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MS to ask Supremes to stay off its case

MS on Trial Microsoft is about to file its first missive to the Supreme Court, in what is widely expected to be an attempt to persuade the Supremes not to hear the case, and send it to the more sympathetic Court of Appeals.
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Sony aims Emotion Engine tech at SGI's Hollywood fief

Sony used SIGGRAPH in New Orleans this week to poop on SGI's big hardware announcement of the year. SGI revealed the replacements for its aging Onyx2 and Origin series, using a new hardware architecture.
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More red ink spatters SCO

As it warned last month, the Santa Cruz Operation continues bleed red ink.
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Pentium 4 to use SDRAM

As world+dog jump on the PC-133 and DDR bandwagon, Chipzilla is keen not to be left holding the Rambus baby. The company today confirmed that it was developing a new chipset for P4, aka Willamette, to give users a choice of either RDRAM or SDRAM.
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Big Q's PC biz back on track

The Compaq Computer Corp, which doesn't like to be referred to as the Big Q any more, has managed to turn round its PC business and post a tidy little profit for its second quarter.
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Heavy breathers winded by Net access rejection

breathe, the lifestyle conscious ISP that courts a cliquey social group it calls "Modern Urbanists", is to withdraw Net access from 500-odd heavy users later today.
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Nortel rakes it in with optical kit

Nortel Networks saw profits jump for the second quarter on surging demand for fibre optic, Web and wireless kit.
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Egg makes losses, no big stink

Egg reported a pre-tax loss of £80.7m for the six months ending June 30 2000. This was in line with expectations, and compared with £69.7m the previous year. Sales were up at £33.2m, against £2.1m. The online bank said it gained 311,000 new customers during the period – making a total of 1.1m.
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Itanium gets the Insane treatment

Intel's Itanium gets the treatment down under as it features on the pages of Insane Hardware. It is true its bus speed is up at an impressive sounding 400MHz, but does this always translate into performance? Check out the site to see what those crazy Aussies think.
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Borland bounces back in style

It's been widely assumed that because Inprise/Borland almost succumbed to Corel's caper, it must be awaiting another suitor. But a glance at its Q2 results shows that the venerable tools maker still knows which way is up in the developers' world, so maybe it's not.
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MS, TRUSTe ad campaign says trust them on privacy

Having used the cookie issue to establish last week that it was a 'responsive and leading' company when it comes to security, Microsoft has followed up swiftly, joining its friends in the TRUSTe "Privacy Partnership" to launch a multimedia consumer privacy education campaign.
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BT confirms ADSL availability dates

BT has admitted it still hasn't got to grips with its broadband ADSL product.

BT dreams of long hot summer

BT has confirmed that global warming has already had an impact on the Earth and is responsible for shifting the seasons in the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere.
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Surftime encounters billing problems

BT has denied it has cocked up the billing for its Surftime product by overcharging its customers.
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How to dodge RIP

Updated A report due to be published tonight will explain how to dodge the government's email snooping bill via a few simple steps.
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Rambus shares plummet

Today's news Pentium 4 to use SDRAM that Intel was to offer SDRAM support for its forthcoming Pentium 4 (Willamette) processor has had an inevitable knock-on effect for Rambus' stock price.
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Where the hell is… the PowerPC 'G4 Plus'?

Motorola has of late been ominously quiet about the development of the PowerPC. Last October, the chip company unveiled its 'G4 Plus' project to rebuild the current PowerPC 7400 (aka G4) CPU. That chip slots in between the current G4 and G5, the next processor listed on Motorola's current (ish) PowerPC roadmap.

GTS beefs up European backbone

Network operator GTS has launched a beefier version of its European Internet backbone, E-Bone. The new backbone will use multiplexing technology from Ciena to run 96 channels, each with a capacity of 10Gbps, through a single fibre pair. This translates to a total raw capacity of just under 1Tbps.
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Compaq lumbered with dodgy DEC deal

Compaq has agreed to pay $4.5 million to settle charges that Digital - acquired by big Q in 1998 - overcharged the US Defense Department for work done back in 1995, reports Reuters.

IBM barges into mobile Net market (too)

Never one to come late to the party, IBM has finally joined the other throngs in the wireless market. And, according to its PR, it's gonna put its money where its mouth is. That's right, one billion smackeroonies (that's dollars) is to be pumped into a range of programmes/initiatives/call em what you will and these will turn you into an overnight wireless success story.
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MIPS and Gemplus go for Smartcard standard

In a move that it hopes will lay the foundations for an industry standard, chip architecture bods MIPS Technologies is working with smartcard specialists Gemplus on the creation of a next generation of smartcard chips.
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ICANN not up to the job?

A man with insider knowledge of the workings of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has criticised the body's approach to creating new domain names for the Internet, adding to a line of unhappy punters, ranging from governments to corporates to the press.
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Do not buy a PC from this Bastard

Episode 27 BOFH 2000: Episode 27