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EBay pulls CNET staff auction

EBay has pulled an auction in which the entire staff of ZDNet's Tech Update were available for sale.
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NTT links mobile videophones with PCs

Japan's biggest telecoms company, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp (NTT), is to launch a videophone platform that connects 3G phones and PCs.
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E-voting: another UK Government gimmick?

The UK Government is expanding its programme for testing "e-voting". In 2003 it will enable over 1.5 million voters to cast their votes in local elections electronically, writes Bob McDowall.
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Nintendo reveals GBA SP Japanese launch plans

The latest version of the GameBoy will launch in Japan on February 14, with 300,000 units of the hardware available at launch, retailing at 12,500 yen - approximately £68 - and fully equipped with an oft-requested internal lighting system for the screen, as revealed earlier this month.
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Retiring old Microsoft OSes – how it works

The processes whereby Microsoft squeezes a product out of the system and 'encourages' customers to migrate to the shiny new stuff are many, varied, and fairly well-known. But it's still worth documenting the occasional eye-witness account of how it works in practice. This week, when Microsoft has kindly extended the operational life of NT 4.0 Server a tad, a reader explains how being able to support it if you've already got it is an entirely separate matter from bloody-mindedly trying to install more of it.
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AOL TW posts record $99bn loss

AOL Time Warner lost a stonking $99bn last year. Still there's no need to be glum. The giant media and Internet may have lost loads of cash, but at least it earned something - a place in the history books as the company that notched up the biggest loss in US corporate history.

SAP money machine carries on regardless

Mighty SAP continues to shrug off all thoughts of IT recession, reporting higher margins on flat sales, and growing market share in Q4.
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Dell and Tiscali hold hands

Tiscali UK has signed a two-year distribution deal with Dell to pre-install dial-up and broadband software on the PC-maker's Dimension desktops and Inspiron laptops.
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Oracle All-in-One: price cuts or not?

Oracle last week introduced All-in-One, a one price package for Oracle apps. Application licenses, installations and upgrades are all included in the deal. The enterprise software vendor sets out its stall here.
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Bugging warrants double under Labour

The headline figure of communication warrants issued in the UK, hide the fact that authorised surveillance has more than doubled since the Labour government came to power in 1997.
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Canada's biggest Identity theft?

IBM has lost a hard drive containing the records of 180,000 clients of an insurance company. Details include "names, addresses, beneficiaries, social insurance numbers, pension values, pre-authorized checking information and mothers' maiden names", according to wire reports. Anything else? Oh yes, their bank account details.
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'$1m hacking challenge' product is flawed

AlphaShield's "unhackable" consumer security device isn't unhackable, Spanish white hat hackers claim.

Red Hat preps wider range of ‘Advanced’ server, client OSes

Red Hat's new support policy for operating systems represents a long-delayed tidying up, and is only - as some of you have suggested - part of the whole picture, says company VP, product strategy, Erik Troan. At the moment, the company has a three- to five-year policy (which is being 'clarified' to a minimum of five this week) for its flagship server product, Advanced Server, and a one year policy for its 'consumer' products.
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Union recruits disgruntled workers at Time

The GMB union has launched a campaign to recruit employees of Time Computers in Burnley.

Siebel swallows poison pill

Siebel Systems has a swallowed a poison pill to frighten away predators. The CRM vendor's board of directors today announced a Stockholder Rights Plan, a genteel term.
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Messenger Pop-up Spam makes us sick

In recent days, pop-up spam has begun appearing, by way of Windows Messenger, on the home computer of a Reg staffer. Mostly, the messages promote porn sites.