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Microsoft and AOL neck-and-neck in Nielsens

There's not much between Microsoft Corp and AOL Time Warner Inc in the latest eyeball ratings from Nielsen//NetRatings, which for the first time include metrics from usage of internet applications other than just browsers. According to Nielsen, in October Microsoft-owned brands had a unique audience of 92.619 million, …

IBM outs WebSphere 5.0

IBM will push Web services and simplified management and administration in the latest version of its delayed WebSphere application server, expected to launch today. WebSphere 5.0 features SOAP parsing, UDDI repository, Java and a number of open source technologies that IBM claims speeds performance of Web services and …
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Vodafone goes a wireless bundle with PC makers

Vodafone has signed deals with the world's top hardware manufacturers to have the mobile operator's GPRS settings pre-installed on laptops and PDAs.
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BT firms MSN broadband alliance

BT and Microsoft are on close to announcing their latest venture together to bring broadband access and content to the UK.
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BTopenworld denies plans to ditch domain

There's confusion about the future of BT's mass market ISP after internal sources told customers that it has plans to ditch its BTopenworld domain.
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Lawyers fear misuse of cyber murder law

A genuine cyber murder may never happen outside the pages of tabloid newspapers and Tom Clancy novels, but defense attorneys say that won't keep federal prosecutors from getting some mileage out of a provision in the newly-passed Homeland Security bill that dictates a maximum sentence of life imprisonment without parole for computer hackers with homicide in their hearts.
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Merde! Alcatel LAN switch ships with backdoor access

Some versions of Alcatel's LAN switch software can yield backdoor access to crackers, the company warns.
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Personal music stations for 3G phones

Ten European music and mobile phone firms are banding together to get punters tuning into their own personal music stations using next generation mobile phones.
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Tech savvy are gagging for 3G

DIY PC builders and broadband subscribers are among those keenest to become early adopters of 3G, according to a survey by mobile reail chain The Link.
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3G games for Women!

We haven't heard too much in the way of hype from the mobile network operators of late. Instead they seem to be focusing their efforts on developing real deliverables, real solutions and less inane warbling about solutions which clearly are not going to materialise for a good few years yet.
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France Telecom escapes from MobilCom 3G deal

France Telecom SA has reached an "amicable" deal with German mobile carrier MobilCom AG that ends its obligation to help the company develop a 3G network. Under the agreement, France Telecom will participate in a plan to shut down the German UMTS business, contributing up to 580m euros ($580m). The only prospect of a …
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Intel gives leg-up to UK pro gaming

In South Korea, top pro-gamers are gods. Their tournaments are televised, the winners are garlanded with fame and money.
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Orange issues refunds after double dipping accounts

Tens of thousands of Orange UK customers had their bank accounts double-dipped after a foul-up between the mobile phone company and its bank.
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eBay scam site nipped in the bud

A spate of emails inviting eBay customers to divulge usernames and passwords to a scam site reached epidemic proportions last week.
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BT Broadband price remains fixed

BT has no plans at present to cut the price of its frill-less, access only BT Broadband product following today's confirmation of a joint marketing agreement with MSN.
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RM in ‘recovery mode’

RM, the UK's biggest computer systems supplier to schools, made a full year post-tax loss of £4.8m but - little consolation this - didn't do quite as badly as it was expected to.

Sun buffs blades

Sun has given its Netra blades a major upgrade. The new systems are pitched firmly at telcos, and major on high availability rather the ultra dense, low-power pitch that RLX aims at hosting facilities.