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Microsoft courts Hollywood with Windows Media 9

Microsoft Corp late Wednesday used a high-profile gathering in Los Angeles to announce the launch of Windows Media 9 Series, which the company promises is faster and more functional than previous versions of its digital media software. The Hollywood hills setting of the launch reflects the fact that Microsoft is hoping to …
ComputerWire, 06 Sep 2002
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Intel shaves Q3 forecasts

Intel Corp trimmed back its expectations for the third quarter yesterday but insisted chip sales will return to seasonal demand patterns this year after 24 months of chaos. The Santa Clara, California-based vendor said revenues for the third quarter would be "slightly below the midpoint of the previous range of $6.3bn to $ …
ComputerWire, 06 Sep 2002
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AOL inks 5-Year DSL pact with Covad

America Online Inc is to buy wholesale DSL services from Covad Communications Group Inc for five years, the companies announced yesterday. The deal is the latest in a series of tie-ins between ISPs and broadband network operators in the US, and highlights AOL's desire to get internet users signing up for higher speed, …
ComputerWire, 06 Sep 2002
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NTT DoCoMo slashes 3G targets – probably

NTT DoCoMo Inc said yesterday that it might not hit the 1.38 million-user target it set for its FOMA 3G network by the end of its fiscal year next March, and will probably formally revise the figure when it announces first-half figures in November. At a Tokyo press conference reported by Bloomberg, DoCoMo's president Keiji …
ComputerWire, 06 Sep 2002
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Single chip phones in 2004 – TI

Texas Instruments Inc said it expects to produce a single-chip wireless handset by 2004, and will offer handset makers a two-chip solution as early as net year. The single-chip phone has become a holy grail of the communications industry, which currently requires four processors and a host of auxiliary components to build …
ComputerWire, 06 Sep 2002
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Vodafone makes €12.6bn bid for Cegetel

Vodafone Group Plc has confirmed that it has started talking with Vivendi Universal SA and BT Group Plc about acquiring their stakes in Cegetel SA, the French mobile operator. Earlier this week, market watchers were alerted to moves that suggested Vodafone was planning a hostile $8bn bid for Vivendi's 44% stake in Cegetel …
ComputerWire, 06 Sep 2002
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Court sentences £50m MS piracy ring to 10 years

The UK end of a huge Microsoft software counterfeiting ring has been brought to book, with four convicted of conspiracy to defraud.
Drew Cullen, 06 Sep 2002
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Xbox Linux project releases SuSE 8.0 howto

The Xbox Linux Project has now produced a tutorial on installing SuSE 8.0 on an Xbox, and from the look of it, although getting SuSE running is something of a triumph, the Project still has a way to go before it can be said to have turned the Xbox into a cheap, low-hassle Linux client.
John Lettice, 06 Sep 2002
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NTL to emerge from Chapter 11 in October

NTL is expected to emerge from Chapter 11 protection next month after receiving the thumbs up from a US bankruptcy Court.
Tim Richardson, 06 Sep 2002
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Nokia preps colour 3510i for consumers

Nokia today announced the 3510i, its first colour screen handset for the consumer market - i.e. it has to be cheap enough for teenagers to successfully pester their parents to buy the phone for Christmas.
Drew Cullen, 06 Sep 2002
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PGP app yields remote root on Windows

A curious flaw in a PGP application's handling of file names could allow an attacker to own a remote Windows machine with a malicious, encrypted archive.
Thomas C Greene, 06 Sep 2002
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Big discounts on PC upgrade, repair books

This week's featured titles from IT-Minds.com kick off with some of the biggest names in computer hardware publishing. The mighty Mueller has just released the 14th Edition of his best-selling title 'Upgrading & Repairing PCs' which can be yours for just £27.51 - a saving of 30 per cent.
Team Register, 06 Sep 2002
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Bosses should stop snooping on staff email – MP

Tory MP Michael Fabricant is looking to introduce a Bill that would stop employers from snooping on employees' email.
Tim Richardson, 06 Sep 2002
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Nokia launches 3650 Symbian phone

Good news today for Symbian from Nokia which today announced the Nokia 3650, a feature-rich handset built with a integrated digital camera, and powered by the operating system.
Drew Cullen, 06 Sep 2002
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Pipexwoe bitch site renamed Pipexwow

Pipexwoe - the site set up for people to hurl insults or praise at the ISP - has changed its name to Pipexwow in an amazing turnaround of fortune.
Tim Richardson, 06 Sep 2002
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Kid-chipper Cap Cyborg reported to police, social services

An electronics expert is attempting to unleash various authorities, including the General Medical Council, local social services and the police on Professor Kevin Warwick for his proposed kiddie-chipping activities.
John Lettice, 06 Sep 2002
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O2 customer service reps are not working very hard today

O2 has been hit by a computer problem that has resulted in customer service staff being unable to access account details for as many as 400,000 customers.
Tim Richardson, 06 Sep 2002
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Psion produces netBook refresh, OS upgrade

Psion's highly-regarded but barely heard of netBook has been updated - not a lot, but it shows it's not dead. The netBook, for new readers, is a handy little EPOC 5 box with VGA colour screen, PC Card slot and very good battery life. It is not cheap, but it's useful for people who need something with instant on and a decent keyboard that they can tote around.
John Lettice, 06 Sep 2002
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Forgot to renew your domain? Never mind, it did it itself

This morning (and indeed yesterday morning) The Register received a nice email from our doppelgangers at Register.com, telling us our registration of theregister.ws is about to expire (on October 16th, something of a loose definition of 'about') and that it'd be renewed via the automatic renewal program on September 27th. The what?
John Lettice, 06 Sep 2002