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The Benchmark's Bunk – BAPCo a ‘Front’ for Intel

The two most widely used industry CPU benchmarks are effectively bunk, as they are under Intel's thumb, a rival maker claims.
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Woundup Whistler 2419, MS product names

So far I've had two errors since I began writing the Woundup, but I'll confirm one right now. Thanks to the people for e-mailing me the obvious: how can Build 2240 of Whistler succeed build 2416?! Anyway, on Saturday, Microsoft released Build 2419 of Whistler with the following additions (reported by ActiveWin): new splash screen; faster booting; again, more new icons; improved, new installation; new look Control Panel, with new icons; new Personal Bar button added to IE 6.
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Colour Palm V spec. leaks

It's looking increasingly likely that last week's picture of the upcoming colour Palm V - officially known as the m505 - is genuine, as we predicted (see Colour Palm V debuts on Web).

BT to shut London call centre

BTOpenworld - the Internet division of BT - is to outsource its helpdesk and customer services operation to a US company with the loss of more than 110 staff, The Register can reveal.

BT cuts off payphones

BT phone boxes are losing out to mobile phones to such an extent that the monster telco has announced it will not be installing any new boxes this year.
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ICANN: one in, four out, more TLD controversy

A rolling stone gathers no moss and ICANN, the governing body for domain names, is trying hard to get rolling again.
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Microsoft outsources some DNS servers to Linux

Microsoft has partially outsourced the management of its Domain Name System (DNS) servers to a firm that is using Linux for the job.

US wireless auction ends

Well, it's all over, after 101 rounds and a load of breathless reporting. The grand total for the 422 licences was $16.86 billion (£11.6 billion).
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AOL begins work on AIM for Psion

AOL is to port its Instant Messenger app over to the Epoc 32 operating system used primarily by UK PDA pioneer Psion's family of handhelds.
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Rambus to demo abtruse memory tech

Rambus staffers will show off some new technology tomorrow at the DesignCon 2001 show.
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Ignite BT? – We'd love to

BT Ignite is the telecom giant's international broadband IP tentacle. Very useful, undoubtedly, but hardly the sort of thing to set the Reg's news pages alight. Until, that is, you look at its new logo. Lads, you want to watch your word order there. Ignite BT? We'd love to. Everyone else form an orderly queue. ®
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Evesham cuts staff and freephone support

PC assembler and retailer Evesham.com has made 20 people redundant from their jobs, and has also dropped its freephone customer support line.
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Online ad spend set to rocket in Europe

The amount of cash spent on Internet advertising in Europe is set to rise a massive 70 per cent this year, according to Forrester Research.
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Tales of the strange from hardware headcases

HWRoundup Because it is Monday, I didn't want to launch into a massively serious roundup, so here are a few light bites for you delectation:
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BT confirms pondering Yell demerger

BT today confirmed that it was reviewing its options for Yell, its international directories and e-commerce subsidiary.
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DRAM saga shafts Danish memory maker

The DRAM price meltdown has claimed a fresh victim in the shape of Danish memory maker Memory Card Technology.
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IBM and Dell kick Toshiba into notebook 3rd place

Toshiba has lost its lead in the notebook market to IBM, if new figures from Dataquest are to be believed.
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World Economic Forum to decide Net's future

As you will probably know, the World Economic Forum is currently taking place in Davos, Switzerland (bottom right-hand corner) where 3,200 heads of state and top CEOs will get together and discuss what they think they ought to do to make the world better/safer/richer.
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Siemens recalls ISDN products

Siemens is recalling some of its ISDN networking products after discovering a manufacturing fault in a batch of its kit which affects the electrical safety of the devices.
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Palm to buy Psion?

Palm is trying to buy UK PDA pioneer Psion in order to take control of Symbian, according to claims doing the rounds among London's stock brokers, at any rate.
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What is the problem with eGroups?

What is going on with eGroups? The US email conferencing system switched over from eGroups to Yahoo over the weekend, and it doesn't seem to have gone smoothly.
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Napster pay-to-share service coming in June

Napster CEO Hank Barry yesterday reiterated the company's Bertelsmann-sponsored move to charge users a subscription fee. At the same time, Bertelsmann bosses said the fee-based service is set to launch this summer.
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Posh club calls wannabe an asshole

The manager of a posh member's club has been caught out by Claire Swire syndrome - that is the inability to be discreet in an email.

Lucent unveils IP strategy targeted at telcos

Lucent Technologies has revamped its range of carrier-grade networking kit in an attempt to make it easier for service providers to provide value-added Internet services for businesses.
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AMD to buy back ‘undervalued shares’

AMD is to buy back up to $300 million worth of shares to "assist in offsetting dilution from stock issuances under our employee equity incentive".
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BIND holes mean big trouble on the Net

Serious new security holes have been found in the ubiquitous BIND name server (DNS) program, the worst of which jeopardize hundreds of thousands of computers and make key elements of the Internet's infrastructure vulnerable to hack attacks, according to a Monday morning advisory from the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT …
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Xerox to chop 4000 staff after Q4 loss

Xerox is to lay off 4000 staff after reporting losses of almost $200 million for Q4.
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Microsoft attacks Jackson in reversal plea

Microsoft said it had acted lawfully and competitively in final papers filed today in its antitrust appeal.
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Disney confirms Go.com death

The Walt Disney Co has confirmed it is to kill off its Go.com Net portal.