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Will cDc privacy app Peekabooty put users at risk?

In spite of having long anticipated the Cult of the Dead Cow's Peekabooty demo at Defcon09 as one of the conference's major highlights, we actually managed to miss it. However, we got a pretty good description of it from a trustworthy journo who, unlike yours truly, found it possible to struggle over to the Hard Rock Hotel (you know who you are, bud) to observe it in action.
Thomas C Greene, 19 Jul 2001
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OfficeXP may break PGP

We've received anecdotal reports that the PGP icons and menus which are added to Outlook no longer work once a user upgrades to OfficeXP. This happens regardless of whether one upgrades with PGP already installed, or installs PGP after OfficeXP.
Thomas C Greene, 19 Jul 2001
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IIS worm made to packet Whitehouse.gov

Just when you thought you were finally safe from cyberwar with China, some dumb bastard has to go and create the 'Code Red' worm, targeting the White House Web site with distributed packet floods, and defacing IIS servers along the way with the inane motto "Hacked by Chinese!"
Thomas C Greene, 19 Jul 2001
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Handspring fires 40 as revenues plunge 50%

PDA maker Handspring will rid itself of 40 employees in a bid to cut costs following a "challenging" quarter, the fourth of its current financial year, details of which it posted yesterday.
Tony Smith, 19 Jul 2001
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AT&T rejects £31 billion Comcast bid

AT&T has rejected the unsolicited $44.5 billion (£31.5 billion) by Comcast for its broadband division, claiming the bid "did not reflect the full value of AT&T Broadband". It also said it was concerned with the large amount of voting power Comcast would command.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jul 2001
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Appeal Court says Napster can go live again

Napster was yesterday allowed back online.
Tony Smith, 19 Jul 2001
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Infineon raises $1.3bn

Infineon has raised 1.5 billion euros ($1.31 billion) by selling 60 million new shares.
Robert Blincoe, 19 Jul 2001
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Nokia reports 16% profit drop in Q2

Nokia has reported a 16 per cent profit drop for the second quarter.
Linda Harrison, 19 Jul 2001
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Services, ZzzSeries boost IBM figures

IBM pronounced itself chuffed with its latest quarterly figures, which record a profit of $2 billion on income of $21.6 billion. That's essentially flat, once the strong dollar is taken into account.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jul 2001
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Panasonic SV-SD75 Audio Player

Review If Panasonic is to be believed, portable gadgets are no longer just about practicality - they're stylish fashion statements to be worn as clothing accessories. So the SV-SD75 Audio Player is part of Panasonic's E-wear range and it can be worn as a watch or a pendant. In either of these guises it's not that appealing, but as a small gadget for playing music it's not that bad. We'd suggest taking it out of the blue plastic watch strap and sticking it in your pocket instead.
PC Advisor, 19 Jul 2001
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Sony, MS join UK games trade assocation

Britain's independent game developers association, TIGA, has been busy, with the group (co-founded by the likes of Elixir's Demis Hassabis and Rebellion's Jason Kingsley) notching up two new high profile affiliate members this week.
Eurogamer.net, 19 Jul 2001
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Nintendo spin chief Main to retire

Peter Main, Nintendo's executive veep of sales and marketing, has announced his decision to step down as of 1 February next year. His retirement is being scheduled so that he won't miss the crucial launch of the next-generation GameCube console.
Eurogamer.net, 19 Jul 2001
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Phoenix answers all our phone-home BIOS questions

As promised, Phoenix has answered all the questions we sent them about the controversial PhoenixNet BIOS. Now we know why it took so long to get our answers: the scheme was dying quietly as we corresponded.
Thomas C Greene, 19 Jul 2001
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BT AGM very Bland: chairman prevents war

BT's AGM in an ice rink in Nottingham turned out to be a rather bland affair. No crazed hecklers, no livid investors, just a lot of disgruntlement. And it's all due to the lumbering giant's new chairman Sir Christopher Bland. We like him more every day.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jul 2001
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SAP Q2 profits leap 78 per cent

SAP has said its Q2 profits rose 78 per cent, and that it expects that sales for all 2001 top grow by more than 20 per cent.
Robert Blincoe, 19 Jul 2001
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IT worker sacked for piracy on the job

A County Durham IT employee has lost his job for copying software while at work.
Linda Harrison, 19 Jul 2001
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MS asks appeals court to find it a little bit not guiltier

Microsoft has responded to the DoJ's claim that neither party wanted the appeals court to rehear the antitrust case by, er, asking the appeals court to rehear the antitrust case. Or at least, to take another look at the browser integration issue.
John Lettice, 19 Jul 2001
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Microsoft signs up with Egg for MSN online investment funds

Microsoft and Egg have announced a European deal today that will see MSN's MoneyChannel offer a fund supermarket from Q1 next year.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jul 2001
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Intel's gigahertz Celerons coming this quarter

Intel will indeed ship a 1GHz Celeron sooner rather than later - and phase out the desktop Pentium III more quickly than the company suggested earlier this week - if sources cited by The Inquirer are to be believed.
Tony Smith, 19 Jul 2001
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MS starting to retreat on WinXP product activation

Microsoft says it will loosen up the way Windows Product Activation (WPA) works in WinXP, and that it's going to publish details of how it works. This, funnily enough, comes just days after Tecchannel left WPA more or less a smoking ruin, and not that much longer after Fully Licensed published details of, er, how WPA works.
John Lettice, 19 Jul 2001
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Fujitsu cuts back production at Oregon plant

Fujitsu is to cut back production in its Oregon plant in response to falling semiconductor demand.
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2001
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NTL reports £115m profit for Q2

NTL has reported a profit of £115 million for the second quarter - two weeks ahead of schedule.
Linda Harrison, 19 Jul 2001
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Dell is taking $700m hit

Dell is going to take a hit of $700 million in Q2 for slashing jobs and the other measures its taken to stay sharp during the PC market slowdown.
Robert Blincoe, 19 Jul 2001
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Apple users savage lackluster keynote

There's no pleasing some folk. Steve Jobs demoed a zippy version of OS X that removes many of the speed concerns dogging the OS, announced hardware upgrades across both ranges of desktops, and played host to demos of big-name software applications from vendors who'd up until have now been pretty quiet.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jul 2001
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Cross my Palm with Linux

Linux may have already made it into the PDA market in the shape of Agenda Computing's VR3 - and don't forget that Sharp's Linux-based Zaurus is due to ship next October - but the open source OS has now come to PDA pioneer Palm's III series.
Tony Smith, 19 Jul 2001
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Intel gets ready to cut Pentium 4 prices by up to 55%

Intel said this week it is going to make some aggressive price cuts to help drive sales of its desktop Pentium 4 processor.
Tony Smith, 19 Jul 2001
DVD it in many colours

Scottish mother gets militant over mobile masts

A Scottish mother has got militant with One2One by staging an impromptu protest in a Glaswegian four-inch hole, destined to be the home of a new mobile phone mast.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jul 2001
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Boycott Adobe campaign launches

Protestors, angry about the arrest of a Russian programmer who made a speech the shortcomings of encryption methods used by Adobe, have set up a site calling for a boycott of the software firm.
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2001
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New-look Hotmail: the verdict

Well, we have been poring over the new-style Hotmail, as have you, and it would seem we nearly agree that it's an improvement.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jul 2001
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Intel's Desktop Roadmap

Updated Another day, another Intel roadmap.
Tony Smith, 19 Jul 2001
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Privacy threatening worm on the loose

A worm which appends a random document from a victim's hard drive to its body when it spreads has appeared on the Internet.
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2001
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DesktopX – killer eye candy or the great Windows desktop liberator?

After a year's public development Stardock's extravagantly ambitious DesktopX has finally reached version 1.0, and hit the download servers.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jul 2001