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Eternal copyright to be challenged in high court

The US Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in Eldred v. Ashcroft this week, in which the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 will be challenged.
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Trend Micro guarantees Virus Response

Trend Micro Inc is claiming to be the first anti-virus vendor to offer a virus response service level agreement to business customers. With the introduction of its SLA offering, the Tokyo, Japan-based company is offering a financial payment to customers if it fails to meet a two-hour deadline for virus detection. The Virus …
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Red-faced Apple fights .Mac brown-outs

"Remember your story about Mac users demanding worse service?", writes a frustrated Apple user and Register reader based in the United Kingdom. "Apple seem to be delivering."

Oracle undercuts Microsoft with Collaboration Suite

Oracle Corp has announced the immediate availability of its new Collaboration Suite, claiming to undercut rival Microsoft Corp by two thirds. First announced by Redwood Shores, California-based Oracle's CEO Larry Ellison in July, Collaboration Suite is Oracle's attempt to tackle Microsoft's dominant position in email and …

Yahoo! pushes IM into the Enterprise

Yahoo! Inc yesterday unveiled its strategy to push instant messaging into the enterprise, saying its massive installed base will help it compete against established pure-play IM providers, and should ultimately force the three big IM players to interoperate, Kevin Murphy writes. Yahoo! Messenger Enterprise Edition will go …
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Microsoft consolidates Server map

Microsoft Corp is today expected to announce strategy and product details for its messaging and e-business servers focussed on increased security and reliability, simplified collaboration and web services development. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft executives will officially open the company's Exchange Conference (MEC …
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Fujitsu and Siemens to 'extend PC pact to US, Asia'

Fujitsu Ltd and Siemens AG are set to expand their PC joint venture from Europe to North America and Asia, reports claimed yesterday. Japanese giant Fujitsu and German technology behemoth Siemens pooled their European computing operations in 1999. The joint venture's portfolio ranges from mainframes to notebooks. However, …
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CMG, Logica confirm merger talks

CMG and Logica are mulling over merger opportunities. They were probably not ready to go public - the talks are in early stages - but a scoop in today's Times, left them with little choice.
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AOL UK slashes broadband charges

AOL UK has slashed the cost of it broadband service in a direct challenge to BT's no frills BT Broadband service.
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UK hits 1m broadband milestone

The UK has one million broadband connections, according to stats released by Oftel.
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Mandrake Linux 9.0 distro for Xbox now available

The Xbox Linux Project has released the first full Linux distribution for the Xbox, a single CD version of Mandrake 9.0, available here. The Project has already produced various howtos and tools for the installation of SuSE and Debian on the Xbox (you'll still need a modded one, of course), but the Mandrake distribution is intended to simplify matters and, presumably, to broaden the user base.
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Visual Basic's vileness haunts MS .NET

Letters Our reference to Verity Stob's famous put-down of Microsoft Visual Basic has caused defenders of the language to rise up as one. Literally as one, in fact - as we received a solo, but passionate point-by-point rejection of Stob's ancient critique of the language.
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The world's most dangerous server room?

A reader in North America, who must remain nameless, sends us the following photograph of his company's IT nerve center.

Cisco beefs up storage play, cosies up to Veritas

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Evesham bundles Lindows on £249 PC

Evesham is bundle the open source Lindows OS on a new bargain basement PC knocked out at £249 inc.VAT.
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Intel 'back in the driver's seat'

It's not been a good year for CPU makers, but for AMD it has been particularly poor, losing market share in 2002 to the traditional leader Intel.
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Broadband Sat service for £14.99

A Hampshire-based ISP is offering a one-way broadband satellite service for £14.99 a month.
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Red Hat 8.0's bid for the simple, easy to use Linux desktop

Review Desktop Linux and I go way back. By this, however, I mean I've spent an awful lot of time over the past couple of years trying and failing to get an acceptably working Linux installation onto the machine I use most often, which is an IBM ThinkPad. I have successfully achieved Linux installations on desktop machines, which is now easy-peasy, and even dual booting them with WinXP is something I can sometimes achieve first time, without perpetrating four silly screw-ups along the way. But what maybe we'd best call personal Linux on a portable is something that's been eluding me.
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3Com upgrades Firewall Cards

3Com has launched a rack of new embedded Firewall Cards. The range includes a new 3Com Firewall PC Card, as well as a revamp of existing Firewall Desktop PCI Cards, 3Com Firewall Server PCI Cards and 3Com Embedded Firewall Policy Server.
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Cablecos responsible for Broadband Britain -NTL

NTL - which boasts four in ten of all broadband connections in the UK - claims cablecos are responsible for the "success" of Broadband Britain.

McData Q3 update is curate's egg

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Review: Palm Zire m150

VERDICT: It may not have much built-in memory or the fastest processor, but this is a well-built, light and stylish PDA. An absolute bargain at £77.
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Maxtor promises ‘OneTouch’ back up

Maxtor today makes the bold claim that it has revolutionised the external hard drive - thanks to a magic button.
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Microsoft marries RSA Security to Windows

Microsoft has signed a wide-ranging deal to incorporate RSA encryption technology into its applications and services.
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Google explains new page rankings

Some sanity returned to Google 's page rankings last week, and the only damage incurred appears to be a few bruised egos. So we were surprised when Wired adopted a note of faux outrage (hey! that's our job) in its coverage of the new index.