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Hack attacks called the new Cold War

The danger posed by international hack attacks against critical US networks is in some ways comparable to the threat Soviet nuclear warheads posed during the Cold War, the President's top national security aide told an industry gathering Thursday, providing a first glimpse of the Bush administration's emerging cybersecurity policy.
Kevin Poulsen, 23 Mar 2001
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Microsoft vexed by falsified certs

Microsoft is scrambling to revoke two digital certificates that were issued last January by California-based VeriSign to a scam artist posing as a Microsoft employee.
Kevin Poulsen, 23 Mar 2001
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Carnivore and Net censorship will save the children

Online Pedophilia This is the second in a series of stories examining firsthand how pedophiles use the Internet.
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Intel moves to throttle throttle-bottle story

Intel has taken speedy steps to clarify what it believes are the issues that lie behind the phenomenon of clock throttling.
Mike Magee, 23 Mar 2001
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Girls, girls, girls plague Anandtech site

HWRoundup Don't spell www.anandtech.com wrongly, as in inserting an extra letter of the alphabet in the wrong slot, otherwise you might well encounter "hot stuff" that may turn out to be harder than the hardware you usually see in your meanderings. An interesting method of, shall we say, leveraging on Anand's success and his hits.
Mike Magee, 23 Mar 2001
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How many dud pixels make a bust TFT?

UK trade group the Personal Computer Association (PCA) has started a campaign to smarten up the LCD industry.
Linda Harrison, 23 Mar 2001
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Red Hat stems Red Ink

Red Hat has almost turned the corner in its quest to turn a profit. The company reported a net loss of $600,000 on revenues of $27 million for the past quarter, up 20 per cent from the previous quarter. And despite a trolley-load of acquisitions, Red Hat's cash pile remains substantial: cash and investments added up to almost $150 million.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Mar 2001
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Recession to halve PDA market growth

Palm yesterday gloomily predicted the PDA market will not grow as explosively as it did last year.
Tony Smith, 23 Mar 2001
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Apple's special OS X marketing ploy

Cupertino Apple boss Steve Jobs claims that within "a few weeks of MacOS X shipping on Saturday 24 March there will be hundreds of thousands of early adopters" loading the new operating system on their Macs, writes Paul Hoffner.
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Intel wins 250k unit deal for Linux Web appliance

Intel will supply Spain's Banco Santander Central Hispano with 250,000 of its Linux-based Dot.Station information appliances.
Tony Smith, 23 Mar 2001
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Amazon sued by its shareholders

Amazon shareholders has brought several class action suits against the online giant for misleading them over the state of its finances.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Mar 2001
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Reg sticks with BT's Bonfield

We would just like to reiterate our support for Sir Peter Bonfield in response to yet more scurrilous reports in the press that he is due to resign.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Mar 2001
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First University College of Kingston

Transsexuals drawn to expert website
Lester Haines, 23 Mar 2001
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Who's afraid of the CoS?

Slashdot caves in to Scientology loonies
Lester Haines, 23 Mar 2001
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So, where is my flying car?

It looks like one Reg reader's heartfelt plea has been answered.
Lester Haines, 23 Mar 2001
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Corel scrapes a profit – just

Corel is back in the black, two financial quarters ahead of its previous predictions, the troubled software company said yesterday.
Tony Smith, 23 Mar 2001
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How not to get your mobe nicked

How to get back your nicked mobile
Lester Haines, 23 Mar 2001
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FOTW Magee Rambus rumpus

Intel P4 strategy dented by Rambus ruling
Lester Haines, 23 Mar 2001
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Oftel publishes whingers' charter

Oftel has produced a guide for companies explaining the best way to complain about possible breaches of licences or the Competition Act.
Tim Richardson, 23 Mar 2001
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MS preparing for IE6 public preview?

Microsoft is poised to begin a public preview of Internet Explorer 6, according to a web site tracked down by Betanews. The curiously inexpert-looking use of an IP in the link had our scam detectors twitching, but no, 131.107.85.107 does seem to be owned by the Beast of Redmond, so the site's probably just under construction, and the name's TBA.
John Lettice, 23 Mar 2001
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Taiwanese duo do DIMM successor

Taiwanese chip companies Apacer and United Test Center are planning the successor to SIMMs and DIMMs - a memory module based on processor-style packaging.
Tony Smith, 23 Mar 2001
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English safe despite Web

A leading linguist insisted today that that the destruction of the English language by perceived abuses on the World Wide Web was "not remotely likely".
Lester Haines, 23 Mar 2001
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Scoot.com posts losses

Scoot.com has denied reports that its decision to appoint Merrill Lynch to conduct a review of all "strategic options" for the information finder and business directory business is a signal that the outfit is up for sale.
Tim Richardson, 23 Mar 2001
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Nintendo ignores entire Internet

We had a report this morning that Nintendo's UK Web site had been hacked. Sure enough, taping in www.nintendo.co.uk brings up nothing but a blank page.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Mar 2001
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1394 chiefs back 5C's copy controls

The 1394 Trade Association has endorsed copy restriction mechanisms proposed by the 5C Entity - the bus brethren to the 4C Entity's storage police. The 4C's DTCP (Digital Transmission Copy Protection) controls the transmission of data between PCs and consumer devices and was finalised almost three years ago.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Mar 2001
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Capital Radio suffers from dotcom collapse

Capital Radio has seen 24 per cent wiped off its shares after it announced a profit warning, saying profits would be 10 per cent down on last year.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Mar 2001
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Magee set straight on Rambus ruling

Intel P4 strategy dented by Rambus ruling
Lester Haines, 23 Mar 2001
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Net paedophilia investigation stirs emotions

Interview with a Net pedophile Carnivore and Net censorship will save the children
Lester Haines, 23 Mar 2001
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MS plans ‘Secure PC’ that won't copy pirated audio files

Microsoft's research division is busily inventing a mysterious beast called the Secure PC, which is designed to win hearts, minds and wallets in the recording industry by blocking unlicensed copying of digital music. We know that the Secure PC exists at least as a concept, because it's listed as a project of Microsoft research's cryptography group.
John Lettice, 23 Mar 2001
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Sharp to beat Palm with Linux, Java – official

Sharp officially launched today its attempt to knock Palm off the top spot in the PDA market and regain its former glory as a leading maker of handheld devices.
Tony Smith, 23 Mar 2001
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Mir debris fished from ocean

Salvage hunters have managed to fish some sizeable chunks of wreckage from the Russian space station, Mir, out of the Pacific after it crashed to Earth last night.
Tim Richardson, 23 Mar 2001
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Readers' Letters Paedo probe polemic

Interview with a Net pedophile Carnivore and Net censorship will save the children
Lester Haines, 23 Mar 2001
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ZDNet Reg emulator triumph

There have been rumours circulating for some time around the Vulture central offices that ZDNet was developing a Register subbing emulator programme. The idea behind this hush-hush project was to accurately recreate the levels of spelling and sub-editing for which your runaway Reg is rightly famous. The above screenshot …
Lester Haines, 23 Mar 2001
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Lastminute sells tickets to fake Stars in their Eyes party

When two young ladies bought tickets for an event advertised on Lastminute.com as a Stars in their Eyes party, featuring "pure glamour, riotous fun and loads of A-list celebrities", they got less than they bargained for.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Mar 2001
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Oracle execs telling porky pies?

Oracle faces a lawsuit by a group of shareholders accusing execs of lying about the company's financials.
Linda Harrison, 23 Mar 2001
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IBM Sequent sequel is NotFinity

IBM gave both ends of its Intel server line a brush and dust-up today. The premium ccNUMA box that Big Blue acquired from Sequent a couple of years ago is these days given the same branding as the higher-end of the much lower-end PC server range: eServer xSeries. Even though there can be upwards of $500,000 price difference between the two.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Mar 2001
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One2One doubles price of pay-as-you-go phones

One2One has announced it will nearly double the price of its pay-as-you-go mobiles from £40 to £70 in May. The company said it wanted to cut down on "unsustainable" subsidies on pay-go phones and move more customers onto a contract instead.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Mar 2001
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Macromedia completes Allaire merger

Macromedia and Allaire have completed their merger and announced their love-in with an extremely brief press release and a cheesy interview with the heads of each company.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Mar 2001
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Motorola chops jobs in wireless unit

Motorola plans to cut another 4,000 jobs, this time from one of its younger divisions.
Linda Harrison, 23 Mar 2001
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Student uses Web to score free world tour

A Dutch student has come up with a novel way of touring the world for next to no money - he's set up a Web site called Letmestayforaday.com where he asks people to put him up for a night while travelling about.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Mar 2001
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US scientist fired for posting Alaska wildlife maps

The US Geological Survey scientist who says he was fired for posting politically sensitive maps illustrating the biodiversity of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on the web has reposted the contentious material.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Mar 2001
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Not-delay of WinXP Beta 2 extends till Sunday

The great Windows XP Beta 2 rollout won't happen until Sunday, according to Register sources which we believe are close to the centre of the sausage factory. They certainly make more sense than the weird and contradictory stuff that's been coming out of official and semi-official channels.
John Lettice, 23 Mar 2001
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Weak phone, consumer markets slash chip sales hopes

British research group the Federation of the Electronics Industry (FEI) has halved its prediction for chip sales growth this year.
Linda Harrison, 23 Mar 2001