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American men ditch sex for PCs

American males are happily ditching sex to play with their PC or mobile phone, a report claims.
Linda Harrison, 05 Jan 2001
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etoys cuts 60 per cent of staff

eToys today announced plans to cut 60 per cent of staff in a bid to stem losses.
Linda Harrison, 05 Jan 2001
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Xmas PC sales slump: the proof

PC sales in the consumer sector fell 24 per cent in December compared to the previous year.
Linda Harrison, 05 Jan 2001

Human rights bid to scrap mobile phone mast

A British man is using the European Human Rights Act to sue his local council and mobile phone operator Orange over the erection of a mast close to his childrens' bedroom.
John Leyden, 05 Jan 2001
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Capellas eyeballs McNealy in cluster bluster

A team of executives at Compaq now takes the threat from Sun Microsystems to its own business so seriously that it spent the festive season not scoffing turkey and plum duff, but instead scoffing at Sun and calling its Cluster platform duff.
Mike Magee, 05 Jan 2001
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Via intros retail Cyrix III box

Chipset and CPU contender Via has introduced a retail package for its Cyrix III processors aimed at PC resellers and distributors.
Mike Magee, 05 Jan 2001
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Hi-tech Titans meet privately with Dubya

US President-elect George Dubya Bush convened an economic summit in Austin, Texas this week, during which he joyously received the Big Swinging Dicks of American high technology behind closed doors.
Thomas C Greene, 05 Jan 2001
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AMD calls on Transmeta to help crack Sledgehammer

AMD appears to be ready to recruit Transmeta to give its 64-bit Sledgehammer CPU a clear lead over Intel's own server-oriented processor, Itanium.
Tony Smith, 05 Jan 2001
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AllAdvantage scales down European operation

AllAdvantage.com is making sweeping changes to its business that will lead to job losses and a major shift in the company's direction.
Tim Richardson, 05 Jan 2001
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Redundancies hit beleagured Breathe

The joint administrators of not-so-bloody-trendy-now-are-you ISP Breathe.com has made a number of compulsory redundancies at the company's offices in London and Warrington.
Tim Richardson, 05 Jan 2001
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Xbox blueprint leak too

A young man, who will remain nameless, has sent us a hand-drawn blueprint that he stumbled upon on site Msxbox a few months ago. Apparently, it disappeared within minutes but he managed to find it in his cache.
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Jan 2001
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BT HQ hit by phone outage

The phones in BT's main offices in central London are on the blink leaving the monster telco cut-off from the outside world.
Tim Richardson, 05 Jan 2001
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Royal & Sun Alliance sacks ten over obscene emails

Insurance company Royal & Sun Alliance has sacked ten members of staff for distributing "lewd" Bart Simpson cartoons. The decision follows the announcement in December that 41 staff had been suspended over the emails. Between then and now, this figure has increased to 77. The company is clearly taking this very seriously.
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Jan 2001
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Linux 2.4 kernel released

The long-awaited Linus 2.4 kernel has been released by Linus Torvalds.
John Leyden, 05 Jan 2001
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Apple upgrades open source-style licence

Apple has finally decided to follow the spirit of the open source development model fully, and modified its own Apple Public Source Licence to eliminate many of the restrictions that so annoyed the open source community.
Tony Smith, 05 Jan 2001
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Floater, Orange, not flash in the pan

Orange is to float on 12 February, according to media reports. Following France Telecom's take-over of the mobile phone company and the acrimony building up to Hans Snook's departure, 15 per cent of the company will be floated for a hoped-for £9.5 billion.
Team Register, 05 Jan 2001
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XFree86 fixed to run alongside MacOS X's Aqua

MacOS X users keen to run X Window applications under the next-generation Apple OS' own GUI, Aqua, are now a major step closer to being able to do so.
Tony Smith, 05 Jan 2001
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Turn off the console, Fat Boy

The number of fat kids in the UK has officially doubled, and the finger of blame is pointing squarely at computer games.
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Jan 2001
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3G trigger pulled on mobile phone firms

Even though the World+Dog now has a mobile and millions are getting onto the Net, the average revenue per person from a mobile phone is set to fall and mobile companies will see operating profits slump. This will lead to forced consolidation of European companies and in seven years there will be only five companies in the market. And the spark is the cost of UMTS/3G technology.
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Jan 2001
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Seattle's black monolith is swiped

Seattle's black monolith, which called to mind a similar structure from Stanley Kubrick's seminal film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, has been removed just as mysteriously as it first appeared.
John Leyden, 05 Jan 2001
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BT offices engulfed in tiny blaze

BT's flagship office complex opposite St Pauls Cathedral in central London was hit by fire this morning, wiping out power and phones.
Tim Richardson, 05 Jan 2001
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Transmeta finds new OEM partner

Transmeta has got itself a new OEM partner in the shape of Taiwan's ICP Electronics, one of the country's biggest industrial computer manufacturers.
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Jan 2001

Palm, Sprint dash for CDMA mobile Net access

US cellphone company Sprint PCS yesterday chose the Palm OS as its mobile Internet platform of choice for next-generation CDMA networks.
Tony Smith, 05 Jan 2001
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LibertySurf speculation ‘load of bollocks’

The MD of LibertySurf in the UK has slammed reports that the European ISP may close its operations outside of France.
Tim Richardson, 05 Jan 2001
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Reader sends in secret Xbox specs

Well then, hats off to reader Alex Powell for making our laugh heartily here at Vulture Central. Following the feeding frenzy for Xbox info, we have put up scans of a mag that has pics and a hand-drawn pic of the box, not to the mention the line diagram of another 'blueprint' that we posted way back when.
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Jan 2001
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See the moon turn blood red

On 9 January there will be a full lunar eclipse, and a group of space nuts are planning to video the whole thing and stream it live over the Net.
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Jan 2001
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Teenage dotcom millionaire: Reg gets facts wrong

Right to Reply Re. The teenage dotcom millionaire and his ever increasing page impressions and Fishy porn search engine launched by teenage dotcom millionaire.
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Jan 2001
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Cyrix III fails to impress at Anandtech

HWRoundup Anand has posted a peek at the "world's first" .15 micron x86 - the VIA Cyrix III. The review is fairly damning: "The additional 64KB of L2 cache and the shrink to the .15 micron process do not seem to be not enough to save the Cyrix III from going the way of the dodo." Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Read the whole sorry story here.
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Jan 2001
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L&H lays off 1200 staff

Lernout & Hauspie is to lay off 1200 staff, while one of its founders faces a probe over alleged money laundering.
Linda Harrison, 05 Jan 2001
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Sony splashes out $3m on UK bluetooth chip firm

Cambridge Silicon Radio, the UK chip manufacturer, has managed to raise $45 million in its latest round of funding, with more than $3million from electronics giant, Sony.
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Jan 2001
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Bill Clinton creates counter-intelligence Czar

Lame duck US President Bill Clinton has spent his final days in office appointing as many federal bureaucrats as he can and drafting Presidential Decision Directives (PDDs) which, if he were facing a long political haul ahead, he would not risk doing.
Thomas C Greene, 05 Jan 2001
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Cyber Virus Mutant Terrorists get Hip to the Trip

Cyber terrorist activity and fresh delivery techniques for the transmission of mutated viruses will menace corporate and government security this year, according to a study by network infrastructure consulting firm Predictive Systems.
John Leyden, 05 Jan 2001
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Zy.com up for sale

We were surprised to see an ad in the FT today announcing that Zy.com was up for sale. The site is part of a whole Zy conglomerate, run by young man Charles Moir, who co-founded it with Nova Fisher, having made a fortune out of Acorn a coupla years ago.
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Jan 2001
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HomeChoice in DDOS blitz

Broadband ISP and video-on-demand outfit HomeChoice has admitted it suffered a denial of service attack yesterday from hackers which disrupted its service to customers.
John Leyden, 05 Jan 2001
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First PHP virus found

The first virus to use PHP scripting language to infect computers has been identified by anti-virus security firm Central Command.
John Leyden, 05 Jan 2001