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Sprint to meet WiFi halfway

There was a time when the cellular networks fought tooth and nail to keep every packet of data running through their masts.
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Telewest to trial 2Mb home service

Telewest is to trial a 2Mb broadband cable service aimed at home users.
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UK workers succumb to email paranoia

UK workers are becoming increasingly paranoid about who exactly is reading their e-mail and also accidentally forwarding personal mails.
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2003 Big Brother Awards: The Winners

Privacy International today announced the winners of the 2003 Big Brother Awards. One of the judges, estimable Dr Ian Brown of the Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR), writes: "It was alternatively amusing and depressing to be one of the judges for these awards. RIP and data retention played a large part in our deliberations..."
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EDS: new top execs get warm welcome

While Michael Jordan begins his career at EDS in the top role, the freshly reinstated position of president and COO is to be taken by a former occupant, Jeffrey Heller. Speculation is rife over whether EDS is likely to be acquired, as its low share price may make it tempting to some of the industry's larger players.
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EC clears Azlan takeover

The European Commission has approved Tech Data's acquisition of data networking distributor Azlan. In a press release yesterday, the EC said "the operation does not raise any serious competition concerns on these product markets regardless of whether the market is national or European".
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War on Warez

Managers of websites offering illegal business software could face criminal proceedings under new laws due to come into effect from the end of this month, the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) warned yesterday.
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Affinity Wireless goes tits up

Affinity Internet Holdings plc has called in administrators for its Affinity Wireless Ltd telecoms business.
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Smartphones sales climb in EMEA

Who wants a Smartphone? Answer, Europeans and others shoe-horned into the EMEA regional category, who will buy 3.3 million units in 2003, according to Canalys, the UK research firm.
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Micron intros 512Mb DDR400 part

Memory maker Micron has launched its 0.11 micron high density 512Mb 400MHz DDR SDRAM chip, the company said yesterday.
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Samsung to spend $963m on latest LCD plant

Samsung is to spend a total of 1.29 trillion won ($963 million) on its latest LCD production facility, Line 6, the company said today.
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Adam Osborne 1939-2003

Obituary Adam Osborne, pioneer of portable computing, has died after a long illness. He was 64.
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Hotmail caps email

Microsoft is capping the amount of email punters can send using their Hotmail accounts in a bid to crack down on spam.
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Portable computer pioneer Adam Osborne dies

Adam Osborne, the real inventor of the portable computer and - possibly - corporate immolation via preannouncement, has died aged 64, after a long illness. Osborne's star blazed briefly bright with his 1981 introduction of the Osborne 1; by today's standards it looks somewhat counter-intuitive, but it caught the mood.
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UK ID cards being mooted first for Scotland?

Despite the UK Government apparently taking a step back from ID cards earlier this year, moves are afoot to introduce the scheme in Scotland. From a brief BBC Scotland report it would appear that the Labour Party's apparatchiks north of the border haven't heard the news.
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Red Hat offers paid subscribers early ISOs for 9.0

Paid subscribers to the Red Hat Network are being offered early access, from 31st March, to ISOs for the forthcoming Red Hat Linux 9. The new version is scheduled to be available in stores and via FTP from 7th April, so Red Hat is killing two birds with one stone by giving it to subscribers early. Subscribers' estimation of RHN service will probably be enhanced because they can get the new software without being killed in the rush, while Red Hat may be able to cajole some "demo" RHN subscribers (i.e. the ones who don't pay) into coughing up the $60 annual fee.
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Dell launches own-brand printers

Dell's entry into the printer market with own-brand products kicked off today with the launch of four models.
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Malicious impostors sow seeds of disinformation

Security testing outfit NTA Monitor has warned of the increased likelihood of attacks against news sites and corporate Web sites during the current war in Iraq.
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UAVs, drones of death, what can you get for $300k?

When we saw the price of one of the US military's latest UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), we just couldn't resist a comparison-shop. The Desert Hawk, aka Force Protection Airborne Surveillance System, is at $300,000 for a sixpack, base station and spares quite cheap as these things go, but it still looks a stiff price for a remote control model aeroplane.
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C&W escapes escrow fiasco

C&W today wrote a cheque for £380m made payable to the Inland Revenue, to settle obligations arising from the sale of Mercury One2One to T-Mobil, the Deutsch Telekom sub.
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BT to trial 1Mbps ADSL

BT is to trial a new home-based 1Mbps ADSL service in the autumn which, if successful, could be rolled-out as a full commercial service before the end of the year.
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RSPCA in censorship crusade against humour site

The RSPCA is rallying support for a campaign to have the Bonsai Kitten Web site shut down, even though it knows the site is a hoax.
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‘Iraq war’ virus suspect detained

Investigators in Sweden have questioned an unnamed person on suspicion of writing the Ganda worm, according to local reports.
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MS recalls ‘extinct hackers’ ad

Microsoft has been censured by a South African advertising watchdog for claiming that its "secure software" will make hackers extinct. The advertisement, that ran in the trade press and Time last November, juxtaposed three extinct animals with an image of a "hacker".