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All clear sounded on ITV Digital STBs

Around a million or so customers of ITV Digital won't have to cough up £40 to keep their set top boxes (STB) after all, following a deal between the liquidators of the failed digital TV outfit and media giants Carlton and Granada.
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Armed raiders steal £840,000 in computer kit

Armed robbers made off with approximately £840,000 of computer equipment after a raid on a warehouse on the outskirts of London last Friday morning.
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SEC investigation of EDS goes formal

The US Securities and Exchange Commission is now conducting a formal investigation into practices at Electronic Data Systems Corp, the company said late Friday. The news follows the revelation in early October that an "informal" SEC probe was underway. EDS said in October that the SEC had "requested information regarding …
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Ex-NTL boss in line for top OFCOM job

Stephen Carter - the former MD and COO of NTL - is in line for a top job at the new monster communications regulator, OFCOM.
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Iomega cash pile looks tempting takeover target

Iomega Corp now looks a sitting duck for a takeover as it sits on a $453.9m cash pile while its stock market value is a pitiful $483.4m. After hacking back costs, the San Diego, California-based company is milking increasing sums from its Zip drives but acknowledges that revenue will continue to slide in the coming year. …
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Sex.com could cost VeriSign $100m, says suit

Sex.Com, the disputed adult web portal currently owned by Grant Media LLC, said it is a step closer to a ruling on whether it can claim damages from VeriSign Inc for alleged negligence in the transfer of the domain name sex.com to another party. The company said in a statement Thursday that an appeals court in San …
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MS bids to intercept Unix defectors at LinuxWorld

Microsoft Corp is journeying deep into the enemy heartland this week, by opening a stand at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in an attempt to snag wavering Unix users, writes Gavin Clarke. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft will deploy 15 staff at the New York-based event in an attempt to spread the Windows mantra. The …
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NTL suspends employee over ntlhell.co.uk hack

An NTL employee could lose his job concerning allegations that he was behind a New Year's eve hack of ntlhell.co.uk.
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US senate takes aim at spam, spectrum, broadband

Returning to the chair of the US Senate Communications Subcommittee, Senator Conrad Burns last week outlined ten policy priorities for the 2003 legislative session. Themes of internet security, broadband adoption, spectrum management and spam are predominant. The three "centerpiece" parts of the agenda are spam, spectrum …
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MS announces Windows Media 9 DRM tool, music alliances

Microsoft has moved itself a little closer to its goal of becoming the entertainment industry's vendor of choice for Digital Rights Management. Today it announced the release of the Windows Media 9 Data Session Toolkit, together with key customers for the technology.
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IBM begins $500m iSeries revamp

IBM today announced a revamp of its iSeries mid-range server line geared to breathing fresh life into the venerable technology through a two-year, $500 million marketing push.

ABIT puts security on the motherboard

ABIT today launched server motherboards featuring integrated security processors, with a promise to slash the cost of building security appliances.
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Freeserve blames ‘human error’ for mailshot login bungle

Freeserve has blamed "human error" for bungling a mailshot to new customers which contained the log-in details of other people.
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Five years jail for mobile phone VAT fraudster

A fraudster was jailed for five years on Friday after been found guilty of involvement in a multi-million pound mobile phone VAT fraud scam.