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Readers scorn ‘Lawsuits in Motion’ keyboard claim

Letters Handspring told us that it had no public comment to make on the Research in Motion's patent infringement lawsuit. But you have plenty to say about this claim, based on a patent for a very small keyboard on a wireless device.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Sep 2002
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Nortel builds security framework

Nortel Networks Corp yesterday released two enhancements to products in its range of security devices and published a catchall Unified Security Architecture how-to guide for companies planning to comprehensively secure their networks. Nortel became the second major firewall vendor to announce support for SSL-based …
ComputerWire, 24 Sep 2002
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Microsoft reveals Business Apps roadmap

Microsoft Corp is starting to open up regarding the scope of its business software ambitions with the revelation at its partner conference in Minneapolis last week that it plans to launch five application sets over the next 12 months in a bid to provide end-to-end software support for SME business activities. Three of the …
ComputerWire, 24 Sep 2002
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Unisys debuts CMP-based ClearPath mainframes

The Burroughs half of the Unisys mainframe business gets its first CMP-based mainframe which uses CMOS mainframe engines with the launch of the ClearPath Plus Libra 180, writes Timothy Prickett Morgan. Until now, the ClearPath Plus line has supported the MCP virtual machine (MCPvm) variant of the MCP operating system as an …
ComputerWire, 24 Sep 2002
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ICANN says ISOC for .org

The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers yesterday said it still thinks the Internet Society and Afilias Ltd is the best choice to run the .org top-level internet domain, when VeriSign Inc's contract expires December 31. The recommendation, which is still subject to board approval, comes after a period of public …
ComputerWire, 24 Sep 2002
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Fujitsu and Toshiba chip merger unlikely

There was confusion yesterday over how far Toshiba Corp and Fujitsu Ltd plan to push the chip alliance the two Japanese electronics giants announced in June. Far Eastern reports yesterday suggested that contrary to original expectations the two companies will not be exploring an eventual merger of their chip operations. …
ComputerWire, 24 Sep 2002
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Qwest deletes $950m of hollow swaps

Qwest Communications International Inc will delete $950m of revenue it recorded from optical-capacity swaps from its 2000 and 2001 accounts, after deciding they were incorrectly booked. The Denver, Colorado-based carrier blamed the error on its former auditor Arthur Andersen LLP, and warned that its historical financial …
ComputerWire, 24 Sep 2002
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AMD cranks up mobile Athlon XP speeds

AMD has launched two top-of-the range mobile processors, the Athlon XP 2000+ and the 1900+. It's exhausting these days to find the actual clock speeds of AMD CPUs (AMD publishes them and promptly buries them deep on the web site). But suffice it to say both processors run less fast than 2GHz and 1.9GHz respectively.
Drew Cullen, 24 Sep 2002
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Palm'sTungsten and MIMS target RIM's LIMs

No sooner was the ink dry on the previews of Palm's new wireless plans, than the company delivered details of branding and the server software part of the puzzle today.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Sep 2002
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GeForce FAQ returns from the dead

A popular unofficial Nvidia technical resource which disappeared when cybersquatters pounced on its URL is back from the dead.
Drew Cullen, 24 Sep 2002
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UK car site ripped off by Chinese

Those behind the New Car Net Web site are gobsmacked after they found that a Chinese operation had "completely ripped off" the content and design of the UK new car guide.
Tim Richardson, 24 Sep 2002
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Protest site shut over alleged police ‘intimidation’

The Parking Clowns Web site - which ridicules the parking policies of Canterbury City Council and its "over zealous [traffic] wardens" - has been suspended following allegations of police intimidation.
Tim Richardson, 24 Sep 2002
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Intel Ireland ‘warms down’ over Christmas

A company spokesperson explained to ElectricNews.Net that most of the company's 3,200 employees will be asked to take leave between 20 December and 6 January, as the firm prepares for sluggish sales following Christmas. The spokesperson explained that employees who have no annual leave remaining for 2002 will be asked to take an unpaid break or dip into their holiday days for next year.
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At least 100 countries building cyber weapons – expert

Cyberterrorism hyping has reached new heights - according to a report in the Melbourne Herald Sun, at least. The Herald quotes expert Matthew Devost, speaking at a meeting at the US consulate there recently, as claiming the CIA believes at least 100 countries are investigating waging war by computer, or cyberterror.
John Lettice, 24 Sep 2002
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Great Fujitsu hard drive fiasco rumbles on

Questions surrounding the Great Fujitsu Hard Drive Fiasco simply won't go away, however much the Japanese manufacturer hopes that they might.
John Leyden, 24 Sep 2002
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Junk email on the increase

There's bad news for anyone who is sick and tired of the increasing amount of commercial email flooding their inboxes - there's going to be more.
Tim Richardson, 24 Sep 2002
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Watchdog gets tough on text spam

ICSTIS - the premium rate telephone services watchdog - has warned that it will come down hard on any operators misleading phone users with dodgy money-making text messaging scams.
Tim Richardson, 24 Sep 2002
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MS design switch thwarts Xbox mod chips

Microsoft has made some modifications to the internal design of Xbox in the name of security, the most immediate upshot being apparently that existing mod chips won't work with the new design. According to a posting last week on the Xboxhacker BBS (reproduced here, the first of the new designs have been spotted in Australia.
John Lettice, 24 Sep 2002
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Cambridgeshire snuggles up to NTL

NTL Business has joined forces with Cambridgeshire County Council to build a broadband network for the county's rural community.
Tim Richardson, 24 Sep 2002
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Thus challenges Nominet on ‘whois’ privacy issue

Thus - the alternative telco group that owns the Demon ISP - is looking to challenge plans to introduce changes to Nominet's 'whois' Web site ownership directory.
Tim Richardson, 24 Sep 2002
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Peter Gabriel album preview deployed in MS audio push

Microsoft today announced that Peter Gabriel's new album Up would be the first ever in 5.1 surround sound to be made available via digital download. We at The Register are unable to confirm the truth of this, as religious convictions prohibit us from possessing all of the bits necessary to get the thing, but for the sake of argument we'll take it as read, and it seems to represent another front in Redmond's campaign to position itself, Windows Media Player and its file formats as 'must haves' for the music industry.
John Lettice, 24 Sep 2002
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Itanic: you've seen the movie, now buy the book

Another week, another Itanium launch: only this time it's the book of the project. "Itanium Rising" is authored by HP's Jim Carlson and chip designer Jerry Huck, HP's lead architect for IA-64.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Sep 2002