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Online merchant emails customer credit card details

Dabs.com has booted merchants BuyB4Sold.com off its Dabsxchange auction site after the latter committed a serious security breach involving its customers' credit card details. On 7 September BuyB4Sold.com distributed an email to their customers, who had purchased products from a virtual auction hosted by Dabs, with an Excel …
John Leyden, 13 Sep 2001
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1.3GHz Athlon action kicks off

It looks like 1.3GHz Athlon action is about to kick off, ahead of AMD's official launch at CeBIT next month. The system builders have already got their processors, and the testing labs of the PC magazines are getting kit in to review. Yesterday we reported Dabs.com is advertising 1.3GHz Athlons in the April issue of computer …
Robert Blincoe, 20 Feb 2001
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BT merges networking dealers

BT has folded two data networking resellers, bought last year, into one company. The new company, called BT iNet, merges BT's TNS and Skynet dealerships, and does all the usual stuff that you would expect - installation, IP telephony, wireless networking, managed services and security services. Dave Carrington, former MD of BT …
Drew Cullen, 11 Jul 2006
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WLAN kit heads towards £50 mark

The consumer wireless networking market is becoming commoditised much like the modem market before it, with wireless networks cards costing a fraction of the price they fetched a year ago. e-tailers like Action.com, Dabs.com and Simply.co.uk are offering 802.11b 11Mbps USB adapters from £60 (excluding VAT), compared to an …
John Leyden, 12 Mar 2002
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Secret tracking codes in laser printers cracked

The pages that are printed by your colour laser printer may include tiny dots, almost invisible to the naked eye. The dots form a code that can be read by the US Secret Service, ostensibly to track down counterfeiters. Now, for the first time, the code has been cracked. The Secret Service has admitted before that the tracking …
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Oct 2005
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DiData reshuffles board

Reseller giant Dimension Data is splitting the role of chief executive and chairman, in line with recommended best business practice. DiData chief operating officer Brett Dawson is made chief executive. Jeremy Ord moves from executive chairman to non-executive chairman. Malcolm Rutherford resigned from his post as chief …
John Oates, 03 Mar 2004
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Saddo alert – New Year's Eve shoppers

What better way to bring in the New Year than indulge in a mad orgy... of consumer spending. The fastest shopper out the blocks, that we've heard of, is the Jungle.com customer who bought the John Shuttleworth Live video at 00:01am 2001. At just one minute into the New Year, whoever it was certainly didn't have time to complete …
Robert Blincoe, 10 Jan 2001
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BT's new wave buoys up profits

BT brought in revenues of £4.8bn in the first quarter ended 30 June 2006 - up three per cent on the same period last year and in line with analysts' expectations. Profit before tax and after specific items was £615m, up from £499m in the first quarter of 2005. Profit before specific items and leaver costs was £1.386bn, up from …
John Oates, 27 Jul 2006
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Ebuyer promises to be better

Ebuyer's new marketing boss has been telling El Reg what has changed at the etailer and why it is now taking customer service seriously. The website offers cheap electronics and computer goods but fast growth led to serious customer service problems earlier this year. Earlier this year it emerged that Sheffield Trading …
John Oates, 21 Jul 2005
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Visa e-tail awards rock its world

Last night Visa held its first e-tail awards at some fancy hotel in London and the whole world held its breath. The event was a great success, as they always are, but just a handful of companies walked away with the prestigious awards. There have been suggestions that only 29 Web sites made it into the nine different categories …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Feb 2001
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What went wrong with Jungle's new computer system

Jungle.com has got back to us to explain exactly what went wrong with its new management computer system and why customers have faced significant delays in getting their orders in the past few weeks. Marketing director Andy Singleton was at pains to point out that Jungle is sorry about what has happened and that the company …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Oct 2001
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Dixons won't repeat misleading credit ad

Dixons Stores Group (DSG) has received a ticking off from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) over misleading advertising. Currys, one of DSG's stable of retailers, was found to be advertising misleading ads for interest-free credit - something the OFT won't stand for. Why? Well, although the "no interest" or "0%" loans might …
Tim Richardson, 28 Apr 2003
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Lightning knocks out Halifax IT system

A lightning storm in Belfast last night knocked out the IT systems of one of Halifax Bank's main UK call centres, creating problems for the bank in fielding customer queries well into this morning. Halifax customer service reps told Reg reader Alan McWatters this morning that "due to a lightening Strike in Belfast last night …
John Leyden, 06 Aug 2003
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Dabsxchange bans secondhand MS software

Online auction site Dabsxchange is to stop people offering second-hand Microsoft software for sale on the site, because it believes the vast majority of it is likely to be pirated. Dave Atherton, managing director of reseller Dabs.com, which runs Dabsxchange, said it was making the stance because people are offering Office …
John Leyden, 25 Sep 2001
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OFT guidance on selling kit online

Selling IT equipment to consumers online: OFT guidance OUT-LAW News, 19/12/2005 Any business selling IT goods and services over the internet, by mail order or by telephone may wish to review its terms and conditions for consumer sales in light of new guidance published by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) on Friday. Legal teams …
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Dec 2005
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Bumlickycrawlie PC mag fawns over PC World

Some funny behaviour has been going on at PC Format. Its December issue had a one-page feature entitled "PCF investigates PC World", where it claimed the monster computer store was ripping off customers, getting inexperienced salesman to push overpriced RAM and charging up to 33 per cent more for other goods like CD writers and …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Jan 2001
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Home delivery is the deal-breaker in ecommerce

The biggest challenge to ecommerce is delivery, according to Britain's ecommerce trade body, which is launching a new trust mark scheme to encourage merchants and transporters to give consumers more options. The Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG) says very few e-tailers are getting it right. The consumers don't buy …
Team Register, 20 Jul 2005
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Winners and losers from the HP/Compaq merger

Resellers hope Hewlett-Packard's positive attitude to the channel will pervade a future combined Compaq-HP while competitors hope to steal a march of the mega outfit while its energies are focused on completing a difficult merger. That's the reaction from those industry players willing to comment on yesterday's announcement of …
John Leyden, 05 Sep 2001
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Systems Union losses soar

This has been a significant and challenging year," Systems Union Group Bob Morton said in statement accompanying the accountancy software firm's results. Net loss was £106.6m, up from £2m the previous year. There has been a massive reorganisation of Systems Union Group - formerly an overpriced dotcom, the business now owns two …
Drew Cullen, 05 Apr 2001
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GeForce3 price cuts kick in

Elsa has responded to Nvidia’s GeForce3 price cuts and chopped the price of its Gladiac 920 board from £459.99 to £349.99. This is Elsa's suggested retail price, and it looks as though you'll be able to buy it £50 cheaper than this, but not just yet. Jungle.com has got it priced at £299.99 but you can't buy it for 34 days. Dabs …
Robert Blincoe, 26 Apr 2001
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Software Warehouse's old retail chain shuts doors

One Stop Computer Solutions, formerly Software Warehouse's retail business, has fallen into administrative receivership four months after Jungle.com boss Steve Bennett offloaded the business. All 30 shops at the Midlands-based business are currently closed, and more than 150 staff are believed to be affected. Martin Hall and …
Linda Harrison, 08 Aug 2000
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Boxed P4 shortages? What shortages

If there was a channel drought of boxed versions of Intel's P4s earlier in the week things seem to have eased up now. The word from resellers was that Intel was telling anyone who wants to order a 1.7GHz P4 they'll have to wait at least four weeks for it - no matter how many they order, and the other versions of the P4 - 1.3GHz …
Robert Blincoe, 04 May 2001
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‘Xmas’ is offensive, Christian claims

Did you know that 'Xmas' was offensive to some Christians? Granted it does look a little ugly, but it comes in handy for headlines, where space is at a premium. Our anonymous correspondent says we should look to the coveted AP style guide, which we have no intention of doing, as we covet neither this guide nor our neighbour's …
Lester Haines, 12 Jan 2001
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High street TFT displays hit £299

The UK's biggest computer retail chain, PC World, is starting to punt out 14.1-inch no-name TFT monitors for £299. This is slightly below what the off-the-page/Internet boys are selling similar product at but they'll price match instantly. PC World's previous lowest price TFT display was £349, so even though the cost of TFT's …
Robert Blincoe, 29 Jun 2001
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Small.biz shuns IT recycling (mostly)

Most small firms are still not assessing the environmental impact of their operations according to the latest research. A study by electronic recycling and refurbishment firm MIREC Asset Management found only 35 per cent of UK businesses are getting rid of their old computers and other items in a manner which complied with an …
Startups.co.uk, 07 Jul 2003
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UK.biz ready for disaster, says UK.biz

UK enterprises are ready for a major disaster. That's the conclusion of a survey by server hosting outfit TDM Group which found 79 per cent of businesses believe they would have their IT Systems "up and running within minutes in the event of a disaster". In a telephone poll of 100 enterprise IT managers, commissioned by TDM, …
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2003
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ABIT confirms new Socket A mobo specs

ABIT's KT7 Socket A mobo, based on Via's KT133 chipset, debuts today. The KT7 is designed for use with all AMD-K7 Socket A Thunderbird and Duron 200MHz FSB processors. It supports AGP 1x/2x/4x and 100/133MHz SDRAM. The mobo features three 168-pin DIMM sockets supporting PC-100 and PC-133 SDRAM. The KT7 is based on the earlier …
Andrew Thomas, 07 Jul 2000
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OFT to clamp down on misleading online travel deals

Many UK-based online travel sites are breaking the law by making misleading price claims. Forty per cent (54 out of 135) of UK-based websites visited during an investigation by trading standards officials contained potentially misleading claims, the UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) announced this week. The OFT and 55 local …
John Leyden, 04 Apr 2003
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WinXP Pro edition for £37? Educate yourself…

When Microsoft launched Windows XP it also switched the way it sold software to students. Previously, if you bought software at savage discounts under the Student and Teacher License you had to provide some proof that you qualified, and then Microsoft would send you the software. This process has now been "simplified and …
John Lettice, 05 Dec 2001
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The recordable DVD clinic

Last week Hewlett-Packard (HP) dropped the news that is was exiting the add-on CD-RW market in order to concentrate on the emerging recordable DVD market. For the company, it seems to make sense: CD-RW has become a commodity product, meaning that margin in that business in now negligible (not as bad as the SDRAM market, but …
James Watson, 15 Oct 2001

August is great for holidays but it's no damn good for song titles

If you look it up on Wikipedia - the great reference source for people who can't be bothered trying to learn about anything - you'll find there's very little of interest about August. That's probably why so many people go on holiday during the month. Not that you'd know it from The Register. News never takes a holiday. So to …
Billy MacInnes, 23 Aug 2007
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Cybercops and zero day vulns

The start of the Infosec conference tomorrow will witness one of the first public appearances of the new Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). Dubbed the UK's FBI by Britain's tabloids, SOCA will tackle drug trafficking, immigration crime, money laundering and identity fraud by developing intelligence on organised crime and …
John Leyden, 24 Apr 2006
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Today's top 100 e-businesses: tomorrow's death list?

Sportal is Europe's top privately-owned e-business, according to a Sunday Times e-league. Compiled by Bathwick Group, the e-league of Europe's top 100 private e-businesses names the top 10 (in descending order): 1. sportal.com 2. boxman.com 3. mondus.com 4. netdoktor.com 5. peoplesound.com 6. beenz.com 7. moreover.com 8 …
Drew Cullen, 03 Jul 2000
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Tiny to undercut Dixons through in-store online sales

Tiny Computers is planning to ride out the PC market downturn by heavily pushing accessories and peripherals to its customers. It is putting touch-screen order consoles in each of its shops. Customers then place their order, print off a receipt and return home. Delivery will be in the next three to four days. Why would a …
Robert Blincoe, 23 May 2001
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MS Office vastly overpriced, says UK consumer outfit

Microsoft software is seven times more expensive than alternatives, the latest issue of UK Consumers Association magazine Computing Which? claims today. But although the claim does have some justification, in going for the extreme the magazine misses the byzantine subtleties of Microsoft's pricing machine. 'Nobody ever buys …
John Lettice, 30 Apr 2004
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On civil liberties, video violence and hanging offences

A survey of around 1,000 Brits revealed firstly that as a nation, we are apparently quite at home with the idea of our civil liberties being eroded in exchange for a warm fuzzy feeling of security that comes with reactionary legislation. You thought it also showed that if you ask people very specific questions about big issues …
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Aug 2005