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Intel retires hurt from streaming media biz

Intel is to scrap its streaming media unit, less than a year after opening up for business. The 200 employees of Intel Internet Media Services will be offered jobs within the company.
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WorldCom raises spectre of job losses

Staff at WorldCom International and UUNet have been warned that the integration of both companies will almost certainly lead to job losses.
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UMC doubles Q4 profits

UMC has said its Q4 profits have more than doubled from the same period a year ago. Its success is down to chipmakers such as Motorola and Infineon subcontracting their production to UMC.
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Deja UI too costly to save, Google boss tells Reg

Google killed Deja's front end to its newly acquired Usenet archive because maintaining it was judged too costly, co-founder and CEO Larry Page told The Register yesterday.
Broken CD with wrench

Govt peddles broadband Britain happy pill

Comment Reading the Government's latest offering on its vision for a broadband Britain is like swallowing a happy pill. A few paragraphs in and the gloom of the last six months begins to disperse. The depression that has dogged you about the roll-out of ADSL and local loop unbundling begins to lift.
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Apple begins to code key MacOS X apps

Mac Rumour Roundup Apple is working on a fully native MacOS X version of AppleWorks. According to AppleInsider, the company has shipped the latest developer release to staffers.
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Orange has plums squeezed. Market yelps too

Well, after all the fuss, a huge cut in issue price and more general nonsense, the Orange float has been a flop. It's currently sitting at six per cent below the issue price of 10 euros. At times it was nearly eight per cent below.
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Woundup WinXP beta build 2428 ships – quietly

A slew of Windows XP news came in after Microsoft's conference, so I'll try to summarise it all in one paragraph and not bore you.
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VIA confirms March launch for Samuel II

VIA will debut the next version of its Cyrix III processor, based on the upcoming Samuel II core, next month, as predicted.
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Microsoft names new president and COO

Microsoft has named Rick Belluzzo as its new president and chief operating officer. He will replace Bob Herbold, who is retiring at 58.
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Twisty turny tilting mouse is about

Hall Effect Technologies has announced a new mouse that it says will revolutionise gaming and software design. It has a stationary footprint, and has four degrees of freedom so it can move forward and back, side to side, tilt up and down and twist from left to right.
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BT to release Mac ADSL drivers Monday

BT will ship drivers on Monday that will allow Mac users to use its home-oriented ADSL service with the bundled Alcatel SpeedTouch USB modem.
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NEC to cut spending on basic chip manufacturing

NEC has said that it will scale back investment in its semiconductor business by as much as 20 per cent next year because of a decline in chip prices it expects will continue into 2002.
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Dixons boss offloads shares, stock drops

Dixons chairman Sir Stanley Kalms has offloaded more than third of his stake in the company causing shares in the business to plummet.
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Crawford out in InterX boardroom putsch

Philip Crawford has resigned as CEO of InterX with immediate effect. (This is a euphemism for being fired.) Company co-founder and executive director Simon Barker has replaced him.
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Hacker defaces Intel's Web site

A sub-domain on Intel's Web site has been defaced, apparently by same hacker that also sprayed tasteless graffiti on Gateway's site in an earlier attack.
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AMD relaunches LDT as HyperTransport

AMD has renamed its Lightning Data Transport (LDT) technology HyperTransport and, as predicted, plans to create a consortium of supporter companies to drive the adoption of the technology and its establishment as a standard.
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Woman gets mobile phone stuck up back orifice

Updated Updated A 20-year-old Taiwanese woman had to have a mobile phone surgically removed from her back passage after a sex game went horribly wrong. According to a report by PA doctors in Taipei eventually managed to get the phone - a Nokia 8850 - out and said kinky sex games with her boyfriend has led to the rectal rumpus. …
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WinXP testers get unique IDs from MS, plus a workaround

Microsoft has ratcheted up the security in the latest build of the Windows XP, which went up on Microsoft's FTP servers last night, and on the 'unofficial' FTP servers shortly afterwards. But it's a virtual ratchet, largely - according to the build 2428 release notes that escaped along with (of course) the code, each technical beta tester is being assigned a unique installation product key in order to unlock the build.
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DoJ investigates MS role in Corel Linux pullout

Microsoft has confirmed that it's the subject of a new antitrust investigation by the Department of Justice, over its investment in Corel this time. Although the new Bush administration is seen as being more likely to ease up on Microsoft than the previous tenants, it still appears to be business as usual round at the DoJ.
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Dutch police arrest Anna Kornikova virus suspect

Dutch police have arrested a man suspected of writing the Anna Kornikova computer virus.
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Two more years for 10.8TB card

Keele High Density, the intellectual property company formed as a joint venture between Cavendish Resource Management and Keele University, has pushed back the likely arrival date of its ultra-high capacity solid state storage technology yet again.
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Conflicting standards

Want to get the latest news on Buy.com? Look no further than the February 8th issue of The Industry Standard Europe. Page 16 carries the sad news that Buy.com is to shut down its UK operation. If you find that a bit upsetting, don't fret. Just turn to pages 22-23 where there is happier news - John Lewis has saved the day …
DVD it in many colours

The pay-phone is not dead!

It turns out that people who don't have mobiles or fixed landline phones use payphones more than any other group.
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Fujitsu Siemens claims transaction processing record

Fujitsu Siemens is claiming a world records for database performance, based on recent US tests conducted with a version of Microsoft's SQL Server 2000 running on its Primergy H200 server.
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ICANN explains ‘thinking’ behind top domain decisions

ICANN has explained its peculiar rational behind the choice of global top-level domain names, and defended accusations that the entire process was flawed, at a Congressional sub-committee.
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Acer to cut 500 staff this week

Acer Inc is to cut 500 staff in Taiwan by the end of the week, the company said today.
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TSMC starts fabbing Nvidia Xbox chips

Nvidia's Xbox graphics chip and the console's Southbridge, dubbed the Media Communications Processor, have been sent off to the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for production.
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Sex ads on police computer case goes to tribunal

An industrial tribunal has heard that a Transsexual police worker used Metropolitan Police computers to produce ads for an escort agency.
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BTIgnite president hits back at ADSL knockers

The president of BT Ignite has moved to calm fears about the sluggish roll-out of ADSL in Britain and reassure ISPs that the telco is doing everything it can to speed up and improve the broadband installation process.
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Bill Gates Sr fights Dubya's estate-tax ban

The father of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has initiated a high-minded petition to fight Dubya's proposed estate-tax cuts and has enlisted support from some of America's wealthiest Vulgarians, though not his own son, the New York Times reports.
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Pedos volunteered system passwords to cops

The investigation into the w0nderland paedophile ring could have been scuppered at the last minute if the men had not given police their encryption keys.
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In space no-one can hear you boot

This snap of the International Space Station Alpha is worth a closer look. Among the space gear and the bloke reading the instructions for the flat-pack pine shelving unit, is an IBM Thinkpad (arrowed). If you look closely at the screen (you'll have to take our word for this, or check out the original pic here), you can …
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Apple moots return to UK Mac show

Apple has been in negotiations with the organiser of the UK's unofficial Mac show - indeed, the UK's only major Mac-oriented event - raising the possibility that the company may abandon its policy of focusing solely on Europe's only official Mac event, Paris' MacWorld Expo Europe.
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AOL lays out legal defence over version 5.0 class actions

The class action against AOL is due to arrive in Miami's District Court on 2 March, and the Internet giant has laid out its legal defence.
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Elonex sues Compaq over power saving patent

London system builder Elonex is suing a bunch of computer monitor makers, including Compaq and Gateway, over alleged infringement of power saving patents.
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Have you forgotten it's Valentines Day?

Somewhere, deep down in the unromantic recesses of your mind you know that 14 February is Valentine's Day. It may not have surfaced into your consciousness yet. If it this is the case, you run the risk of damaging your relationship or at least having a blazing row when you get home.