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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.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Sep 2000

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.
Mike Magee, 01 Sep 2000

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'.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Sep 2000

GUS buys Jungle for £37 million

Great Universal Stores has bought Jungle.com for £37 million.
Robert Blincoe, 01 Sep 2000

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.
Mike Magee, 01 Sep 2000

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?
Mike Magee, 01 Sep 2000

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.
Tony Smith, 01 Sep 2000

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.
Tony Smith, 01 Sep 2000

We'll doing anything for money

Kieren McCarthy, 01 Sep 2000

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.
Team Register, 01 Sep 2000

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.
Tim Richardson, 01 Sep 2000

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.
Mike Magee, 01 Sep 2000

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.
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Sep 2000

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.
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Sep 2000

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.
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Sep 2000

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.
John Lettice, 01 Sep 2000

US Net empire crumbling

America's cultural dominance of the Internet is coming to an end.
Tim Richardson, 01 Sep 2000

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.
Tony Smith, 01 Sep 2000

Orange sacks 45 in Net porn scandal

Orange has sacked 45 of its staff for looking at naughty pictures on the Net.
Tim Richardson, 01 Sep 2000

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.
Robert Blincoe, 01 Sep 2000

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