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F-Secure fixes scanner glitch

F-Secure has discovered a bug that can cause system crashes on Windows machines loaded with its antivirus software. In real life, the flaw is very rare - only three customer sightings in a year. Today the company has issued a fix.
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Our first look at Intel's Northwood P4

Our new Intel Northwood 0.13-micron P4 and mobo are about to go through several evaluations here at Vulture Central on Windows and Linux, and against the AMD XP-2000 under the same OS's; but we thought you'd enjoy hearing our initial impressions fresh from having installed it. We'll give you the bad news first, then the good news.
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Borland CEO recants, rallies nation

Borland's CEO Dale Fuller has taken personal responsibility for clauses in the Kylix and JBuilder EULAs that give the company the right to an end user's wife, children and a pick of their personal electronic goods.
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New Deal work programs to lead IT out of recession?

Taking its cue from Franklin D Roosevelt's New Deal, CNET has embarked on a massive works program to revive the technology sector.
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UK firms urged to join ‘ebiz clubs’

The Government has teamed up with the private sector to give a much-needed boost to ecommerce in the UK.
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Microsoft Promises .NET Links in Commerce Server 2002

Microsoft Corp yesterday released the first public beta of Commerce Server 2002, the latest component of its ambitious .NET web services strategy. The product, Microsoft promises "tight integration" with the Visual Studio.NET application development environment. The company said in a statement that the latest Commerce …

mmO2 enlists Microsoft and Handspring to wireless data cause

mmO2 Plc yesterday underlined its determination to build on what it claims is its leadership position in European mobile data services. The London-based company with wholely owned subsidiaries in Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK announced a world first roaming agreement for Microsoft services, and an exclusive …
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Intel cagey on recovery

Intel Corp yesterday further fueled expectations that the PC industry may be doing better than expected, when it reported fourth quarter results that hit the high end of its earlier guidance - Joe Fay writes. However, the company resisted analysts' calls to stake out its expectations for the year ahead, refusing to …
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Linux 2.5.2 out; USB 2.0 in

The latest installment in the Linux development tree came out yesterday with support for USB 2.0, which allows for data transfer rates of up to 480 mbps, making it a bit fatter than Apple's more popular Firewire.
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Windows Media Player must be patched to fix IE

A trivial scrap of malicious JavaScript can defeat entirely the Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P) 'protections' Microsoft has integrated into Internet Explorer 6, all because of a dodgy 'feature' in Windows Media Player (WMP).
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Tiscali sat service goes live in March

Tiscali is set to launch its broadband satellite service in the UK on March 1 - a month ahead of a similar offering from BTopenworld.
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Crackers exploit two-month old Solaris bug

Crackers are actively exploiting Unix systems left vulnerable to a two-month old security bug.
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Census site stays offline

The 1901 Census site is expected to be offline for another week or two as those behind the site undertake urgent work to get it up and running.
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Westcon buys Landis

Westcon, the distie arm of Datatec, is to become Europe's biggest networking distributor through the acquisition of the distribution business of Landis, a Dutch-owned rival.
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Channel paves way for Intel P4 price cuts (with price cuts)

The channel checkers at Fechtor Detwiler are noting strong activity to sell off Intel P4 inventory in the spot market for in advance of the chip giant's price cuts, due at the end of the month.
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Lies, damned lies and anti-virus statistics

Computer Economics has published its assessment of the damage worldwide caused by malicious code attacks in 2001 - the figure comes in at a whopping $13.2 billion.
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SGI transfers 3D graphics patents to MS

Exclusive Silicon Graphics Inc has transferred much of its 3D graphics patents portfolio to Microsoft.

Oracle security claim to be debunked – expert

An Oracle advertisement emailed last week to InfoWorld subscribers typifies the software company's newest marketing campaign. It begins with the unsettling assertion that annual computer security incidents have increased ten-fold since 1997, then lists the ways that the company's database products can defend the reader against …