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Senator Hatch rides to Napster's rescue

On Monday and Tuesday, while everyone and his dog were going on the record with their largely self-serving interpretations of the Ninth Circuit ruling on a stay of injunction which Napster has been enjoying while awaiting its day in court, one important voice remained curiously silent.
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New York Times Web site sm0ked

Computer enthusiasts known as Sm0ked Crew whacked the 'Business' page of the venerable New York Times early Friday morning, escalating a spate of defacements with which they plagued minor servers belonging to Intel and Compaq yesterday.
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HP's Superdome is slow seller

Hewlett-Packard has reported net profits of $727 million for its Q1, a 12 per cent fall from the $825 million it made for the period a year earlier.
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Dell expects 8% sales decline in Q1

Dell has reported profits of $508 million for its Q4. It made $436 million for the same period a year earlier.
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E-minister knows her technology…

Britain's E-minister - Patricia Hewitt - paraded her grasp of technology and the ability to sniff out a bargain in front of a select committee hearing on Wednesday when she outlined how she recently bought a new television.
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Intel tweaks P4 core voltage

Intel is upping the voltage of the Pentium 4 in a bid to up the 0.18 micron part's clock speed.
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Future slashes 90 jobs in UK

Bath-based Future Network Ltd has slashed 90 jobs from its publishing operation in Britain and a further 240 in the US and Europe.
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E-m@iler costs Amstrad £3.9m

Amstrad's interim results are evidence of the failure of the e-m@iler to capture the imagination of the public. The company announced that profits were down 82 per cent from £8.2 million to £1.51 million for the six months ending December 31.
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Belgian fuzz raid music downloaders

If you think you're safe because no one else knows about your collection of downloaded MP3s, think again - especially if you live in Belgium. Belgian police have been raiding computer users' homes searching for copyright infringing music files downloaded from the Net.
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Tories say they will repeal IR35 legislation

The Conservative Party has said it will repeal the IR35 tax legislation - which causes IT specialists to pay much more in tax - if they're voted in.
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Nortel slashes more jobs

Nortel Networks has issued a profits warning and announced it plans to slash 10,000 jobs from its workforce.
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Woundup Redmond to vet Windows skins

The Preview Program for the widespread beta of Windows XP is opening for entries, as we reported the other day. To be considered, you have to sign up with Microsoft's XP newsletter, which will then notify you when the program will be in action. It seems you have to actually order a release candidate which will ship once Microsoft's good and ready, and it's not free either.
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PC upgrade board makes mobos ‘obsolete’

Hypertec's Phoenix 370/S system-upgrade board is set to launch next week at the Computer Trade Show.
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Pedants on parade

The road of humour can be a hard and lonely one. No-one knows that better than our very own misunderstood Kieren McCarthy.
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Mail pinches more content off the Net

The Daily Mail's blatant plagiarism of one of our articles is not a one-off. Just three days after the national newspaper passed off our piece of Labour's Internet dirty tricks as its own, sister paper the Mail on Sunday reprinted a funny piece on couples' arguments despite being told by its author that it couldn't.
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Yahoo! Europe MD resigns

Fabiola Arredondo's decision to quit as MD of Yahoo! Europe has left many industry watchers scratching their heads in bemusement and asking "why?".
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We built it, we own it

US congress needs to be reminded it doesn't own the web
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IT workers expect Big Brother-style snooping at work

IT workers are fairly relaxed about the prospect of their employers monitoring their online activity at work but jealously guard their privacy at home.
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Q: Wtf is a moot?

Flame of the week MOOT wtf is a MOOT?
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NTL in a spin

NTL: Relocated to Mercury?
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Reg ‘way too soft on assholes’

ICANN explains 'thinking' behind top domain decisions
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Open Source ‘stifles’ innovation

A Microsoft bigwig has gone on record today claiming that open source code will stifle innovation. He said that the threat from open source needs to be taken on board by legislators.
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Games mags in difficulty

The most recent ABC circulation figures for games magazines demonstrate what we all knew - that readership is going down. We know this because they're getting lighter - thanks to fewer ads which means advertisers see fewer people or better alternatives.
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VIA seeks US, European investment opportunities

VIA is looking overseas for strategic alliances to extend its chipset and microprocessor business.
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Get your knickers in a silicon twist

From the sublime to the ridiculous. Yesterday's New Scientist detailed what must surely be the strangest technological advance since the networked bra. The intelligent panty liner.
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Electronics firm named as Leicester City shirt sponsors

Consumer electronics manufacturer LG Electronics will displace Walkers Crisps as shirt sponsors of football club Leicester City from next season.
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Top British ISP run from pub

Updated agen Searching Whois can often turn up some unexpected gems. And once such eye-opener was sent to us by Totally Fish - although we suspect that's a pseudonym.

BT Ignite interview gets 'em talking

The Register has received some interesting feedback to the interview published yesterday with the president of BT Ignite, Steve Andrews.
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ATi Radeon and Iwill KA266 tie the knot

HWRoundup Sometimes it seems like two pieces of hardware are just not meant to be together, like the ATi Radeon and the KA266 from Iwill. But, where most would have given up and taken them to the silicon equivalent of the divorce court, Lost Circuits persevered. After some brainstorming [That always sounds so painful -Ed] they bring you this report on how even the most troublesome relationships can be improved.
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Lone flamer takes on Britain's IT news Web sites

Every couple of years a unique individual is born - a man (or woman) who knows they have a destiny to fulfil, a crusade to launch, a world to tackle and through sheer force of personality change the way we all view the world.
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Dotcom hacks do it ‘Their Way’

It's Friday, the popular day in the week when job cuts are announced in this crazy, mixed-up dotcom world.
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Readers' letters Houston, we have a problem

In space no-one can hear you boot Thinkpad space drama hots up
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BT to trial rate adaptive modems

BTIgnite tells us that it is planning to trial rate adaptive modem this year. The idea is that people who currently live too far from an exchange to get ADSL services will be able to get a slightly hobbled* version.
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Masseuse tries to sue newsgroup poster pester

Professional massage therapist Kristine - Krissy to her friends - Jackson has filed a lawsuit against a newsgroup poster that has disrupted her business. The only trouble is she doesn't know who to sue.
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Senator Hatch rides again: Napster hearings

US Senator Orrin Hatch (Republican, Utah) is wasting no time in mounting a challenge to the recording industry, which recently scored a technical knockout over Napster in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Cisco pulls proposed 20% stake in Gameplay

Cisco has pulled out of a deal that would have seen it take a 20 per cent stake in the troubled British dotcom Gameplay.
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Compatibility woes derail Windows XP Visual Styles

While complaining loudly about how Luna was supposedly aping Mac OS X's Aqua look this week, Apple advocates have missed an unwitting homage to Cupertino from Redmond. Microsoft appears to be mirroring the same tactical retreat from opening the Windows platform for theming, much as Apple made with its Appearance Manager four years ago. The two tales have uncanny similarities.
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Intel hacker talks to The Reg

A computer enthusiast who defaced Intel's Web site twice this week told The Register about the techniques he uses to break into prestige Web sites and what motivates him to tweak the nose of system administrators in the IT industry.