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Intel apologises for Bluetooth gaffe

Intel has apologised for saying that the Bluetooth wireless protocol is dead. It isn't, and this is all a terrible misunderstanding, it seems.
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VIA sues Intel, claims ownership of Pentium 4 patents

We were sure it would happen when we read on Saturday that Intel had finally set its legal dogs on VIA (see Intel sues VIA over chipset upset) over the chipset maker's use of Pentium 4 bus technology. Sure enough, VIA this morning announced it's suing Intel back.
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Dell pre-announces Palm m125

Dell appears to have announced Palm's upcoming m125 PDA before Palm itself has had a chance to do so.
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Remember the Alamo!

Register believes MS worships devil
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Register believes MS worships devil

Time for a touch of that Friday feeling. You know the sort of thing - you write an erudite and well-reasoned piece and then you get blasted by some nutter.
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Intel Pentium III to die on 7 December

The desktop Pentium III will officially cease to be on 7 December. That's the last date on which Intel will accept orders for chip.
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Nildram cuts cost of business-based broadband

There are further signs that the broadband marketplace is becoming more competitive following Nildram's decision to cut the cost of its ethernet-based 'S' series range of broadband products.
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Intel's Mobile Roadmap

Updated Updated January 2002 ·1.26GHz Pentium III-M - 0.13 micron Tualatin, 512KB L2, 133MHz FSB ·933MHz Mobile Celeron - 0.18 micron Coppermine-T, 133MHz FSB February 2002 ·1.5, 1.6GHz Mobile Pentium 4 - 0.13 micron Northwood, 512KB L2 ·Chipset: i845MP Q1 2002 ·850MHz Low Voltage Pentium III-M: 0.13 micron Tualatin, 512KB L2, …
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Micron to donate $120m shareholding to charity

Memory maker Micron Technology will take a $120 million hit when it reports its fourth quarter results thanks to a share donation it's making to its non-profit making subsidiary, the Micron Technology Foundation.
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Psion WaveFinder saved by software that works?

Psion's WaveFinder digital radio system, launched almost a year ago, is a good idea in theory. Plug the weird blue combination box and antenna into a USB port and you get a cheap route into DAB (Digital Audio Broadcast) that allows you to listen and record as you sit by your PC. Except that you'll probably get to do a lot more sitting by your PC and a lot less working at it, because Psion's WaveFinder software is the IT equivalent of an inadequately tested elephant tranquiliser, complete with unfortunate and unexpected side-effects.
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ICANN: Performance and cocktails

ICANN meeting In the fourth part of our exclusive diary from the ICANN meeting in Uruguay, Andy Duff - the director of policy and marketing at New.net - recovers from a heady mix of cocktails and politics to take a step back and review where ICANN is going and who ought to take it there.
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ICANN: It's my party and I'll cry if I want to

ICANN meeting This is the fifth and final instalment of our exclusive diary from New.net's director of policy and marketing Andy Duff on the ICANN meeting in Uruguay. Having met up with all the combatants, sorry constituencies, and told of trouble brewing; demonstrated just one aspect of ICANN's bureaucratic and self-serving processes; and chewed over the future of the organisation, Andy spends his last day in Montevideo having a few lagers and a chin wag with some of the lead players
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Mobo makers' shipments shot up 20% last month

August has been a good month for Taiwan's mobo makers if no one else in the PC business. On average, they report last month's sales were up 20 per cent on July's figures.
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Click here to calculate how much Win XP will cost you

With a month to go until Windows XP springs to life, many IT users are still unsure if the benefits are worth the expense of upgrading.
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Code Blue targets Red China

Stand by for Code Blue, a cunning new worm which seeks out systems infected by Code Red and reprogrammes them to launch against targets based in mainland China.
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Has Ken Kesey infiltrated BBC News online?

Eyebrows were raised when ancient Scottish waves swept inland. The revelation that mosquitoes like sweaty people raised a few mumbles. When a bloke decided to put a clock on top of his own mountain, it seemed rather far out. But it came to a head when a million kids apparently jumped in the air at the same time, a scientist said the world could turn to jelly in an instant and MIT spoke of learning something from following people's mouse movements.
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Compuserve not for the chop – AOL UK

AOL UK has denied it is to close CompuServe following last week's news that the Internet company is set to axe 50 jobs.
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Netcraft Web Survey: August 2001

Top Developers Developer July 2001 % August 2001 % Change Apache 18382308 58.73 17874757 58.08 -0.65 Microsoft 8099757 25.88 8146372 26.47 0.59 iPlanet 1345566 4.30 1321544 4.29 -0.01 Zeus 793587 2.54 811406 2.64 0.10 Active Sites Developer July 2001 % August 2001 % Change …
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Rock Agenda Si

Review Rock is best known for offering speedy performance at a competitive price. The Agenda Si breaks with this tradition, but with this expensive price tag comes a top-notch specification, and it's well worth a look as a serious desktop replacement.
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War breaks out over Afilias cock-up resignation

War has broken out following the surprise resignation of board member Robert Connelly from Afilias - the registrar in charge of the .info top-level domain.
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MS tries to spin up a deal with DoJ

Just days after the DoJ said it wasn't going to continue asking for Microsoft to be split, the spinning has recommenced in earnest. It started on the wires over the weekend, and according to a story in today's Wall Street Journal the company is preparing a settlement proposal for submission to the government, but is so far keeping quiet about what it's actually going to contain.
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Expensive PCs curb Net growth

The high cost of PCs is still a major barrier to the widespread take-up of the Internet in Europe, according to research from Jupiter MMXI.
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Stealth encoding bypasses IDS protection

Cisco's Intrusion Detection System (IDS)is not the only technology that fails to protect IIS Web servers against stealth unicode attacks.
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‘Killer DMCA’ to mandate digital-rights compliant hardware

The bad news couldn't be clearer: "It is unlawful to manufacture, import, offer to the public, provide or otherwise traffic in any interactive digital device that does not include and utilize certified [DRM] security technologies."
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Federal Trade Commission probes Rambus, Sun

The US Federal Trade Commission is sniffing around Rambus and Sun to see if it can find any evidence that both companies failed to disclose relevant patents pending and those already held while working with industry organisations to set standards.
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Intel launches i845 Pentium 4 PC133 chipset

Intel formally launched its Pentium 4-oriented, PC133-based i845 chipset - aka Brookdale - today, as world+dog has been expecting since it began shipping several weeks ago (see Intel to launch i845 'Brookdale' on Monday).
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di Caprio touts gorilla-friendly mobile phones

Updated Movie star Leonardo di Caprio is to be the face of a new campaign for "gorilla-friendly" mobile phones. What the hell does that mean? Phones with larger buttons for gorillas to use? Nope, it's all to do with coltan.
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Worldwide PC sales fall in 2001 – IDC

Analysts have warned that PC sales for 2001 are likely to be far lower than feared, thanks to weak demand in the US and Japan.
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Vendors beat up on Grey Market

Compaq and Hewlett-Packard are putting their weight behind an organisation aimed at discouraging consumers from buying grey market products.
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Spam puts PayHound in the privacy doghouse

Web payment firm PayHound sent out a promotional email last Friday (Sept 7) that revealed the addresses of thousands of recipients to its mailing list.
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For hire: Compaq's iPaq engineering team

Compaq's iPaq PocketPC development team seems to be so unhappy with the upcoming merger with Hewlett-Packard, they have en masse offered their services to the highest bidder on the online job search site The Vault.
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Reg corporate anthem competition results in full

When we recently invited Reg readers of a musical bent to pen a Vulture Central corporate anthem, little did we suspect the lyrical talent that lies latent beneath the surface of IT. The challenge was simple: encapsulate in song the wonder that is The Register; set it to a well-known tune; and lay off Microsoft. Sadly, …
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Independent film-makers waking up to DivX

Independent film-makers are waking up to the possibilities that DivX presents, with a joint announcement between DivX Networks and Strand Releasing threatening to spark an escalation in films available for hire over the Internet.
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Judge trumps bureaucrat over workplace surveillance

A federal judge has succeeded in shaming a federal bureaucrat into backing away from a scheme whereby court employees' Internet use would be monitored in the name of workplace efficiency.
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UK ecommerce revenues leap like a dachshund

E-commerce in the UK accounts for just two per cent of total sales, according to official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
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It's BOFH Disaster Recovery Time

Episode 23 Episode 23 It's Thursday, Payday, and The Boss has his bee in a bonnet about something. You can tell, because he's wandering around outside the office rehearsing his lines like a C-grade actor. "Morning, How are we all?" he Lou-Diamond-Phillips' us. "Hello!" The PFY responds graciously, dragging a chair over for The Boss to …

Jeremy Allison sambas out of VA

Jeremy Allison, joint lead of the SAMBA project, is weighing up offers after being made redundant by VA Linux Systems on Friday.