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Linux in Europe

Following the recent decision by the City of Munich to opt for Linux on the desktop, it is worth taking stock of the progress of Linux in government circles across Europe, writes Robin Bloor, of Bloor Research
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Congress aims SODA at DoJ snooping

The U.S. government's most secret class of Internet spying, telephone wiretaps and physical searches would become slightly less secret under legislation proposed this week reflecting lawmakers' growing unease with the Justice Department's use of expanded surveillance powers.
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Orange preps next smartphone

NewsWireless.net updated the article below here. Summary: Orange says it is prepping an new SPV, a Tanager, out in mid-July. The email allegedly sent by Orange employee Julian Hope is, it says a hoax. The company is trying to track down the source.
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Elpida samples 256Mb mobile SDRAM

Memory maker Elpida has begun sampling is 0.11 micron 256Mb SDRAM chips for mobile systems.
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NTL promises to improve email service

NTL is to increase its email capacity and remove unread emails in a bid to solve its long-running email problems.

What does consolidation mean for the customers?

The past couple of weeks have certainly been interesting in the enterprise business applications space, with tit-for-tat announcements coming almost daily from the major players, writes Fran Howarth, of Bloor Research.

SAP signs eBay for auction front-end

Why build industry marketplaces when you've got eBay? This seems to be the conclusion drawn by SAP which has built an integrated auction management system using eBay as the front end. SAP and eBay are to promote the service to SAP's 19,600 customers as a cost-effective way of dumping excess inventory and promoting cash-flow.
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How to get a 3G handset for nothing

Those readers suffering from deep feelings of social inadequacy as they watch their affluent friends sending full-colour polyphonic video clips or 3D Java-enabled text messages from their 3G handsets might be interested in the following guide to obtaining any mobile phone for nothing.
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WLAN goes gangbusters

Wireless LAN shipments more than doubled in 2002.
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MPs hold public inquiry into spam

The All Party Parliamentary Internet Group (APIG) is to hold a public inquiry into how to combat the ever-growing spam.
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Child porn-lite users to wriggle free from court hook

People who download child porn from the Internet could escape prosecution under new guidelines. Police are to be given the discretion to caution suspects
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NTT DoCoMo touts longer lasting 3G phones

NTT DoCoMo, Japan's dominant mobile operator, is to offer new 3G handsets with longer battery life.
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When will your phone become a TV?

Although the popular prints devote themselves to the threat posed to cellular manufacturers by WLAN, Nokia has identified future opportunities in streaming video.
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Bad raps for non-hacks

A few odd cases show that you don't have be a digital desparado to be accused of a cybercrime... particularly if you embarrass the wrong bureaucrats.
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BT! and! Yahoo! in! BB! marriage!

BT has extended its relationship with Yahoo! to launch a new broadband service aimed at taking on content and access giant AOL UK.
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HK firm builds portable Dreamcast

A Hong-Kong based manufacturer is producing a portable version of Sega's discontinued Dreamcast console, featuring a built in LCD monitor and speakers - but many importers are refusing to stock the machine as it infringes Sega's copyrights.
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181 Italians charged in €100m software raids

Italian police have charged 181 people, following raids on one of Europe's biggest bootleg software rings.
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BT sacks 200 in porn clampdown

BT has sacked 200 staff over the last 18 months for accessing pornography while at work, according to figures published in the Sunday Telegraph.
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Seagate dips toe in notebook HDD market

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch Hard Drive Seagate has begun shipping its Momentus notebook hard drive family to PC manufacturers, the company said today, signing up both HP and Acer as customers if they're gushing praise for the product is anything to go by. Momentus drives spin at 5400rpm but consume only as much power as a 4200rpm drive …
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Labour site defaced

Labour officials had red faces today - no doubt matching their political leanings - after the Party's site was vandalised early this morning.
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Nokia offers mobile security and print-on-demand

Nokia today announced new mobile security and print-on-demand services. It also launched two new handsets, the consumer-friendly 3100 and the mid-range multimedia-oriented 6600 (check out Nokia's comment on its new smartphone here.)
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Nokia launches mass market smartphone

Nokia describes the new 6600, launched in Helsinki today, as its most important smartphone to date - a device that unlike its predecessors, is priced to appeal to the mid-market. It's a Series 60 device that's slightly smaller, and at 122g, a little lighter, than last year's 7650.
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Network cards and dodgy Win 2003 drivers

Several network interface card device drivers that ship with Windows Server 2003 have been found to disclose information, according to an advisory by security firm Next Generation Security Software (NGS Software).

Massive growth in Linux is ‘historic inevitability’

Analysts IDC Research are predicting massive growth in the Linux server market - and a wider use of the open source operating system on desktops - over the next four years.
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PeopleSoft shows J.D. Edwards the money

PeopleSoft has reworked its bid for J.D. Edwards, hoping to convince shareholders the deal should proceed no matter what Oracle says.

Veritas stung by Microsoft support snafu

Veritas is playing a nasty game of hide and seek with features in its flagship Backup Exec software.
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eBlaster spyware has Achilles heel

Review Few applications illustrate the dual nature of consumer technology as both constructive and destructive better than computer spyware. While it has a legitimate use by parents monitoring their children's on-line comings and goings, it has equal potential to violate the privacy of adults both at home and on the job.

SCO pulls AIX licence, calls for permanent ban

Terminating IBM's AIX licence wasn't enough for the SCO Group on Monday. The company has asked for a permanent injunction blocking IBM from shipping AIX.