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Myratech goes titsup

Myratech.net, the web hosting and design business, has gone bust. Shares in the AIM-listed firm were suspended last week ahead of the appointment of administrators
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Telewest boosts broadband speeds

Telewest is increasing the speed of its cable broadband services for more than 450,000 punters - and isn't going to charge them a bean.
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Intel accuser alleges 150 others violate chip patent

Patriot Scientific, the technology company sueing Intel and others for alleged patent infringement, has told more than 150 other firms that it will sue them too - unless if they come to a suitable arrangement with it.
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Baltimore complains to FSA about stalking shareholder

Former dotcom darling Baltimore Technologies has complained to the Financial Services Authority (FSA) about Acquisitor Holdings, its largest shareholder.
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Wanadoo UK to unveil £17.99 broadband

Freeserve is to unveil a new entry-level broadband service for just £17.99 a month as part of its much-publicised Wanadoo makeover.
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FTC outlines appeal against Rambus ruling

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has detailed its appeal against a Commission judge's February decision to drop the anti-trust action the organisation brought against Rambus.
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Xbox cops another loss

Third quarter results for software giant Microsoft have shown that revenues from the division responsible for the Xbox console rose significantly, but the business still made a $209m loss in the three month period.
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Analyst 'confirms' impending Treo 610

Boston-based securities and investment bank Detwiler Mitchell & Co. (DMC) has inadvertently confirmed rumours that PalmOne is preparing an update to its Treo 600 smart phone.

Emails that come back to haunt

When you delete an email, what happens? In most cases, the email in question is transferred to a part of the computer where it may be overwritten in case extra space is needed on the computer. Or it may not - especially given the large capacity with which most computers today are equipped. Either way, the majority of emails that we delete can be found by specialised resources.
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Google back in court over Adwords

French insurance giant AXA is taking Google to court over allegations that the search engine sold on AXA trademarks as search terms.
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Pick up a 32MB USB watch for a quid

Cash'n'Carrion Our popular MeMIX USB2.0 Memory Watch has been such a hit with customers that we thought we'd give a few lucky punters who are not already enjoying its wrist-borne 256MB the chance to "buy-one-get-one-free".
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NTL to supercharge broadband speed

NTL is to boost the speed of its broadband service at no extra cost - mimicking a similar announcement made by Telewest earlier today.
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Intel to launch 3.6GHz P4 in June

Intel Desktop Roadmap Intel will launch Its 'Grantsdale' and 'Alderwood' Pentium 4 chipsets during the fourth week of June, with an official announcement to that effect likely to be made at Computex Taiwan earlier that month, OEM sources have claimed.
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UK gov holds EDS to account over crap CSA system

Staff at the Child Support Agency are using pocket calculators to work out what people owe, thanks to the comprehensive failure of its IT system from EDS.
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Bell Micro picks boss for Europe

Graeme Watt has been appointed president of Bell Microproducts Europe, responsible for Ideal Hardware and Bell's European divisions. He will report to president and CEO Don Bell.
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Fallen in love with your PC?

People get so emotionally attached to computers that they are prepared to queue to use their favourite one.
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Creative MuVo 2 4GB MP3 Player

Reg Review I've wondered, in the past, how small solid state digital music players could get, but I'm starting to have to ask the same question of hard drive-based machines. Apple's iPod Mini is sleek enough, but Creative's rival product, the MuVo2 comes very close.
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NASA moots robotic Hubble fix

Hubble may yet be saved, despite the cancellation of service missions to the space telescope that followed the Columbia disaster.
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US man on Net stalking rap

A South Carolina man has become the first person to be charged under US laws prohibiting Internet stalking.
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Ofcom plays down BT split rumour

Ofcom has played down speculation that it is working on the "pros and cons" of splitting up BT.
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Telefónica fights 419 lottery tsunami

Spanish telecom operator Telefónica says it will work with the police to try and stop the problem of Nigerian scammers operating out of internet cafes and sending thousands of sweepstake scam letters.
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Shell's IT department off to India

Exclusive Oil giant Shell is looking to offshore almost 3,000 IT jobs, according to internal documents seen by The Register.
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ID cards to use 'key database' of personal info

David Blunkett today published his draft bill paving the way for a compulsory UK ID card, and reports over the weekend claimed that cabinet opposition had drawn some of the scheme's fangs, the draft suggests that it will be more extensive than expected in several key areas.
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i2 Technologies: time to sell up?

i2 Technologies shows no signs of halting its revenue slide despite repeated restructuring and efforts to adapt to changing market conditions. Its business is sound but its position is not, and being acquired by a larger firm may be its best route to success.
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Phishing scams cost UK banks £1m+

Phishing scams have cost British banks more than £1m over the last 18 months. This is a tiny fraction of the £402.4m lost through credit card fraud for last year, but banks are still keen to raise awareness of the issue.

Sun makes servers Windows-ready

As promised, Sun Microsystems has certified its Xeon- and Opteron-based servers to work with Microsoft's server operating systems, cementing another change in the two companies' always exciting relationship.
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IT vendors seek the quiet life

IT sales can be fun: there is a rush from winning a deal and killing the competition. But almost no salesperson enjoys the ever-lengthening sales cycle, the creeping featurism, and the necessity to make sales monthly, quarterly, and yearly that hallmarks the IT market. No wonder vendors are desperate to get out of this cycle and into the world of nice, predictable recurring revenue streams...
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Gold and laser key to 3D circuits

Physicists in Shanghai have developed a revolutionary new technique for building three-dimensional micro-circuits, using gold oxide, chunks of glass and some high powered lasers to create a kind of 3D dot-matrix transistor-printer.
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60 face axe at Dixons call centre

IT services company Capita has confirmed that 59 jobs are under threat at its contact centre in Sheffield following a "review of operations".
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CA puts 35-day month and $2.2bn in revenue behind it

In a broad housekeeping exercise, CA today admitted to prematurely booking $2.2bn in revenue during 2000 and 2001, named Ken Cron as interim CEO and appointed a new chief operating officer.
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Would you like a cherry Bagle with your zombie PC?

An unknown group of VXers has released a new version of the Bagle worm.
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Airport security failures justify snoop system

Recent government reports on the failure of American airport screeners to detect threat objects at security checkpoints may provide ammunition for proponents of the controversial Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System (CAPPS II) database solution, which is currently stalled by myriad snafus too numerous to mention.
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Bush demands Net access tax ban

President Bush today called for Congress to maintain a ban blocking taxes on Internet access and for the US to increase the spread of broadband connections, during a speech in Minneapolis, Minnesota.