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DiData queers Compaq Proxicom pitch

Dimension Data has launched an audacious bid to steal US net services company Proxicom from Compaq.
Drew Cullen, 08 May 2001
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Dell to pink slip 4,000 (or more)

Dell, the world's biggest and most profitable PC maker, is keen to show Wall Street just how ruthless it can be.
Drew Cullen, 08 May 2001
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Cricket goes for online middle stump

English cricket is hoping to make a tidy packet by selling off Internet and mobile phone rights to its matches. The idea is to get cricket fans to subscribe to a stats service that will provide them with updates of scores, batting averages and quick clips of wickets falling.
Kieren McCarthy, 08 May 2001
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Intel puts back Pentium 4 Xeon launch

Updated Intel has been forced to delay today's introduction of Foster, its Pentium 4-based Xeon workstation and server processor, due to "packaging issues".
Tony Smith, 08 May 2001
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Apple needs chip czar for Son of Newton

An intriguing vacancy at Apple Computer suggests the company is looking to regain control of its long-term technical destiny.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 May 2001
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Lastminute.com profitable within year

Lastminute.com is on course to be profitable within the next 12 months executives at the online bucket shop said today.
Tim Richardson, 08 May 2001
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Apple confirms retail store launch

Updated Apple's retail chain will open its doors on Saturday 19 May - just ahead of its Worldwide Developers Forum, which kicks off on the 21st.
Tony Smith, 08 May 2001
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MS cracks down on MSDN subs, threatens ‘random audits’

Microsoft is cracking down on commercial use of software obtained via MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network) subscriptions, and intends to conduct random audits of subscribers. Depressingly, this seems to have happened just after it was drawn to The Register's attention that an MSDN sub could be a pretty cheap way of keeping a small business (like us) equipped with the latest.
John Lettice, 08 May 2001
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Terra Lycos chuffed with Q1 results

Terra Lycos, the world's third-largest Net operator with the world's largest global network, has announced a 60 per cent jump in Q1 pro forma revenues from Q1 last year but has still made a £108 million loss.
Kieren McCarthy, 08 May 2001
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Jury to judge Rambus fraud charge

Rambus vs Infineon Judge Robert E Payne yesterday dismissed Infineon's claims that Rambus had violated anti-trust law, but allowed the chip maker to pursue its allegation that Rambus had committed fraud.
Tony Smith, 08 May 2001
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3Com cans 3,000 workers

Struggling networking equipment maker 3Com has announced the loss of a further 3,000 jobs as part of a plan to return its business to profitability.
John Leyden, 08 May 2001
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Iwill readies mobos for delayed Intel P4 Xeon

Taiwanese mobo maker Iwill will ship dual-processor boards for Intel's now-delayed Pentium 4 Xeon, codenamed Foster.
Tony Smith, 08 May 2001
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Wireless Palm m700 debuts on Web

Palm's successor to its Palm VII wireless-enabled PDA has leaked out onto the Web, courtesy of three black-and-white snaps over at PalmStation.
Tony Smith, 08 May 2001
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NTL is definitely up to something

Cable company NTL is up to something and we'll find out exactly what on Thursday. The company has been leaking details of its business plans over this bank holiday weekend in time for its Q1 results announcement on Thursday morning.
Kieren McCarthy, 08 May 2001
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Energis to head broadband consortium?

Energis is reportedly heading a consortium of telcos to offer broadband services to businesses in Britain.
Tim Richardson, 08 May 2001
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Intel Online Services ‘redeploys’ up to 600

Intel's Online Services division has rid itself of between 400 and 600 staff, according to sources, out of around 1500 workers.
Tony Smith, 08 May 2001
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WinXP to launch on October 26: coders go on war footing

Register sources close to Redmond have confirmed that Microsoft has gone for late October for the launch of WinXP. The company intends to nail its colours to the mast with an official announcement of this tomorrow (Wednesday) and has put the XP team on a war footing - six days a week working is now required for all Windows division staff.
John Lettice, 08 May 2001
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LogoWatch With this ring, I thee sack

As regular LogoWatch readers know only too well, corporate rebranding is often a sign of stormy seas ahead. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in 3Com's announcement today that it intends to lay off 3,000 staff - almost one third of its workforce. While we sympathise with those affected, it's fair to say that they …
Lester Haines, 08 May 2001
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MS squeezes business for more dough with rental model

Microsoft's luckless corporate customers are about to find themselves bounced into a rental model, the bottom line being that they'll have to pay Redmond more, more regularly, and they're not going to have much of a choice. UBS Warburg analyst Don Young was yesterday trailing a "fundamental shift" in the company's licensing policy which would effectively mean customers just keep paying for their Microsoft licences - which of course, is a rental model.
John Lettice, 08 May 2001
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US airman charged in Korean hacking blitz. Maybe

A US Air Force airman has been charged with using his time in Korea to hack into a string of high profile web sites.
John Leyden, 08 May 2001
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RM wires south west schools for broadband

RM plc today said it had completed the first stage of the £6.2m South West Grid for Learning Project to provide a managed broadband Internet access service to 165 secondary schools through the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL).
Drew Cullen, 08 May 2001
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Home Office proposes new Net pedo laws

The Home Office is to propose a controversial new law that makes it a jailable offence for someone to pose as a teenager in Internet chatrooms.
Kieren McCarthy, 08 May 2001
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Dixons staff get windfall from Freeserve sale

Dixons is generously rewarding staff with shares following it flogging ISP Freeserve.
Robert Blincoe, 08 May 2001
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Le Freeswerve suffers l'email snag

Freeserve users have been unable to access their email for the last 24 hours after the ISP suffered a hardware failure that knocked over its mail servers.
Tim Richardson, 08 May 2001
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Napster adds audio fingerprint filter code

Napster has released an updated version of its MP3 sharing software that incorporates the technology it licensed from Relatable last month.
Tony Smith, 08 May 2001
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Mobiles killed the radio star

Boffins in white coats reckon they've come up with a drop-dead brilliant application for mobile phones.
Tim Richardson, 08 May 2001
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Easy CD Creator saga continues

The creators of the Easy CD Creator software, Roxio, have posted a fix for its latest version on its Web site and a media alert (with a US helpline) on the compatibility problems between the CD recording software and Windows 2000. An official statement is expected tomorrow.
Kieren McCarthy, 08 May 2001
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Govt seeks answers to rural broadband divide

The British Government is to commission a report into how it can speed up the roll-out of broadband services for users in rural areas.
Tim Richardson, 08 May 2001
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Intel Itanium to launch 29 May

Intel will officially launch Itanium on 29 May, according to sources close to one of the chip giant's customers.
Tony Smith, 08 May 2001
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Tom in Mobo Madness

HWRoundup So what do you do when you're building and flogging mobos along with the world+dog. Change the colour of the board, throw in some gimmicks. Get yourself noticed. And if you've got enough bells and whistles, get yourself onto Tom's Hardware Guide, which surveys the landscape of pumped up mobos using the Intel 815 chipset.
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DDos attack takes down White House Parody site

The administrator of Whitehouse.org, a site which actually parodies George W, sent a message to a Securityfocus mailing listasking for advice on how the deal with a ping flood attack that he was then suffering.
John Leyden, 08 May 2001
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Worm puts old IIS attack in full-auto mode

British TV news outfit ITN was the first major site we know of to be infiltrated by the sadmind/IIS worm, a new take on a past theme which automates attacks on Solaris and Microsoft IIS boxes, using two very old exploits.
Thomas C Greene, 08 May 2001

The Bastard goes Wireless

Episode 11 BOFH 2001: Episode 11
Simon Travaglia, 08 May 2001
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Register screensaver download

Well done to the team at web technology company THOS for winning our keenly contested screensaver challenge. You can download your Windows screensaver here. Save this .exe file to disk and then use it to download the screensaver which will be saved in the "Windows" directory. You can then have a look under "display" in the …
Lester Haines, 08 May 2001

Intel boss urges world+dog to buy more Intel kit

Telcos are struggling, the networking equipment vendors have taken a bath. Why? One reason is because they've over-invested, big time. But Intel CEO Craig Barrett wants them to carry on spending.
Drew Cullen, 08 May 2001
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Sugar's em@iler backlash backfires

Sir Alan Sugar's plans to hit back at a national newspaper journalist for daring to include his company's em@iler product in a list of 'techno flops', has backfired. A little.
Robert Blincoe, 08 May 2001
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Will no-one rid me of Marketeye.com?

In its wisdom Marketeye.com, a financial web site of some description, has registered me for its daily html newsletter. On two email accounts no less.
Drew Cullen, 08 May 2001
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Yahoo! Hit! By! Power! Outage!

The rolling power blackouts exacerbated by record high temperatures in Northern California continue to affect key internet businesses, including The Register.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 May 2001