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Mitnick joins Vegas hack investigation

The state of Nevada has granted the proprietor of a Las Vegas in-room adult entertainment service additional time to prove that malicious hackers are disrupting his telephone lines to benefit competitors -- a case he hopes to make with the help of his new investigator, former hacker Kevin Mitnick. Eddie Munoz is embroiled in …
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NTL ups cost of broadband wireless access

NTL has hiked the price of its yet-to-be-introduced wireless broadband service by almost a half.
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Hynix will get no help from Korean govt – Deputy PM

The Korean government intends to leave Hynix to its own devices and will not interfere with the troubled memory maker, the country's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economy, Jin Nyum, said this past weekend.
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ExciteAtHome faces financial ruin

ExciteAtHome could be on the verge of going titsup.com amid fears that it doesn't have enough cash to see it through to the end of the year.
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WinXP to RTM Friday – and go on sale September?

Microsoft CEO and the-bleeding-obvious specialist Steve Ballmer has told a conference in Sao Paulo that he expects Windows XP to RTM by Friday. And so, unless something nasty turns up, it will be.
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Peter Gabriel opens music download service

Musician Peter Gabriel yesterday launched a digital music distribution service with technology developed by his company OD2, with content from his Real World Records label and marketed under his World of Music and Dance (Womad) brand.
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Teenager finds virus, acclaimed world-saving genius

Last week the UK press fell over itself to announce that an 18 year-old British computer studies student had saved the World.
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Virus poses as antivirus utility

A worm which poses as a virus clean up utility has appeared.
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Nvidia to launch GeForce 3 MX on Friday?

Nvidia will be having a busy weekend, if information leaked to Web site M3D Zone proves accurate. The graphics company will launch the GeForce 3 MX on Friday, 24 August, followed by the GeForce 3 Ultra on Monday, 27 August.
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FBI treats ‘Good Samaritan’ as public enemy

A 'Good Samaritan' who alerted a firm about a serious security flaw on their Web site has become the subject of a criminal investigation.
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Daily Express hit by masked computer thieves

The Daily Express has been hit by a masked gang who wrecked equipment before stealing a stack of computers.
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Taiwan DRAM makers to halt shipments if prices fall again

Enough, say Taiwan's memory manufacturers, is enough - 128Mb SDRAM prices have fallen too far, and if they fall any further, we won't ship any more of them.
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Vodafone CEO faces Mannesmann merger fraud probe

Chris Gent, CEO of Vodafone, and a number of high-ranking executives in Vodafone and Mannesmann (the German company bought out by Voadfone in November 1999) are under investigation by the German authorities for fraud.
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Customer waves superglue in Evesham store

An irate customer threatened to superglue himself to the counter in Evesham.com's London showroom today, in a "where's my refund" stunt.
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Gartner Group susses out how computers are sold

Market research company the Gartner Group has finally figured out the way the computer industry works.
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14m Brits access Net from home

Another day, another bloody Internet survey.
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Penguin embraces ebooks

Penguin has jumped into the ebook format with both feet. From September it is making a large range of titles from its back catalogue available over the Internet. They includes classics from Jane Austen, Charles Dickens etc. as well as guide books, reference books and business titles (even Bill Gates' Business @ the speed of thought).
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Ingram UK back in Cisco distribution biz

Ingram Micro UK is back in the Cisco distribution business after buying the Cisco business of Sphinx CST.
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Losses triple at InterX

UK software outfit InterX today reported widening losses.
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AOL UK escapes £1.8m in tax in 22 days

Freeserve has stepped up its campaign against rival AOL UK and the tax loophole that exempts the US-based ISP from paying VAT.
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Cisco drones admit $8m stock swindle

Two former Cisco employees have admitted defrauding the company of $8 million in stock.
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Big Biz spends Big Bucks on Win2000 upgrades

Cost-cutting is top of the agenda for the next quarter, according to the latest study of US CIOs by Morgan Stanley.
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Canon LPB 810

Review Review When we reviewed this printer's predecessor, the LBP 800, it did not meet with our approval; the only point we could find in its favour was the free cuddly toy in the box. It was relatively speedy, but quality was very poor. With the release of the low-cost 810, there has been quite a turnaround, and although this …
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Globalnet spurns Italians

Globalnet Financial.com is selling itself to New Media Spark after all.
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Tool dumbs down wireless hacking

A hacking tool which can recover the encryption keys used to "protect" data sent over wireless networks has been released on the Internet.
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L1NUX number plate for sale

Updated You've Max Powered your motor - given her full body skirts, splitter, ICE system, tinted windows, chipped the engine, dropped the suspension, got some gold effect alloys, bucket seats, had a respray and removed the silencer - so what else could you want?
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ICANN approves widespread new domain cybersquatting

ICANN has officially approved widespread corporate cybersquatting for new domain name registry operators.
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AOL CD protest takes off

Eco-conscious Net users want to collect one million unwanted AOL software CDs - and then dump them at the Internet giant's US HQ in protest at what they call "needless pollution".
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Is prosecuting hackers worth the bother?

When you've been hacked, it's wise to evaluate the damage done before calling in the Feds, San Diego Supercomputer Center Security Manager Tom Perrine explained during the tenth annual USENIX Security Symposium in Washington last week, during a talk entitled "Cops are from Mars, Sysadmins are from Pluto: Dealing with Law Enforcement."
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The Demise of the Industry Standard

Few of us can recite the key details of the Industry Standard's 2001 redesign. Even fewer of us remember the 56-page launch issue published 40 months ago. We will remember the Industry Standard newsweekly as a victim of politics and greed, and nothing less than the Bible of an economy to be forever changed by the Internet.
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MS anti-piracy crew jumps on Basingstoke grey dealers

Updated Microsoft has pounced on two British PC resellers for allegedly selling counterfeit software. The resellers have called it bullying tactics and denied the charges.
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Professor tears ICANN domain dispute policy to pieces

Professor Michael Geist from the University of Ottawa has added to the cacophony of criticism against ICANN over its domain dispute resolution policies (UDRP). He has published a paper on the subject entitled Fair.com? An examination of systemic unfairness in the ICANN UDRP.
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Linux to surpass Unix ‘within five years’ – Caldera

Something funny happened on the way to the Forum. The lady who has sustained journalists with a fine expresso at SCO's annual get-together from the Cowell Room at UCSC was missing, along with many familiar faces from Fora passim. We only hope our absent SCO friends haven't ended up under the foundations of the new Students Union building on campus.
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PCs for Kids demands free MS OSes

The charity behind a Microsoft software licensing argument in Australia, PCs for Kids, seems determined to continue with its fight by seeking publicity and hoping the Beast of Redmond will back down.
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McAfee declares war on Zombies

McAfee, the antivirus division of Network Associates, has teamed up with other security firms to protect the Internet from Zombie agents and the like.