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MS dumping Win95 support in next version of Office?

Microsoft is casting Windows 95 users adrift with the next version of its Office suite, according to some small print spotted by WinInfo. The release notes for Beta 1 of Office 10 specifically state that the software "will not function on Windows 3.x, Windows NT 3.5x, or Windows 95."
John Lettice, 14 Aug 2000
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3i takes III to court over domain name

3i, the UK's biggest venture capital firm, has issued a writ against Interactive Investor International, demanding the finance site ditches its iii logo and the iii.co.uk Web address, Sunday Business reports.
Drew Cullen, 14 Aug 2000
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Rambus sues Infineon

Infineon, the spun-off division of Siemens which makes and sells memory, has had a missive from lawyers at Rambus Ink, alleging infringement of patents the Mountain View firm claims it owns on double data rate (DDR) memory, synchronous memory, and memory controllers.
Mike Magee, 14 Aug 2000
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Safeway hacked in email raid

Safeway, the British supermarket chain, had its email server cracked on Friday.
Drew Cullen, 14 Aug 2000
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Sun puts dollars and suits behind GNOME

Exclusive Sun sources tell us that it will unveil its "GNOME Foundation" initiative at the San Jose LinuxWorld expo this week.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Aug 2000
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Domain name registration more popular than car theft

150,000 new .co.uk domain names are registered every month, or three domains registered every minute, says UK naming outfit Nominet.
Andrew Thomas, 14 Aug 2000
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Johnny Vaughan plans DIY Web site

Big Breakfast star Johnny Vaughan is planning to set up a DIY site.
Linda Harrison, 14 Aug 2000
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Jobs trying to block my book alleges author

Steve Jobs may have joined the ranks of Rupert Murdoch, Richard Branson, Robert Maxwell and other captains of industry who have tried to gag - or been accused of trying to gag - authors attempting to write their unauthorised biographies.
Tony Smith, 14 Aug 2000
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There is such a thing as a free PC

Last year there was much talk about ISPs giving low-end PCs away with a monthly subscription to their service. However, unlike the Americans, we Brits hadn't really been used to paying a monthly subscription for our phone calls, and the idea never really took off.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Aug 2000
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M$ LINX vote delayed

Microsoft will have to wait another 36 hours before finding out whether its application to join the influential London Internet Exchange (LINX) has been successful or not.
Tim Richardson, 14 Aug 2000
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Sony signs Transmeta

Updated Sony could be Transmeta's next high-profile customer, if a company source is to be believed.
Tony Smith, 14 Aug 2000
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Dixons couples with Gameplay and renames @jakarta stores

Dixons has slithered into bed with Gameplay.com to revamp its computer games business.
Linda Harrison, 14 Aug 2000
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Dell to demo Linux on Itanium

Dell will demo an Intel Itanium-based server running Linux at LinuxWorld Expo later today, according to company sources cited by Infoworld.
Tony Smith, 14 Aug 2000
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Lastminute.com slurred by Church

Heaven's above. Thanks to a vulture-eyed reader for this snap taken at weekend at St Mary's Church in Poole, Dorset. Well, it made us chuckle. ®
Tim Richardson, 14 Aug 2000
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AMD fans fans' flames

Updated The lack of thermals - no, not Damart thermals* - in AMD boxed Athlon processors has drawn a flurry of emails from our beloved readers eager to put us right, put us wrong, or just put us down.
Mike Magee, 14 Aug 2000
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Reuters slashes 1000 jobs to focus on Net

Reuters is to slash over 1000 jobs as part of its drive to refocus the company on the Net. A spokesman for the company said that the changes would involve a relocation of resources, and could include new hires as well as job cuts. The company has also formed a series of internal divisions that it plans to float off separately.
Team Register, 14 Aug 2000
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HW Roundup Dr Tom goes Linux crazy with Nvidia 3D cards

The man himself, Dr Thomas Pabst, has reviewed the Nvidia drivers for Linux 3D. He compares performance under Linux with Windows 98, testing five different Nvidia cards on six platforms. This is his first review dedicated to Linux, so check it out.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Aug 2000
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Tecmar surrenders on Ditto drives

Back in March we revealed that Tecmar had a little bit of difficulty writing Win2k drivers for its Ditto drives, but now it has solved the problem once and for all.
Mike Magee, 14 Aug 2000
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BT denies data centre investment climb-down

BT has dismissed claims it is to scrap a £1.2 billion plan to set up a network of Internet data centres.
Tim Richardson, 14 Aug 2000
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Bitboys' 3D superchip schedule slips again?

Finnish 3D graphics company Bitboys appears to have shuffled back its release schedule - again.
Tony Smith, 14 Aug 2000
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Orange goes high-speed wireless

Orange has launched the high-speed data transmission system it promised last month. According to senior product manager Adrian Dobbs: "By next Monday, every shop will have it."
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Aug 2000
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Nvidia releases third Detonator driver

Nvidia has posted its latest version of its multi-product Detonator driver on its Web site.
Tony Smith, 14 Aug 2000
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Big corporates ‘pained’ by Win2K rollouts

A report from Giga Information Group claims that large corporates are taking six to nine months longer than anticipated to move to Windows 2000.
Andrew Thomas, 14 Aug 2000
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Are 1GHz PCs just penis extensions?

If you are wondering whether you have found Mr Right, rather than looking in his garage for a Ferrari or, heaven forbid, actually spending time with him, you should check out his hardware according to possibly the most ridiculous survey we have ever heard of.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Aug 2000

Israel and England are one and the same

We've run a few stories recently about the varying Net experiences found in the rest of the world (to our American readers, that's to the right and below the UK). And so, scouting about, we found an interesting article on Wired.com about the state of the Israeli telecommunications industry.
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Aug 2000
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Big Brother to finally get online voting

Big Brother has dared to set a date for when its online voting system will be up and running.
Linda Harrison, 14 Aug 2000
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Red Hat secures Stronghold with C2Net buy

Red Hat is sprucing up its portfolio of enterprise services with the acquisition of C2Net, the privately owned developer of Stronghold, a secure server based on the Apache platform.
Drew Cullen, 14 Aug 2000
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Nvidia unveils GeForce 2 Ultra

Nvidia today unveiled the latest generation of its GeForce graphics accelerator, the GeForce 2 Ultra.
Tony Smith, 14 Aug 2000
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Compaq runs out of iPaqs

Handheld PC's are in such demand that manufacturers are having trouble keeping up. The crisis is such that second hand versions of handheld's from Casio, Compaq and HP have reportedly been changing hands on e-Bay for as much as £200 above the retail price.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Aug 2000
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AltaVista: the silence continues

The scandal of silence currently being mimed by British ISP AltaVista is set to continue until next week despite assurances that someone from the e-outfit would finally explain what the heck is going on. .
Tim Richardson, 14 Aug 2000
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Intel buys Ziatech for $240 million

The Intel Corporation said it had hoovered up Ziatech, a telecomms kit company, for nearly a quarter of a billion dollars.
Mike Magee, 14 Aug 2000
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Levi's and Philips create wired up clothing

Wearable technology is getting all "mainstream" with the announcement of a partnership called Levi's ICD+ between Levi's, of 501 jeans fame, and electronics giant Philips.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Aug 2000
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Oh no! Here comes Captain Cyborg again

Updated Just when you thought it was safe, out comes cybernetics crazyman Kevin Warwick with another book and another study that will prove to be an absolute load of twaddle but will get some useful newspaper inches in the meantime. We despair.
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Aug 2000
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AMD ships 1.1GHz Athlons, cuts prices

AMD has started shipments of 1.1GHz processors to computer manufacturers. The company says 'numerous partners' will be introducing systems featuring 1.1GHz Athlons on August 28. The manufacturers involved include Compaq, Fujitsu-Siemens, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and NEC.
Andrew Thomas, 14 Aug 2000
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Linux bods petition over European patent laws

Eurolinux.org, together with some other non-profit organisations, has produced an online petition for the European Parliament protesting against planned changes in European patent laws.
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Aug 2000