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Freds and Threads knot AMD's Hammer

MPF You know you're getting older when the Freds you meet at chip conferences start looking younger.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Oct 2001
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How Sun swerved to avoid Rambus

MPF If semiconductor conferences had half a dozen Kevin Normoyles they'd be packed to rafters. Fortunately, we found one: Sun's very own project lead for its Hello-Pino USIIIi processor, and he proved fabulously good value. (Although much of what was offered can't be printed. And mostly because it defames us.)
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Oct 2001
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Win-XP denounced as terrorism tool

A computer forensics specialist warns that default security features in Windows-XP might bring civilization to its knees at the hands of pedophiles, tax cheats, and, of course, international terrorists.
Thomas C Greene, 17 Oct 2001
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Intel Q3 sales down 25%, income down 96%

Intel put a brave face on it, but its Q3 sales - described by CEO Craig Barrett as "solid... in a turbulent environment" - showed but a slight improvement over Q2 and a 25 per cent fall on the same period last year. Revenue totalled $6.5 billion, in the middle of the range the company specified in its pre-report forecast.
Tony Smith, 17 Oct 2001
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Egg to axe up to 50 jobs

Egg is to shed between 30 and 50 jobs as part of a restructuring exercise, the company confirmed today.
Tim Richardson, 17 Oct 2001
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Rambus shines through economic gloom

Rambus' fourth quarter proved to buck the trend in the chip market, showing not only sequential growth but an improvement over the same period last year. The company's figures certainly make a change from the long list of statements announcing declining sales and earnings.
Tony Smith, 17 Oct 2001
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Andradi slaps BT's broadband knockers

Ben Andradi, President and COO of BTopenworld, has hit back at critics who claim that BT's DSL service is too expensive and that the monster telco was not truly focused on broadband because of its continuing obsession with reducing its debt mountain.
Tim Richardson, 17 Oct 2001
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Apple insider trading suit expanded

Lawyers Milberg Weiss' claim that Apple directors deliberately sold $22 million worth of AAPL shares just three weeks before announcing a massive revenue downturn has been granted class action status.
Tony Smith, 17 Oct 2001
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IBM PC business takes a hammering

IBM has reported a 19 per cent decline in Q3 profits, saying sales were dragged below estimates by the global economy downturn.
Robert Blincoe, 17 Oct 2001
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Transmeta CEO replaced after seven months

Transmeta has replaced its president and CEO, Mark Allen, after barely six-and-a-half months on the job - just two days ahead of the publication of its Q3 results.
Tony Smith, 17 Oct 2001
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VIA preps Pentium 4 ‘clone’

If Intel won't give us a Pentium 4 bus licence, we'll make our own Pentium 4. That, in effect, is what VIA told attendees at the Microprocessor Forum yesterday.
Tony Smith, 17 Oct 2001
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MS-Samsung sign Windows home network, digital music deal

A Microsoft-Samsung deal signed in Korea yesterday could take the software company further into the hardware business. At the Shilla Hotel, Seoul (a venue well-known to Register hacks) Bill Gates and Samsung Electronics Digital Media Group president Chin Dae-je signed a memorandum of understanding covering co-development of home/entertainment appliances.
John Lettice, 17 Oct 2001
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Intel's Server Roadmap

Updated You might think that Intel's server processor release schedule would be settling down a little after the problems the company has had over the last quarter or so with late shipments of Pentium III Xeons and the delays to Foster, the 0.18 micron Pentium 4-derived Xeon processor.
Tony Smith, 17 Oct 2001
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Intel unveils Prestonia's successor, Nocona

Intel's IA-64 Itanium isn't going to kill Xeon - at least not before 2004. Instead, server-oriented processors based on the IA-32 architecture will continue to be developed and launched through 2003.
Tony Smith, 17 Oct 2001
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Infineon and Toshiba close to DRAM deal

Infineon and Toshiba are a spit and a handshake away from merging their DRAM production operations.
Tony Smith, 17 Oct 2001
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New MS division to push developer relations, .NET

18 months on from merging its Developer Group and Platforms Division, Microsoft is again spinning it out, this time as the Developer and Platform Evangelism Division, with the special brief to schmooze developers and evangelise .NET. VP Technical Strategy Eric Rudder is being promoted to senior VP to head up the division, which will still be a part of Jim Allchin's Platforms Division.
John Lettice, 17 Oct 2001
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IR35 ‘escape case’ knocked down by legal experts

The case of Martin O'Murphy vs Hewlett-Packard - which has been viewed by many as an effective escape to IR35 - will have little bearing on the widely-criticised tax legislation, legal experts have warned.
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Oct 2001
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Intel unwraps designer cybershirt

Move over McCartney. Give it up Ghost. Saddle up Oldfield and get out of town. Yup, the days of the celebrity fashion designer are today numbered with the news that Intel is moving into hi-tech haute couture. Chipzilla has teamed up with Helena Rosén of London's Central St Martins College of Art and Design to take the …
Lester Haines, 17 Oct 2001
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Telewest ticked off by ad watchdog

Telewest has been ticked off by the Advertising Standards Authority following a complaint from BT.
Tim Richardson, 17 Oct 2001
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Compaq preps iPaq with integrated wireless

Compaq is preparing a version of its iPaq PDA will built-in wireless networking, one the company's contract manufacturers has let slip.
Tony Smith, 17 Oct 2001
The AC130U US gunship

Tom Clancy style look at war porn software

In the absence of solid news about what exactly is going on in Afghanistan as the US, and to a lesser degree us in the UK, bomb the hell out of the country, western newspapers have inevitably turned to features about the equipment we are using to bomb the hell out of the country.
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Oct 2001
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BT and One2One lose 3G court battle again

BT and One2One have lost in their second attempt to sue the government for £85 million a piece for "lost" interest on 3G payments.
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Oct 2001
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Scumbag virus writers try to whip up ‘Anthrax outbreak’

Pond life virus writers are trying to spread mass mailing email worms under the guise of important information about the Anthrax bacteria.
John Leyden, 17 Oct 2001
DVD it in many colours

Zeus rips platform to splatter Apache

Zeus Technology, best known as the fastest Web server for static content, is trying to extend the appeal of its software outside its hosting heartland by improving dynamic content delivery with a major new release.
John Leyden, 17 Oct 2001
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Brazil beats UK in DSL stakes

When it comes to broadband, the UK is being leapfrogged by nations such as Brazil, according to the latest research from London-based Point Topic.
Tim Richardson, 17 Oct 2001
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Westlife subscription website in teen fleece outrage

Highly talented Irish gusset-moisteners Westlife have created a storm of protest over plans to charge fans a whopping £14.99 for special access to their new website. The boy band claims that subscription to 'Westlife Platinum' - due to a 29 October launch - will give hormone-crazed teens extra footage and interviews. …
Lester Haines, 17 Oct 2001
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EMC to ditch another 4,000 workers

Fresh from getting ousted by IBM at its flagship customer Wal-Mart, EMC has reported its first quarterly loss for 12 years. And it's going to can about 4,000 jobs, which will leave it with around 19,000 workers by the end of the year.
Robert Blincoe, 17 Oct 2001
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Why UK Internet had a bad hair day yesterday

LINX, the UK's biggest Internet peering exchange, has resolved a major networking problem that affected the performance of the Internet across Britain yesterday.
John Leyden, 17 Oct 2001
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AOL revenues up…

AOL Time Warner has delivered some upbeat news with the publication today of its Q3 results.
Tim Richardson, 17 Oct 2001
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Apple to launch ‘digital device’ next week

Apple will try to move beyond the computer market next Wednesday when it launches its first non-Mac product for years, something the company describes in invites to the launch as "a breakthrough digital device".
Tony Smith, 17 Oct 2001