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More on VNU's take over of CMP London

Not an awful lot of money is expected to change hands between VNU and Miller Freeman -- VNU will buy CMP UK and France lists, and will take on liabilities. Question is, how many will go before the takeover is completed? Word on Broadwick Street is that VNU only wants 35-40 CMP bodies. CMP has 157 staff in the UK. Junior hacks …
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How to get a parasite out of your socks

Our favourite spin doctor at chip design Decadence explains to us what parasite extraction is. According to him, you find these parasites when two trannies line up together in your sock (system on a chip) and cause unwanted capacitance. So how do you get these parasites out? You use software tweezers. Gasp. ®
Administrator, 6 Jul 1999
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July the Fourth? We Scots say Pah! Humbug

One of us had a very interesting email yesterday from a Yankee who uttered: "We're sorry about you Brits who can't celebrate Independence Day." What a laugh. Three directors here share Keltic roots, and two thirds are Scots, so we have to admire big time the Yanks (or should it be Tanks) who threw tea into bostoon harbour. Here …
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BT Boss gets £725,000 bonus for failing to buy MCI

BT chief exec Peter Bonfield has seen his pay rise by just eight per cent over last year, but when you’re getting the kind of wedge he’s on, that means quite a few extra greenbacks. With bonuses included, PB trousered a whopping £2.5 million – that’s eight pence a second -- in the last 12 months. But somewhat perversely, £725, …
Administrator, 4 Jun 1999
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Intel's Maloney makes funny smell reference to wind and bums

A copy of a new magazine by Intel UK has reached the hands of The Register. All of us are puzzled by the level of wit displayed. The magazine, called Intelligence features senior VP Sean Maloney, who was, we know, once the right hand man of Andy Grove, the effective maker of the chip giant. The magazine Intelligence quotes …
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Flying out to Comdex with your notebook?

If you're going to Comdex/Fall and travelling through LAX with your notebook, note this fact and note it well. Because of the increased security caused by terrorist threats, perceived or otherwise, the security people who make you tip out your coins and keys, are now making you tip out your notebooks too. Once they are out, the …
Administrator, 13 Sep 1998
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Minks back with a vengeance – US to blame

Down in Cardiff, which we are told is in Wales, there is a group of boffins telling us all kinds of interesting things. So far this week we have had GPS to within half a centimetre, despite the fact it is non-year 2000 compliant but today's report took the biscuit. Boffin MacDonald, who claims to be from Oxford University, told …
Administrator, 11 Sep 1998
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Cisco secures mobile tunnel capability

Cisco has added Layer 2 Tunnelling Protocol (L2TP) to its IOS software for Access VPNs (Virtual Private Networks). It will reduce network management costs, simplify WAN operations and allow companies to focus on their core competencies, said Cisco. L2PT is a hybrid produced from the crossing of Cisco’s Layer 2 Forwarding (L2F) …
Administrator, 18 Aug 1998
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Canion loose on GK deck

Compaq co-founder Rod Canion and a cabal of former Compaq executives have resigned en masse from struggling software developer GK Intelligent Systems. The resignations of six senior staff GK Intelligent Systems sent the share price into a tail-spin and the shares lost 57 per cent of their value before trading was suspended …
Administrator, 14 Aug 1998
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Ideal claims ‘no decline’ in trading

Ideal Hardware has rejected suggestions that UK PC distributors are all affected by a sales malaise. Yesterday, competitor Datrontech, issued a profits warning which caused its shares to slide on the UK stock markets. Other IT companies, including Ideal, also showed drops in their share price. But Ideal Hardware, in a statement …
Administrator, 14 Aug 1998
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Lotus scrambles to repair security loophole

Lotus is to rush out a security patch for Notes 4.6 client "within a month" after a leading independent lab published details of a security loophole in the software on the internet. Lotus officials played down the likelihood of the flaw being exploited, but said that it would be addressed in the Notes Release 5 upgrade, and in …
Administrator, 14 Aug 1998
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European Commission investigates call charges

The European Commission is to mount an investigation of international phone charges levied by PTTs in seven countries. The Commission says that the investigation is the result of a survey of the entire EU, which began almost a year ago. The countries to be covered are Austria, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg and …
Administrator, 14 Aug 1998
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Virgin Net dumps Excite in favour of Lycos

UK ISP Virgin Net has dumped Excite UK in favour of Lycos UK, because the latter has a better search engine than the former, the company has claimed. The Richard Branson outfit said that it had taken several months to choose a new navigation centre. David Clarke, CEO of Virgin Net, said: "We took this search very seriously. We …
Administrator, 14 Aug 1998
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LCD monitor market showing price erosion

The desktop LCD monitor market has taken a hit in value due to rapidly eroding prices, according to research from US-based Stanford Resources. Stanford blames the lingering Asian economy crisis, slow growth in the notebook market and continued low volume demand for desktop LCDs on the low market value. Samsung monitor product …
Administrator, 14 Aug 1998
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Geocities cuts FTC deal on privacy violation claim

Community-based Web operation Geocities has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which had been investigating the operation over alleged privacy violations. Under the settlement Geocities seems to have agreed to stop telling its subscribers that it won't disclose personal information about them, while at …
Administrator, 14 Aug 1998
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US dealer further in Microsoft soup

Microsoft has filed further charges against a US dealer who, it alleges, was abusing its Easy Fulfillment Program. The software vendor has filed a further contempt charge against Shawn LePorte, to add to the charges of conspiracy, fraud, theft unfair competition and trademark infringements which it has already filed against the …
Administrator, 14 Aug 1998
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RIMMs start to ship in volume

South Korean conglomerate Samsung has started shipments of its 64Mbit modules based on Rambus technology. According to reports, volume production of the RIMMs (Rambus in line memory modules) has already started with production of 100,000 units a month. It is supplying the modules to Dell, Intel and also Compaq, the reports said …
Administrator, 14 Aug 1998
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Fujitsu to produce 16ns, 100MHz SDRAM

Fujitsu said that it is ready to start volume production of what it claims is the world's smallest 64Mbit synchronous DRAM conforming to Intel's PC 100 memory standard. The SDRAM chips, which use a .22 micron fabrication process, will begin shipping to its OEM customers in September, Fujitsu said. The devices have an area of 51. …
Administrator, 14 Aug 1998
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Siemens steps up attempt to sell fab

With the clock ticking down to its closure, Siemens has launched a global marketing campaign to try and convince one of its semi-conductor rivals to take over its loss-making Tyneside plant. The £1.2 billion plant is due to start winding down next month and will close on 31 January. If a buyer is not found, 1,200 jobs will go as …
Administrator, 14 Aug 1998
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Datrontech issues profit warning as share prices fall

Distributor Datrontech has issued its second profits warning in 15 months, blaming a sluggish performance from the PC assembler market in the UK. Now the group financial director Gerry Connolly is leaving Datrontech with a £115,000 pay-off following the profits warning. Datrontech now expects pre-tax profits of £2.6 million for …
Administrator, 14 Aug 1998
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CDG adds fuel to wireless standards war

Following-on from Qualcomm's decision to withdraw co-operation on W-CDMA licensing last week, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) has fanned the flames by submitting a policy for world-wide wireless spectrum allocation to the US delegation to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Qualcomm's beef is largely with the …
Administrator, 13 Aug 1998
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Broadcom moves to speed Gigabit deployment

Broadcom and its Accelerated Deployment Partners (ADPs) are committing to an effort to produce Gigabit Ethernet products designed for the installed base of Category 5 copper cabling, which is currently widely-used for Ethernet and Fast Ethernet. The Company's ADPs include 3Com, Alteon Networks, Bay, Cabletron, Cisco, HP, Jato …
Administrator, 12 Aug 1998
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Gates and Allen to raise $350 million in petty cash

Bill Gates and Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, have filed forms to sell small but intensely valuable slices of their shares in the company. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires that insiders file notification of their intention to sell, although they don't actually have to complete the deal. Gates will …
Administrator, 11 Aug 1998

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