30th > December > 2002 Archive

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Alienware comes to Europe

Alienware, the niche American PC builder, has landed in Europe. The company, best known for what it dubs "Ultimate Gaming Machines" has set up European HQ, incorporating call centre ops and assembly in Athlone, Ireland. And it is touting for direct business in the UK, through its online site www.alienware.co.uk. ®
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EU tells HP et al to scrap inkjet ‘clever chips’

Prices of printer cartridges look set to drop thanks to a new EU law that will ban printer firms from forcing consumers to buy their own-brand refills. The European Parliament voted unanimously on Wednesday in favour of a new EU "electroscrap" recycling law, which includes a ruling directing manufacturers of printers to no longer incorporate chips into their own-brand ink refill cartridges. These chips prevent cartridges produced by other manufacturers from being used in many printers.
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ISPs welcome UK Net libel review

The UK Internet industry has welcomed a report by the Law Commission examining defamation and the Internet
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Orange rolls out of Swedish 3G race

Orange SA gave its rivals in Sweden an early Christmas present on Friday, when it announced it was pulling its plans to roll out a 3G operation in the country. Operators in Sweden have become increasingly nervous about the costs of setting up 3G in the country. In November the government rejected pleas from Orange Sverige …
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Highberry fails to force Colt into administration

An attempt by hedge fund Highberry Ltd to force the telecoms company Colt Telecom Group Plc into administration, has been thrown out of court. In the High Court in London, Mr Justice Jacob dismissed the claims of Highberry as "shaky, tentative and speculative peering into the middle distance", and concluded that there was …
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RIAA nominated for Internet Villain award

Oftel, the Home office and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) are among this year's shortlist for the Internet Villain Award being dished out by the UK's Net industry.
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Microsoft plots Macromedia coup against Java

Microsoft Corp is believed to have trained its acquisition crosshairs on Macromedia Inc, lining up a deal that would throw enterprise Java into a spin, Gavin Clarke writes. Industry and analyst sources believe Microsoft covets San Francisco, California-based Macromedia's Flash vector graphics design tool and player, which …

Sun confirms commitment to InfiniBand

Sun Microsystems Inc has maintained its commitment to the InfiniBand switch fabric architecture, breathing new life into a technology that at one stage this year looked destined to be forgotten.
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NAF ruling escapes UK court scrutiny

What was to been the first challenge a domain name arbitration ruling by ICANN in the UK courts has ended up in an out of court settlement.