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Handspring's keyboard pledge, $99 phone

All future models from Handspring will feature a keyboard, the company told us last week as it took its latest GPRS software on the road.
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Extreme CPUs: 430 cores on a die

British start-up picoChip has announced an extreme processor with 430 16bit cores on a die, and is testing the first silicon.
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Office 11 tools up for .NET

Microsoft Corp is planning tools for XML web services in the next version of Office, tying the company's popular desktop productivity suite more tightly into .NET, writes Gavin Clarke. The company yesterday announced Visual Studio Tools for Office, a set of tools that enable developers to build Word and Excel macros using …

Peoplesoft upgrades CRM with 8.8

In announcing the launch of PeopleSoft CRM 8.8, enterprise business applications provider PeopleSoft Inc is trying to step all over Siebel Systems Inc's toes through its emphasis on integration, usability and intelligent business processes. The largest CRM release since version 8, which ushered in the suite-wide Pure …

Brocade blocks McData in court battle

Brocade Communications Systems Inc has won the first round in its court battle with McData Corp, beating off McData's request for a preliminary injunction that would have forced Brocade to disable some features in some of its products. The United States District Court for the District of Colorado has denied McData's …

HP pencils Mid-2003 for Madison Superdome

The word inside Hewlett Packard is that a 64-way version of its high-end Superdome server using the Madison Itanium 2 processor will ship in the middle of next year, Timothy Prickett Morgan writes. We also hear that the company has slipped a few weeks on its expected ship dates for the dual-core PA-8800 processors, the …

NetScreen turns to SafeWeb for SSL VPNs

NetScreen Technologies Inc has outlined its response to the emerging market for SSL-based extranets as a complement to IPSec VPNs, partnering this week with SafeWeb Inc, one of the startups that is focusing on that market, writes Kevin Murphy. Emeryville, California-based SafeWeb has been selected for NetScreen's Global …
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Hutchison 3G unveils prices, services

It's been a close shave, but Hutchison 3G has got the customer ball rolling in December, just like it said it would - in the revised launch schedule.

UK's 192 service opened up

The UK's directory enquiries (DQ) service has finally been deregulated opening up the service to competition. Punters now have the choice of phoning around ten different operators for help obtaining a phone number.
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Hijacked? Fight over Poker.com URL

Poker.com Inc said its eponymous domain name was hijacked and traffic redirected to another business on December 6 in an act of "technological piracy".
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AMD takes on Xeon space with Athlon 2400+MP

AMD today intro'd its fastest multiprocessor to date, the AMD Athlon MP 2400+. And it's a real live launch - 47 system builders worldwide are expected to show immediate availability for product incorporating the chip. In 1,000 unit quantities, it costs $228.
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Aussie Net libel writ extends to world+dog

Australian entrepreneur, Joseph Gutnick, has won the right to have a defamation case against US online publisher Dow Jones heard in an Australian court.
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Mydomain.com, NamesDirect.com felled by DOS Attack

Mydomain.com and NamesDirect.com are back on air, after recovering from a "HUGE" Denial of Service attack.
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DeCSS show trial opens in Oslo

The trial of a Norwegian teen accused of developing a utility that enables people to illegally copy DVD movies opened in Oslo yesterday.
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Fujitsu preps Symbian 3G smartphone

The first Symbian OS 3G smartphone is to start shipping to NTT DoCoMo. Made by Fujitsu the F2051 FOMA phone is also the first Symbian OS handset designed specifically for the Japanese market, incorporating a jointly developed "wholly new user interface" (what, the Japanese language?).
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Hand back ITV Digital set tops. Or else!

The liquidators of failed digital TV outfit, ITV Digital, want customers to cough up £40 to keep their set top boxes (STB).
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Nigerian 419 fraudster baiting – Olympic sport?

Those readers who agree with us at El Reg that Nigerian 419 fraudster baiting desrves recognition as an Olympic sport will find plenty to chuckle about at the The Graham Douglas Fraud Masterclass - a classic chronicle of Lagos-based scammers being led gently up the garden path to ridicule.
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Nokia in Q4 sales warning

European mobile telecom stocks dipped on Tuesday morning after Finnish bellwether Nokia said that fourth quarter sales may fall below expectations.
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Anti-Pirates – now they're coming for your kids

Forget the facts of life - parents now need to tell their kiddies about the facts of the Net and how pirating software could land them in trouble.
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'I'm no hacker', Sklyarov tells US court

Dmitry Sklyarov, the Russian programmer at the centre of the first Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) prosecution, yesterday delivered his long-awaited testimony in the trial of his former employer, ElcomSoft.
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Honduras bans Quake etc.

Honduras has issued a blanket ban on all violent videogames and toys, which is set to come into effect next June - giving retailers in the country a six month grace period to clear stocks of the games from their inventories. Among the banned games named are Resident Evil, Shadowman, Street Fighter, Turok, Perfect Dark, Quake and Doom.
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Hi-tech crime threatens UK plc – survey

British companies consider sabotage of data or networks, virus attacks and financial fraud as a real threat to the future of their business.
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CPW to run Pogo services

Carphone Warehouse is to take over the running of the online services of Pogo, the UK PDA maker from tomorrow. That at any rate is what CPW's Customer Services are telling Pogo customers who ask. The news has yet to percolate through to CPW's press office, which has promised to find out the score.
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UK e-tailers offered cheaper CC processing

Independent e-commerce outfit Netshopper claims that its new Netpayments service will halve the costs of processing online debit and credit card sales.
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VCISP.NET: Good news for Mac and Linux users

Site News There has been some confusion surrounding the availability of our Vulture Capitalist ISP services to Mac and Linux users.
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A bumper bag of GlowRings from Cash'n'Carrion

It's been quite a month down at Cash'n'Carrion since we first stocked the remarkable Traser GlowRings
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MS fights Open Source with freebies – an eyewitness writes

Letters One of Microsoft's special strengths is the speed and intensity with which the sales team (right the way up to Bill, for government and really big accounts) goes in whenever a defection is threatened. As we noted last week Open Source is currently in the counter-insurgency SWAT team's crosshairs, with who knows what discounts and pressures being deployed to nip rebellion in the bud.
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BOFH and the Nigerian 419

Episode 24 BOFH 2002: Episode 24
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DALnet debilitated by DoS attacks

DALnet, one of the world's biggest IRC service providers, has apologised to its users for disruptions caused by an unusually fierce DDoS attack over the weekend, whose effects are continuing to be felt.
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MS un-denial leaves Linux option open

Meta Group has made a bold prediction that Microsoft will deliver some server-side software to run on Linux beginning next year, but Redmond's official "denial" leaves the option wide open. It revives a rumor that's been doing the rounds for two years.