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Microsoft co-opts Caldera, Torvalds in Shared Source offensive

We thought it was a slip of the tongue, but no - it's official! Microsoft today enshrined 'Shared Source' in pride of place on its website, and called on its lead punch-bag Craig Mundie to renew his assault on software libre. This time, Mundie used space offered by the CNet/ZDNet empire as a bully pulpit. There's little new to his latest diatribe, and Mundie's role seems to be falling into place: more of a Wheedler-in-Chief than Philosopher Prince.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2001
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Smoking pistol unravels VeriSign domain name stitch-up

Against all expectations, the cosy deal which obligingly extends registrar VeriSign's .com domain monopoly for another six years (and its .org and .net franchise for another five) appears to be unravelling in the spotlight. An incriminating email reprinted on the ICANNWatch weblog appear to show ICANN's counsel Joe Sims privately laying the groundwork for the deal, which strongly favoured VeriSign, in contradiction to public statements and ICANN's charter.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2001
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Nvidia's GeForce 6 and 10

System Builders Summit, Monte Carlo Nvidia's president and CEO has delivered a tantalising glimpse of the kind of performance he expects future generations of Geforce boards to give.
Robert Blincoe, 18 May 2001
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WebTop CEO tending his hanging baskets

Andy Mitchell, CEO of search outfit WebTop and the former boss of AltaVista UK, is on "gardening leave", according to some well-placed gnomes tucked away in the herbaceous borders.
Tim Richardson, 18 May 2001
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Health warning for Windows Media Player upgraders

Microsoft has warned that traces of the 'illegal' copy of Windows Media Player 8 could botch the authorised upgrade from Media Player 7 to 7.1. The contraband, beta Version 8 is deemed 'illegal' - it's the one that's only supposed to be bundled with Windows XP/2002, and that isn't out yet.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2001
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Palm halves Q4 revenue guidance, doubles loss

Palm has canned its plan to buy Extended Systems after admitting that its Q4 revenue will be half what the PDA maker had originally expected.
Tony Smith, 18 May 2001
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Transmeta wins Sharp support

Sharp yesterday said its latest notebook for the Japanese market, the Mebius PC-SX1-H1, will be powered by a Transmeta Crusoe CPU and ship at the end of June.
Tony Smith, 18 May 2001
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Dell warns of lower Q2 sales

Dell met sales forecasts for the first quarter, but warned revenues would drop in the second quarter due to the weak US corporate market.
Linda Harrison, 18 May 2001
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Chinadotcom slashes 500 jobs

NASDAQ-listed Chinadotcom is to slash some 500 jobs in its bid to break even, the company announced today.
Tim Richardson, 18 May 2001
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Death of Web ‘inevitable’

The World Wide Web's days are numbered, Forrester Research claims. The Internet may have taken off, mostly around the Web, but the next step of its evolution will see expansion beyond the browser, the company reckons.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 May 2001
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Hard drive bloodbath (who's left standing?)

System Builders Summit, Monte Carlo Only four players will be left in the PC/server hard drive market in three years time. Or so IBM reckons.
Robert Blincoe, 18 May 2001
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Murderer confesses on Anandtech forum

Anandtech community member Dennilfloss has dramatically confessed to the murder of another member, single mother Nowheremom, on the tech site's forum.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 May 2001
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Evesham boss bags Porsche

System Builders Summit, Monte Carlo What a jammy git. Evesham.com boss Richard Austin is leaving the IFE/System Builders Summit in Monte Carlo as the proud owner of a £40,000 Porsche Boxter.
Robert Blincoe, 18 May 2001
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Sports sites step nearer the gallows

Dotcoms were this week warned to expect more casualties in the saturated UK online sports market.
Linda Harrison, 18 May 2001
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Head of Excite Italy to run Tiscali UK

Tiscali SpA has appointed the current head of portal Excite Italy to run Tiscali's new unified operation in the UK.
Tim Richardson, 18 May 2001
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Telewest loses 170 jobs

Telewest is to shed 170 jobs in its bid to rationalise its call centre operation in the UK.
Tim Richardson, 18 May 2001
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AMD says 1.4GHz Athlon due ‘early June’

AMD has confirmed that it will announce a faster desktop Athlon next month.
Tony Smith, 18 May 2001
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Alcatel in ‘advanced talks’ to buy Lucent

France's Alcatel has inched nearer to its buyout of Lucent Technologies, a deal now worth more than $40 billion.
Linda Harrison, 18 May 2001
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The 2001 Daftas Longest Email Disclaimer

There was absolutely no competition in the Dafta Longest Email Disclaimer category. UBS Warburg runs hurtling through the tape with this:
Lester Haines, 18 May 2001
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The 2001 Daftas Most Incomprehensible Disclaimer

If you thought that brevity and clarity might be considered essential in the international dissemination of information via email, think again. Still, it's nice to see that Rathbone Investment Management continues to use legalese as its first language:
Lester Haines, 18 May 2001
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The 2001 Daftas Most PC Disclaimer

They don't muck about down at London's Southwark Council. Quite right too:
Lester Haines, 18 May 2001
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The 2001 Daftas Best Bi-Lingual Disclaimer

If you're ever stuck in Aberystwyth and in desperate need of accessing you email, this might contain some useful vocabulary:
Lester Haines, 18 May 2001
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The 2001 Daftas Best Spoof Disclaimer

We reckon that this one has being doing the rounds for a while, but let's not let that spoil our enjoyment:
Lester Haines, 18 May 2001
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The 2001 Daftas Special Award for Best WWW Disclaimer

Is there anything in the following which suggests that off-road.com are attempting to avoid possible litigation?:
Lester Haines, 18 May 2001
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Readers' Letters The Email Disclaimer Awards 2001

So great was the response to our recent appeal for the world's longest email disclaimer that we have decided to celebrate the best of the bunch in six categories. The organisations responsible will be awarded a coveted Vulture Central 'Dafta' for their contribution to international timewasting:
Lester Haines, 18 May 2001

Intel backs Linux everywhere

Intel has made its strongest commitment to developing Linux for the telecoms market to date, outlining what it sees as priorities for the development of the open source operating system.
John Leyden, 18 May 2001
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Asus shows off its first Athlon 4 notebook

Asustek is showing off its first Athlon 4 notebook - an Athlon 4 beast with an Nvidia GeForce 2 GO included.
Robert Blincoe, 18 May 2001
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ASP Industry and WIPO parade dispute resolution policy

The ASP Industry Consortium and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have announced the set of recommendations and guidelines for the ASP market they have been jointly working on for nearly a year.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 May 2001

Intel takes on Risc in telco market

Intel is positioning its Pentium III chips as a viable alternative to Risc processors in powering carrier-grade servers for the telecommunications industry.
John Leyden, 18 May 2001
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NASA's Space Launch Initiative blasts off

NASA has awarded contracts for the development of a new generation of reusable space vehicles. The Space Launch Initiative (SLI) - which is aimed at improving safety and drastically reducing the cost of space operations - offers the possibility of a full-scale vehicle within five years. The initial contracts - …
Lester Haines, 18 May 2001
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Crucial drops DDR price pants

Crucial.com, the retail arm of DRAM maker Micron Technology, has cut volume prices on PC2100 DDR modules to bring them into line with PC133.
Drew Cullen, 18 May 2001

Intel talks 4G/next-gen mobile phone chips

Intel has indicated that its wireless Internet on a chip could be available in as little as a year.
John Leyden, 18 May 2001
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McVeigh death T-shirts for sale on eBay

A range of Timothy McVeigh T-shirts, the majority revelling in the man's planned execution by lethal injection planned for 11 June, has popped up on eBay for between $10 and $15. McVeigh, 33, pleaded guilty to the Oklahoma bombing in which 168 people died, including 19 children.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 May 2001
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Iris recognition is best biometric system

Iris recognition is the top biometrics ID technology, British researchers claim.
Linda Harrison, 18 May 2001
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US fraudster sent to jail after refusing to give up the Net

A San Diego man has landed himself a one-year jail sentence after refusing to give up the Net.
Linda Harrison, 18 May 2001
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Censorware outfit targets cDc's anonymity app ‘Peekabooty’

The press has been blissfully buzzing lately with rumors and long-shot speculation about a privacy/anonymity application called Peekabooty, which white hat group Cult of the Dead Cow (cDc) is developing for roll-out at this year's Defcon convention in Las Vegas this July.
Thomas C Greene, 18 May 2001
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Ailing Palm faces the Crusher, denies quitting OS business

Palm Inc saw a third wiped off its stock price at one stage in trading today after acknowledging that it was "more or less dramatically changing our business model." The company announced higher losses and lower sales than expected, and the company walked away from its proposed merger with Extended Systems, an enterprise integration software company.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2001