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Huge Windows XP sales save the world

We've told you this before, but it's pertinent. A few years back The Reg ran into our old friend Mich Mathews in the Microsoft press office at Comdex. She was, she happily told us, busy writing the keynote Bill had made the previous evening. And here we go again - Mich is surely too grand these days to be doing this stuff, but Bill seems to have said some markedly different things about WinXP sales, depending...
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Marconi loses £5bn on grim trading

Troubled telecoms equipment manufacturer Marconi has reaffirmed its intentions to reduce its debt mountain to between £2.7 billion and £3.2 billion by the end of March 2002.
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Cloud Nine handbags PlusNet

A row has broken out between two ISPs after Basingstoke-based Cloud Nine branded the UK's wholesale unmetered Net access service, FRIACO, a "national disgrace".
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AMD buys 200mm wafers for Hammer

AMD has ordered shedloads of 200mm silicon-on-insulator wafers on which it's to produce 0.13 micron 64-bit Hammer processors (next year).
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Nvidia, ATI intro latest mobile graphics chips

ATI and Nvidia both launched mobile graphics chips yesterday, the first aimed at retaining ATI's leadership of this market segment, while the Nvidia part is designed to wrest the crown.

Nokia touts Sony alliance, licenses phone apps

Nokia announced a joint development agreement with archrival Sony yesterday to produce wireless middleware, and also said that it will license the source code for its key handset applications to all comers.
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Infineon loss widens on DRAM slump

Infineon's loss grew to 523 million euros ($466 million) during its Q4, 41 per cent worse than the previous three-month period.
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SMS pumps up Vodafone sales

Shares in Vodafone were up in morning trading after the world's biggest mobile phone operation posted improved intermim turnover and operating profits.
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Unlock to overclock

HWRoundup Feel the need for speed? Tom's Hardware Guide (THG) has an in-depth article describing how to unlock an AMD processor for overclocking purposes.
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HP pumps out DVD+RW PC

Hewlett-Packard is claiming bragging rights as the first major brand to hit PC retail with a DVD+RW machine.
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Open Source alive and well at O'Reilly P2P conference

The second annual O'Reilly P2P Conference, once delayed because of the 11 September terrorist attacks, went off this week in Washington DC, as a smaller affair but with keynotes from a congressman urging attendees to lobby for their fair-use rights and several companies showing off their Open Source visions for peer-to-peer.
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The skinny on super slim Compaq PC

Compaq is to start 2002 by shipping a super slim desktop PC - the system unit is 12-inches square and 2.72 inches thick.
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Travan roadmap stretches to 40GB

Seagate Removable Storage Solutions (RSS) and Imation are to extend the life of Travan tape technology with new drives and cartridges offering up to 40GB compressed storage.
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Get Walter! Hewlett Jr. smeared to save Compaq merger

If ever there was a moment when Silicon Valley's new money sought to bury the old, it came yesterday, with a classic assassination piece about Walter Hewlett, HP board member and the son of co-founder.
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Energis axes 350 jobs

Energis is axeing up to 350 jobs to cut around £20 million a year in overheads.
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Apple extends AirPort

Apple has updated its AirPort wireless networking system, with new software and a modified base-station to improve network security and accessibility.
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Four in five corporate emails are junk

A service which helps employers to assess how their email policies comply with business needs and legal requirements is launched today.
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DRAM bounces back (maybe)

DRAM spot prices have surged unexpectedly in the last five days.
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ISPA backs anti-terrorism laws

The Government has published its anti-terrorism Bill designed to tighten up security in the wake of the September 11 attacks in the US.
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Intel sparks low voltage servers

Intel today announced a new line of servers which chomp minimal power and floor space, targeted at ISPs and data centres.
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Jungle junks pre Xmas site relaunch

A software rollout fiasco has forced Jungle.com to re-launch its website in the New Year - straight after the Christmas sales retail sweet spot.
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For Palmed-Off BeOS fans, hope springs eternal

Be Inc shareholders have formally approved the transfer of key assets to Palm Inc. The deal was voted through yesterday and, realistically, only a board coup stands in the way of the transfer taking place.

To be or not to 802.11b

Wireless networking is a key theme at Comdex, with a clutch of vendors touting next gen kit based on the 802.11a standard.
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Sony, AOL in broadband romance

Sony has announced an "open broadband alliance", conspicuously uncapitalised, with AOL-Time Warner. The two giants will collaborate on a new browser and enhanced home networking for consumer devices, Sony CEO Nobuyuki Idei said at Comdex.