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Transmeta WinCEs

Transmeta has announced that it's entering the Windows CE business. Just as everyone else is leaving, you might jest.
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VIA, TSMC united in 10-strong WCDMA alliance

A group of 10 Taiwanese electronics manufacturers has formed an alliance to share what are expected to be high costs, and considerable risk, in the development of system-on-chip device specifications for use in next-generation WCDMA handsets. According to Taiwan's Commercial Times, motherboard giant VIA Technologies Inc, …
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Eclipse project gains netCOBOL for Linux

The IBM-backed Eclipse open source project consolidated its presence on the Linux platform yesterday. Fujitsu Software Corp announced availability of its NetCOBOL product for Linux, based on the open source application development tools framework. NetCOBOL for Linux is available at an introductory price of $999 from the …
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T-Mobile to go global with WLAN hotspots

T-Mobile, the Deutsche Telekom AG wireless unit which picked up the former Mobilestar Networks Inc's US wireless hotspot network when it bought VoiceStream Wireless last year, yesterday dusted off its windfall investment, and announced plans to go global with its partners Starbucks Coffee Co and Hewlett-Packard Co. Shortly …
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TurboLinux distro business sold, PowerCockpit retained

Turbolinux Inc has become the latest company to exit the Linux business after selling its Linux distribution interests to Japanese software house Software Research Associates Inc. The company has retained its proprietary PowerCockpit server provisioning software, around which it is planning to launch a new company name and …
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RIAA suspends DMCA lawsuit as listen4ever ducks

The copyright infringement lawsuit filed against four major US backbone ISPs by the Recording Industry Association of America has been dropped, the RIAA said yesterday, after a controversial music download site went offline of its own accord. "In an apparent response to the extensive anti-piracy efforts of the …
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Opera poised for beta of version 7 heavy duty rewrite

'Other' browser developer Opera Software intends to go to first beta of its new version, Opera 7, soon, with soon probably meaning weeks rather than days or months. Bugs permitting, naturally. The new browser, which represents an extensive rewrite, will be out first on the Windows platform, but according to a spokesman this has at least as much to do with Opera's Linux developers being on overload as with any kind of favouritism.
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Linux, StarOffice in frame for 45k Oz desktop deal?

Australian telco Telstra is looking at Linux as a possible new standard platform for its 45,000 desktops, according to a report by ITnews Australia. Telstra at the moment is just considering Linux and Sun StarOffice as possible candidates for its corporate standard, but a deal of this size would be a major boost for open source on the desktop, particularly as, ITnews reports, Telstra is Microsoft's biggest Australian customer.
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Bark twice for bear – hunting dogs get mobile phones

Some while back, when the times were still good, Nokia was happily predicting that the reason mobile phone sales would continue to grow was because people would have several apiece. You know, the cool one for clubbing, the chunkier one for email, the waterproof one for scuba-diving... Well that all turns out to be far too unimaginative - why the blazes stop at people?
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BT sets more broadband trigger levels

BT Wholesale announced the broadband registration trigger levels for a further 169 exchanges yesterday, giving hope to yet more people that one day, maybe, just maybe, they too could get affordable broadband in their area.
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Big-media Axis of Evil on the march

The Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) may have temporarily abandoned plans to censor Web sites available to American surfers, but they've still got their shock troops on heightened alert. Recently they've attempted to force Verizon.net to identify a customer they claim is making music files available for download. Verizon has refused, out of concern that it might expose itself to liability on privacy grounds. The RIAA has filed a second demand with the courts in Washington, DC, claiming that the customer's privacy rights are nullified by its superior copyright concerns. Apparently the presumption of innocence will be another casualty of that glorious crusade.
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BT coughs to AOL broadband slowdown

Last week AOL UK got a right old lashing following customer complaints about its broadband service.
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Punters unaware of ISDN-to-ADSL conversion

Sheffield-based ISP PlusNet claims ISDN users are still under the impression that they have to pay through the nose to upgrade to broadband.
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Small and rack servers shine through market gloom

Server shipments in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) continued to decline in the last three months, with sales down by four per cent in Q2 2002.
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BT Broadband in summer promo

BT Broadband - the stripped down, frill-less (or is that "thrill-less") high-speed Net access service from BT Retail - is now a smidge cheaper.

CacheFlow dons Blue Coat moniker

CacheFlow, which made its name supplying hardware based caching devices to telcos, yesterday announced a change of name and a change of emphasis to security supplier.
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MSN cuddles up to OS X

Microsoft will produce a version of its MSN browser client for Mac OS X next year, the company said yesterday. The client is bundled with the MSN ISP, or available by subscription.
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UK's DMCA: there ain't no sanity clause

The UK's take on the "European DMCA" - the European Copyright Directive - will make criminals out of ordinary computer users, according to a new critique by the UK Campaign for Digital Rights. And it will also fail to protect researchers, says Julian Midgley who penned the report.
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Swedish government mulls Linux

Despite signing a recent deal with Microsoft, Sweden has become the latest country to investigate the benefits of free software.
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BBC to host Bill Thompson vs John Perry Barlow

Bill Thompson, whose Damn The Constitution polemic we published here , will take to the air on BBC's flagship Newsnight current affairs slot tonight. (10:30PM BST, 2:30PM Pacific Time)
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Admins slow to tackle SSL security risks

Web admins are faster at fixing flaws to conventional Web servers than SSL servers, figures from Netcraft latest Web site survey suggest.
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Worm spreads through KaZaA network, again

Virus watchers have discovered the latest in a line of viruses targeted at file sharing networks.
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Chip sector releases mixed figures

The semiconductor sector received mixed news on Wednesday. Sales of equipment used to make chips were down again, but orders were up.
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A Stuckist Net – you want in

Letters Register readers are dreamers - but not schemers.