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Lone Senator thwarts Dubya's anti-terror excesses

As Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (Democrat, South Dakota) moved to ram through a Draconian anti-terror bill without debate or amendment, it came down to a single, courageous Member, Russ Feingold (Democrat, Wisconsin), who stood up and refused to relinquish Congressional responsibility.
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Yahoo! Sales! Down!

Yahoo! has emerged from Q3 with a profit - of sorts. The company has posted a pro forma net income of $8.4m (Q3, 2000 $81.8m) on sales of $166.1m, a big slide on Q3 last time around when it raked in $295.5m.
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iomart cashes in on WTC tragedy

Scottish broadband provider and corporate spyware vendor iomart has joined the rapidly-growing list of tech companies seeking to exploit the World Trade Center atrocity for a fast buck.
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Who is the Bastard?

Have you ever had a Salmon Day? One fine day we'll tell you where Episode 25 of BOFH 2001 got to. One day. In the meantime we'd like to tell you about our BOFH-inspired streaming video extravaganza.
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US Cyber-Czar makes a sound suggestion

The man who repeatedly disgraced the memory of thousands of US Sailors who died horribly in a Japanese aerial bombing with trite blather about an "electronic Pearl Harbor" has come around with a fairly sound idea for inter-governmental secure communications.
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Datatec climbs down over insider dealing fines

Two directors of Datatec, the South African-owned networking reseller-cum-distie, are to pay fines of one million rand, (about £80K)imposed for insider dealing, from their own pockets.
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ebookers.com makes travel firm acquisition

Pan European online travel agency - ebookers.com - has bought UK-based Lawson Interline Travel Ltd for an undisclosed sum.
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Failed dotcom investors' claim thrown out by judge

A New York judge has dismissed claims that Morgan Stanley and its high profile analyst Mary Meeker - dubbed the "Queen of the Internet" - had allegedly provided skewed research on a number of dotcom companies.
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Quarter looks bad for Handspring

When Handspring posts the results of its most recently completed fiscal quarter next Wednesday (17 October), it is likely to report a significant slump in sales and deep losses.
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Dixons Group Web sites still down

Updated Despite assurances yesterday, all of the Dixons Group's Web sites remain down today. The message "We apologise for any inconvenience caused, however you can still purchase from our great range of products by calling one of our sales advisors" greets all vistors to PCWorld.com and co.uk, Dixons.com and co.uk, Currys.co.uk and TheLink.com and co.uk.
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McAfee.com sitting pretty after viral outbreaks

McAfee.com, the security ASP subsidiary of Network Associates, has posted results, which show that the firm has moved into the black in the aftermath of recent viral outbreaks, such as Code Red.
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MS security glitch allowed access to customer records on web

Microsoft has pulled the plugs on an internal (but er, only sort of) customer services site after it was informed that it could be used to browse the personal data of Microsoft customers. Credit card records weren't available, but it was possible to search for names on the site and obtain personal data such as private phone numbers, addresses and sales records.
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BT kicks off 60 more Anytime users, threatens others

BT Openworld has confirmed it has kicked another "50 or 60" off its Anytime dial-up Internet service. It has also sent warning emails to hundreds more customers threatening them with disconnection unless they abide by new terms & conditions that came into effect last week.
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Apple preps 600MHz, 700MHz PowerBook update

Apple will upgrade its Titanium PowerBook G4 in a few weeks' time with a model based on the PowerPC 7440, the low-power version of the second-generation G4-class PowerPC 7450, sources close to the company have claimed.
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Fujitsu Siemens forgets about market share

Fujitsu-Siemens is to stop trying to grow market share, preferring instead to focus on making some money.
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Intel countersues VIA – again

The increasingly bitter brawl between Intel and VIA escalated last week when the chip giant sued the Taiwanese chipset maker in return for the suit VIA filed against it last month - itself a response to Intel's initial patent infringement action, brought early in September.
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MS NT 4.0 MCSEs to keep their creds after all

Today's Microsoft climb-down (haven't there been a lot recently?) will be to relent on the expiration of Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) qualifications for NT4.0, according to a report at OCWorkbench. NT 4.0 itself was retired at the beginning of this month, and the plan, announced in September 1999, was for NT 4.0 MCSEs to have their credentials zeroed on 31st December 2001, but now they're going to get to hang onto some status, rather than just becoming no-account bums.
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Marconi and Nortel forced to pull out of Formula One

Marconi and Nortel Networks are being forced out of Formula One sponsorship next season thanks to dire results this year.
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PC service gets worse and worse

Major PC companies are taking longer to resolve issues (if at all), telephone techies are less clued up on their goods, and users have to hold longer than ever to get through to them.
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Bugs fail to knock PowerPC G5 off schedule

Motorola's next-generation PowerPC processor, the 8500, aka G5, may yet make it into new Macs early next year, Apple sources have claimed.
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Napster trial judge lambasts music biz

Now here's a thing. Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, who presides over the music industry's attempt to beat Napster into line and who has, in the past, displayed strong anti-Napster zeal, has now turned around and given the music biz a tongue-lashing.
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Starbucks wireless wonder goes Titsup

Wireless network provider MobileStar canned its entire staff this week and is flogging off all its remaining assets to anyone who may actually want it.
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UK level pegging in international ecommerce stakes

The UK is holding its own in the ecommerce world, according to the International Benchmarking Study 2001.
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Lycos Asia sheds 300 jobs

Lycos Asia - a joint venture Singapore Telecommunications and Terra Lycos - has axed two thirds of its staff.
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Web server attacks doubled over the last year

Web server attacks have doubled over the course of the last year, despite increased spending on security.
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Intel's Mobile Roadmap

Updated Intel's mobile Pentium 4s, based on its 0.13 micron Northwood die0-shrink and now dubbed the Pentium 4-M, are now set to ship in March next year, when they will completely replace the Tualatin PIII-M in the Performance mobile categories.
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Intel's Desktop Roadmap

Updated It's 'all change' on Intel's desktop processor roadmap as the chip giant's latest update pushes back the release of Northwood, the 0.13 micron die-shrink, and the company drops its Rambus-based Tulloch chipset for the... er... Rambus-based Tehama-E.
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CPRM phones home

If you're expecting tomorrow's consumer devices to be as open as today's PC, you're in for a disappointment. Smartphones and connected PDAs will feature strong digital rights management technology, with CPRM tipped as the DRM software of choice for removable media.
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Tables turns on Bin Laden ‘bank crackers’

Updated The hacking group which claims to hacked into a bank connected to Osama bin Laden in the Sudan has had its own Web site defaced.
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MS preps voice over WinXP

Microsoft has hired Callserve to deliver the IP telephony service offered by Messenger in Windows XP for the European market, as well as other regions.

Lucent calls in the COPS

Lucent's Bell Laboratories has come up with software which makes it easier to use the same phone throughout the world.
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Networking bug makes Macs hang up

While Apple Mac OS X is winning plaudits for its networking support, a bug in MacOS is causing many Mac users to see red. Many are finding themselves disconnected from Windows and Unix servers after installing MacOS 9.2.1 and OS 9.1.
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UK plc hates MS licence terms (true)

This week Microsoft delayed the imposition of controversial new terms and conditions for volume purchases.