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Scaldera vows a better Linux than Linux

SCO says that it will deliver a Linux-compatible environment based on the UnixWare kernel by the end of the year. It's different to, and way more ambitious than SCO's lxrun emulator. Engineers working on the Linux Kernel Personality claim that it can already host Linux applications with far better performance results than can be achieved by running the same Linux software on a native Linux kernel on identical hardware.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Aug 2000
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Intel paranoid about Transmeta – official

Andy Grove, chairman of the Intel board, said here this afternoon that the firm is not complacent about threats to its business from chip competitors such as AMD or Transmeta.
Mike Magee, 22 Aug 2000
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Intel widens Rambus gap

At a press conference held in San Jose this afternoon, Pat Gelsinger, chief technology officer of Intel's architecture group, acknowledged that the price of Rambus RIMMs had disappointed the firm.
Mike Magee, 22 Aug 2000
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AltaVista admits service a sham

Updated Andy Mitchell, MD of AltaVista in the UK and Ireland, has finally confessed that AltaVista's much-hyped unmetered Net access service does not exist.
Tim Richardson, 22 Aug 2000
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Cheapzilla strikes again

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has again attempted to queer Intel's developer forum pitch by using an intercept and kill strategy.
Adamson Rust, 22 Aug 2000
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Intel late again on Merced-Itanium

When some charming public relations person said that anyone who cared to listen or view IA-64 supremo Ron Curry's presentation was bound by an embargo, we picked up our bags and ran.
Mike Magee, 22 Aug 2000
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AltaVista's world crumbles

This is the statement in full issued by AltaVista UK last night
Tim Richardson, 22 Aug 2000
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Easy man Stelios to float cybercafes

Stelios Haji-Ioannou - the owner of a chain of cybercafes among other Easy things - is looking to float EasyEverything next year, according to the Guardian.
Team Register, 22 Aug 2000
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Honourable mentions

To Gianmichael Di Lallo, for his truly heart rending story, the onbly reason this didn't win was that there was no lightning involved.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Aug 2000
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Blue Carrots owner makes £1 million loss

Cube8.com, the investment company best known for Net community Blue Carrots, has released its six-month results and hired a CEO. The company made a loss of just over £1 million on a turnover of £324,000. It still has £7 million in the bank, which it says will run the business for the next three years. On top of the CTO post the company announced last week, it has also taken on Brian Hindson, formerly of the British Red Cross, as CEO. Cube8 floated on the AIM in February, raising £9.5 million.
Team Register, 22 Aug 2000
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HSBC online lets users take blame for security issues

HSBC has said that it will review the wording of its terms and conditions for its Internet banking service.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Aug 2000
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British paedophile sentenced in LA

A British man was sent to prison for a year and a day after he flew to Los Angeles to meet a 13-year-old boy he met in an Internet chat room.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Aug 2000
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Internet execs the fattest of all fat cats

A survey of boardroom financial rewards has shown that execs heading companies involved in the Internet economy are out-earning traditional company execs such as pharmaceuticals, utilities, retail etc.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Aug 2000
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BT outraged at AltaVista slur

BT has slammed AltaVista for trying to blame the telco for the ISP's ignominious fall from grace.
Tim Richardson, 22 Aug 2000
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The Reg visits Korea to assess L&H's sales

On the face of it, speech and language specialist Lernout & Haupsie's reported sales figures for Korea for recent quarters do look too good to be true. They had gone from a million dollars or so in the first two quarters of last year to $15 million in Q3, $46 million in Q4, with $58 million reported for Q1 this year.
Graham Lea, 22 Aug 2000
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Scunthorpe babe watch aims to prove Sun wrong

Viking FM, Scunthorpe's local radio station, was appalled at accusations by the Sun national newspaper that women in Scunthorpe were, how do you say, not likely to inflame your passions.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Aug 2000
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Nvidia Q2 profits rocket

Nvidia yesterday reported record revenues and profits for its second quarter, despite statements from its arch-rival, 3dfx, that the latter is leading the way in retail sales.
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2000
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Share tipping Web sites pull their info

Websites have been told that they must not publish share tips, even reproducing them from authorised sources, unless they are qualified to give financial advice or are exempt under the 1986 Financial Services Act.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Aug 2000
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BBC signs fat Net deals

The BBC has signed two deals regarding its controversial Internet activities. US Internet investor TH Lee will take a minority stake in Auntie's two commercial Web sites - beeb.com and freebeeb.net - for £32.5 million, and telecoms firm Telewest has signed a content-delivery deal.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Aug 2000
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Sony confirms AMD deal

Sony has confirmed that it will bypass Intel and offer a Vaio notebook based on a mobile AMD chip - just weeks after admitting it's also building a machine around Transmeta's TM5600 chip.
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2000
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Survey: 70 per cent of Gnutella users are ‘free riding’

Napster and Gnutella are refuges for music fans who'd much rather take than give, according to a survey of Gnutella usage by the famous Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (Parc).
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2000
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Visa and Mastercard turn the screws on online fraudsters

Credit card companies are tightening up their security procedures following a massive rise in card fraud last year.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Aug 2000
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Transmeta serendipity dogs Register

Your Register staffer became an honorary German Sunday, joining three wild boys who decided to hire a green Mustang convertible and head for the beach.
Adamson Rust, 22 Aug 2000
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Alta Vista MD speaks to the Reg

Andy Mitchell, MD of AltaVista in the UK and Ireland, has denied he lied about the much-hyped Net access service being available.
Tim Richardson, 22 Aug 2000
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BT mauls AltaVista

Earlier today Reg asked BT to comment on allegations made by AltaVista that the telco was to blame for the ISP's failed Net service. Understandably, BT was shocked and rebutted all allegations. Following their initial response this morning BT has now published a more considered, formal reply.
Tim Richardson, 22 Aug 2000
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Freeserve puts unmetered access on hold

Freeserve is actively trying to discourage people from signing up to its narrowband Net access service, The Register can reveal.
Tim Richardson, 22 Aug 2000
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Dr Tom diddles with ATI's Radeon

Tom's Hardware has posted the full review of ATI's Radeon. Despite a period in the "no serious competition" doldrums, this new offering seems to have come good, as they say. This review compares the Radeon with the Asus V7700 Deluxe.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Aug 2000
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Cherie Blair hounded by cybersquatters

Just who is hounding Cherie Blair and registering domains using her name?
Robert Blincoe, 22 Aug 2000
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L&H goes on Korean offensive against WSJ

Lernout & Hauspie has appointed KPMG to conduct a mid-year audit into the company, in a response to an article in the Wall Street Journal last Tuesday (Aug 8,2000), which questioned the veracity of the company's published sales figures for Korea (WSJ has trouble with LearnHowtoSpeak Korean).
Graham Lea, 22 Aug 2000
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Nintendo to unveil X-box beater 24 August

Nintendo will pull the wraps off Dolphin, its next-generation games console, on 24 August, and unveil a 32-bit Gameboy, the company admitted today.
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2000
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IBM makes first sale of Ultrium LTO storage

Twenty years of American TV history is to be archived on IBM digital tape. This is the first sale of the storage product based on the Ultrium LTO standard, IBM claimed. Both HP and Seagate are also backing the new technology standard, which they all want to push out into the wider market.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Aug 2000
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A skip skap a-skiddidy WAP

We've been a tad serious with WAP of recent, especially when there are so many people with so many daft ideas out there. Unfortunately, the really stupid ones appear to have been flushed out so no big laughs left, however there are a few interesting snippets around.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Aug 2000
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HW Roundup Asus A7V's a-go-go

Dr Tom's page gets hold of a truly beautiful, in the aesthetic sense, board today. But just because it is coated in platinum and other shiny bits doesn't mean it is a good board. The AX6BC Pro II 'Millennium Edition is review by Patrick Schmid here.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Aug 2000
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Big Brother censored as Nick is rumbled

Channel 4 was in the firing line today after reportedly shutting down the Big Brother Webcast when a fight started to break out in the house.
Linda Harrison, 22 Aug 2000
DVD it in many colours

Click here to find out if your mobile will kill you

It won't have escaped many people's attention that the various reports produced about mobile phones and the possible detrimental effect of radiation have crossed the entire board from safe as houses to potentially lethal. The only explanation given for this disparity is "different methods of measurement" - an impossibly vague and blatantly obvious answer.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Aug 2000
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Lastminute.com goes Down Under

Lastminute.com has launched an Australian version of its Web-based bucket-shop.
Tim Richardson, 22 Aug 2000
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Pro-Napster hacker claims 60 site scalps

Windows NT server operators beware: hacker and Napster fan 'Pimpshiz' has you in his sights and is out to do some serious damage in the run up to the Napster trial, which commences tomorrow.
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2000
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Intel: peer-to-peer a life preserver

Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel, kicked off the firm's Autumn Developer Forum today in a keynote speech focusing on e-business and peer-to-peer integration.
Mike Magee, 22 Aug 2000
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Debtors beware. Online exposure isn't what you need

This is another one of those great Internet ideas - an online debtor list, searchable by world+dog and with some handy services tied on. Debtlist.com will host a database of outstanding debts and even initiate a court case against the debtor if it doesn't cough up in time.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Aug 2000
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OFTEL slaps AltaVista

Oftel today said it was disappointed that AltaVista had "put on hold" plans to introduce unmetered Net access in Britain.
Tim Richardson, 22 Aug 2000
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Logitech makes touchy feely mice

Taking a lead from gaming hardware, Logitech has produced a new optical wheel mouse that will respond physically to the texture of an image it's pointer rolls over. The response is generated by a motor inside the mouse.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Aug 2000
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LINX denies ISP witch-hunt

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) has denied a report that it has launched a witch-hunt to find who leaked details of Microsoft's application to join the Internet clique.
Tim Richardson, 22 Aug 2000
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MP3 fans buy more CDs than non-fans – survey

Music fans who are into the MP3 download scene buy more CDs that listeners who don't, according to a new survey from the Gartner Group.
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2000
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Fresh strain of LoveBug virus is out

Updated A new strain of the LoveBug virus is apparently worming its way into Switzerland and Russia, targeting bank account details and passwords.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Aug 2000

BT buys out Viag for £3.6 billion

BT is to pay £3.6 billion to double its shareholding in German wireless firm Viag. The purchase gives BT control of the company (before it only had 45 per cent). It is buying out E.on's 45 per cent share. The remaining 10 per cent of the company, owned by Norwegian telco Telenor, is excluded from the deal but BT has offered to buy that as well.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Aug 2000

Orange users angry at spam voicemail

Updated Several people have contacted The Reg angry at a spam voicemail that appeared in their Orange inboxes. The message comprised a woman saying "Thinking of upgrading your mobile phone?", before attempting to sell the services of www.somuchcheaper.com.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Aug 2000

HP 'world's fastest growing PC vendor'

Hewlett-Packard has produced a damn fine Q3 with PC, printer and Unix server sales propelling the company to a 33 per cent jump in profits.
Drew Cullen, 22 Aug 2000
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Win2K to blame for Computacenter profits slump

Computacenter saw first half profits slump 52 per cent to £13.3 million on sales up a measly 2.4 per cent to £927 million (1999: PBT £27.5 million; sales £905 million).
Drew Cullen, 22 Aug 2000

Europe drags down Novell

Novell's Q3 sales are little short of awful - down 12 per cent in North America, and down a whopping 30 per cent in Europe from a year ago.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Aug 2000
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SuSE swipes AS/400 in IBM megadeal

LinuxWorld SuSE is leading a charge to put Linux on IBM's AS/400 servers, and public demonstrations should be ready before the end of the year the company said yesterday.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Aug 2000
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SGI opens Open Inventor source code

SGI has released the source code for its high-end Open Inventor 3D graphics object-oriented application development system to the Linux and open source communities.
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2000
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AMD's Sanders rants up the river

Never ashamed to beat his chest and display his matt of hair to the world, AMD CEO William Jeremiah Sanders III has climbed to the top of the Empire State Building and becoming a virtual King Kong in a Web TV interview.
Adamson Rust, 22 Aug 2000
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Transmeta commences Crusoe TM5600 shipments

Transmeta yesterday launched its latest Crusoe CPU, the TM5600, and confirmed the chip has already started shipping.
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2000
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VA's Augustin talks Itanic, Sledgehammer

LinuxWorld VA Linux Systems founder Larry Augustin majored in chip design at Stanford, and so you couldn't invent a more likely kingmaker in the forthcoming Itanic vs x86-64 maul than Larry. VA is an Intel-only company, but AMD's evolutionary new 64-bit chip has already got serious open source backing here this week. And if that doesn't ring the bell marked "inflection point" - you're deaf.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Aug 2000
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Action stations for bid approach

Action Computer Supplies today said it had received an unsolicited offer to buy the company. "This offer was rejected on thebasis that it substantially undervalues the Company."
Drew Cullen, 22 Aug 2000
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Andy Hertzfeld Part II – Microsoft, Aqua and greed

LinuxWorld Away from the fervour of the LinuxExpo show floor yesterday Andy Hertzfeld tooks us through Nautilus the open source file manager that's the flagship of his new company Eazel. But since we were on a roll, conversation ranged far and wide, and we reckon these thoughts from the chap who regularly rates a mention with Babbage and Shockley in some computer timelines are worth sharing with you.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Aug 2000
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Big Q in Big Deal over Big Bang

Compaq has won a contract with the US department of energy worth $150 million to build a superdupercomputer which will simulate nuclear explosions.
Mike Magee, 22 Aug 2000
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Net-enabled robot shoots from the hip

Light-fingered thieves had better watch out next time they jemmy open a window in search of some booty.
Tim Richardson, 22 Aug 2000
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1GHz Xeon ships today, Pentium 4 Q4

Updated Updated The story has been updated with additional information from a Q&A held directly after the keynote speeches by Barrett and Yu. See bottom of this story Albert Yu, a senior Intel VP, told delegates at its developer forum today that the company is shipping a 1GHz Pentium III Xeon with 256K of level two cache. He also …
Mike Magee, 22 Aug 2000
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The Register dances the Tarantella

If there were an architect for the SCO deal with Caldera, it would be Mike Orr, president of Tarantella. The Register has been talking to him.
Graham Lea, 22 Aug 2000
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Hertzfeld spills all about Eazel

LinuxWorld The most eagerly anticipated debut at LinuxWorld hasn't exactly been a secret. But ever since Eazel went public, boasting a stellar management team including legendary Macintosh software guy Andy Hertzfeld, Bud Tribble (Apple, NeXT co-founder and lately Netscape/AOL CTO), and others from the original Mac team, world+dog has been wondering whether it could live up to its promise. Namely, making Linux as easy to use as the Mac.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Aug 2000
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Al Pacino gets a digital co-star

A computer-generated image has beaten all of Hollywood's leading ladies to star opposite Al Pacino in his forthcoming film, Simone.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Aug 2000
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DoJ rebuts MS brief, lobbies for Supreme Court hearing

In a very readable 30-page brief to the Supreme Court, the DoJ yesterday set out its reasons for the Microsoft case to be heard directly, and not by the court of appeals. The DoJ's brief, in response to Microsoft's brief three weeks ago.
Graham Lea, 22 Aug 2000
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Corel's Cowpland quits

Michael Cowpland's announcement yesterday that he is resigning as chairman and CEO of Corel could be a shrewd move. Others will think his departure from the executive ranks long overdue.
Graham Lea, 22 Aug 2000
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SGI frees OpenGL brand to Linux coders

SGI has opened its OpenGL brand to the Linux world through a new licensing programme aimed at open source software developers.
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2000
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Microsoft Linux apps rumours resurface

LinuxWorld According to WinInfo, Microsoft's long-time Unix porting ally, Mainsoft, is working on getting Microsoft's Windows applications running under Linux.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Aug 2000

i-Mode goes down again

The much-vaulted i-Mode mobile phone system has gone down again in Japan - for three hours this time, hosting company NTT DoCoMo says.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Aug 2000
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Who the hell does WIPO think it is?

We worried yesterday that WIPO's approach to "cybersquatting" was something very different to the legitimate resolution of Web address conflict - especially since every big company appears to be able to name what URLs they want and (for a small fee) pull them off their previous owners.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Aug 2000
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DVD read-speed booster Zen posts $6m loss

Zen Research, a developer of CD and DVD technology, has reported a $6 million loss for the first six months to 30 June.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Aug 2000
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First UK system builders release 1.1GHz Athlon prices

AMD's monster 1.1GHz chip will be available from 28 August and the first British system builders have released their pricing.
Linda Harrison, 22 Aug 2000
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Nortel buys Sonoma for $540 million

Nortel Networks has agreed to pay $540 million (£360 million) in stock for broadband service provider Sonoma Systems. Sonoma is a privately held company and will help Nortel mix and blend its current Internet service in preparation for the big broadband take-off, claimed to be worth $18 billion by 2002.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Aug 2000
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M$ gets into LINX

Microsoft's application to join the London Internet Exchange (LINX) has been accepted, The Register can confirm.
Tim Richardson, 22 Aug 2000
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RIAA vs Napster trial to commence Friday

The Recording Industry Association's case against Napster comes to the US District Court on Friday. The RIAA will try to prove Napster is complicit in breaking US copyright law. The controversial music swapping software company will try to persuade the court that it's no such thing.
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2000
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Dr Drew raises spectre of paid-for content

Sex and health site Dr Drew has announced the results of its own survey that says users will happily pay for personalised content. Of the 15,000 people that responded, 74 per cent said they would like a personal service and 56 per cent said they would pay for it.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Aug 2000
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Reg pays AltaVista a visit

The Register went to the heart of AltaVista's UK empire this morning in a bid to get to the bottom of the great AltaVista mystery. After blagging our way into AltaVista's central London offices we waited for someone to come and speak to us. AV's fine young receptionist told us to sit down and help ourselves to drinks, …
Tim Richardson, 22 Aug 2000
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Couple name baby after music Web site

A Kansas couple has sold its baby's soul to cyberspace to win $5,000.
Linda Harrison, 22 Aug 2000
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Animal rights protestors use Net to intimidate shareholders

Animal rights protestors have used information posted on the Internet to launch a phone and hatemail attack on the shareholders of a contract research company that specialises in animal experiments.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Aug 2000
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Smells like Teen Spiritualism

A Compaq notebook appears to have put its owner in contact with long-dead Nirvana star Kurt Cobain.
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2000
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The King online!

An online vigil for Elvis Presley was held yesterday evening to mark the anniversary of his death, August 16 1977.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Aug 2000
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Climate blamed for slow uptake of the Net

Net surfers in Spain and Italy are less likely to use the Net because the weather is warm and sunny, according to the latest research from Forrester research.
Tim Richardson, 22 Aug 2000
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Detonator 3 goes with a bang

Yesterday we reported that Nvidia had posted its latest Detonator 3 drivers, and already the hardware Web sites have had a field day putting them through their paces, writes Gordon Laing.
Team Register, 22 Aug 2000
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Intel video camera can go walkabout

A couple of years back, Intel had a dinky little digital camera poised for launch, only to pull the plug on the project at the eleventh hour. Now Chipzilla is having another bash with the new Pocket PC Camera.
Andrew Thomas, 22 Aug 2000
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Sony confirms Transmeta deal

Sony yesterday admitted that reports claiming it plans to ship a version of its Vaio C1 sub-notebook based on Transmeta's Crusoe chip are correct.
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2000
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Asus A7V clip troubles sorted

Insane Hardware gets its mitts on the Asus A7V mainboard, and sets about extolling its virtues. Read more here.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Aug 2000
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1.5GHz Athlon slated for January

Very reliable sources have confirmed that AMD will push a 1.5GHz Athlon out of the door of its Dresden fab at the beginning of next year.
Mike Magee, 22 Aug 2000
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Living.com dies

Online furniture store Living.com has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy after failing to raise its next round of financing.
Team Register, 22 Aug 2000
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Dell boy in 64-bit mix-up

Linuxworld Michael Dell kicked off the LinuxWorld expo keynote with a ringing endorsement of Linux. For an hour we were treated to homilies to open source software, stories of how Dell itself relied on Linux, and even a clarion call against restrictive intellectual property laws - which predictably brought the house down.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Aug 2000

Get your telecoms advice here

A new site aiming to give independent advice to small businesses concerning everything from phones to Web sites has been launched today. Telecoms Advice is funded by the telecoms industry and lists BT, C&W, Colt, Energis, NTL, One2One, Orange, Vodafone etc etc among its backers. It has also been given a rousing endorsement by our old friend David Edmonds, head of the winged watchdog Oftel.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Aug 2000
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Intel confirms Xeon shortages

The VP and general manager of Intel's enterprise platform group, Mike Fister, today confirmed tightness in supply of Xeon 700MHz microprocessors.
Mike Magee, 22 Aug 2000
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Pentium 4 notebook chips on way

The general manager of Intel's mobile platforms group said today that the firm has plans to deploy Pentium 4 technology for the mobile market.
Mike Magee, 22 Aug 2000