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Reg duped by crime-busting D.I.R.T Trojan

My recent article on the D.I.R.T. (Data Interception by Remote Transmission) Trojan, with which law-enforcement agents can secretly monitor a suspect's computer and which is marketed by surveillance outfit Codex Data Systems, contained several inaccuracies, all of which can be attributed solely to my own lapse in the skepticism for which The Reg in general, and I personally, are known.
Thomas C Greene, 06 Jun 2001
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Nvidia's nForce to cost $50

Computex Nvidia is going to charge $50 for its nForce integrated graphics chipset, according to mobo makers attending the Computex tradeshow in Taiwan.
Robert Blincoe, 06 Jun 2001
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Mesh ‘ not looking for general manager’

Mesh, the London-based system builder, called us today to deny that it was looking for a new general manager. Neither had the company approached former general manager Paul Kinsler, or Luke Ireland, Evesham.com's former marketing manager, to run the business. marketing manager John Hendrick said.
Robert Blincoe, 06 Jun 2001
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VIA's got a PC builder to use its C3 chip

Computex VIA has got a PC system builder customer for its 750MHz C3 processor.
Robert Blincoe, 06 Jun 2001
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MS scratches Compaq's back by restricting PocketPC licences

Computex The Computex tradeshow in Taiwan has thrown up some very nice examples of PocketPC - aka Windows CE 3.0 - PDAs.
Robert Blincoe, 06 Jun 2001
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Next-gen ‘iMac 2001’ debuts on Web

Exclusive It's amazing what turns up in the post of a morning. Today we received what is claimed to be a piccy of Apple's next iMac. That's all very well and good, but by a clever stroke of luck - or just possibly a Photoshop artist's pen - it even manages to combine three of the current Apple hardware rumours doing the rounds.
Tony Smith, 06 Jun 2001
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Apple settles with iMac ‘cloner’

Apple and iMac-alike PC maker Future Power have finally settled their long-running trade dress dispute.
Tony Smith, 06 Jun 2001
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AMD launches 1.4GHz Athlon

AMD today officially launched its 1.4GHz Athlon and 950MHz Duron chips which went on sale in Japan last week.
Linda Harrison, 06 Jun 2001
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Napster signs away its soul

Napster has become a distributor for the music industry's MusicNet venture, putting it on a par with corporate beasts AOL and RealNetworks.
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Jun 2001
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Political parties fail e-lectorate

All three main political parties have failed to address the needs of online voters, according to a survey by the Hansard Society.
Tim Richardson, 06 Jun 2001
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Infineon to sell shares to raise investment cash, pay off debt

German chipmaker Infineon has laid plans to sell shares in the US in order to fund investments during a time of deeply declining DRAM prices.
John Leyden, 06 Jun 2001
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Intel samples 0.13 micron Pentium 4

Intel has begun sampling the 0.13 micron Pentium 4 die-shrink, codenamed Northwood, Taiwanese mobo makers have said.
Tony Smith, 06 Jun 2001
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VIA goes with Pentium 4 chipset despite Intel

VIA stuck two fingers up to Intel yesterday when it launched its long-awaited Pentium 4 chipset, the PX266, without winning the chip giant's approval.
Tony Smith, 06 Jun 2001
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The Tiscali saga uncovered

When, despite having evidence in our hands, Tiscali denied its plans to cull 300 or its 420 UK staff, we felt there was only one way to be certain of what was going on. And that was to talk to the troops on the ground.
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Jun 2001
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Text message alerts planned to stop notebook theft

Laptop owners will soon be able to get text message alerts to warn them that their computer is being stolen.
Linda Harrison, 06 Jun 2001

Aussies revolt over broadband cap

Broadband users down under are revolting after Telstra BigPond decided to cap their usage of the service.
Tim Richardson, 06 Jun 2001
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Sun backs development of crash-proof databases

Sun Microsystems has invested $22 million in a firm that is trying to develop crash-free databases.
John Leyden, 06 Jun 2001
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Microsoft rebuts XP Net instability claims

Microsoft has officially responded to claims made by security consultant Steve Gibson that Windows XP threatens the stability of the Internet thanks to its inclusion on Unix sockets. These 'raw' sockets allow hackers to send thousands of spoof data packets from several PCs at once and launch unstoppable denial-of-service attacks against chosen Web sites.
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Jun 2001
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Intel airs Itanium underpants in public

Intel endured a minor PR cock-up today when a Register story briefly became the focus of a presentation on Itanium.
John Leyden, 06 Jun 2001
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UK Reseller grabs MS bag

Competition Thanks to all those UK resellers who entered our competition to win an exclusive laptop overnighter. This authentic leatherette wheeled IT transportation solution was kindly provided by Microsoft to herald the launch of Office XP.
Lester Haines, 06 Jun 2001
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Maths tests for teachers mangled by software glitches

Computer errors during an important maths test has led to many trainee teachers being unfairly labelled as dunces when it comes to sums.
John Leyden, 06 Jun 2001
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Stand by your VAR

In the current economic climate vendors may be tempted to dump the things they feel aren't really necessary - such as their VARs.
Linda Harrison, 06 Jun 2001
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Ideal Hardware in bold diversification

Ideal Hardware, one of the UK's biggest disties, is attempting to increase its revenue stream by diversifying into the agricultural market. Bizarre? Well, there's nothing wrong with having a few strings to your bow. Indeed, when times are hard down here at Vulture Central, office manager Viki von den Driesch happily …
Lester Haines, 06 Jun 2001

WAPit's scrapped it

Updated Top WAP portal and app developer WAPit has filed for bankruptcy after failing to get a second round of financing.
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Jun 2001
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AMD dualies invade Hardware Land

HWRoundup Today is a Dual world. With AMD launching the much anticipated AMD760MP Chipset with the support for dual Athlon based cPUs (2P), there has been a lot of activity all over the Internet. Here are some links.
David Ross, 06 Jun 2001
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Rogue computer outfits face swifter action

Trading Standards officers were today threatening swifter action against rogue computer outfits, after being handed fresh powers.
Linda Harrison, 06 Jun 2001
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AMD to sample Hammer by year-end

AMD will sample its 64-bit Hammer processor using silicon-on-insulator fabrication technology - and at 0.13 micron since it's part of the roadmapped strategy, we'd guess - by the end of the year, company COO Hector Ruiz said today.
Tony Smith, 06 Jun 2001
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Broadband only good for porn

The sex industry has emerged as the leading sector to develop services for broadband, according to research published by Cambridge-based outfit Analysys.
Tim Richardson, 06 Jun 2001
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Excite exits France, Germany and Spain

The MD of Excite Europe has been forced to regret an interview he gave to the FT in which he said he would "rather sell the business for $1 than withdraw from Europe after all the time and money we have invested".
Tim Richardson, 06 Jun 2001
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Amazon moves into PC biz

E-tailer Amazon.com is to start selling computers as part of its bid to get out of the red by the end of the year.
Linda Harrison, 06 Jun 2001
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Virgin.net for sale

Virgin.net has been thrown into a panic following newspaper reports that the ISP is up for sale.
Tim Richardson, 06 Jun 2001
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New web ads target floating readers

Web advertisers continue to look for new ways to punt their products to an increasingly indifferent public. Advertising.com has been looking into how to give new vigour to web adverts. Apparently, the company's 'Intellisource' brand measurement and research tool has gleaned the following significant intelligence: Banner ads …
Lester Haines, 06 Jun 2001
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Find out who to vote for tomorrow

Yesterday, we ran a story on How2vote.co.uk. Since then we have had good reason to believe it is fudging the results (see bottom) in favour of the LibDems and so we would like to draw your attention to two others.
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Jun 2001
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NEC MobilePro 790

Review The number of PDAs on the market has grown considerably, but the main area of growth has been in the keyboard-free designs that use the Palm or PocketPC OS. While many manufacturers are ditching their clamshell designs in favour of PocketPC, NEC has decided to go the other way with the MobilePro 790.
PC Advisor, 06 Jun 2001
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Gypsies to sue IBM over Nazi ‘links’

Romany gypsies are threatening to sue IBM over its alleged involvement in the Holocaust.
Linda Harrison, 06 Jun 2001