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Catch a hacker, win a book

Organizers of the Honeynet Project's Forensic Challenge are inviting aspiring cyber sleuths to match wits with the perpetrator of a dastardly hack attack on an unnamed Linux machine last November. Contestants can download intrusion detection system logs from the night of the attack, along with mountable images of the hacked …
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Compaq bankrolls Taiwan's PC biz

OEM business Compaq has brokered with a multitude of Taiwanese component suppliers will surpass $10 billion this year, according to a senior executive based on the island.
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AltaVista faces High Court hearing Friday

Update: AltaVista and British ISP The Free Internet Group (FIG) are due to appear in the High Court on Friday to resume FIG's claim of alleged breach of contract.
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Can Intel pump up Tualatin volume?

Intel Australia's representatives are obviously a little less tight lipped than their European counterparts, judging from the fact that one of them let Insane Hardware take a snap of a sample of one of the .13 micron chips the other day.
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Zen Buddhism could swing Rambus case

Intel's push into the Pentium 4 depends on it, Micron's lucrative deal for DDR memory hinges on it, the Xbox depends on it, and the future of memory technology in the PC hangs on it too.
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RedHotAnt gets squished?

Update: A notice has appeared on RedHotAnt's Web site announcing that it has pulled its unmetered Net service due to "funding" problems.
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Tosh to mass produce video chips for mobiles

Toshiba is going to start mass producing MPEG-4 chips for mobile phones in September.
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Memory chips make Samsung $4.6bn

Samsung Electronics saw net profits leap 89 per cent in 2000, with the company making 6.004 trillion won ($4.6 billion) for the year.

SGI to wander into WAP

Here's an unusual one. SGI, best known for its focus on high-end 3D graphics systems, plans to move into the very different arena of mobile comms with a focus on WAP in particular.
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Motorola to axe 2500 jobs at phone plant

Motorola is to shut its Harvard, Illinois cellphone manufacturing operation with the loss of 2500 jobs - half of the workforce at the facility.
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The RealPlayer Comet Cursor crashing saga

Following on from our story yesterday that the latest version of RealPlayer was crashing PCs, we've had some very interesting emails. The blame has been put at the door of a small piece of software called Comet Cursor.
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Blaggers grab £150k worth of memory from Newbury distie

Thieves have stolen £150,000 worth of memory chips from Newbury based distributor Rombyte.
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3Com confirms job cuts

3Com has set the end of February as deadline to decide which of its 11,500 workers are for the chop after warning yesterday it intends to job cuts this quarter.
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Cash Register goes crash

Today we wave goodbye to Cash Register, our channel for dotcom finance/dotcom collapse stories.
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Emusic.com axes third of workforce

Napster battler EMusic.com last week rid itself of 66 staff - including three senior executives - in a bid to cut costs.
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Oven.com pilot light goes out

Classy "top-tier Internet consulting and development company" Oven.com has shut its London office and said bye-bye to 200 staff.
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Swedish dotcom exits UK

Swedish chat outfit - Dobedo - has closed its office in the UK.
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CoShopper in talks to buy Letsbuyit.com

Swiss outfit CoShopper.com today said it was keen to get its mitts on troubled rival Letsbuyit.com.
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BT pays £4.64bn for Viag

Cash Register BT today confirmed that it will buy the 45 per cent stake in German fixed and mobile operator Viag Interkom for €7.25bn (£4.64bn) completing an option agreement announced last year.
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Yahoo! slashes forecasts

Yahoo! has slashed its sales and profit forecasts for Q1 2001.
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AOL and Time Warner deal done

AOL Inc and Time Warner have finally been given the nod to join hands and create a new, mega media empire.
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Colt gets new chief

Colt Telecom Group plc has appointed Peter Manning as the company's new president and CEO. Manning, Colt's COO since April 1999, takes over from Paul Chisholm, who had earlier announced his intention to retire this year. Chisholm has been president and CEO of Colt for nine years.
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LookSmart chops third of staff

LookSmart has chopped a third of staff after announcing it will miss Q4 targets.
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Tiscali fave to buy LineOne

Italian ISP Tiscali is looking favourite to buy LineOne according to the Telegraph. Tiscali has offered £200 million for the BT and United News & Media joint venture, which was put up sale by auction in November 2000. The sellers hope to close the deal next month.
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Martha Lane Fox denies bailing out Lastminute investor mates

Martha Lane Fox, Lastminute.com's co-founder, has come in for a bit of a drubbing in the Independent which reckons she is offering to buy back shares in the business at its issue price.
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MobShop ditches consumer biz

Californian e-tailer MobShop has ditched its consumer group buying service.
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Shareholders approve Freeserve sale

Dixons shareholders have approved the sale of the group's entire shareholding in Freeserve plc to Wanadoo SA at an extraordinary general meeting this morning. In December French ISP, Wanadoo, agreed an all-share offer for Freeserve valuing the British ISP at £1.65 billion.
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CNN chomps on Web staff

CNN is due to announce a huge number of redundancies while it "reorganises" its Internet and TV arms. This is good though because although up to 1,000 staff (out of 4,000) are due to be out on their ears, it's all because of "aggressive changes".
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Dotcom value drops 88% in 2000

US dotcoms saw almost 90 per cent wiped off their value last year as investor jitters hit the bubble economy.
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AltaVista Inc cans IPO plans

AltaVista Inc - the once great Internet outfit that now, sadly, has lost its way - has ditched plans to float the operation.
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UUNet still pole-axed

Five days after being brought to its knees by spam UUNet's service is still struggling to get back to normal.
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SA college fuming over $500k anti-piracy sting

A South African college faces a $500,000 fine after the Business Software alliance (BSA) pounced on counterfeit software.
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Cable steals a march on ‘Windows-only’ DSL

Updated While domestic British DSL users are currently obliged to use Windows, BT's rival cable companies can now claim full support for a range of operating systems.
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HP waggles 1.75-incher

Hewlett-Packard is blowing its trumpet about the latest super slimline server aimed at corporates or hefty Web sites.

SMS madness: police and bullies get in on the act

The wave of text message madness continues with two more examples of it being abused. In a survey over bullying among children, a large number of those questioned said they had received "sick" text messages.
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AMD signs Swedes to build better SledgeHammer sim

AMD today announced a new simulator that will allow coders to test their software for AMD's upcoming 64-bit Hammer family of CPUs long before the chips ship. AMD describes the new sim as "high performance", clearly a reference to the sludginess of its previous effort.
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NTL to kill Irish TV/Internet roll-out?

Updated NTL has decided to scrap its plan to offer digital TV/Internet/phone services to nearly 400,000 customers in Dublin, or so says the Irish Independent. The story, which claimed NTL's initial estimates of £200 million for the entire roll-out has been upped to £450 million and the plan cancelled as a consequence, was swiftly denied by NTL Chairman Ian Jeffers.
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UK Govt throws £500m at NHS Net dream

The Department of Health has said it will pump £533 million into getting the NHS all networked-up by 2005. Something it seems to believe it will achieve.
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Dr Tom's self build budget PC bonanza

HWRoundup No new Monster Trucks today, alas, but the good Doctor Tom's Hardware has embarked on a series showing how to build your own PC on a sub-$1000 budget, and the team promises can beat any wholesaler's offering. Find out what's in this dream machine here.
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Hacker fighting club launched by IT bigwigs

Some of the biggest names in the US high tech sector have put aside their differences to launch a cyber-crime fighting club.
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Caldera debuts do-it-all package manager

Ahead of what it describes as a coming out party at LinuxWorld, Caldera today announced Volution. This is a do-it-all systems management tool designed to take the headaches out of managing package installations across networks.
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Intel warns of tough times in Q1

Intel just beat lowered sales estimates for the fourth quarter, while warning of tough times ahead for the start of 2001.