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Vodafone sees picture emails as killer app

ComputerWire Staff Vodafone Group Plc sees the exchange of pictures by mobile phones - pioneered by its J-Phone operation in Japan - as the killer application in the coming year that will help drive double-digit revenue growth. The world's largest mobile carrier has put 3G on the back burner and does not expect a mass …
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Handspring launches Color Treo

Handspring Inc has launched a color version of its Treo 270 Palm OS-based integrated voice and PDA device, which could help to boost interest in its Communicator devices. However, users hoping to access Lotus Domino email may have to wait until the end of the year. Mountain View, California-based Handspring said the new …
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ICANN to lose CEO, key staff

The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers is looking for a new CEO and chief policy officer, following the announcement yesterday of two imminent resignations. The departures come as the organization, which partly regulates the domain name industry, undergoes a radical structural overhaul. Next March, 64-year-old …
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Vulture Central SETI@Home team

Site News Vulture Central, The Register's SETI@Home team, disappeared at the weekend. Thanks to everyone who alerted us.
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Samsung cranks up 1066 RDRAM

Yesterday, Samsung pumped up DDR-II, an upcoming competitor to RDRAM. Today, the DRAM maker is displaying its memory-agnostic laurels by promoting Rambus RDRAM.
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FBI's Carnivore-lies may have blown bin Laden inquiry

Fundamental design flaws in the FBI's infamous Carnivore packet sniffer have led to the destruction of evidence related to a suspect possibly involved in Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network which had been obtained legally under a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant, the watchdog group EPIC has learned.
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Tennis star aces MS over faked nude pix

Steffi Graf has won a legal action against Microsoft Germany, which it emerges has been the custodian of what Spiegel Online delightfully describes as "verbotene pornobilder" (forbidden pornpix) of the former tennis champ.
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Market pans MMO2 results

MMO2 saw its shares slide this morning as BT's former wireless division posted its first full year results.
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Sun offers free Solaris 8/9 OE on DVD

In the week that Sun's StarOffice ceases to be free, the company in its infinite wisdom is running a promo for Solaris whereby you can get a free copy of Solaris OE (version 9 for Sparc, or 8 for Intel) on DVD shipped to you. But we're sure it makes sense to somebody in marketing.
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Royal Mail pulls plug on ViaCode digital certificate

The Royal Mail has pulled the plug on its Viacode digital certificate business after it failed to reach profitability.
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BT hi-speed sat trial kicks off

BT has named five companies to trial its new high-speed Internet satellite service.
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Red card for Mac and Linux users on World Cup clips site

Updated Mac or Linux users will be unable to use a service that allows football fans to catch up with highlights from World Cup games.
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Knock-down Unix mouth-waterer from IT-minds

This week's key title from Reg associate IT-minds.com is an old classic from the master of Unix networking, Richard Stevens.
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Europe to throw cash at broadband rollout

The European Commission (EC) wants to spend billion of euros in rolling out broadband to some of Europe's poorest areas.
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Intel and BTo join hands to push broadband

BTopenworld is teaming up with Intel to flog its broadband service to businesses.
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UK gets new E-minister

E-minister Douglas Alexander has been shunted to the Cabinet Office as part of the Government's reshuffle following yesterday's resignation of Transport Minister Stephen Byers.
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Protocol builds bridges from phones to the Net

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) have given interim approval for a technology that builds a bridge between the public switched telephone network and the Internet.
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Linux distros to unite

Updated Linux distributors including Caldera, SuSE and TurboLinux are expected to join forces tomorrow to unite on a common distribution. The news was scooped by eWeek's Peter Galli, under the headline Linux vendors gang up on Red Hat, which gets to the point pretty well.
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Nokia goes direct with US smartphone

As of this morning, US buyers can purchase Nokia's 9290 Communicator via the web, with Nokia telling us that deliveries should be fulfilled within a week or so.