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Apple pulls OS X guidelines after developer protest

Apple yesterday withdrew its latest OS X development guidelines after the document raised a storm of protest.

Sun smacks POWER4 with Java benchmark

Sun doesn't like TPC-C benchmarks, but that doesn't stop it bragging about doing well in application-specific metrics. And as you might imagine, it holds great store by its Java performance.
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EB (US) moves into Sweden

Electronics Boutique of America is buying an 11-strong games retail chain in Sweden for an unspecified amount of cash.
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IR35 defence strategies – keeping the Inland Revenue off your back

David Smith is the founding director of Accountax, a specialist accountancy firm, and author of Tolleys IR35 Defence Strategies, From Contractors to Commisioners - a book that seeks to explain a multitude of IR35 defence strategies for contractors and the self-employed. He has a great deal of experience in the area of IR35, having fought more than 470 cases on the matter over the past few years, so we spoke to him about the regulations to find out what all the fuss is about.
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4m in the US face broadband blackout

More than four million broadband cable users in the US face being cut off unless a dispute between Excite@Home and cable companies is resolved.
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Micron merger hints boost Hynix shares

Investors began sniffing around Hynix yesterday after a Korean newspaper claimed the chip maker's creditor-led management team has been talking to Micron CEO Steve Appleton about merging the two companies' operations.
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Fujitsu to close Oregon Flash plant

Fujitsu's Gresham, Oregon memory plant is to close, with the loss of 670 jobs, early next year, the chip maker announced yesterday as it began notifying workers that their services would no longer be required.
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UMC wins Xbox chip supply contract

Updated UMC looks likely to sneak Nvidia's Xbox chip production contract - or a good portion of it, at least - from under the nose of its arch-rival, TSMC, sources close to the foundry have claimed.
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C&W buys Exodus biz

Cable & Wireless, the cash-rich UK telco, is buying most of the assets of Exodus, the exceedingly cash-poor US managed web hosting firm in Chapter 11, for $850m cash.
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Losses widen at Novell

Novell has reported widening losses as restructuring charges led to it recording a net loss of $94.5 million for its fourth quarter.
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Cypherpunks RIP

The Cypherpunks list, an online forum that in many ways defined Internet activism, was booted unceremoniously from its original home, toad.com, earlier this week. In an open posting to several mailing lists, Cypherpunks veteran John Gilmore all but dismissed the computer-security and privacy forum he co-founded in the early …
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Nvidia joins
S&P 500

Nvidia is to replace ailing energy corporation Enron in Standard & Poor's index of top 500 companies, the financial information company said last night.
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Industry chip technology roadmap reveals TSMC fab issues

Analysis The findings of the 2001 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) may explain why the world's largest chip foundry, TSMC, is causing some of its key customers, including Nvidia and Transmeta, to complain about its ability to punch out sufficient volumes of 0.15 micron and 0.13 micron chips.
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Greece mulls cybercafe gambling tax

The Greek Government is having second thoughts about imposing a gaming tax on cybercafes in a move that would class them alongside amusement arcades filed with slot machines.
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Boong-Ga Boong-Ga: this has to be seen to believed

If you ever doubted the Internet was making the world a smaller place, look no further than Boong-Ga Boong-Ga (translated: Smack 'Em), a new arcade game that has taken off in Japan and found its way onto the Internet.
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BTopenworld – download beats, beat up on gamers

BTopenworld will take its next charge at the holy grail of profitable online content in January with music and gaming subscription offers.
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AMD uses ads to explain QuantiSpeed

AMD is kicking off a European marketing campaign, 'A New Kind Of Fast' to promote the brand, help users understand its QuantiSpeed branding and convince them that Megahertz don't matter.
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UK's broadband future revealed Monday

The industry group set up to help drive the Government's broadband strategy is due to publish its final report on Monday.
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KaZaA claims it can't stop users sharing music

Music sharing operation KaZaA has responded to a Dutch court's order to cease infringing copyright by stating that it is impossible for it to do so.
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Dreamcast game spreads virus

A Japanese-language version of a Sega Dreamcast role-playing game has become infected with a computer virus.
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Software Imports – A Grey Area?

I'm no fan of Microsoft, and I'm also no lawyer, but I agree with some of the commentators - the Tesco/Levi case doesn't bear on Microsoft at all. I honestly think you're spinning your wheels, if that means what I think it means.
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Texan grits, True Brits and Seattle disowns Redmond

Letters Christmas is coming - the mailbag's getting fat.