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Europe commences Intel investigation

The European Commission's antitrust watchers are drawing a bead on Intel over the way it has licensed its Pentium 4 interface to chipset manufacturers and markets its own products.
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AOL suffers major ‘meltdown’

AOL's service was hit by a major "meltdown" last night leaving millions of Net users unable to access email or the Web.
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Autonomy's sales are well down

Autonomy has estimated its first quarter sales are going to be way below earlier forecasts.
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IA-64 Linux project adds Intel McKinley support

The latest version of the IA-64 Linux kernel has been released, bringing with it support for Intel's McKinley processor, the successor to Itanium.
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Carrera SSC gets slapped by Advertising Standards

PC assembler Carrera SSC has had a slap on the wrists from the Advertising Standards Authority following a complaint from the PC Association.
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Crucial PC2100 DDR flies through door

Updated PC-2100 DDR SDRAM is clearly very hot stuff indeed. Micron Technology's memory-selling subsidiary Crucial, which began offering the DIMMs on its Web site on Monday, is selling like the proverbial hot cakes.
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Free software would have prevented foot and mouth, BSE, Hatfield rail crash – RMS

Foot and Mouth, BSE and the Hatfield rail crash could all have been avoided if the British government had the right approach to information sharing, at least according to Richard Stallman. He reckons that all three disasters were largely to do with bad attitudes to data, and that if ministers understood how free software works then they would not be in such a mess now, writes Bill Thompson in Cambridge.
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Rambus received leaked JEDEC SDRAM data

Rambus was tipped off on the outcome of JEDEC's SDRAM standard-setting meetings by two insiders the memory company codenamed Secret Squirrel and Deep Throat, allowing it to know what was going on inside the organisation even after it had bailed out, Infineon lawyers have said.
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E-mail wiretapping used to spy on corporate communications

Corporate spies are using covert JavaScript code within email to track the contents of sensitive financial communications.
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Hynix nixes non-core operations

Hyundai - sorry, we just can't used to calling it Hynix - is to spin off its cellphone handset and ADSL operations and sell-off its LCD and networking equipment businesses in order to focus solely on semiconductor products.
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FOTW I used to respect you folks…

Big love this week to all of you who enjoyed our April 1st makeover. Big clip round the ear to 'modor' - proof, were it needed, that evolution moves slower in some places than others:
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Software to replace software engineers

Updated A UK company reckons it's on the way to making programmers a thing of the past by reducing complex coding to a mix is a simple list of instructions and some powerful AI.
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Dixons doesn't dominate UK PC market

Updated This may come as a surprise to its competitors but the Dixons Group doesn't dominate the UK market in home PCs.
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IE6 beta bug can blank out email

Early testers of Internet Explorer 6 have come across a bug in the browser that can result in them receiving emails with no subject line or message body.
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Reg cancer busters are go!

Following yesterday's appeal for Reg readers to lend their computing power to the search for possible cancer cures, we are pleased to announce that membership of the Vulture Central II team in the Intel/Oxford P2P project has jumped from 64 to an impressive 655 in just 36 hours. So impressed are we at Vulture Central …
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Merrill Lynch, Lehmans cut AMD forecasts

Merrill Lynch analyst Joe Osha is described by financial news wire AFX as "influential". So what effect will his revised intermediate outlook for AMD and Micron Technology have on their share price?
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Confused pensioners triumph in PC World P4 PC giveaway

A pair of octogenarians were the lucky winners of a P4 PC in a lucky draw competition held at a Yorkshire branch of PC World.
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Infineon sees sun through DRAM clouds

Infineon reckons the outlook is good for the world DRAM market, but warned the industry that it shouldn't expect prices to pick up significantly.
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Smart tagging in Office XP – what Melissa did next?

Microsoft is shuttering its software against viruses, but the latest edition of its flagship productivity suite, Office XP, just might be introducing a whole new class of back door. Office XP includes the facility to build a kind of multi-dimensional version of a hyperlink into data files, and that's where the problem could lie.
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Text Message Injury – or is it SMS Wrist?

The growing use of text messaging on mobile phones could result in an epidemic of repetitive strain injuries.
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MacOS X is ‘crap’ – Torvalds

Linus Torvalds has spoken. Apple's MacOS X, he says, is "a piece of crap".
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MS Counterfeit gang gets ten years in jail

Three people have been jailed for a total of 10 years for their involvement in a multi-million pound software counterfeiting ring.
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Text messaging used to trap unfaithful partners

We've brought you stories of text messaging as a potential life saver and a killer but we reckon a suggested use of SMS, from of all places Romania, is just about the silliest yet.