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Tech Data buys Azlan

Tech Data is to buy Azlan, Europe's biggest networking equipment distie, for $335m (approx. £142.4m) cash. This represents a premium of nearly 40 per cent more than the closing price of Azlan shares yesterday.
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Why Big Biz pays too much for mobile phones

Most if not all organisations pay too much for their mobile phones, writes Robin Bloor. The way mobile carriers make their revenues is by being a little smarter than the customer. They offer a series of different usage plans and the customer chooses one. But the customer is usually ill informed and careless.
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Use our batteries, or else! – Nokia

Nokia has issued a warning to customers to avoid buying batteries made by other companies. The alert follows a couple of handful of cases of overheating "non-original batteries" in Europe and Asia which have caused damage to both batteries and phone.
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Orange pulls support for Locust – again

Members of the Locust text message community are on the warpath after learning that Orange is to withdraw its support for the service from the end of March.
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Tiscali buys Wanadoo Belgium

Tiscali has shelled out €9.5m in new shares for ISP Wanadoo Belgium.
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Student charged with massive ID fraud

A former student has been charged with installing secret keystroke monitoring software on "dozens of computers" on the Boston College campus to harvest personal data on thousands of University computer users.
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Broadband could cost AOL $1bn in revenue by 2005

AOL could lose $1bn in revenues by 2005 because of the growth of broadband in the US.

Sun lets slip Solaris 9 on Intel

It has been a long time coming, a real long time, but Sun has at last officially released Solaris 9 for Intel. Or to be precise Solaris 9 for x.86 - there appears zero enthusiasm for a port of the Unix OS to Intel's 64-bit Itanium plaftform.
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Spyware found on one in three corporate networks

One in three European companies are harbouring spyware apps on their networks, a new study claims.
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Election fever grips UK domain registry

UK domain registry Nominet will announce the people standing for the four vacant positions on its Policy Advisory Board (PAB) on Monday.

CRM spend carries on falling

The CRM applications market is overcrowded, especially in major European and North American countries.
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We got broadband strategy wrong, says BT chief

In an amazing - if somewhat belated - admission, BT Retail chief exec, Pierre Danon, has admitted that when it comes to broadband, the monster telco hasn't always got things right.
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Focus on citizen is needed: e-gov report

European countries have made progress in on-line public services, especially for business, but researchers say more buy-in is needed at the highest levels.
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Router sales fall again in 2003

Corporates and telcos will spend even less money on routers, the backbone of data networks, in 2003 than in 2002. This will be the third year in a row of declining spend worldwide on routers. But the decline curve is flattening, with research firm Dell'Oro projecting a modest fall in revenues this year of 2 per cent to $6.7bn.
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IT bosses can't justify IT spend

Here's a mind-boggling piece of research. Apparently, European companies spend a staggering €535bn a year on IT. But half of IT directors don't feel it's possible to measure successfully the return on their IT investments.
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IT investment falls over war fears?

A short war with Iraq should do wonders for American technology firms as US.gov, the world's biggest IT spender, as well as the world's biggest defence contractor, gets stocking, and then restocking.
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Networking equipment spend gets slumpier

Weak economic conditions are pilling on fresh misery for networking equipment companies and their channel partners in the US, and more particularly, in Europe.
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UK IT firms make fewer profit warnings

UK Software and computer service companies made far fewer profit warnings in the last three months of 2002, according to a study by accountants Ernst & Young. It said this suggests that companies' forecasting may increasingly be coming into line with "the external reality rather than internal aspirations." Ernst & Young …
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Europe's SMEs flash the IT cash

The corporate sector may be torched, the retail punters may be keeping their wallets firmly touched, but small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) may just save the day for beleagured IT companies.
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IT Tech Barometer points to bigger budgets

A survey of IT managers in Europe and US points to signs of "real growth" in budgets in 2003.
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IT budgets loosened (just a little) in 2003 -Gartner

Worldwide IT spending by business is forecast to reach $2.1 trillion in 2003, a 4.9 per cent increase over 2002, according to Gartner Dataquest.
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Parliament ceases to exist

The dream of e-government has hit a brick wall because, incredibly, Parliament's Internet domain - www.parliament.uk - doesn't actually exist.
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Security experts duped by Slammer ‘jihad’ rot

Tech writer Brian McWilliams, who often covers the security beat, has seen an experiment of his blow up in someone else's face, with a decent shower of egg to boot.
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Astérix whups MobiliX

MobiliX, the Unix on mobile devices company, has suffered a legal setback in its dispute against the French publisher which owns the trademarks to the cartoon series Astérix the Gaul.
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On the trail of a stolen Tablet PC

Tracking information from security software has allowed Devon Police to recover a stolen Tablet PC and make an arrest today.

MS and IBM demo secure Web services

Web Service interoperability between the Microsoft and IBM environments using tools compliant with the WS-Security specification was successfully demonstrated for the first time earlier this week.