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Hong Kong tops mobile internet league table

The mobile internet will be "one of the major [telecoms] demand drivers of this century" according to a new report from the International Telecommunication Union. And countries such as Hong Kong which can display a combination of high existing internet and wireless usage and infrastructure, and open telecoms markets, will …
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Claranet mops up Netscalibur's German ops

Independent UK ISP Claranet has acquired the German subsidiary of Net services outfit Netscalibur in a move to boost its presence in Europe.
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Earthlink to bundle with Lindows PCs

In an attempt to enter the new market for ultra-low-budget Linux-based consumer desktop PCs, EarthLink Inc announced this week it is to distribute its software on machines running Lindows.com Inc's operating system. Setting up a dialup networking account on Linux boxes is not as easy as on Windows, the companies said. …
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Taiwan poised to gain from chip upturn

The Taiwanese semiconductor industry was given a rallying call as the Semicon trade show opened in Taipei this week. David Wang, vice president at Santa Clara, California-based chip making equipment vendor Applied Materials Inc, told delegates that the industry had bottomed out and was on the road to recovery. Taiwan would …
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White House report to call for tougher net security

President George Bush's senior internet security advisor will this morning present the IT industry with a set of recommendations, almost a year in the making, on how the internet can be secured against criminals and terrorists, writes Kevin Murphy. Special advisor to the President Richard Clarke's five-part document, …
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ABIT system brings high performance to budget GeForce4

ABIT is making a play for the high performance graphics market with a new cooling system that it claims will allow you to push performance of a GeForce4 Ti4200 chip up to the level of a Ti4600. The company has just completed a European tour extolling the virtues of the Siluro GF4 Ti4200 OTES, which will be available on 23rd September, and expects a UK street price for the card below £150, so you get Ti4600 for about half the price.
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AOL Europe gets new president

Philip Rowley has been named president and COO of AOL Europe.
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UltraSPARC III hits 1.2GHz

Sun Microsystems will today announce its fastest microprocessor, the 1.2GHz UltraSPARC III.
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Leading Tory moots electronic tracking for UK paedos

The UK's shadow home secretary Oliver Letwin has called for the setting up of a government working party to investigate the feasibility of electronically monitoring paedophiles. Letwin, who is frequently categorised as one of the more sensible components of the Conservative Party high command, cites the "success" of Florida's use of electronic monitoring as reason enough for the UK to look at it.
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Convergys, Deloitte face £8m unfair dismissal suit

More than 200 IT workers are expected to lodge Scotland's largest class action for compensation on Friday after they were laid off without any redundancy pay in the summer.
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MS and ARM announce three new CE supporters

Microsoft and ARM announced three new supporters for Windows CE on ARM platforms today, at the MS-ARM 'buddies' Executive Summit in Redmond. The three latest, Motorola, STMicroelectronics and NeoMagic, become members of the ARM Consortium for Windows CE, joining the likes of Cirrus Logic, Intel, LG Semicon, Hynix, Samsung and Texas Instruments.
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MS addresses Hotmail spam blizzard. At last

Microsoft today signed up Brightmail to tackle the junk mail bombarding Hotmail accounts. It is to install Brightmail Solution Suite at the SMTP gateway, to hoover up junk mail before it reaches the user.
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Nectar suspends Web registrations

Users flocking to sign up to the newly-introduced loyalty card scheme Nectar have flooded the site, forcing its backers to temporarily suspend Web-based signups.
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Microsoft tops Google hell search rankings

Weirdisms in Google's ranking system are sent to entertain us occasionally, and as we've had this one from a couple of people today, we suspect it's new. But don't blame us if it's not, we lead sheltered lives sometimes.
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Sun punts cheap PCs at blue collar workers

The network is still the computer, Sun insisted today, only now it includes cheap PCs too.
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MS silently fixes password sniffing bug with XP SP1

Keystrokes, including passwords, can be sniffed when using Windows Terminal Server or the XP remote control feature. MS has rolled a fix silently into SP1 without making any public statement on this serious problem.