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Reg beards Cheapzilla in Chipzilla den

Words do not fall into the void – Zohar
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Intel opens R&D kimono

David Tennenhouse, director of research at Intel has given an intriguing glimpse into future projects simmering on the firm's back burners.
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Internet Startup ‘drama’ on BBC2

The BBC has jumped on the dotcom bandwagon just as it falls off the edge of a cliff with its newly announced series Attachments.
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AOL UK to offer unmetered Net access?

AOL UK could be just weeks away from offering flat-fee unmetered Net access.
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Carphone Warehouse gets into dotcom DIY

The Carphone Warehouse has invested £2 million in "home improvement" (read:DIY) site HomePro.com, boosting its holding from 9 to 16 per cent. This is HomePro's third round of funding since its creation a year ago. The site matches house owners with professional contractors. Carphone Warehouse's interest stems from its mobile portal Mviva. It plans to put HomePro content over phones so "people on the move" can search for contractor information
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Pentium 4 to launch in October

Intel's Willamette, aka Pentium 4, is to launch in Mid October. The 32 bit chip will first appear as a 1.4GHz part, with a speed bump to 1.5GHz before the end of the year.
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Iridium will crash and burn – Motorola

No buyers have emerged for Iridium's network of 66 satellites so Motorola will now definitely knock 'em out of orbit to let them burn up in the Earth's atmosphere.
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Its official: Pokemon are viral

We've had to deal with Pokemon trading cards, Pokemon games and Pokemon cartoons but it all got a little bit worse with the arrival on the scene of a Pokemon worm.
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VA Linux revenues up 547 per cent

VA Linux Systems moved a step closer to its goal of profitability by early 2001 yesterday when it posted a narrower-than-exepected loss on rising revenue for its fourth quarter.
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So how did GTech ruin Camelot's lottery dreams?

The Lottery Commission said yesterday that its main reason for dropping Camelot's bid to continue running the National Lottery was because of unresolved difficulties with US computer firm GTech. GTech's share price promptly slid five per cent. But what exactly was the problem? We weren't the only ones interested to know and the whole sorry story emerged this morning (we should really quote an excellent analysis in The Independent here).
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Server vendors team to promote Linux in Japan

Compaq, IBM and Hitachi, all backed by Oracle, said they intend to push hard to grow the adoption of Linux among Japanese PC server users by over 15 per cent this year.
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OPD rude phrase update

And we thought "Please can you service my secretary?" was as smutty as an ICL One Per Desk could manage.
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Why the hell… aren't PCs getting any cheaper?

Moore's Law states that the processing power of a chip will double every eighteen months, and the common caveat is that it will also halve in price. So the question has to be why are there not free or at least dirt-cheap PC's available?
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Nintendo launches Gamecube

Nintendo today took the wraps off its cube-shaped (sort of) next-generation games console, Gamecube, formerly known as Dolphin - even though it's not going to ship for ages.
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BT really in the doldrums

Rumours that BT's credit was to drop for a second time caused its share price to fall 1.8 per cent yesterday. The rumours were quickly denied by Standard & Poor but the damage had been done. It's just the latest in a series of bluffs in recent months and although it has managed to get some breathing space on its appalling Internet approach thanks to AltaVista's monstrous cock-up, the management triumvirate is under increasing pressure.
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Ezesurf ISP denies it's gone titsup.com

Dundee-based ISP Ezesurf has stopped its service but denied it has gone bust leaving thousands of Net users out of pocket and unable to get online.
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Judge limits MP3.com copyright settlement payout

MP3.com may not suffer as much as it expected to after losing a copyright violation suit brought against it by the Recording Industry Association of America earlier this year.
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HWRoundup Britney Spears spices up semiconductors

Today we decided that the Intel Developers Forum was being covered more than adequately just about everywhere, so we wanted to shine the light on other goings on in the hardware community - if only to reassure ourselves and you that other things are still going on.
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Porn sites charged with billing for free pics

Dozens of porn sites have been hit with a lawsuit claiming they have been billing punters for eyeing images that were offered for free.
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Apple preps ‘low key’ MacOS X public beta

The public beta test release of Apple's upcoming MacOS X may not be quite as public as the company originally suggested. And the final release may not happen quite as soon as planned, either.
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Tosh turns notebooks into bricks

Notebooks get stolen all the time and Intel told us just a few weeks back that many were working to make the technological little marvel as valuable as a brick.

Peer to peer working group formed

Intel has formed a peer to peer working group and pulled IBM, HP, and a number of other large firms which will congregate next month to discuss ways of bringing applications to the corporate market.
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Mondus goes mental

Feedback Mondus.com has fired off an unfinished press release saying that it is to drop the ".com" from its name because its doesn't like being lumbered with the Internet image and wants to be a "successful, stand-alone business".
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Egg hackers were disorganised crime

More details have emerged about the so-called "Great Internet Robbery" at online bank Egg.com.
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WIPO madness round-up

Okay, we're back into the special world of WIPO and domain name disputes. We left the first two of these alone when they "made the news" because, quite frankly, we were sick of it. But then we had a reader write in who made an interesting case study, so we reopened the files.
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Booze and pizzas from the comfort of your sofa

Some people are confused and think that the evolution of mankind inevitably leads to equality, freedom and understanding. As we all know, what it really leads to is abject sloth and personal pleasure.