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Iomart sells Madasafish

Iomart, the Scottish-based ISP has sold its Madasafish consumer operation to an undisclosed buyer for £3m in cash.
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Free PCs for the poor on sale in black market

In October last year, the government delivered a massive boost to the UK PC recycling industry when it revealed its intention to donate 35,000 PCs to the poor in a £10m scheme.
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AMD launches Athlon 4, Duron mobiles

AMD today officially unveiled: its new name for the Athlon, the Athlon 4; two new mobile chips; amd Compaq as a customer for aforesaid mobile.
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Tester ID leak leaves WinXP beta site wide open

Windows XP beta code has been leaking gently for practically the whole process, but on Friday Microsoft fell victim to the Big One. A beta tester's login leaked, was broadcast across IRC and via instant message, and the Great Escape ensued.
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WinXP to get USB 2.0 support after all

Microsoft is to supply USB 2.0 drivers for Windows XP after all.
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Win2k SP2 out – but unofficially?

Another Microsoft leak? On Friday The Register was under the impression that Win2k Service Pack 2 had just been released, but looking at it now, we're not sure that was exactly the case.
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Berners-Lee finally gets credit due to him

Tim Berners-Lee has finally been awarded the credit due to him by receiving a fellowship of the Royal Society - the UK's highest scientific honour.
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C&W shells out $340m for Digital Island

Cable & Wireless has dipped into its £6bn cash reserves to buy Digital Island, the lossmaking Microsoft-centric ISP for $340m in cash and assumed debt.
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DCC reports excellent year for IT distie ops

DCC, the Irish distie conglomerate, saw revenues for Sercom, its IT wholesaling divisio,n grow 39 per cent to €753.9m in 2000:(1999: €542.3m). Profits were up 52.5 per cent from €20.5m to €31.2m, while operating margins moved up a couple of points from 3.8 per cent to 4.1 per cent.
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Acer caught in towering inferno

Acer lost five offices, at a cost of $20.36 million, as a Taiwan tower-block turned into a towering inferno on Sunday.
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Blair in shoot-to-kill conflict

Britain's political leaders might be involved in an election battle - but at onlinegames.net they're fighting for their lives.
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NTL announces link-up with Orange

Updated NTL is to announce an alliance with Orange that will see Orange routing calls through NTL's cable network and NTL offer a mobile phone service. Both will benefit from lower costs.
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C2000 speeds up reseller returns

Reverse logistics is the bane of the channel. Poor handling of returns can mean the difference between huge loss and small profit. And in the consumer sector it can mean the difference between survival and collapse, especially if the Consumer Association gets its teeth into you.
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C2000 parades financial welly in system builder market

Computer 2000 is touting its financial strength in a move to capture more business in the UK system builder market. The Tech Data sub has promoted Rob Epstein, previously in charge of the company's Compaq ops, to run its components division.
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IR35 threatens to blow up into election issue

The IR35 legislation that increases the tax paid by IT consultants may become an election issue thanks to its inclusion in the Conservative Party's manifesto.
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Hacking charge teen commits suicide

The parents of a 13 year-old boy who committed suicide are blaming his suspension from school following allegations of hacking for his death.
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Hynix nixes stake sell story

Memory chipmaker Hynix Semiconductor has denied it's in talks to sell 19.2 percent of the company to US investment fund Newbridge Capital.
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Nokia calls on Linux coders for set-top box apps

Nokia has reiterated that it is turning to the Linux community to ensure that its Media Terminal set-top box, due to be launched later this year, has plenty of applications from the word go.
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Infineon boss seeks fuller break from Siemens

Infineon has demanded that its former parent Siemens cut its majority stake in the chip maker and allow it to go its own way.
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Tesco honours X-Files Web pricing mess-up

Updated Tesco is honouring orders made on its web site following a pricing balls-up.
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Cyber sex sandwich sizzler

A Irish man has been found guilty of putting a rival sandwich-maker's name and telephone number on a prostitution Web site in the country's first Internet libel case.
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Coronation Street to tackle Net pedo issue

The number one UK soap Coronation Street is to feature a storyline in which the issue of paedophiles "grooming" kids over the Net will be played out by main character Sarah Louise Platt.
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44 Gameplay staff face the axe

Almost 50 staff have been told their jobs are under threat amid speculation that troubled dotcom, Gameplay, is due to make an announcement about its future.
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RIP: Douglas Adams

As you may have heard by now, Douglas Adams, star author of the five-book Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy, died suddenly aged 49 on Friday morning in California. He was exercising vigorously and had a heart attack.
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Intel opens $250m 300mm wafer R&D plant

Intel today opened a $250 million research facility. Its remit: to develop next-generation chips that will be built on 300mm wafers.
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MSN UK fails IE6 privacy standards – apparently

One of the wondrous innovations in IE6 is its P3P-awareness. This is illustrated by the little warning sign you'll see at the bottom of the page if the site you're visiting doesn't have a privacy statement that is P3P-readable.
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Athlon 4 review revue

HWRoundup The new Athlon 4 is launched today. Check out our story here... (Why didn’t they keep the name: Palomino? It's far better).
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AMD ASPs, 760MP sketch etc.

HW Roundup This German student puts the slide-rule through AMD average selling prices and publishes twice a week in handy Excel format here. The site has plenty to interest investor types too.
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Two more Apple stores located

Apple's long list of retail sites has grown to include two more locations: one Germantown, Memphis and another in Birmingham, Alabama.
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Bill payments blanked out by Barclays online

Updated A leading advocate for e-commerce in the UK feels let down by online banking after Barclays lost some of his account details after a site redesign last week.
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Intel to miss Q2 targets by miles – analyst

Intel may not meet its earnings forecast of $6.2-6.8 billion. So reckons US merchant bank Thomas Weisel Partners analyst Eric Ross.