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Sage bids £66m for Softline

Sage has tabled an offer for Softline, valuing the South African-owned accountancy software provider at £66m. Should it succeed, the cash offer will be financed from existing debt facilities, Sage says.
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SCH snaps up Hays payroll biz

Specialist Computer Holdings has bought Hays Payroll Services for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition is to be transacted through SCS, the reseller's payroll bureau division which will combine with Hays.
Broken CD with wrench

SCO and Linux: this one will run and run

SCO's latest act in the Linux lawsuit saga has been to implement a licensing scheme for Linux users, writes Robin Bloor of Bloor Research. In the words of SCO CEO Darl McBride, "SCO is prepared to offer a licence for SCO's UnixWare 7.1.3 product for use in conjunction with any Linux product. This licensing format will assure that Linux users will be able to run Linux in full compliance with SCO's underlying IP rights."
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Intel ‘Yamhill’ coming in 2005 – report

Intel's mysterious 'Yamhill' technology - the chip giant's answer to AMD's AMD64 architecture - is a runner, but won't appear before 2005, a report from investment research organisation American Technology Research (ATR) has claimed.
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VAT's up? – help at last

The EC Directive (2002/38/EC), concerning VAT levying arrangements, came into effect from 1st July 2003, writes John MacGowan of Bloor Research.
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Arima preps Athlon 64 notebook

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch Notebook Taiwanese manufacturer Arima is preparing a notebook based on AMD's Athlon 64 processor and ATI graphics, according to specifications posted on the company's Web site. Before anyone gets too excited, it's worth noting that the spec. document for the machine, dubbed the A520, was produced in March or …
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phones 4U declares price war on CPW

phones 4U is slashing handset prices in a bid to leapfrog Carphone Warehouse (CPW) into UK market leadership.
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Speculation grows ahead of Freeserve, Dixons split

There's fresh speculation that Dixons is to ditch its long-standing relationship with Freeserve and cuddle up instead with AOL UK.
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BT dismisses MMO2 reports

BT has distanced itself from weekend reports that it is planning to buy back MMO2 - the mobile business it spun off less than two years ago.
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Sneaky virus poses as email from sysadmin

One of the sneakiest viruses to date began spreading rapidly across the Internet this weekend.
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Orange slams Three's ‘bad PR’ for 3G

Orange has accused Three and its parent company, Hutchison, of bringing 3G technology into disrepute.
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Notebook chips driving CPU biz recovery

The microprocessor market appears to be picking up on the back of increasing demand for mobile products, according to the latest figures from market watcher Mercury Research.
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ebookers looks to India for cost savings

ebookers blamed Iraq and SARS for falling demand in longhaul flights. But the UK's biggest online travel firm expects a bounce-back in the winter, on the basis of good forward bookings.
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Rombyte fined £16K for flogging fake DRAM

Newbury memory distributor Rombyte has been fined £16,000 for selling counterfeit memory.
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CPU sales rose 8.2% during Q2

Worldwide chips sales continue to show almost negligible growth in June, with sales rising from $12.49 billion to $12.54 billion, an increase of less than half a percentage point.
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Outsourcing firm hires chimps

Did you know that Visual Basic 6.O is the preferred programming language of chimpanzees? No, what about "recent research in primate programming suggests computing is a task that most higher primates can easily perform"? Us neither.
DVD it in many colours

Dell knocks IBM off number three cluster rung

IBM's Opteron-based supercomputing cluster, announced last week, has already been knocked out of third place in the world supercomputer chart, by another cluster that hasn't been installed yet.
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Novell buys Ximian

Novell is beefing up its Linux play with the cash acquisition of Ximian. The company has confirmed that it will continue to support Ximian-sponsored Mono and GNOME open source projects.
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Betting on Malware

DARPA's plan to create a futures market for terrorist activities is dead, but the concept is a natural for predicting viruses and worms, says SecurityFocus columnist George Smith.
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Nvidia buys PDA, phone graphics chip maker

Nvidia today said it will buy MediaQ, a developer of graphics and other ancillary chips for wireless PDAs and cellphones, for $70 million in cash and stock, mostly the former.
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Smart cards, ID cards, nice, nasty, inevitable?

ID cards come in two quite distinct flavours - the nasty one, where they use the cards to police you, and the nice one, which you use to establish and protect your rights and identity. Simple? Actually, I lie when I say they're distinct flavours; in reality nice isn't absolutely nice, the two bleed most horribly into one another, and what we should really be busying ourselves with is establishing clear lines of distinction then defending them.
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AOL junks Monster.com

AOL is ditching Monster.com as its job board supplier. The new incumbent, CareerBuilder.com, is paying up to $115m over four years with a mixture of guaranteed and performance-related payments.
Cat 5 cable

Sun speeds V480

Sun Microsystems has added faster chips to one of its most popular servers, opening a door to take a shot at bitter rival Dell.
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Is it a bird? A plane? No, it's a Windows Trojan

While one of the sneakiest viruses to date began spreading rapidly across the Internet at the weekend, antivirus software vendor Panda Software detected a Trojan that exploits, you guessed it, another Windows vulnerability. Its actions leave affected computers at the mercy of hackers, the company warns.
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Linux developers ignoring SCO

New research indicates that SCO's legal threat against Linux may go down as the "shot ignored around the world."
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US court okays malware in hunt for Web paedos

A US appeals court last week gave tacit approval to the use of Trojan horse viruses as a tool in investigating crimes on the Net.

Red Hat takes the fight to SCO

Red Hat has filed a complaint against SCO, hoping to protect Linux's good name.