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Intel notebook demos '100% Transmeta compatible'

Analysis Intel used its mobile chip launch this week to allay fears of incompatibilities between Transmeta presentations and its own demonstrations of mobile Notebook chips.
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Cybercrime scares Americans

Two thirds of Americans - that must be, oh, around 180 million people - feel threatened, or are concerned, by cybercrime.
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Boss is jumping beenz

Philip Letts, chairman, chief executive and president of beenz is leaving the company that he helped found.
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VNU to shell out £15m for ZD Euro paper biz

After a good few weeks of wrangling it looks as though Dutch publisher VNU has been told £15m is a fair price for Ziff Davis' European paper mags. So that's what it has got to pay.
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Proxim buys Farallon for Mac expertise

Proxim, the acquisitive wireless networking specialist, has bought small LAN veteran Farallon for $14 million, all but $4 million of it in shares.
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Windows ME in the shops 14 September

Son of Windows 98, Windows Me, has been released to manufacturing. Punters will be able to buy retail versions on Thursday, 14 September.
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Intel .13 micron fab online next year

Intel is spending $2 billion to build a new wafer fabrication facility in Leixlip, Ireland. Fab 24 will include 135,000 square feet of cleanroom in a total of more than a million square feet of space. The fab will build products on the 0.13 micron process.
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AOL's Steve Case shafted in penis hoax

AOL has launched an urgent investigation into why people are receiving spoof emails allegedly sent from its CEO, Steve Case.
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Windows ME goes gold – in shops 14 September

Windows Millennium Edition (ME) was officially released to manufacturing on Monday, Microsoft announced yesterday; the new, latest, last version of Win 9x will be rolled out on 14 September, at which point it will be available in the shops and preinstalled on machines.
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ZDNet is castrated

Limp IT news outfit - ZDnet - has admitted it doesn't have any balls, according to top columnist Jane Wakefiled. In her latest column Jane Wakefield: You've Got Mail the author blames email for bastardising the English language and even describes herself as an "email snob". However, the admission that ZDNet is gutless comes later. She writes: "Judging by some of the emails we get in the ZDNet cyber post bag I am not alone. 'Send me details' and 'It's all bollocks' are just two examples of recent missives. Send me details of what? What is bollocks? (They can't of course be referring to the ZDNet News site which is so far removed from bollocks it is almost a eunuch.) Oh yes they can...
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Compaq owed $94 million by Inacom

Compaq yesterday said it was owed $94 million by Inacom - the US distributor that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week.
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LinuxPPC launches latest Netscape fix

LinuxPPC has released the latest version of Netscape Communicator for the open source OS running on PowerPC-based computers.
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IBM takes Microdrive to 1GB

IBM has boosted its Microdrive line to include a one gig drive.
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Intel's Barrett predicts PC shortages for 18 months

Stockholm The CEO of Intel, Craig Barrett, has predicted continuing worldwide PC shortages for the next 12 to 18 months.
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ZDNet in castration shock

Limp IT news outfit - ZDNet - has admitted it doesn't have any balls, according to top columnist Jane Wakefiled. In her latest column Jane Wakefield: You've Got Mail the author blames email for bastardising the English language and even describes herself as an "email snob". However, the admission that ZDNet is gutless comes later. She writes: "Judging by some of the emails we get in the ZDNet cyber post bag I am not alone. 'Send me details' and 'It's all bollocks' are just two examples of recent missives. Send me details of what? What is bollocks? (They can't of course be referring to the ZDNet News site which is so far removed from bollocks it is almost a eunuch.)" Oh yes they can...®
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Kozmo.com delays IPO

US online convenience store Kozmo.com has postponed its flotation until market conditions improve. The New York company, which filed for the IPO in March, had hoped to take the company public by this month, sources told CNET. The company is now understood to be looking at a September IPO.
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I've got a Willamette at home

For those readers who like that sort of thing, Hardware Central has posted some pictures reputed to be of an early sample Willamette. The pictures are of the usual electronic quality - ie. complete crap - but that didn't put off our resident semiconductor sleuth from poring over them with a magnifying glass.
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BT invented hyperlinks shock

BT's announcement that it invented the principle behind the hyperlink has receiving mocking condemnation from a number of Register readers.
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Got an Intel i815E? Use the AGP slot

Bit of a mixed bag out there today. in Hardware Land. Lots of little titbits to check out, and a beginner's guide to Benchmarking.
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AOL to sell set-top boxes

AOL is to flog set-top boxes so that couch potatoes can use the Net while watching TV.
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Chinese cybercafes dubbed ‘electronic heroin’

Chinese officials have launched a fresh crackdown on cybercafes after a regulation banned them from operating within 200 metres of schools.
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Eidos confirms takeover talks

Eidos, publisher of the Tomb Raider computer game series starring the pneumatic Lara Croft, saw its share price soar today after confirming it was in takeover talks.
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Bluetooth danger to world nuclear balance

A visit to Intel's wireless communication centre here in Stockholm today revealed that the designers have not quite got worldwide agreement on frequencies.
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Missing hard drives reappear under FBI's nose

Two hard disk drives containing secret information on nuclear weapons, which disappeared from a secure area in the Los Alamos National Laboratory, were found behind a photocopier days after the area was searched, making it all but certain that they were replaced under the noses of FBI investigators.
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Overcharging for Windows: how MS may beat the rap

This week Microsoft scored its second victory against a class action claiming it overcharged for Windows, when a Nevada judge granted the company's motion to throw out the case. This follows on from an Oregon ruling last week, where the judge rejected the claim on the basis that consumers could only sue if they'd bought directly from Microsoft.
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Judge points MS case straight at Supremes

MS on Trial Riding over Microsoft's objections, Judge Jackson has decided to send the appeal in the antitrust case direct to the Supreme Court.