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Top scientist and Itanic critic ‘leaves’ NEC

Who will now dare criticize Intel's Itanium processor? Even some of the most distinguished engineers in the industry might now have second thoughts before speaking freely on the subject.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Sep 2002
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PDA sales carry on slumping in Q2

The worldwide market for personal digital assistants (PDAs) continues on its precipitous slide, falling 9.3% in the second quarter of 2002, according to market research house International Data Corp (IDC). IDC's figures are far worse than those published in early August by rival market research house Gartner Inc's …
ComputerWire, 13 Sep 2002
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Intel plans two path development for mobile chips

Intel Corp will continue to incorporate its desktop processor technology, including the successor to Pentium 4, into its mobile product line well after the launch of the mobile only Banias architecture next year. The vendor had previously said that the Pentium 4M line, introduced earlier this year, would overlap with …
ComputerWire, 13 Sep 2002
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BEA and Borland partnership: separate and equal?

A deal between Borland Software Corp and BEA Systems Inc is a relationship of equals that lock steps certain platform and developer products against a common enemy - IBM. It's not a precursor to acquisition, Gavin Clarke writes. That's according to BEA and Santa Clara, California-based Borland who this month will launch, …
ComputerWire, 13 Sep 2002
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Microsoft wins Legend Tablet PC deal

Microsoft Corp hopes its up-coming Tablet PC will make a splash in China, having signed a deal with dominant manufacturer the Legend Group Ltd. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft is reported to have signed a deal with Beijing, China-based Legend Group, which Microsoft called China's number-one PC manufacturer. Legend …
ComputerWire, 13 Sep 2002
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Patent fees weigh down 3G uptake

The cracks keep on appearing in the third-generation mobile market, but the news is not another European operator abandoning its 3G license, instead it is the market realization that technology licensing costs could torpedo the market for 3G before it even takes off. The 3G standard controlled by US technology company …
ComputerWire, 13 Sep 2002
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Register.com v. Domain Registry of Canada

Register.com Inc is suing a competitor for allegedly using deceptive tactics to lure away its domain name registration customers. But defendant Domain Registry of Canada Inc seems to think Register.com is using very similar tactics itself, Kevin Murphy writes. Register.com sued DROC in its native New York this week, …
ComputerWire, 13 Sep 2002
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First ever smiley found, preserved for posterity

The original smiley, or emoticon, invented in 1982 by Scott Fahlman but subsequently lost, has been retrieved through the efforts of Microsoft researcher Mike Jones and facilities staff at Carnegie Mellon University. And isn't it a blessing to find Microsoft Research staff keeping themselves profitably occupied like this, when they could be posing a threat to world freedom instead?
John Lettice, 13 Sep 2002
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AMD delays Clawhammer, Barton

AMD yesterday published revised its processor roadmaps, showing later than expected launches for 64-bit Clawhammers and 32-bit Bartons.
Drew Cullen, 13 Sep 2002
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Porno firm wants Napster

Nasdaq-listed pornography firm Private Media Group has made a bid for Napster, extending the drawn-out demise of the music file-swapping service.
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Orange moves out of the red (kinda)

Orange has hit profitability for the first time since its flotation in 1991. Kinda. The headline figure it wants you to remember is the EBS (Earnings Before Bad Stuff). After Bad Stuff, in this case a hefty investment writedown, and the mobile telco is still swimming in the Red Ink Sea.
John Leyden, 13 Sep 2002
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Ouch! Fujitsu to replace 300,000 faulty HDDs

Fujitsu may have to replace up to 300,000 faulty hard disk drives, made between September 2000 and 2001. They can be found in NEC and IBM PCs, as well as Fujitsu Siemens home-grown PCs, according to Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai, which estimates that replacement programme will cost Fujitsu 10 billion yen (approx $US 83m).
Drew Cullen, 13 Sep 2002
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Crash! Dud Fujitsu HDDs all over UK

Our story today on Fujitsu's HDD-recall has prompted an immediate response from punters and system builders. In the UK, the bad Fujis have been spotted in Compaq, RM, Viglen and Hugh Symons PCs. We are publishing some of the letters sent to us within the first hour of publication of the original article. It looks like Fujitsu has a big mess to clear up.
Drew Cullen, 13 Sep 2002
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Rambus euro patent ruling is Curate's Egg

Rambus yesterday announced a mixed bag of results from the European Patent Office (EPO), related to Rambus' patent 0 525 068.
Drew Cullen, 13 Sep 2002
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Jeeves Systems buys UK IBM Var

Jeeves Systems, a Belgian-owned IBM VAR, has added the UK to its coverage, through the acquisition of Cotec Computing Systems. Terms are undisclosed. Cotec brings £15m worth of annual turnover to the table, taking Jeeves' group sales to £50m. Jeeves operates throughout Benelux and in France. ®
Drew Cullen, 13 Sep 2002
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Word 97 feature spawns no-brainer pilfering exploit

Microsoft is investigating a security vulnerability with Word 97 which allows attackers to filch documents from victim's PCs using a craft social engineering attack.
John Leyden, 13 Sep 2002
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Unusual phone from mysterious Chinese company

Review The Amoisonic A8 is an unusual phone from a mysterious Chinese company. No price has been set for the European launch, but going on far eastern prices (they claim it is the best selling phone in China) around £300 without a contract is a good guess.
Simon Rockman, 13 Sep 2002
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BOFH: PFY's Sulk

Episode 19 Episode 19 BOFH 2002: Episode 19 IT WOULD APPEAR that the Boss has said something to upset The PFY. And me, the heartless android bastard that I am, didn't notice this and intervene on his behalf as a good supervisor would... Sigh. So now The PFY's in one of those moods that REEEEAAALLLLY puts a strain on the old office …
Simon Travaglia, 13 Sep 2002
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Apple audio backchat, outsourcing, dead certs

Letters Letters Unravelling the outsourcing hairball How to get out of Outsourcing One of the problems IBM Warwick (UK) is always complaining about, is that customers either do not let go of the management of their contracts, or do not prevent their own IT staff from continuing to interfeer after the management of the contract …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Sep 2002
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Imagining a mobile phone P2P network

Can mobile phones acts as nodes in vast peer-to-peer networks?
John Leyden, 13 Sep 2002