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Oracle can't foretell the future

Oracle today said it hit lowered forcasts for the third quarter, with profits up 16 per cent.
Linda Harrison, 16 Mar 2001
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Verio gags EFF founder over spam

Aggressive anti-spam measures by Dallas-based ISP Verio have stripped some of the Internet's digerati of the ability to send e-mail, and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) co-founder John Gilmore is calling it censorship. Gilmore's home network includes what anti-spam crusaders call an "open relay" -- a mail server that …
Kevin Poulsen, 16 Mar 2001
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Compaq to can 5,000 workers

Compaq is to can 5,000 workers because sales have dropped off.
Robert Blincoe, 16 Mar 2001
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Register aliens ate my forum

HWRoundup A group of readers on our Reader Forum has started a Friends of The Register SETI group. This will probably help establish whether signals emanating from pubs in Maddox Street were transmitted by intelligent life.
Mike Magee, 16 Mar 2001
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Sega president dies

So farewell then, Isao Okawa, president of Sega, who yesterday died of heart failure at the ripe old age of 74.
Tony Smith, 16 Mar 2001
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Intel 1GHz Mobile PIII due Monday

Intel will launch its first 1GHz notebook-oriented CPU, a Mobile Pentium III, on Monday - the day AMD is expected to begin shipping its new Palomino-based Mobile Athlon.
Tony Smith, 16 Mar 2001
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Apple loses retail partner

Apple's retail partnership with US chain Sears is over.
Tony Smith, 16 Mar 2001
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Wanted: XXX movie models

More than 250 people bent over backwards to apply for a starring role as a porn star before the job ad was pulled by prudish e-recruitment outfit, reed.co.uk.
Tim Richardson, 16 Mar 2001
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NCR slaps patent suit on Palm, Handspring

NCR - aka The Cash - has sued Palm and PalmOS licensee Handspring, claiming their PDAs violate its intellectual property.
Tony Smith, 16 Mar 2001
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UK ninth in Euro ADSL table

The UK is set to trail Europe in the provision of ADSL despite the Government's stated goal that Britain will be a global broadband leader.
Tim Richardson, 16 Mar 2001
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Comic Relief leaves BT laughing

It's Comic Relief day* today. Subsequently, you are likely to be bombarded with daft and silly events in the hope that you will part with a few quid. As ever, one of the main fundraising tools is a premium phone line which people can call to vote for various TV clips, people etc etc.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Mar 2001
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Telecoms fraud costs $55 billion a year

Phone companies estimate that global telecommunications fraud is running at $55 billion a year.
John Leyden, 16 Mar 2001
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Clinton criticised for relaxing hardware export controls

A decision by former president Clinton to relax export controls on high technology equipment has come under fire in a government report.
John Leyden, 16 Mar 2001
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Canadians walk on water

We're going to draw a line under our Canadian dialogue with a couple of welcome ditties. First up is PC Chef, who kindly attached a pic showing the original buffalo hide puffa jacket in typical Canadian Summer weather. I must say it looks a bit parky out... Obviously you have had the pleasure to get an Eastern Canadian opinion, …
Lester Haines, 16 Mar 2001
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Filing a what?

Crime fraud element enters Rambus case
Lester Haines, 16 Mar 2001
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Napster filter cuts downloads by half

Napster's court-enforced attempt to prevent up to 135,000 songs from being shared using its software has dramatically cut the number of downloads from the service.
Tony Smith, 16 Mar 2001
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Denial of service warning for network security tool

A security firm has issued an alert about a cracker tool which can be used to mount a denial of service attack (DoS) against its own products.
John Leyden, 16 Mar 2001
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Teenage dotcom millionaire has trouble on TV

Teenage dotcom "millionaire" Ben Cohen was the subject of a revealing Trouble at the Top TV programme last night. Ben, if you haven't heard of him before, is famous for selling the Jewish Web site he set up in his bedroom to a big media company. In return he received shares in the company and a seat on the board.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Mar 2001
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Mesania.com sheds half of jobs

Mesania.com - a pan-European business-to-business marketplace for professional buyers and suppliers of European gift and homeware products - shed half its workforce today.
Tim Richardson, 16 Mar 2001
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ICT schizophrenia needs to be debunked

Three quarters of people believe British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, uses email. A quarter believes Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II (gawd bless 'er) also uses email, according to a survey by the thinkers at the Industrial Society.
Tim Richardson, 16 Mar 2001
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Transsexuals drawn to expert website

This is a cautionary tale about what happens if you register your entire company name as a domain without first checking your spelling.
Lester Haines, 16 Mar 2001
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Sema semen steamer

Sema aflame with vital energy Acer turns green at the gills
Lester Haines, 16 Mar 2001
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Sony's Memory Stick to miss sales targets

Sony said today shipments of its Memory Stick, used in devices such as digital cameras, would miss targets.
Linda Harrison, 16 Mar 2001
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ASP – Where’s the Value?

Guest Comment Despite the immense market optimism and analyst hype surrounding the ASP model the reality has been far more of a revelation for the IT world than a revolution for the business world.
Becky Clark, 16 Mar 2001
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BT's Comic Relief – financial

Following on from our story this morning that BT was taking 36p in every £1 call made to Comic Relief's premium charity lines, we have learned that the situation may be worse than we imagined.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Mar 2001
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Wham, bam, thank you RAM

AMD and Intel - who said what?
Lester Haines, 16 Mar 2001
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Praise be to our screensaver deities

When we announced the results of our screensaver competition, we stated that Mat Bowden was to be Reg God for a Day. It turns out that we're going to have to get a bit more pantheistic. We have now learned that our winning entry was the work of a team of South African likely lads, pictured above. They are (l-r): Matthew Green, …
Lester Haines, 16 Mar 2001
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Web cache hardware launches DoS attacks, site claims

California computer equipment reseller Altima Solutions believes that Web caching equipment by Cacheflow often malfunctions so as to inadvertently attack their site and bring it down.
Thomas C Greene, 16 Mar 2001
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Claire Field wins Harry Potter Web site case

Warner Brothers has backed down on its legal threats against 15-year-old Claire Field - owner of the Web site www.harrypotterguide.co.uk.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Mar 2001
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WorldOnline to fight legal action by shareholders

WorldOnline is to contest a claim for damages brought by disgruntled shareholders following its IPO last year.
Tim Richardson, 16 Mar 2001
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Burglars pinch PC with EastEnders plots

The BBC has denied that the secret of who shot EastEnders' Phil Mitchell could leak out after the computer of a script writer for the soap was stolen.
John Leyden, 16 Mar 2001
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Novell UK services business cuts staff and offices

Services group Cambridge Technology Partners is laying off up to 30 staff in the UK and shutting its Reading and Manchester offices.
Robert Blincoe, 16 Mar 2001
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Readers' Letters Duff logo a-go-go

Sema aflame with vital energy Acer turns green at the gills
Lester Haines, 16 Mar 2001
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Slashdot caves in to Scientology loonies

Geek paradise Slashdot has taken the unprecedented step of removing a post which contained text allegedly copyrighted by the 'Church' of Scientology, after receiving threats from Hubbard Space Command shysters citing the dreaded Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
Thomas C Greene, 16 Mar 2001
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Tiny to tout WAP phones in US amid PC drought

Tiny Computers plans to start selling broadband Net packages in the US, and aims to have WAP phones in stores by summer.
Linda Harrison, 16 Mar 2001
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Deutsche Telekom let off flat-fee Net access hook

Deutsche Telekom no longer has to offer flat rate Internet fees to ISPs, a German court ruled today.
Linda Harrison, 16 Mar 2001