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FBI cyber-brainiacs infect themselves with SirCam

We've long been at a loss to identify a single job that the FBI's elite Net-security squad at the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) performs adequately.
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Watchdogs file Win-XP complaint with Feds

Watchdog groups the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Junkbusters have filed a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), asking that the launch of Win-XP be postponed due to privacy threats.
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More jobs to go at BT

BT has upped the number of job cuts to 6,000 from a previous 5,000. The new cuts will come from its Internet services arm BT Ignite where 1,500 people will be offered voluntary redundancy.
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Microsoft reshuffles Windows roadmap, full .NET delayed?

Microsoft will fire out an intermediate release to Windows XP and push back Blackcomb, which was supposed to include full .NET plumbing, to 2003 or 2004.
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Scoot lives to fight another day (or two)

Scoot.com has staved off collapse - for an entire month.
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Infineon samples low power Mobile-RAM for PDAs

Infineon has at last begun sampling the 128Mb Mobile-RAM chips - low power SDRAM parts developed specifically for PDA applications - that it announced last February. M-RAM samples had been scheduled to ship during Q2.
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NEC feels the pain

NEC has said its Q1 profits have plummeted 72 per cent due to falling chip demand and flat panel display price drops. It has posted net income of 800 million yen ($6.46 million), down sharply from 3 billion yen ($20 million) posted a year earlier.
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Fujitsu plans on sacking thousands

Fujitsu has said its is going to lose ¥220 billion ($1.78 billion) for the year and axe thousands of jobs. But it is planning a major restructure and has said it's going to take a ¥280 billion ($2.26 billion) special loss for the first half of the business year to next March to pay for it.
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SGI to axe a quarter of its workforce

SGI most recent results, for its fourth fiscal quarter, may have met the company's expectations but they are still sufficiently poor to force the company to expand its cost-cutting programme - by laying off 1500 staff in addition to the 1000 already sent pink slips.
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Upbeat Qualcomm still minting it in

Qualcomm lost its President and COO and shelved plans to spin off its chipset business this week, but the telecommunications industry's answer to Millwall FC, "No one likes us - we don't care", is in the kind of financial shape many would envy.
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NTL warns of 5000 UK layoffs

NTL has warned it will slash up to 5000 jobs in Britain over the next two years.
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AMD to take Mobile Athlon 4 to 1.3GHz by year's end

AMD is set to accelerate its mobile Athlon 4 processor to 1.1GHz in the coming months, with 1.2GHz and 1.3GHz versions of the chip coming in Q4.
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Matrox RT2500

Review If you want an example of how far consumer technology has advanced over the last few years then look no further than the world of digital video (DV). Compare, for example, the dodgy picture quality of the first batch of home video camcorders with the pristine images that you can now get from DV cameras costing as little as £500. Even better, take a look at what £699 worth of desktop video-editing gear will get you.
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DRAM scammers target UK trade

DRAM scammers seem to have got hold of a copy of the trade publication Computer Trade Only and are phoning up advertisers trying to buy memory on stolen credit cards.
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BT cuts price of DSL, gets arse in gear

BT has come good on its suggestion last month that it would cut the price of ADSL, by announcing a £5 a month cut in its IPStream 500 broadband service today. The service will cost £30 a month from 1 September.
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Intel to launch enhanced mobile Pentium III CPUs on Monday

Intel is expected to launch its first mobile Pentium III processors produced using a 0.13 micron process on 30 July - this coming Monday.
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IT worker faces jail for installing screensaver at work

A US computer consultant faces up to 15 years in jail after installing screensavers on computers at work.
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Symantec fails to stop SirCam

The SirCam worm has revealed weaknesses in anti-virus protection relied on by many firms as a first line of defence against viral infection.
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Purchasing holds B2B market steady – but i2 doesn't notice

Purchasing must rank alongside human resources as one of an organisation's most dull activities. But since the New Economy made anything that entails email interesting, purchasing is a hot topic - especially now that they've given it a new acronym - B2B. It's when one company buys stuff off another company. And apparently, despite the huge setbacks, it is going to boom after all.
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All hail Halle Berry!

Can you hack while getting a blow job?
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You all excited about Big Brother tonight?

Tonight will see the UK joined together in celebration because it's the final day of Big Brother [who's it gonna be? Rod, Jane or Freddy?] But while the vacant drones jump up and down in excitement, a core group of people - clearly pigeonholed as those with autonomous thought - will be simply delighted that it's over and sanity can return.
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Transmeta hit with second securities fraud class action

Transmeta has been hit with a second securities fraud class action suit filed on behalf of shareholders frustrated with the company's ability to ramp up clock speeds.
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Linux PS2 website speaks with forked tongue

PS2 Linux Kit heading for the US?
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Jam tomorrow for broadband suppliers

Yesterday, Adaptive Broadband, a California maker of wireless broadband equipment, went bust. The company filed for Chapter 11 and is winding down operations. Maybe someone will buy the technology.
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BT will fail 20ft ADSL challenge

BT cuts price of DSL, gets arse in gear
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The most ridiculous computer application in the world?

You're gonna love this one. Some Texan professor has built a computer that can tell suicidal tendencies in poets. Yep, by analysing the works of famous poets, the computer has found differences in the way they used the language than those that didn't top themselves.
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Logitech mouse is female – official

Logitech flogs 500,000 emasculated mice
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867MHz Power Mac G4 clocked to 1GHz+

A Japanese 867MHz Power Mac G4 owner claims to have souped his machine up to 1.067GHz with a simple (ish) flip of a few resistors on the new machine's motherboard.
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Readers' Letters Oi, Blincoe, suck on this!

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AOL-Time Warner first in there following MS step-down

Microsoft's step-down over forcing PC companies to put its icons on Windows desktops and Start menus has been immediately snapped up by - guess who? - AOL-Time Warner.

Suicidal GPRS pricing puts 3G at risk

GPRS is a flop so far, and astronomical pricing models introduced for such 2.5G services are putting the 3G adventure at risk. That's what analysts Yankee Group conclude after a new study of the European GPRS tariffs.
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Today is Sysadmin Day

System administrators - often taken for granted or ridiculed for their techie habits - today get their chance to feel loved.
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Top US execs pressure Congress to withhold Net privacy law

Top execs from IBM, General Motors, Amazon.com and Proctor & Gamble put pressure on the US Congress not to draw up legislation aimed at protecting customers' privacy while shopping online. The companies argue they can look after people's privacy themselves.
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Four new ways to stuff someone's Win machine

MS Bug Roundup: We've seen another spike in Microsoft security bulletins during the past few days. Funny how these things seem to run in cycles....