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HP to buy Compaq for Battle of the Bulge

So this was Compaq CEO Michael Capellas' grand plan to transform the company within 180 days: sell it to competitor Hewlett-Packard for $25 billion in shares.
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Telewest halves cost of broadband installation

Telewest has halved the cost of installation for its broadband blueyonder service to just £25 as part of a one-month special offer.
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Middle East connection in £20m Sun server thefts?

Stories that Sun Microsystems kit is being stolen to order by gangs supplying Middle Eastern dictators have resurfaced in the UK press.
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HP makes Don Capellas an offer he can't refuse

Memowatch As Hewlett-Packard and Compaq announced plans to stage the biggest ever IT merger this morning, Big Q boss Michael Capellas wasted no time to blast out a trademark 2000-word memo to staff.
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Princess Fiorina kisses the Ugly Frog

Analysis You see - fairy tales do come true. For Prince Don Capellas, having butchered most of the assets he inherited from the acquisitions of DEC and Tandem, his wish of Compaq becoming a services company finally came true. Meanwhile, HP's Princess Fiorina has kissed the ugly frog - in the hope that it will turn out to be an ersatz Pricewaterhousecooper.
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Marconi saga ends as Hurn and Simpson quit

Two months to the day that Marconi suspended its shares and announced a profit warning that saw shares in the British behemoth plummet, the final bloodletting has come. Chairman Sir Roger Hurn and chief exec Lord Simpson have both quit, but not before announcing a further 2000 job cuts on top of the 10,000 already announced.
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Kingston caps ADSL usage for new service

Kingston Telecommunications, the East Yorkshire telecoms company, has angered Net users by imposing a daily bandwidth cap for its newly launched ADSL service.
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Email worm is one-day wonder

A worm, which threatened massive network disruption, has turned into a one-day wonder.
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Motorola mixes silicon, gallium arsenide for super-chips

Motorola scientists have figured out how to get bring silicon, the basis of commodity semiconductor chips, and gallium arsenide, used to make expensive, high-performance parts, to co-exist on the same device. The move paves the way for cheap chips that combine electronic and optical connections, the company reckons.
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AOL declares war on Internet Explorer

Here's a fascinating story that demonstrates just how customer-friendly AOL-Time Warner is. One of its UK subscribers - a woman who while not technically minded does know a little bit about the Internet - rang up the AOL helpline to ask a technical query.
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SirCam tops Virus charts

SirCam has retained the dubious distinction of being the most infectious computer virus for the last month.
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SanDisk redefines ‘megabyte’ in capacity con

Updated When is a 256MB CompactFlash card not a 256MB CompactFlash card? When it comes from storage specialist SanDisk, it seems.
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So what the hell does mmO2 actually stand for?

Updated Yesterday BT announced a million-pound rebranding of its wireless arm. No longer would it be plain old BT Wireless - no, it would be young, sexy mmO2. Oh yes.
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‘Hero’ loses Dixons domain battle

A self-proclaimed hero has lost his domain name battle with Dixons over a protest Web site.
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BT to cut cost of Home Highway

BT is to cut the cost of its Home Highway ISDN service to help stimulate demand for high (ish) speed Net access.
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Epson PhotoPC 3100Z

Review Epson sets a high standard in image quality and the capabilities of the PhotoPC 3100Z won't disappoint. Professionals may find the lack of manual configuration limiting, but it's a good choice for novices looking to upgrade.
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ECTS 2001 redux

A quick look at the more interesting aspects of this season's European Computer Trade Show. Things kicked off with a range of talks, from the future of graphics technology to an exploration of the Xbox's audio systems. The latter also looked at the highly optimised implementations of DirectSound and DirectMusic supported by …
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Scotland inches towards broadband heaven

The Scottish Executive has published a report into how it intends to tackle the problem of encouraging the roll-out of broadband services in rural areas.
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British schools in Net frenzy

The government claimed today that virtually all British schools were now hooked up to the Net.
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HP/Compaq should corner 26.4% of Euro PC market

Hewlett-Packard and Compaq will kick Dell off the top slot for PC and notebook sales in the UK. Assuming of course the synergy leveraged in the take over deal doesn't mean they end up selling less PCs combined than they did individually. Which is probably what will happen.
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HP/Compaq: Formula 1 sponsorship fall-out

IT hacks looking for a free trip to next year's British Grand Prix are unlikely to be happy with today's announcement that Compaq and Hewlett-Packard are to merge.
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Chip sales fell 37% in July – SIA

If the world's semiconductor companies are expecting the depressed chip market to cheer up this quarter, they had better start selling some product. Fast.
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Users petition telco over ADSL cap

Net users in East Yorkshire believe that consumer pressure will help force Kingston Communications to reconsider its decision to cap its new ADSL service.
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ECTS dies on its arse

The European Computer Trade Show (ECTS) in Docklands was a very low key affair with hardly any of the monster sized stands usually associated with the major European event.
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DivX revolution closer than you think

On Friday, we wrote a piece on the latest method for video compression, DivX, which reduces entire films at full-screen and near-DVD quality to 600-800Mb. Film studios have been making big noises about its capacity for piracy as have those that are using the latest technology to rip DVDs and make them available to anyone over the Internet.
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MS eBook cracker keeps findings secret

An anonymous developer has created a program which cracks the security of Microsoft's eBook reader software. The development puts a fresh spin on the case against Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov.
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Government Gateway – no smoke without fire?

The Government Gateway experienced a second day of inaction today.
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Princess Fiorina addresses subjects

Memowatch Not to be outdone by Don Capellas, Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina has sent out a message to Compaq employees after today's announcement of plans to merge the IT giants.