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Total Poindexter Awareness: essential information

John Gilmore has picked up a call to give the government's snoopers and window-peepers a taste of their own medicine. His suggestion is at the top of MIT's Blogdex today, so it looks like it's already gaining some traction.
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HP narrows focus for mega services deals

Hewlett Packard Co is seeking to strike more $1bn-plus services contracts but has said it is increasingly prepared to walk away from some deals, writes Joe Fay. The company is prepared to pass up on some of the industry's largest transactions even as the number of such mega services contracts begins to shrink, and the …
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Java community to nail mobile phone spec

Java community members are taking another stab at Java for small devices, with plans for a specification designed specifically for ISVs targeting cell phones. Java Community Process (JCP) members are pushing Java Specification Request (JSR) 185, which rounds up a number of existing Java APIs and technologies in an …
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France Telecom to reveal debt-reduction plans

France Telecom SA will today reveal its plan to reduce its debt burden in a move that will have big implications for carriers across Europe. The company will be shored up short-term by a 9bn euro ($8.9bn) cash injection from the French government. This will be done via an arms-length organization designed to create the …
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Klez tops 2002 virus charts

Klez is the most abundant virus for 2002, according to Sophos, the anti-virus software firm.
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PS2 trounces console rivals in UK sales rush

The PlayStation 2 continues to dominate hardware sales in the UK, with over 90,000 units of the console sold in the last week of November - three times the sales of Xbox and GameCube combined, and well on track to hit Sony's ambitious installed base projections for the end of the year.
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NTL and AOL in cable broadband deal

NTL customers are to be given the choice of signing up to AOL's broadband service from the spring, following a wholesale agreement between the two companies.
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MS CFO vows more resources to make Xbox succeed

Xbox is not going to go away, and Microsoft is ready to pour more resources into the games console, said company CFO John Connors yesterday. Connors, who was apparently being webcast to a closed Credit Suisse First Boston conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, was responding to the question of whether Microsoft had an exit strategy for Xbox.
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Intel Canterwood, Springdale to be easier to overclock?

Intel's policy on overclocking is about to change, according to DigiTimes. The company, whose overclocking policy lies somewhere between 'neither support nor condone' and active opposition, is reported to be planning "limited overclocking functions" for its forthcoming Canterwood and Springdale based motherboards, due in Q2 next year.
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AOL UK in profit

AOL UK is the first standalone AOL service outside of the US to be EBITDA-positive (earnings before interest etc), according to a briefing yesterday about the future for AOL.
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Violent ads given bloody nose

Violence appears to be the common the theme for the latest punishment beatings being dished out by the advertising watchdog.