2nd > November > 2001 Archive

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MS to force IT-security censorship

Exclusive: We all know how Microsoft likes to bully its many 'partners', so it comes as no surprise that the Beast has decided to apply its partnership muscle to silence the software and network security research community.
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Letsbuyit wins €4m investment

Letsbuyit, the cash-strapped dotcom buyers' club, has secured an additional €4m from an investor. This will help it on the way to achieving expected "sustained profitability...before the end of 2002".
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HP adds 8700 to low-end Unix kit

HP continues to spread its latest PA-RISC 8700 CPU to its server range. Six weeks ago it revamped its midrange rp8400 with the faster chip, and yesterday its low-end rp5400 got the treatment.
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Linux wins access to next-generation CDs

Exclusive After months of closed-door negotiations, open source developers are now sure of royalty-free access to one of the most significant new storage formats of the future: Mount Rainier.
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The Browser Wars are back: Opera smacks MSN

Opera Software has rebuffed Microsoft's ever-shifting explanations of why the upstart browser found itself blocked from the MSN website.
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Apple sued over share dealings – again

A fourth set of lawyers seeking irate shareholders has crept out the woodwork to sue Apple for allegedly misleading investors.

IBM promotes self-healing systems

In his book, The Age of Spiritual Machines Ray Kurzweil estimates that when IBM's Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov at chess in 1997, the computer had the brain equivalent of an adult lizard.
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DoJ to cut MS ‘sellout’ deal without States' blessing?

As the cries of 'sellout' over the DoJ's proposed antitrust settlement with Microsoft grow louder, it looks increasingly likely that the 18 US States that have been party to the action will refuse to sign up for the deal, and peel off.
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SIS poo-poos Rambus chipset plan

SIS has refuted rumours that it's the mysterious Rambus licensee preparing to bring to market an alternative Pentium 4 and RDRAM-based chipset to Intel's 850.
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SIS announces DDR400, Pentium 4 chipset

SIS added a DDR400-based Pentium 4 chipset to its roadmap yesterday. But with the memory spec. as yet unratified - even DDR333 has yet to gain fill JEDEC approval - don't expect it any time soon.
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FRIACO – Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

If you were undecided whether flat-rate Internet access is helping or hindering the Internet economy, worry no longer. Because today, Flat Rate Internet Access Call Origination (FRIACO) is a good thing.
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XP hangs, AMD stomps Intel

HWRoundup Windows XP is not so happy on some older Pentium III-based notebooks, ExtremeTech says. This article has all you need to know about issues with internal modems that may hang your system.
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Microsoft sings praises of open standards

"We have to create an evolutionary approach in an open standards way" "Common standards are the things that equalise everybody" "It is very important we adopt a common standard space It is very important we work together, along a common path" A senior Microsoft executive made the above comments. No, really. What you do …
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US TV biz sues ad-zapping SonicBlue

The US TV industry is suing consumer electronics manufacturer SonicBlue for infringing copyright with its latest ReplayTV digital recorder.
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LINX upgrades for soaring UK Net traffic

UK Net traffic could increase tenfold in two years, with broadband, video-on-demand and increasing business use of the Internet, driving growth.
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Intel chooses Comdex to debut low-voltage server Tualatins

Intel will launch a new line of processors for ultra-dense servers at Comdex, sources close to the company have whispered to CNet.
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StepStone shuts down UK office, cuts back in Europe

Online recruitment agency StepStone has shut down its UK office with the loss of 135 jobs and pulled back in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Netherlands and Luxembourg to the tune of 526 jobs. The decision comes on the same day that StepStone released its Q3 results and announced a new CEO.
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NEC gives chip workers extra time out

More than 6,000 NEC chip-making employees will receive extra holidays in November and December, in a cost-cutting move.
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Amazon touts online store card

Amazon.com has launched a virtual store card, just in time for the US holiday shopping season (which kicks off Veterans Day, 11 November). And just like real store cards, the rates are fairly unattractive: the APR is 22.9 per cent, while the default rate is 26.9 per cent.
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Notebook maker dismisses Apple PDA rumour

Taiwanese notebook maker Inventec has denied it has received an order from Apple to make 600,000 PDAs.
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Robin Cook slams Bonfield BT payoff

Robin Cook, Leader of the House of Commons and President of the Privy Council, has lambasted the CEO of BT, Sir Peter Bonfield, over his financial settlement on leaving the monster telco.

S-AIT with Sony

Sony is to extend its AIT tape format with a next-gen version called S-AIT.
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HPaQ UK PC sales plummet in Q3

Michael Dell predicts high single-digit percentage growth in the PC market over the next four to five years, but his company didn't enjoy that kind of business in the UK during Q3.
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Junk mail costs lives

Spam costs UK businesses an estimated £470 per employee per year according to a email security firm MessageLabs.
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Egg scrambles MS Passport reports

Egg has downplayed reports that it will adopt Microsoft's Passport authentication technology to grant customers access to their accounts.
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BT turns on to TV

BT has made its first move into broadcasting by applying for a "non-exclusive local delivery service licence" from the Independent Television Commission (ITC). The licence - which still has to be approved by the DTi and Oftel - will allow the monster telco to provide "television services" over cable or phone networks (we're talking ADSL here).