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Gates pitches Armageddon scenario to court

If the Unsettling States have their way, Microsoft will either have to withdraw Windows or put out versions of the product that probably won't work, Bill Gates testified at the antitrust trial yesterday. Furthermore, if I Microsoft employee had an idea, they'd be in contempt of court if they didn't immediately pass it on to the major PC companies.
John Lettice, 23 Apr 2002
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Itanic: It's all academic now – Official

The name Itanic, coined here several years ago by Mike Magee, for Intel's IA-64 processor has been formally adopted by academia.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Apr 2002
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Yahoo! settles! yodel! case!

Wylie Gustafson - the yodelling cowboy responsible for the distinctive sound of Yahoo! - has settled his case with the Internet giant.
Tim Richardson, 23 Apr 2002
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Overture expands United Online deal

Overture Services Inc has expanded its relationship with United Online Inc, the budget consumer ISP, to allow access to millions of new subscribers, the companies said yesterday. Overture, which already provides its advertising/search engine to NetZero, will, from May, provide its pay-per-performance text ads to Juno, …
ComputerWire, 23 Apr 2002
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Japanese PC Sales fall 12th month in a row

Japan last month recorded its 12th straight decline in monthly PC sales, despite a 34.9% increase in unit shipments on March 2001. The month-on-month shipments data showed a 4.6% decline, and a 9.6% fall in sequential quarterly shipments. GfK Japan, which derives its monthly PC shipment data from a regular survey of 3,400 …
ComputerWire, 23 Apr 2002
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EDGE will happen

Mobile phone technologies used to be mapped out clearly. GSM, HSCSD, GPRS, EDGE and UMTS, but most networks are playing hop, skip and jump. They've skipped HSCSD, will they jump over EDGE? Simon Rockman, publisher of What Mobile, thinks this would be a mistake.
Team Register, 23 Apr 2002
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Microsoft accuses industry of Web services hype

Days after postponing its flagship .NET My Services, Microsoft Corp has blamed industry hype for unleashing a potential backlash from customers angry that web services have been oversold, Gavin Clarke writes. Charles Fitzgerald, general manager of Microsoft's .NET platform strategies, is reported to have said Microsoft's …
ComputerWire, 23 Apr 2002
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WorldCom reduces revenue guidance

WorldCom Inc revised its guidance downwards for 2002, knocking $1bn off previously given estimates, and increasing doubts about the company's long-term prospects. The Clinton, Mississippi-based said its core unit, WorldCom Group, would make full year revenue of between $21bn and $21.5bn, compared to its previous forecast …
ComputerWire, 23 Apr 2002
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Sheffield gets the e-vote

People in Sheffield are to get the chance to vote electronically in the forthcoming city council elections in a move designed to combat voter apathy.
Tim Richardson, 23 Apr 2002
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Feel My Pain! – mapping the mind of Chairman Bill

Herb Caen once wrote that the sprawling night fog that fills the San Francisco Bay could be precisely mapped in the mind of the listener from the sound of a dozen foghorns, each one of which was tuned to a different pitch. You can build up a similar picture of the mind of Bill Gates from his epic written deposition. For here, in no less than 43,000 words is Mappi Bill. Or 464 legal points, many of which are an anxious toot or blast each tuned to a slightly differing pitch of paranoia.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Apr 2002
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Telewest trials 1Mb broadband service

Telewest is to trial a 1Mb cable Internet service in Scotland.
Tim Richardson, 23 Apr 2002
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Siemens joins Symbian club

A new member is joining the Symbian software club and is paying EUR22.8m for the privilege. Step forward Siemens, which gets a five per cent stake in Symbian for its money.
Drew Cullen, 23 Apr 2002
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Carphone Warehouse resumes Nokia 8210 sales

Carphone Warehouse's PR machine has creaked into gear, furnishing us today with the following statement:
Drew Cullen, 23 Apr 2002
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Police arrest 25 members of child porn ring

Police have arrested 25 members of a Net child porn ring in 10 countries. The haul includes proven real-life abusers as well as traffickers of pornography, which is very unusual, according to the Danish police who led the investigation. Thirty five children have also been identified, all of whom had been sexually abused.
Drew Cullen, 23 Apr 2002
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Hynix union comes out fighting

South Korea's unions are possibly the most ferocious in the developed world, and the brothers at Hynix are no exception.
Drew Cullen, 23 Apr 2002
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For sale: bust computer breaker

Update Our attention was drawn today by an ad in today's FT offering three related scrap businesses, all in administration, but only one for sale as a going concern.
Drew Cullen, 23 Apr 2002
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BTo digs in for marketing push

BTopenworld has signed up six companies to help push its broadband service to the masses.
Tim Richardson, 23 Apr 2002
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Gates testimony a PR jewel

I hope that if I should ever turn to a life of crime and am eventually prosecuted for my wrongdoing and found guilty, I'll be allowed to dictate my punishment to the federal government, just like Microsoft. I hope as well that I'll be permitted to reject state-imposed punishments based on some irrelevant set of purely speculative consequences.
Thomas C Greene, 23 Apr 2002
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Symbian plays the source code card

Symbian today announced it has broadened access to its source code, with the introduction of the Symbian Platinum Program. Platinum members will get the same access to Symbian source code as mobile phone manufacturers had previously; according to Symbian, this means "over 95 per cent" of the source.
John Lettice, 23 Apr 2002
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ITV Digital for sale – on eBay

We don't do digital TV - much. But we love fake auctions on eBay - kidneys, virginity, the national debt etc.
Drew Cullen, 23 Apr 2002
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Judge betraying pro-MS bias?

Since Chairman Bill Gates began testifying in court Monday against the non-settling states, US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has made a number of rulings which appear to favor Microsoft.
Thomas C Greene, 23 Apr 2002