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IBM's (and Oracle's) plans for U2 users

Briefing Note I recently had a briefing with IBM during which the subject of the future of Informix users came up, writes Phil Howard. The answer to that question is well known: IBM will continue to maintain and upgrade the Informix database for the foreseeable future but, in the longer term, IBM expects to provide migration capability to DB2.
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Ireland sets FRIACO prices

Ireland's communications regulator ComReg says its flat-rate Internet access plans are on track, with wholesale prices set to come in at €12.77 per customer, per month.

ALSTOM ditches EDS – before it gets started

ALSTOM has scrapped a mega-outsourcing deal with EDS after failing to "reach mutually acceptable terms".
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Morse dogged by falling Sun, HP sales

Sales carry on falling at Morse, Europe's biggest Sun dealer, but customers are rejecting other lines too. In its interims out today (but highlighted by the company last month), Morse revealed that Sun hardware sales slumped 36 per cent, while HP, another major mid-range franchise, were down 32 per cent for the six months to December 31, 2002. Overall, so-called infrastructure sales fell 27% in the six months to 31 December 2002 to £128.6 million.
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Isonetric Broadband ceases trading

Isonetric Broadband Ltd - the Brighton-based broadband via satellite ISP - has ceased trading.
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Oh So Quiet with VIA 1GHz Mini-ITX

VIA today announces a 1GHz C3 processor version of its Mini-ITX mainboard. And it has set its sights on an application and a place for the little beast - Digital media centres and little PCs in the home.
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Punters warned about UK Internet Registry Ltd

Nominet UK - the national Registry for all domain names ending .uk - is calling for people to get in touch if they have received what resembles an invoice from a company called UK Internet Registry Ltd.
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ATI takes two AIW cards to Europe

ATI is shipping two ALL-IN-WONDER multimedia graphics cards into Europe, courtesy of boardmakers Hercules and Sapphire.
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Malvern votes against evoting

Councillors in the Malvern Hills have ditched plans to trial evoting in the upcoming spring local elections after the Government failed to give its full approval for the project to go ahead.

Co-founder buys Turbolinux's Linux, Windows cluster software

PowerCockpit, pretty much all that was left of Turbolinux following the sale of its Linux business and name last year, has itself been sold. Server management and storage software outfit Mountain View Data today announced that it has acquired the product.
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Overture buys FAST's web search biz

Overture is stumping up to $100m cash for the Internet business of Fast Search & Transfer (FAST). The keyword ad Johnny is shelling out $70m cash upfront and up to $30m in performance incentives to the Norwegian search firm over three years. In turn it gets FAST WebSearch, AlltheWeb.com, and FAST PartnerSite.
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More broken monitors now!

Monitor prices are falling and reliability is climbing. That's a good thing, right? Not if you are a warranty repair firm, to which it is more akin to something between a rock and a hard place.
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UK ICT spending on the up

The UK was one of the worst-performing markets for ICT growth last year, according to research published today.
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India figures high in MS dev outsourcing plans

Microsoft's recent investments in India appear to be only a part of a larger and more radical plan to conduct an increasing proportion of the company's development activities there. Although the company remains highly profitable in the teeth of a slump it is attempting to keep costs in the west down, while dangling the prospect of 'two for the price of one' worker deals in front of its managers.
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Sun's Niagara is SPARC on Viagra

Sun talked a little more about its CPU roadmap today, christening the ultra-dense multiple core SPARC technology it acquired from Afara Websystems last year "Niagara".