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Dell, MS big winners in EDS $9bn US Navy contract

EDS has clinched a contract worth up to $9 billion to supply the US Navy and Marine Corps with a single, seamless network. It's the biggest ever US government contract, but it only takes a quick look at EDS' major subcontractors for you to realise that the deal is a massive victory for the PC business - and therefore for Wintel - over big iron.
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Billary Clinton handles email surcharge hoax

Sunday's debate between New York Senate hopefuls Hillary (Mrs. President) Clinton (Democrat, Nowhere) and US Representative Rick Lazio (Republican, New York) took a comical turn when moderator Marcia Kramer of WCBS-TV asked then about "bill 602-P", a persistent Internet hoax claiming that Congress is contemplating the assessment, by the US Postal Service, of a five-cent surcharge on each e-mail message.
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'They could kick me off the case,' says MS trial judge

Microsoft trial judge Thomas Penfield Jackson is accused by Microsoft of judicial misconduct for talking to the press, and it's becoming increasing obvious that this is one hell of an albatross around the good judge's neck. It seems to have become impossible for the press to come within a couple of streets of Jackson without them inducing him to, er, talk to them.
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IR35 protesters play Human Rights card

The Professional Contractors Group (PCG)is off to the High Court today to seek a judicial review of IR35, a new tax law which severely curtails the self-employment status of its IT consultant members.
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Make MS happy: send in your hooky software

Microsoft is launching another battlefront in its "war against piracy" which it hopes will bolster customer satisfaction and help it track down the counterfeiters at the same time.
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Warner attempts to out-hack DVD hackers

Time Warner's home video division has changed DVD's region coding scheme to make it even harder to play movies sold in one territory in another.
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Chip sales to dry up 2003-4

Chip companies should expect their explosive growth to be sharply curtailed just two years down the line, market researcher Dataquest has warned.
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BT finance director quits

Finally. Following months of heavy criticism from the media, City and shareholders, BT's finance director Robert Brace has resigned. The announcement immediately put EIGHT per cent on BT's share price, meaning his departure was worth around £4 billion.
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So how much did InterX pay for its domain name?

Last week, while prepping for a piece on InterX's results (out today), we noticed that the company's Web site URL had changed from Interxtechnologies.com to Interx.com. Last time we looked, Interx.com was owned and operated by a small US concern.
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Malaysia closes down game arcades

Malaysia has banned video game arcades, giving arcade owners just two months to shut up shop or face stiff penalties.
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UK boffins reckon they can cram 10,800GB of data on a PC card

New techniques for achieving high-density solid state storage are better than the inventors thought.

BT and Oftel fight back

Both BT and Oftel have hit back at last week's avalanche of critical stories and features. Both companies caught heavy flak, ultimately being blamed for Britain's failure to keep up with the rest of the world in the Internet revolution.

BT brings out broadband services

TMA in Brighton BT has brought forward the launch of a brace of new broadband Internet services by a whole month scoffing any allegations that the telco is "dragging its feet".
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MS submits to Digital Divas

In January, The Register poured scorn on Microsoft's decision to employ a "Digital Diva" (story: Microsoft hires distinguished woman singer to throw tantrums).
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Eidos scraps plans to sell

Eidos, the games company responsible for Lara Croft, has ended discussions on selling the company because it didn't think the offers represented "fair value for shareholders".
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HWRoundup Keeping cool in the Aussie outback

Dealing with overheating processors is clearly an ongoing battle for you overclockers. In a similarly vein, Australia is renowned for being extremely warm. So who better to look into cooling device than the crazy bunch at Insane Hardware. This time Thermaltake's new Super Orb gets the treatment. The results of the investigation are posted online.
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Price cut sends Dreamcast sales through roof

Sega's Dreamcast appears to be winning buyers, at long last. The ill-fated 128-bit console saw average US weekly sales shoot up 156.5 per cent between 23 July and 30 September, according to market researcher PC Data.

BT moans about speed of LLU – in Ireland

BT is enjoying a taste of its own medicine in Ireland.
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Tower Records Web launch confuses UK customers

Tower Records has had to relaunch its UK Web site using its US parent's code, with the unfortunate side-effect that all the prices are in dollars and the shipping mechanism is all over the place.
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Employee email monitoring saga continues

The government's new rules on employers being allowed to monitor their staff's email have been contradicted by the Data Protection Commissioner Elizabeth France, who intends to produce a Code of Practice condemning it.
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Accounting masterclass: how Cisco and MS avoid tax

Analysis The financial reporting practices of industry titans like Cisco and Microsoft are coming under increased scrutiny. They're big, they're apparently highly profitable, but neither company paid federal income taxes for their most recent financial year. It's all legal, but the accounting approach they're using hovers on the edge of legality and ethical behaviour.
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MS unleashes ‘free’ Web access Companion

Microsoft will offer the Great Unwebbed access for free - almost - when the eMachines version of the MSN Web Companion goes on sale later this month. The eMachines version of the device will retail at $349 with a "total in-store transaction of $400," but by signing up for a three year MSN contract at $21.95 a month, customers will get a $400 rebate.