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Web-myth debunker's life threatened by Steve Gibson Groupie

Techno-myth debunker Rob Rosenberger has received a death threat as a reward for his efforts to expose GRC.com founder Steve Gibson's recent rants on the Win-XP raw-socket terror for the rubbish that they are.
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Stratus preps high availability Linux port

Development work is getting underway to port Linux to fault-tolerant hardware architecture developed by high-end server manufacturer Stratus.
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Porn VirtuaGirl is the best Net innovation we've seen for a year

Updated Okay, you're gonna laugh but a bit of software produced by VirtuaGirl which consists of an two-inch-high woman stripping in the corner of your PC screen is the best thing we've seen for ages. No, not in that sense.
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Ever-shrinking Merisel flogs Canadian sub

Merisel is to sell its Canadian sub to Synnex, the US distie-cum-computer assembler, for CAN$30m cash.
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Siemens Business Services wants to fire 1,600 workers

Siemens Business Services (SBS), the corporate IT reseller arm of engineering giant Siemens AG, wants to fire 1,600 workers in its German heartland.
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Microsoft to start selling WinXP Advanced Server now

Microsoft is pushing hard to achieve early adoption of the Advanced Server version of Windows XP. A pre-release version of the product will go on sale imminently, under the tag Advanced Server LE (Limited Edition); buyers will get full support on the product until 90 days after RTM, plus a free upgrade to the shipping version at RTM.
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Dixons posts 5% rise in profits

Dixons today reported a five per cent rise in profits for the year ended April 28, 2001.
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Intel to make ‘significant’ roadmap changes next week

Something "of great significance" to PC system builders is going down at Intel - and the company is preparing to tell its customers about it in just under two weeks' time, The Register has learned.
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T-Online to shut three call centres

T-Online is to close three call centres in Germany prompting fears of job losses at the ISP.
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ISP help desk operator culls 120 staff

iDesk plc - which provides call centre services for UK ISPs including LineOne and Virgin - is slashing 120 staff in a bid to reduce losses.

NTT DoCoMo pays $217m to put spam back into the can

Japanese telecoms giant NTT DoCoMo will have to spend a staggering ¥27 billion ($217 million) to placate users of its popular i-Mode mobile phones who are been deluged by junk mail.
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GUS boss bags £1.61m bonus

The chief exec of Great Universal Stores (GUS) earned £1.61 million last year.
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Futurelink Europe up for sale

Futurelink, a US Application Server Provider, is exploring offers for its UK subsidiary. But it has entered some strong caveats - expressions of interest are non-binding, the amount such a sale would raise is unknown etc. etc.
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AMD updates roadmap, delays desktop Athlon 4

AMD has updated its processor roadmap, adding new chip lines and delaying the introduction of some existing parts.
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MSN stunts sex life

Update MSN's instant messenger service has gone tits up - again - bringing an abrupt stop to romantic online relationships for the day.
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CRN news editor in human torch drama

ICL's summer drinks party for journos nearly came to an an abrupt - and unplanned - end yesterday when a leading IT journalist's shirt was ignited by a candle.
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Nokia 3330

Review Nokia announced three new phones at the IT tradeshow CeBit this year, of which the 3330 is the first to hit the streets. Building on the 3310's design, the 3330 adds WAP support, the ability to download games, and a couple of other enhancements.
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Netcraft posts June 2001 Web survey

The Netcraft Web Server Survey is a survey of Web Server software usage on Internet connected computers. We collect and collate as many hostnames providing an http service as we can find, and systematically poll each one with an HTTP request for the server name.

Isle of Man 3G network off and running

Manx Telecom - the Isle of Man's telco - has been lauding its 3G phone service with a demo at its headquarters. Terrific, you say.
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WinXP RC1 leaks on web as fast MS download

The instant Microsoft releases a new build of the WinXP beta it gets warezed all over the web - this is well-known, and has been well-documented. But RC1 code available to all and sundry on a high-speed Microsoft download partner connection? That's original, isn't it?
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Government, military scramble for encryption technology

The government and military are investing more heavily in encryption technology as a defence against hackers who are beginning to deploy more sophisticated cracking techniques.
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HP prompts staff to take unpaid summer holidays

Hewlett Packard is encouraging its staff in the UK to take more days off this summer.
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20,000 World Online punters could be phoneless

Time is running out for 20,000 World Online customers following the ISPs decision to can its discount telephone service in the UK.
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Canadian Tire loses fight to call itself ‘crap’

In what must be one of the weirdest ever domain dispute cases, Canadian Tire has lost the battle to extend its trademark to the words "crappy tire".
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Money tracking by micro chip

Hitachi has developed a silicon chip for security applications so small that it can even be embedded in money.
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Magistr continues three month reign as top virus

The Magistr worm is still the world's most frequently occurring computer virus.