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Cops make arrests after Egg attacked

Three men have been arrested by the National Crime Squad in connection with the theft of hundreds of thousands of pounds from online bank Egg.com.
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Users cool on Itanic deployment

Even before the latest delay to IA-64, Intel's biggest users aren't prepared to jump. According to SCO sources, only one of the companies top 30-odd UnixWare accounts is prepared for IA-64 deployment when Itanic finally rolls down the slipway.
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More on SCO's Linux-in-UnixWare gambit

Following our report yesterday about SCO's Linux personality for UnixWare, we received some incandescent emails, some even suggesting that SCO was "raping" the GPL in principle if not in practice. But that doesn't seem to be the case at all.
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Nintendo Dolphin renamed Cube

Nintendo's next-generation console, due to be launched tomorrow, will be called the Cube, according to console gaming Web site IGN.
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Amazon does deals on wheels

It's all go in the online car selling business. While CarOrder.com shut its doors last week, not everyone agrees with the market's demise. Instead, Amazon is to launch an online car site later this week (in conjunction with Greenlight.com, of which Amazon owns five per cent) and top man Jeff Bezos went on about how "excited" he was. And Auctions.com is to be shut down by parent Classified Ventures - which have chosen to concentrate instead on its car site Cars.com. Funny old game.
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Big Brother site a Big Hit

The Big Brother Website has made it into the top fifty visited sites in the UK. The live broadcast of the TV show came in at number 34 for home users in July, according to Internet researchers Netvalue.
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1.13GHz P3 system DOA

Regular hardware site junkies will recall the Good Doctor Tom's trials and tribulations in trying to get Intel's 1.13GHz Pentium III to work properly. Well, The Reg can go one better - our 1.13GHz system was dead on arrival.
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FireWire data to go

Review Western Digital's new external FireWire hard disks are ideal for carrying lots of data around, but WD says they're not intended as mobile devices. Missing a marketing trick here, methinks.
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AltaVistagate – the folly drags on

Further revelations about AltaVista's dabbling with an unmetered Internet service have bubbled to the surface.
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BMG to launch digital music service next month

Recording company BMG (Bertelsmann Music Group) will join fellow 'big five' music labels EMI, Sony and Universal when it launches its own digital music download service next month.

Radio auction set for October

UK e-commerce minister Kim Howells has opened the door for bidders for the first set of radio spectrum auctions. The 42 licences (three each for 14 different regions of the UK) will enable point-to-point Internet access. The government, unsurprisingly, has gone for the same auction process that produced £22.5 billion for the Treasury in the recent 3G mobile licences - a process that "provides a fast, transparent, fair and economically efficient way of allocating the scarce resource of radio spectrum". And wodges of cash.
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Lastminute gets lumped in with naughty travel agents

Trading Standards has issued a statement denying that it is investigating Lastminute.com.
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We will block Napster at source – Sony exec

If the Recording Industry Association of America doesn't zap Napster, Sony certainly will.
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M$ Japan staff fail to declare stock option income

There must be gloom clouds over Microsoft Japan where, according to Japanese newspaper reports, some 150 Microsoft employees (out of around 1,000 in Japan) have failed to declare, or have incorrectly declared, some $65 million of stock option income over several years.
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US losing grip on IT industry

Europe is leading the way when it comes to cutting-edge technology, with the US playing catch-up, according to analysts IDC. Perhaps a little behind the times, IDC quotes wireless technology as one example (well, actually the only example) of where Europe is kicking ass (or arse, depending on where you live).
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AMD talking to Transmeta – official

AMD president Hector Ruiz has confirmed that Chimpzilla and Transmeta are in co-operation talks aimed at sharing the two companies' chip technologies, including Transmeta's power saving system.
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MS asks again for Supremes not to hear its case

MS on Trial Microsoft had its last fling yesterday when it filed with the Supreme Court a reply brief to the DoJ filing last week. It doesn't add much, merely reiterating its belief that the Expediting Act gives the Supreme Court unqualified discretion not to hear a case. The Supremes of course would know this anyway.
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Branson wins Lottery licence. Sort of

Updated The Lottery Commission's decision on who would run the National Lottery for the next seven years nearly descended into farce today when its long-awaited decision was that neither incumbent Camelot nor Richard Branson-led consortium The People's Lottery had won outright.
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Anand takes a gander at Asus' A7V

The Intel Developers Forum is visited by one of the team from Tom's Hardware. Highlights include a first look at a 2GHz processor, the Itanium architecture and many other nuggets. Click here for more.
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MCI Worldcom to roll out unmetered Net access

MCI Worldcom is looking to introduce unmetered Net access as quickly as is possible following its decision to sign up to BT's controversial wholesale unmetered Net access product, Hybrid FRIACO.
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Now that's entertainment!

This site is tasteless, pointless, daft, offensive - and worth checking out. IBetYouWill.com is basically an online version of those daft cable TV shows where cocky presenters get men and women in the street to do stupid, ridiculous or distasteful things for cool hard cash.
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Oftel duped by AltaVista

Oftel has admitted that it was hoodwinked by the discredited ISP, AltaVista.
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Register launches SpinolaVista™ unmetered 25/7 Internet access

The Register is coming to the rescue of thousands of disillusioned AltaVista subscribers by offering its very own unbeatable package (subject to terms and conditions). The SpinolaVista™ service will go live at the end of September (subject to availability).
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Intel delivers 1GHz StrongArm

Mark Christiansen, VP of Intel and the man in charge of its IXA networking strategy, said today the firm has managed to shrink level two, three and four Fast Ethernet and Gigabit technology into a single chip.
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Microsoft stubs Intel's toes with chip

A report in this morning's San Jose Mercury News says that Microsoft is close to releasing a silicon communications chip that appears to step heavily on Intel's big toes.
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Spinalot to bid for UK lottery

Following today's debacle over who should win the contract to provide the UK's national lottery, The Register has formed a new consortium in an eleventh hour bid to bring some sanity to the proceedings.
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BT Web site security blunder

Updated The Insight Interactive portion of the BT.com Web site has a gaping hole in its security.
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Intel Developers Forum Summer 2000

64-bit Compaq Alpha tops 1040MHzPentium 4: performance puzzle begins Peer to peer working group formed Pentium 4 to launch in October Sun versus Intel: war declared Intel delivers 1GHz StrongArm Intel: peer-to-peer a life preserver Intel confirms Xeon shortages Pentium 4 notebook chips on way Transmeta serendipity dogs Register Cheapzilla strikes again Intel late again on Merced-Itanium Intel widens Rambus gap 1GHz Xeon ships today, Pentium 4 Q4 Intel: peer-to-peer a life preserver Intel paranoid about Transmeta - official
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Intel intros dotage.station

The branded Intel box running Linux, first revealed by The Register last year, has become generally available for system providers to resell.
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Sun versus Intel: war declared

The undercurrent of dislike between Intel and Sun, which boiled over into an unseemly row at the last Intel Developer Forum, now seems to have turned into a full-scale battle.