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Tech giants back Fair Use bills

The IT industry's giants including Intel will rally behind a bill to be announced by Congressman Rick Boucher in Washington DC, tomorrow morning.
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AMD delivers Q3 sales warning

AMD has warned of much lower than expected revenues for the third quarter, which it blamed on the poor performance of the PC market.
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Public WLAN access slips into St Albans

People visiting bars and restaurants in St Albans, Herts, will be able to hook up to wireless Net access for free thanks to a deal with reseller Wialess.com and 3com. Two premises have the gear so far and another should be up and running soon.
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DoCoMo writes off $4.7bn overseas

A massive slide in the value of mobile carriers has forced NTT DoCoMo Inc to write JPY 573bn ($4.7bn) off the value of three of its major overseas investments. The move comes at a bad time for the Tokyo, Japan-based carrier as the costly consequences of its expansion into world markets comes at a time when it is being …
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Oracle CFO remains bullish

Oracle Corp's chief financial officer Jeff Henley says that the database and e-business applications software company is in a good position to benefit from an upturn in economic conditions, despite continued concern about the likelihood of that recovery. When he announced the Redwood Shores, California-based company's …
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Fast advances advanced search

Fast Search & Transfer ASA yesterday revealed enhancements to the advanced search part of its AllTheWeb.com web search engine, which allow users to refine their queries at a more granular level than before. The company has introduced a range of features, some of which represent Fast playing catch-up with its more …

Array claims lead as SSL boosters play leapfrog

Array Networks Inc yesterday unveiled the next iteration of its multiple-purpose web traffic management appliance, saying it handles secure sockets layer faster than rivals and can now also handle compressed HTTP, a feature it says is unique, Kevin Murphy writes. The Array TM (for Traffic Manager) replaces the Array 500 …
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McData maxes out on director size

Size counts, but only so far, according to McData Corp. The hugely dominant supplier of high-end SAN switching gear launched its latest flagship director yesterday, offering more than double the number of ports offered by its previous largest device, or the hardware shipping from rival Brocade Communications Systems Inc or …
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Software sales to outpace PC growth

While PC shipments are expected to begin a faltering recovery next year, packaged software sales will initiate a period of slow to moderate growth, according to IDC. The analyst said yesterday that sales of packaged software would enter a five-year period of growth in 2003, generating compound annual growth rates (CAGR) of …
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Congress reps launch fightback on DRM rights erosion

Two US Congress representatives are this week raising the standard of rebellion against the entertainment business' use of DRM and the DMCA to erode consumer rights, and hence to enhance their own revenues. Rep Zoe Lofgren of San Jose introduced her Digital Choice and Freedom Act of 2002 earlier this week, while Rick Boucher, who's been threatening moves on the subject for a while now, has called a press conference at 11am Washington time "for the purpose of announcing the introduction of legislation to reaffirm fair use rights in the digital era."
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Elpida to swallow Mitsubishi DRAM biz

Elpida will be the last major Japanese DRAM maker, after buying Mitsubishi Electric's DRAM business.
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Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom prep big job cuts

T-Com - Deutsche Telekom's fixed network division - is to shed an extra 22,000 jobs over the next couple of years as it embarks on a massive restructuring to improve efficiency and competitiveness.
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Cable modem users top 10m in US

There are more than 10m cable broadband punters in the US, according to the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA). It claims some 75m households in the US have access to cable broadband services, with around two thirds of these owning a computer.
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FBI names 20 most unwanted security flaws

The FBI has teamed up with the SANS Institute to draw up a list of the worst 20 security vulnerabilities bedevilling Windows and *Nix systems.
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AOL surprised to be a Lindows partner

How might a small software company with big ambitions draw vast amounts of free advertising press coverage? Fans of the movie "The Mouse That Roared" know the answer to that one: get sued by software superpower Microsoft, of course. Lindows.com has been there and done that. How else might it generate a major-league buzz? How about by marketing the world's first $199 "AOL computer". Lindows.com has just been there and done that, too.
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Help! MS issues another critical security fix

Microsoft has released a patch to fix critical flaws within Windows Help Facility which could enable attackers to execute arbitrary code on a victim's PC.

Windows servers in the data centre? IBM is working on it

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Fujitsu takes the mainframe to Unix

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IFfy Web site lives again

If.com - the Halifax's Internet bank - is working again after going titsup for the last four or five days. Thankfully, normal service was restored last evening. So far so good.
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Voice ‘texting’ – the killer GPRS app from the -erk- USA?

Mobile phone technologies that have been pioneered in the US are about to be deployed in Europe? Surely some mistake... But from what Sonim Technologies CEO John Burns had to say to The Register earlier today, it looks both possible and plausible. Sonim is pushing a system called Push to Talk, which in essence allows your phone handset to operate as a push button radio (like the ones you get in Tandy/Radio Shack that always turn out to be less useful than you thought), a voice equivalent of text messaging, and a component of what you might call a buddies list.
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BT extends cheap install promo for no frills broadband

BT Retail is to extend its half price line activation offer until the end of the year, the monster telco announced today.
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Junk mail evades Hotmail filter

Hotmail users are irked at a loophole in Hotmail's anti-spam technology which makes them unable to block messages from certain senders.
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Chinese chips, moonlighting heirs, 3G inflation

Letters Letters "I am not Henry Raddick!" - HRH Prince of Wales Prince Charles' denial fails to quash Raddick theory More speculation on the moonlighting activities of the heir to the throne. Is HRH the real HR? Despite an official denial, the theory continues to gain ground. Dave Benyon offers Raddick's review of Beyond Charles …
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The old DEC, the New HP, the price of The Right Thing

Letters : The last thing I wanted to do in the story titled HP reprising DEC's fate: Microsoft VAR? was to sentimentalize Digital, or suggest it had a divine right to exist, no matter what mistakes it made.
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RIM keyboard patent harmful only to RIM – experts

RIM's incendiary patent for a wireless device keyboard may explode harmlessly, after all: killing only the bomb-maker. That's the verdict of m'learned Register readers. The patent claim, riddled with typos and non-sequiters, has already been widely reviled, but if successful could blow a chill through the handheld …
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Real cure for the vileness of Visual Basic

More choice for BASIC afficionados: REAL Software announced on Tuesday that it would port its highly-regarded Mac development platform to Windows.
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Fired! Veritas CFO lies on CV

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Boucher's DMCRA sandbags Pigopolists, DMCA

As we reported yesterday, some of the biggest names in IT names were on hand to support a legislation from Rep. Rick Boucher unveiled this morning. Boucher vowed to strike out the repressive portions of the DMCA, and "directs the Federal Trade Commission to undertake a rulemaking to assure adequate notice to the public of any lack of functionality which may attend the purchase of copy protected CDs."