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Burger King flame grills kids Web portal

Update Burger King has pulled a promotion handing out a million CDs containing software for kids ISP and portal kzuk.net over fears that it gives children access to pornography.
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MS judge opts for damage control with Supremes order

MS on Trial The Gang of Seven judges in the Court of Appeals have been outflanked by Judge Jackson. Tucked away in his Order certifying the joint case to the Supremes is the news that his Final Judgement of 7 June be "stayed in its entirety" (meaning the conduct remedies as well as the breakup) until the appeal is heard and decided, unless the stay is vacated by an appellate court.
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Corel Q2 loss widens, sales slump

Corel's recent prediction of a widening Q2 loss and falling revenues proved pretty close to the mark yesterday when the Canadian software company announced its second quarter results.
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50p auction bid buys a lot of PR

Holiday company Airtours has made fantastic PR capital out of letting a 50p online auction bid buy a £500 holiday to Greece.
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‘Lifelong’ email addresses last under three years

How long is a lifetime on the Net? Shorter than you w'd think.
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Duchess ‘earns’ $1m to sing World Online praises

World Online paid Sarah Ferguson, Dutchess of York, $1 million to promote the company for 15 days, the FT says. Apparently, she was paid up front and only put in three or four days' worth of appearances, before her services were terminated by the new management.
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Dell to hop on MP3 bandwagon

Dell will beat arch-rival Compaq to the MP3 music market when it launches the Dell Digital Audio Receiver (DAR) this week, based on the Rio player from S3, formerly known as Diamond Multimedia.
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Windows ME the last Win9x OS? Maybe not…

Just when you're getting used to the idea that Windows ME really is the last of the Win9x line of operating systems, you get a hint that maybe it's not, after all. Once upon a time Win98 was officially the last of the Win9x line, but since then Microsoft has put out two more upgrades, Win98 SE last year and now Windows ME - the latter is almost certainly definitely the last, but if it is, what's Tiger?
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Fridges to be hit by Net viruses

Fridges and household appliances may be the future victims of PC-related bugs.
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Handspring IPOs, raised $200m

Palm licensee Handspring raised $200 million yesterday when it launched itself as a publicly owned company.
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BT could face legal action over hyperlink claim

BT could face legal action if it pursues its claim over the ownership of hyperlinks.
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DTI denies Boo probe

The DTI has denied allegations that it is to rake failed e-tailer Boo.com over the coals.
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Dell dubs Linux ‘strategic’

Dell yesterday reiterated its support for Linux, naming the open source operating system as one of its "strategic" OS products and Red Hat as its preferred Linux supplier.
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S3 licenses Dolby AAC ‘MP3 killer’

S3 is to support Dolby's Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) digital music format in future versions of its Rio MP3 player and the upcoming Rio 600.
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Compaq clobbered in home PC market

Compaq is losing out in the UK home PC market due to intense competition from direct sellers Tiny and Time.

ADSL sweepstake could net more than a pony

ADSLuk, the e-zine that follows British broadband issues with the tenacity of a bush tracker, believes BT won't roll out domestic ADSL services before mid-to-late September 2000.
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Intel's Grove to receive IEEE's highest honour

The IEEE will this week award Chipzilla chairman Andy Grove its highest accolade in recognition of pioneering semiconductor research and, well, helping the chip business shrug off its 'beards in white lab coats' image.
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Freaky plastic aids phone recycling

The reputation of computer and mobile phone industries for being environmentally unfriendly is about to change.
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BBC short-changes online commitment

BBC director general Greg Dyke is to inject an extra £58 million into public service broadcasting - but can only afford a paltry £8 (yes, eight pounds) for its revamped online sports service.
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Intel's Barrett: I will retire

Stockholm In an unusually frank admission that he has other plans than to work for Intel forever, Craig Barrett, CEO of the semiconductor firm, told The Register he is looking for a successor, almost certainly from inside the company.
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Nike Web site owned by hacktivists

Hacktivists hijacked the Nike Web site, pointing surfers to another site announcing an event called S-11. The site is highly critical of globalism and its effects on the national economies, eco-systems and workers in third-world countries.
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Mexican opposition party hires crackers

Mexico's leftist Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) has commissioned computer hackers to crack a password protecting a list of those benefiting from a $100 billion bank bailout which followed the currency crisis of 1994 and 1995, Reuters reports.