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Reg readers take the Intel A train

Letters My observation about Intel's use of 'A' to differentiate between two P4 processors, both clocking at the same speed, drew a large and mostly disapproving, response. First, a summary of the lines of attack, and then we publish some letters.
Drew Cullen, 15 Mar 2002
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VIA takes on Intel (again), moves into China

CeBIT VIA Technologies pulled out all the stops at CeBIT yesterday with launches in five product families.
Drew Cullen, 15 Mar 2002
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Worm turns Japanese

A worm which tries to disguise itself as a security patch is hitting Asia particularly hard.
John Leyden, 15 Mar 2002
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Vodafone MMS deal up for grabs as Ericsson fumbles?

The world's largest mobile operator Vodafone Group Plc is being forced into a major reversal over the award of a key contract to supply software and systems for mobile multimedia messaging (MMS) to nine of its international subsidiaries. The deal was awarded to Swedish mobile equipment vendor LM Ericsson AB, and was valued …
ComputerWire, 15 Mar 2002
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US recovery fails to filter through to Oracle

The US economy may be showing sparks of life, but they have yet to re-ignite the market for Oracle Corp's software, the database vendor revealed yesterday. The Redwood Shores, California-based vendor revealed third quarter results yesterday that showed sales were down 16.6% to $2.2bn. License revenues in the quarter ending …
ComputerWire, 15 Mar 2002
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AOL switches from IE to Netscape in beta test

AOL has - finally - shipped a beta of its software that uses Netscape technology rather than IE. This suggests, barring major breakages in the interim, that the company could contrive a defection from the Microsoft camp with the rollout of of AOL 8.0 software later this year.
John Lettice, 15 Mar 2002
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BT mulls adverse ruling over hyperlink patent

BT's legal battle with US ISP Prodigy over the telco's claim that it owns the patent to hyperlinks received a knock yesterday, following an initial ruling by a US Federal Court.
Tim Richardson, 15 Mar 2002
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ICANN abolishes Net democracy, but Esther steps in

As expected, the domain name quango ICANN yesterday affirmed its commitment to "meaningful participation and representation for individual users" by abolishing the board elections in which you or I could vote for who sets key Internet policy.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Mar 2002
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DoCoMo to kick off 802.11b trial

NTT DoCoMo, the company currently blazing the trail with 3G mobile phone services in Japan, is to run a trial of 802.11b wireless LAN services over the next three months, according to a Reuters report.
John Lettice, 15 Mar 2002
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Ali G prank recording breaks into BT help line

BTopenworld has launched an investigation into how an offensive Ali G-style message appeared on a recorded telephone help line.
Tim Richardson, 15 Mar 2002
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Affinity expands Down Under

The UK's Affinity Internet Holdings plc is to acquire Australian ISP Phoneware Online Pty Limited, in a paper deal worth around A$600,000 (£221,000)
Tim Richardson, 15 Mar 2002
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Old Morpheus still works for unhacked users

Updated Older versions of the Morpheus file sharing utility still work, Register readers have discovered to their surprise.
John Leyden, 15 Mar 2002
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Back Orifice for Unix flaw emerges from obscurity

A vulnerability involving an obscure UDP protocol might permits crackers to obtain remote control of Unix workstations, security experts have warned.
John Leyden, 15 Mar 2002

SGI opens fire on parked Sun graphics scooters

Silicon Graphics Inc has responded to Sun's graphics workstation announcement with guns blazing. Sun launched a very nice piece of kit earlier this week, the Sun Blade 2000 which takes top spot in the floating point benchmarks. With its new MAJC-based graphics accelerator it should compete very well in the CAD market. But Sun's focus on visualization, and explicit references to SGI's visualization business, has ruffed feathers in Mountain View.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Mar 2002