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ICANN loads dice in reform process

The last glimmer of hope that Internet overseeing organisation ICANN may be planning to make itself more relevant was snuffed out yesterday when it chose two key people to push through this year's reform process.
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Oftel boss is telecoms superhero

David Edmonds - the boss of soon-to-be-extinct telecoms regulator, Oftel - has been blowing his own trumpet. Again.
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Bluetooth pen's patented patterned paper puzzle

Nokia yesterday gave us a lot more detail about its new Digital Pen, announced at CeBIT this week. SonyEricsson has been selling its ChatPen for some time. But in traditional style, it hides it on its web site.
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For sale: memory stick plus cancer patient records

Health bosses in Lancashire are facing awkward questions after confidential medical records of 13 cancer patients found their way onto a portable memory stick, which was repackaged and sold as new to a Crewe estate agent.
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RSA and Verisign beat SSL patent infringement rap

An American jury has rejected claims by a retired Florida engineer that RSA Security and VeriSign infringed his encryption patent.

VIEO – add-on system management

Briefing Note The field of system management has exploded in recent years, particularly in two areas; security and service level management, writes Robin Bloor. The reason is obvious - the internet providing unprecedented levels of connectivity and creating unprecedented problems.
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Verint makes a mint from govt. spyware

If you're under FBI surveillance, there's a good chance your phone calls and Internet traffic are traveling over the equipment of Verint Systems -- a company that's doing very well these days, writes SecurityFocus' Kevin Poulsen.
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AMD names scheme for Opteron naming

So farewell then, AMD's performance rating naming scheme - for upcoming 64-bit Opteron processors at least.
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VIA graphics team unwraps DX9 DeltaChrome

VIA's graphics division, S3, yesterday announced its first chip to support DirectX 9, DeltaChrome.
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Elpida samples first GDDR-2M parts

Memory maker Elpida has announced the first GDDR2-M memory chips for notebook graphics systems.
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Motorola set to launch pen-driven Symbian phone

Motorola's remarkable and protracted silence on the subject of Symbian phones has been broken at last - the company does have one, the A920, and a serious and interesting bid it looks too. The documentation on the unit filed with the FCC (which frequently hosts useful pictures of products you hadn't previously heard of) shows a 3G device which includes support for the US 1900 GSM standard, which may suggest the company will aim it at the US market first. But on the other hand, that 3 on the front does kind of look like a Hutchison one, doesn't it?
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VIA unveils CoreFusion PC/TV platform

VIA yesterday introduced its CoreFusion platform, which it hopes will form the basis for a new generation of LCD-equipped home entertainment PCs.
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BBC uses slide show to announce job cuts

So, just how did BBC chiefs tell their new media staff that Auntie was cutting back 100 jobs?
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BB frustration reigns in chart-topping Chafford

Chafford Hundred in Essex has a unique place in the UK's broadband landscape.
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Viatel snaps up Netcom Internet

In Brief Viatel has bought Netcom Internet, a UK business ISP, for an undisclosed sum. The Bermuda-based telco said it can reap operational efficiencies and cost-savings by migrating Netcom customers onto the Viatel network. Earlier this week, company also bought Cybernet a Swiss business ISP. ®
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Sony shifts PS2 production to China

Sony is to shift the production of its PlayStation 2 console to Chinese production facilities next year in a bid to reduce costs, the company announced this week, prompting speculation that the company will pass on the cost savings to consumers in the near future.
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Tricky Windows worm poses as game

A new email-aware worm, Bibrog-B, poses as a computer game in an attempt to dupe users.
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Guardian cricket scribe hacks self, launches chat board

Has Guardian cricket writer Scott Murray been hacked? Or did he just hack himself?* We fear it is the latter. At time of writing today's India v New Zealand report begins perfectly soberly with "It's really simple: India are already through, New Zealand have to win." (Register public service announcement - New Zealand blew it big time) But then...
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Freeserve intros new dial-up software

Freeserve is rolling out new dial-up software which it says will make life easier for its punters accessing the Net.
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IDC reins in PC sales forecast

Research company IDC has poured cold water on what was expected to be one of the bright spots in IT spending this year: sales of new computers.