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Via Net.Works considers sell-offs

Troubled ISP Via Net.Works Inc is considering a wholesale restructuring of the company that could lead to the closing down or selling off of its operations in certain countries. The Reston, Virginia-based company, which is suffering from an acquisition strategy that bloated its presence into 15 countries, said that in its …
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RIM opens up technology

Research In Motion Ltd is looking to propagate its Blackberry platform more widely by offering other manufacturers a reference design based around the wireless technology. As part of the effort, Analog Devices Inc will provide potential partners with an integrated processor supporting both wireless communications and Java …
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Taiwan recovery debated

Taiwan's government declared yesterday that life had returned to normal on the island in the wake of last weekend 6.8 earthquake. However, IT industry observers are not so sure. The government information office issued a statement yesterday saying that most companies in the country's high tech sector had reported no damage …
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ICANN wins confidence of RIRs

The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers is close to forming binding relationships with the three Regional Internet Registries that are responsible for allocating IP addresses to internet service providers. In a letter sent to ICANN CEO Stuart Lynn on Tuesday, the RIRs said talks have reached a point where "there …
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Sentencing commission considers hackers' motives

The courts may one day treat recreational hackers with a gentler justice than malicious intruders and cyber thieves, depending on the results of a study being spearheaded by a member of the government commission responsible for setting federal sentences. Since 11 September and the passing of the USA Patriot Act into law, …
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The Parking News Effect

The allegedly satirical television show Have I Got News for you likes to make fun of trade magazines - the likes of The Embalmer, Commercial Rabbit, Potato and Parking News come in for regular digs.
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The great Enterasys boardroom exodus

Enterasys yesterday announced the departure of three key staff, including its chief executive, as it warned that revenues for quarter would be lower than expected.
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Reg readers question Telewest unlimited claims

Yesterday those scamps at Telewest delivered a dictionary definition of the word "unlimited" to BT's London fortress after the monster telco received a slap from the advertising watchdog for misleading punters.
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NAO wary of UK's e-gov plans

The UK Government is set to miss its target of migrating all its services online by 2005, according to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO).
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TSMC hires Sir Peter Bonfield

TSMC, the world's biggest semiconductor foundry business, has appointed Sir Peter Bonfield, former CEO of BT, as an independent director.
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Time talks warranties with CC firms

Time has opened discussions with the credit card industry to discuss the treatment of customers who bought PC maintenance contracts by credit card from Tiny Computers.
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I've got your chip under my skin

Companies are allowed to market computer ID chips which can be embedded under a person's skin in the US, after the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the technology its qualified approval.
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BTo broadband billing bungle – update

Last month there was uproar among BTopenworld's broadband customers after we reported how the ISP had bungled its billing and failed to pass on price reductions for its service.
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Orange jumps into mobile gambling market

Orange has teamed up with ukbetting to enable punters to place bets on tomorrow's Martell Grand National from their mobile phones.
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CU buys Gomark

Computers Unlimited, the London based Apple distie, has bought niche graphics distie Gomark Ltd for an undisclosed sum.
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Bertelsmann wants all of Napster

Monster German media group Bertelsmann is reportedly keen to buy-out the Napster e-music service.