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NSA secures Win-2K

Your tax dollars have been put to good use for a change, as the US National Security Agency (NSA) has been busy figuring out how to make Windows 2000 more secure, and has released a set of templates and instructions to enable anyone to batten down their '2K hatches.
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Oh no! Not another channel programme!

The number of enterprise software purchase influencers in the US channel will double to 47,000 companies in 2001, a market research firm claims.
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Intel slices up to 37% off Mobile Celeron prices

Intel cut the prices of selected Mobile Celeron processors yesterday, as we anticipated.
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BT share issue off and running

BT's massive £5.9 billion rights issue is off and running and the telecoms giant has revealed that 89.5 per cent of shareholders have decided to take up their allocation.
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MemoWatch Nortel ‘re-aligns’ 10,000 employees

Networking equipment monolith Nortel is in big trouble. The Canadian company recently announced record losses of U$19.2bn.
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Compaq to beat Palm on PDA revenue – Gartner

Palm is certainly having problems, but is the PDA company really in quite as much trouble as market research firm Gartner Group is suggesting in its latest report?
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E-district.net coughs up to ‘financial irregularities’

E-district.net has confirmed that key financial and operational data was fabricated at the dotcom.
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Time Ellipse 700

Review Time's sub-£400 Ellipse 700 may be cheap, but it's a system of compromises. With its reliance on underpowered onboard peripherals, the 700MHz AMD Duron processor is hardly the most promising start, and its WorldBench score of 110 is a throwback to the figures we were getting from mainstream PCs six months ago.
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Dotcom casualties litter skid row

Former dotcom workers in Silicon Valley have ended up on skid row after their high flying firms went titsup.com.
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Tiscali UK culls celebrities

Tiscali UK is to ditch a number of celebrity columnists from its LineOne portal just six months after they started work.
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MSNBC doctors anti-MS WSJ story

MSNBC has been caught doctoring copy originating from the Wall Street Journal to make it more favourable to the news channel's co-owner Microsoft. The changes introduced by MSNBC also had the effect of removing references to Microsoft competitors.
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Nvidia nForce mobos $100-$120

Though Nvidia isn't saying anything about the pricing of its nForce integrated graphics chipsets we're getting a few numbers back from system builders.
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Lawyers raise fears over AltaVista's search engine

Lawyers have warned that companies using AltaVista's new search engine technology are at risk of breaching data protection laws.
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Intel to launch Tualatin tomorrow?

Intel will officially launch its 0.13 micron Pentium III die-shrink, codenamed Tualatin, tomorrow, 19 June, if company sources cited by Web site X-bit Labs are to be believed.
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Storm clouds have silver lining for portal site

The Met Office, Britain's government run weather forecasting agency, is investing £500,000 in an e-commerce firm which aims to create a market for trades based on the weather.
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Pentium 4 to be upped to 1.8GHz on 2 July

Intel will fill out and extend its Pentium 4 line-up with two new versions in two weeks' time, on Monday 2 July, Web site X-bit Labs has claimed, citing sources close to the company.
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Microsoft and Vodafone launch mobile Outlook app

Microsoft and Vodafone have launched new products that will enable you to pick up Outlook emails from your mobile phone. The plan is to extend it to any Web-enabled apps.
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Nintendo US flogs 500,000 GameBoy Advances

Nintendo says its GameBoy Advance sold through 500,000 units during its first week on the market in the US, and claims this makes it the US' fastest selling game system ever.
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No AMD Athlons faster than 1.6GHz this year

AMD won't have a 2GHz Athlon out this year and the company's fans probably won't see one before Q2 2002.
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Oftel gets tough with phone scams

Oftel is to clamp down on people running phone-related scams after seeing a rise in complaints concerning "find me anywhere numbers".
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Maxtor goes volume with 100GB and 80GB drives

Maxtor is pushing away at the fat end of the hard disk market, saying its 100GB DiamondMax D536X and 80GB DiamondMax D540X are volume production.
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Microsoft buys Xbox name off true owner

Microsoft has bought the Xbox trademark off its original owner for undisclosed sum. The current incumbent, Xbox Technologies, will change its name.
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Level 3 culls 1,400 staff

Level 3 Communications is canning 1,400 workers and has lowered its 2001 sales estimates.
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Business Systems Group gets down to earth

Usually when a computer dealer begins to call itself an e-business consultancy, it is time to look for a large vat of salt to pinch.
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Home Secretary mulls green card immigration scheme

The new home secretary David Blunkett has suggested he will introduce a US-style green card system in the UK for immigrants.
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CueCat workers face mass redundancies

DigitalConvergence, which markets the CueCat scanner, has become the latest victim of growing sentiment in the market against Internet stocks.
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iSyndicate follows the YellowBrix Road

iSyndicate, the US online syndication business, is selling itself to a rival concern, Yellowbrix. The enlarged group has 400 paying customers, concentrated in the corporate sector.
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Online spending fell in May

Online spending in the US and Canada fell by $400 million in May according to the latest figures from Forrester Research.
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Lunatic pulls gun on Captain Cyborg

A lunatic pulled a gun on Captain Cyborg during his gibberish tour of Switzerland and here is the exclusive snap. While the man handling the gun is a lunatic, sadly he failed to blast a small piece of metal through Kevin Warwick's cyborg exo-skeleton rupturing internal organs on the way. The crazed geek is instead fellow …
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Notebook TFT LCD prices to rise in Q4

The TFT LCD glut which caused notebook-size panel prices to fall in Q1 2001 is ending and screen prices are expected to start rising by Q4.
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Creative Labs preps 1394-based digital music rig

Creative Labs' SoundBlaster Audigy sound system - details of it, at least - have leaked out onto the Web. Part of what looks suspiciously like the company's launch presentation has been smuggled out onto a Russian Web site.
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Toshiba debuts cheap hi-res digital camera

Toshiba have announced details of digital camera that features the ability to capture high-resolution images with a 4.2 megapixel screen.
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ORBS splits into ORBZ and ORBL

We reported on Friday how anti-spam company ORBS has been reborn as ORBS UK, after its demise following a New Zealand court case.