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Sun goes cluster crazy with WildCat

As expected, Sun Microsystems Inc will today roll out its long-awaited "WildCat" high-performance system interconnect technology for its Sun Fire Unix server line, Timothy Prickett Morgan writes. When Sun said it would be able to build UltraSparc servers with hundreds of processors, WildCat was the integral technology …
ComputerWire, 18 Nov 2002
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EC reviews Microsoft mobile complaints

Microsoft Corp has refused to comment on reports that the European Commission is reviewing complaints from competitors that it is using its dominance in the operating system market to build its position in the growing mobile software space. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the EC officials have received …
ComputerWire, 18 Nov 2002
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MobilCom founder hands over shares

The founder and former CEO of MobilCom AG, Gerhard Schmid, has finally agreed to hand over his 32% stake in the carrier to a trustee, a move that should pave the way for the rescue bid organized by the German government. France Telecom will be financing the 7bn euro ($7bn) bail-out, which has been in jeopardy for the past …
ComputerWire, 18 Nov 2002
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IBM builds mobile Web Services toolkit

IBM has created a wireless web services toolkit that uses open source implementations of popular XML-based standards for devices with a small footprint. The company's Web Services Tool Kit for Mobile Devices, posted to IBM's alphaWorks web site, uses kSOAP and kXML for Java web services and gSOAP for C-based web services …
ComputerWire, 18 Nov 2002

Top tier software vendors get toppier

Further proof has emerged for the theory that the integrated software and service providers are gaining share on the specialist, point product providers. Dataquest has just completed its assessment of the market and concludes that, '...top-tier software vendors are gaining revenue share at the expense of the pure-play vendor'.
IT-Analysis, 18 Nov 2002

AMD runs 64-bit MS Windows OS on K8

AMD is showing off a prototype 64-bit Windows OS running on its upcoming 64-bit Opteron processors. OK, so it's jam tomorrow, but the fact that AMD is showing this in public means that tomorrow is not too far away.
Drew Cullen, 18 Nov 2002
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HP claims thinnest, lightest Pocket PC

HP is claiming thinnest and lightest Pocket PC, for the iPAQ h1910, launched today in the US for an estimated street price of $299.
Drew Cullen, 18 Nov 2002
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Vodafone accuses NTL of overcharging

Vodafone is suing NTL over allegations that the cableco overcharged the mobile phone giant for the rental of fixed line telephony services.
Tim Richardson, 18 Nov 2002
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Nominet warns of dodgy domain sales tactics

Nominet has warned Net users to be on their guard after receiving a "flood" of complaints about the sale tactics of a company called Domain Registrar Services Limited (DRS).
Tim Richardson, 18 Nov 2002
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UK Home Office unit looking at electronic offender tagging

Has Hilary Benn MP become the UK's Minister for Cyborging? An article in yesterday's Observer newspaper might imply he's dangerously near to it. The story, unfortunately, starts the usual hares about people-chipping in its lead-in paragraphs, which does kind of obscure the real story lurking beneath.
John Lettice, 18 Nov 2002
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Nvidia take GeForce 4200 to Go

Nvidia may be market leader in most areas of graphics chips, but when it comes to the notebook segments, it loses out on sales and performance to arch-rival ATI.
Drew Cullen, 18 Nov 2002
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AMD re-org bill could be $600m (And the rest)

Last week, AMD announced that it is to pink-slip 2,000 employees - 15 per cent of the workforce. Today, it has issued an estimate of the accountancy hit it will take in Q4. The AMD beancounters are showing the now-legendary precision of the US accountancy profession, coming in with a range of between $300m and $600m pre-tax and $563 million to $863 million on an after-tax basis, for restructuring costs. Don't they know?
Drew Cullen, 18 Nov 2002
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Cisco refreshes IP convergence line

Cisco Systems last week announced a major revamp of its IP Communications products line.
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2002
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MPs probe impact of data retention laws

MPs are to hold a public inquiry covering data retention and the Internet and its effects on ISPs.
Tim Richardson, 18 Nov 2002
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Nvidia outs GeForce FX

It's been a long time coming, but today Nvidia’s next-gen graphics chip family, the NV30, gets its first official public airing. And a new moniker: step forward the Nvidia GeForce FX, a name intended to convey a "new age of cinematic visual effects for the desktop".
Drew Cullen, 18 Nov 2002
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MS anti-piracy crew puts Suffolk dealer in the stocks

Pity Russell Simpson, joint owner of Suffolk-based resellers Greengage Computer Products, who has not only forked out an undisclosed sum in compensation for unwittingly flogging counterfeit copies of Microsoft software, but sentenced to the stocks too.
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2002
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MS exec rattles sabre, suggests Linux could infringe patents

The CEO of Microsoft Israel has played the FUD card against Linux, raising doubts about the provenance of the intellectual property in the software, and advising potential customers to seek indemnification from the supplier in the event of patent infringement.
John Lettice, 18 Nov 2002
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Segways go on sale. No need to walk ever again

As revealed on US breakfast telly this morning, Dean Kamen's Segway<</a> is on sale from today via the Amazon 'early adoptors' club. Delivery is US-only and your $4950 machine actually ships in March at the earliest (although in a bid for even more publicity, 30 consumers will be hand-picked to receive their Segways before Christmas).
Carlton Reid, 18 Nov 2002
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Vodafone exits stage left to actor jibes

There was an amusing item in today's Mirror which told how mobile phone giant, Vodafone, hired actors recently to play "the crowd" at the launch of the company's new phone.
Tim Richardson, 18 Nov 2002
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BT unveils wireless ADSL modem

BT has unveiled a wireless ADSL broadband modem that allows up to ten people to share a single broadband connection.
Tim Richardson, 18 Nov 2002
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Computing A-level star wins laptop

Meenakshi Parameshwaran - a 19-year-old from Ilford - has been voted the brightest female computing student in the UK.
Tim Richardson, 18 Nov 2002
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Child porn ‘librarian’ jailed for 2 years

A computer clerk who ran an online library of child porn was jailed for two years at the Old Bailey this week. In a four-day period, almost 3,000 people visited the free website of 20-year old Londoner Darren Guest.
Drew Cullen, 18 Nov 2002
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BSA whacks two UK firms for piracy

Web site tip-offs to the Business Software Alliance (BSA) have led to heavy software piracy fines for two UK companies.
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2002
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O2 puts Nokia 7210 on hold, claiming software problems

Mobile phone network O2 has pulled back the release of Nokia's classy new 7210 'fashion phone', citing problems with the version of the software it has been testing.
John Lettice, 18 Nov 2002
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Agere demos 162Mbps wireless LAN chip

Wireless LAN specialist Agere picked opening day at Comdex to announce prototype wireless LAN chips capable of transmitting data at 162Mbps in the 5GHz band occupied by emerging 802.11a kit.
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2002
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Nokia predicts 1.5bn mobile users by 2005

Brushing aside pessimism about the industry's medium term potential, Nokia's CEO says the mobile phone industry is on the verge of substantial growth.
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Dell debuts own-brand handheld

Dell today starts selling its first own-brand handheld, a Pocket PC PDA retailing from $199 (after something called a mail-in rebate of $50). Called the Dell Axim X5, the basic model comes with a 300MHz Intel XScale CPU and 32MB of SDRAM and 32MB of Flash Rom. A more fully-specced device with a 400MHz XScale chip, 64MB of SDRAM, 48MB of Flash ROM, and a USB cradle starts at $299 (also with the $50 mail-in rebate).
Drew Cullen, 18 Nov 2002