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AMD touts ‘modest revenue growth’

Hector Ruiz, AMD's chief operating officer (COO), reckons there "is increasing reason to believe that the personal computer market is stabilising," and will return to normal in Q4, the company said today in a statement.
Drew Cullen, 07 Jun 2001
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Strowman hitches Kevin Harper to PST wagon

Howard Strowman, the larger-than-life owner of PST, the UK's best known excess inventory broker, has recruited Kevin Harper, Ideal Hardware's former sales director and fellow larger-than-life character.
Drew Cullen, 07 Jun 2001
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Ingram Micro jettisons 1,000 staff

We have a new euphemism for making lots of people redundant. Step forward, "Business Process Improvement", the term Ingram Micro uses to explain the pink slips it is handing out to 1,000 workers.
Drew Cullen, 07 Jun 2001
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Chip sales to fall 14% in 2001

Worldwide chip sales will start to grow again in the second half of the year, preventing a 14 per cent decline in revenues from becoming an utter disaster.
Tony Smith, 07 Jun 2001
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Intel incensed at VIA inflatables

Intel and VIA have been scrapping again, but the source of the dispute wasn't the two fingers VIA gave its giant rival when it launched its Pentium 4 chipset. No, the squabble is all about balloons - Computex advertising balloons.
Tony Smith, 07 Jun 2001
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AOL France calls for LE FRIACO

AOL France has called on incumbent telco, France Telecom, to introduce wholesale flat rate charges for Net access.
Tim Richardson, 07 Jun 2001
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PC parrot drives firemen crazy

Firemen wasted over an hour searching an office in the West Midlands for an escaped parrot this week.
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Jun 2001
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Intel's first mid-quarter report to trim sales forecast

Intel is expected to pare back its expectations for Q2 sales when it posts a mid-quarter financial statement later today - a first for the chip giant.
Tony Smith, 07 Jun 2001
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Xpert Systems conducts MBO

Management at Xpert Systems, a networking equipment reseller, has bought the company for an undisclosed sum. The MBO was funded by Lloyds Development Capital.
Drew Cullen, 07 Jun 2001
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Hercules 3D Prophet III

Review The Hercules 3D Prophet III is unquestionably the fastest graphics card ever, and it might just be the most attractive to boot. It benefits from all the technological innovations of Nvidia's groundbreaking GeForce 3 chip. For example, the astounding programmable nFinite-FX engine offers games programmers new levels of flexibility and should radically improve previously grey areas in PC graphics, such as human faces and hair. These tools will be integral to the next version of Microsoft's games API, DirectX 8.0, so expect future games titles to take full advantage of the GeForce 3's superlative graphics quality.
PC Advisor, 07 Jun 2001
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A vote for Labour is a vote for Microsoft

Election Day is finally here. There are 659 seats up for grabs and 74 political parties in the contest. It'll be a first-past-for-the-post system so Labour will get an unreasonable majority and be able to do much as it pleases with the country for the next five years.
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Jun 2001
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Meet Slade: he repairs the world's most advanced sex dolls

You may have heard of RealDolls. They are the most advanced and scarily realistic sex dolls you can get. They're made of special silicone skin, come complete with orifices (the third is extra) and can be custom built depending on what shape, colour and look most gets you going (even down the style of pubic hair).
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Jun 2001
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US PC shipments expected to fall 6% in 2001

IDC has cut its forecast for PC shipments, and now expects fewer computers to be sold in the US this year than in 2000.
Linda Harrison, 07 Jun 2001
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Goal-ace Beckham becomes gaming hero

England goal-hero David Beckham is poised to be re-invented as the hero of a computer game.
John Leyden, 07 Jun 2001
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PSINet Europe moves to calm fears

Six days after its US parent filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, PSINet Europe has finally issued a statement to reassure the industry about its future.
Tim Richardson, 07 Jun 2001
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Indian flying car shot down – Israeli rival soars

Our recent piece on Indian boffin Rakesh Goel's boast that he will put a flying car into the air by 2004 provoked much discussion among Reg readers.
Lester Haines, 07 Jun 2001
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Excite to exit UK by year end

Update Excite@home has denied that it is to close its UK portal operation at the end of the year signalling its retreat from Europe.
Tim Richardson, 07 Jun 2001
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LogoWatch Sema rebranding ends in tears

Regular LogoWatch readers will be aware of the sequence of events which are provoked by a corporate rebranding exercise: 1) You rebrand 2) You go titsup 3) You get taken over 4) The new owners dump your rebranding 5) You wonder why you bothered in the first place Sema ill-advisedly carried out such a rebranding …
Lester Haines, 07 Jun 2001

Alcatel gets rid of ADSL modem business

Alcatel has agreed to flog off its ADSL modem business to French consumer electronics company Thomson Multimedia.
Tony Smith, 07 Jun 2001
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Welsh cinema spies on mobile phone users

A Welsh cinema has installed hidden cameras to catch and punish the mobile phone users in film audiences.
Linda Harrison, 07 Jun 2001
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BTopenwoe in the dock

Tony Holdstock works for Dial Solutions Ltd - a Leeds-based software development company.
Tim Richardson, 07 Jun 2001
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Those election games in full

The election has been uninspiring, but at least the creative among us have knocked out a few good games for the peasants to play when it all gets too much. We've covered most of the games before, but just to remind you all.
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Jun 2001
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Pace unveils Dreamcast-based ‘home gateway’

Remember the name 'Pace'? Back at the beginning of February, when Sega first announced that it was pulling out of Dreamcast production, UK-based set-top box maker Pace emerged as the company that would build on the technology Sega left behind, incorporating it, it said, into a 'home gateway' product.
Eurogamer.net, 07 Jun 2001
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Intel poo-poos VIA Pentium 4 chipset

Intel has denounced VIA's claims to have built a better Pentium 4 chipset than its own 850 product as "bogus".
Tony Smith, 07 Jun 2001
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Canadian boy runs riot with chicken finger

Hot on the heels of our recent article on the 11-year-old US youth who was escorted from school for drawing a gun (on a piece of paper, no less) in class, we have another couple of top examples of zero tolerance to childish antics. Sadly, this is not confined to the US, as Canada's Halifax Herald can confirm. Billy …
Lester Haines, 07 Jun 2001
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You've seen RealDoll, now get a load of RealHamster

We've covered RealDoll and RealDoll repairmen but thanks to a particularly disturbed individual, our attention has been drawn to RealHamster.
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Jun 2001
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PC Lemons truth revealed

Two and a half million faulty PCs are shipped to American households per year.
Linda Harrison, 07 Jun 2001
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Gateway extends PC price war to UK, Ireland

Gateway today fired its opening salvo in the PC price in the UK and Ireland. The PC maker is promising to beat competitors' prices with its "Gateway Guarantee" - for a limited time promotion.
Drew Cullen, 07 Jun 2001
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A brief history of eggverts, by Kibo

Your mail continues to pour in about Robin Southgate's Java Toaster, which we first featured back in March, and revisited in graphic detail on Monday.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Jun 2001
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HP warns of more cost cuts in wake of weak May sales

Hewlett-Packard yesterday warned sales could miss already lowered estimates due to the IT sales slump hitting on a global level.
Linda Harrison, 07 Jun 2001
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Jabber Speaks

The open source IM project Jabber has inked a partnership with voice web outfit Nuance.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Jun 2001
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SDMI crack team launches preemptive suit

The Princeton University team which rose successfully to the SDMI challenge is asking the US District Court in New Jersey to issue a declaratory judgment absolving them of liability before releasing the results of their research into cracking several anti-piracy technologies.
Thomas C Greene, 07 Jun 2001