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Microsoft shells out first dividend

Just days into 2003, Microsoft has predicted 2004 will be "daunting". Faced with an uncertain economy and growing competition from Linux to Microsoft's server revenues, the company faces a tough time improving on this year's results. That's according to the company's chief financial officer John Connors who, announcing …
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IBM Q4 sales stable, profits hurting

IBM Corp might have an equally sized rival in Hewlett Packard Co, but Big Blue, more than HP, is still a bellwether for the IT industry because of the broad range of markets that it plays in, writes Timothy Prickett Morgan. And if IBM's fourth quarter 2002 financial results are any indication, the IT market might finally …
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SAP positions to avoid IBM and Microsoft Web Services

SAP AG has announced products and strategy which it hopes will establish the company as a cross-platform web services player, while avoiding direct competition with IBM or Microsoft Corp, writes Gavin Clarke.
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Dell laptop named in SA burns explosion

The 15-year-old-girl in South Africa who suffered second-degree burns to her hands and thighs after her laptop exploded was using a Dell machine, it's been revealed.
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AMD makes massive Q4 loss

Advanced Micro Devices Inc reported a massive loss for its fourth quarter yesterday and failed to meet the raised revenue forecast it set itself back in December. Although the Sunnyvale, California-based vendor saw increased shipments of its CPU and flash memory products, its already large operating losses were swollen by …
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Hutchinson 3G confirms March launch

The ambitious plans of Hutchison 3G UK Ltd to be the first operator to launch a commercial 3G service in Europe, received a further boost following the news it has 30,000 registrations for its video mobile service in the United Kingdom. The company is expected to spend tens of millions of pounds this year on advertising …
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Microsoft thanks Bush with historic share dividend

When the Bush Administration was sworn in, in January 2001, Microsoft was in the position that we so often find James Bond in mid-way through a movie: strapped to a table and heading inexorably towards a huge carving machine or deadly laser.
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First Segway owners are rich, bright, but not fat

Bicycles are the best 'short-range personal transportation devices' you can buy yet the mainstream media still seems to think Segways are more sexy. Could electric bikes and ultralight electric motorbikes plug the gap? BikeBiz.co.uk talks to one of first Segway owners in the world.
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So sorry Adobe urges more DMCA busts

We erred on one important detail in our summary of the Elcomsoft verdict on Wednesday. We wrote that Adobe had urged the authorities not to prosecute Dmitry Sklyarov or his employer Elcomsoft for circumventing the encryption in its eBook software to allow fair use.
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Mobile phonecos braced for tough price cuts

It appears that the UK's mobile phone operators have lost their fight to stave off enforced price cuts following a year-long investigation by the Competition Commission.
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Sun eclipsed by worst ever quarter

Sun Microsystems reported its worst ever quarterlies yesterday. Q2 2003 revenues were down six per cent to $2.915bn from $3.108bn in the same period the year before (Q2 2002). This resulted in a net loss of $2.283bn for Q2 2003, with margins also down 6.7 percentage points to 43.3 per cent.
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Rumsfeld orders .mil Web lockdown

U.S. defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld this week directed the armed service to strip military Web sites of information that could benefit adversaries, citing a terrorist training manual and a year-long review of the Department of Defense's 700-gigabyte Web presence.
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Duncan leaves Xbox team

The effusive head of Microsoft's Xbox division in Europe, Sandy Duncan, has announced his intention to retire from the games industry this year in order to focus on his personal life. Duncan has headed up the European Xbox and Home Retail divisions since early 2000, and has been with Microsoft for 16 years.
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“I poisoned P2P networks for the RIAA” – whistleblower

"Gobbles", the German hacker who improbably claimed to have infected peer-to-peer file sharing networks and to "0wn" your computer this week, has confirmed that his brag was a hoax. That much, you probably suspected, as Goebbels (as we must now call him) failed to offer a shred of evidence in support of the notion that the RIAA was engaged in widespread intrusion of personal computers.
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GameSpy could let crackers mount network DDoS attacks

Flaws within GameSpy, a popular program that allows game clients to find and connect to game servers, might permit crackers to flood systems with useless packets and tie up processors through DDoS attacks.
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Dick Parsons named as new AOL TW chairman

Dick Parsons - AOL Time Warner chief exec - has been named chairman of the giant media and Internet company.
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ISC see a little silhouetto of a DHCP flaw

Multiple buffer overflow vulnerabilities in the Internet Software Consortium (ISC) implementation of the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) have come to light.
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Red Hat Linux 8 books at 30 per cent off

This week's offering from Reg associate IT-minds.com is the biggest and the best in Red Hat Linux books.
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Nominet intros new domain moving rules

Nominet UK - the national registry for all domain names ending .uk - has introduced new rules designed to give greater protection to domain name owners.
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Retail PC sales flat in Germany, France (but not in UK)

Sales of PCs in December 2002 by large retailers were flat in Europe's top three economies, down one per cent in unit terms compared to the same month a year ago.