Stories by Stephen Lawson

Nortel reorganises business

A high-level reorganisation at Nortel Networks will divide the company into divisions serving four main markets: wireless networks, wireline networks, enterprise networks and optical networks, the company announced this week.

AOL raises red flags over three past deals

AOL Time Warner (AOLTW) disclosed Wednesday that it is investigating three transactions in which it may have improperly accounted for revenue totalling about US$49 million.

IETF plans emergency system for Internet

IT managers will get new tools to manage systems on demand with the introduction of a new software product and a monthly service, both announced Tuesday by Intel.

New worm may be first written in C#

Researchers this week discovered a virus written using Microsoft's C# programming language, a find that one antivirus expert said is a first.

Nortel sues Kyocera, alleges patent infringement

Nortel Networks has sued Kyocera Wireless over alleged infringement of four Nortel patents on CDMA (Code-Division Multiple Access) technology, according to Nortel spokesman David Chamberlin.

Study: Mail is top corporate wireless app

IT managers in large corporations are looking to wireless data WANs (Wide-Area Networks) mostly for email, and are grappling with challenges of security, costs and system integration in implementing them, according to a survey commissioned by research company Andrew Seybold's Outlook 4Mobility.

Hardware flaws hang some Cisco firewalls

Hardware flaws in some Cisco firewalls for corporate central and branch offices have caused the systems to hang or shut themselves down and forced Cisco to replace the affected boxes.

Japan set to reject Amazon patent is facing a deadline within the next two weeks to respond to the Japan Patent Office's preliminary rejection of its patent application on a "one-click" online purchasing process. The patent office last November notified Amazon that it had reason to reject Amazon's 1998 patent application, according to Kenichiro Natsumi, deputy director of the patent office's Technology Research Division. Also in November, the agency sent a similar notification to Signature Financial Group Inc. concerning a 1992 application for a patent on its "hub and spoke" data processing system.

DNS software hole allows Web attacks

A vulnerability recently discovered in the software used in most DNS (Domain Name System) servers may be the most serious security threat yet found on the Internet, allowing hackers effectively to shut down ISPs (Internet service providers) and corporate Web servers as well as steal confidential data.

Chinese Internet users now 22.5M

The number of Internet users in China grew 33 percent in the second half of 2000 to reach 22.5 million, according to a twice-yearly report released Wednesday by the official China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the Xinhua News Service reported Thursday.

3Com cuts jobs to reduce costs

3Com will cut jobs as part of a restructuring designed to slash costs this year, the struggling communication products vendor announced on Tuesday.