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China mulls Net investment barriers

Beijing has started debating measures that threaten to hinder foreign investment in its budding online economy.
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AMD whips up sales, whips out boxed chips

Sales reps at AMD are exhorting customers to buy chips before quarter end to help them reach their quotas, in a move reminiscent of the good old days at the Digital Equipment Corporation.
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Intel invests in embedded Linux operation

Intel is to pump money into embedded Linux software developer MontaVista to encourage development of OS and application code for its XScale processor.
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TDK to launch ‘souped-up MP3’ software

Japanese media-to-modems company TDK will next week launch software designed to enhance the open MP3 music format.
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Rambus threatens non-compliant Dramurai

Rambus gave US financial analysts a good old ear and eye bashing yesterday in the shape of an 86 slide presentation outlining its strategy, its technology, the litigation it is engaged in, and its franchise model.
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Palm preps pay-per-download PalmOS 3.5

Palm will finally release PalmOS 3.5 this autumn, and to add insult to injury as it were - Palm users have been waiting for the update since February - the handheld company is planning to charge for it.
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API messes up Alpha mobo upgrade

Cunning plans that Alpha Processor Inc (API) had to replace its dual-CPU mobo, the UP 2000, with the UP 2000 plus have gone awry, according to Korean sources close to the company's plans.
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Durlacher gets ology despite good dotcom results

Durlacher Corporation - the European research-driven investment and securities group focused on emerging technologies and media - has announced pre tax profits of £12.2 million for the year to June 30 - an increase of 356 per cent on last year. Turnover was up from £13.2 million last year to £28.5 million and its market capitalisation has increased to £320 million, up from £64 million. Durlacher also announced it is to set up a JV with German venture outfit, bmp AG, to invest in emerging biological sciences.
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IBM research promises 5-fold data density boost

IBM's nanotechnology research means that someday there will be storage media with data density of five times the current theoretical limits for magnetic storage media, the company says.
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Red Hat eyes embedded arena for growth

Leading Linux distributor Red Hat yesterday posted a much-narrowed second quarter loss, coming in just ahead of Wall Street expectations.
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How not to screw up ecommerce for the next five years

We had a chat with a top contract lawyer and two big execs from MessagingDirect about digital signatures. The lawyer, Dr Brain Bandy, had done some research on the legal implications of digital signatures for the execs and all of them were keen to educate yours truly on where things should be heading.
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Attractive FRIACO finds another beau

Another telco has come out of the woodwork and signed up to BT's unmetered wholesale Net access product, FRIACO.
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AMD Durons, T'birds to get dual support?

Stepping 3 Resellers briefed by AMD on its future plans have been told wondrous tales of future dual processor support for both Thunderbirds and Duron microprocessors.

Novell marketing VP talks turkey in last chance saloon

Interview With Novell entering the last chance saloon, The Register spoke to Steve Adams, Novell's senior VP for Worldwide marketing, at the IDC meeting in Monaco. It's taken only a month from the announcement of a "realignment of expenses" (as staff reductions are euphemistically called) to the formal executions on Monday.
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Compaq previews The Source portal – not many dead

Compaq previewed the business-to-business portal it's calling The Source at a side event during the IDC European Forum in Monaco this week. The demo suggested that the service will be offered as a kind of dumbed-down yellow pages without any choice of potential suppliers, and it soon became clear that the real purpose is to "present an opportunity for Compaq to increase sales of its own solutions, hardware and services". Compaq's partner to develop the software is none other than Concert, that $7 billion start-up and global venture between AT&T and BT.
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Psion re-commits to Mac

Psion will make a long-awaited upgrade to its MacConnect PDA synchronisation software early next year, the company said yesterday.
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Big Apple gets Internet taxis

New Yorkers can now hail Internet-enabled taxicabs on the city streets.
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Fuel crisis causes Mayfair madness

The protests may be over but the actions of farmers, hauliers, dentists and lion-tamers moaning about the high cost of fuel have had unsuspected and dire effects. It struck home last night that this kind of thing must never be allowed to happen again. The Old Monk pub is nearly dry. London Pride? No. Bombadier? Nope. Theakston? Fraid not. What do you have? Adnams. Three pints of Adnams then.
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Spot Register Weak Euro hits buying patterns

Overall market situation shows a general increase of the demand for most popular items. Purchasing activity is a little bit on the conservative side because of the weakness of the Euro against the dollar, and many operators do prefer a day by day purchasing activity, waiting for better times before seriously building up their inventories, writes Marco Fumagalli.
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PlayStation anticipation casts shadow on games sales

First PlayStation-expectation did for Dreamcast sales, and now it's hitting UK games retail sales too, according to games publisher Eidos' chairman, Ian Livingstone.
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AltaVista Inc gets jobs hatchet out…

AltaVista Inc is to sack some of its workforce in California, the company will announce later today.

WAP’s the matter you? Hey! Gotta no respecta

Updated We’ve been trying not to run this story because of its naffness. It’s like comparing a Hollywood blockbuster and a made-for-TV movie, except this “news” is a made-for-media announcement.
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Tory party ISP cut off by CallNet

The Conservative Party is launching an investigation after its ISP, Tory.org, suffered a massive failure last night.
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Flames of the Week Fuel crisis sends em crazy

The UK fuel crisis: all thanks to the Internet
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Film evidence challenges BT's claim to hypertext patent

BT's tight-fisted grasp on the patent for hyperlinks could be about to slacken following an intriguing posting on Nerd site, Slashdot
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MP3.com bans hacker song

MP3.com has banned a song that witters on about the DVD hacking code DeCSS. In the song, Joseph Wecker sings a version of the code - which is subject to various lawsuits in the US over its being a hacking tool.
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Does MS barcoding of Windows licences make piracy easier?

Microsoft's plan to reduce Windows documentation to a barcode was formulated as yet another move to stamp out piracy, but it's beginning to look horribly like one of those cunning plans that do precisely the opposite of what was intended. The unique IDs don't seem very unique at all, the method of software distribution in at least some cases is less secure than was previously the case, and the unlock code is easy to filch.
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So-called hackers: please grow up

Kierant: We ran a story, Wednesday, on SDMI's open challenge to hackers to break its new music codes with the incentive of $10,000 for anyone that did. Yes, it was a PR stunt but it was a pretty good one. And a bloody big gamble.
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TSMC starts pushing out 0.13 micron stuff

TSMC is sending 0.13 micron chips out to seven clients, the company announced today. The first customer to get his or her grubby mitts upon one will do so at the end of this month.
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Sony boosts PlayStation 2 DVD playback

Sony has revised the PlayStation 2 for the US and European markets to significantly improve the console's DVD playback, according to sources at UK hi-fi company Wharfedale.
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225 jobs cut at AltaVista

AltaVista Inc has slashed its US workforce by a quarter, it announced today.
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Gates and Allen cash in shares

Microsoft execs Bill Gates and Paul Allen have decided to offload more than $100 million worth of shares in the software giant.

98 million mobiles sold in March and June

Ninety eight million mobile phones were bought between March and June, according to Dataquest.
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Fuelling the flames: crazies everywhere

The UK fuel crisis: all thanks to the Internet
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Megahurtz. What is going on with the semiconductor industry?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/3/13206.html">Megahurtz, memory wars exercise in futility
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Beer: an essential good for our survival

[When our local started running out of beer, we came to our sense and asked for the immediate execution of all fuel tax protestors]
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Best of the Rest: bits and bobs

[Bit of a mixed bag]
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Readers' Letters A week of turmoil

[It's been a funny old week and it's Friday again (how did we get to the middle of September?). Sorry here are a select bunch of your letters. Enjoy]
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Chernobyl virus author faces 3-years in chokey

The writer of the CIH, or Chernobyl, virus has been detained by Taiwanese authorities. They plan to bring him to trial for all the damage the virus caused, and if found guilty he faces up to three years in jail for his escapade.
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IBM distracts Olympic athletes with email

IBM plans to keep athletes busy at this year's Olympic Games.