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Nintendo drops GameCube price pants

Nintendo is ratcheting up the console price war by dropping the GameCube's recommended retail price in North America to $149.
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US DoJ rep moves to blunt Europe's action on MS

US assistant attorney general and DoJ head Charles James was in Brussels fingering (if not quite rattling yet) sabres last week. The "theory of monopoly leveraging," which appears to underly some of the European antitrust case against Microsoft, has "very little standing in the US" and "has been largely if not entirely rejected by our courts."
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Ananova pushes mobile, scraps email

Ananova is turning Orange, the colour of its owner.
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Government buys virus blocking from MessageLabs

The Government has signed up managed services firm MessageLabs to protect Whitehall departments against mass-mailing viruses, in a deal worth over £1 million a year.
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Reg signs treaty with O'Really and Rockall

There's much frenzied unpacking of boxes this morning at the Cash'n'Carrion warehouse as Vulture Central unveils two completely new Summer lines.
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Transmeta blades power landmark supercomputer breakthrough

The home of the atom bomb gave an extraordinary, and unexpected endorsement of Transmeta's low power chip Crusoe - and the ultra-dense blades pioneered RLX Technologies - last week, InfoWorld reports. It may even have come up with an answer to the Gelsinger Coefficient.
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Bonfield had no BT future

The former chief exec of BT, Sir Peter Bonfield, never had a future at BT, according to chairman Sir Christopher Bland.
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Energis restates assets and calls EGM

Energis Plc has restated the value of its subsidiaries in its accounts following its admission last week that it could not find a buyer for its German web-hosting and internet services operation Ision Internet AG, just over a year after it completed the acquisition of the business for almost $1bn. The restatement of the …
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Borland releases JBuilder for skinflints

Borland Software Corp will reach-out to low-end and entry-level developers for the first time this week with a cut-down release of its popular JBuilder, Gavin Clarke writes. Scotts Valley, California-based Borland is expected to launch a version of its enterprise suite lacking many high-end features, called JBuilder SE, …
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BellSouth to cut 5,000 jobs, blames regulators

BellSouth Corp, the incumbent local carrier in nine US states, said Friday it is to lay off between 4,000 and 5,000 employees, up to 6% of its workforce, blaming pricing and competition concerns. The company hinted that recent regulatory action was a cause of the move, much the same excuse given by SBC Communications Inc, …
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The rise of New Chip Order in Asia

Taiwanese and Chinese companies are likely to be the only chip makers significantly increasing investment this year, according to VLSI Research Inc, which said that western manufacturers are moving more production to independent foundry operators such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) rather than building …
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Microsoft wins Chinese vendor for Mobile OS

Microsoft Corp's mobile strategy continues to gather pace with the announcement that the company has agreed to supply the leading Chinese domestic mobile handset manufacturer TCL Mobile, with both its Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition and Smartphone 2002 operating systems. Microsoft, having been shut out of the major global …
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Sky falls down on digital TV recorder

Software bugs in the Sky Plus digital recorder have become so severe that customers who complain are having their monthly subscription fee refunded.
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Freeserve slams Oftel over BT Broadband

Freeserve has slammed the telecoms regulator Oftel, accusing it of caving-in to BT and gifting the monster telco with the chance to dominate the broadband market.
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Ford US in grand theft automated

Ford has warned 13,000 US consumers that their credit history has been illegally obtained by identity thieves posing as the motor manufacturer's credit lending arm.
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EU probes HP over ink prices

HP is coming under scrutiny of the European Union over antitrust issues in the inkjet cartridges market.

World Cup network goes live

Wireless and VoIP feature heavily in the communications network for the World Cup, which was completed by networking supplier Avaya last week.
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Police swoop on 30+ in UK pedo raids

More than 30 people in the UK have been arrested on suspicion of accessing US-based paedophile Web sites.
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Living dummies hang out in Harrods

Four people are to "live" in Harrods' shop window over the next five days to publicise the launch of a range of Internet gadgets.
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Altnet wakes up as worm spreads through KaZaA

A worm is spreading through the KaZaA file sharing network: we hope it's unrelated to today's activation of the controversial Altnet piggy-back P2P network.

Juniper buys Siemens' Unisphere

Juniper, main competitor to Cisco in the high-end routing space, has acquired Siemens subsidiary Unisphere Networks in a $740 million cash and stock deal. It will pay $375 million in cash and 36.5 million shares of Juniper stock.