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3DLabs extends channel embrace

3DLabs, the workstation graphics card designer, is opening its Wildcat Partner program to specialist system builders
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Whitehat hacker made FBI patsy

American federal officials used threats and a false promise of leniency to lure computer security researcher and admitted cyber intruder Max Butler into becoming an undercover FBI informant, according to a defense motion filed in the case Tuesday. It was only when Butler balked at covertly recording a friend and colleague, …
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MS ‘screw Linux’ Blade tech debuts in… Transmeta servers

Right on cue - and on a day of rolling black outs in California - Transmeta server startup RLX Technology took the wraps off its much talked-about baby. It's a superdense server fitting up to 336 Transmeta CPUs in a rack that can be populated by at most 42 CPUs using today's Intel boards. Transmeta CPUs are slower than their Chipzilla counterparts, but RLX reckons the density more than compensates for clock speed. And power consumption is dramatically down.
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Electorate says ‘no’ to Net voting

As the UK readies itself for a month of mind-numbing electioneering it's been revealed that one in five UK voters would be happy use the Internet to exercise their democratic right, according to a poll from Forrester Research.
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France backs Jabber IM for 3G parlez-vous

The Instant Messaging wars could be over sooner than you think, thanks to an inspired investment by the French.
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Nat Semi to eliminate 10% of staff

National Semiconductor has said it will rid itself of 1100 workers in a bid to cut costs after it emerged the chip company's Q4 2001 sales will miss the target by up to 18 per cent.
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WinXP – burn baby, burn…

WinXP Diaries Microsoft's decision to make Windows Media Player 8 a WinXP-only product was made, the company explains, because, er, only WinXP supports cool features like CD burning. Betanews amusingly suggested that the subsequent warezing of a Win98 version of WMP8 might have been a cunning Microsoft plan to generate interest in an otherwise uncompelling product, but The Register's experiences with the XP-only bit strongly suggest it's equally uncompelling.
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eMachines looks for buyer

eMachines, the bottom-scraping budget PC maker, is looking to put itself up for sale.
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Infineon demands $105m damages

Rambus vs Infineon Infineon wants $105 million from Rambus for all the trouble the memory technology developer has caused it, the company asked a jury yesterday.
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Sage weathers storm with 10 per cent profit increase

Accounting software group Sage has announced a 10 per cent pre-tax profit increase in its interim results. New licences have fallen thanks to a general slowdown but it has managed to tap existing customers to increase turnover by 13 per cent.
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StormLive.com axes DJs

StormLive.com - the Internet music station backed by former BBC Radio 1 DJ, Bruno Brookes - might be pressing the mute button after admitting that it's been hit by the downturn in the new economy.
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Cisco loses $2.69 billion on declining sales

Cisco Systems has posted a loss of $2.69 billion on its first ever quarterly decline in sales.
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Roxio replies over Easy CD Creator problems

Below is a verbatim response from Roxio regarding our questions on version 5 of Easy CD Creator. We reported how the software was crashing significant numbers of Windows 2000 machines. Two days after our first article, Roxio posted a fix on its Web site as well as a US helpline.
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Infineon win may axe Samsung's Rambus royalty

Rambus vs Infineon Samsung, for one, may be eagerly looking forward to Infineon's success in its battle with Rambus.
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E-minister bottles election debate

The Minister for Textiles and part-time E-minister, Patricia Hewitt, has refused to take part in an online debate about e-commerce in the run-up to the general election.
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America persists in militarizing space

Uncle Sam needs to consolidate and fine-tune its military forays into outer space for the good of all mankind, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told reporters during a Washington press conference Tuesday.
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Next-gen Matrox chip to launch June

Matrox is set to unveil its next-generation 3D graphics acceleration chip next week in preparation for the part's official launch early June.
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EasyJet pushes 90% of ticket sales onto Web

EasyJet, the budget airline, boosted online booking to 89.2 per cent of its total sales last month.
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BT bashed about by City – again, again

BT has seen its shares drop another six per cent on the leaked news that it will cut or even scrap its dividend in its annual results. According to numerous sources, the troubled telecoms monster is hoping to save over £1 billion by simply refusing to pay a dividend.
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WinXP to be best, fastest selling OS in history – by order

Microsoft platforms group VP Jim Allchin is set to announce the release day for Windows XP at 8.30am PDT today, and it'll be Thursday October 25th, rather than the Friday, as we said yesterday. Still, close... Jim's alarm probably only just gone off, but already Der Tag is up on the MS WinXP site, and the droids have been emailing us press releases expressing the usual widespread industry support and rallying around.

DoCoMo defies telecoms slump

NTT DoCoMo, the Japanese telecoms company, has defied the tired telecoms market by announcing a 26 per cent jump in revenues to Y4,686 billion (£27.1 billion) this year compared to last. Net profit leaped 45 per cent to Y366 billion (£2.1 billion).
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Sun thieves get six years apiece

Two computer blaggers have been sentenced to six years each for a series of high profile thefts of boards from Sun servers last autumn.
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Profanity, nein danke says Psion decency bot to Reg

Are these strange symbols above the Psion logo the lord's prayer backwards in runic? Apparently not. Psion, we find, is a highly sensitive, decency-obsessed outfit. Read on.
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Music biz backs anti-Napster MP3 sniffer-outer

Updated The music industry today gave its backing to software that allows punters to do its dirty work for it.
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Novell makes eDirectory freeware

Novell is to offer its NDS eDirectory for free to developers and software vendors in the hope it can spread the software throughout the market and steal pole position from Microsoft.
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UK kids take to gambling and porn…

Britain's youngsters are taking a lead from their elders by visiting Web sites devoted to gambling and pornography.
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Who is the sexiest geek alive?

The competition to find the sexiest geek alive is on again. We wrote about the competition last year - just catching the end of it - but this time it's bigger and better than ever.
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Panrix in administration

Leeds based PC assembler Panrix has gone into administration.
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Tom Waits dogs MP3.com for $40m

Tom Waits, Randy Newman and the Wilson sisters from Heart are suing online music site MP3.com over its file swapping system. They want $40.5 million.
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Homepage spreading faster than Kournikova worm

The spread of the Homepage Internet worm has exposed the deficiencies of the way many firms set up their virus protection, and raised questions about the effectiveness of antivirus software.
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Compaq iPaq Q1 sales skyrocket

Let no one say Compaq's iPaq isn't popular in Europe. Sales of the PDA rocketed 1017.9 per cent during the first three months of 2001 compared to the same period last year, according to figures from UK-based market watcher Canalys.
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The Times closes Interface tech section

The Times newspaper has decided to close its IT supplement, Interface.
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Homepage Net worm spreading like wildfire

A virus that uses the same tricks as the Anna Kournikova worm is spreading like wildfire.