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Verio stands firm in DeCSS row

US ISP Verio has refused to remove a Website which allegedly shows DVD-cracking techniques.
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Windows Roundup MS tries to throttle Whistler code leaks

Yesterday evening testers of Whistler received an e-mail concerning substantial changes being made to the UI, allowing users to change the look and feel of it.
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Bush scrubs Clinton from Web

During his election campaign, Dubya got great mileage out of Clinton's "troubles" - most notably over Monica Lewinsky - saying that when he was President he would give the Oval Office a darned good cleaning.
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LinuxPPC to go non-profit

LinuxPPC, inc. is no longer in it for the money. The organisation, which became a company in 1997, is to become a non-profit operation.
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STMicro more than doubles Q4 profits

STMicroelectronics said Q4 profits more than doubled thanks to demand from mobile phone makers. Net profit for the quarter rose to $462 million, up from $184 million for the period a year earlier.
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MS blames lowly techie for Web blackout

Microsoft has blamed a lowly technician for a cock-up which almost completely blocked access to its Web sites for most users yesterday.
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AMD drops EV6 for Hammer bus

So farewell, then, the EV6 system bus, dropped from AMD's Hammer family of 64-bit processors, but not forgotten.
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Everquest class action threat over auction spat

EverQuest players who tried to sell characters or in-game items, only to have their online auctions cancelled, are being invited to join a class action law suit against publisher Sony, writes Andrew Smith.
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Letsbuyit awakes from coma

Unbelievable as it may seem, Letsbuyit has found someone daft enough to save it from bankruptcy for a coupla weeks.
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Microsoft launches revolutionary new OS

This is funny. Rob Woolley has come up with a funny visual gag regarding Windows' legendary ability to make OSes that crash - and we bet you that when you see it, you'll wonder why you never thought it.
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Boffins back 2600 over DeCSS ruling

Computer Science professors have come out in support of the quarterly hackers magazine, 2600 Magazine, which is currently embroiled in a legal battle over DeCSS, a program that decrypts data on DVDs.
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Le Freeswerve flags 24/7 congestion problems

There are question marks today about the quality of services users can expect from Le Freeswerve's new 24/7 unmetered Net access service.
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Atari leaves gaping hole in admin site

We were so appalled to find that you gained sys admin rights by entering "test" and "test" in the username, password boxes for Atari.com's admin site that we fired off an email to tech staff telling them to fix it.
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Sony, Rage and Eidos, all bad news

Eidos issued a profit warning today, ahead of its results, due on February 28. The company said it would revise its sales and profits forecast downward "significantly" after poor sales in the US and delays to the release of three games.
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Totalise vaporises 900 users

Totalise has thrown off 900 Net users from its Ultimate Surf 24/7 unmetered service claiming they've abused the service.
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UK Linux users find alternatives to BT ADSL modem

UK Linux users fed up of waiting for Alcatel to get its act together and ship drivers that will let the open source OS talk to the SpeedTouch USB modem BT bundles with its home ADSL offering will soon have some alternatives to choose from.
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US PDA market rockets past $1bn

US buyers spent more than $1 billion on palmtops last year, more than twice the $436 million they forked out in 1999.
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Exclusive Claire Swires pic: partying her ass off

You readers are a resourceful bunch. And so imagine our joy and surprise when Andrew Darling sent us one of his holiday snaps, featuring a lovely young blonde lady with a famous name.
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Dr Tom delves DDR for the PIII

HWRoundup Dr Tom has taken a look at the latest instalment in the DDR Saga, DDR for the PIII in the form of the VIA Apollo Pro 266 mobo. Marketing nonsense or a sensible move? I don't want to spoil it, so just click here if this caught your attention.
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SDMI boss bails out

The head of the SDMI - the music and IT industries' joint attempt to create a secure digital music distribution platform - has quit.
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ISP poll sorts men from boys

A college student has set up his own online survey to see what punters really think of ISPs.
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TVT record label drops Napster lawsuit

TVT Records, home to Snoop Doggy Dogg and Nine Inch Nails, has dropped its estimated $1.5 million infringement lawsuit against Napster.
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Glitch allows online shoppers to rip-off retailers

A glitch in many systems for order fulfilment on the Web has been reported which allows the fraudulent to create their own online prices for goods.
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MP3 connector for just $20

We've been sent the URL of this incredible contraption and just couldn't wait to tell you all about it. Yes, that's right folks, for only $19.99 (plus $4.99 p&p) you can have the "revolutionary new patent-pending device which allows you to listen to all of your computer audio through your home stereo while also maintaining the ability to listen through your computer speakers."
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Solution for mobile Net device power problems?

Irish chip designer, Parthus, is nearly ready to give second generation mobile Internet a boot up the jacksie, with new technology that will dissipate up to 100 times as much power as currently possible.
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Are you a flashy ponce? Then you want one of these

Well, it was bound to happen. Something becomes popular. Then it becomes fashionable. And then the people who have more money than you feel the need to rub it in everyone else's face.
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Linux worm nobbles Nasa Web site

Ramen, the Red Hat Linux-based Internet worm, has spread into the wild and defaced the Web sites of several different organisation, including a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) lab.
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DirecTV attacks hacked smart cards

Satellite television behemoth DirecTV struck a decisive blow against signal pirates Sunday night, when it transmitted a carefully-crafted electronic signal from its orbiting satellites and destroyed thousands of hacked smart cards, which for the last four years allowed pirates to gain free access to hundreds of channels of …
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Webvan ditches expansion plans

E-grocer Webvan.com has ditched plans to launch in three US markets after losses almost doubled for the fourth quarter.
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Ellison to flog $150m in Oracle shares

Stock options for owners - who needs them? Obviously Michael Dell, who trousered a couple of hundred million bucks through the sale of optioned stock at the beginning of January.
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New Yorkers plot DSL protest

A bunch of angry New Yorkers are plotting a protest to air grievances against Verizon and its notoriously poor DSL service.