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Major Dramurai signs up with Rambus

Rambus said today that NEC has signed a licensing agreement with it for next generation Direct RDRAM memory as well as licensing patents for synchronous memory and double data rate (DDR) memory.
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Clinton tech education slammed in report

Billions of tax dollars spent by the Clinton Administration on school computers and wiring brats to the Net are wasted at best, according to a scathing report released by the Alliance for Childhood Tuesday.
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OPEC Web site defaced

As Europe seethes with outrage over usurious fuel prices, OPEC's Web site was defaced Tuesday night by a vandal visibly upset over the cost of crude oil, which is now approaching ten-year highs.
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Amazon reneges on DVD prices

Last last week, bargain hunters gleefully placed orders for drastically discounted DVD movies and boxed sets at Amazon.com, but were soon embittered when the company informed them that the prices resulted from a "glitch" and that it would therefore require them to pay the higher, regular price or cancel their orders.
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ISPs free with fibs – ad watchdog

The advertising watchdog has written to 100 ISPs urging them to clean up and stop misleading consumers.
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IBM to found seven Linux dev centres

IBM is to spend $200 million over the next four years to build seven Linux development centres in the Far East, Taiwan's Commercial Times reports.
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HP buys PwC's consulting arm

News has leaked out that Hewlett-Packard has agreed to spend $17.5 billion on PriceWaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) consulting arm.
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Smashing Pumpkins' MP3 tells label to fornicate off

Indie rockers The Smashing Pumpkins have released their last album on MP3 in order to give their record label, Virgin, what they call a "final 'fuck you'."
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MP3.com seeks to placate Universal

MP3.com CEO Michael Robertson yesterday said the online music company will continue to talk to Universal in the hope of reaching a settlement to the two firms' bitter copyright dispute.
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Ad agency pays Net Queen Dyson $10,000 a day

Ad agency group WPP is paying Esther Dyson $10,000 a day for her consultancy services. She's a main board director and chairman of WPP's web business wpp.com.
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Ellison laughing all the way to the bank

Oracle boss Larry Ellison is set to add another £1 billion to his fortune from share options he took last year instead of his regular salary.
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BT acts as fuel crisis bites

BT has set up an emergency national control centre to keep tabs on the current UK fuel crisis.
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How to make lots of money from the Internet

It's one of the world's smallest and most isolated independent nations, it was known as the Ellice Islands when the British Empire was in full flow and it's now called Tuvalu, which means "cluster of eight" even though there are actually nine islands. It is also the lucky owner of the ".tv" domain name, which, as you can imagine, is a bonus.
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HWRoundup Big up to the MSI MS-6153 mobo

I'm back from Crete and back into the way of the chip.
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UK site publishes list of emergency fuel

Motorists are flocking to a Web site which is giving a blow-by-blow account of the British fuel crisis and where to find the oh-so-precious supplies of go-go juice.
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Software piracy: UK schools a soft target

Software piracy in schools may be preoccupying Microsoft in the UK at the moment, but maybe the software behemoth would be better turning its attentions to India and China.
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Scouts find new IT badge sponsor

Kids portal - kzuk.net - is to sponsor the Computer Badge for 120,000 cub scouts in Britain.
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Madonna.com fight heats up

Pop tart Madonna has a bit of competition for her namesake URL - from a US hospital. We told you back in, um when was it, last month sometime that the popstress wanted madonna.com which is currently held by online pornographer Dan Parisi. Back then we questioned whether she was more important that that other Madonna - the one that people have made statues about, usually with a little child (how many statues do you have sweetheart?).
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SDMI says hack stuff for money

A prize of $10,000 has been offered to any hacker who can break through the security put in place by the Secure Music Digital Initiative (SDMI), a coagulation of 175 companies from the IT, electronics and music industries.
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AOL buys stake in wireless gadget maker

AOL is to take a stake in US wireless gadget maker Cybiko.
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E-ntrepreneurs – get your marketing BS here

Top marks to Dack.com for nicely deflating the new economy bubble with its oh-so-sharp Web Economy Bullshit Generator. As keen observers of the e-bah-gum-conomy, we're used to a worldwide web of vacuous verbiage thanks to the now never-ending supply of press releases announcing the launch of new B2B sites - or the collapse …
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Cheesy talking head modelled on PM Blair

Televirtual - which describes itself as a pioneering cyber content company - reckons it's onto a sure-fire winner with a politically inspired talking head.
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World goes Millennium crazy

Metaphorical queues are already forming around the metaphorical block, not to buy petrol, but to lay hands on the latest (and last) revision of Windows 9X.
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You'll never have to name that tune again

Here's an interesting idea that will never work. Sony has come up with an amazing way for you never to miss out on a particular song again. Using this staggering piece of machinery - called an eMarker - you can track down any song you hear on the radio. No more waiting for mumbling DJs or forgetting the name of that band.
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CeBit and Creative Labs in hair pulling battle

In the days biggest "you started it" tit for tat contest, Creative Labs has confirmed that it will not be exhibiting at this year's CeBit in Hanover.
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The UK fuel crisis: all thanks to the Internet

Well, two tankers complete with whirring police escort have gone down Regent Street in the last hour, Tony Blair's pledge to have it all sorted within 24 hours is blown, the petrol pumps are still dry and it looks like we've got a top-notch crisis on our hands. And we love it.
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Press Release of the Week: fresh fruit nonsense

Received today: "BLACKBERRIES MAKE RIPE PICKINGS FOR ASPS. Following recent debate about the future of the application service provider (ASP) industry, Mi8 points to the launch of new mobile devices such as Blackberries to spur the steady growth. Mi8 is the only UK ASP to offer access to Microsoft Office, Outlook and Exchange via the Internet, delivering location-independent access to corporate applications. Early adopters of ASPs; mainly small businesses and start-ups…" etc etc, you know the sort of thing.
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AOL's Case is more important than Gates

AOL chief Steve Case has booted Bill Gates off his throne in the ranks of the IT elite.