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Microsoft opts Passport holders into spam hell

Emboldened by user 'apathy' to Yahoo!'s privacy changes in April, Microsoft has followed suit. It has now co-opted existing Passport users to share their email addresses and other registration information with third parties, Register readers report.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 May 2002
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Open source shunned by monopolists' “good code” initiative

In certain parts of this town, it's de rigeur for shopkeepers to display the sign: "OUR COMMUNITY IS A HATE FREE ZONE!"
Andrew Orlowski, 17 May 2002
Air traffic control at NATS

UK flights grounded following computer glitch

Air travellers in the UK face severe disruption this morning following computer problems at the National Air Traffic Service (NATS) at Swanwick in Hampshire.
Tim Richardson, 17 May 2002
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dabs.com pushes into corporate market

dabs.com, the Bolton-based direct reseller, is gunning for more corporate business through a new outbound telesales division.
Drew Cullen, 17 May 2002
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UK SMEs profit from ecommerce

Three out of four business-based Web sites in the UK make a profit, according to research by ecommerce software supplier Actinic.
Tim Richardson, 17 May 2002
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Dimension Data hit by Asian loss

Network integrator Dimension Data Holdings Plc said yesterday that there is little demand for new contracts, and revealed that its Asian operation fell into the red during the first half of its fiscal year. In the six months to March 31, the Johannesburg, South Africa-based company was hit with exceptional charges and …
ComputerWire, 17 May 2002
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NEC spins out chip biz

NEC Corp kicked off phase two of its restructuring yesterday, announcing plans to spin off its semiconductor operations into a separate company. The Japanese electronics giant said it will establish the new silicon-based subsidiary by November 2002, and will launch an IPO of 30% of its stock as soon as possible. The new …
ComputerWire, 17 May 2002
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Compaq wears the pants in HP's brave new storage world

Hewlett-Packard Co's new storage boss, Howard Elias, yesterday expanded on his plans for the new combined networked storage business, Nick Crouch writes For Elias there may be an element of deja vu about the situation in which he finds himself. Elias originally came from Digital Equipment Corp and served as Compaq …
ComputerWire, 17 May 2002
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AOL to ditch IE on Macs

America Online Inc is set to ditch Microsoft Corp's Internet Explorer in favor of its own Netscape browser in the next version of its client software for Apple Computer Inc's Mac OS X, according to reports in the Mac community yesterday. AOL beta testers have evidently received mail inviting them to test Java compatibility …
ComputerWire, 17 May 2002
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Dell shrugs off HP threat

Dell Computer Corp shrugged off the threat of the new HP yesterday as it unveiled its first quarter results. The Round Rock, Texas-based company trumpeted a better than expected performance for its first quarter, and said it expected to deliver year on year growth in both sales and earnings per share in its second quarter …
ComputerWire, 17 May 2002
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BTo donates 800 broadband connections

BTopenworld is to donate 800 ADSL connections to businesses and community groups over the next couple of years in a bid to drive demand for broadband.
Tim Richardson, 17 May 2002
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VIA flogs DDR333 P4 mobo

VIA has intro'ed a new P4 mobo, the "first mainboard featuring the VIA Apollo P4X333 chipset". This is not completely surprising - licensing issues between Intel and VIA means that few Taiwanese mobo makers want to stick their neck out selling and marketing P4 boards with VIA chipsets (although some are willing, obviously to build product for VIA under the cloak of anonymity).
Drew Cullen, 17 May 2002
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MS IE patch misses the mark

Microsoft's latest cumulative patch for Internet Explorer fails to tackle at least one of the problems it is meant to fix, and leaves a dozen reported security bugs unpatched.
John Leyden, 17 May 2002
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Citrix scores MS code deal, pulls NT 4.0 TSE support

Earlier this week Citrix announced that it had struck a deal with Microsoft to give it access to Windows server code for another three years. And, by some strange coincidence, Citrix will not be supporting NT 4.0, Terminal Server Edition in Metaframe XP, Feature Release 2, which is due out shortly.
John Lettice, 17 May 2002
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Psion ships Ethernet, 802.11 upgrade to netBook OS

Psion as a company is adept at not telling people things, and indeed where you can get them, so it's no surprise that this week it has contrived to sneak out a new rev of the netBook OS which finally includes built-in support for Ethernet PC cards, including several 802.11 ones. This is presumably the support that was due (was it in Q1 2001?) very shortly after the netBook launched in the first place, and that The Register infrequently harangued Psion operatives about before finally giving up.
John Lettice, 17 May 2002
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Bertelsmann saves Napster

Bertelsmann is to mop up the rest of Napster – for around $8m. Or rather the assets: it gets the name and it has the P2P software, and it pays off the creditors, but it sidesteps the liabilities – most notably, other shareholders, and the gazillions demanded by most of the music majors.
Drew Cullen, 17 May 2002
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blueyonder escapes Usenet death row

Internet admins have lifted a Usenet Death Penalty (UDP) sentence from blueyonder after deciding it had done enough to clamp down on the stream of spam emanating from its network.
John Leyden, 17 May 2002
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From H to P and back again

Hewlett Packard is no more, a spokesperson told us today. The company will now be known as "HP", confirming a report in the San Jose Mercury this morning.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 May 2002
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Egg hatches one-stop Web banking service

Egg has rejected criticism from its competitors about the security and privacy implications of a service, which allows its customers to manage all their online accounts from a single Web page.
John Leyden, 17 May 2002
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PlusNet cuts price for DSL

The battle to gain broadband customers took a new turn today after PlusNet introduced a new, cheaper ADSL product.
Tim Richardson, 17 May 2002