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Trading Standards raids Rombyte

West Berkshire Trading Standards carried out a raid on the premises of Newbury memory distributor Rombyte yesterday.
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NTL pushes ahead with debt swap

Bankers have given NTL the thumbs-up to go ahead with plans designed to rescue the indebted cableco.
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HP, Compaq to trade under “SRCAM” ticker

Hewlett Packard (HWP) and Compaq (CPQ) discarded sixty years of cumulative stock market history with a bold gesture that signifies their unity, the companies announced today.
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Don Capellas articulates HPaq's vision thing

Compaq CEO Don Capellas took the stage on the final day of Merrill Lynch's "Hardware Heaven" financial analyst conference in San Francisco yesterday, eight months after he dispatched the Alpha chip to the afterlife. The two souls didn't meet, and as we'll see, last year's Alphacide hasn't just been forgotten, it's undergone a kind of low-level, sector-by-sector erasure, and now probably belongs to the part of Mike's brain labeled "things I never knew."
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Level 3 buys Software Spectrum

Level 3, a very big co-lo business, is to buy Software Spectrum, a very big software reseller for $37 per share in cash.
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Vodafone in Line for SFR Bid

French media and utilities conglomerate Vivendi Universal SA is struggling with an over-extended business after its $27bn acquisition of the bulk of US media company USA Networks Inc last year. The company now faces angry investors, a massive 17bn euro ($15bn) write-off in its accounts, and a fractured management, split …
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Sorenson hopes for speedy settlement of Apple suit

Sorenson Media Inc is hoping it can quickly settle out of court a lawsuit filed by partner Apple Computer Inc in which the video software firm is accused of breaking a longstanding contract between the two companies. Apple sued Sorenson in San Jose last Friday, alleging the company is breaching the exclusivity clauses of a …
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Adobe wins patent infringement suit against Macromedia

The web design software market suffered a change in the balance of power, probably temporary, yesterday, after a jury found Macromedia Inc software infringes upon a US patent held by rival Adobe Inc. Adobe was awarded damages of about $2.8m, and said it expects to be awarded an injunction against further infringement. …
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VIA April sales down

VIA's sales in April were US$59m, 12 per cent down on March and 36.57 per cent down on April ($92.698m)last year.
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‘Zero conflict’ in BT over broadband

The head of BT Retail, Pierre Danon, today dismissed reports that the introduction of a "no frills" broadband service would lead to internal conflict within BT.
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3DLabs claims ‘breakthrough’ graphics chip

3DLabs is to launch a new graphics accelerator chip, code-named the P10, and board-level products should be shipping in Q3.
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BTopenworld cuts prices for the wireless home

BTopenworld has cut the price of its wireless LAN bundle by 10 per cent-ish for residential and small office broadband subscribers.

Linux networks much cheaper than Windows – report

Total cost of ownership (TCO) for medium-sized companies is up to a third lower for Linux than for Windows based systems.
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Tulip wins access to Dell exec emails

Dell has been ordered by a US federal court to hand over the email records of 14 execs, after it was accused of failing to co-operate in a patent infringement case.
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Knitters knocked by Slipknot fans

Fans of contemporary US music combo Slipknot have sent threatening emails to the polite British ladies of The Knitting & Crochet Guild.
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MS disappears claim that Windows is legal requirement

Microsoft has backed away from its bizarre claim that it is a legal requirement that preinstalled operating systems remain with a machine for the life of the machine - but only slightly. The Register drew attention to this on Tuesday, and the Microsoft site spreading this disinformation was mysteriously updated on Wednesday.
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Those VIA Eden™ competition results in full

It's taken us a while to sort through the hundreds of entries to our VIA Eden competition, in which we gave readers the opportunity to win one of three VIA Eden™ EPIA Mini-ITX boards.
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The Bastard gets flustered

Episode 9 Episode 9 BOFH 2002: Episode 9 "I am so tired," the contract marketing consultant dweeb simpers as he plops down the large box of backup tapes he's been poring over and helps himself to a hot chocolate from the Operator's espresso machine. When I say hot chocolate, I mean used coffee grounds laced with crushed …
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Jail for mobile phone thieves

Anyone caught re-programming a mobile phone could be jailed for up to five years and face unlimited fines, according to a new Government Bill unveiled today.
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Solaris wall shows cracks

Sun Microsystems is working on a patch to correct a format string vulnerability in a utility within its Solaris operating system.
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Hell hath no fury

Updated again They say that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. You'd better believe it. Here's a posting from FriendsReunited, the "simple to use website that allows you to find out what your old friends are doing now."