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SITA bags Eland

SITA, the data networking operator for the airline industry, has bought a small Irish integrator to improve its ecommerce skills. Its acquisition, Dublin-based Eland Technologies, has 60 staff based in Ireland, the UK and the USA. Terms are undisclosed.
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JDA saves (some of) Engage from the knackers

JDA has outbid rivals for "substantially all" of the assets of terminally ill Engage inc..
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AMD unveils Opteron 246

AMD today introduced the Opteron 246, the latest iteration of its 64-bit CPU aimed at two-way workstations and servers.
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MSN junks Monster.com for Career Builder

CareerBuilder.com has pulled off its second coup against Monster.com in a week, replacing the market leader as the US jobs board for MSN.com.
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SoC designs threatened by PalmChip bus patent

PalmChip has warned fellow system-on-a-chip specialists that it now holds a key patent in the design of the buses that connect on-chip units and suggested they check their own technologies for signs of "conflict".
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Lastminute hits profit again

Online travel firm Lastminute.com has slipped back in the black, notching up a Q3 pre-tax profit of £1.6 million.
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Union preps legal action as job fears loom at Direct Line

Finance union UNIFI has launched a vicious attack on general insurer Direct Line for failing to give it formal recognition.
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Analyst won't be surprised if IBM buys AMD

IBM is going to buy AMD, sooner or later.

Whither Informatica?

Informatica has been a very annoying company. It has nice people in it, it has good products, it is the market leader in its main area of business, and it is both profitable and growing. So, why was it annoying? And, by inference, why isn't it going to be annoying (I hope) anymore, writes Phil Howard of Bloor Research.
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StorageNetworks goes to the wall

Last week StorageNetworks, Inc. announced that it would seek the approval of its shareholders for a plan of liquidation of the company, writes Tony Lock of Bloor Research.
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Cellphone maps for pedestrians

Location, location, location. There's been a lot of talk about location based services for mobile phones, writes Rob Bamforth of Bloor Research.
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Power saving for phones – Intel's way

The problem facing Intel's attempt to move into the smartphone market is that Intel is notorious for throwing power at processor chips - electric power, that is - to make them fast. Intel has hit back with an "optimisation kit" for phones and PDAs.
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File swappers ignore RIAA threats

Internet users appear to be snubbing the RIAA as they continue to download music files with no regard for copyright, according to a US-based study by Pew.
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AMD must focus on cost to beat Intel – report

AMD must rapidly move to a 90nm fabrication process and shift quickly from its ClawHammer Athlon 64 to the 'Paris' core if it's to maintain or even grow its share of the x86 processor market, researcher In-Stat/MDR has warned.
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Meet the ‘transhumanists’ behind the Pentagon terror casino

If there was an other-worldly feel to the news last week that the Pentagon was investing in an online futures exchange to reward terrorist atrocities, then the following few days have been even stranger.
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Soaraway censorware

The threat of lost productivity and exposure to legal liability is boosting sales of Web filtering packages.

MCI returns fire at AT&T

MCI has hit back at allegations made by rival AT&T claiming they are merely an attempt to "delay and derail" MCI's exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
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BestBuy database said to list new Palms

Palm will release three new PDAs in October: a pair of Zires and what looks like the rumoured Tungsten T3.
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Vodafone buys Project Telecom

Vodafone is buying Project Telecom, one of its airtime resellers, for £155m. The two founders and their families stand to make £100m from the deal.
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ATI unveils All-in-Wonder 9600 Pro

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch Graphics card ATI today launched its latest All-in-Wonder multimedia card, the 9600 Pro. The new card extends previous editions' FM radio support, provides DVD and CD burning, and updates the All-in-Wonder series' remote control system. All-in-Wonder cards have offered built-in stereo radio receivers for some …
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BT boffins develop SMS ‘with feelings’

BT has developed new technology that takes mobile messaging from the arena of 2D photo messages and voice clips to another level where "actual emotions can be conveyed between family and friends in a physical and tactile way".
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nCipher edges closer to break even

nCipher, the niche crypto-security hardware house, has reduced Q2 operating losses to £500,000 (Q1, 2003: -£900K) on flat sales of £3.5m (Q1 £3.6m).
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Innovation Blue is the Colour

LogoWatch So what do you do when you merge two camera companies? You guessed it, you design a new logo. Not only do you design a new logo, but you are overcome with an inexplicable urge to imbue your new marque with instant import.
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Telewest unveils wireless BB pack

Telewest has launched a DIY wireless self-installation pack for its broadband cable service following the successful completion of trials in the North West.

SuSE and IBM secure Linux for the Feds

SuSE and IBM have moved a step closer to some meaty government and military contracts by helping Linux pass muster on a key security standard.
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Wi-Fi to be embedded in 95% of notebooks by 2005

Market watcher In-Stat/MDR has added to the growing weight of research reports that claim there are going to be lots of notebook PCs with built-in WLAN adaptors over the coming years.
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Britain: a nation of cyber snoopers

Britain is fast becoming a nation of cyber snoopers, according to a study out today.
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UK birth certificates to morph into your life story, and more?

To little fanfare last month the UK's Office of National Statistics announced proposals for the creation of a central electronic database containing birth, death and marriage records. Announcing the publication of "Civil Registration: Delivering Vital Change," and a consultation process running through until 31st October, the ONS listed key changes as including the ability to register births and deaths online,* in person and by telephone, greater choice as regards marriage ceremonies and "new arrangements for access to registration information." The creation of a centrally-held "through life record" for everybody however appears not to have been deemed a key change of sufficient moment to make it to the press release.
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Bumper Q1 masks Nintendo GameCube gloom

Nintendo shrugged off the gloom surrounding the underperforming GameCube to post first quarter net profits of £59.1 million (11.5bn Yen) for the three months to June 30 2003, buoyed by stellar Game Boy Advance console sales, foreign exchange rate gains in Europe and the well timed re-emergence of the Pokemon brand.

HP unleashes Linux cluster army

HP has kicked off an aggressive Linux clustering campaign with a set of pre-configured hardware packages and a list of software that rivals anything another vendor can offer.
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SCO ready to clean out Linux users for $1399 per CPU

Linux users face a serious question. Is $699 too much to pay for a good bath?