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BT completes £2.3bn property sale

BT has secured the £2.3 billion sale of its property portfolio in a move that could see its debt mountain fall to just £13 billion.
Tim Richardson, 13 Jun 2001
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Apple may issue profit warning – analyst

Expect Apple to issue a profit warning for its current, third fiscal quarter. So says analyst Elyssa Jaffe at little-known (to us, at any rate) IDEAadvisor.
Tony Smith, 13 Jun 2001
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BT wireless appoints first chairman

BT has appointed unemployed executive David Varney as chairman of BT wireless.
Tim Richardson, 13 Jun 2001
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Rambus plots fivefold expansion in RDRAM bandwidth

Rambus unwrapped its latest roadmap in Japan yesterday at the company's Developer Forum. At the forefront of Rambus' plans: to provide new devices that will boost memory bandwidth by 400 per cent with only "minimal changes" to existing RDRAM-based mobos.
Tony Smith, 13 Jun 2001
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90% Windows, 5% Mac, 5% Linux? Not true!

I took an inventory of the computers and operating systems in my household, and found that my wife and I have a total of nine copies of Windows, one copy of Mac OS 9.1 and one purchased Linux distribution. But this doesn't tell the truth about our computer use patterns any more than the recent Gartner Group survey - the one that shows Linux servers with only 8.6 per cent of the market - tells us how many servers really run Linux.
Robin Miller, 13 Jun 2001
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SonicBlue Rio 800

Review The Rio 800 is the latest player from Diamond/S3/SonicBlue or whatever it's calling itself now. Similar in size and appearance to the 600, the 800 is the top-of-the-range model with added bells and whistles.
PC Advisor, 13 Jun 2001
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No one's using Linux, claims Microsoft

Gartner Dataquest has pegged the proportion of Linux servers shipped in the United States at 8.6 per cent.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Jun 2001
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Telewest escapes ad slap

Updated Telewest has been cleared of producing misleading advertising after it claimed that its broadband service was ten times faster than its dial-up service.
Tim Richardson, 13 Jun 2001
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Music CD piracy grew 25% in 2000

The number of pirated CDs sold worldwide soared by 25 per cent in 2000, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).
Robert Blincoe, 13 Jun 2001
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German domain registry warns against .de billing scam

German domain registry DENIC eG has issued a warning about "an attempt to extract money from customers for a senseless and dubious service." This, the second such scam to come to DENIC's notice this year, takes the form of a letter apparently designed to convince people they have to cough up DM270 in order to keep their .de domain for another year.
John Lettice, 13 Jun 2001
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Transmeta to launch 1GHz Crusoe on 26 June

Transmeta will officially launch its two newest Crusoes - the TM5500 and the TM5800 - at the end of the month at PC Expo.
Tony Smith, 13 Jun 2001
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ARM chips get maths and Java

ARM wrapped up recent announcements with news of a revamped co-processor for its ARM 9E-S family. The ARM VFP9-S floating point unit adds a third more transistors to the chip, but requires only a square millimetre and a half of extra die space. ARM says the maths benchmarks run ten times faster than using software emulation using the ARM9-series co-processor, or twenty times faster on the ARM 10 co-processor.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Jun 2001
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SonicBlue axes third of workforce

SonicBlue, the company launched on the back the emergence of the Internet appliance business that has... er... yet to emerge, has rid itself of 30 per cent of its workforce.
Tony Smith, 13 Jun 2001

GSM Association launches new standard for next-gen mobiles

The GSM association has launched a new mobile phone standard today, called M-Services, for next-generation phones that will enable graphics and games etc. to be downloaded.
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Jun 2001
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McVeigh lives on!

A conversation we had in the office yesterday: "Now, if someone's got any sense they'll put out a virus called McVeigh today, say it's a picture or video or something". "Yeah, and millions of people would be stupid enough to open the attachment."
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Jun 2001
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CMGI loses $1bn in Q3

Internet holding group - CMGI - continues to throw good money after bad following its announcement that it lost $1 billion in its third quarter.
Tim Richardson, 13 Jun 2001
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Have you been smart tagged? WinXP IE6 has a little list

Recent builds of the Internet Explorer 6 beta have included the IE implementation of Microsoft's smart tag technology, prompting choruses of disapproval from the media. Which is of course understandable - smart tag technology parses its way through a web page, underlines the words it's been pre-programmed to react to, and inserts its own hyperlinks.
John Lettice, 13 Jun 2001
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49 uses for an illuminated keyboard

Well, the results of our illuminated keyboard competition are in - proof, were it needed, of our readers' fertile minds. So great was the response, that we can't possibly list all of the inventive uses you thought up. We have, nevertheless, distilled the best into the following list. For your reading convienience, we've …
Lester Haines, 13 Jun 2001
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GSM goes Jerry Springer on us

The GSM Association and assorted mobile industry top bods congregated in the Four Seasons hotel in London this morning to tell us about its new standard for next-generation mobile phones, M-Services.
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Jun 2001
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Server sales slump in Q1

Sales of servers dropped in Q1 with worldwide revenues slipping four per cent to $13.3 billion.
Robert Blincoe, 13 Jun 2001
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Gamble or get orgasm tips on your mobile

Mobile messaging company Quartez has come up with a way of making a bit of money from text messaging - competitions and orgasm tips. We know, it sounds horrendous but then it's gonna work because people are horrendous.
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Jun 2001
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Would you pay £25k for NEC's 61-inch plasma display?

How much would you pay for a 61-inch plasma display? The NEC beast going on sale in Japan from 23 July will arrive in the UK next month and probably cost between £22,000 and £25,000.
Robert Blincoe, 13 Jun 2001
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Local loop laggards face EU legal action

Europe is to take legal action against Euro zone countries that have failed to make any headway towards unbundling local telephone loops.
Tim Richardson, 13 Jun 2001
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ICANN CEO gets all headmasterish on Mueller-Maguhn and Auberach

ICANN new CEO M. Stuart Lynn has hit back at claims by at-large board members Andy Mueller-Maguhn and Karl Auerbach that life at the Internet organisation was like "old East Germany".
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Jun 2001
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SonicBlue at loggerheads with Psion over PDA stockpile

SonicBlue does indeed appear to have a problem shifting its Diamond Mako PDA (see SonicBlue axes third of workforce). And we hear that its partner, UK PDA pioneer Psion, is unwilling to help it out.
Tony Smith, 13 Jun 2001
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EU's safer Internet site hacked and down

The European Union's attempt to promote a safer Internet and "tackle the controversial issue of illegal and harmful content on the Internet" has been hacked and is still down a day later.
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Jun 2001
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IE6 will not monster our cookies, says Doubleclick

Doubleclick cookies may be entirely blocked by the current beta versions of IE6, as detailed in our story yesterday, but the king of the adservers insists that this won't be the case by the time the finished version of IE6 ships, this August. According to Jules Polonetsky, Doubleclick chief privacy officer and special counsel, the company has a machine readable P3P policy in preparation, and this will allow Doubleclick cookies to be accepted by IE6 at the default privacy settings.
John Lettice, 13 Jun 2001