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Gaping hole in NAI's Gauntlet firewall

Experts are calling it a security manager's nightmare. For the second time in as many years, a hole has been discovered in Network Associate's Gauntlet firewall software that makes it possible for intruders to turn the security system against the very networks it was designed to protect, SecurityFocus has learned. On Tuesday …
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Micron demos DDR333 chips

Micron yesterday unveiled its own chipset designed to support the DDR333 SDRAM, part of a plan to kick-start the adoption of the memory specification.
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Merged HP will send 16,000 staff Paqing

At a news conference yesterday HP CEO Carly Fiorina said ten per cent of the combined workforce of HP and Compaq would be shed if the proposed merger clears the usual statutory and shareholder hurdles. That adds up to between 15,000 and 16,000 staff who'll be sent Paq-ing.
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PC slowdown hits Dixons sales

The slowdown in desktop PC and mobile phone business caused sales in Dixons Group stores to fall by one per cent for the 18 weeks ended 1 September, compared with the period a year earlier.
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Bertelsmann CD maker licenses anti-rip system

Midbar, the Israeli company behind controversial anti-ripping CD technology Cactus Data Shield, has licensed its copyright protection system to Bertelsmann.
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Verizon Wireless site gives up customer data

A poor scheme for logging in to the Verizon Wireless customer support Web site using a simple session ID number makes it easy for a malicious party to hijack another user's session and examine his wireless phone records.
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Profits jump 75% at Landis

Pan-European distributor Landis saw profits rise 75 per cent for the first half of the year.
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Trend gets security patent for Java code defence

Updated Trend Micro has secured the patent for a technique to detect malicious code in Java or Active X applets.
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WH Smith jumps on ebook bandwagon

WH Smith will launch an eBookstore next month with Overdrive, featuring thousands of titles if the press release is to be believed.
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Revealed! The secret memos that ignited the HP/Compaq merger

We can exclusively bring you the email correspondence that sparked the merger talks between Hewlett Packard and Compaq. Analysts have been puzzling how this unlikely pairing took place.
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British Navy embraces Web for war games

Updated The British Navy is taking the Internet to its heart in its new three-month military manoeuvres in the Gulf starting next month.
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Novell: In front or also-ran?

With Netware 6.0 about to hit the streets, IT-Analysis.com spoke to Dr Carl Ledbetter, Novell's CTO and senior VP, about the company's prospects. Ledbetter was bullish too, promising a return to former glory and hinting at further acquisitions on the horizon.
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Pentium 4 won't outsell PIII until October – Intel

Intel's projected processor shipments for the next couple of months have leaked and they make interesting reading.
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Creditors agree to 1500bn won Hynix rescue plan

Creditors of troubled memory maker Hynix have agreed to lend the company a further 1.5 trillion won ($1.17 billion) to finance the company's attempts to restructure and rid itself of its massive debt, we have just heard.
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Winners and losers from the HP/Compaq merger

Resellers hope Hewlett-Packard's positive attitude to the channel will pervade a future combined Compaq-HP while competitors hope to steal a march of the mega outfit while its energies are focused on completing a difficult merger.
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Cyborg metaphysics

A recent article of mine ridiculing popular-science oracle Stephen Hawking's preposterous suggestion that we muck about with human DNA to keep abreast of advances in artificial intelligence drew a vast number of fascinating e-mails from readers interested in the topic.
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Peer-to-peer USB 2.0 spec. washed in public

The USB Implementers Forum, the consortium of developers behind the Universal Serial Bus, has just issued the first public version of a specification designed to allow the bus to offer IEEE 1394-style peer-to-peer connectivity.
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WIPO tries to place itself above the law

ICANN-approved domain dispute registrar WIPO has got ideas above its station (again) with its review of the current system of resolution. It has come up with some recommendations for the future "misuse of certain names and identifiers in the Internet domain name system".
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Kyro III delayed, Kyro II ‘Ultra’ delayed too

STMicroelectronics' successor to its well-regarded Kyro II chip appears to have been delayed. Not much, mind - instead of an anticipated late 2001 release, we should expect it to surface early 2002.
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The world needs YOU! Stand up and be counted

Here is a great opportunity for you, as citizens of the world, to make a difference by putting your brains to good use and making a stand for the kind of world you'd like to see your kids raised up in.
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Apple sets 26 Sept. for Quicksilver dual-G4 server launch

Will Steve Jobs announce new multi-processor Power Mac servers at AppleExpo Paris on 26 September?
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Ring peace broken, world record set

Virgin Mobile today managed to net its world record for getting the most mobile phones to ring in unison.
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Sportal's Euro ops up for grabs

Troubled sports dotcom Sportal Limited is up for sale -but potential buyers need not bother trying to get their mits on the Sportal brand name or any of its URLs.
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A plague on all our networks

Virus Roundup The Internet is alive with virus infections and vendors of antivirus products have wasted no time in informing the world about them.
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Code Red busting code gets cool reception

The use of virus-like code that is geared to patching security holes on vulnerable systems has received the thumbs down by members of the security community.