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Congressman vows Pigopolist legislation

Congress' most enlightened public representative Rick Boucher has vowed to introduce a bill that outlaws share-denial jinxed audio CDs, and as a bonus, has promised to re-examine the webcasting copyright racket that forced so many small-time webcasters to quite the airwaves recently.
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Nokia, IBM strike content management deal for mobiles

Mobile technology vendor Nokia Corp has teamed up with computer systems and services giant IBM Corp to supply content management products to mobile network operators. This deal could be seen as one of the first fruits of last month's announcement of a super standards body, the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA). The two companies …

Cisco to roll out airport WLAN hotspots in Europe

Cisco Systems Inc yesterday said it is working with 19 European airports to install wireless local area network systems based around its Aironet WLAN products. Cisco's announcement comes just three weeks before BT Group Plc is due to formally launch Europe's largest commercial public WLAN network, and is part of a fast …
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Dell rules out Lexmark purchase

Dell Computer Corp yesterday ruled out making a move to acquire computer printer maker Lexmark International Inc during an earnings conference call with Bear Sterns, the Wall Street analyst that recently speculated that Dell was looking to get into the printer business. In May, Bear Stearns' Andrew Neff said that the Round …
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Scan your way to the web with a camera mobile phone

Bango.net and International Wireless Inc yesterday said they are collaborating to develop systems that will enable users of camera-enabled mobile handsets to download information and pay for services by using their phones as bar code readers. The companies, which are based in Cambridge, UK, and Woburn, Massachusetts …
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MS to ship 64-bit .NET preview this month

Microsoft is to ship the McKinley version of its 64-bit .NET Server preview software to PC manufacturers later this month. It being tagged Microsoft Windows Advanced Server, Limited Edition version 1.2, one can reasonably conclude that it is not finished as such, but if we're going to provide software for Intel hardware as soon as it's out (which is what we've said we'll do, isn't it?) then LE it has to be.
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Last minute glitch knocks Win2k SP3 back to summer

Service Pack 3 for Windows 2000 has suffered a last minute glitch, according to a Microsoft internal email seen by Paul Thurrott of WinInfo. SP3 was ready to roll next Thursday, but the discovery of bugs in Microsoft Installer (MSI) 2.0 have knocked it back to "this summer".
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Internet attacks on the rise

Between the months of January and June 2002 the number of Internet attacks worlwide grew at an annualised rate of 64%, according to Riptech.
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Blueyonder and One.Tel in broadband promos

Telewest broadband has launched a promo offer to appeal to online gamers.
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Punters will pay for mobile phone anti-theft devices

A third of adults would be happy to pay more for their mobiles if it lead to a decrease in the risk of their phones being stolen.
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Future for online content is bright

The mass adoption of broadband will lead to a surge in demand for online music, according to research from media outfit Screen Digest.
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Microsoft ‘hoovers millions’ from UK schools – MP

Microsoft has come under fire from MP Bob Blizzard for 'hoovering* millions of pounds' unfairly from UK schools.
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Microsoft stakes IP claims on OpenGL

In January we revealed that Microsoft had acquired a chunk of SGI's graphics portfolio. At the time we mused if the Beast had a plan to scupper OpenGL.
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Nokia claims Matsushita scalp for Series 60

Nokia's Series 60 Platform has scored another victory - today Matsushita announced that it would license it for its future Symbian-based multimedia phones. Back in May Siemens made the same move, and with Samsung also in the camp Series 60 really is starting to look like the platform - the Windows of the 21st Century, one might say - with Symbian being merely the underlying OS.
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Liverpool Council bans email on Wednesdays

Liverpool City Council has told staff not to use email internally on Wednesdays, in a move designed to encourage staff to use more traditional forms of communication.
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IC24 launches daytime Net service

IC24 - bloody 'ell, there's a blast from the past - has launched a limited unmetered service aimed at people who want weekday Net access during working hours.
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Mobile entertainment prepares for growth

According to a new report, Western European consumers will spend €23 billion on non-voice entertainment services through their mobile phones.
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Dan Technology – two concerned customers!

Dan Technology - how big was it anyway?
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Tiscali to shut second UK office. Or not

Here's a strange one. Last week we ran a story how ISP Tiscali UK is to close its centre in Northwich, near Chester, and relocate most the staff to offices in nearby Chelford.
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Dutch ban virtual kinderporno

Dutch legislators have made it a criminal offence to digitally create faked images of child pornography in a move that strengthens the country's existing laws against child abuse.
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al-Qaeda poised to strike hard via the Internet

Red Alert Every few months some naive twinkie in the mainstream press re-writes the government's urban myth of terrorists slithering through cyberspace, preparing to blow up a small city with the awesome power of the computer mouse. Lately the frequency of these press infomercials has been increasing, most likely in response to a Federal PR campaign supporting Dubya's sales pitch for a new Department of Homeland Defence, a piece of bureaucratic window-dressing engineered to produce a nation-wide illusion of safety.

Networking vendors eat their babies

Networking vendors are poaching business from their dealers, making life even tougher for the beleaguered corporate reseller sector, trying to close sales from customers with drastically lower budgets.