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MS rigs ZD reader poll to promote .NET

This shining jewel in the world's economy, this commercial Titan with software on virtually every desktop on Earth, this Microsoft, has stooped to rigging reader surveys to rescue the crumbling myth of its popularity.
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Guilty plea in nuke lab hack

A 22-year-old Minnesota man pleaded guilty Monday to hacking into an unclassified network at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, after reaching a last minute plea deal with federal prosecutors. Benjamin Breuninger, known by the hacker handle "Konceptor," admitted to cracking the nuclear laboratory's network in November, …
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SuSE buys off trademark extortionist

As we reported earlier, German Linux distributor SuSE was barred from distributing its product in Germany after a trademark infringement action was brought by a company which admitted it was only looking to make a fast buck.
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Tribble at the Top? Apple, NeXT grande fromage returns

Guy 'Bud' Tribble, one of the original Mac designers, has returned to Apple as Avi Tevanian's software lieutenant. His official title is VP of Software Technology.
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BT focuses on dull old broadband

Broadband is a key priority for BT this year, according to its chairman, Sir Christopher Bland.
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Legend plans European notebook launch for April

China's biggest computer maker and the Asian PC market leader, Legend Holdings Ltd, plans to launch in Europe, starting with a low-end notebook that will be manufactured on the continent by Taiwan-based First International Computer Inc. According to DigiTimes, the Taiwan electronics news service, Legend sees an opportunity …
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Search firms deliver mixed results

Northern Light Technology LLC revealed this week it is to scrap its well-regarded but low-visibility public web search service to focus on its business-to-business offerings. Meanwhile, Ask Jeeves Inc boasted of increased search usage as a result of the recently completed integration of technology from Teoma Inc, a recent …
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Game over for Playing Fields

The UK multiplayer games scene has lost another participant with the demise of The Playing Fields.
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Register merchandise Jan sale is go

It's that time of year when, although the belly is stuffed with Xmas excess, the wallet might be feeling a tad slim. So, we thought that loyal customers of our Cash'n'Carrion Reg shop might welcome the chance to pick up a few bargains.
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AOL UK pulls PC-SMS service

AOL UK has pulled its PC-based text messaging service ahead of the launch of "enhanced" services due out sometime later in the year.
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Hercules waves the ATI flag

Hercules, the graphic retail board sub of Guillemot, is to mainline on ATI chips for high-end products. It has won exclusive European retail and distribution channel rights to ATI's latest ALL-In-Wonder products.
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Donut virus highlights holes in .Net

Virus authors have created what is believed to be the first malicious code to targets Microsoft's .Net web services architecture.
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Computacenter trading is curate's egg

Computacenter, the UK's biggest IT reseller, today issued a curate's egg of a trading statement for the year ended December 31.
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Clackmannanshire collared for ‘loose’ MS licenses

Clackmannanshire Council in Scotland has trousered a settlement with the Business Software Alliance after it was caught using 470 illegal copies of Microsoft Office 97. The amount is unspecified, but it includes damages and costs.
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Actors to teach kids about Net dangers

A touring drama group is to teach school kids about the dangers of the Internet.
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‘Moron Spammer’ shot down in flames

Bernard Shifman is a computer consultant, 'moron spammer' and quick to threaten litigation when reported to his ISP for sending junk mail.
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Hacking activity plummets

Security breaches and hacking attacks have diminished in numbers since the September 11 terrorist attacks, according to data from a US government monitoring agency.
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Samsung raises DRAM prices, keeps schtum

Samsung and Hynix are to stop telling the press when they raise contract DRAM prices, according to the Korea Herald.
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blueyonder in free broadband promo

Blueyonder is offering a free month's subscription to anyone who signs up for its broadband cable service this month.
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IBM relies on SUN workstation for quantum computing

We thank SUN engineering tech James Gorremans for the following link to IBM's own PR Web site, clearly showing one of their researchers doing his quantum computations on a SUN workstation.
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DVD hacker Johansen indicted in Norway

Norwegian prosecutors have indicted Jon Johansen for his role in creating the DeCSS program that unlocked a DVD copy protection system and unleashed a series of lawsuits by the motion picture industry. The National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime in Norway (OKOKRIM) indicted …
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MTV flogs own-brand PCs to students

MTV, the formerly hip cable music channel, is to flog PC and PC-type hardware under its own brand name.
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Rambus makes money in DRAM downturn

Rambus, the pugnacious owner of all sorts of fast memory patents, many obtained legitimately, has turned in a profit for the December quarter, its Q3.