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Compaq and Disney in $100m love-in

Compaq and Walt Disney Internet Group today jumped into bed together with a $100 million deal.
Linda Harrison, 01 Dec 2000
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Congress peers deeper into Carnivore

The powerful Senate Judiciary Committee is looking into popular concerns that the FBI's Carnivore e-mail sniffer captures too much data and would therefore be too easy for overzealous Feds to abuse.
Thomas C Greene, 01 Dec 2000
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Intel in deep doo-doo as HQ's drains fail

The old phrase 'it's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it' came literally true this week, we hear, when the plumbing failed at Intel's SC12 building at its Santa Clara HQ.
Tony Smith, 01 Dec 2000
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Iridium satellite crashes over Arctic

One of Iridium's fleet of telecommunications satellites has fallen out of orbit, burning up in the atmosphere somewhere over the Arctic Ocean this week.
Tony Smith, 01 Dec 2000
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Transmeta bug may affect 13,000 Sony PCs

Sony has confirmed problems with Transmeta's Crusoe processors shipped in two of its Vaio sub-notebook computers, despite assurances from Transmeta earlier this week that such an outcome was "unlikely".
Tony Smith, 01 Dec 2000
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Intel cancels US developer roadshow

Intel has pulled the plug on its North American Applied Computing Roadshow at short notice. The tour, subtitled: "Empowering Developers of the Connected World", was scheduled to hit Ottowa, Raleigh and Chicago and other cities over the next fortnight. But like a number of recent Intel products, it has suffered a recall.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Dec 2000
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Red Hat drops Sparc support

Red Hat has canned the Sparc version of Red Hat Linux 7 "due to insufficient demand".
Tony Smith, 01 Dec 2000
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New-look LibertySurf makes fresh start

LibertySurf kicks off a major TV ad campaign today in a bid to rebrand itself as a caring, sharing ISP with just one goal in mind - to please its customers.
Tim Richardson, 01 Dec 2000
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Liquefaction imperils Bay Area Bubble Economy

The US Geological Survey (USGS) yesterday confirmed our worst fears - or some of your highest hopes - that the Bay Area Internet economy will be decimated by the next major San Andreas-induced quake.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Dec 2000

AT&T wireless starts move to 3G convergence with GSM

US cellular giant AT&T has recruited Nokia and Ericsson to speed up its transition to 3G network systems. The two companies have signed letters of intent with AT&T, and will be delivering equipment that supports both the GPRS mobile packet data system currently being deployed in Europe, and the higher speed EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution) system.
John Lettice, 01 Dec 2000
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Micron issues profit warning

Micron Electronics has warned that earnings for the quarter will be below Wall Street estimates, blaming lower DRAM pricing for the dip. Gateway has also warned that its revenues will be half a billion dollars lower than previous estimates.
Andrew Thomas, 01 Dec 2000
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Lloyd's of London hacker gets slapped wrist

A Teenage hacker who pleaded guilty to hacking into the Lloyd's of London Web site has received a lenient sentence.
John Leyden, 01 Dec 2000
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VIA fails to profit from Intel 815 delay

TSMC sources quoted in Taiwan's Commercial Times claim that VIA has slashed orders as a result of falling demand from mobo makers.
Andrew Thomas, 01 Dec 2000
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Anonymizer: the Naked Capitalist Answer

Real world security company Securicor is spending £7 million on an online shopping service which will allow users to shop online without passing credit card details to online stores.
Lucy Sherriff, 01 Dec 2000
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QXL share price slumps

Online auctioneer QXL has seen its share price slump by over 22 per cent on the news that it needed to raise an extra £30 million to stay in business.
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Dec 2000
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Dell fumbles open source desktop gambit

Welcome to the whirling hall of rotating knives.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Dec 2000
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Wanted: one contract killer

An obsessed man offered £100,000 on a Web site for the murder of a woman he had met online, a court heard yesterday.
Lucy Sherriff, 01 Dec 2000
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SGI takes stake in Linux distro SuSE

SGI has invested in Linux distributor SuSE, part of what the two companies are calling a "strategic partnership" to grow the open source OS' applications market.
Tony Smith, 01 Dec 2000
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Fake mobos – SOYO bares teeth

Mobo maker SOYO, which sold $315 million worth of boards last year, has discovered at least a thousand imitation motherboards in South America, Asia Pacific, Canada and the US.
Andrew Thomas, 01 Dec 2000
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WAP is CWAP – Jakob Nielsen

A report published today recommends that companies looking to offer mobile Internet services should delay their entry into the marketplace until the technology improves.
Tim Richardson, 01 Dec 2000
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Europe no place for Programmer's Paradise

Pennsylvania-based Black Box Corporation is buying into privately held British outfit Orchard Network Solutions. The amount of the deal between the two network services companies was not disclosed. Orchard is based in Colchester, with annual sales of $1 million. Black Box, which will merge Orchard into its UK division, saw $450 million revenue in 2000.
Linda Harrison, 01 Dec 2000
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My security algorithm is faster than yours

IBM claims to have invented a new encryption algorithm which can encrypt and authenticate data in one step.
Lucy Sherriff, 01 Dec 2000
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Sell your granny to buy Palm stock – analyst

Palm is on track for a cracking quarter - so much so that its stock, currently trading at around $40, is a "compelling" buy.
Tony Smith, 01 Dec 2000
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Shrinking chips

With Intel and AMD/Motorola's joint efforts on moving to 130nm processes about to go head to head (Story: New Intel, Motorola/AMD chips face off), it's perhaps an opportune moment to look at how semiconductor technology has progressed over the last decade or so.
Andrew Thomas, 01 Dec 2000
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Bull splits to tackle poor sales

Bull is to split its server and services businesses into two separate subsidiaries as part of a far-ranging reorganisation.
John Leyden, 01 Dec 2000
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Email will get you fired

Funny medium, email. And one likely to get you the sack - whether you're being nice or nasty.
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Dec 2000
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Linux, MP3 and Bluetooth on one phone

A Korean software developer has developed the world's 'first embedded-Linux smart phone'.
John Leyden, 01 Dec 2000
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No upturn in DRAM until after March

The slippery DRAM market is not expected to make a full recovery until sometime after March 2001.
Linda Harrison, 01 Dec 2000
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IF brushes off dirty tricks allegations

A trading standards investigation into Intelligent Finance (IF) - the online bank from the Halifax - has failed to tarnish yesterday's long awaited launch of Britain's latest e-bank.
Tim Richardson, 01 Dec 2000
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Cracker site Icefortress benefits from IBILL challenge

Exclusive When the popular Icefortress Web site was taken down in response to legal threats from porno billing-service outfit IBILL, no one was even sure what the company was objecting to. Following a few initial scare-o-grams from IBILL lawyer Edward Cherry and outside lawyer Stephen Workman, the ICE crew's first inclination was to fold in order to avoid a costly court battle with a far-better-funded opponent.
Thomas C Greene, 01 Dec 2000
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Judiciary weighs privacy, access

The US federal judiciary is asking for the public's help in hashing out the privacy issues attendant with allowing Web access to court case files, which can sometimes include such sensitive information as medical histories, personnel files, tax returns and Social Security numbers. The dead-tree versions of criminal and civil …
Kevin Poulsen, 01 Dec 2000
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Virus prevents you asking for help

A virus which blocks victims from reaching antivirus web sites or even emailing for help is spreading around the internet after laying dormant for weeks.
John Leyden, 01 Dec 2000
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Three people charged with Sun server burglaries

Three people have been charged with burglary following the arrest of eleven men suspected of stealing computer hardware from City banks earlier this week.
John Leyden, 01 Dec 2000
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Best of the Rest: porn, school troubles, death, more

Computer engineer commits phone suicide
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Dec 2000
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Fake Flames and other flame-based letters

Man oh man,
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Dec 2000
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Recommended site of the Week

Lovely Lucy somehow found this site today and read a few of the entries out. It was soon realised that we'd stumbled on something magical. Put simply, this site observes the wonderful, abstract and surreal world we inhabit through short clips of overheard conversation and wall scrawlings.
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Dec 2000
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KT133 mobos herded on to review cattle train

A herd of KT133 platforms has been gathered for your inspection over at Anand's. I'd tell you who wins but then why would you click through? (For people without stamina, the winners page is here. Now, don't say we never do anything for you.)
Lucy Sherriff, 01 Dec 2000
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German problems – telecoms and dodgy dotcoms

Deutsche Telekom threatens to withdrawn flat-rate Net access
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Dec 2000
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Readers' Letters: porn, fake flames and Reg bias (again)

[Good bunch this week. Have a shufti, pick your favourites, send them to your friends or relatives. Kick back, open a tinny, watch some shit TV, go out, sleep. Do it again. And then we'll see you back on Monday]
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Dec 2000
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CIA sacks four in secret chat room hack

The CIA this week sacked four employees, suspended ten, and yanked the security clearances of nine contractors who had hacked the Agency's networks and set up a secret chat room in which they exchanged "inappropriate" e-mail and other materials. The hack had involved some 160 participants over the years and went undetected since its beginnings the mid-1980's.
Thomas C Greene, 01 Dec 2000
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PlayStation 2 e-tail warning in US and Canada

North American watchdogs have issued a warning about two Web sites claiming to have the elusive and eminently desirable PlayStation 2 console in stock.
Linda Harrison, 01 Dec 2000