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Six charged in $3m New York school computer bid-rigging scam

An ex-New York schools superintendent was among six people charged with nicking $3 million through a computer bid-rigging scam yesterday.
Linda Harrison, 03 Nov 2000
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Ellison not dead and not leaving Oracle

Oracle today rubbished rumours that its flamboyant founder Larry Ellison was flying the coop.
Linda Harrison, 03 Nov 2000
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For Sale: LineOne

There's speculation today that British ISP, LineOne, could be up for sale.
Tim Richardson, 03 Nov 2000
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CIX bought by Norwegian outfit

The great grandpappy of British ISPs, CIX, has been bought by Norsk Data - a subsidiary of Norwegian telecoms and IT outfit, Telenor AS
Tim Richardson, 03 Nov 2000
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Net dad Vint Cerf slams RIP

Vinton Cerf, one of the founding fathers of the Internet, has attacked the RIP bill as a dangerous new piece of legislation.
Lucy Sherriff, 03 Nov 2000
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Send digital snaps to mobile devices

Ericsson and Canon have snuggled up to work together on a way of transferring images from digital cameras to mobile devices.
Lucy Sherriff, 03 Nov 2000

NTL cuts 1,300 staff in restructure

Top UK cable company NTL has announced it will sack 1,300 staff (of 22,000) in a restructure of the company. The news comes a week before the company's quarterly results and is due to a series of acquisitions it has made in the last year and a half.
Kieren McCarthy, 03 Nov 2000
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Priceline.com CFO quits and staff face axe

Flawed and loss-making auction site Priceline.com is looking even more precarious with the announcement that its chief finance officer Heidi Miller has packed her bags and 16 per cent of the staff are to be fired. The news came complete with some poor Q3 results.
Kieren McCarthy, 03 Nov 2000
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400 Freecall users out on their ear

British ISP, 24-7 Freecall, has kicked off 400 subscribers it claims were abusing its unmetered ISP.
Tim Richardson, 03 Nov 2000
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(inaudible) unveils new chiefs for IPO

Former Microsoft UK product chief Mark Edwards has joined Symbian, the company announced today, to fill the top sales and marketing position. (inaudible) has also appointed a new CFO Thomas Chambers to "prepare for a public flotation - a natural next stage in Symbian's development, and key to our continued success," according to CEO Colly Myers in a statement today. Chambers was formerly CFO at First Telecom.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Nov 2000
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McAfee frozen PC lowdown

Yesterday we heard that a McAfee automated virus update had caused PCs to freeze up - something that wasn't appreciated by sys admin and those wishing to, say, use their computer. Details were sketchy but you readers have come up trumps and emailed us all the relevant info. A McAfee employee also helped explain how to fix the problem.
Kieren McCarthy, 03 Nov 2000
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Chipsetzilla wins back market share

Intel veep Paul Otellini told analysts this week that the chip behemoth "has recaptured its chipset market share" and in particular has boosted production of the 815 range.
Andrew Thomas, 03 Nov 2000
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Mitchell: I was the ‘fall guy’

Andy Mitchell claims he took the rap for AltaVista UK's failed bid to offer unmetered Net access.
Tim Richardson, 03 Nov 2000
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Net blasts off for outer space

The first satellite to form part of a solar system wide communications network will launch this month, according to Vinton Cerf, the creator of the TCP/IP protocol.
Lucy Sherriff, 03 Nov 2000
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Microsoft Hack: Warned of weakness three months earlier

Microsoft knew about the weakness in its security three months before it was hacked, but failed to do anything about it, according to a speaker at the Compsec conference in London.
Lucy Sherriff, 03 Nov 2000

BT may be investigated for 3G auction-rigging

The Dutch competition authority NMa is pondering whether to investigate BT over possible rigging of the Netherlands 3G mobile licence auction.
Kieren McCarthy, 03 Nov 2000
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Car companies offer AOL for $3 staff perk

General Motors and DaimlerChrysler are to offer cut-price AOL Internet access as a perk to staff.
Linda Harrison, 03 Nov 2000
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Kids give up fags for mobiles

Teenagers are giving up cigarettes in preference to fashionable mobile phones according to an anti-smoking organisation and the tabloids - who know a good story when they see one.
Kieren McCarthy, 03 Nov 2000
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UK Web site to lift lid on ‘police corruption’

A Web site allegedly operated by "serving and retired Surrey Police officers" is set to blow the whistle on police corruption.
Tim Richardson, 03 Nov 2000
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Intel wants to have DDR cake and eat it

VIA could go ahead with its own DDR chipset for Pentium 4, with or without Intel's agreement.
Andrew Thomas, 03 Nov 2000
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Single South African surfers search for sex

Single South African surfers are a good catch - young, into sex, and rolling in cash, a survey claims.
Linda Harrison, 03 Nov 2000
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Readers' Letters Storm in a TEMPEST?

Can't pay - won't pay To quote from your page on Only UK viewers have to pay:- "instead they work by detecting the TV tuner's local oscillator which always leaks a small amount of radiation back up the aerial." I have to question this because there's a couple of flaws here. Firstly 99% of tv's sold now conform to CE approval …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Nov 2000
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Sun's Oz super computer goes horribly pear shaped

A terse note at the site of APAC, the outfit running Australia's bid "to be recognised as an 'advanced computing' country," reveals something deeply embarrasing for one of the industry's most prominent pushers of gigafloppery. It says: "The initial configuration of the APAC peak computing system failed acceptance tests in September 2000, so the process of acquiring a system has been restarted. It's hoped there will be a system available by the second quarter of 2001."
John Lettice, 03 Nov 2000
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Flame of the Week AMD gets it right, and we don't

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Flame of the WeekAMD get it DDRrright. But we don't.

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Readers' letters the best of the rest

Eight miles high Andrew Brown DarwinWars author writes:- Mushrooms are more complicated than your Norwegian correspondent, thinks. Fly Agaric contains not one but two hallucinogens (atropine and butrophine, if my raddled memory serves) and the point is that each is poisonous if taken in large enough quantities to induce an …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Nov 2000
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MS helps you hack Scientology out of Win2k registry

A bizarre storm over Windows 2000 and Scientology in Germany has resulted in Microsoft conceding defeat. Microsoft Deutschland has posted instructions for removing the defrag program from all Win2k products.
John Lettice, 03 Nov 2000