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Server market surges in Q2

There are signs of life in the server industry as almost all major vendors enjoyed double-digit growth in the second quarter, according to preliminary numbers from Gartner.
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Qualcomm lawyers defy Nokia's rabbit cull

Everyone agrees, competition is great - except when they're competing against you, of course. Qualcomm on Friday filed a suit against Texas Instruments, which in May said it would challenge Qualcomm's lucrative near-monopoly on CDMA chipsets. (See TI, Nokia gang up on Qualcomm).
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BT confirms return to mass market mobile

BT has well and truly thrown its hat back into the mobile telecoms ring confirming today that it has teamed up with T-Mobile to offer a new service aimed at families.
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EMC grabs another HP exec

EMC has plucked another storage executive from HP's leadership ranks, hiring Mark Sorenson to help its software push.
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Kill a Middle East head of state, win prizes! – Pentagon shows how

"Poor people aren't necessarily killers," the current President of the United States tells us. "Just because you happen not to be rich, doesn't mean you're willing to kill."
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Civil servants' families could test government websites

Government web managers needing users to make their websites citizen-friendly should consider recruiting public sector staff or their families as a "cheap alternative" to usability consultancies.
Ian Cuddy, 29 2003
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Hi-Fi meets Wi-Fi with Linksys

How many wireless networks do you have in your home?
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Freeserve halves losses

Freeserve has halved its losses for the first half of the year as it controlled network costs and benefited from the increased the amount of dosh spent by its customers.
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Nvidia lowers Q2 gross- margin forecast

Nvidia has lowered its gross-margin expectations for its current fiscal quarter, the company said yesterday, thanks to "higher than anticipated product costs attributed to the 0.13 micron semiconductor process technology".
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Dell to ship Axim update tomorrow

Dell will this Wednesday ship the long-awaited firmware patch that will allow its Axim x5 PDA to run Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PCs correctly, the PC maker said yesterday.
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Lawsuits In Motion files suit against Xerox

Research In Motion (RIM) has filed a "defensive" lawsuit against Xerox just in case the two companies' negotiations over whether RIM's Blackberry product infringes Xerox-held patents break down.
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Westcon lines up $175m credit facility

Westcon Group has close a $175m secured credit facility to support working capital requirements for its North American division.
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Easynet buys German ISP for £2.4m

Business broadband outfit Easynet has paid €3.34 million (£2.4 million) for German ISP talknet.
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Microsoft gets touchy feely with $26m Xbox pay-off

Immersion has signed a $26m licensing deal with Microsoft, settling its lawsuit with the software giant and giving Microsoft a 10 percent stake in the firm.
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ATI brings Radeon 9800, 9600 to FireGL line

ATI introduced its latest workstation-oriented FireGL cards today, the X2-256 and the T2-128.
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BT and friends pump £7m into Wiltshire broadband

BT and friends are pumping £7m into Wiltshire to accelerate broadband rollout in the county.
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Jobs go as Claranet confirms Netscalibur buyout

Claranet has confirmed that it has bought ISP Netscalibur UK for an undisclosed sum.
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Cisco fixes Aironet vuln

Cisco Systems yesterday released a fix for a security vulnerability affecting its Aironet 1100, 1200 and 1400 series wireless access points.
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US tech industry staff decimated in offshore stampede

One in ten jobs in US tech vendors and IT service providers will move offshore by the end of 2004. And one in 20 tech jobs in end-user enterprises will be shipped overseas to cheaper countries during that time, Gartner estimates.

MCI faces new fraud inquiry

MCI - aka Worldcom and currently battling Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following its $11bn accounting scandal - is at the centre of a fresh round of allegations concerning its murky past.
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Symantec wins counterfeit CD case

Symantec yesterday won a summary judgement against Oregon-based firm CD Micro for selling counterfeit Symantec security software at "too-good-to-be-true prices". The decision paves the way for a substantial damages payout against CD-Micro, which promoted the knock-off software using an aggressive spamming campaign.
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Secure Computing snags N2H2

Secure Computing today announced plans to acquire content filtering company N2H2 in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $19.9 million.
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Fujifilm preps six-megapixel prosumer digicam

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch Digicams Fujifilm today unveiled three new FinePix digital cameras, the S7000 Zoom, S5000 Zoom and the A205S Zoom, all due for release in Europe in the autumn. The S7000 'prosumer' 6.3 megapixel camera offers full manual control of aperture, focusing shutter speed and flash, and a 6x optical zoom equivalent to …
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Wireless link for Sony PSP

Speaking to developers in Tokyo today, Sony Computer Entertainment president Ken Kutaragi confirmed that the PlayStation Portable will come equipped with wireless networking functionality.
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AMD cuts Opteron prices by up to 35%

Update AMD quietly trimmed the prices of its top-two single-processor system Opteron 100 series and its dual-processor Opteron 200 series yesterday possibly paving the way for a new, faster version of the chips.
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Orange revs up in H1

A good performance in Orange's key French subsidiary helped lift first half revenues 7 per cent to €8.6bn. Additionally, the France Telecom-owned mobile network operator turned in a profit, before the bad stuff - interest payments, depreciation etc - for the first time in every territory.
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Bluetooth chip sales to hit $1.7bn in 2007

Some 35.8 million Bluetooth chips were sold last year, up 245 per cent on 2001's figure, market researcher In-Stat/MDR reported today.
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5,500 IT jobs hang in the balance at Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank is mulling over outsourcing up to 5,500 IT jobs - half of its IT staff or shifting jobs abroad, the FT reports today.
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Nortel leapfrogs Cisco in VoIP sales

Nortel Networks outpaced arch-rival Cisco to lead the market in IP (Internet Protocol) Telephony line shipments.
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IBM wins $1.1bn ABB outsourcing gig

IBM has won an IT outsourcing gig worth $1.1bn with ABB, the ailing Swiss-Swedish enginering group.
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Labels charged with price-fixing – again

A pair of major music labels have been hit with another round of price-fixing charges courtesy of the FTC - a decision which raises the question as to who exactly is to blame for falling music revenue.
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Verizon text tapping bug run to ground

A bug in Verizon's text messaging system created a means for crackers to snoop on SMS messages, or worse, a security research firm warned last week.

AMD claims to win battle of slowest selling chips

Intel and AMD are locked in a 64-bit processor shipment competition that resembles a race between two broken-legged fillies.
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0 beta up for grabs

Red Hat has put out a beta for version 3 of its enterprise class operating system, offering up support for a host of processors.