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ALi preps low-cost WLAN chip for PCs, DVDs

ALi, the chip maker formerly known as Acer Labs, has launched its first dual-band, triple-mode wireless networking chip, pitching the part at low-cost computing and home entertainment applications.
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Panther preview confirms new PowerBooks?

A tantalising glimpse of Apple's PowerBook plans has emerged courtesy of the preview release of Mac OS X 10.3, aka 'Panther', handed out to developers at this week's Worldwide Developers Conference.
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ICANN comes to terms with country domains

Internet overseeing organisation ICANN has backed down in its battle with the rest of the world and conceded that it cannot expect to dictate policy over countries outside the US.
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Operators seek gold in wireless data

Mobile network operators must build up their data traffic if they want to continue growing their revenues, but most of the opportunity to do this is in the consumer area, not the business market, according to Yankee Group director Declan Lonergan.
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EDS: IT outsourcing focus

Electronic Data Systems [EDS] has announced that it is to change its strategy and recast itself as a unified IT outsourcing business. This comes at a time when companies are looking for quantifiable ways to cut IT costs. EDS needs to ensure close interaction with the client to improve services and guarantee customer satisfaction.
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Mobile networks lose Oftel price cuts appeal

A UK court today rejected a legal challenge by mobile operators against a regulatory ruling that they must cut the cost of calling between mobile phone networks.
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Must do Better – EC data protection report

The European Commission has recently published its first report on the implementation of the Data Protection Directive (EC/95/46) by Member states, writes John MacGowan of Bloor Research. Unsurprisingly, the Commission concludes that the Directive does not require any modification or updating - it was how it was interpreted [by the individual Member states] that created difficulties!
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Corel sacks 66 in profitability drive

Corel has rid itself of just under ten per cent of its worldwide workforce in a bid to save $4.2 million worth of operating expenses and better "manage expenses relative to its expected revenue performance".
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RFID Chips Are Here

Bar codes are something most of us never think about. We go to the grocery store to buy dog food, the checkout person runs our selection over the scanner, there's an audible beep or boop, and then we're told how much money we owe. Bar codes in that sense are an invisible technology that we see all the time, but without thinking about what's in front of our eyes.
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The RIAA Plays Whack-a-Mole

It really shouldn’t be a surprise, the news this week. Having exhausted all the potential alternatives – save a thorough reexamination of their own business model and specific value offering to their customers – the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced this week that it intends to begin suing individual file swappers, AKA its members' customers.
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I am not the Spammer you think I am

A UK man named by Microsoft as a prolific spammer in a recent law suit is protesting his innocence.
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Linux: so what's in it for me?

One of the first lessons sales people are taught is that the potential customer ("prospect") has only one question on her mind when approached with a new product? That question is simply, "What's in it for me"? Unless the salesman can successfully answer that prime question satisfactorily, even the price of the product will not convince the prospect to buy.
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Eidos issues profit warning

Game publisher Eidos has been forced to hold back the European release of the next game in the hugely popular Tomb Raider series, Angel of Darkness. The news has prompted a ten per cent drop in the company's share price.
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eBay revamps site, hires Weird Al Yankovic

eBay has used its Annual eBay Live! event, the day after its corporate agm, to enthuse its users and outline future plans for the online auction house.
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Almost dead: Win NT 4 support

The sun is setting on support for Windows NT 4.0 with the closure of Microsoft's telephone support for the seven year-old system from the end of this month.

IBM: Power5 four times faster than Power4

IBM told the world today that servers based on its upcoming Power5 processor are now working away in servers in the company's labs. And it boasted that they're up to four times as powerful as the first generation of Power4 CPUs.
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Intel to launch Itanic 2 version 2 on Monday

Intel will ship its next-generation 64-bit Itanium 2 chip on Monday, aka 'Madison', along with new Xeon MP processors.