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Judge threatens ‘disgraceful’ Napster with closure – again

Napster has acted disgracefully, US District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel said yesterday before going on to threaten the MP3 sharing software company's network with closure.
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Bodysnatchers! MS Research steals your face

Microsoft Research is stealing faces - and maybe more besides. Unabashedly describing his operation as Microsoft's Star Trek division, unabashed Trekkie Rick Rashid last week described how the group had lifted 300 faces at the recent CHI (Computer Human Interface) conference, and showed what could be done with them.
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Motorola makes first Q1 loss in 15 years

Motorola has made a Q1 loss - its first in 15 years.
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VIA sees SIS as a threat

VIA has dismissed fellow Taiwanese chipset maker Silicon Integrated System's attempts to date to make a move on its dominance of the DDR SDRAM chipset market, but is does expect SIS to impact its business later this year.
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BT's vans up for sale

BT is looking to flog its fleet of vehicles and outsource its motor pool operation in a bid to help cut its £30 billion debt.
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ARM net profits jump 16%

ARM has enjoyed a 16 per cent Q1 net profit jump to £7.73 million.
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Linux games console fragged

So farewell, then, Indrema and its Linux-based games console-cum-set-top box, killed off through a lack of funding thanks to the depression in the hi-tech industry.
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MSN chief leaves as consumer platform efforts downscaled

Veteran Microsoft exec Brad Chase has moved into the Redmond out tray, after having his job more or less shot out from under him in last week's reorganisation. Chase, who once upon a time was general manager of MS-DOS, has resigned from his post as VP at MSN, is on holiday, and is reportedly talking to Steve Ballmer about other positions in the company.
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Scottish minister slams Compaq ‘misleading’ job cut toll

Should companies include temporary staff and contractors in their headcount when they announce redundancies?
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Toshiba to spin off PlayStation 2 CPU development team

Toshiba has set up a new company to build general-purpose CPUs based on the PlayStation 2's Emotion Engine processor - or TX79 as it's more formally known.
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GUS to sell breathe

Great Universal Stores (GUS) is to sell trendy ISP breathe less than four months after buying the outfit for £1.4 million.
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Computer dealer fined for sending virus to rival

A Devon computer dealer escaped jail after being found guilty of sending a virus to a local rival.
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WinXP falls over old Cisco bug

Major network outages at Xerox, after staff installed beta versions of Microsoft XP, have been linked to a well-known bug in Cisco's most widely deployed Lan switch.
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Palm m50x line to be late for PDA price war

Palm's next-generation top-of-the-range PDAs, the m500 and m505, may ship on time, but not in volume, the company warned yesterday - even as one analyst claimed the palmtop market is on the verge of a price war.
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Open source BeOS clone gives Be a righteous nudge

With impeccable timing, a new version of the software libre clone of BeOS, AtheOS, slipped out last week.
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Net betting boosts William Hill profits

Bookies William Hill is healthily back in the black thanks to Internet betting.
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$3.9bn Internet banking fraud busted

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has today announced the successful closure of an online banking fraud worth an estimated $3.9 billion.
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Industry Standard calls time on Europe

New economy magazine The Industry Standard is to close its European publication just six months after splashing out megabucks on a glitzy launch party.
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Jungle sales jump 40% in last 6 months

Jungle.com's online sales grew 40 per cent to £16 million in the six months to 31 March.
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Palomino in the Gütter

HWRoundup Planet3DNow has posted an interview with AMD's Central Europe Public Relations Manager, Jan Gütter, with loads of information about Palomino.
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M$ confirms WinXP won't support USB 2.0

Microsoft has confirmed our earlier report that it will not be supporting USB 2.0 in the final release of Windows XP, preferring instead IEEE 1394 - aka FireWire, aka iLink - as the OS' high-speed peripheral bus.
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Alcatel under fire for ADSL security

A team of security researchers has highlighted security concerns involving Alcatel's ADSL modems.
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Modern Urbanists alive and well

With all the misery associated with the dotcom slump it's heartening to know that some operations still manage to hold on to the modern urbanist lifestyles so richly associated with Internet companies.
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Handspring pledges Palm fealty

Handspring has extended its agreement to license PalmOS until 2009. The companies confirmed the deal ahead of Handspring's quarterly results, due tomorrow.
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Intel's Barrett gets $3.8m pay packet

Intel president and CEO Craig Barrett landed a pay packet of $3.8 million last year.

Multi-million pound mobile phone fraudster goes to jail

A man was jailed for 30 months yesterday for his part in a multi-million pound fraud in which mobile phone SIM cards were altered to enable users to make unlimited phone calls.
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BOFH: The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

Episode 10 BOFH 2001: Episode 10
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BOFH: my mate, automate

Episode 9 BOFH 2001: Episode 9
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EU sanctifies copyrights à la DMCA

The European Commission has warmly congratulated the EU Council of Ministers for adopting, on 14 February, the Directive on Copyright, a Draconian, industry-accommodating law which harmonizes all EU Member States' copy regs to the constipated level preferred by multinational entertainment corporations.
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San Fran costliest US city for mobile users

San Francisco is the most expensive city in the US to own a mobile phone, a survey claims.
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Cypherpunk Bell found guilty

A Washington state federal jury found cypherpunk Jim Bell guilty on two of five counts of stalking government agents. US District Judge Jack Tanner dismissed the three remaining counts after jurors indicated they could not reach a unanimous verdict on them.
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Yahoo! to cut 12% of staff, reports Q1 profit slide

Yahoo! today announced plans to cut around 12 per cent of staff after seeing profits slide for the first quarter.