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Corel wins financial lifeline

Struggling Corel has obtained some equity financing from an anonymous institutional investor who clearly must have confidence that the share price will go up. Corel shares closed at US$3.6875 last night, which makes the potential funding worth some $54 million over 24 months if all 14,690,000 shares had been taken up at …
Graham Lea, 20 Sep 2000
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How the trial schedule is influencing MS' roadmaps

Analysis It's tricky to work out Microsoft's product strategy for dealing with possible judicial break up, particularly as the company claims it doesn't have one. But a close study of Bill Gates' speeches and TV appearance in Australia last week, supplemented by some other sources and some guess work gives us some clues. It is clear …
Graham Lea, 20 Sep 2000
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IDC: will Europe leapfrog US in e-business?

Analysis There's trouble brewing when American market researchers make pronouncements about the behaviour of Europan Internet markets without having any real appreciation of the cultural issues. There's still a great tendency for them to regard Europe as one market, when in reality multilingual countries like Belgium and Switzerland …
Graham Lea, 18 Sep 2000
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Compaq previews The Source portal – not many dead

Compaq previewed the business-to-business portal it's calling The Source at a side event during the IDC European Forum in Monaco this week. The demo suggested that the service will be offered as a kind of dumbed-down yellow pages without any choice of potential suppliers, and it soon became clear that the real purpose is to " …
Graham Lea, 15 Sep 2000

Novell marketing VP talks turkey in last chance saloon

Interview With Novell entering the last chance saloon, The Register spoke to Steve Adams, Novell's senior VP for Worldwide marketing, at the IDC meeting in Monaco. It's taken only a month from the announcement of a "realignment of expenses" (as staff reductions are euphemistically called) to the formal executions on Monday. Novell's …
Graham Lea, 15 Sep 2000
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Despite brickbats, WAP will grow – IDC

The IDC European IT Forum in Monaco has been looking at whether the mobile commerce market will take off. Gigi Wang, SVP of IDC communications and Internet research, expected a 197 per cent compound annual growth rate in the WAP-enabled phone market - but this is from a low base. It is significant that Nokia has just decided …
Graham Lea, 12 Sep 2000
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MS could still be found guilty in Bristol antitrust case

Analysis US federal judge Janet Hall of the Connecticut District Court, who is presiding over the Bristol Technologies case against Microsoft, said in her Ruling last week (in which Bristol was awarded $1 million punitive damages against Microsoft) that "Microsoft could be exposed to civil and criminal penalties under other unfair and …
Graham Lea, 05 Sep 2000
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After Gaston, new L&H CEO focuses on nuts and bolts

Interview The acquisition of Dictaphone (completed in May) and Dragon (completed in June) has clearly resulted in a pressing need for L&H to consolidate and productise. It was also clear that a different style of management was required for this work, so Welsh-born ex-rugger player John Duerden (who took US citizenship a couple of years …
Graham Lea, 04 Sep 2000
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Urbane Bastiaens heads for L&H ambassador role

Interview Gaston Bastiaens, the human dynamo and former CEO/president of Lernout & Hauspie, appears to be far from upset at handing over the reins to John Duerden. It's rare for an ex-CEO to hang around and play an active role in supporting the company, but this seems to be what he is doing. He told The Register in an interview that "I …
Graham Lea, 04 Sep 2000
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L&H returns fire as the class actions roll in

Special Report The question to be resolved at speech and language specialist Lernout & Haupsie (L&H) is whether there is any funny business going on, particularly in its reporting of sales. The special mid-year audit of L&H's worldwide activities the company has called in the hope of silencing critics and reassuring shareholders will be able …
Graham Lea, 03 Sep 2000
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Supremes decline to sing on MS case

The Supreme Court has made it clear it's not in a particular hurry to decide whether it wishes to hear the Microsoft case, or whether it will send it to the court of appeals first. Yesterday, eight orders by the Supremes were made public: seven concerned refusals to hear death-sentence cases, which understandably have a higher …
Graham Lea, 29 Aug 2000
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Java is skill in most demand in UK, Windows down

Java appears to be the most sought after IT skill in the UK. The SSP/Computer Weekly Q2 survey of appointments data and trends, based on what employers were seeking in trade press and national newspaper ads, showed that C++ was still top. However, it was down 36 per cent compared with the year-earlier quarter while second-place …
Graham Lea, 29 Aug 2000
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Korean economy is the Comeback Kid

Korea has the misfortune to be best known for being the home of the Moonies and MASH, but neither Sun Myong Moon's Unification Church nor the American sitcom that glorifies a war that took place fifty years ago come close to illuminating the remarkable developments happening in Korea today. Less than three years ago, the street …
Graham Lea, 25 Aug 2000
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Bastiaens bails from L&H

Gaston Bastiaens has resigned from his post as CEO of translation software company Lernout & Hauspie. The move follows months of uncertainty over the success of his management style, according to Jo Lernout, co-founder and co-chairman of L&H. In a conference call just concluded, Lernout made it clear that Bastiaens' management …
Graham Lea, 25 Aug 2000
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MS asks again for Supremes not to hear its case

MS on Trial Microsoft had its last fling yesterday when it filed with the Supreme Court a reply brief to the DoJ filing last week. It doesn't add much, merely reiterating its belief that the Expediting Act gives the Supreme Court unqualified discretion not to hear a case. The Supremes of course would know this anyway. The DoJ has made it …
Graham Lea, 23 Aug 2000
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M$ Japan staff fail to declare stock option income

There must be gloom clouds over Microsoft Japan where, according to Japanese newspaper reports, some 150 Microsoft employees (out of around 1,000 in Japan) have failed to declare, or have incorrectly declared, some $65 million of stock option income over several years. It's going to be a pricey oversight, because the reports …
Graham Lea, 23 Aug 2000
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The Register dances the Tarantella

If there were an architect for the SCO deal with Caldera, it would be Mike Orr, president of Tarantella. The Register has been talking to him. It was his idea for SCO to visit Linux distributors last October, because "anything that increases the credibility of Unix would be good for SCO". Caldera responded warmly, and the …
Graham Lea, 22 Aug 2000
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DoJ rebuts MS brief, lobbies for Supreme Court hearing

In a very readable 30-page brief to the Supreme Court, the DoJ yesterday set out its reasons for the Microsoft case to be heard directly, and not by the court of appeals. The DoJ's brief, in response to Microsoft's brief three weeks ago. Microsoft meanwhile has been trying hard to get Judge Jackson's findings of fact set aside …
Graham Lea, 22 Aug 2000
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Corel's Cowpland quits

Michael Cowpland's announcement yesterday that he is resigning as chairman and CEO of Corel could be a shrewd move. Others will think his departure from the executive ranks long overdue. Corel has a financial crisis that resulted in a new round of layoffs recently, and the present strategy did not seem to be leading the company …
Graham Lea, 22 Aug 2000
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L&H goes on Korean offensive against WSJ

Lernout & Hauspie has appointed KPMG to conduct a mid-year audit into the company, in a response to an article in the Wall Street Journal last Tuesday (Aug 8,2000), which questioned the veracity of the company's published sales figures for Korea (WSJ has trouble with LearnHowtoSpeak Korean). CEO Gaston Bastiaens last night said …
Graham Lea, 22 Aug 2000
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The Reg visits Korea to assess L&H's sales

On the face of it, speech and language specialist Lernout & Haupsie's reported sales figures for Korea for recent quarters do look too good to be true. They had gone from a million dollars or so in the first two quarters of last year to $15 million in Q3, $46 million in Q4, with $58 million reported for Q1 this year. Those who …
Graham Lea, 22 Aug 2000
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The trouble with LearnHowTospeak Korean

Lernout & Hauspie (L&H) stock fell 19 per cent on Tuesday (Aug 8, 2000) following a Wall Street Journal article which questioned the veracity of sales figures claimed by the company's operation in Korea. With Q2 sales of $68 million for Q2, Korea contributes a very high proportion of revenues (44 per cent this quarter)booked by …
Graham Lea, 09 Aug 2000
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High prices, false steps help Windows lose to Linux in China

When Bill Gates was questioned about Chinese support for Linux during an interview with Red Herring recently, he claimed that "our fastest growing server business is in China", which was surprising. Gates was also extremely upset when the interviewer suggested that the Chinese liked Linux: "What the heck are you talking about? …
Graham Lea, 08 Aug 2000
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Cybersmears – another great Net tradition falls by wayside

Cybersmearing, otherwise known as online defamation, became a trickier pastime last week when a New Jersey state judge ruled that anonymous messages on Yahoo! Finance by three defendants constituted libel against Biomatrix, a bio-medical firm which previously employed two of the libellers. The next step will be the assessment …
Graham Lea, 07 Aug 2000
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MAPS under fire as Harris sues MS, AOL over spam block

Analysis At first glance, pollster Harris International's legal action against AOL, Microsoft's Hotmail and others seems heavy-handed. Harris had been blacklisted in the Mail Abuse Prevention System (MAPS) Realtime Blackhole List for spamming, but a dig behind the scenes shows there's much more to this one than the bare facts suggest. …
Graham Lea, 04 Aug 2000