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BT to scrap phone number moving charge

BT is to scrap the charge for punters looking to hang on to their phone numbers when they move house.
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US unveils chip-zapping ‘lightning bomb’ to tackle Saddam

Remember the neutron bomb, the radiation-rich atomic weapon of the 1980s designed to kill people while leaving buildings intact?
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“Replicant” theory emerges in US Astroturf scandal

A new theory emerged today to rebuff the "Astroturf" scandal that's the talk of the web. A week ago a weblogger who calls himself Atrios discovered that identical letters praising "the leadership of President Bush" had appeared in dozens of local American newspapers.
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AOL offers free broadband

AOL is offering one month's free broadband plus free activation for all new punters who sign up before the end of March.
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EV7 AlphaServers unleashed as chip line heads into sunset

Customers of Hewlett-Packard Co's AlphaServer RISC machines got a look at the probable future machines they will use over the next few years as HP rolled out the "Marvel" line of servers, writes Timothy Prickett-Morgan. The Marvels, which are based on the Alpha EV7 processor, are kickers to the current "Wildfire" series of …
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Infineon makes money out of memory chips shock

Heavy investment in 300mm wafer production capacity and R&D has started to pay off for Infineon Technologies AG, which has started the year with strong revenue growth and a belief that it faces "further stable development of demand in most market segments." It claims to be the among the first companies to return to profit …

HP launches 4-way ProLiant blade servers

As expected, Hewlett-Packard Co yesterday upgraded its ProLiant BL "QuickBlade" series of blade servers with the first four-way blade server, writes Timothy Prickett-Morgan. While HP is not the first vendor to offer a four-way blade (niche high-end blade vendor eGenera has been shipping a four-way blade since last year), …
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Will UK's aircraft carriers run on 'Windows for warships'?

Last week UK Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon mounted an odd attack on the country's major defence contractor, BAE Systems, claiming that large foreign shareholdings in the company meant that it could no longer be viewed as British. The assault was seen by observers as perhaps being a pre-emptive strike in the run-up to Hoon's potential award of the contract for two aircraft carriers to French company Thales, rather than to maybe-not-so-local player BAE. But Register sources claim BAE's defeat may also save us from a real deployment of Windows for warships.
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Prosecutors appeal DVD Jon innocent verdict

Norwegian prosecutors are appealing the court ruling that cleared teenager Jon Lech Johansen of criminal charges for creating a utility for playing back DVDs on his own computer.
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Competition Watchdog mulls Freeserve's BT complaint

The Competition Commission Appeal Tribunals (CCAT) - the UK's highest specialist competition law court - is currently hearing an appeal that could have could have wider repercussions for the UK's broadband sector.
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Java poised for return to Windows, appeals permitting

Scarily, Sun and Microsoft have agreed on something to do with Java. But they're keeping quiet about the details pending the judge's decision. The bottom line, however, is that Microsoft, in accordance with Baltimore District Judge J Frederick Motz's order, will be shipping Java with Windows within 120 days.
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HP's incredibly powerful wireless keyboards are bringing Norwegian neighbours together again. This time, a letter of complaint typed by Oslo man Are Wormnes on his home PC travelled by courtesy of the the HP keyboard to the computer of neighbour Ørjan Stokkeland.
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Welsh virus writer Vallor jailed for two years

A 22-old Welsh Web designer who pleaded guilty to creating and distributing three mass mailer viruses was sentenced to two years imprisonment at Southwark Crown Court this afternoon.
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Carter confirmed as Ofcom chief exec

Former NTL boss Stephen Carter has been appointed chief executive of the new telecoms and media regulator, Ofcom, it was confirmed today.
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BT shuts Games Domain Multiplay

BT has informed subscribers to its Games Domain branded multiplayer product that it intends to discontinue the services on February 17, less than a year and a half after its original launch in November 2001.

Sun blade specs emerge

Exclusive If your sweepstake money was on LinuxWorld for the date when Sun would unveil more Linux-related announcements, you're out of luck. We've been waiting for details of the corporate desktop since last year and details remain sketchy. We've also waiting been for details of Sun's ultradense blade servers for what seems like forever (they were scheduled to roll out in November). So if the suspense is killing you, here are the specifications.

HP lines up OpenVMS for Itanium

The long-awaited port of HP's OpenVMS to Intel's Itanium is set for full release next year, as are plans to move Tru64 Unix features into HP-UX. The announcements came as HP introduced its new Alpha servers, based on the EV7 chip, plus a strategy to migrate Alpha users to Itanium servers over the next three to eight years.