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Murder on the Outlook Express

Outlook Express users who also use McAfee's antivirus software have reported suffering from mysterious cases of disappearing email.

Top 10 reasons for LAN downtime

1 Misconfigured routers: devices installed incorrectly in the first instance
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Radio shrink Frasier gets toughest patient – Bill Gates

Considering the uncomfortable and dysfunctional perfomance Bill Gates put on for the trial cameras, it surely seems reckless for him to have agreed to appear in Frasier, which we understand is a TV show about, er, a shrink. But like the good conspiracy theorists we are, we've figured out that maybe it's to do with somebody who needs a shrink even more than Bill does.
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Do Androids Dream of Electric Single Sign-Ons?

The first fruits of the industry-wide answer to Microsoft's single-sign-on initiative Passport, Liberty, should go live in six months, Sun said yesterday.
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NEC, Toshiba moot anti-Hynix, anti-dumping complaints

The DRAM market is starting to get nasty. NEC and Toshiba are both deciding whether to make anti-dumping complaints against Korean memory makers - a stance that mirrors one taken by US-based Micron last month.
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Data Protection Act kicks in

The first transitional period for the Data Protection Act (1998) ended yesterday and the second starts this morning - with huge implications for all UK businesses.
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Is this the end for Web bugs and dodgy cookies?

Today (Wednesday 24 October), the second transitional period of the Data Protection Act takes effect in the UK, meaning that companies are required by law to provide all the personal data they store on anyone, if that person requests it.
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Micron chairman takes 100% pay cut

Micron chief Steve Appleton has decided he won't get paid until his company is making a profit again.
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VIA Q3 income dips deeper than analysts forecast

VIA has exceeded analyst expections of the extent to which its income would fall during its third quarter.
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Amazon.com misses Q3 hopes, warns of poor Q4

Amazon.com has released lower-than-expected third-quarter results and warned it will do the same again next quarter. It remained upbeat however, saying that it has managed to meet its target of reducing operating costs by 20 per cent and good times are still ahead.
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Are ex-Dixons staffers hogging etail?

Online Amazon wannabe BOL.com has appointed ex-Dixons Group marketing manager Tony Prescott as its new MD.
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Compaq results – oh dear

Compaq has been hit with a hefty Q3 loss - worse than the market expected, and the market wasn't expecting much - in the first results the company has posted since announcing its takeover by Hewlett-Packard.
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Fujitsu to can 4,500 workers as losses widen

Fujitsu has warned of widening losses this year as it reported declining sales in its key markets that were only partially offset by Japan's rollout of 3G mobile technology.
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Gates confirms Windows Longhorn for 2003, Blackcomb MIA?

Down at the bottom of Bill Gates' keynote to the Professional Developers Conference yesterday lies confirmation that the wheels have come off the Windows rollout wagon. Again. Actually, we all already knew that the Big One, Blackcomb, has been knocked back in the general direction of 2005, and we already knew that the interim XP+1, Longhorn, was 2003, but Bill saying it - or something pretty close to it, anyway - is confirmation that it's going quiet for a while, and there will be no interim release next year.
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New look MSN turns away non-MS lovers

Updated MSN's new look pilot site, a move to the look and feel of Windows XP, is suffering a few teething problems - some users can't get on it.
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Aussie PC charity founder in court over fraud

The founder of the Australian charity, PCs for Kids - which has been waging war on Microsoft over its OS licensing system since June - Colin Philip Bayes, has been issued with an arrest warrant after failing to turn up to a court hearing in Victoria, Australia over a fraud-related offence.
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Some nudity, swearing, violence, English accents

Tomorrow The Register launches Salmon Days, a pay-per-view live action video strip, inspired by our beloved Bastard Operator from Hell.
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Cost of ADSL to fall with DIY install

The price of ADSL is set to fall in the new year if commercial trials for "plug and play" broadband prove successful.
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Arrow shot through the heart with $159m loss

Arrow Electronics, the world's biggest electronics components distie, has reported a Q3 net loss of $159.1 million on sales of $2.2 billion. A year earlier it managed a net income of $101.9 million on sales of $3.3 billion.
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UK Net pedo jailed for eight years

A UK man, inappropriately named Lawrence Horn, has been jailed for eight years after trying to seduce a 14-year-old boy in an Internet chatroom.
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RSA WebID agent can't read Unicode

Updated RSA's Internet authentication product can be bypassed using a combination of Unicode characters which IIS recognises but RSA's security technology fails to decode.
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Deskstar 75GXP: the pain continues

Users returning their faulty hard drives to IBM for repair say they are waiting up to six weeks for a replacement.
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AMD widens Intel antitrust offensive

AMD has filed a suit to release sealed evidence from Intel's dispute with Intertrust to EU antitrust investigators.