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French taxpayers sign up for eDirectory

Novell has won a contract to supply the infrastructure software that will allow 35 million French taxpayers to file their returns online.
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NASDAQ ejects tech economy poster children

The music's stopped on this year's game of musical chairs at NASDAQ and some of the most lauded poster children of the tech economy have failed to find a seat.
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A plague on all our networks

Incidents of virus-infected emails have soared to unprecedented levels this year with an estimated one in 370 messages containing malicious code.
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NTL slips as market gets jitters

NTL Inc's share price dipped $0.11 (15.49 per cent) to $0.6 cents in early morning trading following a weekend of speculation about the cableco's future.
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M&A on the up, grab it while you still can – Gartner

The software business is entering a period of consolidation, says research outfit Gartner, and companies should seize the chance to get bought (or indeed, to buy) while they still have the chance. Since 1998 Gartner says 25 per cent of leadfing software companies have been involved in mergers, acquisitions or divestitures, and this will climb to 50 per cent by 2004.
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Intel's ‘cut off air supply’ man to return in MS hearings

The nine US States pushing for tougher remedies for Microsoft have unveiled their provisional witness list for March's hearing, and although there are two familiar faces from the earlier phases of the trial, they've clearly decided to cast their net rather wider. This makes sense, given that the States are effectively trying to achieve make a fairly broad-ranging set of remedies stick, while the aim during the main trial was to prove Microsoft guilty of a number of specific misdeeds.
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Palm revs wireless plans with TI deal

Palm has revived its smartphone ambitions with a significant two-part deal with Texas Instruments. "Palm branded" devices should appear within a year promises Palm. Although Palm didn't exactly swear that these would be phones as such, and instead talked of applications such as er, biometrics, the phones logically ought to follow, as we'll see.
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FBI surveillance bonanza in BadTrans.B worm

Millions of Outlook and Outlook Express users have been infected by the BadTrans.B worm, which logs keystrokes in every open window and periodically sends the log files to one of several e-mail dumps, presumably for later retrieval by nosey hackers.
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Mandrake 8.1 easier than Win-XP

Windows addicts curious to see how the other half lives but wary of the installation challenges Linux is supposed to present will find Mandrake 8.1 considerably easier to install and configure than Win-XP. It's quite nearly Harry Homeowner-proof.
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NEC to shut Scottish plant

NEC is to close its Livingston plant, with in the loss of 1,260 jobs.
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Salmon Days Declaration Of Principles

The Register caught up with Salmon Days at its exquisitely-restored palazzo in the hills above Florence to ask about its hopes for the future...
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Micron swoops on Toshiba DRAM biz

This is a turn up for the books. Micron is buying Toshiba's commodity DRAM business, in effect setting the long-predicted consolidation of the memory industry in train. To be precise, Micron is buying the assets of Toshiba's US DRAM operations for an undisclosed sum, while Tosh is to stop making commodity DRAM and is phasing out production in Japan.
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Broadband use in UK to triple next year

Broadband take-up in the UK is to triple next year, according to crystal ball-gazers at Jupiter MMXI.
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Women fail safe text test

Three out of five mobile users have sent messages they regret when they sober up. And women are worse offenders than men.
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Roxio, EasyCD and Windows XP – the true story

Roxio has come under sustained fire from users (and indeed The Register) for its failure to get apparently simple things like writing CD burning software for Win2k right first time, and for possible rapacity when it comes to getting people to cough up for the latest version of the software when actually, it might be a pretty trivial exercise to get the old version of the software to work with Microsoft's latest and greatest. Plus, the Adaptec spin-off has a major mindshare problem with the cognoscenti of the CD burning world, who reckon EasyCD is pants, and you should really be using Nero.
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Sainsbury's spams its way into mobile phone market

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's appears to have committed the cardinal netiquette error of spamming. An unsolicited email apparently sent on behalf of "Sainsbury's Mobile" (which is not as far as we can make out an operation that has yet entirely gone public) has been received by numbers of Usenet old lags smart enough to have an email address they use specifically, and only, for Usenet postings.
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Peer-to-peer USB hits the road

The USB industry standards group, the USB-IF (Implementors Forum) has formally published the specification that describes how USB-equipped peripherals can to talk to each other directly. At present USB devices need to communicate via a host controller, which involves a PC or a Mac. The move was mooted in March, and a draft of the revision circulated by USB-IF in September.
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Store giant tries to shut very cross dresser protest site

A lorry driver fired for wearing women's clothes away from work is firing back with a web site attacking his former employer, Winn-Dixie Stores. The US supermarket chain is seeking to shut it down.
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RSA supplies answer to drive-by hacking?

RSA has improved the algorithm underpinning the security of wireless networks. This could halt 'drive-by hacking' in its tracks -depending how it is implemented.
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Salmon Days are here again (kinda)

Salmon Days, the BOFH-inspired vidstrip comedy epic, is winding up for another fun-filled episode.