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Corrections and Carrionifications

Letters A couple of apologies are in order.
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KPN shuns H3G UK loan request

KPN is still not lending any more money to Hutchison 3G, the greenfield 3G network in which it is a minority shareholder. Last September, the heavily indebted Dutch telco said it would no longer fund H3G, so it's rejection of the March cash call from H3G comes as no surprise.
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Apple attempts to patent iPod-like ‘scroll-disk’ mouse

Is Apple about to change the face of user-computer interaction? That's certainly one (albeit exaggerated) interpretation of the patent application the company filed in the US, and revealed by MacObserver.
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Q1 chip sales up 13%

Global chip sales rose last month, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported yesterday, leaving Q1 2003 sales totalling $36.4 billion, 13 per cent higher than Q1 2002's total of $32.19 billion.
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Nvidia reaches ‘tentative’ deal with SEC

Nvidia has reached a broad agreement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that in return for agreeing to be a good boy in future, the stocks and shares regulator will not fine the company this time.
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Intel slashes Celeron prices

Intel yesterday cut the prices of its 1.8GHz to 2.4GHz Celeron desktop chips, as predicted. That lends credence to forecasts that the chip giant will slash 533MHz frontside bus Pentium 4 prices on 11 May.
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OFT probes MS school licensing rules

The Office of Fair Trading last week began a formal investigation into Microsoft's alleged abuse of its dominant position in the UK's education market.
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Web giants to declare war on spam

Three of the world's largest technology companies -- Yahoo, AOL and Microsoft -- are to announce details of a major offensive designed to combat unwanted e-mail. The initiative, details of which are expected on Monday, will see the three rivals cooperating and calling on other technology leaders to participate in measures aimed at checking the rising flood of spam.
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BT Midband to cost £35 a month

Exclusive BT's "midband" service - a 128k Net access product based on ISDN and aimed at people who can't get broadband - is to cost significantly more and do even less than the telco's entry-level ADSL service.
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Importers warned over GBA Pokemon titles

Nintendo has issued a warning to retailers importing copies of Pokemon Sapphire and Pokemon Ruby for the GBA, indicating that the company will take legal action if importing becomes widespread.
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Windows Server 2003 – Secure by Default

Opinion With Windows Server 2003, Microsoft has finally produced an operating system that isn't begging to be hacked on the first boot, writes SecurityFocus columnist Tim Mullen.
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MS security patch slows XP systems to a crawl

Microsoft last week attached a health risk to one its own security patches, following widespread complaints that the fix slowed systems to a crawl.
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Virgin Mobile up on youth popularity

Virgin Mobile - the joint venture between Virgin Group and Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile - reckons it's the DeeBees (dog's b******s) after signing up more than a quarter of a million new punters in the first three months of the year.
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Dell targets gamers with consumer 800MHz FSB kit

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch Desktop PC Dell has introduced its most powerful consumer desktop, the Dimension XPS. Based on Intel's 800MHz frontside bus Pentium 4 running at 3GHz and Intel's i875P chipset, and with a 128MB ATI Radeon 9800 Pro graphics card and Creative Audigy 2 sound card, the box is aimed squarely at gamers. More consumer- …
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T-Mobile fights UK union bid

T-Mobile has hired "union avoidance labor consultants" The Burke Group to fight a union recognition vote in the UK.
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Dixons won't repeat misleading credit ad

Dixons Stores Group (DSG) has received a ticking off from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) over misleading advertising.
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Conman caught by rogue mobile redial

An incompetent conman spilled the beans on a fraudulent insurance claim when he accidentally redialled the company he was trying to rip off.
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Intel gives away lip-reading speech recognition code

Intel has released lip-reading visual speech recognition software under an open source licence.
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Spinning network centric warfare in the peace

Do we detect the beginnings of a spin campaign to 'prove' that network-centric warfare (ETA 2010, according to Pentagon documentation) won its spurs in the Iraq war? Sadly, we fear we do. The US Department of Defense was probably even more disappointed than we were that the 'first digitized division,' the 4th Infantry, was pretty much still unloading tanks when Saddam's fanatical hordes mysteriously legged it, but never mind, they can always just go with the stuff they had on the ground instead.
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Apple launches 99c a song music service

Apple launched its online music service today, providing almost unlimited usage rights, CD quality audio and reliable downloads for just 99 cents a song.
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MS issues Visual FoxPro OS statement …

Microsoft has issued a statement designed to stop developers from running one of its development tools on Linux.
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Freeserve nears 70k BB punters

Freeserve chalked up an extra 19,000 broadband customers in the first three months of the year bringing its total to 68,000 punters in the UK.
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McNealy on Project Orion, Sun's Database hole

Interview Later this year, Sun will start shipping almost every piece of software it makes from the Sun One Application Server and Directory Server to grid computing and clustering products as part of a giant bundle with its Solaris operating system. This Microsoft-like bundling exercise has the potential to change the way both software and hardware are priced. Early indications have this massive software suite shipping to customers at a cost of between $100 and $200 per employee, which would be quite a blow to the thousands of dollars per CPU middleware crowd.
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Apple takes iPod to 30GB

Apple introduced a new, slimmer generation of its iPod personal music player, as predicted.