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Scientologists gag Google

Web search outfit Google has caved in to demands from the 'Church' of Scientology demanding that it delete URLs from its database directing Web surfers to certain pages maintained by Xenu.net, a well-known CoS critic.
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Hello WinXP SE: Microsoft reshuffles roadmaps, again

Exclusive Microsoft has reshuffled its roadmaps once again, and begun briefing partners and customers to expect an interim upgrade to Windows XP, dubbed XP "SE", in the first quarter of next year.
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DRM hardware law gets new life, new name

A piece of legislation proposed by Hollywood sock puppet Sen. Fritz Hollings (Democrat, South Carolina) requiring all electronic devices to contain copy-protection has finally been introduced, after being renamed to sound like something positive.
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Captain Cyborg Lives!

Kevin Warwick, the nutty professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading, has moved one step closer to man machine mind meld. He's had a microchip implanted into his arm, in a "ground-breaking attempt to create the world's first integrated data link between man and computer".
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Dixons sues Time over ComputerWorld name

The Dixons Stores Group has fired off solicitor's letters to the Time Group telling it not to rebrand its shops as the The ComputerWorld. This name is too close to that of Dixon's PC World chain and could cause confusion, DSG claims.
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BTo botches billing for cut price DSL

BTopenworld has promised to refund its broadband customers after its billing system failed to charge users the new lower rate for the ISP's DSL service.
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AT&T launches m-mode (like i-mode but different)

AT&T Wireless Services Inc will launch a wireless data service based on NTT DoCoMo Inc's wildly popular i-mode in April, company spokespeople told ComputerWire yesterday, Kevin Murphy writes. To be branded m-mode, the service will be somewhat different to its Japanese counterpart, tailored to US market demands and the …
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Micron sees sales slump, vague on Hynix progress

Micron Technology Inc pointed to signs of life in the memory market when it released its second quarter results yesterday. However, the Boise, Idaho-based company gave little indication of progress in its protracted takeover talks with foundering rival memory giant Hynix. Sales were down 39.4% to $645.9m in the quarter to …
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Oracle disputes analyst criticisms on overcharging

Oracle Corp has fallen out with research firm Meta Group Inc over allegations that the database vendor is overcharging some of its customers. Redwood Shores, California-based Oracle has taken umbrage with Meta's assertion that some customers are being overcharged for batch-feeding Oracle's eponymous database management …
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Legend boosts made-to-order in anti-Dell effort

Legend Holdings Ltd, China's biggest computer manufacturer plans to build up its made-to-order business as a means of warding off increased competition from overseas players, and from Dell Computer Corp in particular. "The configuration market will be very important to Legend because we expect by 2003 about 20% of our …
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Mobile phones more dangerous than drink driving

Using a mobile phone while driving is more dangerous than being drunk behind the wheel, according to new research released today.
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eMachines wins Dixons PC deal

Dixons has switched its main supplier of own-brand Advent PCs from Centerprise to eMachines because of the latter's record on quality.
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Criminal case against ORBZ spam blacklist dropped

The City of Battle Creek, Michigan, has agreed not to pursue criminal charges against the administrator of spamlisting blacklisting service ORBZ, which led to the withdrawal of the service earlier this week.
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DRAM price hash makes Komplett famous in UK

Four hundred people ordered 512MB DRAM for the imaginary price of £13 per module this week from Komplett.co.uk, according to sales director Per Anders Tveit.
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Bill Clinton virus proves user security sucks

Virus writers have disguised a malicious worm as a screensaver promising to make fun at the expense of former US president Bill Clinton.
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PlusNet and Nildram update DSL prices

Sheffield-based ISP, PlusNet, has confirmed that the price of its single-user DSL service will cost from £22.99 a month.
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Cyborg strip-searched by Air Canada

Canada's answer to Captain Cyborg is suing Air Canada for CAN$1m for hurt feelings, loss of incomes etc, after he was stripsearched and missed his flight.
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Email2go: The Motorola A008

Review The A008 is the device you buy if you can't afford a Blackberry. It does more, including being a mobile phone. The Motorola A008 has the best sound quality of any mobile phone, with its large size there's more room for the speaker. The only thing the Blackberry does better is email, but since Email is the Blackberry's reason for being that's hardly surprising.
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Email2go: Handspring Treo

Review The Treo starts from a position of strength. Handspring uses the Palm OS which is the most popular PDA operating system in the world and has a vast amount of software available. Handspring has also got a lot of experience with mobiles, thanks to the Visorphone add-on which is available for existing Handspring PDAs.
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Email2Go: Blackberry RIM

Review The Blackberry does exactly what its makers claim. It is the best possible device for receiving and replying to corporate email while on the move. It will sync with corporate calendars but there is no spreadsheet, POP3 email, web or WAP browsing. Even voice is a coming-soon extra. You can edit text but it's not a word processor, there are no formatting options, search and replace or spell check.
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Email2go: battle lines and reviews

Email has become a major part of daily life. It is now such a common form of communication you really do suffer if you can't get your email when you are away from your computer. Text messaging helps fill the gap, but only for socialising-it isn't the same kind of business communication as an email.
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Quad Sledgehammers out by June 2003 – AMD

Nailing down a release date for Hammer, AMD's upcoming x.86-compatible CPU, is harder than wrestling with jelly. In this week's Upside.com interview with Jerry Sanders (linked ad nauseum elsewhere), the AMD chairman refers to a 2003 launch for Hammer. This would represent a little bit more slippage.
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Encryption patent firm stakes claim on industry

A previously unknown Californian firm which has obtained a patent for application-independent file encryption is seeking to enforce licensing from other companies in the security industry.
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Nokia US communicator set for summer release

The much anticipated Nokia 9290 communicator will finally be available "in the summer", Nokia US told us today. The phone giant had earlier promised a release in the first half of this year, so if you can find one before June 30, we guess that promise could still hold good. Kinda.

Oracle double-dipping drives Reg readers to penury, open source

Register readers have confirmed Meta Group's reports of Oracle demanding steep multiplexing license fees from users.