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Microsoft's License to Confuse

Microsoft Corp has blamed confusion over forthcoming changes to its licensing model for sparking a revolt among enterprise customers, who are threatening to throw out Windows operating systems and applications for cheaper alternatives, Gavin Clarke writes. The Redmond, Washington-based company told Computerwire it will …
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UK threesome ARM for Wireless 3D

Three British technology companies have joined forces to create a complete 3D multimedia platform for mobile devices. The tie-up marks a further effort by Cambridge, UK-based ARM Holdings Plc, the provider of the core processor technology in the venture, to preserve its position as the wireless silicon vendor. It could …
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Hynix makes a profit!

Hynix Semiconductor, the debt-laden DRAM maker, made a profit in Q1 - the first time it's made a quarterly profit since Q3, 2000.
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ARM sales, profits up (again)

ARM Holdings, the designer of little chips which power most of the world's mobile phones, today reported 30 per cent sales growth and a 38 per cent increase in pre-tax profits (PBT) for Q1 ended March 31, 2002.
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Gigabyte GA-81RXP: overclocker's nightmare

The Gigabyte GA-81RXP mobo is a hardware tweaker's dream. This is "the first motherboard to run a Pentium 4 Northwood at over 3 GHz. Thanks to these outstanding overclocking abilities and the rich hardware features, we can only recommend the Gigabyte board," Tom's Hardware wrote in February.
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Govt torpedoes analogue equipment industry

Technicians in the broadcasting industry are up in arms about UK Government plans to auction off the UHF broadcasting spectrum.
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Children hit by digital bullying

Children as young as 11 have been threatened online either in chat rooms or by menacing text messages, according to a survey by children’s charity NCH.
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Microsoft's home workers to get BT broadband

Microsoft has become BT's first corporate customer to sign up for its broadband teleworking service.
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MS to intro Windows-only ‘Soft Wi-Fi’ 802.11x system

At this week's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Seattle Microsoft will take the wraps off its big push into home wireless networking and open up on the Microsoft Connected Home Architecture. As a part of this, Microsoft will be introducing what is essentially a proprietary, Windows-only version of 802.11, "Soft Wi-Fi," which looks pretty much like a re-run of the Winmodem scenario.
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Intel preps 845GLL – report

Intel is prepping the launch of an ultra cheap - sub $25 - integrated graphics chipset, the 845GL, according to Taiwanese newswire Digitimes.
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WD caches up 80 gig HDD

Western Digital is extending the 8MB cache buffer offering down the Caviar line with a Special Edition version of the 80GB EIDE hard drive.
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Adaptec meets its Waterloo

Adaptec, the SCSI storage firm, is scaling back its European HQ in Waterloo Belgium, and transferring most ops to its major country subs.

The great storage giveaway

The market for enterprise storage and switches remains weak with prices and margins expected to come under increased pressure over the next quarter.
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Intergraph trousers $300m in Intel deal

Intel is to pay Intergraph $300m to settle longstanding Pentium patent infringement claims filed in Alabama by Intergraph.
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Text messaging poised for rollout via DECT, land lines

Text messaging, a huge success for the mobile phone business, is now poised for take-off via fixed lines as well, with some intriguing implications. Eatoni Ergonomics, which produces the Letterwise predictive text entry software for handheld devices, says it has struck licensing deals with Siemens, Philips and Panasonic, who will be using the software on their next generation of SMS cordless phones in Europe, and that this gives it over half of the SMS DECT market.
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BT trials new sat service

BT Wholesale is to start trialling a cheaper high-speed Internet service using satellite technology.

Sun and IBM argue over apples and pears

A row has broken out between IBM and Sun Microsystems about their respective pricing in the keenly contested mid-range Unix market.
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STMicro buys Alcatel chip biz

STMicroelectronics is buying the semiconductor business of Alcatel, the lossmaking French networking equipment vendor, for EUR390m cash.