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Two London PC refurb charity appeals

BLITZ (Blackwall IT Zone) has been set up to enable the local community to have access to IT and the internet, Chris Pearman writes. Although on the doorstep of the Canary Wharf Complex, this is one of the poorest areas of London, with the 7th highest unemployment rate in the UK.
Drew Cullen, 03 Jul 2002
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Pre-paid users to fuel m-commerce

Pre-paid mobile phone users will be critical to the success of the emerging m-commerce mobile data market, according to a new report by Analysys, Ciaran Buckley writes.
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Directories in the news

After years in the wilderness, it seems that the time is ripe for an interest in directory technology. There is no doubt that the rise of Internet and web services technologies is contributing to this. Now it seems to be the 'must have' infrastructure, and IBM and Critical Path are pushing out new initiatives. The …
IT-Analysis, 03 Jul 2002
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EDS-WorldCom deal highlights outsourcing risks

EDS Corp yesterday outlined the current state of its relationship with embattled communications provider WorldCom Inc, amid growing scrutiny over the risks and accounting practices involved in large, long-term deals. Meanwhile, the world's second largest services firm also announced that it had pulled out of the bidding …
ComputerWire, 03 Jul 2002
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Help us make it through the night – Worldcom CEO

WorldCom Inc believes its pivotal role in the US's communications infrastructure and its bankers' self interest will help it to stave off the threat of bankruptcy. At least that was the impression created by CEO John Sidgmore yesterday at the company's first full scale press conference since the company last week revealed …
ComputerWire, 03 Jul 2002
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US tax payers shovel $10m into Cray R&D

Cray Inc, the Seattle, Washington supercomputing maker, announced this week that the U.S government has ponied up $10m to fund half of the development costs of future supercomputers based on the SV design, Timothy Prickett Morgan writes. As part of the agreement, Cray has agreed to set aside an equal $10m for the research …
ComputerWire, 03 Jul 2002
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Public WLAN in Europe – $1.8bn in 2007

Europe will be home to 7.7 million public access wireless local area network (PWLAN) service subscribers by 2007, when service revenue will reach $1.8bn, according to Yankee Group Europe. In its new report "Public Access WLAN in Europe: A Technology in Search of a Business Case?" Yankee group said WLAN technology is now " …
ComputerWire, 03 Jul 2002
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AltaVista upgrades search engine

AltaVista Co yesterday unveiled a handful of upgrades to its web search engine to compete in an increasingly competitive market where it has lost much of its early lead. The company, a CMGI Inc subsidiary, introduced Prisma, a feature that allows users to drill down into related terms to refine their search queries. The …
ComputerWire, 03 Jul 2002

IBM sells off more storage biz (to LSI Logic)

IBM is continuing its flight from the storage component business by selling its Mylex business unit, which makes RAID controllers, to chipmaker LSI Logic Corp. The move marks an expansion for LSI downmarket into the market for NT RAID storage. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close in the third quarter were not …
ComputerWire, 03 Jul 2002
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Deitel duo tame enormous Python

Yes, it's herpetological puns all the way this week from Reg associate IT-minds.com. This week's featured creature, sunning itself lazily on the discount rock is the Deitels' Complete Python Training Course
Lester Haines, 03 Jul 2002
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Motorola axes (another) 7,000

Motorola Inc is to cut its workforce by a further 7,000 in a move that it hopes will complete the restructuring of a company desperate to claw its way back to profitability after badly losing its way. The short-term effect however will be to plunge it deeper into the red as it expects to record a special charge of $3.5bn, …
ComputerWire, 03 Jul 2002

IBM gains UK server share

It has certainly been a tough 12 months for server companies in the UK. Between the start of Q2 2000 and the end of Q1 2001, some $3.55 billion worth of servers were sold in the UK, according to IDC research. For the same period just a year later, ending Q1 2002, that figure had fallen to $2.49 billion, a decline of 29.5 per cent.
Tony Smith, 03 Jul 2002
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Orange network gone titsup

Orange's mobile phone network went on the blink this morning, leaving the trendy operator clutching straws for excuses.
Tim Richardson, 03 Jul 2002
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AMD issues sales warning

AMD today warned that it will miss Q2 sales forecasts of $620m to $700m, its second downward revision in a fortnight.
Drew Cullen, 03 Jul 2002
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Time's Continental Edison deal collapses

Time Computers' proposed takeover of Continental Edison, the leading French PC maker, has collapsed.
Drew Cullen, 03 Jul 2002
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1901 Census site still down after six months

The farce surrounding the UK's 1901 Census site hit a new milestone this week - it's six months since the site was launch and it still doesn't work.
Tim Richardson, 03 Jul 2002
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Mandrake shuns UnitedLinux

Mandrake won't be joining the UnitedLinux initiative, inspired by Caldera and involving SuSE, and it's said why.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Jul 2002
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Orange gets its punters talking again

As many as 635,000 people were hit by the outage that downed the network of colourful mobile phone operator Orange earlier today.
Tim Richardson, 03 Jul 2002
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Nvidia hunts for Euro disties

Nvidia wants to appoint its first disties in Europe - it's waving marketing development funds, training and collateral for companies willing to become Nvidia Authorised Distributors (NADs).
Drew Cullen, 03 Jul 2002
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BT cuffed for broadband ad fib

The Advertising watchdog has mauled BT for a misleading broadband ad.
Tim Richardson, 03 Jul 2002
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Now we are 3 – Hutchison unwraps 3G brand

Hutchison today outted the worldwide name for its 3G mobile phone service - 3. The announcement follows press reports, so there's no logo, or branding statement for philistines like us to sneer at .
Drew Cullen, 03 Jul 2002
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HP axes 5,900 jobs in Europe

Hewlett-Packard is to axe 5,900 jobs in Europe as part of a plan to reduce its global workforce by ten per cent over the next 18 months.
Tim Richardson, 03 Jul 2002
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Lloyd Webber web hoaxer unmasked

The identity of the literary hoaxer who made the pages of The New York Times last year can finally be revealed.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Jul 2002
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Fujitsu Siemens, Dell win Inland Revenue 30,000 PC gig

Fujitsu Siemens and Dell have won multi-million pound deals to supply the Inland Revenue with replacement desktop PCs.
John Leyden, 03 Jul 2002
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Lights go off at eBone

KPNQwest's European network - eBone - is to be shut down as of 17:00 BST today. The closure follows the collapse of a deal to buy the high-speed data network.
Tim Richardson, 03 Jul 2002
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Extended warranties: are they a con or what?

Dixons is Europe's most profitable computer retailer, and its success in selling extended warranties on computers plays a big part in its success.
Drew Cullen, 03 Jul 2002
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British ID cards to revolutionise crime

Home Secretary David Blunkett announced the start of a six month consultation in Parliament today on plans by the government to introduce "entitlement cards" (that's ID cards to you and me).
John Leyden, 03 Jul 2002
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Zimmermann calls for NAI to free PGP

Phil Zimmermann is calling on Network Associates to open source portions of the PGP encryption program he sold to the security giant in 1997.
John Leyden, 03 Jul 2002
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Musos mull post-Emagic sequencer options

Letters Re: Apple drops Emagic bombshell
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Jul 2002