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Dixons smiles on camcorder sales

Consumer demand for laptop PCs, digital cameras and camcorders helped electrical retailer Dixons report a prosperous Christmas and a happy New Year, according to figures released this morning.
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Microprocessor Report slams Intel P4

Updated The latest issue of influential industry rag The Microprocessor Report says that AMD's Athlon at 1.2GHz outperforms Intel's Pentium 4 at 1.5GHz.
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Big Blue intros digital Thinkpad

IBM will on Monday unveil a machine in its ThinkPad range which will come with an integrated digital notepad.
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Capellas waves Compaq's Heil off

Compaq has bid the head of its enterprise business, Bill Heil, a sad farewell.
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Net dating agencies get hitched

MatchNet, the online dating agency, has boosted its membership to over three million with the acquisition of Social Net, the owner of socialnet.com, another Net-based dating and networking site in a share exchange deal.
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Crusoe mini-notebook lands in Japan

How's your Japanese? We have to admit that ours is practically non-existent and when we made the mistake of using Lernout & Hauspie's Japanese/English software a while back, one of our readers was kind enough to do a proper translation.
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Apple's digital dreams waft past consumers

Analysis Apple CEO Steve Jobs may have been standing in front on thousands of MacWorld Expo San Francisco attendees when he outlined his vision for the company yesterday, but his real audience was over on the East Coast, in Wall Street.
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Hermit says Delphi no Oracle

The moderator of our Online Forum, Hermit at Hoodview, has had it with Delphi.
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Microsoft preps Napster clone

Microsoft plans to 'embrace and extend' peer-to-peer file sharing technology with a Napster-style system of its own.
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Liz Hurley tries to sue domain name company

Liz Hurley has sent the head of domain registration company Easyspace.com a snotty lawyer's letter saying she will sue it for $10 million unless she has her way.
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Open source pioneer cuts staff

Updated Zelerate, one of the most closely-watched commercial open source ventures, is to lay off 34 staff, according to a company spokesman. The company's Albuquerque office will close as part of the cost-cutting measures.
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Boots hacked

Updated Britain's biggest chemist had its corporate Web site hacked this morning - by someone posing as a poet.
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eBay promotes spam to users

eBay users are up in arms after the online auctioneer told them their choice to opt out of receiving junk email must have being a mistake which it is keen to correct.
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Lego builds links to MSN, games for Xbox

Lego has announced a strategic alliance (ach!) with Microsoft today. Microsoft doesn't seem all that bothered, however, the two will "team up" to create various Lego-based products. Lego will produce content for the Beast of Redmond's MSN network and games for the fantastically exciting Xbox.
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FIC mobo wins AMD seal of approval

AMD has given the thumbs up to the latest mobo from FIC, the AD11 Socket A board. The board is the first motherboard supporting a 266MHz frontside bus to win accreditation from AMD.

SMS can get you in trouble with the law

Two men have the dubious pleasure of being the first to be charged with offensive use of text messaging. Garry Riding and electrician Jason Eshelby had a bit of a to-do over Jason's craftsmanship on Garry's home, The Sun reports.
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Changing lightbulbs the Whistler, Win98 and Linux way

When the lightbulb project popped its head up here last, just before Christmas, I had the primary objective of getting a games-friendly operating system onto the "legacy free" PC, and a secondary one of investigating multiple operating systems in this brave new environment.
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Chipset spectre rattles Intel's P4

Our old buddy Mike Kanellos is reporting on both Cnet and ZD Net that Intel still hasn't fixed a problem with the 850 chipset that caused the launch of the Pentium 4 to be delayed earlier this year.
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Intel's 12-incher starts to throb

Focus on Fabs If you believe the following posting on Intel's old irritant Face Intel, its Chandler fab 12 factory is a hotbed of unbridled sexual licence.
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Pentium 4 Foster may sink the Itanic

When Intel set up the IA-64 project down there in Satan Clara, it sparked off quite an internal fight at the chip firm, as we reported at the time, passim.
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Pentium 4 high risk strategy for Intel

Many of our lovely readers have drawn our attention to this piece at emulators.com, a lengthy diatribe about the Pentium 4 written by one Darek Mihocka.
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Millennium ends with Rambus whimper

The International Trade Commission (ITC) has now formally terminated its investigation into allegations that Hyundai had violated US law by importing alleged patent-busting memory into the country.
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Compaq Alpha makes 1GHz target

Our old mate Terry Shannon, who runs insider newsletter Shannon knows Compaq, reports in the latest edition that Compaq sent first pass release samples of EV7 Alphas running at 1GHz to manufacture just before the end of last year.
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1GHz PIII notebook uses desktop chip

Updated Two swallows don't make a spring [shouldn't that be summer? Ed], the old English saw goes, but it seems that Intel is pulling out all of the stops to make its 1GHz Pentium IIIs arrive before frogs even spawn in British ponds.
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Intel denies Rambus legal action – at last

An interview on CNBC with UBS Warburg financial analyst Gregory Mischou seemed to suggest that Intel was taking legal action against Rambus.
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Chip champs chomp bitter pill

The global semiconductor market took a hit in the last quarter of 2000 but still produced 31 per cent growth over the year.
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Samsung tipped to grab over half Rambus market

Samsung expects to have ramped up its share of the world's Rambus market to 53 per cent during 2000.
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Intel confirms early arrival of P4 at 1.3GHz

The spin doctors at Intel confirmed today that the semiconductor fabrication plants had speeded up the 1.3GHz Pentium 4 - as reported here yesterday - and gave reasons for the early start.
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Intel steps up P4 ad campaign

Intel is in the process of putting together a TV ad campaign to promote its Pentium 4 platform heavily from the end of this month.
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Celeron gets ‘go faster’ stripes

Intel has finally freed its budget Celeron processor from the 66MHz system bus it has been lumbered with, and has announced the release of an 800MHz version, with a more grown up 100MHz system bus.
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Rambus trousers Mitsubishi DDR deal

Mitsubishi is the latest of the big Japanese players to accept that Rambus holds valid patents for synchronous memory (SDRAM) and double data rate (DDR) memory.
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AMD notebooks face uphill struggle

Sources close to AMD's plans have said that design time and the cost of making notebooks using its upcoming mobile microprocessors mean that many tier one vendors have decided to stick with Intel for the time being.
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NSA runs best fab in world

Focus on Fabs You might think that AMD's Dresden fab is state-of-the-art technology. You might also suspect that Intel and IBM have some pretty nifty technology too, lurking in their clean rooms and in their labs.
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Mick Fleetwood digs The Reg

Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood is into the Reg for all his business information needs.
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Clinton Admin goes out in a blaze of cyber-terror

Washington Roundup 2000 No Clinton Administration swan song would be complete without a heaping dose of cyber-crime FUD. We have not been disappointed. National Security Advisor Richard Clark and National Infrastructure Protection Centre (NIPC) Director Michael Vatis are clanging the cymbals again, warning that this year's New Year's cyber attacks might be even more devastating than last year's New Year's cyber attacks.
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The Reg brings you more top notch Net Lit

Short Story Our last effort to bring culture and literature to our readers was such a success we've decided to do it again. So here's another exclusive tale from The New English Library Book of Internet Stories.
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Fishy porn search engine launched by teenage dotcom millionaire

The teenager (he's 18 now, we think) that made his name by selling Jewish portal Jewishnet to Durlacher is at it again. This time he's launched a free porn search engine, hunt4porn.com.
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Teen cracker ‘Coolio’ enters guilty pleas

A teenage cracker earlier linked last year's denial of service attacks has pleaded guilty to three lesser crimes, according to a report by Associated Press.
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eBay users hit by fake email scam

eBay has issued a warning about fake emails that appear to come from the company and ask for members' personal details.
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Super Bowl is dotcom kiss of death

The Super Bowl 2001 will not see the dotcom ad orgy of last year - mainly because many of the outfits that splashed out on the event have become dotcom dodos in the interim.
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Tandy online: dead in the water?

Oh dear, oh dear. Has another Web strategy gone titsup.com? Well, Tandy - now owned by Carphone Warehouse and never allowed to use the name Radio Shack over here because some bloke in North London had it - doesn't look too well.
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Go airline website hijacked

The website of Go, British Airways' budget flight subsidiary, was defaced by crackers last night in the latest of a long line of corporate Web Site attacks.
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Hacker meltdown fails to materalise

The widespread fear of a concerted distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack over the holiday season thankfully failed to materialise, but security experts are still at odds over how serious the threat was.
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The Net is a commercial failure: study

In spite of heroic efforts by vast armies of e-merchants to pervert the Net into some commercial Valhalla, it remains primarily a tool for research (albeit commercial in many cases) and for socializing, according to a recent study by the Pew Internet Project.
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Nintendo laughs off talk of swallowing Sega

Nintendo has laughed off rumours that it is in talks to buy Sega for $2 billion.
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Network Associates warns of $140m loss

Network Associates has warned of fourth quarter losses of between $130 million and $140 million, while losing its three top execs.
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Letsbuyit.com teeters over debt abyss

Letsbuyit.com, the online buying club for e-bargain hunters, was suspended today on the Neuer Markt, after announcing it wanted a debt moratorium.
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Bull says accounting error rumours are, er, bull

French computer maker Bull has denied reports that it found an accounting error which inflated its net cash position by 100 million euros ($93 million).
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Priceline founder jumps ship

Jay Walker, the brains behind reverse auction house Priceline.com, is to leave the dotcom's board of directors.
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Qualcomm to invest in VIA?

Qualcomm, the CDMA chip IP wonderstock, is poised to take a five per cent stake in VIA, the Taiwanese chipset designer, according to a report in The Commercial Times of Taiwan, cited by Reuters by way of Total Telecom (yes, yes we know this is a wee convoluted).
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Ferrero milks chocolate ad

We recently reported on chocolate giant Ferrero's attempt to snatch the domain name kinder.at from an Austrian kids' charity.
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Letsbuyit shares go down the toilet

Letsbuyit.com is in dire trouble. Not that this will come as much of a surprise to anyone who knows what the words "sustainable business model" mean.
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IT budgets blown on lawsuits

IT projects are being held up and money is being wasted because of a fear of litigation, particularly when a project is outsourced.
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Boo.com's buyer becomes takeover target

Boo.com buyer Fashionmall.com has become a takeover target. Consumer products marketing group GenesisIntermedia has made an offer and values Fashionmall at $7 a share or $52 million (£34.6 million). It bought Boo's brand and logo for £250,000.
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Sega to ditch console biz?

Investors have rallied around Sega following rumours that it may ditch its console business.
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How to overclock your graphics

HW Roundup That Kyle Bennett geezer over at Hardware OCP is instructing the uninitiated into the mysteries of overclocking Nvidia and 3DFX cards.
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Dell jumps gun on 1.3GHz Pentium 4

Updated The Dell Corporation has already started selling Pentium 4s running at 1.3GHz, its Web site is suggesting.
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Alien hunters devise world's smallest microphone

Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory claim to have devised the most sensitive listening device ever. Designed to enable robot explorers to listen out for life on other planets, the tiny microphone could theoretically detect the sound of a single cell growing.
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Lab rats wanted! MS seeks Xbox testers

Microsoft has started recruiting play testers for its forthcoming Xbox games, and has posted a notice to that effect on its Web site. Successful applicants will get to play unreleased PC and Xbox games, will be able to make their opinions heard (we have our doubts about that one), and will get unspecified "free stuff."
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IBM touts fastest Unix workstation

IBM today claimed the world's fastest low-end Unix workstation.
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Notebook price wars to flare up in 2001

AMD went out of its way a couple of weeks ago to assure us that it would have a range of fast mobile processors to offer in Q1 next year but Intel appears to be several steps ahead of the game, at least during the first half of 2001.
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Intel chugs into MP3, consumer space

Venerable organ The Wall Street Journal, is reporting that Intel's CEO Craig Barrett will show off a portable MP3 player at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show this Friday.
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Dr Tom's hard drive hand jive

Anand is clearly in a retrospective mood, and takes us on a walk through the year that wasn't the start of a new millennium, but did start with a two. But enough of that, and onto the chipsets and CPUs. this is only part one, so expect the lowdown on the rest of the hardware favourites in the next few days.
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Mysterious monolith appears in Seattle park

A mysterious black monolith has been erected in a Seattle park calling to mind a similar structure from Stanley Kubrick's seminal film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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Internet hermit plans to tie the knot

A man who lived totally off the internet for a year and changed his name to DotComGuy is returning to the real world and planning to marry a woman he met online.
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Yahoo! auction revamp: racism out, charges in

Yahoo! is revamping its popular and controversial auction service, removing offensive and racist material altogether and introducing a scale of fees for those that wish to sell an item.
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Microsoft tentacles squirm deeper into software hosting

Your PC is about to become obsolete. Microsoft's recent acquisition of 'hosted solutions' outfit Great Plains Software for a cool $1 billion marks a significant advance towards the 'Final Solution' of reducing software users to mere paying guests at the M$ digital banquet, and PCs to mere access devices.
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Celtic fringe gets support from Opera browser

One of December's less visible heroic achievements was Opera Software's announcement that version 4.02 of its Opera browser for Windows is now available in the four major Celtic languages.
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Put brakes on Windows upgrade escalator, Gartner urges MS

A recent Gartner report points up the tensions between the company's objectives and those of its customers, and urges enterprises to pressure Microsoft to put the brakes on its OS obsolescence programme. Microsoft's official policy is only to support two generations of OS at a time, but if the company decides Whistler constitutes a new OS, this would mean the end of NT 4.0 and Win95 in the second half of this year.
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NSA coughs up secret TEMPEST specs

The first of several documents related to the US government's TEMPEST programme, obtained by Cryptome.org's John Young under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, have been posted on his Web site. His original request was denied, but the persistent Young sought an appeal of that decision, which was recently granted in his favour.
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Millennium bug stalls Norwegian trains

A report on the Associated Press wire said that Norwegian trains came to a halt because of problems recognising the date.
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Diablo II hacked and cracked

Players of the online fantasy game Diablo II must wait almost a week for their characters to be restored after a hack attack, developer Blizzard Entertainment revealed this morning, Andrew Smith writes.
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Virus infection rates soar

The number of email viruses soared last year to the point where one in 700 emails was infected, according to a survey by a firm which scans electronic communications for malicious code.
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CA is 'friendly, open, trusted'

Computer Associates, possibly the world's unfriendliest hi-tech company run by Charles Wang, possibly the world's greediest man (although he's nip and tuck with Larry Ellison on this score) has a new logo.
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Microsoft race discrimination suit attracts more plaintiffs

Updated A lawsuit against Microsoft Corporation and Chairman Bill Gates was filed in US District Court for the District of Columbia Wednesday, demanding $5 billion -- yes, with a 'b' -- in compensation for black employees to heal the wounds of slavery and its continuing legacy of racial discrimination in Redmond.
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Apple limbo dances with hardware prices

Apple has embarked on a New Year price cutting frenzy in a desperate bid to clear stock.
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The clog poppin' Darwin awards for 2000

New Year tends to be a time of reflection, a time when we look back over the past year and take stock. So what better time to announce the list of people who have contributed most to humanity by removing themselves from the gene pool in the most innovative ways. Yes, it is time for the Darwin Awards.
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Register wins Sunday Times award

We have to admit we were a little surprised when flicking through the The Sunday Times' end-of-year Doors supplement and found that El Vulture was one of 15 recipients of its annual online awards. (Did it run them last year?)
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Saddo alert – New Year's Eve shoppers

What better way to bring in the New Year than indulge in a mad orgy... of consumer spending.

We've got brain cancer and we want your money

Mobile phone companies and manufacturers are to be served with billion-dollar lawsuits from US brain tumour victims, according to The Times.

BT denies Govt investigation

Contrary to earlier reports BT is not to be investigated by the British Government, according to a spokesman for the monster telco.

Quit smoking with your mobile phone

It's nearly New Year again, which means millions of foolish people will con and delude themselves into thinking they can give up smoking. You can't, of course. You love those lovely little white cylinders of death. For some, this is an annual bit of fun; for others, the start of a sad and sorry demise in self-confidence that will see them become shadows of their former selves - long before they need a tracheotomy.

AOL and BT triumph with ad turkeys

Net and telco companies have triumphed in the UK advertising industry's Turkey of the Year awards.

Top cop wants crackdown on mobile phone mugging

The Metropolitan police chief wants mobile phone companies to make it more difficult to swap SIM cards between handsets as a step to halt the rise in phone related muggings.

Oftel announces final cost of local loop

Winged watchdog Oftel has announced the final costs of connecting to BT's local loop for competitors. They haven't changed much from the originally touted figures in November, but there are some interesting discrepancies.
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P4 Mihocka has attacks on him shocka

Readers Write Mr Mihocka's lengthy piece slamming the Intel Pentium 4 platform as a crock of doodoo at the end of a sepia rainbow yesterday drew a big response from our readership.
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Nothing much happened in the year 2000

HW Roundup Hardware Central looks back on the year 2000 here, with the observation that things like the Pentium 4, Rambus et al were, with hindsight, blown completely out of proportion. Us journalists blowing things out of proportion? Nah, we leave that to people at Norton Rose. [That's a very cheap joke and I'll be glad when Lucy Sherriff's back, Ed]
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CNet suckered by CPRM spin

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Everything you ever wanted to know about CPRM, but ZDNet wouldn't tell you…

1. What is CPRM?
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An End To Hunger – page 2

by China Miéville I still own it, Aykan's guerrilla software, his illicit work of art. I still play it. Two years on I'm still discovering new levels, new layers. Later, before he disappeared, Aykan translated the scrawled title for me: We Deserve Better Than This. Aykan's occasional emails to me often included web addresses …
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An End To Hunger – page 3

by China Miéville I called Aykan. He was incandescent. 'I've seen the site,' I told him. 'Bit gruesome, isn't it?' 'Gruesome?' he shouted. 'It's fucking sick is what it is. It's fucking beyond beyond, man. I mean, forget politics lite, this shit couldn't be parodied.' 'I keep getting emails recommending it,' I told him. ' …
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An End To Hunger – page 4

by China Miéville 'I keep watching them, man,' he told me in one of his irregular phone calls. 'I swear they are so on my tail. I'm going to have to be really fucking careful. This could get very fucking nasty.' 'Stop talking rubbish,' I said, exasperated. 'You think you're in some cheap thriller? You're risking jail for …
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Vandals behind spread of Hybris worm named

Vandals behind the spread of an irritating and potentially dangerous virus have being tracked down to Brazil.
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Xerox mortgages leases for $435m

Xerox, the deeply troubled everything-to-do-with-documents firm, has raised a $435m loan from GE Capital, part of the world's most untroubled company, backed by its UK equipment leases. The secured loan is repayable over 18 months and the two companies are talking about GE maybe taking over Xerox's lease financing in Europe.
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Compaq, Intel buy into Stratus

Intel and Compaq have joined together to make a $115 million investment in Stratus Technologies, the fault-tolerant server manufacturer.
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Silicon wafer plant opens in Swansea

A silicon wafer reclaim plant in due to be opened today in Swansea by Pure Wafer, making it one of the largest ever start-up ventures in Welsh history.
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Intel, Compaq, DB invest $115m in Stratus

A consortium which includes Compaq, Intel and DB Capital is to plunge $115 million into Stratus Technologies, with the two computer firms also entering a strategic alliance with the firm.
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DDR – BX Boards spells it out

Anyone trying to get their heads round DDR (Double Data Rate) would do well to have a look at this piece by Andy Drake at BXBoards, the estimable (and British) hardware review site.
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Child porn ring smashed

Seven men pleaded guilty today to conspiring with others to distribute indecent images of children.
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UK beats on mobile phone muggings

British Home Secretary Jack Straw is to meet mobile phone chiefs in a bid to tackle mobile phone muggings.
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Intel, ATI settle lawsuit with patent exchange

Graphics chip developer ATI has entered into a patent cross-licensing deal with Intel - the result of an out-of-court settlement of a pending legal battle between the two companies.
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Express e-staff gear up for legal challenge

The former new media employees of The Express have hijacked the newspaper's site to draw attention to the way they feel they have been mistreated.
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CPRM for HDs may be kicked into touch – Latest

Andre Hedrick, the Linux developer involved in brokering a compromise in the CPRM copy control furore, has given a brief but memorable email interview to Slashdot readers.
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Castrol frames car sites – publisher sues

UK publisher Haymarket is suing oil firm Burmah Castrol for alleged infringement of its online intellectual property rights.
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MS slates Q3 for MacOS X Office

Microsoft today revealed plans to release a version of Office for Apple's MacOS X in the autumn.
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German police in Napster child porn probe

German police have launched a probe into whether Napster is being used to swap child porn on the Net.