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WinMe sweep wheezes to a close

Microsoft's controversial and often-dysfunctional Windows Me Sweepstake came to a close yesterday with the promotional Web site in full working order - at last.
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Intel Pentium 4 benchmarks stalinised

Hardware site 2CPU, which a few days ago published a set of Pentium 4 benchmarks, is reporting that pressure from Intel has forced it to pull them from its site.
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Microsoft won't fix new Windows security flaw

Microsoft says it won't be issuing a patch for a newly discovered security vulnerability in Windows that PGP's COVERT lab classifies as 'high-risk'.
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GUS buys Jungle for £37 million

Great Universal Stores has bought Jungle.com for £37 million.
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HW Round-up Celeron 100MHz a go-go?

Many hardware sites are reporting a ZD story about Intel getting round to producing its cut-down Celeron processor using a 100MHz system bus, as reported here and here in prehistory.
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Micron, Rambus chiefs nearly came to blows

You thought you'd heard it all in the continuing struggle of Micron, Rambus and the Dramurai, didn't you?
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PDA vendors anticipate product famine

PalmOS-based handheld vendors have warned that they may run into difficulty fulfilling orders in the run-up to Christmas, thanks to the global shortage of key PDA components.
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MP3.com damages to be set next week

US District Judge Jed S Rakoff will next week decide whether MP3.com wilfully used 5000-odd CDs owned by record label Universal without permission - and how much the online music company must pay up in damages.
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We'll doing anything for money

Small-fry TV presenter Anthea Turner and her cheesemonger new husband Grant Bovey have been lambasted in the press because the only released picture of their wedding consisting of the pair eating a new chocolate bar. Well, we're not going to be outdone, so we were straight on the phone to Cadbury's. It wasn't so impressed, …
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T-Online doubles sales to £216 million

T-Online's share price went up 7 per cent yesterday on the news that its half-year sales had doubled (to £216 million). This despite the fact that its chief exec resigned last week and the company's suffered its first loss of £45 million. It made a £2 million profit last year. The losses came mostly from the cost of its acquisition programme.
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Man arrested in Net hoax sting

A 23-year-old student was arrested yesterday in connection with an online fraud that saw the share price of Emulex Corp free-fall by 60 per cent last week.
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Fresh Pentium 4 benchmarks hit Web

Intel may have browbeaten 2CPU into submission (see Intel Pentium 4 benchmarks stalinised), but as we said earlier today, genies that come out of bottles have a habit of going walkabout.

BT threatens to come to its senses

BT's Finance Director Robert Brace has finally listened to what the City, press and investors have been telling him and promised to reduce the company's huge £30 billion debt by £10 billion. This means a hold on big deals, the wheeling out of the Cellnet float idea (again) and the possibility of selling minority shares.
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OFT warns of monopolistic e-commerce firms

The Office of Fair Trading has warned that e-commerce companies are entering a monopoly position (well, oligopoly, but only economists tend to know what that means), and may soon be able to exploit their powers to rip off consumers.
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Cahoot recalls debit cards

Abbey National's Internet bank, Cahoot, has had to recall all its customers' Visa cards after they failed to work in supermarkets and shops.
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Antitrust suit from Beyond the Grave hits MS for $1m

Judge Janet Hall's ruling that Microsoft used deceptive business practices, that these were approved at the highest levels within the company, and that Microsoft executives had been less than truthful in their testimony, puts last year's verdict in the Bristol antitrust trial in a certain context. The trial was a 'victory' for Microsoft in that it was concluded that there was no antitrust case to answer, but now Judge Hall has made her views on the company's conduct abundantly clear by hitting it with a punitive damages penalty of $1 million.
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US Net empire crumbling

America's cultural dominance of the Internet is coming to an end.
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Flame of the Week Scruffy student replies

[A student launches his protest to this story: Everybody wants to study computing]
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MS takes X-box to digital VCR market

Microsoft is re-engineering its X-box spec. to provide the games console with digital VCR functionality, sources close to the machine's development have claimed.
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Apology of the Week Pull yourself together, man

[Last week, we ran with a Threat of the Week. The person concerned panicked and fired off some emails. We thought it was only fair to give him a right of reply.]
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Orange sacks 45 in Net porn scandal

Orange has sacked 45 of its staff for looking at naughty pictures on the Net.
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Abuse: you love it you slags

[Water. Duck's. Back. But if a duck is able to have a kinda entertained smirk, then that duck, The Register duck, is the one that is having the water on its back. Failure to understand a joke is often funnier than the original joke. NB Some letters may be very funny satires of flames]
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Praise: you love us you slags

[Not as many here as in the Abuse section]
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Random: well, Best of the Rest

[Pretty disparate bunch. Some long and intelligent, some short and stupid. Take your pick]
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Readers' Letters You all need a good slapping

[It's an occasional conversation in the pub at lunchtime: do abusive readers honestly think we are in any way affected by their crazy rantings? We're still undecided but we do love em. Interestingly, few return, leading to the second question: while they're all ballsy and confident in their front room, do they not realise we'll publish what they write?]
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Rumble in the Jungle.com

Great Universal Stores' take-over of Jungle.com is a serious threat to Dixons domination of the UK's computer retail market.