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‘We know who you are’ – RIAA spams IM users

Rattled by last week's Grokster ruling, the RIAA has stepped up its psyops by spamming IM users with warning messages.
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Spitzer the Blitzer unseals more Bubble Era memos

How successful has Eliot Spitzer been at achieving his goal of greater transparency in capital formation?
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Verbatim extends Digital Vinyl LP-lookalike CD-R line

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch Media "Rock'n'roll will never die. It is, however, being reborn." So says Apple's new music service, and what better way to burn all those classic albums you've downloaded - we won't say where (ahem) - by burning them onto CD-Rs that look the part. Yes, Verbatim has just extended its Digital Vinyl series - CDs …
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Exclusive: IBM's Itanic 2 server

IBM has finally invited the red-headed stepchild in its server line to join the rest of the family, we can exclusively reveal.

64-bit Itanic gets 32-bit tune-up

Intel has changed course with regard to 32-bit software support on the Itanium processor, saying it now plans to help speed up the code in future versions of the chip.

HP Superdome runs like the clappers on Itanium 2

HP and Microsoft have posted what they claim as a single system online transaction processing performance record.

Server market swells in Q1

There are signs of life in the hardware market, as server makers saw a ten percent rise in shipments during the first quarter.
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Siebel customers are satisfied. True

Siebel's release of new survey data comes shortly after the revelation that it is calling in the authorities to investigate the leaking of confidential documents questioning customer satisfaction. The company is particularly sensitive to such criticisms at the moment, as it struggles to turn around its falling sales revenue.
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Apple seeking coder to port iTunes to Windows

Apple has indirectly confirmed it is developing a version of its iTunes music jukebox software for Windows.
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MS mulls external testing for security patches

Microsoft is considering an external testing programme to improve the quality of its security patches.
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Linux is 'big part of Opera's future'

Opera Software CEO Jon S. von Tetzchner says the ratio of Windows to Linux Opera downloads is eight to one. This either means Linux is on 12.5% of computer desktops (unlikely) or that Linux users are far more likely than Windows users to download Opera.
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UK cable industry has 1M broadband punters

The UK's cable companies, NTL and Telewest, are boasting today that they now have one million broadband cable customers.
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Researcher revises 2003 chip sales growth downward

Despite underestimating the size of the world chip market last year, market researcher In-Stat/MDR is maintaining its forecast for 2003.
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Wi-Fi Alliance drives improved WLAN security

The Wi-Fi Alliance, guardian of 802.11 wireless networking interoperability, has announced the first set of products that meet its Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security specification.
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Fluffi Bunni nabbed at InfoSec

Über hacker Fluffi Bunni was arrested by the Metropolitan Police on Tuesday, while attending InfoSecurity 2003, in London.
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Electronic piracy must be stamped out -EC

The European Commission is calling on all Member States to implement and enforce laws giving paid-for content providers protection from electronic piracy.
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Morpheus 3.0 out tomorrow

Morpheus, the P2P file-trading network, gets a makeover tomorrow with Version 3.0. This incorporates a "sleek interface that is easy to navigate and intuitive to use". The upgrade also features an integrated media player and media library that helps users "find and manage their media without leaving the application".
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Oftel redefines broadband

Oftel has a new definition for broadband - and about time too.
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Two more telcos run to Oftel over BT BB ‘margin squeeze’

Two more companies have lodged formal complaints against planned price cuts for one of BT's wholesale ADSL products.

Fujitsu Siemens eyes Sun's spot

With Fujitsu Siemens' server sales up nearly 30 per cent in the first quarter, the company says it is maturing and expects to capture more market share.
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Symbian looks to enterprise to drive smartphone biz

A greater focus on enterprise customers and a stronger commitment to the establishment of the smartphone as a platform are today the two main forces driving mobile phone makers. Certainly they are the key trends emerging from this year's Symbian developers' bash, Exposium '03.
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VIA Q1 sales slide 28% as UMC's rise 47%

VIA sold NT$5.7 billion worth of products during Q1 2003, the company announced today. That marks a 16.5 per cent decline on the previous quarter's NT$6.64 billion.
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3DLabs ships 256MB Wildcat VP880 Pro

3DLabs has released its Wildcat VP880 Pro workstation graphics card with 256MB DDR SDRAM across a 256-bit bus. The card is capable of generating 188 million vertices per second and 35 billion anti-aliasing samples per second, the company said.
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Britannia to issue WiFi PDAs to cabin crew

We have a choice, here; either Britannia is utterly reckless with the lives of its employees and its passengers, or the dangers of WiFi have been assessed to be trivial on board a plane.
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Telewest email halted under massive spam attack

Telewest has been hit by a massive spam attack that has resulted in as many as 200,000 of its punters being without email for a couple of days at the beginning of the week.

IBM to sleep with the enemy, preps new storage line

IBM is starting to look a lot more like its rivals.
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Host Europe in Boardroom bust-up

There's a major boardroom bust-up at Web hosting outfit, Host Europe, that has led to some extraordinary revelations being made public about the internal "goings-on" of the company.