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Judge rules against McVeigh deathcast

Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma city bomber, will not have his execution broadcast over the Web, US District Judge John Tinder ruled today.
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Exploit devastates WinNT/2K security

An application called SMBRelay, written by cDc's Sir Dystic, exploits a design flaw in the SMB (Server Message Block) protocol on Win NT/2K boxes, easily enabling an attacker to interpose himself between the client and the server.
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BetaNews escapes EFront meltdown

BetaNews has emerged scathed but fighting fit following the meltdown of ad affiliate network EFront.
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Apple back in the black

Apple returned to profitability during its second quarter, but its underlying figures will make uncomfortable reading for many Mac users.
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MS marketing droids release imaginary NT 4.0 SP7

Earlier this week Microsoft confirmed that Service Pack 7 for NT 4.0, which has been MIA for some time, wasn't going to ship after all. Largely it seems to be a 'small earthquake, not many dead' kind of story, as the world seems to have been managing fairly well on the previous model, SP6a, withy the addition of a few hotfixes.
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IBM performs as expected; shares up

IBM has released its Q1 results and met expectations - not usually a cause for excitement, but considering the recent glut of profit warnings for IT companies, the news has seen its share price jump by up to 14 per cent.
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US broadband take-up sluggish

Further evidence has emerged that the take-up of hi-speed broadband services will not be as great as previously predicted.
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Hynix profits plummet

Hynix Semiconductor posted a dismal set for first-quarter results this morning: its revenues were down 20 per cent and operating profit fell 78 per cent.
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TSMC fabs down to 50% capacity

TSMC's fabs are running at half capacity this quarter, company chairman Morris Chang has let slip in an interview with Forbes due to be published on 30 April.
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Nintendo GameCube launch date slips

Bloomberg's Japanese division has filed a news report claiming that the Nintendo GameCube will miss its July release date in Japan. Although nobody here can decipher the original report, both Reuters and Bloomberg now carry confirmation from Nintendo itself and that the Japanese release date will be the 14 September. Other reports suggest the American release date will slip to mid-November.
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‘Cyberslackers’ are curse of workplace

British workers are more likely to be disciplined for misusing the Net at work than their European colleagues according to a survey published today.
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Fujitsu opens $811m fab

Fujitsu plans to spend ¥100 billion ($811 million) over the next five years to create a semiconductor research and production centre in Tokyo.
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Netcraft releases April 2001 Web server stats

Netcraft's latest Web Server Survey results have been published. Netcraft did not release a report for the March 2001 survey, which only saw small changes in share for the top servers. Instead this April 2001 survey has been released early. The full data can be view at Netcraft's survey site (http://www.netcraft.com/survey/).
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3dfx: and now the end is nigh

The final curtain approaches for 3dfx, the graphics chip designer. It has completed the sale of its assets to Nvidia - patents, trademarks etc. for $55m in cash And it could stand to get up to a million Nvidia shares, if it meets certain criteria.
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Sportsline.com staff get red card

SportsLine.com - which provides online sports content for a number of sites including CBS SportsLine.com - is to shed some 90 jobs in the hope of saving $10 million.
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Matchmaking Internet worm brought under control

The outbreak of a mass emailing worm, which masquerades as a matchmaking program, has been brought under control.
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Hi-tech toilet caught on camera

The Register has obtained this exclusive photograph of the rogue cyberloo which this week captured a 51-year-old woman in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. As we reported on Tuesday (April 17), the deranged dunny held Maureen Shotton captive for two hours. The photograph is believed to have been taken during a typical Tyneside …
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Is this the end of corporate porn?

Actis Technology reckons it has the answer to the employee Internet abuse - and that means porn, viruses, password cracking and gambling.

Mobiles more dangerous than wild elephants

If you hadn't realised yet, mobiles are the modern scourge. God would have sent down a plague of mobiles if Moses were alive today. Great for communication, not so good for survival.
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Long-life laptop batteries enter mass production

A Canadian outfit has started volume production of long-life batteries which enable notebooks to run for up to 16 hours.
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WinXP: why it's the Big One that could make MS bigger yet

XP diaries Just one flame so far about yesterday's comment that WinXP is "rock-solid stable," but actually it's refreshing to be called a serf, rather than the more usual worm, turd, Commie-Keynsian Linux-loving European et al. I fear this is likely to change, because today I propose to cover the topic of why Microsoft operating systems win, and why XP is a likely candidate to continue, possibly even extend the process.

BT Cellnet names date for consumer GPRS launch

BT Cellnet is to launch consumer version of a service which promises high-speed Internet connection over mobile phone on May 18.
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Trial by CCTV claims innocent victim

It may sound like a fictional short story but Allan Dunne was filmed, featured on TV as a criminal, arrested and questioned when he turned up to a police station to explain, suspended and threatened with the sack, all within two days and all thanks to modern CCTV surveillance technology.
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Intel touts 3D tech for football nuts

Intel has partnered with sports software developer OradNet to create technology designed to enable football obsessives to immerse themselves in realistic versions of key matches online.
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Fly brain software takes to the sky

Researchers in Japan have managed to operate a radio-controlled model helicopter using software modelled on the brain of a fly.
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Spam is an occupational hazard

A third of emails received at work from colleagues are unnecessary, a report out today claims.
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On-line ‘mass victimization’ inevitable – study

Opportunities to sniff about corporate networks and steal valuable data are ever-present temptations in the technology field, and it's beyond question that company secrets are occasionally sold to the competition by trusted employees for personal financial gain.
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Price wars, budget cuts and Sun results

Sun Microsystems sales grew just two per cent in Q3, blaming a more competitive market and the downturn in the economy.