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Intel to miss Q4 targets

Intel today warned sales in the fourth quarter would be lower than expected.
Linda Harrison, 08 Dec 2000
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Europeans text sex obsessed

Another day, another survey - this time it's the turn of SMS, with research claiming that a quarter of European mobile phone users have indulged in "text sex".
Linda Harrison, 08 Dec 2000
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MS lures Palm coders with free drink

Microsoft intends to attempt to persuade Palm developers over to PocketPC next week with the promise of free food and booze.
Tony Smith, 08 Dec 2000
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Apple ‘screwed up in education’ – Jobs

An embarrassed Steve Jobs confessed the company had cocked-up its efforts to sell to education when he addressed an insiders-only staff meeting this week.
Tony Smith, 08 Dec 2000
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Seagate slashes drive returns

Returns of perfectly healthy hard drives have fallen by 85 per cent among those using Seagate's diagnostic software, SeaTools.
Lucy Sherriff, 08 Dec 2000
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No one wants chips or PCs

The tech sector took another battering in the world's stock exchanges yesterday, sparking off a mild panic in markets, banks and overpaid analysts. It doesn't look good, demand for both chips and PCs are both said to be down, profit-warnings have become de rigeur and Rick Sherlund - Goldman Sachs' man - has lowered his estimates of Microsoft's earnings.
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Dec 2000
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Le Freeserve keeps l'Unlimited Time product

Soon-to-be French-owned Freeserve has given assurances that it has no plans to ditch its Unlimited Freeserve Time product - even though it's being run at a loss.
Tim Richardson, 08 Dec 2000
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Amazon.com drops link to Real IRA fund raiser

A group linked to the Real IRA, the organisation responsible for the Omagh bombing which killed 29 people in 1998, has been using Internet booksellers Amazon.com in a fundraising scam.
John Leyden, 08 Dec 2000
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Baby Pentium 4 materialises

Intel's IPD Web site, the prime source of information for small system-builders, now lists a 1.3GHz Pentium 4 alongside the 1.4GHz and 1.5GHz parts launched last month.
Andrew Thomas, 08 Dec 2000
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Gates talks big on small IE6 cookie move

Security is the big question, and the answer is... er, privacy policies and smart cards. These, at least, were the only obvious concrete suggestions Bill Gates had to put forward when he opened Microsoft's prestige Safenet 2000 conference in Redmond yesterday. And as he doesn't seem to have mentioned the cookie defender patch for IE 5.5 Microsoft hurriedly invented earlier this year, it's not entirely clear whether we're going forward or backwards on the privacy front.
John Lettice, 08 Dec 2000
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Ask Jeeves when it will make a profit

Ask Jeeves, the Q&A-style Net search engine, is warning that its Q4 losses will be greater than expected.
Team Register, 08 Dec 2000
DVD it in many colours

Bluetooth range boosted to 50m

The Bluetooth developers forum in San Jose has shown itself to be a breeding ground of ideas for things to do with the technology.
Lucy Sherriff, 08 Dec 2000
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Quantum Corp lowers sights on HDD shortage

Oh, dear. The profit warnings from component makers are tumbling out thick and fast, with Quantum Corporation's HDD unit the latest despatch from the battlefield.
Drew Cullen, 08 Dec 2000
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Warner Brothers bullies girl over Harry Potter site

Warner Brothers has threatened a 15-year-old fan of Harry Potter with legal action over her Web site. Claire Field is understandably upset at the bullying tactics and not much impressed by the conglomerate's offer of £9.99 in compensation for handing over the domain www.harrypotterguide.co.uk.
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Dec 2000
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Chipmongers vie for chip of the year crown

Chipmakers are readying their tuxedos for January's big event - the announcement of the winners of Microprocessor Report's Analyst's Choice Awards.
Andrew Thomas, 08 Dec 2000

Major outage hits Cable & Wireless INS

Cable & Wireless INS, one of Britain's largest ISPs, is struggling to fix a major failure of its core network that has left most of its customers without service.
John Leyden, 08 Dec 2000
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Universal sued for alleged copyright infringement

Litigious recording company Universal is itself being sued - for posting songs on the Internet, allegedly without the permission of the song writers and their publishers.
Tony Smith, 08 Dec 2000
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Microsoft's Y2K security holes – 93 and counting

Microsoft is making substantial progress in the field of security, Giga Information Group reports, and has achieved a 30 per cent improvement in productivity in the last 12 months. That's production of security patches, unfortunately.
John Lettice, 08 Dec 2000
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Pirates, conmen target PlayStation 2 buyers

Consumers are so desperate to own a PlayStation 2, they're risking log-jamming the Net and - worse - becoming victims of any of a multitude of online scams.
Tony Smith, 08 Dec 2000
Broken CD with wrench

BT sent ADSL enquiries to council helpline

BT is directing ADSL service enquiries to the North Lincolnshire Social and Housing Services' complaints department.
John Leyden, 08 Dec 2000

MS and DoCoMo launch wireless system you can't switch off

Microsoft Japan has developed software that allows your phone/CE combo to receive email even when it's switched off. But diligent research by The Register reveals that this isn't quite as pointless an exercise as might initially seem to be the case.
John Lettice, 08 Dec 2000
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L&H told where to stick its bankruptcy protection request

A Belgian court today told Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products NV it cannot have bankruptcy protection.
Linda Harrison, 08 Dec 2000
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Flame of the week Reg pays for sex

Bigger tits for Lara Croft
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Dec 2000
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MS claims copyright on Windows bugs

Microsoft is claiming copyright over its security notices and insisting that mailing lists can no longer publish the Beast of Redmond's dire security warnings.
John Leyden, 08 Dec 2000
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Time installs revolving job doors

Time Group is going to cut jobs at Time Computers but take on more staff at its other businesses to help it ride out the slowdown in the PC market.
Robert Blincoe, 08 Dec 2000
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Gateway untethers 1.4GHz P4 desktop

Gateway has untethered a Pentium 4 desktop in the UK.
Linda Harrison, 08 Dec 2000
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The ongoing saga of Lara and her breasts

Bigger tits for Lara Croft
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Dec 2000
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Australian Web surfers sapped by con-man

Be careful, be very careful who you buy Internet access from. Especially if you live in Australia.
Tony Smith, 08 Dec 2000
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Rock ‘n’ roller RAID controllers

Mini hardware happenings over at Tech-Report. If you have a PDA and the Graffiti input gets on your nerves, you need a visor and a fold out keyboard. So what if it fills your bag with loads of clutter? Its all good fun. Go here to get the lowdown on the kit that will make you feel like an extra from The Matrix.
Lucy Sherriff, 08 Dec 2000
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Intel preps digital-audio player

Intel is prepping a new toy for music gadget freaks at next month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Linda Harrison, 08 Dec 2000
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Catholic nostalgia goes hi-tech

Educated Roman Catholics embarrassed by the Church's trivial modern liturgy will be grateful to download a video clip of an entire Mass in Latin according to the Tridentine rite from the Catholic Traditionalist Movement (CTM) Web site.
Thomas C Greene, 08 Dec 2000
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Some anti-Warner humour from Groucho Marx

Warner Brothers bullies girl over Harry Potter site
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Dec 2000
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FTSE gets hacked

The FTSE web site at FT-SE.co.uk has been hacked by a group calling themselves "kat krew."
Lucy Sherriff, 08 Dec 2000
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Best of the Rest: AMD, Palestinians and aliens

Guns disguised as mobile phones
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Dec 2000
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Readers' Letters Guns, shitty gifts and breasts

[Well, it's been a funny old week. Seeing as it's Christmas corporate piss-up season, we've breathed a collective sigh of relief (and drunk a fair few beers) as the PR bunnies spend more time polishing their nails and buffing their hair rather than writing rubbish press releases about useless products. Tis the season to be jolly]
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Dec 2000
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Techie staff work longer but produce less

Technical staff are working longer hours but are becoming less productive.
John Leyden, 08 Dec 2000
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Default logins posted on porn-defaced security site

Updated The security specialist who named and shamed the titans of hardware manufacturing by posting easy default logins for networked devices on the nerdnet Web site had his work defaced this weekend by a detractor who either works for one of the companies mentioned or simply thinks the Webmaster is a lamer and wanted to prove it.
Thomas C Greene, 08 Dec 2000