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Online dealer makes a Komplett hash of DRAM offer

Our email inbox was inundated today with complaints concerning a bargain basement price for DRAM offered and then withdrawn post- credit card-debited sale on a UK computer dealer site.
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FIC wins eMachines PC gig

eMachines, the US maker of bargain basement PCs, has signed up Taiwanese mobo maker FIC to supply a "significant number of PC systems from its extensive range of products".
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New Tomb Raider game released in November

Lara Croft fans will have to wait until November before they can get their hands on her latest adventure.
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Yahoo! charges! for! email! services!

Yahoo! is to start charging for its email forwarding and POP3 services.
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W3C OWL proposals take flight

The World Wide Web Consortium's Web Ontology working group has published a working draft of the requirements for its Ontology Web Language (OWL). The working group, part of the W3C's Semantic Web activity, is chartered to create a language that extends the semantic reach of previous metadata efforts based on eXtensible …
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Openwave, opens back door for US mobile messaging

Openwave Systems Inc has opened a back door into the US market for mobile messaging through a service agreement with VeriSign Inc, and a new cross-network compatible version of its gateway product, Tony Cripps writes The Redwood City, California-based company was unavailable for comment as ComputerWire went to press. …
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Time preloads Tiny PCs with Supanet ISP

Tiny PCs will come pre-loaded with Supanet ISP access, following brand owner Time Computers's decision to switch from Tiscali.
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Sun to bang Java drum but J2EE 1.4 slips

Sun Microsystems Inc will attempt to galvanize developers at its set-piece JavaOne conference next week - and deflate Microsoft Corp's .NET hype - with tools and partnerships that prove Java's increased adoption in web services construction, Gavin Clarke writes. Away from the hype, Java programmers risk slipping behind …
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Red Hat forecasts strong growth after dismal year

Leading Linux distributor Red Hat Inc expects revenue to grow at least 26% to between $99.5m and $101m in the current financial year and anticipates an operating loss of $3m to $4m for the year, with the company breaking even at that level in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter to February 28, the net loss was $41.9m …
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Vendors sharpen tools to thwart DoS attacks

A new breed of security products designed to mitigate the risk of denial of service (DoS) attacks is coming to market.
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Netscape exec on IE APIs, and why hiding it isn't enough

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kottelly yesterday ruled out more trial material as "hearsay," and suggested both parties try to address one another's allegations more directly. Former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale's contribution on venture capital (a claim that it was extremely difficult for companies going up against Microsoft to get funding) was the subject of a long wrangle, on the grounds that he wouldn't say which of his contacts said this was the case.
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MS judge in shock MSWord to WordPerfect defection

In among yesterday's procedural and admin discussion from the Microsoft trial lurks a minor triumph for the non-Microsoft camp which we hope will go a little way to helping Michael Cowpland, formerly of Corel, pay off some of his fines. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kottelly (for it is she) is arranging her daily delivery of documentation from the warring parties:
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XBox 2 ‘designed with AMD processor’

Microsoft engineers are busy designing the second version of Xbox around an AMD CPU, according to Fechtor Detwiler, the Boston-based investment bank.
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Kiddie protection filter goes live

A new system designed to protect children from unsavoury content on the Internet has been unveiled today by the Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA).
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Britain is a nation of cyber snoopers

Britain is a nation of cyber snoopers. Almost nine in ten (87 per cent) of UK workers have surreptitiously read a boss's private email on at least one occasion.
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Politics or bugs behind Microsoft exec massacre?

Ballmer has the HP-Compaq media circus to thank for distracting attention from the most recent Redmond reshuffle, which leaked out on Monday.
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Netscape Online to close in June

AOL UK has finally set a date for when its subscription free ISP Netscape Online will close.
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Symantec gains heuristic patent

Symantec yesterday announced that it has been granted a patent on antivirus heuristic (automatic detection) technology by the US Patent and Trademark Office.