10th > April > 2003 Archive

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Microsoft's Mundie muddies derivatives market

Microsoft has introduced new terms for licensees of Windows CE code, although its unclear how far this much-touted "freedom" actually takes the manufacturers.
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Western Digital offers glowing red 250GB hard drive

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch Hard Drive Western Digital has issued a special edition of its 250GB, 7200rpm, 8MB cache 1394/USB 2.0 external hard drive. The new model ships with a clear case and built-in LED illumination. Hard drive as fashion accessory? Could be, but WD is really attempting to cash in the emerging trend for internally lit …
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Put a Z in ISONews

The people behind ISONEWs are mulling legal action to fight the "illegal and abusive" seizure of the domain by the US Department of Justice.
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Court date set for ‘landmark’ Freeserve case against Oftel

The Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) - the UK's highest specialist competition law court - is expected to rule next week on a dispute between ISP Freeserve and telecoms regulator Oftel.
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UK ‘must redesign’ e-gov sites

Nearly 80 per cent of UK central government Web sites need to be redesigned before they can be fully accessible to users with disabilities,judging from a leaked report from the e-Envoy's office.
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Hoaxster hacker discovers infinite-wealth algorithm

Hacker stunt-double and convicted financial fraudster Kim Schmitz (aka Kimble) is up to his old tricks, this time with a package of techno trickery for making a killing in the stock market. To satisfy the dreams of instant fortune common to those who believe in fairy tales, he's devised an "AI-based decision system" for share trading which scientifically "selects the optimal combination of trading strategies for current market conditions".
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Microsoft licenses WinCE source code for commercial use

Pocket PC manufacturers will now be able to tailor their system software to better differentiate their products, after Microsoft today said it would allow Windows CE licensees access to the OS' source code.
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Western Digital offers glowing red 250GB hard drive

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch Hard Drive Western Digital has issued a special edition of its 250GB, 7200rpm, 8MB cache 1394/USB 2.0 external hard drive. The new model ships with a clear case and built-in LED illumination. Hard drive as fashion accessory? Could be, but WD is really attempting to cash in the emerging trend for internally lit …
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Flexi-working not so flexible

Letter Derek Kemp is the Chairman of Human & Legal Resources and its subsidiary Liquid HR, an outsourcing service for SMEs.
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Mobo makers dash to prep VIA-based P4 boards

Asustek and MSI have said they will release motherboards based on VIA's upcoming 800MHz frontside bus Pentium 4 chipset, the PT400, DigiTimes reports. Gigabyte said it is evaluating the technology.
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Nokia Networks axes 1,800 staff

Nokia Networks, Nokia's mobile infrastructure arm, is taking an axe to its workforce as part of a programme to reduce costs and return its business to profitability.
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UK.Gov Web sites get another bashing

The UK Government's Web sites have come in for yet another bashing following research that found each site had an average of 600 errors - seven times higher than the average error rate for the UK's leading 100 companies.
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3 UK extends half price handset promo

3 UK has extended its introductory offer on half-price handsets, due to end at the end of last month, by a further month until the end of April.
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UK Xbox price to drop this week

Microsoft is set to cut the price of the Xbox to £129.99 in the UK this week according to reports from retail sources, in a move which will see the console matching the hardware price of the GameCube.
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Unlucky Demon tries to restore email

Demon is still trying to sort out the backlog of email caused by a power cut that hit its Network Operations Centre (NOC) in Finchley yesterday.
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Apple preps remodelled, dockable 30GB iPod…

Apple is set to launch a new version of its iPod MP3 player later this month in a move that will see its rumoured online music service see the light of day and explain why the current 5GB model is proving so hard to find.
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DMCA strikes again in N2H2 filtering list case

A Federal Judge has dismissed an application to permit a Harvard researcher to obtain a list of sites blocked by a censorware tool through reverse-engineering.
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Dell whips up sub-$1200 Centrino notebooks

Dell today announced two budget Centrino-based notebooks, the Inspiron 500m and Latitude D500, both bringing Intel's mobile technology to market for less than $1200.
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Google washes whiter

Google has made its own statement on the 'Googlewash': by making The Register story that coined the phrase disappear from its search results.
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Poison applet could wipe Windows PCs

A brace of Microsoft security vulns pose risks for both home users and corporates.

115 staff optimized out of Brocade

Brocade is pink-slipping 115 people - nine per cent of its workforce. In a terse statement today the switch maker describes the lay-offs as "Business Model Optimization".