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Intel sales flatter than a pancake

Intel saw its first fiscal quarter revenue beat out expectations even as chip and memory sales remained relatively cool.
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IBM chip sales and margins static

IBM Microelectronics performed as well as expected during its first quarter of fiscal 2003, showing flat revenue growth over the same period last year.
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SiS licenses Intel's 800MHz FSB

Intel has granted SiS a Pentium 4 800MHz bus licence, a move the chipset maker last week announced it expected "soon".
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Intel readies 11 May 30 per cent Pentium 4 price cut – report

Intel will cut how much it charges for 533MHz frontside bus Pentium 4 processors by up to 30 per cent on 11 May, ahead of the introduction of 800MHz FSB equivalents ten days later, the company has told its distributors.
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AMD: the 64-bit battle

AMD's ambitions for Opteron have been widely broadcast. It hopes the chip will secure its entry to the lucrative corporate market, in servers and high-performance computers.
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PS2 refresh hits Japan in May

Sony has announced details of the first major hardware overhaul to the PlayStation 2 since its release, which will add new functionality to the DVD playback element of the console and remove the iLink port.
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Handspring to develop smartphones for Orange

Handspring, the USA PDA maker, is to develop smartphones for Orange. The idea is to make handsets which will tie "seamlessly into Orange back-end network systems to make wireless data applications easy to use right out of the box".
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R U Txting Enuf?

Recent research from both sides of the Atlantic might explain much about national traits, and give some idea why SMS revenues continue to climb, and an insight into what the future may hold for 3G.
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Microsoft sees flat IT biz, issues SARS warning

Although Microsoft saw income rise in the past quarter, it downplayed any expectations of growth in the PC business.
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Motorola chip unit slides into red

Motorola's semiconductor business is back in the red, after turning a profit for its last few quarters.

Sun joins the collaboration fray

On Monday, 9 April, Sun announced the Sun ONE (Open Net Environment) Collaborative Business Platform. This will compete in the increasingly active market for enterprise-level collaboration software.
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Semico forecasts another gloomy year for chip biz

The flat or declining sales seen by some of the world's leading chip companies during the first three months of the year could be the first sign that 2003 isn't going to be a good year for the semiconductor industry.
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Intersil triples 802.11g data rates

WLAN chipset maker Intersil yesterday revealed technology to improve 802.11g throughput by as much as 300 per cent.
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RIP: Texas Instruments founder, Manchester lad

The British-born founder of Texas Instruments, Sir Cecil Green, died last week aged 102.
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Another Welsh dotcom spotted

The Register last week referred to Acequote "as the only Welsh dotcom we had ever heard of, in a piece on the closure of its e-marketplace to new subscribers.
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MS settles Florida class suit with $202m pay-off

Microsoft has squared a class action suit which accused the company of violating Florida's antitrust and unfair competition laws with a pay-off of up to $202m. This will be distributed in the form of vouchers to class action members which they redeem for computer hardware, software and training - from any supplier.
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Novell embraces open source

Novell has made its strongest commitment to date to open source technologies in announcements made at its BrainShare user conference this week.
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iRiver offers ‘Toblerone’ 512MB MP3 player

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch MP3 Player iRiver has launched what it claims is the "first MP3 player with 512MB internal storage in the world", the iFP-195TC. Rather a large number of iPod and other hard drive-based users will dispute that claim - their players all have 512MB, and then some - but we assume iRiver means solid state internal …
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Vivendi director confirms Apple interest in Universal

Vivendi Universal has confirmed Apple's interest in buying its Universal Music Group (UMG) subsidiary, but it isn't the only potential bidder and it may have to cough up more cash if it wants the acquisition to succeed.
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Signalling probs cause Orange outage

Signalling problems temporarily threw "hundreds of thousands" of Orange subscribers off its network last night, the company said today.
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Why Pocket PC isn't WinCE – Microsoft

When is Windows CE not Windows CE? When it's part of Pocket PC, it seems.
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Handsets up, China down for Motorola

Motorola has posted a net profit for a third consecutive quarter, but earnings projections for the full year have been cut.
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Bastard's got a Brand New Laptop

Episode 6 Episode 6 BOFH 2003: Episode 6 "New Laptop?" The PFY asks looking up as he detects a stirring in the force. "Yes, it's rather good isn't it?" I respond, pulling it out of its patent leather carry bag and flashing it at him. "An ultra thin! How the hell did you talk The Boss into getting you one of those - AND the fancy …
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Office 2k bug strikes DO NOT POST

The Register has received reports that Windows 2000 PCs running a specific version of Office 2000 have been hit by sudden, unexpected requests to register the software with Microsoft. The glitch could leave thousands of Office users unable to continue using their software.
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Sega brings console classic to Palm Tungsten

Sonic the Hedgehog has rolled onto the Palm platform, as Sega today began officering five "classic" - old, in other words - console games for Palm's Tungsten-T PDA.
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Intel launches Centrino-beating 2.5GHz Pentium 4-M

Intel today rolled out a trio of speed-stepped mobile processors at the top end of its Pentium 4 and Celeron lines.
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Office 2000 SR-1 registration bug strikes corporates

Exclusive Microsoft has confirmed reports received by The Register that Windows 2000 PCs running a specific version of Office 2000 have been hit by sudden, unexpected requests to continually register the software with Microsoft.
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EMC back in the black

EMC lifted its first quarter revenue higher with the help of an ongoing cost-cutting program and the release of new product.
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Phone porn can boost 3G

How keen will consumers be on watching videos on 3G mobile phones?
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Vivendi executive denies spilling beans over Apple

Vivendi Universal director Claude Bebear didn't express his views on the merger talks between Vivendi's Universal Music Group (UMG) and Apple.
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Freeserve and Oftel both claim victory in key competition dispute

The Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) - the UK's highest specialist competition law court - today issued a ruling on a closely watched dispute between Freeserve and telecoms regulator Oftel.
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RIAA Naval academy bust: 85 rapped

The U.S Naval Academy dolled out a relatively mild punishment to 85 of its midshipmen busted for using government provided internet connections to swap copyrighted music files, The Baltimore Sun reports.
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Liberation abroad, repression at home – a student's tale

Letter of the Week Re: RIAA attacks the future of America
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Sun back in the black – just

Sun Microsystems returned to profitability in its third fiscal quarter despite a decline in revenue.