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MS goes for control, Disneyesque experience for Xbox Live

Microsoft habitually announces billion dollar bets that aren't really, but Xbox Live really is one. That's not to say the stated billions are correct of course, but if this one flops it'll still cost Redmond a pretty penny. In the event of failure Microsoft would be left clutching four datacentres, a sophisticated broadband voice, data and messaging network waiting for clients that aren't coming, and - bizarrely - some kind of online Disneyesque experience.
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IDC takes a second pass at supercomputer rankings

Last November, the supercomputer analysts at International Data Corp developed a new way to rank the performance for HPC machines that, it reckoned, was superior to the Linpack Fortran benchmarks that have been used to rank supercomputers for the past several decades, Timothy Prickett Morgan writes. The new rankings were …
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DRAM price dip may be just a blip

ICIS-LOR, the commodities price monitoring service, last week detected more weakness in the only recently recovered price of 128Mb DRAM parts. Volume prices for some parts dipped below $4, a far cry from the sub-$2 mark that hammered chip makers last year, but still a worrying indicator that the DRAM sector's ability to …
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RealNames shutdown outcry grows in Asia

The closure of RealNames Corp a week ago has started to cause a backlash among members of the Asian internet community, who are forecasting a major disruption in how speakers of Asian languages access the internet, Kevin Murphy writes. RealNames shut its doors last week, after Microsoft declined to renew an agreement that …
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Market sceptical on BT bid for Colt

Excitement entered the moribund sector of Europe's new carriers yesterday with rumors that BT Group Plc is plotting a bid for Colt Telecom Group Plc, a move that supposedly had the backing of Colt's major shareholder New York investment bank Fidelity. Newspaper reports suggested that BT would bid around 1bn ($1.46bn) for …
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Tosh preps curved LCD screen

Toshiba is claiming a world first - a large, flexible liquid crystal display which "opens the way to the display on curved screens". The display can be flexed in all directions and bent to form a curve with a radius of curvature of less than 20cm, Tosh says.
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Dell cuts 150 jobs in Ireland

Dell is cutting 150 admin jobs in Limerick, Ireland.
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Sons of Ulster join e-commerce revolution

If, as a true Son of Ulster, you've ever spent fruitless days wandering around the province's shops trying to source Protestant holy water, Drumcree games for your Xbox or an oversized goat skin for that lambeg drum, there's some good news today in the shape of www.prodshopping.com.
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Systemax UK reins in Misco ops

Systemax UK is closing the Wellingborough, Northants warehouse of its Misco reseller sub, transferring all logistics, except for Systemax-branded PCs, to its main warehouse Globaldirect Greenock, Scotland. Too small for its needs, it says.
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CPU spot market quiet, waiting for P4 price cuts

Trading volumes on the CPU spot market are low, as system builders wait for their new Intel price lists, according to the channel checkers at Boston investment bank Fechtor Detwiler. Expect price cuts on Friday and in the order of 10-20 per cent on 1.7 P4s and above, they say.
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Poll on cards for Tiny warranty holders left in the lurch

Owners of Tiny PCs who bought their computers by credit card will be asked to waive their section 75 rights, laid out in the Consumer Credit Act 1974, through a poll conducted by the administrators of the bust company.
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Friends Reunited user in libel payout

A retired teacher has won damages for defamatory comments posted on the Friends Reunited Web site.
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All the World Cup news that's not fit to print

The teams are putting their final preparations in place with only 10 days until the world's greatest sports competition kicks off.
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C++, SQL, Unix and C are key skills – still

Fewer IT jobs were advertised last quarter than a year ago but programmers with key software skills are still very much in demand.