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European IT spend back on the increase

The European IT market has entered its first phase of recovery, according to analyst IDC Corp. It said technology spending in Western Europe will increase 4.4% in 2002, rising to 6.2% in 2003. That compares to an estimated growth rate of 3.4% in 2001. The current weak outlook has been exacerbated by accounting scandals and …
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IBM woos Linux developers with Borland deal

IBM is teaming with Borland Software Corp to drive its database among Windows developers unimpressed by changes to Visual Basic. The companies are today expected to announce bundling of Scotts Valley, California-based Borland's cross-platform, rapid application development (RAD) tools with IBM's DB2. IBM will bundle …
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Nvidia takes Xbox write-off hit

Graphics chip vendor Nvidia Corp has been forced to write off inventory worth $21m as demand for PCs slowed. However, the figure includes $7m for chips for Microsoft Corp's Xbox, suggesting that the Redmond, Washington-based giant is struggling in its battle with market leader Sony Corp's PlayStation2. Nvidia is already in …
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Post Red Hat knock-off, Sun still plans own Linux

Sun Microsystems Inc has maintained that it will be developing its own extensions to the Linux operating system after confirming suggestions that its recently released Sun Linux 5.0 distribution is based almost entirely on Red Hat Inc's Linux 7.2, writes Matthew Aslett. Announcing its plans to introduce its first general …
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Vodafone poised to buy Vivendi's Vizzavi stake – report

Vodafone is planning to buy partner Vivendi's stake in Vizzavi, their joint venture Web portal, according to a story in today's Wall Street Journal. Vivendi is currently financially challenged to the tune of €10 billion, and the two companies have allegedly already put €1 billion into the site (although it is not immediately clear where this went), but the sum being talked of for Vivendi's half is €150 million or thereabouts.
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MS gives New Orleans ‘free’ systems for City Hall, PD

Microsoft is to update the computers of New Orleans' City Hall and Police Department for free, according to a report last week in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, saving the city $100 million, claims CTO Greg Meffert. Work will begin in the next two weeks, and the city's only obligations are that it will be used as a model for marketing the systems to other government bodies, and that it will at some point in the future have to pay a "miniscule" amount of money for the software.
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NASA to fight terror with mental telepathy

No, we're not making this up; we can only hope that Moonie sheet the Washington Times is. But according to this WT story, NASA is attempting to develop some manner of remote stress detector along the lines of a polygraph machine which will monitor the brainwaves and heart rates of airline passengers as they pass blissfully through the gate to their waiting aeroplane.
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Boffins invent grenade vaporising ‘electric force field’

Boffins at Britain's Ministry of Defence have invented an electric 'force field' designed to protect armoured vehicles against anti-tank grenades.
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KDE fixes SSL hole as MS dithers

New KDE binary RPMs have been released, as promised, with a fix for the SSL certificate vulnerability affecting Windows and Konqueror which we reported last week.
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Ex Grey Archers to picket Nomura

Former staff at pub trade dotcom Grey Archer, plan to demonstrate outside the offices of the company's backers in a bid to receive redundancy payments.
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Register launches UK ISP

It's official - the magnificently-named Vulture Capitalist ISP (vcisp.net) went live this morning to the sound of popping champagne corks and marching bands. This new service from the mighty Register offers, among other things, self-install ADSL for a one-off installation fee of £65 and £25.99 per month thereafter. We've …
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HP backs AMD Athlon with business PC

AMD gained an important breakthrough in the business market today with the news that HP is to use its flagship Athlon XP processors in its Compaq D315 Business PC.
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China ‘huge potential’ for broadband

China is set to have more than 19m broadband users by 2006, according to a new report by the Yankee Group.
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Vodafone and Vivendi confirm Vizzavi talks

Vodafone Group Plc and Vivendi Universal have confirmed that they are deep in discussion concerning the future of their Internet love child Vizzavi.
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Marconi axes Irish jobs

With reports circulating that Marconi is preparing to go into voluntary liquidation, it has been revealed that the firm has cut over 140 jobs in Ireland.
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AOL TW faces lawsuit over ‘unconventional’ deals

Lawyers in the US have launched a class action lawsuit against AOL Time Warner over allegations that the giant media company misrepresented advertising revenues to the tune of $270m (£177m) through what it describes as a "series of unconventional transactions".
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UK gov rules stall rural broadband scheme

An innovative scheme to bring broadband access to the countryside using wireless Lans has stalled amid confusion about regulatory requirements.