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Zippy – a Lotus Notes for the rest of us?

A fresh approach to workgroup collaboration and file sharing will emerge this week with the launch of Zippy. It's a hosted service that offers file sharing, instant messaging and PIM functionality for a fixed fee per user per month.

CA founder Wang retires

Computer Associates International Inc has announced that its founder Charles Wang has retired as chairman of its board of directors, effective immediately, and that the board has elected president and CEO, Sanjay Kumar, to replace him. No reasons were given for Wang's departure from the Islandia, New York-based company's …

Microsoft Business Framework: The 10-year plan

Microsoft is in for the long haul as far as its business applications are concerned with a 10-year development plan and a new Microsoft Business Framework to support the basket of disparate applications offered under the Microsoft Business Solutions banner. In an interview with ComputerWire, Simon Edwards UK MD of …

Windows .NET Server slips (again) to April 03

Delivery of Microsoft Corp's latest server operating system Windows .NET Server 2003 has slipped for a second time, as the company attempts to unify developers around its .NET strategy, writes Gavin Clarke. During his Comdex Fall 2002 opening keynote speech this week, Microsoft's chairman and chief executive Bill Gates …
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C&W reveals lease liabilities

Cable & Wireless Plc has been forced to clarify its outstanding lease commitments in the face of suspicions that big cut-backs in its international operations would leave it with huge liabilities on leases of property that it will vacate. C&W insisted that the £700m ($1.1bn) lease commitments that follow the restructuring …
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JD Edwards tidies management mess

JD Edwards has eliminated the position of chief operating officer as it reorganizes its executive reporting lines. Hank Bonde, who served as COO since joining the company in February 2001, will leave the company on December 31. The company said the move is designed to enable it to increase its responsiveness and the speed …
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Comcast largest cable firm after AT&T buy

Comcast Corp yesterday became the world's largest cable company, following its merger with AT&T Broadband, which was spun off from parent AT&T Corp yesterday as part of the $29.2bn deal. The new Comcast Corp has 21.4 million cable TV subscribers and is worth an estimated $60bn. The company obtained regulatory clearance for …
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Compel takes £400K restructuring charge

Compel, the mid-range computer dealer/rental firm, is to take a £400,000 charge for bringing expenses into line with business levels and prospects. The company says it "remains sound and strongly funded" and insists that costs are "largely" under control, but it is gloomy about trading.

Intel spruces Xeon line

Only Tuesday, and already it's an exhausting week for product launches with world+dog determined to make a noise for Comdex.
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Sun kills COD server price premium

Sun Microsystems Inc today will revamp its capacity on demand offering for its Sun Fire midframe and enterprise servers, writes Timothy Prickett Morgan. Sun was the first vendor to offer COD, jumping into the game in late 1999 one day ahead of Hewlett Packard Co. The original Sun and HP COD offerings for their Unix servers …
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Heathrow thieves steal 1,400 SPV Orange smartphones

Thieves made off with 1,400 Orange SPV (Sounds Picture Video) smartphones after raiding a warehouse in Heathrow last Friday.
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FAST hails copyright ‘big stick’

On November 20, Copyright etc and Trade Marks (Offences and Enforcement) Act 2002 comes into force.
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mmO2 climbs towards black

mm02 is claiming a good set of interims with EBITDA (Earnings before Bad Stuff) achieved in all four countries where it operates a mobile phone network.
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Vodafone touts remote access for road warriors

Vodafone has released a new GPRS-based mobile data service providing business customers with remote access to their offices.

IBM wins US Gov super computer deal

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded IBM a $290 million contract to build the two fastest supercomputers in the world with a combined peak speed of 460 trillion calculations per second (teraflops).
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MS accused of banning mod chip Xbox from Live service

Microsoft's campaign against Xbox mod chips has ratcheted up a notch with the launch of the Xbox Live online gaming service. According to a posting at Got Mod?, (there's a site that's going to be pretty concerned about the issue) the company is attempting to detect mod chips when users connect, then placing them on a banned list - forever.
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BT touts broadband for everyone

BT today announced that broadband would reach 80 per cent of the UK in the next few years.
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IBM's S/390 Linux guru on the Open Source patent question

Following yesterday's piece on Microsoft playing the patent card against Linux we were pointed to an interview with IBM's Karl-Heinz Strassemeyer at Linux Forum Denmark. It's been around for a while, but Strassemeyer has some interesting things to say about IBM, Linux and patents, so it's still worth looking at.
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WinXP ‘Second Edition’ leaks

Back in March we brought you the news that Microsoft was preparing enterprise customers for an evolutionary (read: "cashflow-friendly") upgrade to Windows XP, dubbed "XP Second Edition", as an interim before the much-vaunted Longhorn overhaul.
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HPQ storage blitz shows continued convergence

HP has announced a swathe of new StorageWorks products and upgrades, to shore up its position in the multi-vendor networked storage business.
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Accused Pentagon Hacker's Online Life

Usenet posts show Gary McKinnon was a bit of a phone phreak, knew where to buy lock picks, and had an early interest in defense computers. A former employer says he was bored at work.
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Linux Professional Institute raises the bar on testing

The Linux Professional Intitute isn't out to make money. That could be the factor that sets this Linux certification agency apart from the others - if nothing else, LPI can certainly claim to be the only certification body with non-profit status. Not having to focus on the bottom line provides certain benefits to people who want to become Linux professionals.
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Edubroadband, edubroadband, edubroadband

Tony Blair today commited the government to funding the provision of broadband to every school in the UK by 2006. Speaking at the e-Summit in London, the Prime Minister said that IT was essential to the future of the UK economy.