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Tiny Computers – ‘acquisition target for Dixons’

Tiny Computers, the PC system builder/retailer, is being lined up as an acquisition target for Dixons, the UK's biggest electricals retailer, according to MicroScope, which cites 'industry rumours'. Tiny's UK sales manager, Steve Precious, left the company last week, as part of what the newspaper describes as 'a high-level shake-up'.
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Compaq no turkey, hungry for Asian markets

An article in local New York rag The Wall Street Journal said yesterday that Compaq's CEO, Mike Capellas, is giving thanks that US consumers don't think its PCs are turkeys.
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UMC fingers SIS

Two Taiwanese chip makers are squaring up for a fight over intellectual property rights.
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Voters turn to St Chad for election solace

The farce that is the US election has benefited at least one group. Traffic to the web site of the church of St Chad's in Lichfield has rocketed from four to over 300 hits a day since the start of the recount.
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Big Brother awards rock the LSE

The great and the good when it comes to privacy invasion were honoured last night at the London School of Economics in the third annual Big Brother Awards.
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AMD gets business boost in Germany

Germany's third largest computer manufacturer, Maxdata, is to use both AMD Athlon and Duron processors in systems aimed at enterprise and small business users in Germany. A number of other European manufacturers including Vobis and Tiny have also recently moved away from an Intel-only product line.
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Cisco looks rosy, 3Com peaky

Cisco chief executive John Chambers has told financial analysts it the networking behemoth is on track to match its aggressive growth targets for next year in sharp contrast to the grim outlook forecast by other networking firms.
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Excite cans Chello deal

Excite@Home has canned its plans to merge its international operations with Chello.
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Compaq plans $1bn purchase of own stock

Compaq wants to buy back $1 billion worth of shares, taking advantage of the dip in tech stocks and bolstering the company against expectations of poor PC sales during the current financial quarter.
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Micron, Microsoft partner on Xbox RAM

US Dramurai Micron has been contracted by Microsoft to supply DDR SDRAM for the upcoming Xbox console.
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Thin and flexi disc to battle CDs/DVDs

A US start-up has developed a digital disc five times thinner than a standard CD and flexible enough to wrap around a beer can or slot into a magazine without breaking.
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Amazon's privacy policy under attack again

Update Privacy groups have attacked online bookseller Amazon in both the UK and US over its privacy policy and trade practices. Junkbusters, along with Privacy International in the UK and the Electronic Privacy Information Centre in the US, has requested a government investigation into the company.

Oftel chivvies up BT over DSL

Oftel has intervened between BT and two rival telcos in a bid to break the deadlock concerning ongoing negotiations regarding the provision of broadband services.
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Football fansites get sweet FA

Ordinary football fans who run Web sites dedicated to supporting their clubs are facing legal action from the game's governing body in England.
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Bigger tits for Lara Croft

Update Lara Croft's breasts are to get a boost for the new version of Tomb Raider. According to the game's designers, her 38D assets [see Technical Briefing below] will be given "more definition". They won't necessarily be bigger but will have added detail - so, presumably they will look bigger. We're also waiting on an answer as to whether this extra "detail" will include nipples.
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Vendors, users team to create secure XML

A group of 45 IT companies and enterprises has formed a group that aims to create a standard way to secure internet-based transactions that use XML (eXtensible Markup Language).
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LSI Logic warns on Q4 revenue

More gloom and doom for US tech stocks came today in the shape of a profit warning from chip maker LSI Logic.
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Win prizes galore in our Xmas draw

Madness, complete madness - that's the only word for our extravagant Xmas competition which gives every Reg reader the chance to win some IT-related booty. We've been on the blag for the best part of a day to assemble the most awe-inspiring crimbo kit cornucopia ever to grace our pages. Even Chipzilla came up with the goods, …
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Mac Rumor Roundup Superfast G3s and ‘CubeBooks’

Apple may be about to revive the slimline PowerBook Duo - in the form of a light yet powerful executive-oriented notebook equivalent of the Power Mac Cube.
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Windows Woundup The latest news from around the sites

Probably the biggest story of the week was the release of Office 2000 Service Pack 2 (SP2). Unlike Office 2000 Service Release 1a (SR1a), SP2 is 'patch only' - Microsoft will not reissue the full product with these fixes preinstalled, as it did with SR1a.
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Alert! Quantum computer on horizon

The day when the quantum computer finally appears is edging closer.
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1.2GHz Mac maker preps launch

Xtrem has provisionally set January 2001 as the ship date for its much-anticipated - and scepticism-inducing - 1.2GHz Macintosh, XtremMac
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Govt ministers distance themselves from email spy plan

Government ministers are distancing themselves from the Draconian surveillance measures proposed by NCIS deputy Roger Gaspar in a report to the Home Office.
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Seville honours Reg PR maestro

Spotted alongside a rather fine tapas and wine bar in central Seville: Spain's salute to our very own Doctor Spinola, master of spin and medic of the microprocessor. We're not sure why the beautiful southern Spanish city would want to name a street after the good Doctor, and he's not saying. 'Cardenal' is, we understand, …
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Anand twiddles with GeForce2 Pro

Anand gets his teeth into Nvidia's GeForce2 Pro. Faster than a GTS and cheaper than an Ultra, but is it any good? Well, the conclusion isn't snappy, but can best be summed up in the sentence: yes, but we probably won't buy it. Go here for the rest.

Cisco 600 routers offer cracker fun

Cisco has advised users to update the software used in its 600 family of routers following the identification of what it admits are multiple security vulnerabilities.
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No Olympic Web-coverage for ten years

Sports fans will have to wait at least ten years to view the Olympics on the Net, thanks to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
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‘Super silicon’ outfit confirms AMD link

Last week, The Reg reported that, for over 12 months, AMD had been producing test chips using a new, pure version of silicon with greatly enhanced thermal properties, making a 1.7GHz Palomino a more practical proposition.
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My.MP3.com back up and running

MP3.com relaunched its virtual CD collection, My.MP3.com, today after an seven-month hiatus.
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Intel to cut P4 prices by 19 per cent

Intel is cutting prices on Pentium 4 as well as selected Pentium III and Celeron parts next Sunday (December 10).
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Sun goes shoplifting for Christmas Clusters

Sun seems to have been overcome with selective amnesia at the launch of its Sun Cluster 3.0 and Sun Management Center [sic] 3.0 today.