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Republican Party claims spam was a dirty trick

Without mentioning names, or any words starting with 'D', the Republican National Committee (RNC) eChampions Web site claims to be the victim of a dirty trickster who's been spamming the daylights out of innocent civilians in their name since about 6 October and until about 14 October.
Thomas C Greene, 20 Oct 2000
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MS trial judges book themselves remedial tech class

The Court of Appeals judges who'll be dealing with the Microsoft case have decided to give themselves a basic (some might say remedial) computing class before they press on with the matter in hand. An order for a hearing on the subject for the Court says quaintly that it will focus on "basic concepts underlying the fundamentals of automation."
John Lettice, 20 Oct 2000
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Bush uses I-word, tilts towards Microsoft

Microsoft's "freedom to innovate" slogan inflitrated the Bush campaign slightly last night, as George W fielded a question about the trial in a CNBC interview. He ducked, declining to talk about an ongoing case, but got the I-word into a brief answer, twice.
John Lettice, 20 Oct 2000
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Schrock Shlock Shock: AltaVista CEO resigns

Rod Schrock, AltaVista CEO, has resigned with immediate effect, to "spend more time with his family". In the UK this is a comic euphemism for getting fired. Schrock also said it was time to move on - maybe he jumped before he was pushed by parent company CMGI.
Team Register, 20 Oct 2000
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Apple's Cube-for-Cash deal comes to Britain

Apple's attempt to increases sales of its ill-received - by would-be buyers, at any rate - Power Mac G4 Cube by offering a cash rebate will come to the UK next week.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2000
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Apple to end AppleStore exclusives

In a bid to boost business, Apple may be eliminating the exclusive deals it offers its AppleStore customers, according to US resellers.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2000
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How ‘cybersmear’ lawsuits can block free speech

Analysis The right to anonymity on Internet bulletin boards is under threat again. A recent decision by the Florida Third District Court of Appeals ducked hearing an appeal against a lower court order that those who posted on web sites could have their names disclosed by their ISPs, even though the case had not been tried.
Graham Lea, 20 Oct 2000
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Nvidia to grab market control from ATI

Nvidia is about to overtake ATI as the world's leading 3D graphics chip supplier, according to... er... Nvidia.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2000
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BTopenworld FAQs it up

A vulture-eyed Register reader appears to have spotted one of the reasons BTopenworld is having so many problems with the ordering and installation of its broadband ADSL service.
Tim Richardson, 20 Oct 2000
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LibertySurf in ‘blacklist’ row

LibertySurf UK has denied it is "kicking off" customers who are "abusing" its 24/7 unmetered service.
Tim Richardson, 20 Oct 2000
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Handspring, Citizen prep micro-Visor

Now how's this for weird: a PDA for your PDA. That's what PalmOS-licensee Handspring and Japanese watch company Citizen are apparently working on, according to Handspring co-founder Donna Dubinsky.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2000
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Samsung launches 24in TFT monster

Samsung is to launch a 24in TFT monitor on 7 November in the UK. It reckons this will be the largest screen available in the world.
Robert Blincoe, 20 Oct 2000
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Silicon Valley: save our power supply

Intel, Sun and 3Com have joined with other high tech firms in Silicon Valley to try to side-step the predicted power outages on California's power grid. The companies have all agreed to reduce their power consumption by ten per cent, upon request from Silicon Valley Power.
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Oct 2000
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Growth may be slowing, but MS magic kicks stock into life

Analysis There were some curious inconsistencies in the presentation of Microsoft's Q1 results this week. The income statement showed Q1 2001 income of $2.206 billion compared with $2.191 billion a year earlier - a very modest increase of just $15 million, or less than one per cent. But the press release claimed an 18 per cent increase because of an accounting change (SFAS 133) that Microsoft had to adopt because it is now required that all derivatives be recognised as assets or liabilities - and measured at fair value. Microsoft was not doing this, so took a hit of $375 million.
Graham Lea, 20 Oct 2000
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VIA plans DDR PIII, Athlon support

VIA is developing the Apollo Pro 266/KX266, a DDR SDRAM compatible chipset for both Pentium III and Athlon.
Andrew Thomas, 20 Oct 2000
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MP3.com losses down two-thirds

MP3.com yesterday saw its losses narrow to nearly a third despite the company's troubles with the music industry majors, in particular Universal Music Group.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2000
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QXL in talks with ‘prospective buyers’

QXL, Europe's biggest auction site, is in talks with prospective "strategic investors", according to financial commentary outfit Breaking Views. And Lycos Europe is named as the most likely buyer.
Drew Cullen, 20 Oct 2000
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Ambient light powers shiny computer screens

A researcher at Napier University in Edinburgh has found a way to use ambient light to power a computer screen.
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Oct 2000
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Letsbuyit.com too sexy for stuffed shirt

Letsbuyit.com, the online group shopping club for bargain-hungry people with too much time on their hands, is "excessively alluring", according to a Cologne court.
Drew Cullen, 20 Oct 2000
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Oftel still twiddling its thumbs…

Oftel has confirmed that it has yet to receive formal notification from BT about its new unmetered price changes.
Tim Richardson, 20 Oct 2000
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Energis Squared hacked and used for spam

Internet business provider Energis Squared has told clients its server network has been hacked and used to send out spam mail.
Robert Blincoe, 20 Oct 2000
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MS judges use networked PowerBooks, says eye-witness

There may well be a US market for a who's sued who Christmas book, considering the amount of crossover we're seeing in the Home of the Litigant. MS trial star David Boies in now busy Napstering, while Judge's Jackson's erstwhile helper Lawrence Lessig has been involved in the appeal in Eldred v. Reno, in the very court where Microsoft's appeal will be going ahead, Real Soon Now.
John Lettice, 20 Oct 2000
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Pilots could be usurped by neural networks

An adaptive neural network could eventually replace airline pilots, according to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, NASA and Boeing.
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Oct 2000
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Fujitsu to open server sales outfit in US

Fujitsu is set to open a server sales company in the US as part of its move away from the mainframe business.
Linda Harrison, 20 Oct 2000
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Flame of the Week We're biased

[John felt Microsoft had coughed up good money on a ludicrous patent. Joseph Bucci, who originally had the patent granted, didn't think John had researched his story very well.]
Team Register, 20 Oct 2000
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Lame Freeserve kicked by FTSE

A fortnight after Freeswerve announced it was booting out 700 users because they were abusing its unmetered service, the ISP is set to receive a taste of its own medicine.
Tim Richardson, 20 Oct 2000
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Secret Intel price cuts revealed

When we asked an Intel Europe spokesperson about price changes earlier this week, we were officially told that only three processors were affected. (see Intel price cuts: not many told).
Andrew Thomas, 20 Oct 2000
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Infineon defines ‘very fast’ data transfer speed

And this week's Scientific Precision Award goes to our chums at former Siemens subsidiary, Infineon, who today unveiled their "very fast" infra-red connectivity system.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2000
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Flame of the Week 2 Middle East and Reg don't mix

[Andrew's made his own contribution to the coverage on the Middle East crisis. He wrote: "It must be something of a worry to Intel, then, to be reminded that Fab 18 at Qiryat Gat is built on the site of the Palestinian village of Al Faluja. Al Faluja was destroyed in 1949 during the Israeli occupation of Palestine."
Team Register, 20 Oct 2000
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HWRoundup Ch-ch-ch-Chaintech's i815e ATX mobo

Socket A has just posted a review of the Iwill KV200. With onboard 3D audio chipset that supports A3D and Direct sound 3D as well as options for RAID and SPDIF, how can it fail to please? Go here to find out more.
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Oct 2000
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Egghead in damn DRAM jam

Egghead.com is facing legal action after cancelling orders for wrongly priced memory modules on its site.
Linda Harrison, 20 Oct 2000
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Middle East situation worries Intel

Continuing unrest in the Middle East has caused Intel to relocate the lion's share of Pentium 4 production to its Leixlip plant, near Dublin, Ireland.
Andrew Thomas, 20 Oct 2000
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Nvidia to buy 3dfx?

Nvidia is shaping up to buy arch-rival 3dfx, according to an analyst, according to BusinessWeek, according to Yahoo! Finance, according to ElecticNews.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2000
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Freeswerve freezes ‘unlimited’ sign ups

Freeserve, the company that likes to say: "No", last night called a halt to new registrations for its 'unlimited' access service.
Drew Cullen, 20 Oct 2000
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World's youngest pump and dumper ‘did nothing wrong’

The American teenager who paid back $285,000 made from dodgy Internet share trading has given his family a new toy. A shiny $42,000 Mercedes Benz.
Linda Harrison, 20 Oct 2000
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Rambus puts all its eggs in two baskets

Following another outburst from Intel CEO Craig Barrett in yesterday's FT, in which he described the relationship with Rambus as a failed bet, it is perhaps alarming for Rambus stockholders to read in the company's end of year statement that future revenues are dependent primarily on the rollout of Sony's PS2 and Intel's Pentium 4.
Andrew Thomas, 20 Oct 2000
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Eve.com goes titsup.com

Beauty e-tailer Eve.com will today sell its last lipstick, according to a posting on the site.
Linda Harrison, 20 Oct 2000
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Chat-room saves Scot from drug overdose

A Scot was saved from a nasty death by a drug and drink overdose yesterday when a woman in Canada spotted his predicament on an Internet chat-room.
Linda Harrison, 20 Oct 2000