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MS ridicules itself to sell Office XP

Microsoft is hard-selling the irritating character of its animated paper clip Office Assistant, which it's now decided to name "Clippy", to promote Office XP and finally get some decent mileage out of the hated little "feature".
Thomas C Greene, 12 Apr 2001
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Rambus, Infineon trial delayed

Rambus' legal battle with memory chip maker Infineon has been rescheduled - yet again.
Tony Smith, 12 Apr 2001
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Palm cuts prices to clear unsold stock

Palm cut prices on three soon-to-be-retired models yesterday in a bid to tackle the build-up of excess inventory, including $100 million worth of unsold PDAs left over from last quarter and the $200 million worth of kit expected to remain in Palm's warehouses and the channel at the end of the current quarter.
Tony Smith, 12 Apr 2001
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WHSmith Online reaps £5m sales

WHSmith Online - the e-version of the high street book, music and stationery outfit - has increased sales by 47 per cent to £5 million during the six months to 28 February, the company announced today.
Tim Richardson, 12 Apr 2001
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Boo.com tops 100 e-business list

Boo.com - the fashionably chic failed dotcom that blew a whopping £178 million - has headed a list of the 100 "Dumbest Moments in e-Business History".
Tim Richardson, 12 Apr 2001
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AMD ships 800MHz Mobile Duron

AMD has an 800MHz Mobile Duron in the works - according to Sony.
Tony Smith, 12 Apr 2001
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Baltimore issues profits warning

Security firm Baltimore Technologies has issued a first quarter profit warning blaming lower than expected sales on its customers' decisions to postpone ebusiness plans.
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2001

Missing Novell server discovered after four years

In the kind of tale any aspiring BOFH would be able to dine out on for months, the University of North Carolina has finally located one of its most reliable servers - which nobody had seen for FOUR years.
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2001
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Tiny furious at dirty tricks campaign

Tiny Computers claims that it is the victim of a dirty tricks campaign suggesting its computer retail chain is in trading difficulties.
Robert Blincoe, 12 Apr 2001
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Data-corruption bug hits VIA chipsets

Updated VIA has confirmed a data-damaging glitch in its 686B Southbridge chip - a major part of the Taiwanese company's KT-133A chipset - and is working with mobo makers to prepare BIOS updates to fix the problem.
Tony Smith, 12 Apr 2001
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Yahoo! pumps up porn sales

Yahoo! is hoping increased sales of porn will help boost its flagging operation.
Tim Richardson, 12 Apr 2001
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ASPs no defence against piracy liability

British IT managers are a sensible lot, by and large, and they know better than to deliberately pirate software. But keeping track of all the software in use is a pain in the auditing neck. At last, a solution could be at hand - the Application Service Provider (ASP)But is the right answer?
Drew Cullen, 12 Apr 2001
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Juniper sales soar

Juniper Networks today posted markedly increased revenues for its first quarter, bucking the trend of poor financial results from networking equipment suppliers
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2001
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Extreme ultraviolet chip-making kit unveiled

The processor industry-backed company developing extreme ultraviolet lithography chip-making equipment has demonstrated its first prototype.
Tony Smith, 12 Apr 2001
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BT payphones to become phone aerials

BT is to turn its public phone boxes into mobile phone transmitters to help raise cash to fund its service.
Tim Richardson, 12 Apr 2001
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Punters petition broadband outfit Homechoice

Disgruntled customers have started an online petition demanding "decent service for [their] money" from UK broadband outfit Homechoice.
Tim Richardson, 12 Apr 2001
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Kozmo.com makes its last delivery

Kozmo.com has joined the dotcom delivery slaughter by shutting its doors and laying off more than 1,000 staff.
Linda Harrison, 12 Apr 2001
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Motorola to axe Palm smartphone

Motorola's axe continues to swing, with its PalmOS-based smartphone the latest casualty.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Apr 2001
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MS sabotages MP3 quality under Win-XP

Being an OS monopolist has its privileges, and making the competition look bad on your ubiquitous desktop has to be one of the sweetest. So it comes as no surprise that the Redmond Beast has apparently decided to equip Windows XP with second-rate MP3 software, thereby limiting the recording and playback quality of MP3 files which compete with its Windows Media Audio.
Thomas C Greene, 12 Apr 2001
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BT and Dixons named as May Day protest targets

Police are preparing to meet the threat posed by anti-capitalist protestors in London on 1 May by monitoring their evolving plans on the Internet.
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2001
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Intel tackles chipset rivals on price

Intel looks set to join the price war started by rival integrated chipset makers VIA and SIS when its 815G and 815EG Celeron-oriented chipsets enter volume production next quarter.
Tony Smith, 12 Apr 2001
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Spyware concerns over fast selling PC game

Fast-selling PC game Black & White has generated a storm of controversy on messaging boards this week amid concerns that it is being used to spy on gamers.
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2001
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Wallmartcanada sucks.com goes on the attack

In December, 2000, Kenneth Harvey, the owner of WallMartcanadasucks.com won the right to retain his domain name following a WIPO adjudication which rejected Wal-Mart's attempts to grab the URL from him.
Drew Cullen, 12 Apr 2001
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VIA KT266: Tom and Anand's turn

HWRoundup Now for some VIA KT266 news: Tom and Anand have put the beast through its paces - their benchmarks come out a little different from Ace's Hardware's magisterial review a few days ago. In an update, Ace's explains why.
David Ross, 12 Apr 2001
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The pop group, the press release and global warming

Few of the press releases pumped out on a daily basis actually make it into news articles, but when The Register received an announcement about a cyberspace day to save the environment, our interest was peaked.
Linda Harrison, 12 Apr 2001
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Rambus legal bill soars

Lawyers have their price, and in Rambus, the litigious DRAM IP company, the price in Q2 is $7.3 million - up from $4.3 million in Q1, and a huge jump on the $660k recorded in the same Q last year.
Drew Cullen, 12 Apr 2001
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MSN opts for Brightmail anti-spam defence

MSN has signed up with Brightmail to stop its email users getting spammed.
Linda Harrison, 12 Apr 2001