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Microsoft's crucial new hire

Bill Gates' recent company-wide memo outlining Microsoft's vision for Trustworthy Computing has generated lots of attention, both good and bad. To some, it is more Microsoft rhetoric wrapped inside a public relations campaign designed to postpone accountability for producing secure products until they can get .NET out the …
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SGI shoots the messenger

According to our favourite Chinese proverb: "When the finger points at the moon, the idiot points at the finger."
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Amazon expected to post first-ever profit

Today, the bellwether internet retailer Amazon.com Inc is expected to post a net profit for the first time ever when it reports its fourth-quarter financial results. This would be a serious bonus for the entire internet sector as it will be the first time a publicly traded pure-play dot-com retailer has declared a profit. …
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$10bn European storage services market by 2005

Global technology watcher International Data Corp has released its predictions for the storage services market in Europe over the next three years, with the expectation that it will reach $10.5bn by 2005. According to IDC, the storage services business in Europe will grow at 8 per cent year-on-year. Higher value services …
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NTL CEO set to lose control

Banks look likely to force the end of Barclay Knapp's tenure as CEO of UK cable company NTL Inc. They are demanding that he sell his controlling 51 per cent equity stake if an interested buyer can be found that can inject new funds into the company, Patrick O'Brien writes. Liberty New Media, AOL Time-Warner, Microsoft, …
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Cloud Nine blown away, blames hack attack

Basingstoke-based ISP Cloud Nine has closed its operation this morning after being hit by a crippling security attack.
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Europe foots the X-Box bill for Microsoft

It's no great secret that most of the gaming industry views Europe as something of an afterthought, despite the fact that we're already the world's second biggest market for video games and still growing fast.
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Enjoy our IBM/Sun spot the difference challenge

We have an added bonus today for those readers who enjoyed Thomas C. Greene's recent IBM pr gaffe story.
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ATI ships Radeon 7500 All-In-Wonder (in North America)

ATI is shipping the All-In-Wonder Radeon 7500 in North America. Carrying a list price of $199, the multimedia graphics card is choc-ful of PC-on-TV features.
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Rudderless Palm splits with a flourish

Former PDA idol Palm Inc has spun off its software division Palm Soft - led by former AT&T research chief and Apple veteran David Nagel - which will now report earnings separately from the hardware business.
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Northern Light has new owner

Last week, Northern Light, the well-regarded search engine business, annnounced the closure of free facilities for consumers.
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How Microsoft drove me to Linux

I bought my first computer in 1988. It was an Amstrad PC2286. It came equipped with a 12.5 MHz '286 (no slouch by any measure of the day), an entire megabyte of RAM, an immense 40Mb RLL HDD, MSDOS 4.01, and a most peculiar OS called Windows-286.
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Freeserve queries ‘leading ISP’ claims by AOL

Hostility between the UK's top ISPs took a new twist today after Freeserve confirmed that it has filed a complaint with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against AOL Time Warner.
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Linux to help police with their enquiries?

An influential UK police advisory body has embarked on a three-month feasibility study on using Linux on police force desktops throughout England and Wales.
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John Lewis to can buy.com

Never knowingly undersold British retailer John Lewis is to close Buy.com in the UK after experiencing a bumper Christmas in its own Web site.
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Kimble/Schmitz deported

Kim Schmitz, the founder of a group that made unsubstantiated claims to have hacked a Sudanese bank with bin Laden accounts, faces insider dealing charges in Germany after his fast-track deportation from Thailand.
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Dear colleague – I saw this and thought of you

Competition Let's face it, life's a struggle. You get up, you go to work, you get paid. You're not appreciated, you're in debt, the dog needs an operation and then, to cap it all, your wife runs off with the bloke from sysadmins.
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Lucent in pit, stops digging

Lucent has reported narrower losses with its first quarter results but warned it will still have to shed more jobs to get back on track.
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Wanadoo looks to broadband in 2002

European ISP Wanadoo is confident that broadband will make an impact to the French-owned business in the coming year.