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Sun revs Jini

What with the holidays, there isn't much of December left. But Sun promises us that a new version of Jini, 1.2, will be released before the year's out.
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Qualcomm bungs Handspring a $10m bonus

Cellular headbangers Qualcomm today made a $10 million investment in PDA manufacturer Handspring. Handspring hinted that the money may also be used to make "complementary" acquisitions.
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Worst year ever for semiconductors

This was the worst year ever for the semiconductor industry, with all top 10 players registering big revenues falls. In total semi sales will come in at $152bn in 2001, 33 per cent down on 2000.
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VIA goes faster with C3

VIA has launched a 933MHz version of the VIA C3, the fastest version yet of its low-cost, low-power CPU.
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Finnish city closer to switch from Windows to Linux

The Finnish city of Turku has moved closer to switching to Linux, following a preliminarystudy of the platform's suitability. Turku kicked off the investigation earlier this year in response to Microsoft's new licensing terms and conditions, which Turku estimated would cost it €1-€2 million.
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Palm bleeds gently with $54.2m loss

Palm has turned in Q2 results that are slightly less horrible than expected. Analysts had called it as a loss of 7 cents a share on $280 million revenues, whereas it turned out to be 6 cents on $290 million. This still adds up to a loss of $54.2 million in a quarter that includes holiday sales, and still leaves Palm with an unpleasantly large pile of unsold stuff.
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Woman seeks husband by auction – again

Kay Hammonds's at it again. The 24-year-old blonde "Internet entrepreneur" from Birmingham has put herself up for auction in a bid to find herself a husband.
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B1 OFH number plate for sale

Stuck for a Yuletide gift for that special BOFH in your life?
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MS-friendly Comcast buys AT&T Cable

Comcast will buy AT&T cable for $47 billion in stock and $25 billion in liabilities, creating a cable behemoth twice the size of AOL Time Warner, it was confirmed late Wednesday.
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PayPal spoof site sought credit details

A rather poor spam memo urging PayPal users to log into a spoof site and claim a five-dollar credit by 'updating their records' (i.e., giving up their credit-card details) appears not to have fooled many people.