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China's 64-bit chip gains ground

China's home grown 64-bit CPU is gaining ground, EE Times reports. The weekly has scooped an interview with BLX's chief executive, David Shen, who says the Dragon CPU, known as Godson-2, has 15 design wins. The goal is to have a hundred design wins.
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Moto to revive chip division with $400m feed

Motorola plans to increase spending on chip-making kit by 60 per cent this year in anticipation of a ten per cent increase in sales, general manager of the company's Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS), Bill Walker, told Bloomberg today.
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Intel tightens Q1 forecast

Intel yesterday narrowed its guidance on its current fiscal quarter, trimming its revenue expectations from a broad $6.5-7.0 billion to a tighter $6.6-6.8 billion.

SCO sues IBM for $1 billion for ‘devaluing Unix’

What could be stranger than one Linux business suing another Linux business for devaluing UNIX™?
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Gateway in ‘preference file’ patent puzzle

Proof that the US Department of Commerce employs robots to research patent applications finally emerged this week.
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BT confirms India call centre move

BT has confirmed it is setting up two call centres in India but insists no UK jobs will be lost as a direct result of the move.
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EC to launch European business portal

The European Commission is planning to launch an on-line initiative aimed at improving support for SMEs by the end of the year.
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Nvidia unwraps expected GeForce FX chips

Nvidia yesterday unveiled its two latest GeForce FX chips, as anticipated.

StorageNetworks: no room to hide

StorageNetworks' decision to consider a sale follows soon after storage back-up software company Legato Systems made the same move. The two announcements suggest that storage software companies may be reaching a crisis point due to the continuing market downturn.
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Microsoft preps Xbox for arcades

A project within Microsoft's Xbox division aimed at creating arcade systems based on the console's hardware is coming close to bearing its first fruit, according to reports from sources familiar with the plan.
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Google closes Blogger security holes

Internet search giant Google confirmed this week that it closed several security holes that could have allowed hackers to substitute their own musings for any of the over one-million electronic diaries maintained through the popular "Blogger" online publishing tool.
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Windows Root kits a stealthy threat

Hackers are using vastly more sophisticated techniques to secretly control the machines they've cracked, and experts say it's just the beginning, say SecurityFocus' Kevin Poulsen.
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Oregon considers Open Source software legislation

A bill introduced in the Oregon State Legislature on March 5 by Rep. Phil Barnhart "requires state government to consider using open source software when acquiring new software." Sounds good -- if it passes.
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One way sat broadband from £30 per month

Warwickshire-based RMS Broadband is to launch a one-way broadband-via-satellite service next week based on Eutelsat's Opensky product.
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Panic Attack! Mobile terrorist alert service

It's something we've all pondered: when the terrorist attack comes, how can I keep one step ahead? Well, worry no more thanks to the new UK Alert mobile phone system.
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Neowin.net downed by MS ‘cease and desist’ letter

Well-known Windows enthusiast site Neowin.net has been downed, reportedly by a "cease and desist" letter sent by Microsoft to the site's hosting company. The Register understands that the letter relates to an item published by Neowin concerning a Microsoft peer-to-peer SDK. "In simple terms," a Neowin source told The Register, "Microsoft scared our server host."
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Swisscom buys Megabeam and WLAN AG

Swiss telecoms operator Swisscom today announced the acquisition of WLAN hotspot firms Megabeam and WLAN AG. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
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Microsoft pumps $2bn into software for small business

Microsoft is to invest $2bn on software for small businesses in its next financial year. This is a "significant increase" on this year, but by how much the firm is not saying.
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Games anti piracy bot fingers ZX Spectrum archive site

Hot on the heels (actually, earlier, but we only just heard about it) of yesterday's BSA robot busts OpenOffice story we have a doppelganger - a games antipiracy trawling operation with mesh so small we feel sure it must be in breach of European fisheries legislation.
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Police raids following Texas University ID cyber-heist

Crackers are believed to have swiped the social security numbers of 55,200 past and present University of Texas faculty members and students, following a computer break-in last weekend.
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BT faces enquiry over ‘unlimited’ dotmusic claims

Trading standards officers have been notified over accusations that BT is "misleading" the public by calling its new online music-on-demand service "unlimited".
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NEC, Hitachi prep notebook fuel cells

NEC and Hitachi have joined the mad dash to devise fuel cells for notebook computers and other mobile devices.
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BT online music service fails whistle test

Analysis British Telecom's Dotmusic on Demand (DoD) digital music subscription service, launched in London yesterday, isn't likely to persuade users of free services like Kazaa and Grokster that it's time to go legal just yet.
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Don't mess with 802.11g, researcher warns

Businesses have this week been warned to steer clear of 802.11g wireless LAN technology by market research organisation Gartner.
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T-Mobile loses bid to reduce its Virgin spend

T-Mobile lost out in a High Court judgement yesterday on a dispute over how much it should pay partially estranged partner/step-child Virgin Mobile for calls for rival networks to Virgin's subscribers.
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Pervert panic prompts pic phone bathing ban

Fears that picture phones could be used by perverts to take pictures of half-dressed youngsters have prompted UK councils to ban the use of the technology at swimming baths and other public sports facilities.
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RIAA's ‘Hide The Website’ game moves to Virginia

The RIAA's travelling "Hide The Website" gameshow rolled into Virginia this week, with a new hosting company given the privilege (or curse) of looking after one of the world's most reviled web destinations.
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Senate Leader scraps website war poll, blaming hackers

Senate majority leader Bill Frist has yanked a "Bomb Iraq" poll from his website.