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MS hacked! Russian mafia swipes WinME source?

Hackers may have made off with the source code for Whistler, Microsoft Office and - for all we know - Bob.NET. A major breach of the company's networks reported in today's Wall Street Journal (nice shooting, Ted) seems to have effectively compromised the integrity of a whole range of Microsoft products, including Windows Me, the gold code (or maybe not) of which shipped just last month.
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Ingram exults over results

Ingram Micro saw Q3 earnings jump 146 per cent on revenues up 13 per cent, on the same period last year. Not bad at all for an industry where you have to run very fast to stand still.
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What is this thing called ASP?

Get this: almost 40 per cent of European IT Directors/Managers don't know what 'ASP' means (and no, we're not talking Active Server Page). Let's rephrase this - they haven't even heard of the term..
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Sending out an SMS just got a lot quicker

Letterwise is a predictive text-entry solution that its developer, Eatoni Erogonomics, claims will overcome the 'bottleneck' to SMS messaging by reducing the number of key taps needed to enter text on a numeric keypad.
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Psion falls 25 per cent on profit warning

Psion isn't going to make as much money this year as it thought, the company admitted today - and it's all the fault of the euro.
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Boxman founder slams IBM for collapse

The founder of Boxman has openly criticised IBM and its e-business technology claiming it made the music e-tailer go titsup.com.
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MS ‘hacked’ by – 'illuminati terrorists,' this time

Insult to injury in Microsoft's hour of trial(s). While hackers of the possibly sinister, secretive variety been busily downloading company source code, somebody's been taking liberties with microsoft.com in Internic entries.
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S3 revenues grow 100 per cent

One-time 3D graphics company S3 saw its Q3 revenue double year-on-year, though its losses ballooned over the same timeframe.
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Intel boss delivers speech

Intel CEO Craig Barrett delivered stock speech number three* in Seoul yesterday as he assured a spellbound audience that Korea's Internet economy should be worth $35 billion by 2004.
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PlayStation 2 auctions net sellers 4900% profits

Updated Sony's PlayStation 2 went on sale in the US yesterday, and while demand is high and supply low, canny consumers are cashing in on the world's desire for the new console.
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Yankees butt of tasteless hack

While fans of the Yankees celebrated their team's victory in the World Series last night, despondent Met fans were getting their own back.
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Hitachi has a 73.9GB hard drive

Another step has been taken in the race to have the biggest/fastest/etc machine as Hitachi announces a one-inch high hard drive with a capacity of 73.9GB.
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Sega to turn ¥1.5bn profit to ¥22.1bn loss

The day after its main rival's biggest product roll-out, a sorry Sega conceded today that 2000 will go down in its books as its fourth loss-making year in succession.
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Faster Athlons launch Monday

Chimpzilla will be spilling the beans on its latest weapons in the battle against you-know-who on Monday at a lavish bash at the Paris Ritz. Plans for moving to DDR memory and details on upcoming SMP Athlons will be announced in what cynics might describe as a spoiling tactic coming just a month before Intel debuts the Pentium 4.
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PlayStation 2 games make top ten…

PlayStation 2 software took 11 per cent of the US retail games market last week, before the next-generation console had even gone on sale, such is the consumer interest in Sony's new toy.
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DRAM spot price falls through floor

Spot prices of the benchmark 64Mb DRAM fell through the floor today, hitting a record low in Asia, of $4 per PC100-flavoured chip, the Korea Herald reports.
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Chips are champ for Tosh

Brisk chip business helped Toshiba report a net profit of 53.9 billion yen ($497 million) for the six months to 30 September.
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Olympic ‘cybersquatters’ for the high jump

Lawyers acting on behalf of the Olympic movement will today complete issuing some 750 "cybersquatters" with writs demanding they hand over their domains or face the threat of legal action.
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Petopia turns into Pet Cemetary

Petopia, the American e-tailer, has sacked 120 people - 60 per cent of the workforce. The company says it will continue to seek more funding - but as online pet product stores are a particularly overcrowded sector, both in the US and in Europe, it doesn't look like too long before Petopia get served up for dotcom dogfood.
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Email: in defence of the delete key

James Rosenbaum, a district judge in Minnesota, has sparked a debate about the legal status of email with an essay called In Defence of the Delete Key.
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Irish banks suffer dotcom flatulence

The dotcom blues have hit Allied Irish Banks'plans to establish a stand-alone online presence. After nine months of planning, the bank decided to pull the plug, saying it is disillusioned with the whole idea. It says that disappointing performances from e-banks, such as Cahoot, show that customers don't want online banking to be split from the more traditional version.
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Sony iMac-style PDA mystery solved

Register readers have rushed to solve the mystery of the origin of the iMac-style Sony Clié PDA that appeared on a Japanese Web site earlier this week.
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Apache wins Big Brother award

The Apache Consortium, producers of the world's most popular Internet server software, sucks when it comes to privacy. So much so that it won a Big Brother award for it's "irresponsible default settings".
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Europe to investigate legality of RIP

Britain's big brother email snooping law - RIP - could be in breach of European privacy legislation.
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Building immunity to online fraud

A boffin at Kings College London, has come up with a way to tackle online fraud, based on the immune system's response to attack by disease.
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My IntelliMouse has gone insane

The Microsoft IntelliMouse is an optical mouse, designed to work on all surfaces and to get rid of the irritating problems of gunk on the mouse wheel and so on. All surfaces, that is, except monotonous ones.
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Human chip implants not going skin deep

Applied Digital Solutions, the US outfit behind a chip which can be stuck inside a human body, will unveil its device in the Big Apple next week.
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Cyberwar in the Middle East

A number of government and news Web sites on both sides of the unfortunate conflict between Israel and Palestine are under attack according to local wire reports, and we've confirmed that several of Israel's government sites, including the Knesset, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the President's office, the Union of Local Authorities, and the Jewish Agency and World Zionist Organization, are currently disabled.
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Dopey surgeon loses $200k on dud deal – sues E-Trade, and wins

A stock speculator who blew $200,000 on a foolish dotcom buy has successfully sued online broker E-Trade.
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Dell launches super-powerful Inspiron notebook

Dell has launched a super-powered Inspiron notebook, a machine it reckons surpasses many desktops.
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How do you make a Compaq notebook go 'woof'?

Compaq is to recall around 55,000 battery packs which are a fire risk.