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Amazon ambushes Bunch of Fives

This week's Bunch of Fives from IT-minds.com got ambushed by Amazon.co.uk.
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Transmeta gets new CEO

Transmeta yesterday appointed Matthew R. Perry as its president and chief executive officer.
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Ingram Micro extends Asustek gig

Ingram Micro Europe is extending its "pan-European relationship" with Asustek to - more countries in Europe.
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Microsoft postpones .NET My services

Microsoft Corp has delayed a set of planned online services for consumers - named .NET My Services - in response to growing concern over security and lock-in to Windows, Gavin Clarke writes. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft said yesterday it has delayed .NET My Services so it can introduce new features. The features …
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OpenMail Lives Again

Samsung Data Systems, the IT products and services arm of the South Korean industrial chaebol, has launched an assault on the emerging global market for unified Communications (UC) systems based on the OpenMail email platform it acquired from Hewlett-Packard Co last year. Samsung is offering a 90% discount per mailbox to …
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SEC launched then closed IBM probe

The Securities and Exchange Commission took the almost unprecedented step of commenting on an informal investigation yesterday, after reports that it had begun a probe into IBM Corp's financial reporting rocked the US financial markets, Joe Fay writes. The SEC said that it had opened an investigation into IBM but closed it …
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TSMC confirms plans to build in China

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co has confirmed that it plans to commence production in mainland China by the end of this year, and that it is currently surveying prospective manufacturing sites.
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Global Crossing takes $8bn charge

Global Crossing Ltd is to write down $8bn of goodwill for its fourth quarter of 2001, and has warned that further billions may have to be written down at a later, unspecified time. The Hamilton, Bermuda-based company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on January 28, has yet to file its fourth-quarter 2001 …
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Oh No! not another chip foundry alliance

Four very big semiconductor companies are pooling their R&D budgets for the development of 32nanometer CMOS process technology.
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Juniper stuck in the red

The networking market continues to show little sign of an early recovery.
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UK Govt backs data sharing

The privacy of UK citizens could be under threat following the publication of a report which outlines plans for Government departments to share personal information without people's consent.
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E-commerce sales soar

E-commerce sales are booming, according to the latest figures from research outfit BizRate.com.
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E-Envoy and team schmooze Seattle with MS again

It's spring in Seattle (OK, no it isn't), so it must be time for Microsoft's prestigious annual Government Leaders Conference, where movers, shakers and wannabees get to rub shoulders with Microsoft's High Command and sundry bigwigs. Glitter this year is provided by HRH Crown Prince Aleksander II of Yugoslavia, who may come in handy as a contact if he ever gets the throne back.
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FSF ask Lindows: 'Where's the Source?'

Bradley Kuhn, vice president of the Free Software Foundation, says the organization is contacting representatives because the company has not included source code with its "sneak preview" releases. Lindows CEO Michael Robertson says his company will comply with the GPL when the product is released to the public.
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Conspiracy to create ‘Cisco of China’

The charges against three Chinese men accused of industrial espionage against Lucent were yesterday extended to include allegations of spying against four other companies.
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First Amiga games for Windows devices to ship next week

Amiga's Microsoft relationship has borne near-instant fruit; the first Amiga Anywhere Entertainment Pack for CE, CE.NET, PocketPC and PocketPC 2002 is due to ship from Monday, April 15th.
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Pollutors whinge, and whinge, and whinge

The European parliament this week voted through some amendments to the proposed The Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment (WEEE) Directive, which mean that manufacturers will have to pay only for the recycling of their own kit.
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MS, IBM propose SOAP security kit for Web services

A team of researchers from Microsoft, IBM and VeriSign have put together a preliminary proposal for securing Web services with SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) extensions which will work with a variety of authentication and encryption schemes.

EMC sues HDS over patents

EMC wants the US government to ban the importation of Hitachi Data Systems products which - it says- infringes six EMC patents.
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Clinton worm variant makes fun of Sharon

The Internet vandal behind the MyLife virus released four fresh variants this week, bringing the grand total to 10.
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NTHellworld.com founder takes job with NTL

NTL has hired the founder of the NThellworld.com to create a new customer help site for the cableco.
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Seagate profits up

Seagate posted GAAP net income of $196m on revenues of $1.81bn for Q3 ended March 29, 2002. Strip out restructuring charges of $4m and pro forma net income was $199m.
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The light goes out on iPAQ H3800s

So you bought a Compaq iPAQ H3800 and the backlit screen sometimes doesn't work? Don't fret, you didn't break it, you're not alone.
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NTHellworld.com protest site bought by NTL

NTL has bought protest Web site Nthellworld.com for an undisclosed sum, The Register has learned.
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Tricord execs bail out

Tricord, the developer of niche cluster applications, has lost two senior execs in three days. On April 9, chief financial officer Steve Opdahl resigned, and on April 11, Kerry Yndestad, vice president of product development handed in his notice.
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Infineon workers called out on ‘warning’ strike

Infineon employees in Bavaria who belong to the IG Metall trade union participated in a warning strike today over pay.
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The Mark of the Beast ID microchip

Recently my colleague John Leyden wrote about chips from a company called Verichip which will be implanted in humans (. He expressed reservations about the privacy implications, as we turn ourselves into organic dogtags.