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Microsoft seeks new phone boss, cuts PocketPC supporters adrift

Exclusive A re-organization of Microsoft's Pocket PC marketing operation has left some of the platform's most enthusiastic supporters out in the cold.
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Energis poised to flog Euro ops

Energis is reportedly set to confirm later today that it is to sell its European operations.
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Freeserve chuffed with user numbers

Freeserve is crowing with delight that it now has 2.4 million customers – 60 per cent more than arch-rival AOL UK.
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Mobile security needs to change with GPRS

Does the security architecture used in mobile networks need to change? Our question is sparked by the line-up of new products from security vendors announced at this week's GSM Congress.
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Text messaging used to cut through court bureaucracy

Text messaging is being used to reduce court delays and witness waiting times in a government-backed pilot project, which was launched yesterday.
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‘Push off Sarah’ , says naked civil servant

Steve McPherson – who appeared stark bollock naked when a picture of him appeared on the Web next to an impassioned plea to get hitched – has turned down the chance to wed Sarah Jay.
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AMD preps Hammer chipsets

AMD does not usually go big on designing its own chipsets: its making a big exception with Hammer, its so-called eighth generation 64-bit server CPU , with the 8000 series.
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Hewlett Jr outlines Merger Plan B

There's still a month to go before Hewlett Packard and Compaq shareholders get to vote on the Sircam merger, but the battle lines are now more clearly drawn.
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Actebis stops making desktop and server PCs

Actebis, the German-owned PC components distributors, is to withdraw from making desktop and server PCs.
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Small MS DVD privacy invasion, not many dead

Windows Media Player 'phones home' when you're watching DVDs, but whether or not this is either a surprise or a serious privacy issues kind of depends on your point of view. Security consultant Richard Smith thinks it is, and documents what WMP does, and the data it sends.
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VIA forecasts rapid take-up of KT333

VIA yesterday officially launched the Apollo KT333 chipset. It's the world's first to support new fast memory DDR333 for Socket A (i.e. AMD Athlon and Duron) processors.
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Crunch time loom for BT's broadband plans

Ben Verwaayen is facing his first real test as BT’s new CEO.
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Biometric passports for Brits – by 2006

UK citizens may be asked to carry smart cards carrying biometric information alongside conventional passports within four years.
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Tripod account hijack risk patched

Lycos has patched a gaping security hole with its Tripod homepage service which would have allowed crackers to bypass authentication checks and control a victim's homepage.

Nokia to share mobile network technologies with rivals

Nokia Oyj yesterday promised to "share" core mobile network technologies with its competitors in a "de facto standardization" effort that it claims is necessary to reduce network industry cost structures, and hasten the realization of next-generation mobile data services. It also unveiled its own range of "open" network modules, making Linux-based systems a part of its core infrastructure product portfolio for the first time.
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EU thumbs nose at US with software patent proposals

The European Commission has released proposals for updating regulations regarding software patents that seem set to infuriate US software vendors.
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Caldera case expert to review Windows XP source code

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kottely has followed up her interesting decision that Microsoft should allow Windows source code to be independently reviewed by appointing someone characterised by Microsoft as a professional anti-Microsoft expert witness to review it. Which is possibly even more interesting.
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Google gives its twist on pay-per-click

Google Inc has brought its unique flavor to the pay-per-performance search/ad model, yesterday outlining how it plans to tackle the market currently dominated by Overture Services Inc.
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Energis culls 400 jobs

Energis is to axe 400 UK jobs in a bid to save £25 million a year.
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Mass ICQ ‘hack’ baffles world+dog

We have received evidence which suggests a mass hack of ICQ has taken place - but neither AOL or security experts can come up with an explanation.
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HP, Gateway: MS Seattlement terms screw us too

Microsoft is seeking to have all patent claims waived by the top 20 PC vendors which license its operating system.
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SNMP exploit causes printers to jam

A denial of service vulnerability has been reported in some versions of the firmware for Hewlett-Packard JetDirect printers.
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Terror talk stalks RSA Conference

The official theme of the eleventh annual RSA Conference evokes the Elizabethan Era -- complete with costumed minstrels and acrobats wandering the San Jose, Calf. convention center. Unofficially, the security event opened Tuesday with a more serious theme, with U.S. cyber security czar Richard Clarke warning about the …