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Morse taps out profit warning

Morse, the leading midrange reseller, has issued a profit warning following an unexpected sales drop of 15 per cent in April.
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Boxed Intel P4s not available for love nor money?

Boxed versions of Intel's Pentium 4 processors appear to be rather hard to get hold of at the moment.
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MP calls for Time to ‘come clean’ on layoffs

Tory MP Nigel Evans is calling on Time Computers to "come clean" over the number of redundancies at its factory.
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VIA Pentium 4 plans take shape

VIA reckons that by the end of the quarter it will have reached an agreement with Intel to release a Pentium 4 chipset, according to a DigiTimes report.
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UK Govt to amend Telecoms Act

The British Government is planning to publish the first sections of its new Communications Bill later this summer following an initial round of consultation with industry groups.
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Rambus' ‘very high’ DDR royalty revealed

Rambus vs Infineon Rambus has been milking DDR SDRAM vendors to the tune of 3.5 per cent of sales, it has emerged by way of the memory technology developers' legal action against Infineon.
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100-year old telecoms law to be repealed

The British Government is looking to repeal part of the Telecommunications Act that has its roots in legislation dating back from the beginning of the 20th Century.
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Telecoms workers to lose law safeguard

The Government wants to remove special legal protection for telecoms workers as part of new legislation due to be introduced within the next two years.
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Vodafone produces largest ever UK share issue

Vodafone raised £3.5 billion yesterday in the largest-ever share issue at the London Stock Exchange. The initial target of £3 billion - needed by the company to buy shares in Japan Telecom and Airtel from BT - was surpassed thanks to an oversubscription of shares.
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Intel putting squeeze on potential customers – Transmeta boss

Intel is putting "pressure" on Western computer manufacturers to ensure they don't use Transmeta's Crusoe CPUs, Transmeta's CEO has claimed.
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Palm sales fell 20% in April admits CFO

Anyone in any doubt that Palm bungled its most recent product transition should listen to what the company has just said about its April sales.
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ntl workers face uncertain future

ntl is to shed thousands of jobs over the next two years as part of a cost-cutting initiative, the FT, reported today.
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Suicidal computer expert kills himself and another in 140mph crash

A suicidal young computer engineer killed himself and another driver in a deliberate 140mph smash in Southampton, an inquest was told yesterday.
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Dell makes monster notebook battery recall

Dell is mounting a major recall of Inspiron 5000 and 5000(e) notebook batteries because of a flaw.
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Jungle falls for obvious virus hoax

Online etailer Jungle.com has gullibly swallowed a well-known virus hoax. It then compounded its error by warning subscribers in its email newsletter about a non-existent threat.
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MS to tout ‘shared source philosophy’, compare GNU to bubble economy

Microsoft's PR machine has been tipping off selected journalists about a 'relaxation' of its closed source policy today. But Linux's own PR rottweiler Eric Raymond appears to have gotten his retaliation in first.
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Aimster asks court to protect it from Napster's fate

Aimster has asked the US court to declare that it doesn't violate copyright law in a bid to protect itself from the same fate as its namesake, Napster.
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Sportal boots more staff into touch

Sports content outfit - sportal.com - has laid off 20 staff in its continued bid to turn itself into a profitable business.
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Leaked Nvidia drivers boost Pentium 4 performance

Reports indicate that the latest leaked Nvidia driver release (version 12.00) significantly improves performance on Pentium 4 machines by a great deal.
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Sony drops $50 Playstation 2 cut for $100 cut later

Sony has dropped plans to cut the price of the PlayStation 2 by $50 or £50 (depending on territory) across the globe at E3. The current target for the aggressive price drop is thought to be September of this year.
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Ebone warns of Euro ‘broadband bottleneck’

The head of broadband network outfit, Ebone, launched a scathing attack on European telecoms regulators and Governments today over their failure to deal with what he described as the "broadband bottleneck".
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UMC to make UltraSPARC IIe

Contract chipmaker United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) is to join Texas Instruments as a manufacturer of Sun's UltraSPARC processors.
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Viatel files for Chapter 11

Viatel has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from creditors.
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Acer UK signs up Computer 2000

Acer has appointed Computer 2000 to distribute its branded PCs and peripherals into the UK market. Acer already has a relationship with Tech Data, Computer 2000's parent in other European markets. And it has three existing disties in the UK.
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BOFHs to need a bouncer licence

The government has voted not to change a forthcoming Bill on the private security industry that threatens to include systems admins in new licensing legislation.

MS backs down on Win2002 Server AD limits

Microsoft has backed down from one of the proposed packaging changes for Windows 2002 Server (formerly Whistler) that it trailed in March. These seemed calculated to force customers with larger networks to buy the more expensive Advanced Server product, although Microsoft did stress to beta testers that the changes were proposals only.
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I love Microsoft. By the New York Times

Anyone that tells you journalism is impartial is either a fool or a liar. And that is why it is particularly refreshing to see writers nail their colours to the mast.
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Boffins make real-life tractor beam

British boffins - fresh from creating the thought-controlled computer - have now built the world's first tractor beam.
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Extra-Time money for promoted Blackburn?

Last night's promotion of Blackburn Rovers to the Premiership is something of a mixed blessing for club sponsors Time Computers.
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Codebreaker II – Prepare for despair

It's been several months since our original Codebreaker competition reduced hundreds of our readers to tears of frustration and despair.