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Where have all the Cisco customers gone?

Cisco, the nonpareil of networking equipment makers and at one time the sine qua non of tech stocks - (remember last year when for a nano second it was the world's biggest company by market cap) - is feeling the pinch. Big time.
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So when will NEC stop making PCs?

Lehmans Brothers analyst Scott Foster has a bee in his bonnet about NEC's PC operations. He reckons the company will withdraw from PC manufacture - even though it has the biggest market share of all in Japan, the world's second biggest market, with over 20 per cent of sales. (Of course NEC used to have more than 50 per cent of the Japanese market with its own proprietary and very expensive PCs).
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OCWorkbench puts boot into KT266 retail boards

OCWorkbench, the hyperactive Singaporean hardware review site, is postponing reviews of mobos using VIA's new KT266 chipset, until stability improves.
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AOL exceeds 29 million users

AOL Inc - the Internet division of the monster AOL Time Warner media outfit - now boasts more than 29 million members around the world , according to its latest figures.
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AMD and VIA stoke EC Intel fire – EBN

AMD and VIA were behind the complaints which led to the European Commission's anti-competition investigation of Intel, Electronics Buyers News claims.
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Compaq settles with Transmeta server start-up

Compaq has dropped its legal action against Transmeta-based server maker RLX Technologies.
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Ad signals iMac demise?

Is Steve Jobs about to can the computer which renewed Apple's fortunes? This Birmingham advertising board certainly suggests so, with a not-too-suble tagline that appears to indicate the future of the iMac. Or perhaps it's a subtle reference to the Labour administration's RIP 'let's give the spooks access to your data' …
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Handspring revenue growth defies market trend

Palm-based PDA maker Handspring saw its revenues continue to rise last quarter - the third of its current fiscal year - suggesting it's coping a little better with the economic downturn than rival Palm.
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DoS bug bites Microsoft's first security product

A flaw with Microsoft's first security product leaves it vulnerable to denial of service attacks.
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Downed Chinese fighter pilot immortalised on Web site

Updated The dead Chinese pilot blamed for bringing down the American spy plane off China's coast, Wang Wei, has not only been officially made a martyr but also been immortalised on a memorial Web site.
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Piracy judge slams ‘rip-off’ games software

Blimey. A UK judge attacked 'rip-off' games software prices, when sentencing two pirates, Silicon.com reports.
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Fujitsu Siemens faces German PC levy

Fujitsu Siemens could face a levy of 30 euros (£18.60) for every PC it sells in Germany.
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LogoWatch VIA rises from eastern mountain

Taiwanese Chipmeister VIA's recent announcement regarding its new C3 chip logo has caused disquiet among the Vulture Central LogoWatch team. First up, Taiwanese companies are not supposed to give two hoots about branding. Secondly, VIA is doing rather well. This rather torpedoes our assertion that corporate makeovers …

Vodafone makes 3G work!

Vodafone was very excited this morning when it put out a press release saying it had made the UK's first voice call over a 3G mobile network - a year before the launch of the service.
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More job cuts expected at Ericsson

The industry bush telegraph is predicting more job cuts at Ericsson ahead of its Q1 earning figures on Friday. The FT pins the figure at 6,000, while Yahoo! cites Swedish news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyra which puts the toll at 30,000. That improbably high figure represents a third of Ericsson's workforce - the company employed 105,129 at the end of last year.
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Codebreaker II All quiet on the Western front

Our enigmatic Codebreaker II competition has produced a flurry of, well, nothing much at all really. Except pleading.
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Texas cellphone massacre

Texas Instruments is to announce 2,000 job losses anytime soon, according to the Wall Street Journal. The company provides the chips for about two-thirds of the world's mobiles phones, so you'd think it would be doing a roaring trade. But no. It shut down its Californian plant last month, firing 600 staff.
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For sale: breathe

Great Universal Stores (GUS) has finally confirmed that it is selling its ISP, breathe, less than four months after acquiring the operation for £1.4 million.
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Queen gives email royal thumbs down

A small comment from Government whip Graham Allen has revealed that email does not get the royal approval.
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‘Spyware’ games developer says you have nothing to fear

Letter We have read your article about Spyware (Spyware concerns over fast selling PC game and I would just like to make it absolutely clear what Black and White does with respect to the internet information we send.
Tim Rance, 17 2001
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No chip market recovery yet – UMC

United Microelectronics Corp. chairman John Hsuan believes it's still too early to say whether the chip market is on the verge of recovery.
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Yahoo! gets! new! boss!

Yahoo! has appointed a beancounting movie man as its new CEO and chairman.
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Virtual interviews sort sheep from goats

UK DIY supershed B&Q has adopted a novel method of filtering out would-be job employees, the Daily Express reports today.
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MP3 raid official stand-down

The copyright watchdogs have stood down in Taiwan, as government officials weighed in behind the students whose rooms were searched and computers confiscated in the name of intellectual property during the recent MP3 copyright raid on National Chengkung University (NCKU).
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Hi-tech toilet swallows woman

A 51-year-old woman was yesterday subjected to a harrowing two-hour ordeal when she was imprisoned in a hi-tech public convenience.
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Free Internet and digital TV for UK punters?

The government is looking at a multi-million pound scheme to get more UK citizens using digital TV by giving away the sets for free.
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New Yahoo! chief is a diamond geezer

Terry S Semel - the new CEO and chairman of Yahoo! - is a old romantic at heart.
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Gnome, KDE camps closer to truce

The rival Linux desktop camps appear closer than ever to a truce after the GUADEC GNOME developer conference in Copenhagen last week.
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Bob Young gets stuck in Windows

They say that the camera never lies. Or does it? Look closer at the above picture. Is that Red Hat supremo Bob Young standing in front of a gigantic Windows desktop? Impossible. It must be advanced image manipulation - the alternative is just too shocking... ® Bootnote Thanks to our roving surveillance operative John …
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Intel cuts desktop, mobile CPU prices by up to 23%

Intel cut its prices this weekend, as expected, across its Pentium 4 and III, and Celeron lines, in their Mobile and desktop forms.
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AMD cuts CPU prices by up to 34%

AMD has followed Intel's latest price cuts with reductions of its own. The changes take up to 34 per cent off certain processors in the Duron line and 31 per cent off some Athlons.
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Anti-Hacking premiums 25% higher for Win NT

An insurance policy against hacker-inflicted damage costs 25 per cent more for companies using Windows NT.
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Employers put the squeeze on porn surfers

Around a third of companies in the US have disciplined staff for Internet misuse in the past year, with most incidents related to porn surfing.
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Accubyte leaves customer credit card details exposed

Customers of computer components supplier Accubyte have been encouraged to check their credit card records for fraudulent misuse after it admitted that its previously lax security left confidential information exposed.
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Yahoo! charges! for! email! by! phone!

Reformed pornmonger Yahoo! is to start charging for its service that lets users access their emails by phone.
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Snowball's chance in ebiz hell

Snowball, the San Francisco-based affiliate ad network, is sacking 55 people, a third of its staff. The cost-cutting move comes on the same day as the company revealed that NASDAQ intends to delist its stock for falling below the minimum bid price of $1 a share.
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Intel CPU biz ‘stabilises’

Intel saw profits slide more than 60 per cent in the first quarter, saying it expected sales to drop 20 per cent in Q2 from last year.
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Pentium III: the past and the (Tualatin) future

HWRoundup Earthweb's agglomeration of tech sites is soon to be sucked into the maw of Internet.com. What will its new parent do with the hardware properties, the venerable Sysopt.com, and the really rather good Hardware Central (besides sack all the staff)? Internet.com already owns SharkyExtreme, and that has never sat too comfortably with Internet.com's collection of Internet, software and enterprise sites.