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Palm ate my Dell PC

Palm has been hit with a lawsuit alleging that its HotSync synchronisation system fries certain PC motherboards.
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Palm readies m125 pro-'sumer PDA

Palm is preparing the release of its next consumer PDA, the m125, Web site PalmInfocenter has claimed, citing "two independent sources".
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Intel steps up pressure on VIA

Intel has stressed that it will consider using legal action against anyone who produces a Pentium 4 chipset without its approval.
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Vandals and phreakers plague MSN Internet park bench

Bill Gates this week become the victim of pranksters at MSN's latest UK project, the cyber-park bench.
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ATI to launch R200 next week

ATI will launch its R200, likely to be called the Radeon 2, at next week's SIGGRAPH show, one of the graphics chip specialist's partners has let slip.
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Japan arrests woman for email snooping

A Japanese woman has been arrested for allegedly snooping around a colleague's email account.
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‘If AOL UK paid full VAT it could fund heart transplants’

Freeserve has gone for AOL UK's jugular claiming that in the last ten days the US-based ISP has avoided paying £82,000 worth of VAT - enough cash to fund four heart or lung transplant operations.
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Intel to launch DDR i845 chipset this month?

Hynix has been blowing its own trumpet, claiming the 1.7 million 128Mb DDR SDRAM chips it sold in July give it 45 per cent of the market.
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Stinger: The Sneak Preview

Microsoft has a reputation of crushing all the companies who stand in its way - it's often seen as the Seattle giant that uses its software might to take on plucky start-ups and win. The company which crushed Netscape. The problem with being big and successful is what to do next. Microsoft has expanded into two directions. X-box …
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MS internal network whacked by Code Red

It's not just MSN - Code Red has just ripped through Microsoft's internal network too, according to our spies in Redmond. The unleashed worm is claimed to have whacked numerous servers on the corporate network; something of an embarrassment for Microsoft this, as it can only mean we hadn't quite got our act together on the patch front before the storm broke.
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Sklyarov case shows business outweighs First Amendment

Noted cryptographer Bruce Schneier has produced a damning critique of the way the Digital Millennium Copyright Act was used to jail Russian software researcher Dmitry Sklyarov.
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Sonera pulls out of Norway 3G

Finnish mobile company Sonera has pulled out of the Norwegian 3G market following the decision by equal partner Enitel to concentrate on its fixed-line business market and scrap its UMTS holdings.
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Mesh phone system sabotaged by burglars

UK PC builder Mesh Computers has fallen victim to burglars for the second time this year.
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Napster ist nicht tot

New Napster CEO Konrad Hilbers has given a short interview to German mag Stern assuring them (himself?) that Napster isn't dead and giving details of the site's future charging system.
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NTT DoCoMo rethinks London listing

NTT DoCoMo, the Japanese mobile company famous for the success of its i-Mode mobile system, is reconsidering listing on the New York and London stock exchanges, reports the FT.
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Summer camp set up for sacked dotcom workers

Laid off dotcom workers are been encouraged to forget their problems and go to summer camp.
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ISA links up with Daisytek

ISA International, Europe's biggest computer supplies distie is joining forces Daisytek, in a move that will see its US counterpart take over the company.
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SiPix Mobile

Review We've seen a number of small, portable printers before, but nothing quite like the SiPix Mobile. It has its roots in the belief that road warriors still like to work from hard copy. It can be connected up to a notebook or PDA via an infrared or serial connection, allowing you to print out from either.

Dell tops (Intel) server satisfaction poll

Dell has topped the Technology Business Research Q2US corporate customer satisfaction poll for Intel servers, desktops and notebooks.
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Meet Marvin, the paranoid Web server

Dutch fans of author Douglas Adams have set up a script on a Web server that returns errors in the style of a famous character from the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
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Old code defeats new CD anti-ripping technologies

Macrovision's SafeAudio and Midbar's Cactus - both new technologies designed to prevent CDs from being copied successfully - may have been defeated by software released over two years ago.
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BT sacks 4000 in German cost cutting

BT is to get rid of 4,000 staff at its German mobile subsidiary Viag Telekom - 13 per cent of the total work force.
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Microsoft releases Content Management Server

Earlier this summer Microsoft acquired the Canadian company NCompass and its Resolution content management product. This has now been released as Content Management Server (CMS) 2001.

PC gloom to continue through to 2003 – IDC

Intel's hopes that September's back-to-school sales period and the arrival of Windows XP on 25 October - plus the Pentium 4 price cuts it's set to make on 26 August - will reinvigorate PC sales aren't shared by market watcher IDC, it seems.
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El Reg's favourite Haxploitation films

After our recent stories listing films featuring hackers or hacking (see The Reg guide to hackers in film and Haxploitation: the complete Reg guide to hackers in film) we thought it only right that we come up with a top ten list for you to disagree with.

Oftel gets touchy feely

In its crusade to become the most loved UK watchdog, Oftel has taken touchy feely to new lengths. In a new set of guidelines, the winged watchdog (which should be checking up on the telecoms sector) plans to spend so much time asking us, the public, what we think that it will hardly have any time to do any enforcing.
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‘How can you have a shooting in England’

Shooting Rampage disrupts Reg ops
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Captain Cyborg crops up in Focus magazine

Captain Cyborg aka Kevin "Wally" Warwick has managed to sneak back into the country and continue his self-publicising tour of gibberish masquerading as science.
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Channel laughs at Compaq $20m rebate fraud lawsuit

Compaq accuses brokers of $20m rebate fraud
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Powerful supercomp grid for US boffins

Four US research centres are to be linked to create an interconnected series of Linux clusters capable of processing 13.6 trillion calculations a second.
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Readers Letters ‘You are a blackard of the first water’

Elizabeth the Queen Mother is dead