Stories by James Niccolai

RealNames gets RealHacked

RealNames, which provides a service that converts complex Web addresses into simple keywords, has quietly warned customers that criminals had broken into one of its databases and may have stolen credit card information belonging to its customers.

UPDATE: RealNames Gets RealHacked

RealNames Corp., which provides a service that converts complex Web addresses into simple keywords, warned customers today that criminals had broken into one of its databases and may have stolen credit card information belonging to as many as 15,000 customers.

ETrade, ZDNN confirm hack attacks

Online brokerage ETrade Group and Ziff-Davis' technology news site ZDNet have become the latest victims today of a string of hacker attacks aimed at popular online destinations.

ETrade, ZDN confirm hack attacks

Online brokerage ETrade Group and Ziff-Davis' technology news site ZDNet have become the latest victims today of a string of hacker attacks aimed at popular online destinations.

Dell Sneaks Ahead of Lowered Q4 Expectations

Dell Computer Corp., which has been battling a shortage of key components used to build its personal computers, reported a profit of 16 U.S. cents per share for its fiscal fourth quarter, slightly ahead of the lowered expectations of financial analysts.

Analyst Sees Phone Calls Moving to the LAN

With the rapid advance of technology, it's not hard to believe that the workplace will look very different in a few years time. One analyst firm has identified two trends that it believes will emerge quickly: LAN (local area network) telephony and wireless LANs.

Analyst Puts Hacker Damage at US$1.2B and Rising

The wave of hacker attacks this week that temporarily disabled popular Web sites like Yahoo Inc. and eBay Inc. may have cost the industry in excess of US$1.2 billion, according to an estimate released today by one market research firm.

Microsoft Invests in Israeli Home Networking Firm

Microsoft Corp. said today it has made a US$5 million equity investment in Israel's Itran Communications Ltd., a maker of equipment that allows power lines in homes and offices to be used as high-speed data networks.

Dataquest: Euro PC Sales Grew 18 Percent in 1999

PC sales in Europe reached 29.9 million units in 1999, up 18 percent from the previous year, as more consumers bought computers to access the Internet, according to new research released today by Dataquest Inc.

Microsoft's Fortune Rides on Win2000, Analysts Say

With the launch of its Windows 2000 operating system on Feb. 17, Microsoft Corp. will try to move up the software food chain by beginning its assault on the lucrative midrange server business. At stake for the company will be its ability to keep growing at the fairytale rate it has enjoyed for the past half decade, industry analysts said.

Intel to Acquire DSL Chip Maker for US$150M

Intel Corp. has agreed to acquire Ambient Technologies Inc., which makes semiconductor chips for use in DSL (digital subscriber line) and analog modems, for approximately US$150 million in cash, Intel said today.

Be Targets Internet Appliances with New OS

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Industry Group Weighs In Against Microsoft

A powerful software industry association that counts Microsoft Corp. among its members today urged the judge overseeing the U.S. government's antitrust case against Microsoft to find that the company has violated antitrust laws.

Startup Looks to Reinvent Surfing the Web

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