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MS asks court to wait while it delays

Microsoft's lawyers clearly operate better out of court than in. The case the company made for itself during the epic Jackson antitrust trial was, frankly, dismal, but the post-verdict delaying tactics are starting to acquire a certain baroque splendour.
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Xbox not delayed by notabug in Intel mobo

Microsoft is vehemently denying that Intel has derailed the Xbox schedule by designing dud motherboards for it. The claim came in a research note from Thomas Weisel Partners yesterday morning, which said that several sources said a flaw in the boards could knock back production by three to four weeks.
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VIA launches controversial Pentium 4 chipset

VIA went and released its Pentium 4 chipset, the Apollo P4X266, as a full commercial product this morning - in defiance of dire threats of legal action from Intel.
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TV stars move in to Pig Brother sty

Top TV celebs today moved in to give the Pig Brother house a Posh and Becks-style make-over.
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Premiership football comes to broadband

Broadband outfit Video Networks has scored exclusive rights to video-on-demand broadcast of Premier League football games for the next three years.
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Palm m125 debuts on Web

Pictures of Palm's upcoming mid-range m125 PDA have leaked out onto the Web, over at PDA Geek.
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Nvidia Q2 sales, earnings up 50%

Almost all of the world's semiconductor companies may be having a tough year, but Nvidia seems to be having a fine old time of it, if its Q2 figures are anything to go by.
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AOL UK gets new CEO

AOL UK has appointed Karen Thomson to the newly created post of CEO, the online giant confirmed today.
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Was Gateway down to selling just 1,500 PCs a week in the UK?

Gateway's departure form the UK and Ireland doesn't seem to have come as much of a surprise to its UK competitors.
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Advertising Standards spanks companies over Net porn

The Advertising Standards Authority has come down heavily on two companies using porn and sex as a means to sell their wares. Nothing new there, you say. But the ASA believes Emap and Inter-Mediates have gone too far.
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24 year-old Brit charged with virus writing

A 24 year-old British man, believed to have written a computer worm that gave backdoor access to infected systems, has been arrested in a joint FBI, Scotland Yard operation.
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UK govt finally wakes up to Internet potential

In what may be the UK government's first autonomous good idea for using the Internet, the Culture, Media and Sport department has decided to produce a definitive list of all sports facilities and post it on the Web.
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Computacenter expects sales growth slump in second half

Computacenter saw profits jump 60 per cent for the first half of 2001, but warned that figures were likely to remain flat for the full year.
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Motorola fab plant shutdown affects 1,200 employees

Motorola has decided to shut down two wafer fab lines at its Arizona plant, affecting 1,200 employees. Calling it a phase-out, the mobile company said it will move staff into other jobs but there would be "some" job losses.
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Benchmarks put skids under Microsoft's IA-64 pitch

Microsoft's SQL Server VP Gordon Mangione launched a broadside here against iron age RISC yesterday that signals the first shot in the phony war for McKinley. Of course SQL Server doesn't have any place else to go except McKinley (and it successors) in the long term, as the last surviving RISC port of Windows NT was abandoned a couple of years ago.
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Wireplay up for sale

Gameplay Plc is looking to sell its multi-player games service, Wireplay, after suspending the operation last Friday.
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Calling all Vulture Central boy racers

We recently received the following e-mail from one Matt Wheeler: I am a daily reader of The Register and a fan of NASCAR racing and play Siera's Nascar 4 Racing sim almost daily. I have drawn up several paint jobs for cars and recently made one that has your logo, slogan and URL on it. I was wondering if I could get …

Intel 900MHz Xeon – too little too late

A leading Intel server OEM is privately questioning the viability of Intel's relaunch of its top of range 900Mhz Xeon processor.

The Reg Smartphone Roundup – The Verdict Is In

Who's going to win the smartphone wars? Moore's law suggests that computers would merge with phones sooner or later, and there are now three clear choices for manufacturers and users. We've had a look at the first examples of each.
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Intel Banias chipsets named

Intel's mysterious mobile processor, Banias, continues to generate scraps of information but little in the way of a full meal or even a light snack.
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AMD to kill K6, K6-II, K6-III

AMD has confirmed that it has begun the process of ending production of its older 486, 586 and K6-family processors - despite promises made last year to support the K6 line for five more years.
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Taiwan's DRAM producers agree to output cut

Taiwanese memory makers appear to have gone back to the table to negotiate an across-the-board reduction in DRAM production.
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Millions wanted to paint dark side of moon red

An artist wants to paint the moon red using laser pointers - and he wants you to help him.
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Web bugs thrive like cockroaches

Updated Use of Web bugs, or online hidden information collectors, has increased 488 per cent in the past three years, according to a survey of corporate Internet sites published today.
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More great comedy musi-visual mind-bending cartoon things

Following David Stevenson's special musi-visual treat we highlighted yesterday, a number of readers have been in touch to recommended their own favourites.
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Deutsche Telekom takes out full-page ads to explain share slump

Deutsche Telekom has taken out full-page ads in German papers today to explain to shareholders how come its shares slumped over 20 per cent last week.
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Register Reporter Required

The Register is looking for a reporter to join our London-based news team. Your patch will be the computer hardware/channel sectors.
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Best Price Poweroid 2002

Review Although clock speeds go up with increasing regularity, if you need more power than current processors can supply the only option is to use more than one in the same PC. Symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) set-ups usually involve dual configurations, although more processors can be catered for. Using two slower processors rather than one fast, expensive chip can also be a cheap way of improving performance.
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UK.Internet.com death was VNU decision

Those not diligently keeping tabs on the ever-diminishing British online news market may have missed the silent death of UK.Internet.com.
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Yankee spies are rubbish, says Senate

A Senate report into everybody's favourite snoopers the NSA has said that despite it having been given loads of money it is lagging behind in its spying prowess and has been "slow to adapt" to modern technological advances.
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Avnet says it'll be profitable by December

Electronic components distributor Avnet has posted a Q4 loss but says it will break even over the next two quarters then return to profit.
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Microsoft seeks Linux-bashing .NET evangelist

Linux-bashing remains high on the list of qualifications for a job with The Beast, it seems.