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Phoenix IT ready to get hands dirty with ICM

Phoenix IT yesterday said it was time to stop talking about integrating ICM Computer Group and time to start doing it. The board cautioned the "integration may cause some short term disruption", but the logic of the acquisition remains, well, strategic. Considering that Phoenix only bought ICM, a disaster recovery biz-cum- …
Drew Cullen, 02 Oct 2007
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So cool it 2.4 gigahertz: BATTERY-FREE comms for international band

Embedded wireless solutions company EnOcean is planning to show the first self-powered transmitter to work at 2.4GHz. The radio isn't passive, the power to run the radio is generated through motion, light or temperature changes. Specifically this takes the form of an electromechanical converter which is as easy to press as a …
Simon Rockman, 12 Feb 2014
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Phoenix makes tentative offer for ICM

Phoenix IT Group, a publicly-listed managed services company, has tabled a conditional offer to buy business continuity firm ICM Computer Group. The firms announced in January that they were chatting. Phoenix has put in an offer equating to 415 pence per share. At the time this article went to press, ICM last closed trading at …
Mark Ballard, 16 Mar 2007
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Phoenix IT confirms talks to buy ICM Computer

Managed services group Phoenix IT has confirmed it is in talks with the board of ICM Computer about acquiring the firm. In a statement to investors on Friday, Phoenix said: "There can be no certainty that these discussions will lead to an offer being made by Phoenix for ICM." ICM said yesterday it had received an approach from …
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ICM Computer mulls management buyout

The independent directors of ICM Computer Group have given permission to managers to investigate making a buyout proposal. The board also confirmed another party had made an offer for the data continuity firm. In a statement on Thursday, ICM said it had authorised a management team including Stephen Wainwright, Craig Fairey, …
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Phoenix shareholders say yes to ICM bid

Phoenix shareholders have given the proposed acquisition of ICM Computer Group an enthusiastic thumbs up. All resolutions were passed by the firm's shareholders. The total number of votes cast was 45,478,689 on three resolutions, of which less than one per cent objected to the take-over of the business continuity firm. …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 May 2007
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Phoenix closes in on ICM

Managed services firm Phoenix IT said it has given the nod of approval to the ICM's recommendation for an increased offer with a new figure which smashes the £100m mark. A bidding war had kicked off for the business continuity firm after Fawkes threw a tantalising offer into the mix a few weeks ago. But last week Fawkes …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 May 2007
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Phoenix flies higher with ICM bid

Phoenix IT has jacked up its offer for business continuity firm ICM from 415 pence to 441.5 pence, further fuelling the bidding war for the firm. The offer, comprising 342.5 pence and 0.6176 of a new Phoenix share for each ICM share, values ICM at £94.3m in total. Phoenix’s bid come a day after Fawkes, which is partly a …
Joe Fay, 28 Mar 2007
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ICM Computer refit will hit figures

ICM Computer Group said that earnings for the current year will take a hit as it refits a business continuity centre. The statement came as it released results for the six months to December 31, which showed revenues of £37.4m, compared to £38.7m a year ago. Pre tax profits were £2.1m, compared to £2.5m previously. Excluding …
Joe Fay, 07 Mar 2006
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Smut baron buy-up of Vatican.xxx rumour exploded

The domain name vatican.xxx was not "registered by a mystery buyer" as has been widely reported this week. The Vatican issued a statement yesterday claiming the prurient web address was in the hands of somebody else, leading to speculation that it could turn into a porn site. "This domain is not available because it has been …
Kevin Murphy, 22 Dec 2011

Phoenix IT Group blames former CEO and economy for woes

Phoenix IT Group chairman Peter Bertram fingered his former CEO and the fragile economic recovery as reasons why trade remains damp and profits have yet to rebound in a more meaningful way. At the half way stage of fiscal '14 for the six months to 30 September, the beleaguered LSE-listed firm reported a near six per cent decline …
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2013
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.XXX registry in .porn, .adult, .sex extension grab bid

ICM Registry, which runs the controversial .xxx top-level domain, today revealed that it has applied to ICANN for the gTLDs .porn, .sex and .adult. The Florida-based company hopes to avoid "shakedown" accusations this time around - last year it faced severe criticism and a lawsuit when it raked in millions of dollars in …
Kevin Murphy, 12 Apr 2012
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Bust PC builder lands ICM with huge piracy bill

ICM Computer Group has been landed with a huge bill for buying pirated software unwittingly from an unnamed distributor. The disaster recovery specialist has set aside £725,000 to cover its obligations to Microsoft, of which £400,000 has already made its way to the software giant. In a statement accompanying its results …
Drew Cullen, 25 Sep 2003
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ICANN responds to smut portal antitrust lawsuit

ICANN and .xxx manager ICM Registry want a California judge to throw out an antitrust lawsuit, saying plaintiff Manwin Licensing is just miffed that it missed out on the juiciest domain names. Manwin, which runs major online porn networks including YouPorn and Brazzers, sued ICANN and ICM in November claiming that they had …
Kevin Murphy, 27 Jan 2012
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Aussie Sex Party takes the whip to .xxx domains

The Australian Sex Party has joined a growing international chorus of voices accusing ICANN and ICM Registry of a shakedown over the .xxx domain space. Companies that don’t want their domain names appearing in front of the already-notorious dot-triple-x are facing an October 28 deadline to register with ICM, the sole contractor …
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.xxx opens for business as smut site slings lawsuit

The .xxx top-level domain will open for registrations from the public this afternoon, over a decade after the controversial adults-only internet address was first proposed. ICM Registry, which was awarded the .xxx contract by ICANN this March, will start selling .xxx domain names through a network of over 70 accredited …
Kevin Murphy, 06 Dec 2011
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Gay.xxx sells for $500,000

The internet address gay.xxx has been sold for $500,000, making it the most expensive domain name sold in an extension that is not yet publicly open for registration. The deal was made as part of the Founders Program offered by .xxx operator ICM Registry. The buyer is Liberty Media Holdings, aka Corbin Fisher, a Las Vegas-based …
Kevin Murphy, 07 Oct 2011
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McAfee to wipe mess off .xxx pr0n sites

ICM Registry, which plans to start selling .xxx domain names later this year, has inked a deal with McAfee to provide a free daily security scan for every website at a .xxx address. The deal with the Intel-owned security business is worth $8m, according to ICM. McAfee will scan every .xxx domain name every day for security …
Kevin Murphy, 28 Jun 2011
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Web smut barons sue over .xxx 'shakedown'

Two of the biggest porn companies on the net want to put a stop to the .xxx top-level domain, and they've taken their demands to court. Manwin and Digital Playground yesterday sued domain name system overseer ICANN and .xxx manager ICM Registry on antitrust grounds, claiming that ICM has been "extorting defensive registrations" …
Kevin Murphy, 18 Nov 2011
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Pope Benedict in .XXX pro-Islam cybersquat drama

A Turkish cybersquatter has registered at least a dozen variants of Pope Benedict's name as .xxx internet domains and is using them to promote Islam. Cybersquatted sites including PopeBenedict.xxx currently proclaim "Everyone will find Islam" alongside pictures of the Quran and Kaaba. Unsurprisingly, the sites also state that " …
Kevin Murphy, 19 Mar 2012
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Phoenix restructure sends profits down in flames

Phoenix IT Group saw its wings decisively clipped over the last year, as a wide-ranging restructure battered profits and helped knock sales off-course in an already tough market. The services group insisted it was confident it will see revenue growth over the current year, but remained “cautious” about its likely performance in …
Joe Fay, 28 May 2012
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Smut sirens violate YouTube with saucy .XXX hot dog

YouTube has yanked offline an advert for .xxx domain names which featured two porn stars performing a sexually suggestive act on a hot dog. But the 30-second video, part of ICM Registry's $4.5m ad campaign to promote the launch of the porn-only TLD, was apparently removed from YouTube not because it was too saucy, but because …
Kevin Murphy, 30 Nov 2011
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First smut site erected on .xxx address

The first porn site to use a .xxx web address has gone live, and domain manager ICM Registry has announced another way to make internet perving a "safer" experience. Casting.xxx (NSFW, incredibly) started doing its bit to feed the world's appetite for "adult entertainment" last night. While ICM has had a corporate site online …
Kevin Murphy, 03 Aug 2011
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Brands stiffed by .xxx briefs' cock-ups

Half of all attempts to protect trademarks from the new .xxx internet extension could be failing due to lawyers' inability to RTFM*. That appears to be the conclusion of one company handling applications to prevent trademark-infringing use of the new adults-only top-level domain. The .xxx extension, operated by ICM Registry, is …
Kevin Murphy, 29 Sep 2011
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Porno cyber-squatter landed in Branson pickle

Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson has filed a cybersquatting complaint over the domain name richardbranson.xxx. Branson is one of the first people to use ICANN's snappily titled Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) to try to reclaim a potentially embarrassing address in the new porn-friendly .xxx space. …
Kevin Murphy, 17 Jan 2012
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Religious wars brewing in ICANN gTLD expansion

Religious convictions are emerging as the key battle line in the massive domain name expansion currently in progress at internet addressing overlord ICANN. Morality in Media, a largely Christian, US-based anti-pornography group, has become the first religious organisation to kick off a formal campaign against what it seems a “ …
Kevin Murphy, 12 Jul 2012
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Secret list of celebrity .xxx domains removed from market

Hundreds, possibly thousands of celebrities have had their names permanently banned from the new .xxx adults-only internet domain. El Reg can reveal that everyone from Justin Bieber to Piers Morgan has had their .xxx address placed into a permanent "reserved" status by the registry manager, ICM Registry. This means that …
Kevin Murphy, 24 Aug 2011
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Smut domain scores big bucks for not handling smut

Thousands of companies, far more than expected, are handing over hundreds of dollars each to block their brands in the new .xxx internet domain. According to ICM Registry, the company behind the adults-only extension, porn-shy firms have applied to defensively block more than 10,000 trademarks in just the first week of its " …
Kevin Murphy, 16 Sep 2011
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.XXX to launch nothing-but-smut unsafe search

ICM Registry, the company behind the forthcoming .xxx domain extension, plans to launch a search engine devoted entirely to porn at search.xxx. The news emerged during a panel discussion at the YNOT Summit 2011, a porn industry trade show in San Francisco late last month (depressingly SFW video at YouTube.) ICM president Stuart …
Kevin Murphy, 13 Jul 2011
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ICM results better than expected

ICM Computer Group has come in comfortably ahead of forecasts in its London Stock Exchange maiden set of set of results. The Leeds-based company reported £3.43 million PBT (on continuing activities), 43 per cent up on 1997, and ahead of the £2.85 millon flotation forecast. The figures include a one-off loss of £502,000, related …
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Sun rises over .xxx smut domain

Businesses in the adult entertainment industry – and outside of it – from today have the opportunity to register or block .xxx domain names that match their trademarks. ICM Registry, which has operated .xxx since it signed a contract with ICANN earlier this year, has launched a three-pronged "sunrise period" that will run for …
Kevin Murphy, 07 Sep 2011
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Phoenix IT Group to axe over 300 jobs

Phoenix IT Group is to axe more than 300 jobs as part of a company-wide reorganisation. As previously revealed by El Reg, the IT services firm murdered the ICM brand and placed the system integration, comms, hosting, managed services and business continuity operations under the Phoenix banner from January. The LSE-listed firm, …
Paul Kunert, 31 Jan 2012
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TV tax takers reveal Brits telly habits

Britons now spend more time watching TV programmes after they have been broadcast. And more than a quarter of us watch TV on mobile devices, TV Licensing, the organisation that collects the Licence Fee, a television tax, said this week. Brits together own more flat-panel tellies than any other Western European nation, even those …
Tony Smith, 15 Mar 2012
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Last day on the job for Phoenix IT Group boss

Phoenix IT Group's long-serving chief exec Nick Robinson is hanging up his boots today after attending his last Annual General Meeting in the role. The services provider and reseller is handing captaincy of the ship over to industry veteran Dave Courtley at the beginning of next week. Courtley will need to draw upon his …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jul 2011
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ICM Computer Group makes ‘healthy gains’

ICM Computer Group plc is quietly confident about its financial progress over the past year and expects to increase its market share as it strengthens its contract client base, according to chairman George Hayter. Speaking at the company’s first AGM since it floated on the Official List in May 1998, Hayter said the company had …
Tim Richardson, 04 Nov 1998
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XXX domain names go live

The first .xxx web addresses have gone live on the internet, almost 11 years after the extension was first proposed. On Friday, the porn-only address was added to the domain name system's root servers – through a convoluted process that involves box-ticking from domain overseer ICANN, the US Department of Commerce, and VeriSign …
Kevin Murphy, 17 Apr 2011
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Phoenix sales and profits falling as UK economy burns

Phoenix IT Group is set for a structural revamp after the loss of major contracts in each of its operating divisions forced down sales and profits for the half year to 30 September. The IT services group recorded a 4.4 per cent decline in sales to £132.2m, operating profits fell 12 per cent to £13.9m and profit before tax …
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2011
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Pr0n stars to demo against .xxx

Porn stars are set to rally against the proposed .xxx top-level domain name outside the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) public meeting in San Francisco next week. The Free Speech Coalition (FSC), a porn trade group, has called a press conference and rally outside the Westin St Francis Hotel in Union …
Kevin Murphy, 09 Mar 2011
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Go Daddy to sell .xxx domains

Go Daddy, the largest seller of internet domain names, has become the latest registrar to sign up to sell .xxx addresses. The company joins about 50 other registrars that have so far been approved by .xxx manager ICM Registry and accredited by ICANN to sell the names. "A large number of our customers have spoken... and there is …
Kevin Murphy, 10 Jun 2011
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Pr0n domain approved by ICANN

The ICANN approved the porn domain. Again. On Friday, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that it had entered an agreement with ICM Registry that allows the company to run .XXX as a top-level domain. "ICANN’s decision to give .XXX final approval is a landmark moment for the internet," reads …
Cade Metz, 19 Mar 2011
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Up to $650 for a .xxx domain - or to keep your name off one

Pornographers and brand owners can expect to pay between $75 and $650 to register .xxx domain names, newly published registrar pricing schemes have revealed. Trademark owners concerned about having their brands associated with online pornography may be hit especially hard by the forthcoming domain launch, according to reports in …
Kevin Murphy, 16 May 2011
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Saatchis to pimp .xxx domains

Renowned advertising agency M&C Saatchi is to take on the porn business, after agreeing to represent the proposed .xxx domain name operator, ICM Registry. The company is expected to launch a two-phase campaign, the first designed to help sell the purported benefits of the domain to a recalcitrant porn industry, the second to …
Kevin Murphy, 23 Sep 2010
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Fate of porn domain left in government hands

The porn-only .xxx internet domain is set to come under review by international governments, after ICANN deferred voting on the proposal until December. This week, the organisation decided to refer the controversial domain to its Governmental Advisory Committee, which may prove to be the last hurdle it has to jump before being …
Kevin Murphy, 30 Oct 2010
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.XXX to get ICANN nod

ICANN plans to give conditional approval to .xxx, the controversial top-level internet domain just for porn, 10 years after it was first proposed. During a public forum at ICANN's meeting in Brussels today, general counsel John Jeffrey revealed that ICANN's board of directors will likely approve the domain tomorrow. The …
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Governments stonewall interwebs porn domain

The bid to create .xxx – a top-level domain just for web porn – will be tied up in red tape for at least a few more months after national governments pressured ICANN to block its approval. At this week's ICANN 39 meeting in Cartagena, Colombia, ICANN's board of directors signalled its intent to approve ICM Registry's .xxx domain …
Kevin Murphy, 10 Dec 2010
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.XXX accuses ICANN of 'lip service' on porn domain

The company behind the proposed .xxx internet domain has accused ICANN of trying to weasel its way out of approving the porn-only domain. ICM Registry, which has been fighting for the right to run the domain for a decade, said ICANN staff members prepared “fundamentally flawed” advice, designed to confuse its own board of …
Kevin Murphy, 04 May 2010
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.XXX domain deal stripped bare

The company behind a proposal to create .xxx, an adults-only top-level internet domain, is set to run the gauntlet of objections from angry pornographers and appalled Christians for the sixth time. ICANN last week published a draft contract that, if signed, could allow Florida-based ICM Registry to start offering .xxx domains as …
Kevin Murphy, 01 Sep 2010
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Saudi royals seek ban on .virgin, .sex, .catholic, .wtf and 159 MORE

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has objected to the proposed new top-level internet domains .virgin and .baby – applied for by Virgin Group and Johnson & Johnson respectively – on the grounds that they will encourage pornography. The bizarre claims are among 163 complaints about new dot-word gTLD applications that the Saudi …
Kevin Murphy, 14 Aug 2012
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Won't someone think of the .children, begs Russian registry

The company that runs Russia's .ru internet address has revealed plans to apply to ICANN for the right to operate ".children" in Russian. Moscow-based registry operator Coordination Center for TLD RU said it will apply for .ДЕТИ when ICANN opens the floodgates for unlimited new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) next January. …
Kevin Murphy, 28 Nov 2011
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Fawkes, Phoenix potty over ICM, as PC World goes to dogs

Web driver's licence please One thing you can say about fraud, there's a lot of it about. A study sponsored by the government found more than one in 10 people had experienced online fraud with an average loss of £875. Many wanted some kind of web surfing driver's licence to help them understand security better. A few American …
Billy MacInnes, 29 Mar 2007