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Thomson rids itself of Marketeye.com

Marketeye.com, the UK financial information site, has been shut down by parent company Thomson Financial.
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Steve Gibson really is off his rocker

My recent column ridiculing security specialist Steve Gibson's claim that raw-socket functionality slated for Windows XP is a major threat attracted more flames than I can hope to post on this page.
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Action announces Spanish sale – again

Action Computer Supplies today announced that it "has entered an agreement" to sell its Spanish subsidiary Action Computer Supplies SA to Bechtle AG, a Neuer Markt-listed IT distributor.
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ATI Radeon 2: more specs leak

Some interesting ATI Radeon 2 specs have appeared on the Web, but we're sceptical.
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Reg hack in online poll rigging scandal

The Vulture Centre Internal Affairs Department launched an investigation over the weekend after detecting serious anomalies in Kieren McCarthy's Do you want to know who Gharlane of Eddore is? online poll.
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Flaw means virus could disable Norton Anti-Virus

A security loophole has been discovered in Norton Anti-Virus (NAV) which could allow the creation of a virus able to shut down the software on a user's machine.
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Oracle cosies up to Little Biz Ltd.

Oracle, purveyor of databases to big corporations, reckons it can generate an extra $2 billion a year in sales from the small and medium business sector.
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BT Retail saves £850 million

BT investors have given a cool reception to news that the telco's customer-facing retail division is to cut running costs by a massive £850 million.
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Dell testing AMD Athlon for notebooks?

The claim made last month by Thomas Wiesel Partners analyst Eric Ross that Dell was about to announce a notebook based on AMD's Mobile Athlon 4 processor drew plenty of scepticism - not to mention scorn - from AMD and Dell watchers alike.
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180-day plan to transform Compaq into services behemoth

Compaq intends to focus more on software and services in a restructuring plan that involves the sale of its Alpha processor division.
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BT extends DSL reach

BT Wholesale is to roll out rate adaptive DSL (RADSL) in a bid to extend the reach of its copper wire-based broadband service.
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The Easy way to crush dissenting voices

Updated One group's attempt to protect itself against corporate Internet bullying has failed with the loss of the EasyProtest.com Web site.
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If you want Office 2000, buy it now

If you, your company, or department, have standardised on Office 2000, and you're not keen on buying copies of Office XP for any new machines, then you'd better stock up on packs of Office 2000 now.
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Transmeta unveils 0.13 micron Crusoes

Transmeta launched the latest additions to its Crusoe processor family today, as expected, CTO Dave Ditzel having spilled the beans at various points over the last couple of weeks.
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Google preps $250m IPO

Top search engine Google is planning to take on the wobbly money markets with a $250 million flotation this year, Sunday Business reports.
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IBM preps 210GHz chip technology

IBM has created a new transistor capable of operating at clock speeds in excess of 200GHz.
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Intel takes Alpha from Compaq's hands

Compaq today confirmed that it will transfer its Alpha microprocessor division to Intel and consolidate its entire 64-bit server family on Intel's IA-64 architecture by 2004.
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Web sites! Banish those WinXP, IE6 smart tag blues!

Microsoft's smart tag technology can be shut off by web sites with a simple one line meta tag - which is the good news. The bad news is that it appears the tag will have to be added to everything you've already published, so it's a case of updating templates and crunching through the back catalogue.
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Reader Poll: the Gharlane results

Well, it's Monday morning, so we've stopped the voting and received the results from techmaster Simon. To recap, we were undecided on whether to reveal the true identity of Usenet legend Gharlane of Eddore thanks to the number of emails arguing both sides.
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Tesco and Safeway in US e-alliance

Britain's biggest supermarket chain and the world's biggest e-grocer, Tesco, is exporting its online know-how to the US as part of a £15.7 million ($22 million) investment in home shopping.

Nortel culls 330 Northern Irish staff

Nortel is slashing 330 jobs from the R&D operation responsible for its optical network business.
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Microsoft to delist ListBot in August

Microsoft has announced plans to pull the plug on the popular free email newsletter service ListBot in order to encourage small businesses to use its paid service, List Builder.
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Powergen supplies staff with home PCs

Powergen, the multi-utility, is to offer PCs at home for 5,000 UK staff.
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Dane-Elec reveals post Alan Stanley management

DRAM distributor Dane-Elec has said the business will now be run by Gerry Crampin, formerly new business manager at JustRAMS, who has been appointed operations manager.
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‘British Wimbledon hope’ launches Web site

Tim Henman - this year's "British hope" for Wimbledon - has launched his own Web site on the first day of the tennis tournament.
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Open source terror stalks Microsoft's lawyers

When Bill Gates last week urged businesses to have their lawyers read the GPL before using open source software, it turns out he was speaking from a position of knowledge. Knowledge of having lots of lawyers, anyway, because Microsoft's legal team have clearly given themselves the most awful fright by reading the blessed thing.
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Farewell then, Alpha – Hello, Compaq the Box Shifter

Analysis Digital Equipment Corporation may have officially ceased to be in 1997, when it was taken over by Compaq, but Ken Olsen's great dream really died today. Compaq's decision to divest itself of the world's fastest chip, and to standardise its enterprise servers on Intel's Itanium marks the end of forty years in which its destiny was in its own hands.
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BT slur goes unchallenged

BT Retail boss, Pierre Danon, is keen to take a pop at the competition given half a chance.
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Internet killed the short wave BBC Radio Star

The Internet is only partly to blame for the BBC's decision to axe short-wave World Service transmissions to North America, Australia and New Zealand from 1 July.
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Itanic looks healthier with Alpha transfusion

IT systems are becoming so complex that firms will fail to be competitive if they try to do everything themselves, according to Compaq's head honcho.
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Invite the Queen round your gaff using the Web

If you fancy having a chat with Queen Liz II at your street party next year, you need to get to GoldenJubilee.gov.uk as soon as possible.