If you fell for the June 1 virus hoax and dutifully deleted the SULFNBK.EXE file from your Windows 98 operating system, don't panic. Chances are good that you won't notice that the file has been removed, its loss won't harm Windows 98, and the file can be easily replaced.
Facing increased pressure from upstart companies that are contesting its authority over the designation of Internet top-level domains, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) plans to directly tackle the issue of so-called "alternate roots" at its regular quarterly meeting that starts Friday in Stockholm.
Three days after scrapping its merger talks with Lucent Technologies, French telecommunication equipment maker Alcatel SA said it plans to shut three facilities in the U.S. and lay off 900 employees, or about 6 percent of its U.S. workforce.
When an Australian software developer tightened licensing restrictions on his firewall program last month, he set off a chain of events that has caused a big controversy among the open-source developers who work on the OpenBSD operating system.
Beginning in August, Union Pacific Railroad Co. plans to broaden its e-commerce offerings by providing its customers with voice-activated technology that will make it easier and faster to return a rail car after it's been unloaded.
Handheld computer maker Palm Inc. plans to lay off an undisclosed number of workers later this month, its second cutback in recent weeks, due partly to an earlier delay in the release of its latest personal digital assistants.
Users of Microsoft's Office 97 products can no longer take advantage of the company's free customer support service as of Friday, a result of a policy shift that analysts say was implemented to tap customers for more revenue and encourage upgrades to newly released versions of its software.
Microsoft officially launched Office XP Thursday morning, but observers are already questioning whether the productivity suite will get through the door of the enterprise. The answer to that question may not hinge on Office's new features and functionality, but rather on how companies approach the software giant's new licensing structure.
Written by Bob Trott and Ed Scannell •
01 June 01 14:00
A misconfigured server left U.S. broadband service provider Excite@Home Inc.'s internal network open to hackers for three months and among the gems exposed to the world: its entire customer list of nearly 3 million [M] cable modem users.
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