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Bruce Springsteen loses cybersquatting dispute

Bruce Springsteen has lost his domain name dispute after a WIPO panel ruled 2-1 in favour of notorious domain hoarder Jeff Burgar.
Andrew Smith, 09 Feb 2001
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We haven't gone titsup.com says SuSE's Wiegand

Updated SuSE US president Volker Wiegand says he's been misrepresented by Linuxgram's "Fallen Angel" article. No, he doesn't think Linux businesses are inevitably doomed, and SuSE is sticking around to be profitable. And nor is SuSE pulling out of S/390 ZServer development, he says.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Feb 2001
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Toshiba bets on Rambus

Toshiba says it will triple production of Rambus DRAM memory chips in anticipation of demand for more powerful computers following the launch of the P4.
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Feb 2001
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HP replaces faulty power units

Hewlett Packard is launching a program to replace potentially unsafe power distribution units (PDUs) primarily found in its rack systems.
Robert Blincoe, 09 Feb 2001
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SEC probes Lucent accounting practice

An investigation into possibly fraudulent accounting at telecommunications equipment maker Lucent has been begun by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), according to a report in today's Wall Street Journal.
John Leyden, 09 Feb 2001
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Woundup IM merger looms, Windows nametag inflation

It's about time someone stepped in and tried to create a standard protocol for all the instant messaging services. IMUnified is currently teaming up with AT&T, Excite@Home, Odigo and Prodigy Communications, along with Microsoft and Yahoo - both of whom have well-known IM software. AOL Time Warner is still debating whether or not to join the pool with AIM; it claims there are issues with security and privacy.
Luis Escalante, 09 Feb 2001
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Intel's Jackson will offer 2 chips for 1

Updated Intel will be introducing SMT into their Foster chips in the summer, sources close to the project have confirmed to The Register. And with Project Jackson, its codename at Satan Clara, Intel will break with its traditional approach to microprocessor design by introducing SMT, or 'simultaneously multithreading', which presents two "virtual" processors to software application.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Feb 2001
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Excite threatens to sue New Labour over logo

Excite has confirmed it is considering taking legal action against New Labour over the political party's new logo.
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Feb 2001
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I can sing a rainbow

Enough already! That's what you, our beloved readers, are saying in response to the person of colour blindness who launched a vicious verbal assault on our humour-flagging proposal. Please give it up for the splendidly-named Rossz Vamos-Wentworth:
Lester Haines, 09 Feb 2001
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Kids charity Web site saved at last minute

The Web site of a children's charity has been saved following a U-turn by Sheffield-based ISP, PlusNet.
Tim Richardson, 09 Feb 2001
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Carbon copy offers from Time and Tiny

The battle for the high street is hotting up as both Time and Tiny launch remarkably similar PC deals.
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Feb 2001
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Gnutella leaves foolish people open to fraud

The free file-sharing program Gnutella may be leaving daft people open to fraud through use of their cookies. The program - a wider and uncontrollable form of Napster - enables files of any type to be up and downloaded over the Internet.
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Feb 2001
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Torvalds – You've let us down

Linus Torvalds = Mould?
Lester Haines, 09 Feb 2001
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Diamond geezer in trumpet triumph

BT has £900 commonsense failure
Lester Haines, 09 Feb 2001
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No pardon for Microsoft, Sun chief urges Bush

George W Bush's interesting collection of IT supporters showed signs of fissure yesterday as Sun boss Scott McNealy - not anything like as liberal as he looks - raved that Microsoft was guilty, a monopoly, and certainly didn't qualify for any kind of pardon.
John Lettice, 09 Feb 2001
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How to write for the Reg

Avid ZDnet fan Anthonie Wain has just sent us this hurtful guide to generating Reg content:
Lester Haines, 09 Feb 2001
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MS to court: why it's OK to string up judges

Microsoft's legal team has helpfully sent the appeals court a letter pointing to a precedent for kicking a judge off a case. But it turns out that the judge referred to is not the one you're most likely to think of. Back in 1995 Microsoft got Judge Stanley Sporkin kicked off its case, but the precedent cited now is that of Judge Nancy Gertner of Boston, who seems to have accidentally immolated herself last year.
John Lettice, 09 Feb 2001
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Tories launch their e-lection campaign

The London Internet Exchange has warned political parties that it will not tolerate the distribution of bulk unsolicited email and will consider sanctions against anyone who indulges in spam.
Tim Richardson, 09 Feb 2001
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Broadband squabble gets silent treatment

The deafening slanging match that has raged for the last two days concerning BT's grip on broadband appears to have stopped.
Tim Richardson, 09 Feb 2001
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Readers' letters I am illiterate, how dare you…

It's been a bumpy couple of weeks aboard the rollercoaster that is the Vulture Central mailbag. No sooner had the police dispersed the small but threatening mob of colour blind demonstrators who were picketing our lobby (dressed, incidentally, in odd socks, green trouser/red jumper combos, etc. etc.), than Jeremy G got his mum to commit his thoughts to email:
Lester Haines, 09 Feb 2001
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Symantec under attack over security patents

Symantec has stirred up a controversy in the anti-virus community by filing two patents which cover its method for updating anti-virus software and definitions incrementally.
John Leyden, 09 Feb 2001
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Biggest hard drive ever, ever, ever

Here's a poser for you: What do you get if you cram 5000 miles of fibre-optics in a smallish box? A tangle that would terrify the keenest knitter in the universe? Or, just possibly, the world's largest hard drive.
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Feb 2001
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Auction software pirate signs public confession

A US software pirate who used online auctions to tout his wares has been forced into making a public signed confession by the SIIA.
Linda Harrison, 09 Feb 2001
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Processors at Dawn: it's ugly out there

HW Special There seems to be something of a spat brewing in hardware land, and we at Vulture Central can never resist a fight.
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Feb 2001
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Shark blamed for China's Net problems

Millions of Chinese surfers got an even more restricted Internet today after an undersea cable was severed.
Linda Harrison, 09 Feb 2001
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A ‘huge Nvidia Detonator driver database’

HWRoundup Hexus reckons its got a little bit of scoopage for you today. They've got pics of the "Core" heatsink - a codename, as you may have guessed. Anyway, they are very happy about it, and who are we to stand in the way of their joy. Click here to enjoy.
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Feb 2001
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Porno blonde goes to tribunal

Dirty pornographic emails and comments were too much for female computer consultant Tao Ball. So when she was sacked (resigned claims the object of her anger, boss Marc Garcia) she felt she had been poorly treated and went to an industrial tribunal.
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Feb 2001
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SUN god McNealy dismisses human rights

Promoting human rights is a waste of time, Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy explained in a rambling speech at a National Press Club luncheon Thursday which would have brought tears of reverent joy to the eye of any Calvinist burgher.
Thomas C Greene, 09 Feb 2001
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Telewest blacklisted by Hotmail in spam fracas

Cable outfit Telewest has endured the ignominy of being blacklisted by Hotmail for sending spam.
John Leyden, 09 Feb 2001
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US Congress whips up ‘cyber menace’ again

Declaring "cyberterrorism" a growing threat to national security, US Representatives James Saxton (Republican, New Jersey) and Saxby Chambliss (Republican, Georgia) introduced legislation this week calling for a revised legal framework for prosecuting terrorist hackers, and renewed public-private sector cooperation in …
Kevin Poulsen, 09 Feb 2001
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Motorola shaves 4,000 chip jobs

Motorola today revealed plans to cut up to 4,000 jobs at its semiconductor business by the end of the year.
Linda Harrison, 09 Feb 2001
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And the Patron Saint of the Internet is…

Surfers will soon be protected by a higher force as the Pope readies himself to name the patron saint of the Internet and computer programmers.
Linda Harrison, 09 Feb 2001

Qualcomm brandishes CDMA patents handbag

"I sent my daughter to cooking school - it cost me $5000," we overheard one financial analyst tell a another while we waited for Qualcomm to take the stage for its Banc of America Securities Technology Week session yesterday. "And I got one meal out of it."
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Feb 2001