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DEA agent charged with selling citizens' data

A twelve-year veteran of the of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) pleaded not guilty Monday in federal court in Los Angeles to charges of illegally selling sensitive information about private citizens pulled from federal and state law enforcement computers. DEA Special Agent Emilio Calatayud is charged in an eleven …
Kevin Poulsen, 23 Jan 2001
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Texas Instruments misses Q4 targets

Chipmaker Texas Instruments today recorded profit up 22 per cent for the fourth quarter, but missed Wall Street targets.
Linda Harrison, 23 Jan 2001
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RedHotAnt claims police raid ‘rash’

RedHotAnt has criticised the raid on its premises by police and trading standards officials last Friday as "rash". The ISP made the claim in a statement published on its Web site.
Tim Richardson, 23 Jan 2001
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AltaVista confirms job losses in Europe

AltaVista has confirmed it has made job cuts in Europe although nowhere near the scale of the redundancies announced last week in the US.
Tim Richardson, 23 Jan 2001
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VIA debuts 700MHz ‘Samuel’ Cyrix III

VIA quietly rolled out a 700MHz Cyrix III processor late last week - the last chip to use the company's Samuel design before the introduction of Samuel II.
Tony Smith, 23 Jan 2001
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Stepstone sacks 40

StepStone UK, the online career portal, is to shed 40 staff as part of cost-cutting exercise.
Tim Richardson, 23 Jan 2001
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SlowCoMo launches Java phones

The first mass market Java phones will finally launch on Saturday in Japan. NTT DoCoMo's i503 iMode handsets will cost between ¥20,000 ($170.40) and ¥30,000 ($255.60).
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jan 2001
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AMD okays Samsung PC1600, PC2100 DDR

Samsung may be having a tough time meeting Intel's high demand for RDRAM chips, but it's happy to churn out DDR parts for Chipzilla's arch-rival, AMD.
Tony Smith, 23 Jan 2001
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Monsoon finds e-commerce a washout

High street fashion chain Monsoon is closing its e-commerce arm, saying that it could not justify the £400,000 annual running costs after failing to reach online sales targets.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Jan 2001
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FreeDrive pulls plug on shared hard disk service

Updated Online storage provider FreeDrive.com has closed its public file sharing service.
Tony Smith, 23 Jan 2001

Europe gets first big cable VoIP rollout

Dutch telecoms outfit United Pan-Europe Communications has announced a deal with Cisco to build Europe's first cable-based Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) network.
John Leyden, 23 Jan 2001
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Sega shares surge ¥200 on PS2 code claim

Sega is developing software for both the PlayStation 2 and Microsoft's Xbox, a Japanese newswire, Jiji Press, has claimed.
Tony Smith, 23 Jan 2001
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Travelocity drops customers' pants in public

Online travel company Travelocity has been criticised by security experts after making personal details of site users visible on its site.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Jan 2001
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Windows Woundup Where it's at with Whistler

Welcome to the new-look Windows Woundup, which will wend its way awound the Windows sites on a daily basis. So if you have anything you would like to see covered or hear about, pass it on! To begin this week, I'll give you a brief roundup of what happened last week at Microsoft's headquarters.
Luis Escalante, 23 Jan 2001
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Windows Roundup Wide public beta for Whistler?

It's been over a hundred days since Windows ME was released, and PCWorld has a write-up of what it's been like for Microsoft and Windows ME itself.
Luis Escalante, 23 Jan 2001
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Readers' letters 95%? You're having a laugh

UK mobile networks connect 95% of the time
Lester Haines, 23 Jan 2001
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Flame of the week Magee is suck boy

Re. Intel denies Rambus legal action - at last.
Lester Haines, 23 Jan 2001
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Flame of the week Stop whining, you faggot

Re. A personal message to all Orange mobile phone users
Lester Haines, 23 Jan 2001
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Bull workers want French govt to use muscle against bosses

Workers at Bull are calling on the French government to take action against the French company's restructure plans.
Robert Blincoe, 23 Jan 2001
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AOL UK COOs over Lori

AOL UK has appointed Lori Friedman to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer, the company said today.
Tim Richardson, 23 Jan 2001
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Govt clarifies ISP demands for adoption sites

The government has been forced to clarify its prosecution threats against ISPs regarding illegal adoption Web sites after its initial noises were roundly condemned. Health minister John Hutton yesterday reacted to the twin babies adoption mess by saying that ISPs would be held responsible if they allowed people access to adoption sites that are illegal under UK law.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Jan 2001
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Wonderful Webmaster wesults

Without further ado, it gives us great pleasure to announce the results of our Tivola Webmaster competition. And the winners are:
Lester Haines, 23 Jan 2001
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Harry Potter URL backlash begins

Following Warner Bros unjustifiable persecution of children who happen to register Harry Potter domain names because they are fans of the books, a few souls have taken it upon themselves to make their feelings known.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Jan 2001
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Microsoft Web site hacked in Kiwiland

Microsoft's Web site in New Zealand was defaced overnight by hackers who sprayed the site with taunts about the software giants lack of security.
John Leyden, 23 Jan 2001
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BT employee hits lottery jackpot

The Register was delighted to read in the nation's favourite newspaper today that an employee of BT won £2.4 million in the National Lottery.
Tim Richardson, 23 Jan 2001

Orange hit by Millennium Bug

Updated Orange overcharged customers on New Year's Day due to the Millennium Bug, we have heard. It may seem a little late in the day, but mobile phone users have only just started looking at their phone bills and several noticed that they were charged twice for the same call.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Jan 2001
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Napster on lots of PCs, claims stealth-research firm

Here's an interesting item that came our way today. PC Pitstop - a kind of cross between Symantec and the Gartner Group - reckons that Napster is now installed on 20 per cent of work PCs and 40 per cent of home machines.
Tony Smith, 23 Jan 2001
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Intel, 4C still ‘lying’ about CPRM – Gilmore

Special to The Register, RegisterTV, the Register Shopping Channel, AllRegDevices.com, VultureDesk, DirectReg!, Reg Downloads, MyRegister, and all other subsidiaries of Situation Publishing International. Our pages have now been re-designed for maximum confirmity. All similarities are entirely intentional.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jan 2001
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Double inspection for SOYO's KT 133A mobo

HWRoundup OCWorkbench investigates the new KT133A board from SOYO, the SOYO SY-K7VTA Pro. The board turns out to be unexceptional, missing AGP Pro support and RAID. However, if you are looking for a platform to run a newer TBird, you could do worse. Read the review to find out what else the OCers had to say.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Jan 2001
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Captain Cyborg's media monkey business back

And so dear old Kevin Warwick (professor of cybernetics at Reading University dontcha know), fresh from sapping the life-force out the poor young souls that watched the Royal Institutions' Christmas lectures, has found a new angle to get himself in the media spotlight.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Jan 2001
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Sun sub $1,000 servers are double the price in UK

Sun's first sub $1,000 Solaris server is going to cost UK customers almost twice as much as it would buying it online in the US.
John Leyden, 23 Jan 2001
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Engrish – the terrifying truth

John Leyden's recent piece Geeks garbling Greek, heirs to Aristotle complain got us thinking about other hybrid linguistic monsters.
Lester Haines, 23 Jan 2001
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FTC clears DoubleClick of privacy invasion

The Federal Trade Commission has ended its inquiry into DoubleClick's practices and concluded that the company has not used or disclosed any personal data.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Jan 2001
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Porn site chief in $38m credit card scam

An American porn site chief faces up to thirty years in jail after a $38 million online credit card scam.
Linda Harrison, 23 Jan 2001
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Top WWII code cracker dies

Leo Marks, WWII codemaker and codebreaker, and later playwright, has died aged 80.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Jan 2001
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Benchmarks – Itanic 32bit emulation is ‘unusable’

The Itanium may prove to be more than just one awful chip. It could be two awful chips, in one integrated flip-chip package.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jan 2001
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Games-World.net scoffs over Barrysworld demise

Games-World.net has pumped out a press release lording itself for still being in business, in response to Barrysworld sad demise yesterday.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Jan 2001
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Battersea falls in local loop siege

BT has today handed over the first unbundled local loops at a trial exchange in Battersea, London.
Tim Richardson, 23 Jan 2001
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Corel to spin off Linux desktop OS biz

Corel said today it is pinning its hopes of a return to profitability in Q3 on its graphics software business.
Linda Harrison, 23 Jan 2001
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DNS trouble made Microsoft, Yahoo! unavailable

A technical glitch caused the Web sites of both Microsoft and Yahoo! to become blocked for some users over the weekend.
John Leyden, 23 Jan 2001
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Sell your unwanted Windows licences here

A German PC maker has defied Microsoft and started selling systems with second-hand Windows licenses.
Linda Harrison, 23 Jan 2001
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Sega to cease Dreamcast production

Sega has brought its Dreamcast project to an end, according to a report in Japan's Nikkei newspaper. The article claims production will cease come 31 March, not coincidentally the last day of Sega's current fiscal year.
Tony Smith, 23 Jan 2001
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Excite@Home cuts 250 staff

ISP Excite@Home has laid off 250 people, or eight per cent of its workforce.
Linda Harrison, 23 Jan 2001