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Xbox beta slips a notch

The Xbox development schedule has slipped a notch, but not enough yet to delay the launch this autumn, and Microsoft says development is still on track. According to a report in today's Financial Times, the beta of the Xbox SDK, which was due in March, has yet to ship.
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Barclaycard swoops on ShopSmart.com

ShopSmart.com, the UK shopping comparison service, has been sold to Barclaycard for the knockdown price of £2million-ish, in cash and shares.
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AMD sues Alcatel over Flash cash

AMD is suing French telecoms equipment company Alcatel for not buying as many Flash memory chips as it promised it would.
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MS faces fight with OJ's Johnnie Cochran

Microsoft is facing another class action complaint 'alleging a pattern and practice of race and sex discrimination against African Americans and female salaried employees in violation of the federal civil rights laws.'
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MacOS X to be updated within ten days

Mac Rumour Roundup The MacOS X update that leaked out onto the Web last week should be available officially by the end of next week, according to Apple sources cited by MacOS Rumors.
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Hitachi, STM to license SuperH CPUs

Hitachi and STMicroelectronics are to form a jointly owned company to develop, market and license Hitachi's SuperH CPU family in the US.
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Which is the most ethical IT company?

An annual index of 'corporate social responsibility' has placed HP second, Motorola fourth and IBM fifth in a ranking of a hundred corporate citizens.
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Cheaper flat panels comin' at ya

Japan's Dai Nippon Printing has come up with a low cost, quick way to make organic electroluminescent (OEL) flat panel displays.
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Nokia man bites Orange dog

Europe's 3G business took a remarkable turn yesterday, with Nokia, Ericsson and Alcatel lending Orange 3.5 billion Euros to subsidize its new cellular network infrastructure. Two billion Euros will be provided by Nokia alone.
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Lawsuit alleges dodgy deals in Red Hat IPO

Red Hat has been accused of violation of federal securities laws in a class-action lawsuit that alleges investors were misled about aspects of its initial public offering.
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ISP HighwayOne calls in administrators

UK ISP HighwayOne has called in the administrators and it's up for sale.
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WinXP – the screenshots

Right now the Microsoft Windows XP beta inhabits at least three, increasingly weird, parallel universes. The people who've got it can't tell you about it, the people who want it can't get it (and some of them also can't tell you about it), but you can get it fairly easily if you just knock around the Web for a bit and you've got a reasonable amount of bandwidth (DSL or better).
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Nvidia disses chip rival in secret document

Nvidia is bad-mouthing its competition in an attempt to persuade graphics card retailers from stocking rival products, if what purports to be a secret Nvidia presentation, leaked onto the Web, is to be believed.
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Portillo pledges Tories will repeal IR35

Shadow chancellor Michael Portillo is backing IT contractors to the hilt and has said a Tory government would repeal IR35 tax legislation - the controversial rule to reclassify most self-employed IT consultants as employees,
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Join The Reg Cancer Busting Team

A couple of weeks ago we issued you all an invitation to join The Reg Seti@Home team. Almost overnight the crew grew to one of the biggest Seti rings on the Internet with more than 800 members. Now several readers have asked us to set up a team also for the Intel/Oxford P2P cancer busting project. How could we refuse? …
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Live mouse found inside PC

Computer repairman Gary Taylor had a surprise in store when he turned up to fix a faulty PC - he discovered a real mouse inside.
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Component smugglers get 16 years

A six strong gang of computer component fraudsters have been sentenced to more than sixteen years in prison for evading paying taxes of almost £12 million.
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VIA smiles over chipset sales growth

Updated VIA didn't seem too worried about the economic downturn when it announced it had sold 24 per cent more chips in March than February and 57 per cent up on March 2000.
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VIA KT266, Athlon's ‘fastest chipset’

HWRoundup VIA's latest chipset is the KT266 - and the Taiwanese firm, the world's biggest chipset maker - thinks its onto a winner. But does it pass the Ace's Hardware battery of tests? Yes it does and with flying colours too. "Overall," Ace's says, "the VIA KT266 is the fastest chipset currently available for the Athlon. It is a cheap, feature-rich, and fast chipset, and is probably the most attractive solution for desktop users."
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Micron to ramp up DDR output through 2001

Micron has followed fellow Dramurai Hyundai's recent announcement that it will be increasing DDR SDRAM production "based on customer demand".
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Rise in viruses within emails outpacing growth of email

The rise in computer viruses within Internet messages is outpacing the growth of email.
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Apple bans PC SDRAM for users own good

Updated Apple's scheme to eradicate crashes resulting from dodgy DRAM by blocking the use of non-standard memory through software is unlikely to be reversed - despite the number of users now stuck with useless memory modules.
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Sun warns of data corruption problem with UltraSPARC III

A potential data corruption problem involving kit based on Sun's UltraSPARC III processor means hardware needs to be updated with a patch that will impact the performance of some applications.
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Sex.com owner wins $65m damages

A Californian e-entrepreneur has won $65 million in damages over a stolen domain name.
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Wired reporter forced to testify at cypherpunk trial

Wired chief Washington correspondent Declan McCullagh isn't merely covering the criminal trial of cypherpunk Jim Bell (who's in the dock accused of stalking federal agents); he's also been made a reluctant participant.
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Microsoft alters Passport Terms to stem Hotmail defections

Microsoft is to amend its Passport Terms of Use within the next day, a spokesman told The Register today. Corporate spokesman Tom Pilla said:-