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Broken CD with wrench

Cisco embraced by EMC, spurned by Dell

Cisco Systems found itself at the heart of two announcements this week but only once by choice.
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iPod users bitter over limited 1.3 software update

Owners of original iPods are getting decidedly miffed with Apple, if discussions on the Mac maker's own support bulletin board are anything to go by.
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SARS suspends key Taiwan trade show

Computex, one of Asia's biggest computer shows and where all of Taiwan's mobo, chip and chipset vendors come together, has been postponed because of attendees' fears about the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus*.
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Symbian the backstreet driver

Symbian is predicting a big year for devices based on its mobile device operating system but is preparing to take a back seat to let its partners and licensees fire up the smart phone market.
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Egg has found that France is, indeed, a different country

Egg, the banking subsidiary of UK life insurer Prudential, expanded into France in 2001 following a successful three years' operation in the UK where it has been one of the leaders, if not the leader in UK Internet banking, writes Bloor Research's Bob McDowall.
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SCO builds Web services framework

SCO, the corporate parent of UnixWare, OpenServer, and OpenLinux, yesterday announced a framework to let developers and customers use its products to take advantage of Web services.
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What's the difference between a viral attack and a scan?

Infosec exhibitors were yesterday urged to check their systems for a virus after the performance of the security conference's network took a severe hit.
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TSMC posts mixed Q1 results

TSMC saw wafer sales slide quarter-on-quarter during the first three months of 2003, but achieved a modest increase over the same period last year.
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RIAA messaging gambit faces countermeasures

To the Recording Industry Association of America, sending threatening messages to online music swappers is a potentially effective way to educate the public that trading copyrighted material is wrong. But to security geeks in the file trading community, the technique is just another volley in the electronic war with peer-to-peer opponents... and a rather trivial one at that.
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Will he bomb? Kissinger keynotes CA World

Indicted (albeit only by Christopher Hitchens) war criminal Henry Kissinger is to keynote Computer Associates CA CA World 2003 in Las Vegas in July, speaking on the subject of "Lessons for a rapidly changing world."
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Creative launches £40 USB Sound Blaster module

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch MP3 Creative has launched Sound Blaster MP3+, a USB-powered audio playback and recording system. The £39.99 unit is the size of a pack of cards and is essentially an alternative to a Sound Blaster add-in card. Suitable for notebook and desktop use, it packs in digital and analogue audio in and out, and can …
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Telewest jumps in Q1. Or does it?

Telewest turned in Earnings Before Bad Stuff (EBS) of £105m for Q1, a 15 per cent advance on the same period last year. Throw in the Bad Stuff - interest, depreciation, amortisation - and net losses were £187m, up 13 per cent on Q1, 2002 (-£166m). Turnover was flat at £335m (Q1 2002: £334m).
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I will kill you if you stop this email

Updated Among this morning's stampede of spam at Vulture Central came a very nasty twist on the old chain letter.
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Klez-H remains top nuisance

Klez, yet again, is the most-reported viral menace on the Internet.

Autonomic Computing – the IBM blueprint

IBM has been talking about autonomic computing for well over a year. This month it issued a 40-page blueprint (pdf), so what is it, why do we need it, how does it work, is it important and have IBM got it right, asks Peter Abrahams, of Bloor Research?
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Game Group goes gangbusters

Leading UK videogame retail chain Game Group produced record pre-tax profits of £33.1m on sales up 23 per cent in 2002.
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China fears shatter Hutch Global Crossing bid

Hutchison Telecommunications has withdrawn its offer to buy a 30.75 per cent in Global Crossing, the death-bed US telco, citing difficulties over US regulatory concerns "within a reasonable investment timeframe".
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London jamcams go dark for May 1 demo

This is getting to be a bit of a habit: some of Central London's 'jamcams' - webcams to monitor the traffic - are down today, "operational reasons so that maintenance can be performed".
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Dell onto a Good Thing

Computer maker Dell has said that it will enter another sector of the handheld market, a move that could spell bad news for Canada's RIM.
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MS Smartphone to hit 28m units in 2005 – oh, really?

Microsoft may only have shifted tens of thousands of its smartphones so far, but a total of 1.6 million will sell this year, and by 2005 the platform will be selling 28 million units, representing 5.8 per cent of the total handset market. Or at least, so says a new report, Microsoft Smartphone Dissected, from Edge Consult. Well how does that work then? says the Reg.
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Smartphone sales leapt 438% during Q1

Global mobile phone handset sales grew during Q1 2003 as consumers upgraded their old phones for new devices offering colour displays, digital cameras and PDA functionality, market researcher IDC reports.
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First pictures of a personal mobile gateway phone from Samsung

Samsung is backing every horse in the experimental battle to produce a next generation mobile device; and recently, it became the first mainstream phone builder to produce a PMG - a Personal Mobile Gateway. Our picture shows the first model to emerge from Samsung, due for sale some time later this year. The phone is a half-way …
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Apple Music Store sells four songs every second – report

Update Apple's online Music Store sold around 275,000 tracks during its first 18 hours of operation, Billboard magazine's online news service has claimed.
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SuSE 8.2 approaches computing Nirvana

Review There's a lot to like in SuSE's latest edition, 8.2, and little to complain about. There are security enhancements and graphics tweaks partly due to KDE 3.1, and major administration bonuses in YaST-2. It's clear that SuSE has worked hard to accommodate the corporate desktop market as well as the home user since edition 8.1, which we did not recommend. It appears the company is serious about tempting a mixed-species shop of Linux servers and Windows desktops to harmonize in favor of Linux and thus save considerably on administration costs. Microsoft should worry about the strides SuSE is making in this area.
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FIPR highlights e-voting risks

Electronic voting systems such as those being trialled in today's local government elections could lead to major problems and undermine public confidence in the electoral process, an UK Internet think-tank warns.
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Customs wins £13m VAT carousel case

HM Customs and Excise has won an important tribunal victory in a £13 million case involving computer components and disputed claims of tax fraud.
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Girls: are you lonely, frustrated, desperate?

Any female readers who currently find themselves single, and unable to find the greasy-haired, pizza-encrusted programmer of their dreams, will doubtless be rushing like a Rwandan who's won a trolley dash in a machete warehouse to bid for "a DATE with 4 complete and utter geeks".
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London to premiere txt-dance theatrical fusion

A refreshing alternative to the Spanish theatrical filthfest XXX - currently corrupting the minds of London theatregoers who have been dragged kicking and screaming into the auditorium to witness an orgy of Iberian depravity - comes in the form of Texterritory v.2.3.
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Thus slashes SME broadband tariffs

Thus has slashed charges on Demon ISP broadband services for small business, following cuts in BT's wholesale pricing.
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NZ.gov coughs up NZ$1m for newzealand.com

The New Zealand government has come under fire for spending $1 million of tax-payers money on buying the domain NewZealand.com from previous owners Virtual Countries. That's one million New Zealand dollars, but it still equates to a healthy £350,000.
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BOFH, The Boss and Operational Euphemisms

Episode 7 Episode 7 BOFH 2003: Episode 7 ORDINARILY, I am not one to counsel The Boss in times of mental torment. To be honest, I see my role more as a FACILITATOR of torment, but this time I'm going have to break my informal rules and find out what's upsetting him. This could be an unwise choice, but sometimes a good turn needs to be …
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Welsh nationalists in CAB hoax outrage

It appears that Welsh nationalists have launched an offensive on the source code of the Citizens Advice Bureau website. (Update: it's a hoax site.)
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Sex.com conman continues ludicrous legal fight

The conman found guilty of fraudulently stealing domain Sex.com and ordered to pay $65 million in damages has continued his farcical legal fight with a plea to the US Supreme Court.
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Sugared water Apple censors Miles Davis

The dismal little online music shop that Steve Jobs opened on Monday has already received its share of lukewarm reviews.

Tanglewood to run 10x faster than Madison

Intel's Paul Otellini gave the first indications of the performance expected out of the Tanglewood processor, during the Windows 2003 Server launch yesterday.
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RIAA cashes in on file-swapping students

The RIAA has tacked on $59,500 to the amount four college students must pay in addition to their student loans.