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Foster, Xeon prices and strategies leak

Roadmap Chip giant Intel will introduce 1.4GHz and 1.5GHz of its server version of the Pentium 4 - code-named Foster, at $490 and $695 respectively, when it launches them.
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Pentium III not long for this world

Roadmap The roadmap we saw towards the end of last week demonstrates Intel's clear intent to eventually displace Pentium III processors with Pentium 4 and Foster technology. And the sooner the better, as far as the firm is concerned.
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PlayStation 2 upgrade glues games

Sony has denied responsibility for the failure of three PlayStation 2 games to work with the console's most recent revision. It's the software's fault, the consumer electronics giant said.
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VIA centres sights on .13 micron Samuel II

VIA will focus more closely on low-power processors next year in a bid to beat off the blues induced by the global slowdown in PC sales.
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Breathe losses rumoured to be £50 million

Modern urbanist ISP, Breathe, has collapsed with losses of £50 million, according to reports over the weekend.
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Mac Rumour Roundup Apple's G4 vs. G3 plan

Apple will ship consumer-oriented iMacs and iBooks with higher clock speeds than its flagship Power Mac machines, according to company documents described over at MacOS Rumors.
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Breathe calls in administrators

Modern urbanist ISP Breathe.net could be about to draw its last breath after it called in the administrators this morning.
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Wanadoo in Euro buying spree

France Telecom's Internet unit, Wanadoo, is furthering its European expansion by buying Spain's Indice Multimedia for E360 million ($323 million). Indice has a ten per cent share of the Spanish Internet market. That's on top of the £1.6 billion it's paying for British ISP, Le Freeserve.
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$10m super'puter to crunch genetic code

Genetics research firm NuTec Sciences has ordered the largest supercomputer in the commercial world, to date, from IBM. The contract is worth $10 million.
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MS pushes business to Win2k via Win9x price hikes

Microsoft displayed its habitual exquisite timing last week, following up on the profit warning by kicking Windows ME and Windows 98 out of its corporate volume discount purchase plans. Effectively this will make it harder and more expensive for companies to buy the older Win9x software, and will channel them towards buying Win2k instead.
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More email victims at Royal & SunAlliance

Insurance company Royal & SunAlliance has suspended 41 staff for distributing "lewd" Bart Simpson cartoons.
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24/7 Freecall pledges refunds

24/7 Freecall has pledged to refund Net users who've been booted off the service even though they had paid for the service.
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Warner Bros/ Harry Potter dispute kicks off again

We thought it was all over, but the argument over the Harry Potter Web site run by 15-year-old Claire Field has kicked off again following her father's anger at media manipulation by Warner Brothers' head of publicity Barbara Brogliatti.
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Reg scores Quote of the Year

Champagne corks popped this morning at Vulture Central when we discovered that we had been included in today's Guardian media section's Quotes of the Year piece. So where did they get this piece of Kieren McCarthy pub-inspired wisdom? An exhaustive investigation into 24/7 Internet access? A rivetting account of Chipzilla's …
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Intel, Rambus beefing up legal departments

Intel is advertising for more lawyers to work on intellectual property and patents. The list of vacancies at the chip behemoth at HotJobs includes vacancies for an additional four attorneys.
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SAS Web site pulled

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has pulled the plug on a Web site dedicated to the Territorial Army branch of Britain's elite special forces unit, the Special Air Service (SAS).
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Le Freeswerve – c'est magnifique

Le Freeswerve has halved the amount of cash it lost in the last quarter, it reported today.
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Monster BT bill man gets reprieve

Remember Nick Everitt? He received a quarterly phone bill in September for £1,465 even though he was dialling a freephone Net access number. The bill, which was 467 pages, reduced his wife to tears.
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Armed raiders seize back counterfeit goods

Irish police suspect that dissident Republicans are responsible for an armed hold-up during which counterfeit goods were seized back.
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Sun selects Eazel's Nautilus for Solaris shell

Sun is to bundle Eazel's easy-to-use Linux front end, Nautilus, with its own Unix variant, Solaris.
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eToys warns on revenues

eToys has warned that it won't be filling as many Christmas stockings as previously thought.
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France says ‘non’ to US DVD imports

France has effectively banned the import of US DVDs by tightening a 1982 law designed to protect the nation's cinema industry.
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Blue sky flash memory fizz

Flash memory looks set to get cheaper and more reliable if a new manufacturing technique developed by Lucent takes off.
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Baa.com – domain battle decided but case goes on

BAA plc may have secured the ownership of Baa.com, after the domains current owner Tom Bourke settled the domain dispute out of court, but previous owner Michael Lawrie is having none of it and vows to fight the big corporate all the way.
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Port scans are legal

A tiff between two IT contractors that spiralled into federal court ended last month with a US district court ruling in Georgia that port scans of a network do not damage it, in reference to a section of the anti-hacking laws that allows victims of cyber attack to sue an attacker. Last week both sides agreed not to appeal the …
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Linux Intel chipset chowdown

HWRoundup Over at Anand's today there is a battle for the hearts and minds of the inhabitants of the land of the penguin. The Intel 815 and BX chipsets face off against VIA's Apollo Pro 133A in thisLinux showdown.
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Kempin, star MS enforcer, gets Ballmer special projects gig

The man who pays the bills at Microsoft is switching over to overseeing "special projects" for company president Steve Ballmer. According to today's Wall Street Journal the switch of jobs for Joachim Kempin, the senior VP in charge of Microsoft's OEM software business, was announced in an internal Microsoft memo a few weeks ago.
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Serious security slip at BTOpenwoe

Due to a serious security lapse, users signing up to BTOpenworld's ADSL service have been invited to send credit card details over an insecure internet connection.
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Gateway turns showrooms into PC supermarkets

Gateway has changed its retail strategy in a last-ditch attempt to shift Christmas stock.
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HP worker's fall from plane may have been suicide

A preliminary investigation has concluded that a Hewlett-Packard worker who fell 2,000 feet to her death from a plane last week probably committed suicide.