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Hollywood pushes violent movies, games on kids – FTC

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) accuses the entertainment industry of targeting children with adverts for every manner of sleazy movie and bloody computer game, in a scathing report released Monday.
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Rambus asks feds to stop Hyundai

Just when you thought it was all over bar the legal cases in the Rambus wars, the intellectual property (IP) company has asked a US federal body to investigate Hyundai for alleged unlawful imports.
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Saudi Prince doubles stake in e-bid biz to $100m

Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal plans to throw his money around in Web shares again.
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IBM launches slim jim ThinkPad X

IBM has launched a fresh range of skinny notebooks.
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Official: Microsoft's C# is Cool

When Microsoft rolled out its new programming language, C#, in June, a team of spin-paramedics was on hand to point out that no way, never ever was this anything to do with Microsoft's allegedly mythological "Project Cool".
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One dimensional sound waves explained

My colleagues' somewhat ropey grasp of physics resulted in a deluge of emails pointing out the error of our ways. But when we apologised for the error, a second torrent of mails arrived, this time from readers as bemused by all this stuff as we are, asking us to publish an explanation for one-dimensional sound waves. Eager as …
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Toshiba signs $5bn Dell supply deal

Toshiba has signed a deal worth up to $5 billion to supply Dell Computer with components for three years.
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F***edcompany
.com up for sale

Philip Kaplan, the founder of dotcom-busting e-journal Fuckedcompany.com put this site up for sale on eBay... because he felt like it.
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AOL, Warner, EMI fail to calm Euro merger fears

The European Commission remains unsatisfied with attempts by AOL and Time Warner to make their proposed merger more palatable, an industry source has claimed.
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Sony Palm PDA sells out on first day

Sony's Palm-based PDA, the Clié, managed to sell out during its first day on sale in Japan, proof if you need it, that anything with a Sony badge will just fly off the shelves, even if related products haven't proved too popular.
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HP preps Superdome service Trojan Horse

Hewlett-Packard will today unveil the replacement for its top-of-the-range V-class servers, Superdome, in a launch that company executives have been trailing as the company's biggest server roll-out in ten years.
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One copy of Windows for 200 PCs?

No wonder Microsoft is keen to do something about UK schools ripping them off, if the experience of one Register reader is typical of what goes on.
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Olympics fingered by satirists

If satire was an Olympic event, then the Bruces and Sheilas behind Shame 2000 would win gold every time.
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Reader's Merchandise Letter: psycho wants a T-shirt

When product manager, king of stickiness, merchandise guru and general dogsbody Lester opened the post last week, his exclamation "Jesus, look at this", brought us running. Now, we know that not all our readers are completely there, but the great thing about email is that all the text is reduced to nice, clean computer fonts.
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Big Blue intros Net speed-up chip

IBM has developed a chip that bundles together related data packets as they're crossing the Internet.
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Och aye! Amazon's Highland PR stunt

Amazon's has been having a bit of a rough ride recently, so while we don't approve of abusing your customers' trust by selling their information or surreptitiously fixing prices, we thought we'd run with its PR stunt - which is going on even as we speak.
DVD it in many colours

Another WAP stumbling block in Geoworks lawsuit

Geoworks has filed a US lawsuit against Phone.com and Sanyo, claiming that their WAP browser infringes a Geoworks patent. The complaint has been lodged with the US International Trade Commission and aims to block imports of the WAP phones into the US.
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Despite brickbats, WAP will grow – IDC

The IDC European IT Forum in Monaco has been looking at whether the mobile commerce market will take off.
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Cape Town porn shocker is a night mayor

The mayor of Cape Town's council has resigned after being caught downloading porn for a future Tommy (for the benefit of our US readers this means spank the monkey).

BT's ADSL plans crippled by oil crisis

ADSL installations have been put on hold in Britain until the fuel crisis is over.
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£20 boosts Intel mobo performance by 25 per cent

Review We've mentioned Intel's cute i815E mobo, Easton, quite a lot recently, and one of the things we liked about the board is the flexibility it offers to choose between using the on-chip 3D graphics, to improve performance with a Graphics Performance Accelerator (GPA) card which plugs into the AGP slot to provide 4MB of display cache, or an upgrade to a 'proper' AGP graphics card.
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PlayStation 2 just about to sell out

The UK's allocation of PlayStation 2s has almost gone - just not quite as fast as high street retailers expected.
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Petrol is new dotcom currency

A British Net company is enticing new customers with the lure of two gallons of unleaded petrol.
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Reg to back gangster flick

Flushed with success - and cash - after its latest marketing assault, Register Merchandising has announced that it will jump on the British gangster movie bandwagon. Vulture Central has pledged an enormous wedge of reddies to the producers of Geezer No. 1 an ultra-violent black comedy musical. The film charts the inexorable rise of an Oxbridge educated film director who somehow convinces London's underworld that he is the eponymous jellied-eel loving hard case.
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Hardware Roundup Wristwatch Macintosh revealed

We haven't mentioned MacSlash for a while, but there's a rather interesting link to a story on the iWatch - a wristwatch running MacOS on a Transmeta chip. Or is there?
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Most Brit businesses publish old info on the Web

British companies have lost control of information on their Web sites, according to new research published today by NOP.
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Congress slams US Govt net security, privacy

Congress' investigative arm, the General Accounting Office (GAO), is proving to be a thorn in the side of US government information administrators, having the audacity to go out and actually test federal agencies' network security and Web site privacy controls.
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Apple MacOS X beta more NeXT than Mac – sources

Apple's public beta of MacOS X, due to be announced and released tomorrow at Apple Expo Paris, may not be as near the final version as users might have expected of a close-to-completion test release, according to an early look at the software.
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AMD takes aim at biz markets

Chip firm AMD appears to have taken its first steps to attack Intel where it hurts, in the workstation and server markets.
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Scoot claims it's victim of dirty tricks campaign

Scoot, an online Yellow Pages (but officially that's yell.com), has continued its policy of jumping up and down on anyone that gets in its way. It has now prepared a legal dossier over a dirty tricks campaign it claims to have been subjected to.
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Radiohead new album pops up on Napster

According to a variety of sources, Radiohead's eagerly awaited new album Kid A is available in its entirety on Napster. Quite a feat considering the intense security that had been put around the album.
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HP wants to spank you with its Superdome

Hewlett Packard wants to do more than impress you with its latest server launch, it wants to spank you with it - hard.
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Nuke hacker had by Feds

A Minnesota man has been arrested in connection with the alleged hack attack on a US nuclear weapons outfit almost a year ago.
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Megahurtz, memory wars exercise in futility

Comment Marketing disputes between chip firms like Intel and AMD and memory companies like Rambus and Micron may be interesting for industry watchers but are certain to throw doubt into the minds of people buying PCs.