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Akamai founder confirmed dead in US terrorist attack

Akamai Technologies has confirmed that Danny Lewin, its founder and chief technology officer, was one of the victims of the terrorist attack in New York yesterday. Lewin was aboard the American Airlines flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles - the first hijacked plane to crash into the World Trade Centre. The 31-year-old, who …
Linda Harrison, 12 Sep 2001
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US terror attacks disrupt chip imports

As the reality of yesterday's terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre in New York starts to sink in, fears are being raised over its effect on business. In the computer industry, OEMs worldwide face huge losses if US flights - used to transport PCs, chips and other electronic components, do not return to normal this week, …
Linda Harrison, 12 Sep 2001
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TFT profits to go down the toilet

Manufacturers of TFT screens are about to see their profits go down the toilet, a report out this week claims. TFT LCD prices are not expected to rise until the fourth quarter of next year, while production has been ramped up due to excessive spending in 2000 and 2001, according to US market research outfit DisplaySearch. "As …
Linda Harrison, 11 Sep 2001
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Why Brits pay more for Win XP

In true Rip-Off Britain style, Brits will have to dig deeper into their pockets than Americans for Microsoft's Windows XP. According to the software giant, an upgrade to Windows XP Home Edition will cost $99 in the US, with the full copy at $199. In the UK this same software will be priced at £89.99 ($130) and £179.99 ($262 …
Linda Harrison, 11 Sep 2001
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Vendors beat up on Grey Market

Compaq and Hewlett-Packard are putting their weight behind an organisation aimed at discouraging consumers from buying grey market products. The Anti-Gray Market Alliance (AGMA) says it will analyse the structure of the IT grey market, monitor the impact of grey market trading, and improve channel relationships. It also wants …
Linda Harrison, 10 Sep 2001
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Worldwide PC sales fall in 2001 – IDC

Analysts have warned that PC sales for 2001 are likely to be far lower than feared, thanks to weak demand in the US and Japan. IDC has chopped its forecast for total worldwide shipments for the year to 129.6 million units - 1.6 per cent less than the 131.7 million sold in 2000. It said flagging consumer PC shipments in the US …
Linda Harrison, 10 Sep 2001
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Click here to calculate how much Win XP will cost you

With a month to go until Windows XP springs to life, many IT users are still unsure if the benefits are worth the expense of upgrading. So before handing over shed-loads of cash to Microsoft for its latest operating system (upgrades will cost £89.99 for XP Home Edition and £169.99 for XP Professional), it could be worth …
Linda Harrison, 10 Sep 2001
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MS urged to delay licence (to print money) changes

UK user groups have urged Microsoft to push back its licensing scheme revamp to give UK businesses time to get to grips with the changes. The request was sent off in a letter to Neil Holloway, Microsoft UK MD, last week. It was signed by Elite, the British Computer Society's forum for IT directors, Imis, the IT management …
Linda Harrison, 07 Sep 2001
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First-e goes titsup.com

Online bank first-e is to shut up shop after failing to attract enough customers. The operation, owned by Paris-based Banque d'Escompte, will close its UK and Germany operations next month. Banque d'Escompte, which will continue its offline banking operations in France, yesterday signed an agreement with SelfTrade UK, owned by …
Linda Harrison, 07 Sep 2001
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SanDisk con scribe needs a slap

Readers Letters SanDisk redefines 'megabyte' in capacity con The following kind words on how to improve the performance of Register reporter Tony Smith come courtesy of reader Larry Knibb. Subject: Tony Smith's little-eye on the world! Maybe you can slap some sense into Tony Smith as regards the "SanDisk in Redefining Megabyte Shocker …
Linda Harrison, 07 Sep 2001
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FOTW Hawking stalking

Stephen Hawking predicts cyborg ascendancy Ever pictured larger-than-life New Yorker and Reg reporter Thomas C. Greene in a nappy? (that's a diaper to American readers). After reading Thomas' article on Stephen Hawking, reader Simon Wells got mad, bad, and bravely dared to go where no man has gone before. Or since, presumably …
Linda Harrison, 07 Sep 2001
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‘Just stop acting like some conclusive bumpkin’

Stephen Hawking predicts cyborg ascendancy The truth about the DivX revolution Harsh but fair? This comes from a reader helpfully identifying themselves only as 'cyberplasm'. i was sorry to read your brash juvenile comments on science and hawkins, here is my response: i was surprised to come across two inanely waffling …
Linda Harrison, 07 Sep 2001
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Reg ‘hippie tree-huggers’ take a hammering

Cisco Borgs are super frugal Morten Pederson didn't find Cisco cost cutting satire funny. the reg's bunch of fucking hippie tree-huggers are at it again. try to get through your skull that cost saving measures reduces job cuts. in case it hasnt appeared on your radar yet (which seems quite likely) we're in the middle of a …
Linda Harrison, 07 Sep 2001
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Pegasus Opera sales beating forecasts

Systems Union, which supplies mid-range accountancy software systems, today said it had managed to drag itself back into the black. The company posted a pre-tax profit of £679,000 (seven pence per share) for the six months ended 30 June 2001, compared to losses of £96.5 million (£1.15 loss per share) for the same period the …
Linda Harrison, 06 Sep 2001
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‘Busty blonde’ email lawyers face lawsuit

Two London lawyers face a lawsuit over an email in which one of them asked for a 'busty blonde' as a replacement for their black secretary. The case, which could be the first in the UK to establish if an email is grounds for a discrimination claim, involves an email sent hours after the woman announced her resignation. "Can we …
Linda Harrison, 06 Sep 2001
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Sportal's Euro ops up for grabs

Troubled sports dotcom Sportal Limited is up for sale -but potential buyers need not bother trying to get their mits on the Sportal brand name or any of its URLs. According to the dotcom's administrators Ernst & Young, the following is available: The operations of the Websites in Europe - including joint sites with sports …
Linda Harrison, 05 Sep 2001
DVD it in many colours

Ring peace broken, world record set

Virgin Mobile today managed to net its world record for getting the most mobile phones to ring in unison. Despite the rain, 254 people took a break from their lunchtime activities to stand in Leicester Square and download the Pearl & Dean tune onto their phones. With the help of TV presenter Mariella Frostrup, they all blasted …
Linda Harrison, 05 Sep 2001
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Profits jump 75% at Landis

Pan-European distributor Landis saw profits rise 75 per cent for the first half of the year. Net profit at the company grew to 12.5 million euros ($11.1 million) from 7.1 million euros in the first six months of 2000. Sales grew 54 per cent to 389 million euros. The Netherlands-based company said it did not expect the sector …
Linda Harrison, 05 Sep 2001
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Government Gateway – no smoke without fire?

The Government Gateway experienced a second day of inaction today. The Web site, plugged as the cornerstone of e-government in the UK, went down yesterday morning. At first a representative blamed the problem on maintenance, but later stated it was actually due to the power supply at the data centre "overheating". Today it …
Linda Harrison, 04 Sep 2001
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British schools in Net frenzy

The government claimed today that virtually all British schools were now hooked up to the Net. Just four per cent of primary schools are still waiting to get online, compared to 83 per cent in 1997. Meanwhile, 'almost all' secondary schools have Internet access, according to the report. The ratio of computers to pupils has …
Linda Harrison, 04 Sep 2001
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‘Hero’ loses Dixons domain battle

A self-proclaimed hero has lost his domain name battle with Dixons over a protest Web site. WIPO decided that dixons-online.net and dixons-online.org, owned by student Abu Abdullaah, were 'confusingly similar' to Dixons' trademark, and were registered in bad faith. Last month it ruled that both URLs should be transferred to …
Linda Harrison, 04 Sep 2001
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UK e-government felled by ‘overheating’

Britain's chief e-government initiative came to a standstill today after a spot of overheating. At first a representative of the Government Gateway, designed to help citizens get to grips with issues such as paying taxes online, seemed to think the site was down for maintenance. But on closer inspection it appeared that the …
Linda Harrison, 03 Sep 2001
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Software pirate nailed after ill-timed courier delivery

A British reseller faces two years in jail after counterfeit goods were delivered to his front door in front of Trading Standards officers. At the time Christopher Bottley was entertaining staff from Kent Trading Standards - they were raiding his house in Tonbridge for counterfeit goods. While they TS officers unearthed …
Linda Harrison, 03 Sep 2001
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Notebook sales rise 9%

Notebook sales grew nine per cent in the second quarter to around 6.3 million. For the first time notebooks accounted for more than a fifth of all computer sales - and as prices drop, notebooks are expected to keep gaining market share, according to a report from Display Search. It predicts laptops will make up 20 per cent of …
Linda Harrison, 03 Sep 2001
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Mesh appoints MD

Mesh Computers has enticed Mick Thornburn from Dennis Publishing to be its MD. Thornburn will take over the role at the London-based PC builder from Max Sherafati and Peter Ramiz, who will change their job title to joint CEO of the company. He will also take on the responsibilities of general manager - Sherafati and Ramiz have …
Linda Harrison, 31 Aug 2001