P

Developers this week released a spy-ware free version of popular P2P app eXeem. The official version of eXeem, which entered into public beta this week, is contaminated with an adware app called Cydoor.
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2005

900 BT biz punters snagged by BT 'system problem'

Some 900 UK businesses have been left without broadband following a BT cock-up.
Tim Richardson, 27 Jan 2005

HomeChoice extends VoD reach

Video Networks Ltd (VNL) is ramping up its investment in local loop unbundling (LLU) by rolling out its service to an extra one million homes in the London area.
Tim Richardson, 27 Jan 2005

T-Mobile flourishes in the US, wilts in Germany

T-Mobile USA has added more than a million net new subscribers in its fourth quarter, the company said today, the vast majority being post-pay subscribers. It reported annual customer base growth of 32 per cent despite a slight increase in churn rates among both post and pre-pay customers.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Jan 2005

MS mulls charging for anti-spyware app

Microsoft is leaving its options open on charging for full versions of anti-spyware and virus disinfection tools. Speaking in London yesterday, Detlef Eckert, chief security adviser for Microsoft EMEA, revealed there will be a second beta of Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware application. However, the company remains unsure how the product will evolve from then on. "It could evolve into a consumer or enterprise product. There could be a basic and plus version," he said.
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2005

Lizard Army invades Alaska

Those who still doubt our assertion that technology - in the service of the lizard people - is about to turn on humanity and enslave mankind in a post-apocalyptic nuclear winter where the relentless whine of the chill wind will be broken only by the distant screams of naked, hysterical survivors being consumed by murderous cyberloos or strafed by rat-brain controlled stealth aircraft should brace themselves for the chilling revelation that it may already be too late to stem the tide.
Lester Haines, 27 Jan 2005

Pipex in DSL migration promo

Pipex is offering broadband subscribers the chance to switch to its DSL service for free, along with the added bonus of up to two months net access for nowt.
Tim Richardson, 27 Jan 2005

Ellison confounds sceptics over PeopleSoft

The long-running Oracle-PeopleSoft saga is drawing to an end with the integration of PeopleSoft into the Oracle organisation. With this, Oracle has achieved its ambition of becoming the number one enterprise applications vendor in the US at least and it now boasts that it has 23,000 applications customers worldwide.
Fran Howarth, 27 Jan 2005

German court protects P2P ne'er-do-well

ISPs are not obliged to reveal the identity of internet users who offer downloads of music files on the web, a Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt ruled this week.
Jan Libbenga, 27 Jan 2005

Intel gets it right for once

OpinionIntel has, quite unusually, got it right for the launch of a new processor family: it has timed the release sufficiently late. Normally, it ruins the PC market's Christmas by making everything obsolete in November; the new Centrino, however, is nicely scheduled. But nonetheless, the market may have hiccups, because of pricing, and channel conflict.
Guy Kewney, 27 Jan 2005

Alarm over anti-theft busting belt

A Dutch retail association has raised the alarm over a new device that Eastern European shoplifters use to turn off retail theft detection systems at a shop's checkout or exit.
Jan Libbenga, 27 Jan 2005

Nokia smiles through falling profits

A poor performance in the US marred an otherwise better than expected set of results, Nokia said today.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Jan 2005

Ebbers' financial know-how probed

The prosecution in the Bernie Ebbers fraud trial wheeled out an analyst yesterday who testified that the ex-WorldCom boss seemed to know a thing or two about the firm's accounting procedures.
Tim Richardson, 27 Jan 2005

Crooked Microsoft worker masterminded $7m racket

A former Microsoft staffer yesterday pleaded guilty to conspiring with three others to run a massive software piracy ring that raked in millions through the sale of stolen software between April 2001 and November 2002.
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2005

Apple website points to PowerBook G5

ExclusiveIs the PowerBook G5 near at hand? A tentative clue from Apple's own website suggests that it might be.
Tony Smith, 27 Jan 2005

mmO2 posts 'strong' Q3

UK-based mobile phone network mmO2 today announced "strong" third quarter, pointing to its latest customer and average revenue per user figures as evidence.
Tony Smith, 27 Jan 2005

Sony Q3 profits plunge as sales slump

Sony's third-quarter earnings rose 55 per cent, but more on the back of content than the kit used to play it back.
Tony Smith, 27 Jan 2005

Sony preps PlayStation 'music download service'

Sony is to make a second attempt to challenge Apple's lead in the digital music download market and the Mac maker's almost-ubiquitous iPod courtesy of the PlayStation Portable.
Tony Smith, 27 Jan 2005

'Brave' BitTorrent hub coyly looks for suitors

The BitTorrent hub that has been begging users to fund its legal fight with the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) has put its domain up for sale.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Jan 2005

Verizon reports 'strong' growth

Verizon, the giant US telco, reported a strong set of results today boosted by double-digit growth in its wireless division.
Tim Richardson, 27 Jan 2005

Spanish police arrest worm suspect

Spanish police have arrested an unemployed 20 year-old man on suspicion of creating and spreading the "Tasin" computer worm. The suspect (known only by his initials A.R.B.) from Ejica, near Seville, is being questioned by the Spanish Civil Guard over his role in the November 2004 virus outbreak, El Mundo reports.
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2005

Microsoft halves R&D spending, posts record profits

Microsoft recorded its highest-ever profits in the last quarter of 2004 (FY 2Q 2005), with net income doubling from $1.5bn a year ago to $3.46bn in the most recent quarter's earnings.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jan 2005

Services sling Veritas to steady Q4

Veritas today dealt a mixed bag to investors, reporting that its fourth quarter revenue increased, but that its net income fell 32 per cent.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Jan 2005

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