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Linux and notebooks boost Dell revenue

Dell credited Linux servers and notebook sales for fuelling its revenue growth last quarter. However the OEM posted earnings $200m lower than expected, blaming lower demand in Europe and weaker Government sales.
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Adabra disappears in puff of VC smoke

Adabra, a Letsbuyit clone but much smaller, has fallen into the e-byss with debts of £ 800,000. Liquidator Kroll Buchler Phillips is handling the liquidation and has already sold the assets of the business to French-based Dealpartners for £220,000.
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Look-and-feel wars return as Adobe sues Macromedia

Adobe is suing Macromedia over the use of user interface elements it claims are covered by a patent Adobe filed in 1994.
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Dell lives in Intel parallel cosmos

Spooky parallels between the Intel and Dell business models underline the quarterly results the Texan firm delivered to Wall Street late yesterday (See Linux and notebooks boost Dell revenue).
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III sales flat as a pancake

Interactive Investor International (III) is the UK's most popular financial news portal people, but quite not as popular as it used to be. The company saw Q3 page impressions ease to 42.2 million from 43.4 million the previous quarter.
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IDC pricks SCO-Caldera bubble

IDC has delivered a wary response to the acquisition by Caldera of the Santa Cruz Operation's UnixWare and its accompanying services division.
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Pentium 4 to hit 2GHz next year

An update to the Intel desktop roadmap seen by Bert McComas, senior analyst at InQuest, has revealed how seriously the firm is viewing increased competition from both AMD and Via.
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Sony to launch Net-based video channel

Sony will launch an Internet-based video service in October, in what's essentially a trial run of the kind of broadband digital content delivery services it's planning to put in place next year.
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AMD fans currently a nightmare

Here at The Register, we know AMD fans are a nightmare. If any story appears on our site which in any tiny way whatever suggests anything negative about the Great Satan of Taperecorders, our email box rapidly fills up with injured emissives telling us what a great company it is.
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AOL pulls musical search engine

AOL has pulled its digital music search engine, as it cannot reliably distinguish between legal and illegal MP3s, the company said. The recording industry has described the MP3 format as a vehicle for piracy, and has recently brought a new vigour to its efforts to stop the illegal distribution of music.
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Ricardo share price bombed by QXL jitters

Online auction house Ricardo.de's share price was still suffering this morning amid doubts over its planned buyout by QXL.com.
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Net speak makes Oxford English Dictionary

The new edition of the Oxford English Dictionary includes 62 new words representing the changes in our culture in the last year. And, appropriately, many of them are to do with the Internet.
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Woolworths join Net dunce brigade

UK retailer Woolworths has joined the illustrious list of companies unable to deal with the Internet. It was the old tale - people being able to read customers credit card details and telephone numbers. Displaying the same ignorance of Internet security as Barclays and PowerGen was one thing, but Woolworths has gone one better.
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Lucent and Chartered in 5-year development deal

Lucent and Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing have signed a five-year, $700 million investment deal to develop future generations of integrated circuits for the communications industry.
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Amazon gets big in toy warehousing

Amazon has announced a 10-year deal with Toys R Us in which it will market toys and baby goods. Amazon has rarely done any deals with companies that aren't Net-based and analysts reckon the deal demonstrates that both companies are finding the online toy market hard-going.
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MS and anti-trust: now it's India's turn

Update India has joined in the Microsoft anti-trust trialfest, with the country's regulator accusing the software giant of unfair trade practices.
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Get paid to search the Web

Espotting.com is launching a search engine that will pay users each time they make a search through its database. The company claims that it is the first such engine in Europe.
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BT launches cable offensive

When we heard that a drilling company in Uxbridge, West London had managed to slice through a hefty fibre-optic hub belonging to BT, there was only one solution.
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Angry

[We get a lot of anger here. Some would say it is an anonymous person's way of getting over their own inadequacy. But we think the lid's just been screwed on too tight]
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Taxan to start building PCs

Monitor maker Taxan is planning to set up shop as a PC manufacturer in the UK.
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HP to declare Linux ‘strategic’ – again

Hewlett-Packard will next week grant Linux status as one of the company's "strategic operating systems", according to a Reuters report.
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HW Roundup Dr Tom kicks off a budget board battle

GeForce2 MX gets the OC Workbench treatment here. Now, while the performance is nothing to get over excited about, it was never going to be, and for what it is, OC Workbench says it is very good. So sit back, and have a thorough read.
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Flame of the Week Register is dull!

[This one is coming right back at your humble Letters Ed when he wrote a humorous piece about the Chinese government shutting down a dissident Web site. Not everyone thought it was funny.]
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Confused

[Sometimes these are scarier that the flames]
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Sexed-up

[We explained to you all that since we had ordered so much new merchandising stock that we ruined our cash flow. If none of you bought any of it, we realised we'd have to throw Lucy out on her ear. We got a photo of her as she was told the news. Far from being sympathetic to the soon-to-be-broke Lucy though, the mere sight of a woman was enough to send you into a frenzy. We're ordering some bromide for you next week.]
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CBI to press for longer RIP discussion

The Confederation of British Industry is to leap to the defence of UK Internet users.
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Quizzical

Reg exposes Amazon's poor security Amazon leaves authors open to abuse
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Judge wants France ring fenced from Nazi auctions

A French judge has ordered Web experts to find out how to stop French surfers from accessing Nazi memorabilia sales on Yahoo! sites.
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Readers' Letters: Emotional

We thought we'd have a change in approach this week. And so rather than gathering letters on a particular, we felt we'd be touchy-feely and list them under emotions (man). We could justify this is a pretentious arty-farty kinda way but then we'd only get so sickened we'd have to scrap it. And we've already pieced the whole bloody lot together.
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Redundancies at Datrontech

More doom and gloom for Datrontech Group this week as it laid off 15 staff.
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UK Linux group slams Sophos virus threat claims

Updated Anti-virus software developer Sophos has been accused of spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt over the safety of Linux systems by UK pro-open source organisation NetProject.