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People PC touts free PCs in Europe

PeoplePC, the ISP which doles out free branded PCs to customers when they sign up, is coming to Europe. Backed by $50 million from @viso, the Softbank/Vivendi-owned VC business, PeoplePC Europe launched yesterday with offices in London, Munich and Paris.

Broadband for Brits at £9.99 a month

A Luxemburg-owned wireless data company is planning to give BT a run for its money by introducing a broadband service in the UK for £9.99 a month.
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Post Office takes on e-delivery upstarts

The Post Office is hoping to cash-in on the e-shopping revolution with an ambitious plan to make deliveries more flexible.
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Kingfisher buys Streets Online

Kingfisher, the British retail conglomerate, is buying an 85 per cent stake in Streets Online, the e-tailer of records, CDs, games and books for £15.7 million.
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Athlon beats P4 in urinating contest

The latest reports from system builders putting together the first Pentium 4 systems look very encouraging - for AMD.
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Pump and dumper done over down under

An Australian man has been convicted of artificially inflating the share price of a company in a bid to make a quick buck.
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Intel price cuts: final instalment

Intel finally confirmed details of its latest round of price cuts yesterday.
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LibertySurf: ‘Kingfisher wants out’

Kingfisher, the British retail conglomerate, wants to offload its 35 per cent stake in loss-making LibertySurf, the French ISP modelled on Freeserve, according to "whispers", reported in today's Guardian.
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Mad Cow toys removed from shelves

Homebase, the Sainsbury-owned DIY chain, has removed "cuddly" mad cow toys from its shelves, following customer complaints. Costing £9.99, the cow moos and shakes uncontrollably when switched on.
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Notebooks a go-go

Orders for notebook computers will rise by 50 per cent in 2001, according to leading notebook makers in Taiwan - including Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics and Arima Computer.
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Suspected insider trading at Olivetti

Consob, the Italian stock market regulator, has referred a possible case of insider trading at Olivetti to the legal authorities.
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Trucker goes at it like rabbit

In January we offered Reg readers the chance to win a real-live Intel golden Bunny Suit (as worn by the dancers, not the fab workers) Trucker Doug Thomsen, from America, clinched the prize on the tiebreaker with: "I'm gagging for an Intel Bunny Suit so I can see my neighbors' faces when I'm washing the truck wearing it." He …
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Apple creates ‘education czar’

A chastened Apple is getting tough on poor sales to the education market, getting tough on the causes of poor sales to the education market, with the creation of a new post to oversee its efforts in that arena.
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ATI ships latest mobile graphics chip

ATI has released its latest notebook-oriented graphics chip, the Mobility M4, which is reckons is the world's first mobile graphics part to support AGP 4x.
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Adverts? Never! BBC Online slammed

Critics have slammed the BBC for even considering the idea of running adverts on its Web site.
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Codebreaker conundrum confounds crypto-cretins

Thank goodness you lot weren't working on the Enigma code at Bletchley Park - otherwise we'd still be trying to bridge the Rhine.
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MS moves to block court briefs – Caldera skeletons rattle?

Microsoft is attempting to block attempts to file "friends of court" briefs by a collection of known enemies of Microsoft. Somewhat uncharacteristically the company feels that one such brief from either side will be perfectly adequate - but then Microsoft seems to have rather less friends available to fight its corner in the antitrust appeal.
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Rambus to play bit part in Intel's 2001 plans

Intel looks intent on phasing out Rambus support across the spectrum by the middle of next year, except for the high end workstation segment.
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Boo.com seeks grisly revenge

New look Boo.com was pressing the flesh this morning in a bid to drum up interest in its dotcom fashion house.
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HWRoundup 1GHz T-bird tangorama

The nutters from down under have returned. Insane Hardware has produced a review of the Thermaltake Super Orb. Designed for a 462-pin Socket A processor, this can shove 42 cubic feet of air around every minute. If you want to know more, you know what to do.
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Alliance & Leicester banks on Net for future

Alliance and Leicester is expected to announce plans to quadruple its investment in its online banking services to £60 million. It is also expected to re-brand itself as Alliance, rather than A&L, although since both alliance.com and alliance.co.uk are already registered, it may wish to reconsider. Unless it plans to buy one of the domains. Or has a devilishly delicious plan. The bank also said it plans to shed 1,500 jobs over the next three years.
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US Marshals seize $1m fake Adaptec SCSI cards

US Marshals have kicked some butt and seized 5,000 fake Adaptec SCSI controller cards valued at $1 million.
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Online banking ‘less safe’

Consumers are losing confidence in online banking believing them to be "less safe" than conventional banking.
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BT plays blind man cuff

BT called in the police to evict a blind man from one of their offices after he went to complain that the telco had installed and charged him for a second phone line without his consent.
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Meet Tempest – it stops people knowing what's on your PC screen

After we ran a story about the need for TV licenses in the UK and the policing thereof, we got a fair number of emails from readers asking us whether we knew about Tempest as a possible method of monitoring what people are doing on their PCs.
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Intel's Blue men make us blue

Andrew pointed out that the latest Intel ads are crap. People seem to agree.
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Mega Joy gives sub £10 NES ecstasy

While being dragged round a Poundstretcher style crap emporium in Wolverhampton I spotted a games machine in which the N64 style controller plugged directly into the TV and gave you a top selection of Spectrum games. For under a tenner.
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Crypto challenge melange

The Reg set a crypto challenge and offered to give away 20 copies of Simon Singh's 'The Code Book' as a prize. It looks like we'll end up keeping them.
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Primedia swallows About.com

Primedia's buyout announcement of online directory service About.com wiped around a third off its stock price yesterday - but why did Wall Street get shirty?