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Verizon extends Express Network

Verizon Wireless LLC said yesterday it has rolled out its "third generation" Express Network to thirteen more US cities, meaning it can offer higher-speed mobile data services to 72 million people and a third of its own user base. Express Network is based on 1XRTT, the technology that allows high bit rates over CDMA …

HP storage division carries on regardless of merger

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Taiwan fabs given go ahead for China ventures

Taiwan's chip vendors are to be allowed to invest in silicon factories on the Chinese mainland, but only after if their domestic factories are brought up to the state of the art. Last week, Taiwanese premier Yu Shyi-kun said that the government had decided to liberalize "small scale and low level investments" on the …
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Palm courts Pocket PC users in enterprise tools push

Palm Inc is to support Microsoft Pocket PC-powered devices with a new wireless database access product designed to help firm up its own enterprise credentials. The move marks an unprecedented step for Santa Clara, California-based Palm, which has only previously supported devices based on its own Palm OS. As such, it is …
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Sony sued by suicide mum

An American woman is taking Sony Online to court after her son committed suicide last Thanksgiving. The man was logged on to Everquest just minutes before he shot himself, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Guy Kewney's Mobile Campaign

We spotted this new online publication recently in our regular trawl of Newsnow.co.uk, our favourite news aggregation service.

Microsoft's anti-Unix campaign backfires

A $30 million advertising campaign jointly funded by Microsoft and Unisys to trumpet the superiority of Windows over "closed" Unix systems has turned into a public relations nightmare for the two companies.
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Pension fund seeks Gateway board changes

Calpers, America's biggest pension fund, wants Gateway to change the way it elects board members. It is unhappy with the PC maker's financial performance, and it reckons that the directors of the company have it too cosy, the pension fund told the San Jose Mercury.
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ATI takes Radeon 8500 to the Mac

ATI yesterday released a Mac board version of the Radeon 8500, its top performing graphics chip. The card is called the RADEON 8500 MAC EDITION, it retails at $299 and it supports Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.
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Yahoo! Rips! Up! Privacy! Policy!

Yahoo! changed its privacy policy last week, contemptuously exposing all of its registered users to third-party spam, marketing offers and cold calls that they'd previously said they didn't want.
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Hoax ‘Canadian PM’ rants at billg over Windows

Bill Gates was tricked into believing a mimic on the phone to him was in fact Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, according to a Globe & Mail report. That isn't exactly unusual, as a string of famous people have been conned on-air by Marc-Antoine Audette, but it seems Bill isn't particularly keen to take calls from the Prime Minister of Canada anyway.
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MS accuses Liberate CEO of offering anti breakup deal

Liberate Technologies CEO Mitchell Kertzman was yesterday accused of trying to cut a an interactive TV deal with Microsoft in exchange for his support in fighting a breakup of the company. As part of Microsoft's defence in the Unsettling States (the continuation of US v MS by other means) antitrust action Kertzman was confronted with emails that did indeed suggest something to this effect.
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BT DSL ‘anti-competitive’ – Freeserve

Freeserve has launched a stinging attack against BT claiming the monster telco is running an "orchestrated campaign of anti-competitive behaviour".
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Computer saboteur escapes conviction

A computer technician saw his convictions for maliciously spreading a computer virus struck out after a court decided his actions caused minimal financial loss.
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PDA shipment growth slows

PDA shipments are set to grow by 18 per cent this year, according to the crystal ball gazers at Gartner Dataquest.