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GSM to overtake CDMA in USA

When Nokia repeated its prediction that the global GSM standard could grab half of the US cellphone market, we were skeptical. Thanks to adoption by Verizon and SprintPCS networks, CDMA phones grabbed a seemingly impregnable lead in the United States. But the latest prediction from ABI Research suggests that the GSM family of standards, which includes GPRS, could overtake CDMA in a couple of years.

Revealed – Microsoft's Munich sweeteners

Over at USA Today, Byron Acohido has unearthed the paper trail that reveals how hard Microsoft fought to prevent the city of Munich from defecting to Linux. The decision was hailed as a landmark for the open source movement, as it struck deep into Redmond's home turf: with Munich's aldermen agreed to moving 14,000 desktop PCs running Windows to Linux supplied by SuSE and IBM.
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Yahoo, Overture: more consolidation likely

Yahoo is leveraging its high share price to fund the acquisition of Overture Services. If the deal goes through, Yahoo would own the sponsored and algorithmic search engines used by its main rival, Microsoft's MSN. Eyes are now on Microsoft, which may now be looking to buy a search provider itself.
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UK small.biz is bunch of IT cheapskates

Less than half (46 per cent) of Britain's small business owners and managers are planning to spend more than £1,000 on information technology in the next 12 months,
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Motorola Q2 chip sales slide

Motorola's chip division, the Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS), lost $134 million during the three months to 28 June, the second quarter of its current fiscal year, 2003, the company reported yesterday.
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Samsung Q2 semicon sales up 13.8 per cent

Samsung's semiconductor operation, the Device Solution Network (DSN), saw sales grow 13.8 per cent year-on-year during the company's second quarter, it reported today.
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Man sentenced for trying to sell vital organ

An Austrian mechanic who tried to flog his kidney through the Internet has been handed a four-month suspended jail sentence and €2,000 fine.
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Software bootlegger jailed for three years

A software bootlegger has been jailed for three years in Germany. We don't know his name - the BSA simply calls him "Mr M.,", its coyness attributable to legal reasons we infer, as investigations are continuing into other members of Mr M.'s gang.
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AOL kills Netscape

Jobless levels in the USA reached their highest point for twenty years this week, and the mother lode of the "Long Boom", San Francisco, has just been declared the fastest-shrinking city in the nation.
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Voodoo offers laptop with upgradeable graphics

Canadian notebook maker Voodoo has released what it claims is the first mobile PC with a modular, upgradeable graphics sub-system.
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Transmeta powers first sub-$800 Tablet PC

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch Tablet PC Taiwanese monitor maker TDV Vision has announced what it claims are the first sub-$800 Tablet PC, the Visionary V800XPT. The new machine is powered by an 800MHz Transmeta Crusoe TM5800 processor, so naturally Transmeta is jumping up and down, and shouting about the design win. Unsurprisingly, Transmeta …
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Virtualisation, the Linux way

IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems, among others, are creating an imperative. Their infrastructure initiatives, entitled respectively; On Demand, Adaptive Enterprise and N1, are all quite similar and aimed at the idea of virtualising the hardware layer, writes Robin Bloor of Bloor Research.
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MS staffer pleads guilty to $6m software racket

A former Microsoft worker has been caught stealing $6 million of software from Microsoft's internal store in the third case of its type in recent months.
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EC waves through 3G Germany network share

The European Commission today approved a 3G network share between T-Mobile and 02 in Germany. This is not exactly a surprise, as the EC said it was minded to approve the deal in May, when it gave the thumbs-up to a similar gig between the two mobile operators in the UK.

Sun Microsystems: big fish, shrinking pond

Sun Microsystems has launched a new migration plan to steal away users of Hewlett-Packard's Tru64 Unix AlphaServer systems. Sun is trying to win over customers that HP acquired along with Compaq, many of whom Compaq originally inherited from Digital Equipment Corporation in 1998.
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NAI rows into the black (just)

Network Associates (NAI) today announced second quarter profits of $1.1 million on reduced revenues.
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Intersil to bow out of WLAN biz

WLAN chip maker Intersil has become the first major casualty of the battle to dominate the crowded Wi-Fi silicon market. Today it said it will sell its WLAN chip business to DSL chip specialist Globespan Virata for $365 million in cash and shares.
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EC fines Wanadoo €10m for predatory pricing

The European Commission has slapped a €10.35m fine on Wanadoo for predatory pricing on consumer ADSL services in France.
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Stop this SMS – I want to get off

ICSTIS, the premium rate regulator, has incorporated a universal stop sign and age verificaction into its guidelines for SMS operators.

EMC's services biz boosts Q2

EMC's services business carried it higher in the second quarter, as the storage maker was able to hit the high side of analyst expectations.
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MS secures 140k desktop Homeland Security deal

The US Department of Homeland Security has signed a deal for Microsoft software worth something in the region of $100 million, covering servers and over 140,000 desktops. This does not however mean that Microsoft and its hench-OEM Dell are poised to hoover up all of the Department's lovely IT budget, nor indeed that this is all new money for them; largely, it seems to be more a case of Microsoft holding onto business it's already got.
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Town Mouse much faster (still) than Country Mouse

A huge digital divide still exists between broadband connections in rural and urban areas, according to a new report published today by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.

Linux defector Colt firing blanks

Three months after its release, Windows Server 2003 is showing strong growth in the hosting market and even picking up a limited number of Linux converts. This gain comes even as Microsoft's overall market share in the Web server market declined.
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Robosnail: Science or sex toy?

Researchers at MIT have come up with a new experiment that raises the question, "Where do you draw the line between science and simply having too much time on your hands?"
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PS3 memory rumour mill turns again

In the quest to guess what's going to go inside the PlayStation 3, the most useful sources of information so far (aside from Sony's own rumblings about the Cell microprocessor) are the companies contracted to make memory chips for the console.
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Broadband Britain 2008 – a second tier state

More than a third (35 per cent) of British households will have broadband Internet access by 2008, according to a study by analysts Forrester published today.
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AMD still seeing red

Advanced Micro Devices is creeping back toward the black with a second quarter that showed improved revenue and a smaller net loss than last year.

Services hold IBM up in Q2

IBM's services and software businesses carried it higher in the second quarter, while hardware revenue continued to wane.