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Double-spinning Caldera faces open source backlash

Although Caldera CEO Ransom Love gave a bravura performance in conference calls yesterday after the company announced its intention to buy-out SCO's UnixWare product and services businesses, the path to ascendancy is far from smooth. And Love might just have made it a bit rockier with conflicting messages to the press and financial communities about just how open SCO's intentions are.
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MS doubles prices for enterprise customers

Microsoft has introduced a price increase that will affect customers of its Select enterprise license scheme. According to the Gartner Group, a subtle change in policy will double the cost of Windows where businesses use imaging programs, such as Norton Ghost for convenience. That snares 60 per cent of all enterprises.
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Keith goes on his Todd as ICL cancels IPO (again)

Keith Todd, chief executive of ICL has resigned, following the decision of parent company Fujitsu to pull the plug on plans to float the company.
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MS edutainment CD in milkshake mix-up

Update Worrying signs are emerging that Microsoft's factual products are becoming as reliably bug-prone as the company's systems and applications software. These errors can't be blamed on local translators either, as they pop up in English language versions.

My head hurts and I want $800 million

An American doctor has taken a $800 million lawsuit out against Motorola claiming its mobile phone was the cause of his brain cancer. Chris Newman was diagnosed with a malignant tumour behind his right ear in 1998. Between 1992 and 1998 he used his mobile regularly to keep in touch with patients.
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LeisurePlanet torpedoes UK sub

LeisurePlanet Holdings, the US/South African-owned Internet player, has placed its UK online travel subsidiary, Leisureplanet.com, into administration.
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Beatle juices Magex

Beatle with Wings Sir Paul McCartney today pumped an undisclosed sum into online payment system supplier Magex.
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Sony ships 3m PlayStation 2s in five months

A triumphant Sony this morning said it sold over three million PlayStation 2s into the Japanese market in the first five months following the console's 4 March debut.
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MS co-founder coughs up £8.6 million for alien hunt

Paul Allen has given £8.6 million to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project. The money will be used to build the most powerful array of telescopes thus far which will be named The Allen Telescope Array. His business partner, Nathan Myhrvold will fund the development phase.
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Lastminute posts improved losses

Lastminute.com has posted Q3 losses of £9.3 million - an £1.7 million improvement on the same period last year. Total transaction value is up 17-fold, compared to the same period last year, and the company has £117 million in cash stashed away in the bank. Registered users across Europe nudged above the two million mark.

Energis tunes into digital TV

Energis has jumped into the digital TV market through a joint venture with software developer Graham Technology. The two are going to provide a "fully integrated solution" which means it'll be designed to deal with every fancy Net gadget and protocol on the market (WAP, EPOC, etc.).
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Barclays cock-up the tip of an ugly, secret iceberg

Analysis When Barclays' newly-upgraded on-line banking service went live with a ludicrously obvious bug enabling users to access other customers' accounts this past weekend, the only real surprise was how long it had taken for a major balls-up like it to emerge publicly and fascinate the mainstream press.
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Saucy Sis Athlon mobo pics on show

If you have a locked T-Bird or Duron, OC Workbench has a suggestion for unlocking it that may not have occurred to you. It involves a pencil but for more info click on the link and see what you make of this one.
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EU goes legal against MS – company should open up Windows

MS on Trial The European Commission has given Microsoft a "statement of objections," which effectively launches an antitrust case against the company on the other side of the pond. Following up on a complaint originally made by Sun, the Commission agrees there is evidence that Microsoft has breached European antitrust rules.
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Disney buys out rest of Soccernet

Walt Disney Group is buying the 40 per cent of Soccernet, the "world's most popular football site", that it doesn't already own. Terms were undisclosed.
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Microsoft unveils Christmas box

Microsoft's UK consumer division intends to fill your stocking this Christmas, with a bundle of goodies includes 12 new games titles, plus five extra versions of existing games, home user software and new mice.
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Now Demon loses credit card details

Who'd have a credit card these days, eh? Yep, next up in the oh-dear-I-divulged-all-my-customers'-financial-details stakes is Demon Internet.
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Sony delays Euro PlayStation launch?

Sony is keeping mum on the subject, but sources close to the company claim that it has put back the European launch of the PlayStation 2 by at least three weeks.

Europe braces itself for broadband explosion

Independent ISP's and smaller broadband start-ups will lose out to major telcos in the predicted ballooning of broadband Internet access in Europe.
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Digital shopping fraud was a fluke, claims crook

A man who made fraudulent purchases in the online "walled garden" of Open, Sky Digital's television shopping channel, is claiming that he was able to do so by randomly pressing buttons on his remote control.
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MS mullahs warez pirates

Microsoft's anti piracy campaign has got off to a storming start as the company has filed a civil action against the renowned warez site Godabuzz. In the UK an action has begun against an as yet unnamed site hosted in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. Both are accused of offering pirated Microsoft products for sale.
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Click here for naked fun

A reader sent us an email suggesting we check out www.williamhague.com. Since baldy boy William is head of the Conservative Party and Her Majesty's Opposition, our gut feeling was that it would be a satirical site. None of it.
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MS tells EU it's always pushed standards, interoperability

MS on Trial Microsoft has responded swiftly to the antitrust action the European Commission launched earlier today, claiming in a statement that it already provides all the information its competitors need in order to have their server software interoperate with Windows. The Commission has served Microsoft with a "statement of objections" claiming that it doesn't, and that it gives unequal access to information, depending on whether companies are friends or foes.
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Server shipments shoot up but below forecasts

Worldwide server shipments grew 11 per cent in the previous quarter thanks to the Web.
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Telewest ‘underestimated’ Net demand

Thanks to Telewest's CE, Adam Singer, for this on the performance on his much-maligned ISP.
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Hacktivists own Myanmar govt. site

Engineers were still trying on Thursday to restore control of the Myanmar (Burma) government Web site after hacktivists brought it down, the Associated Press reports.
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Judge yanks a few of Carnivore's teeth

US District Judge James Robertson has responded to a suit brought by American watchdog outfit the Electronic Privacy Information Centre (EPIC) regarding the FBI's e-mail snoop apparatus Carnivore, by giving the Bureau ten working days to set a schedule for delivering records under expedited Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) handling.