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Deadline nears for DMCA exemptions

Wednesday's the deadline for you to make a small difference to the draconian DMCA, the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.
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Of IBM's Power5 Armada Servers

Sometime in early 2004, IBM Corp will launch its next generation of high-end RISC servers using the Power5 processors, writes Timothy Prickett Morgan. The company has just started talking about the machines, and the first official sales of the box for the so-called ASCI Purple supercomputer for Lawrence Livermore …
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Novell breathes new life into GroupWise

Novell Inc, which has had to play second fiddle to Microsoft Corp's Exchange and IBM/Lotus Corp's Notes, is once again gearing itself up for an assault on the enterprise collaboration software market. The Provo, Utah-based company has previewed plans for its next-generation GroupWise platform - version 6.5, due out in …

CRM ‘recovery’ predicted for 2003

2003 will constitute a recovery year for the CRM sector, according to research house Meta Group. However, in the current climate, "recovery" is defined as a year in which spending levels are predicted to remain flat to slightly positive, as opposed to undergoing a further slump. Despite this gloomy forecast, Meta Group VP …
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.NET My Services. Gone but not forgotten?

.NET My Services, Microsoft Corp's high-profile set of XML web services postponed eight months ago, seems to have dropped off the company's 2003 roadmap, writes Gavin Clarke. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft yesterday issued a nine-page document summarizing 2003 launch plans for operating systems, applications and tools …
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ICANN plans more top level domains

ICANN's board of directors gave the go-ahead for the creation of new top level domain names at its fourth annual meeting in Amsterdam last weekend. The board authorized the president to take the necessary steps to implement the New TLD Evaluation Process Planning Taskforce's recommendations on the new names. It also …
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Marconi lives! (But sales are slumpier)

Marconi Plc has finally clinched the deal that it sketched out in August to hand 99.5% of its equity to its creditors and it expects to finally emerge from a humiliating reorganization before the end of its financial year on March 31, 2003. In a deal delayed by continual haggling with creditors, Marconi has been forced to …
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$32m man Capellas meets his maker (or Judge)

The collapse of the dotcom bubble has been described, quite accurately, as the greatest loss of wealth in human history. But take heart, a few survivors have prospered. Give or take the minor judicial roadbump.
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BT improves ADSL demand trigger process

BT Wholesale has refined its much-criticised ADSL pre-registration system making it quicker and easier for areas to upgrade to broadband.
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And deep in IE, a creature was stirring…

eEye security researcher Derek Soeder was moved to verse after analysing a complicated - and not particularly devastating - heap corruption vulnerability involving the way Windows handles PNG image format files.
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AOL wins $7m in porn spam case

AOL has won $7m in damages after it claimed its punters had been bombarded with porn spam.
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IE accounts for 95% of browsers – survey

Nineteen out of 20 surfers use IE as a browser, with Netscape a very distant second, and alternative browsers restricted to use among a small tech savvy niche, according to Web analytics outfit OneStat.com.
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Infineon wins $2.5bn Kingston gig

Kingston Technology has selected Infineon to be its prime supplier of memory components. The two firms estimate the deal is worth $2.5bn over five years. At the same time, Kingston, probably the world's biggest memory module brand name, will provide contract manufacturing services to Infineon.
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The company formerly known as MicronPC

MicronPC, the direct selling US PC builder, is changing its name to MPC sometime in 2003. It is also changing its main domain name from micronpc.com to buympc.com. The company retains redirect rights for three years, suggesting that micronpc.com will at some point revert to Micron Technology, its former parent.
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3G is coming (ready or not)

3G is coming, ready or not, says the wireless research team at Instat/MDR.
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So farewell then, OS/2 – Windowed to death, finally

Hats off to PC Magazine's John C Dvorak for noting that last Tuesday IBM finally pulled the plugs on OS/2. With a long and characteristically detailed death notice, years after the shooting died down (this is also characteristic), IBM has finally brought the Great Rebellion to a close.
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Your storage area networking needs

Interoperability is the greatest challenge in building a storage area network, according to a roundtable of US IT executives. It's hard to get Unix, mainframe and Windows NT apps working together on the same SAN, and any vendor which can do this easily, could find the world beating a path to its door (or a takeover offer from EMC).
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Multiple vulns in MySQL, upgrade now

Security researchers urge admins to update MySQL database servers, following the discovery of a set of potentially troublesome security flaws.
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Anti-spammer in car chase

Rich Clark, an American spam hater, claims he was involved in a car chase and received threatening phone calls after taking photos of the house belonging to mega-wealthy bulk-emailer, Alan Ralsky.
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Register ‘scopes’ Small Biz channel

Site News Early next year The Register is to launch a small business channel. That's right a channel for small businesses. We will concentrate on providing tech-related news, cause that what we do best. We are also looking at information suppliers to link up with, and maybe even doing some reviews.
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Intel delays 802.11a access for Banias

Intel has altered plans to introduce a dual-mode 802.11a/b WiFi chip alongside Banias, its next generation notebook processor, in Q3 2003.
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Spring has sprung: a new desktop era for the Mac?

We all know what's wrong with personal computers, and we must all at some time despair at the lack of imagination of modern UI designers, who offer us ever more creative ways of futzing.
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Elcomsoft not guilty – DoJ retreats from Moscow

The Russian software company which has found itself on trial in an American court was acquitted on all counts of circumventing the DMCA today.