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Dell squashes cybersquatter

Dell has succeeded in stopping a Korean computer equipment vendor trading from the Web address DELLKOREA.com.
Drew Cullen, 05 Feb 2001

PC OEMs can rejoice at McKinley ‘delay’

McKinley, the second IA-64 processor due next year may have been delayed again, suggests chip analyst Linley Gwenapp. He doesn't offer anything to back up his speculation, but the EE Times reports that Intel has pulled a McKinley technical paper it was scheduled to give to a semiconductor conference that starts in San Francisco today.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Feb 2001

Ideal bags Fujitsu Siemens server exclusive

Ideal Hardware has won solus UK franchise rights for Fujitsu Siemens server and storage lines. It won the gig in competitive tender against other unnamed channel disties.
Drew Cullen, 05 Feb 2001

Web Publishers don't give it away

Katie Carr, 05 Feb 2001

HP scales up Euro Linux support

Hewlett-Packard's announcement of major amounts of Linux support at the New York LinuxWorld Expo was supplemented at the Linux Expo in Paris last week with the announcement of preloaded Linux distributions on some of its server products and the formation of support and training teams throughout EMEA, writes Bruce Tober.
Our correspondent, 05 Feb 2001

Mandrake takes training, support open source

MandrakeSoft, France's long-time favourite boxed Linux distribution in terms of retail sales is now also number one in the US, according to company officials citing PC Data figures at the Third Annual Linux Expo in Paris last week, writes Bruce Tober.
Our correspondent, 05 Feb 2001

Dabs makes £1.2m loss

Online IT retailer Dabs.com made a pretax loss of £1.2 million on sales of £86 million for the year ending 31 March 2000.
Robert Blincoe, 05 Feb 2001

SIA admits 2001 chip growth forecast won't be met

The Semiconductor Industry Association has cut its annual growth projections, claiming that its original outlook for 2001 - specifically, growth if 22 per cent - almost certainly won't be achieved.
Tony Smith, 05 Feb 2001

Penny-pinching HP cuts 10% pensioner discount

A retired Hewlett-Packard worker is suing the computer giant, claiming it short changed pensioners on a promise to gift discounts for its goods.
John Leyden, 05 Feb 2001

Are you filthy enough to win $10,000?

It's enough to turn even the strongest of stomachs... for US-based Apartments.com is looking for students to compete in its 2001 Messiest College Apartment Contest.
Tim Richardson, 05 Feb 2001

Why Microsoft's MSN PC give away didn't work

MSN claims to have recruited 500,000 new subscribers in Q4 2000, and MSN is pulling the $400 hardware rebate it offers new subscribers in March. What do these two things have in common?
John Lettice, 05 Feb 2001

Why you should quit your job and work for Microsoft

No matter what job you currently have, you should quit and sign up with the Beast of Redmond because it's the second-best company to work for in the UK.
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Feb 2001

Dubya Death Threat: CIA see through fake email ploy

Two bored 15 year-old students faced the full wrath of the CIA after sending phoney death threats via email to President Dubya.
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Feb 2001

MS confirms Whistler is Windows XP

Microsoft has confirmed the official name of Whistler will be Windows XP, and the next version of Office, code-named Office 10, will be known as Office XP.
Robert Blincoe, 05 Feb 2001

Le Freeswerve says sorry…

Britain's biggest French ISP, Freeserve, has brushed off concerns that it is bodging the roll-out of its 24/7 unmetered Net access product.
Tim Richardson, 05 Feb 2001

ATI ships Radeon Mobility

ATI has begun shipping is Radeon Mobility notebook-oriented graphics chip, following the part's launch last November.
Tony Smith, 05 Feb 2001

Amazon vows to drop dud lines

Amazon.com will trim back its inventory of unprofitable lines in an attempt to turn around its financial fortunes, according to the Wall Street Journal.
John Leyden, 05 Feb 2001

Register screensaver challenge

In response to readers' requests for a bigger vulture logo, we've made one available here. That should do ya.
Lester Haines, 05 Feb 2001

More mobile madness: fines, lashes or jail

There was a time when everyone in the world was telling you to get a mobile phone - and so, being the sheep we all are, everyone did. Inevitably, there was a backlash. But now, it's turned serious.
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Feb 2001

MS testers shout ‘Linux’ over Whistler copy protection

Microsoft's Product Activation technology has triggered a row in the company's official Whistler beta newsgroups, with testers threatening defection to Linux or piracy over the matter. The irate testers - who, as far as we know, haven't actually been hit by a real live Product Activation Whistler build yet - seem to have been sent further up the wall by the intervention of a Microserf, who referred them to a couple of FAQs on the site.
John Lettice, 05 Feb 2001

Why XP is the perfect name for Windows

Whistler and Office 10 will be officially sold as Windows XP and Office XP respectively. XP stands for experience in Microsoft's book, but maybe the US Army Airforce's use of the two letters gives a more appropriate explanation.
Robert Blincoe, 05 Feb 2001

Computers are making us stupid

Computers in all their various guises are making us stupid because we're relying on them too much instead of giving our own brain cells a workout. That, at least, is what researchers from a Japanese university are saying.
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Feb 2001

Kids charity canned by PlusNet

It's emerged that one of the victims of PlusNet's giant cull last week which saw 1,100 users kicked off the service for alleged abuse was a children's charity.
Tim Richardson, 05 Feb 2001

Gameplay denies Wireplay ultimatum

Gameplay has denied that it has given its multi-access games service, Wireplay, just three months to turn a profit or face the axe.
Tim Richardson, 05 Feb 2001

Software company beats M$ to Xbox trademark

Xbox Technologies has pipped Microsoft to register its name as a trademark - a move that could force the software giant to change its console's moniker before its launch later this year.
Tony Smith, 05 Feb 2001

Canon enjoys 91% net profit boom

Canon went public with its full year results in Japan this morning. The company announced a six per cent growth in sales to 2.7 trillion yen ($24 billion).
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Feb 2001

Bouncers used at GamePlay

GamePlay hired "club-style bouncers" to help prevent any "bovver" at its offices on Friday, according to insiders at the troubled company. We're not sure if they were dressed in black-tie or whether they blended in with baggy T-shirts and fatigues. Either way, they stood there looking menacing, "glaring" at people - no doubt keen to stop anyone nicking kit in revenge for being booted out. What a way to carry on...®
Tim Richardson, 05 Feb 2001

Congress sets date for ICANN review

The US House Committee On Energy and Commerce has released its schedule of events and its much-heralded review of ICANN's global top level domain selection. It will take place this Thursday in Washington, starting at 10am.
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Feb 2001
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Deutsche Telekom probed over ADSL prices

Fresh from its scrap over flat-rate Net access, Deutsche Telekom is being probed by Germany's telecoms watchdog for allegedly offering high-speed Net access at prices below cost.
Linda Harrison, 05 Feb 2001

Geocaching game makes geeks sane and fit

You have a serious problem. You're overly fascinated by technology -- addicted even. Yet you know in your gut it's cripplingly unhealthy, sitting alone in front of a monitor hour after hour while your muscles atrophy and your social skills deteriorate.
Thomas C Greene, 05 Feb 2001

Capellas puts the fun back into Compaq

Compaq CEO Michael Capellas breezed into London last week and made a special effort to speak to... Sunday Business.
Drew Cullen, 05 Feb 2001

AT&T touts Net, phone deal for $7 a month

Telco and cable giant AT&T has launched a deal in the US to give home users unlimited Internet access for $7 a month.
Linda Harrison, 05 Feb 2001

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