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September world chip sales rise 6.5%

The chip business' fortunes have cycled round to a more positive time, if the latest figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) are anything to go by. The each month's increase in sales over the previous month does appear to be accelerating.
Tony Smith, 03 Nov 2003

Why Spamcop got yanked

Anyone who tried reporting spam to the popular Spamcop service this weekend got a nasty surprise. The site had bizarrely disappeared. And no, it wasn't a server outage.
Jan Libbenga, 03 Nov 2003

Thus ups revs, narrows losses

Thus, the Scottish telecoms outfit behind the Demon Internet brand, reckons it's on course to make some cash.
Tim Richardson, 03 Nov 2003

Dangerous Mimail variant knocks over anti-spam sites

UpdatedAV vendors are warning of the spread of a dangerous worm, called Mimail-C, which offers racy pictures but delivers only fresh misery for credulous Windows users. Another variant, Mimail-D, which attempts to DDoS anti-spam sites, is also causing considerable Net disruption.
John Leyden, 03 Nov 2003

Apple blames Oxford for Firewire data loss bug

Apple and 1394 chip maker Oxford Semiconductor are each blaming others for data lost when some Mac users upgraded to Mac OS X 10.3, aka Panther, in the week following its release on 24 October.
Tony Smith, 03 Nov 2003

Mobile operators as content providers

AnalysisWe are all now familiar with the dilemma faced by the mobile operators – revenue from traditional cellphone services is slowing, despite the boost from camera phones and mobile email, just as carriers are trying to pay off the huge capital investment in 3G.
Wireless Watch, 03 Nov 2003

Switch start-ups turn to WLAN security

The anticipated shake-out in the overcrowded wireless LAN switch market shows signs of starting, with the star of the sector, Vivato, making yet more cutbacks and Trapeze laying off more than one-third of its workforce. The market has become packed with start-ups in the past year, far too many to survive, especially with Cisco defending its 75 per cent-plus market share and other data networking companies moving across from the wired world.
Wireless Watch, 03 Nov 2003

MS to intro hardware-linked security for AMD64, Itanium, future CPUs

Microsoft is to introduce hardware-linked security technology with Windows XP Service Pack 2, and beyond that will make "additions to Windows" supporting the technology, execution protection (NX). The feature is already supported by shipping AMD K8 and Intel Itanium processor families, and according to Microsoft: "It is expected that future 32 and 64-bit processors will provide execution protection.
John Lettice, 03 Nov 2003

A dossier on every UK citizen?

The Government plans to establish a database of life records which could be used to create a dossier on everyone in the country, privacy advocates fear.
John Leyden, 03 Nov 2003

Amazon hobbles full text search

Amazon.com quietly changed its recently introduced book-searching feature, following concerns by some authors that users could also print out several pages surrounding the places where the phrase appears. Printing is now disabled.
Jan Libbenga, 03 Nov 2003

Drivers ignorant about mobile phone law

Almost half of UK drivers are still clueless that from next month using a hand-held mobile phone while driving will be illegal.
Tim Richardson, 03 Nov 2003

Brazilian script kiddie arrested in Japan

A Brazilian teenager has been arrested in Japan last Friday on suspicion of membership of an international hacking group.
John Leyden, 03 Nov 2003

Freeserve loses AOL VAT case

Freeserve has lost its long-running campaign to force AOL to pay VAT in the UK.
Tim Richardson, 03 Nov 2003

Vodafone slashes IT contractor rates

Vodafone today confirmed it is to slash cIT ontractor pay rates from the end of this week.
John Leyden, 03 Nov 2003

All the stupid people. Where do they all come from?

OpinionMicrosoft's best chance for regaining the revenue lost to security concerns isn't in eliminating bugs, writes SecurityFocus columnist Tim Mullen.
Tim Mullen, 03 Nov 2003
Broken CD with wrench

HP pads Itanium server line with midrange kit

It took a while, but HP now has an Itanium-based server replacement for just about every PA-RISC box it sells.
Ashlee Vance, 03 Nov 2003

8.5GB DVD+R discs, drives to ship April '04

Expect double-layer, almost double-capacity DVD+R drives and media to hit the stores next April, members of the DVD+RW alliance say.
Tony Smith, 03 Nov 2003

College kids are thieves, thieves, thieves

FoTWRe: College students care more about beer than software
Ashlee Vance, 03 Nov 2003

Vodafone adds Blackberry to mobile office offerings

Mobile phone carrier Vodafone will begin offering an own-branded version of RIM's Blackberry 7230 handheld to European businesses later this month.
Tony Smith, 03 Nov 2003

Microsoft picks IBM as Xbox 2 processor partner

Microsoft has signed up IBM to manufacture chips for the "future" generations of its Xbox console.
Tony Smith, 03 Nov 2003

Draft ID card bill slips into Queen's speech

A draft bill to introduce ID cards in the UK is expected to be included in the Queen's speech later this month.
John Leyden, 03 Nov 2003

MPs take aim at eBay in gun smuggling report

Guns are being smuggled into the UK using online auction sites such as eBay, according to a report by MPs due out this week.
Tim Richardson, 03 Nov 2003

Intel ships $925 Pentium 4 Extreme Edition

Intel today released its Pentium 4 Extreme Edition - the exceptionally expensive gamer-oriented version of the chip giant's desktop processor - as we reported last week.
Tony Smith, 03 Nov 2003

New Gov.UK Plans Off to Bad Start

Whitehall plans to encourage businesses to compete with Government to offer citizens eGov services are to go ahead - despite an official, three-month consultation attracting just one response from the general British public.
Ian Cuddy, 03 Nov 2003

PalmOne Treo 600 smartphone

Reg ReviewHandspring's second generation smartphone is a marvel of good hardware and human interface design. It's a GSM/GPRS (or CDMA 1x) phone with built-in camera, QWERTY buttons and stylus, that's backward compatible with the vast selection of PalmOS 5.0 software, and features an SD/MMC expansion slot.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Nov 2003

AMD claims Microsoft delays are not ‘substantial’

After watching Microsoft cast AMD's 64-bit processor line to the backwoods of the Windows release cycle, you have to ask - did Jerry Sanders do enough?
Ashlee Vance, 03 Nov 2003

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