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Sun flat, but looks happy

Sun reported flat revenues at $3.1 billion in the most recent quarter yesterday, and scraped a narrow loss of $26.1m. But margins were a whopping 42 per cent, which Sun attributed to inventory improvements, and the company sits on a cash pile of $6 billion.
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Transmeta chairman adds gwana-gwana to latest figures

Chip startup Transmeta reckons it's on the road to recovery, despite losing another $23.2 million in the most recent quarter.
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The Register zooms up the “the” Google Charts

Our thanks to Tim Guest for pointing us to Google's decision to stop ignoring the word 'the' if you search for it alone.
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Nokia Q1 heralds another gloomy year for mobile vendors

Nokia Corp, the world's number-one mobile handset vendor has been forced to downgrade its sales forecasts for the entire year, after the mobile phone market failed to ignite in the first quarter of 2002. The company reported first-quarter sales down 12% at 7.01bn euros ($6.23bn), and net profit down 11.4% at 863m euros ($ …
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Bouygues to launch i-mode services and bid for 3G license

French mobile operator Bouygues Telecom SA has signed up to become the fifth European licensee of the i-mode mobile internet technology owned by Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo Inc. The two companies announced that Bouygues will launch the service in France within 12 months. This underlies the increasing popularity of …
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Symantec touts security in a box

Symantec Corp is to ship a hardware appliance intended to provide security defenses on five fronts from a single box. The Symantec Gateway Security 5000 series will provide combined firewall, gateway-level anti-virus software, intrusion detection, content filtering and VPN (virtual private networking) capabilities. The …
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Heartbeat detected in US PC market

US PC shipments grew for the first time for a year in Q1, 2002, according to Gartner Dataquest's number crunchers. But worldwide, PC sales were flat.
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Reg Recruitment: your feedback

Reg Recruitment, our UK job board, has been running for three whole months now. It's generating 150K-200K page imps a month, more than 15K job searches a month, and hundreds of CV uploads. Not bad for a start - now we're considering how - with our technology partner CWJobs - to make it better.
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UK suffers ADSL glitch

Thousands of new ADSL users in the UK could have their services disrupted thanks to a glitch in BT's broadband network.
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Nortel reports narrowed losses

Nortel yesterday reported narrowed Q1 losses of $841m, compared to $2.58bn a year ago, on declining sales of $2.91bn, a little over half the $5.75bn it recorded in Q1 2001.
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TMP buys Jobs.com URL for $800K

TMP Worldwide, the owner of Monster.com, has bought the domain name and trademark of Jobs.com, a struggling competitor operating under bankruptcy protection.
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TMP buys Jobs.com URL for $800K

TMP Worldwide, the owner of Monster.com, has bought the domain name and trademark of Jobs.com, a struggling competitor operating under bankruptcy protection.
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NTL hacked?

There appears to be trouble at NTL.
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MicronPC looks to channel / SMEs for growth

MicronPC, the USA's third biggest direct PC vendor, this week proclaimed that it posted its second profitable quarter in a row. As it's privately held, it hasn't released any sales figures.
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US govt evaluates Microsoft Passport for services

The US Government is evaluating Microsoft Corp's Passport to verify the identity of American citizens, federal employees and businesses who access planned online services, a move that could herald the system's largest single rollout. Federal officials will begin testing web sites in September that allow businesses to pay …
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Man charged with laptop auction fraud

A man has been charged with five counts of theft related to the allegedly fraudulent sale of HP laptops through online auction sites QXL and eBay.
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Microsoft misses targets, digs into pocket

Microsoft Corp blamed slowing sales in its enterprise business and continued softness in PC sales for missing the third quarter profits targets, announced yesterday. Executives also restated guidance for fiscal 2003 against a background of continued economic uncertainty and increased investment in staffing and products …
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Bring me the head of Alfredo Ballmer?

The analysts aren't exactly calling for Steve "Uncle Fester" Ballmer's head yet, but an interesting piece by Dina Bass that went up on Bloomberg yesterday evening may give the Microsoft Prez some idea of the fate that awaits him should the stumble turn into a nosedive.
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Gateway claws back market share

Gateway lost a heap of money in Q1 and US shipments were down 30 per cent from the same period last year to 645,000 units. But the PC maker finds some things to cheer about a quarter which saw it make a net loss of $123m from sales of $992m.
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What is DIS ting called box?

What, friends, is a DIS box? The answer to this question is clearly of some considerable importance to the partners, government departments and local government bodies who'll be putting their services online via the UK's Government Gateway, because as you can see here, step 12 in the first steps in getting online with the Gateway is "select a DIS box and commence procurement for this box."
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Waging peace on the Internet

Hacking is a contact sport. The more people who have contact with one another, the better. -- Shaolin Punk, Proxy Boss, Hacktivismo
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Brit music indies want copy-protected CDs

A trade body for UK independent record labels has begun an investigation into putting copy protection technology onto music CDs.
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Ashcroft, Ellison win ‘Big Brother’ awards

Last December, US Attorney General John Ashcroft, testifying at a Senate hearing, accused privacy advocates and civil libertarians of aiding terrorists by scaring "peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty." On Thursday, a large US gathering of those critics responded in their own way: by giving Ashcroft the "Worst …
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Ex-Apple staff debut palm-sized PC

OQO, the start-up that debuted the 7oz "Ultra-Personal" at WinHEC this week is keeping plenty of details under wraps. But we did catch Executive Vice President Colin Hunter this morning, and he dealt with some questions unanswered by OQO's Flash-heavy website.