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Gates gives $100m to fight HIV, $421m to fight Linux

We do hate to rain on a high-profile corporate love-fest, but we have to point out that in addition to the much trumpeted $100 million Billg has donated to India's fight against HIV, he's funding the Microsoft jihad against Linux to the far more impressive tune of $421 million. That means that Linux is more than four times worse than AIDS to Billg and his happy Redmond family. God forbid any of them should learn the bitter truth the hard way and start talking sense.

HP tops Q3 EMEA Intel server sales

The latest figures from research firm IDC Corp for the EMEA Intel Corp server market indicates that Hewlett-Packard Co has slightly increased its lead as the top vendor by unit shipments. Framingham, Massachusetts-based IDC's latest analysis of the EMEA "Standard Intel Server Architecture" market gave HP a 42.8% share of …
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VeriSign tackles customer service problems

VeriSign Inc, which is right up there with Microsoft Corp and America Online Inc in the disgruntled customer rankings, says it has made satisfying its dwindling base of domain name registrants its number one priority and has made progress this year, writes Kevin Murphy. According to John Donoghue, senior VP at VeriSign …

IBM tweaks WebSphere pricing

IBM Corp has overhauled its Websphere pricing structure as it dresses up the middleware family to appeal to the as yet untapped medium-sized business market. The IT giant recently announced a mid-market version of WebSphere Express family of Web application servers and associated e-business middleware. In a teleconference …
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BIND vulnerable, upgrade now

There are several newly discovered "serious vulnerabilities" in BIND, the internet's dominant domain name system server that hypothetically could be exploited to bring the internet to a grinding halt if not widely patched. Internet Security Systems Inc, which discovered the flaws, and the Internet Software Consortium, …
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RIM axes staff, cuts spending

Research In Motion Ltd, one of the pioneers of the PDA market with its Blackberry devices, plans to axe some 200 staff, and decrease discretionary spending, in an effort to reach its breakeven target date of February 2003. The staff reductions will bring its total workforce down to 2,000 employees, and will result in a …

HP claims first for automatic storage provisioning

Hewlett Packard Co has at the very least pulled alongside EMC Corp in the race to the next major milestone in the automation of data center storage - and is claiming that it has actually beaten its rival to the draw. The company has begun shipping software that it promises will reduce the complicated and labor-intensive …
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Infineon climbs into bed with Nanya

Infineon has signed a memory manufacturing and technology sharing deal with Nanya.
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Cable & Wireless trims 3,500 jobs

Cable & Wireless is to slash around 3,500 jobs, as first-half losses ballooned to £4.5bn.
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Eidos settles Hitman Sikh dispute

Eidos has released an official statement about the controversy over Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, which came under fire from Sikh groups for allegedly depicting the religions adherents as members of an evil cult.
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T-Online ups rev and profit

Europe's biggest ISP, T-Online, added 200,000 broadband customers during the summer, taking its ADSL subscriber base to 2.5 million.
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MS teams with Samsung Semi to produce low cost PDA design

While Palmsource's Dave Nagel was denouncing Microsoft for attempting to commoditise the PDA market, Microsoft was, er, commoditising the PDA market some more. Following up on its production of reference designs for Microsoft-based mobile phones earlier this year Microsoft has teamed up with Samsung to produce a reference design for cheaper Pocket PC devices.
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Opera 7 browser goes into beta

Beta 1 of the latest version of the Opera browser, Opera 7, was released late last night, and is now available for download in the Windows version from Opera.com. Version 7 is an extensive rewrite intended which includes a new rendering engine with support for Document Object Model (DOM) version 2, a new email client and Opera's forthcoming Small Screen Rendering (SSR) technology, which is intended to allow you to browse via a mobile phone, or similarly small-screened device.
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Tiscali remains in the red

Sardinia-based ISP Tiscali remains in the red despite posting a modest improvement in figures.
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Unholy trinity puts users in a BIND

Multiple vulnerabilities in older versions of BIND could lead to compromise and denial of service attacks against vulnerable Domain Name System servers, security tools vendor ISS warned last night.
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Welsh Web designer charged with virus writing, child porn offences

A 21-old Welsh Web designer has appeared in court charged with creating and distributing three mass mailer viruses.
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Remote Windows desktop access with the Sharp Zaurus PDA

theKompany and ThinSoft are working together to bundle tkcJabber and WinConnect Z, in a deal that will have them co-marketing the products on each other's site. WinConnect Z is especially interesting because it allows remote access to a Windows PC.
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‘Successful IT Project Delivery’ at 30 per cent off

This week Reg associate IT-minds.com is steering you towards success.
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UK tipped for bumper eChristmas

European online sales this Christmas are set to beat all records, according to Santa's little helpers at Forrester.
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Brit charged with hacking Pentagon, NASA

An unemployed British sysadmin was yesterday indicted for what US authorities describe as the "biggest hack of military computers ever detected".
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A Linux smartphone that does Bluetooth

With Qualcomm more preoccupied by pumping out press releases than modern phone chipsets, it isn't possible to buy a CDMA 1x phone that does Bluetooth here in the US, we noted here.
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ASA clobbers Vodafone for texting and driving

Vodafone's been clobbered - again - by the advertising watchdog following allegations that its saucy ads promote texting while driving.