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Is this CD the kidnappers' friend?

The man behind a CD-ROM containing the names, addresses and financial details of all UK company directors has been accused of putting people's lives at risk. All of the information contained on the UK-Info Power CD is already in the public domain, but the inclusion of a route-finder on the disk has prompted allegations of …
Sean Fleming, 26 Apr 2000
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Banking giants spend $1bn on UK Net venture

Two of the biggest name's in the global financial sector, Merrill Lynch and HSBC, are to spend $1 billion (that's more than £600 million) on an online banking division. The new venture, as yet unnamed, will be aimed at providing a range of banking and investment services to anyone with a spare $100,000 to invest – described by …
Sean Fleming, 19 Apr 2000
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InterQuad gets Nokia WAP exclusive

InterQuad has been signed up to distribute Nokia's WAP server solutions products. The move is a first for Nokia in the UK. Part of InterQuad's remit will be to boost the demand for WAP products through the reseller channel. InterQuad's general manager of distribution, Sean Fane, said: "WAP provides an open technology platform …
Sean Fleming, 17 Apr 2000
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SMEs to get the Net knowledge

BDO Stoy Hayward is running a series of roadshows aimed at boosting the use of the Internet among the UK's small/medium sized businesses. The events will take place across the country, including Birmingham, Nottingham, Glasgow, Belfast, Sheffield and London. According to BDO's National eBusiness Manager, Jonathon Corkey, this is …
Sean Fleming, 17 Apr 2000
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UK overclockers turn up the heat

Overclocking – that strange hobby of (mostly) US-based geeks and propeller-heads. The preserve of people who can't resist fiddling with stuff but who aren't really to be taken seriously. Maybe once, but that's all changing. If you want proof that the overclocking sector in the UK is coming of age, look no further than Stoke- …
Sean Fleming, 14 Apr 2000
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Fishy pirate gets snared in Net

It's a tale of fish and piracy on the high seas, me hearties, the likes of which have never been heard before in these parts. The chief fishery officer for the Sussex Sea Fisheries District Committee, Stephen Holman, has coughed up to leading a secret life and trading illegally in thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit …
Sean Fleming, 11 Apr 2000
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Compaq makes small but important mistake

The clock is ticking – on 22 April phone numbers in many parts of the UK will change. Among those affected will be businesses in the Greater London area. One of those is Compaq UK. We got a press release from Compaq this morning and noticed it had changed its letterheads to accommodate the new phone number – 0181 is gone and in …
Sean Fleming, 07 Apr 2000
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CCM hives off distribution in MBO

An MBO and a name change will see CCM Distribution re-invent itself as a hi-tech investment house called Fundamental e-Investments and divest itself of its current core business. CCM managing director Brent Cutler will lead the MBO of the computer components distribution arm, which will continue to operate as normal, according …
Sean Fleming, 31 Mar 2000
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Ticketmaster calls for ban on linking rejected

Ticketmaster has had its call for hyperlinking to be banned by law rejected by a US federal judge. The ruling follows a row between rival ticket sites Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch and Tickets.com over the practice of deep linking to parts of competitors' Web sites. Ticketmaster had complained that Tickets.com was sending …
Sean Fleming, 30 Mar 2000
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Seagate MBOs HDD business at rock-bottom price

Seagate is to bow out as a corporate entity by divesting itself of all non-operating businesses and offloading its disk drive division in a deal valued at $20.4 billion. The HDD business is going in an MBO for a paltry $1.2 billion, even though it's valued at more than twice that amount. The Seagate HDD business will now, as the …
Sean Fleming, 30 Mar 2000
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Long fraud scam hits eBay

It's one of the oldest tricks in the fraudsters' book and it's got the LAPD sniffing around eBay. According to CNET, police in Los Angeles are investigating claims that dozens of people handed over money for computer equipment advertised on eBay but have never received the goods. The seller in question is understood to have sold …
Sean Fleming, 30 Mar 2000
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Net access for all – engineering firm

Engineering group ABB is opening cybercafés in its offices and factories. This will, the company said, give all 8000 of its UK workers access to the Internet. The first cybercafé has been opened in the company's power transmission plant in Stone, Staffordshire. ABB UK chief executive Eric Drewery said: "Prime Minister Tony Blair …
Sean Fleming, 29 Mar 2000
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Spam war victory for BiblioTech

Spambusting London-based Internet outfit BiblioTech has chalked up a major victory in the war against junk email. It has taken on and beaten US spam supremo Sam Khuri – the man behind bulk spamming company Benchmark Print Supply – in the US. Khuri has to pay BiblioTech an undisclosed sum in damages and will have to pay $1000 to …
Sean Fleming, 29 Mar 2000
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Universities hit by Net costs

Cash-strapped UK universities are being drained of money by careless Internet surfers. The total bill for unwarranted Net surfing in UK higher seats of learning could add up to a loss of around £450,000, according to The Independent, and is on its way to hitting the £600,000 mark next year. The UK newspaper says the figures are …
Sean Fleming, 27 Mar 2000
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Buy a Belgian a beer

Ever felt like going to the pub but can't be arsed to drag yourself off the couch and into the local? No problemo - the wonders of the Internet are here to help, courtesy of beer.com and its StellaCam. Belgian beer monster Stella Artois has set up a network of Web cams (there's only three) in bars across the world (North America …
Sean Fleming, 23 Mar 2000
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Marks out of ten for the Chancellor

Earlier this week The Register published PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) Ten Top Tips for the Chancellor ahead of yesterday's Budget. There was lots of talk in the wake of Gordon Brown's speech of the boost to the UK e-conomy, but just how did it stand up against PwC's list of recommendations? Ian McDade, tax partner at the PwC …
Sean Fleming, 22 Mar 2000
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UK Budget gives IT shot in arm

Budget 2000 Update The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, has moved to boost the growth of hi-tech start-ups in the UK. Here, in brief, is a run down of some of the Chancellor's announcements to boost the UK online economy. Singling out IT and the Internet as critical areas for the UK, the Chancellor said: "We must master technological …
Sean Fleming, 21 Mar 2000
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Gateway research reveals truth about UK techno dummies

Too poor and too stupid to own a PC? Well, not any more. Gateway - the world's favourite bovinesque PC maker - has launched a range of PCs with you hard-up techno-dummies in mind. The Astro will take the fear out of owning a PC, Gateway says. What's more, it will take the fear out of handing over the dosh for said piece of kit. …
Sean Fleming, 21 Mar 2000
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MPs get 1000 anti-RIP faxes

Anti-RIP campaign group Stand is claiming a small but significant victory in its fight to block UK Government's attempts to put its so-called Big Brother legislation on the Stature book. The organisation's Web site runs a 'fax your MP' service which has sent more than 1000 faxes to MPs within just one week of launch. According …
Sean Fleming, 21 Mar 2000
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10 ways The Budget can boost UK tech industry

Recommedations from PWC Ahead of tomorrow's Budget, PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) technology division has published a list of ten things it would like to see included in the Chancellor's speech. The ten points are, PwC says, ways in which Budget 2000 can give the UK IT industry a boost. Here, reproduced in full, is the PwC top 10 things the hi-tech …
Sean Fleming, 20 Mar 2000
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Lastminute shares rally at err… last minute

Update: It looked at one point today as though the unthinkable could be about to happen - and it still might. Despite rallying to close at 391p investors in lastminute.com are facing up to the reality that share prices - even in dotcoms - can go down as well as up. The over-hyped and over-subscribed float of Lastminute on Tuesday saw …
Sean Fleming, 17 Mar 2000
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Angry employee busted after hack attack

A financial clearing facility in New York was subjected to a three-day cyber onslaught by a disgruntled employee who had demanded better pay and conditions for carrying out training duties. The man, a 31 year old database engineer called Abdelkader Smires, was arrested on Tuesday after he had disabled computers at Internet …
Sean Fleming, 16 Mar 2000
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Home Office RIPs into its Big Brother critics

Home Office minister Charles Clarke has hit out at critics of the UK Government's RIP Bill by posting an open letter on the Home Office Web site. In his letter, the Minister refutes all allegations that the Bill is "an Orwellian nightmare of unfettered mass surveillance" and says the Government has struck the right balance …
Sean Fleming, 16 Mar 2000
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Nvidia gets $200m X-Box injection

Graphics chip giant, Nvidia, is to receive a $200 million payment from Microsoft next month as an advance on multimedia development work for the X-Box. The X-Box has become one of the industry's most talked about yet-to-ship products and has seen a rows break out over who would win the supply deals for a variety of components. …
Sean Fleming, 16 Mar 2000
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Raise your glasses to Compaq on St Patrick's Day

With St Patrick's Day coming up at the end of the week, Guinness drinkers the world over will be able to breathe a collective sigh of relief knowing that Compaq has been charged with the job of keeping the black stuff flowing. The Big Q's customer services division has won a £1.6 million contract to take over the running of …
Sean Fleming, 15 Mar 2000