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Music industry blames Net for all evil

Despite the music industry's heroic efforts to produce, promote and distribute the finest fruits of American artistic genius, sales of CDs fell seven percent in the first half of 2002, after falling 5.3 per cent overall in 2001, the Recording Industry Ass. of America reports.
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NAI beefs up sniffer, surveillance with DragNet buy

Network Associates Inc reckons it has bought technology with the potential to give it a unique edge in the internet security marketplace, with the acquisition this week of privately held Traxess Inc of Lindon, Utah for an undisclosed sum, writes Kevin Murphy. Traxess's technology, currently in beta under the name DragNet …
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DoubleClick pays up to end privacy probes

Online advertising systems maker DoubleClick Inc said yesterday that an investigation by ten US States Attorneys General into its privacy protection practices has been halted after the company agreed to a number of safeguards on its data usage and agreed to pay out $450,000 to offset the cost of the probe. The company has …

HP blades to skip Foster, go straight to Gallatin

As expected, Hewlett Packard Co yesterday unveiled updated blades for its "QuickBlade" ProLiant BL line of blade servers, writes Timothy Prickett-Morgan. The QuickBlades were announced in January and are one of the earlier entries in this nascent but interesting and growing segment of the server business. The first …
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AMD to target Intel 32-bit, not Itanium, with Opteron

Advanced Micro Devices Inc will steer clear of established 64-bit computing vendors when its launches its Opteron architecture later this year, and will instead aim its attack squarely at long-time 32-bit rival Intel Corp, writes Joe Fay. The vendor's Opteron architecture, previously codenamed Hammer, will offer customers …
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SCO lives! Caldera reinvents itself under the old brand

SCO lives again. Caldera International executives yesterday executed a massive corporate U-turn, distancing the company from its earlier acquisition strategy and glorious - if brief - Linux heritage, writes Gavin Clarke. Two years after Caldera acquired the SCO Unix operation, company president and chief executive officer …
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MS plays volume licensing upgrade card against Naked PCs

Businesses wanting to deploy standard configurations across a number of machines frequently take out one of Microsoft's volume licensing programs, set up their own standard distribution then use it to hose whatever OS the PCs they bought came with. Frequently they are under the impression that this involves them paying for two Microsoft operating systems, and sometimes they'll buy (if they can) machines with no OS instead, in order to avoid wasting money in this way.
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McAfee.com board accepts improved NAI offer

Network Associates on-off bid for the 25 per cent of shares in McAfee.com it doesn't already own looks to be nearing completion after McAfee.com's board recommended its approval.
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Pipex punters in powwoe

Pipex has become the latest ISP to come under the spotlight from its users.
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Intel touts benefits of 2.8GHz P4

Intel yesterday, as expected, debuted a 2.8GHz version of its Pentium 4 processor and three other lower speed chips.
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Broadband could generate $500bn a year

Broadband could prove to be a massive catalyst for economic growth, according to the latest pie-in-the-sky crystal ball gazing from Gartner Dataquest.
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Broadband – ‘We know you want it’

BT Wholesale began a four-week ad campaign today in a bid to raise awareness for its broadband pre-registration scheme.
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The Jagwyre Review

Using Mac OS X is like touring a land of fabulous ancient treasures - with a tourist authority that's still busy renovating them, and that hasn't quite completed the infrastructure.
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Samsung phone sales soar

Sales of Samsung mobile phones jumped by a huge 46 percent in the second quarter, as the rebounding industry saw the top four handset makers increase shipments.
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Virus writers ‘obsessed with sex and computer games’

Virus writers are sados obsessed with sex and computer games, not the evil geniuses Hollywood and fear-mongering Washington politicians portray them as.
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Cornwall gets even more broadband

A move to bring broadband to Cornwall using both public and private sector funding is to be expanded.