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The GPL will win, claims law prof.

Eben Moglen, Professor of Law at Columbia University and the FSF's pro bono general counsel for the past decade, says that there's nothing to fear from the GPL (General Public Licence) being tested in a US Court. He also expressed astonishment to describe SCO's latest legal tactic to reject the validity of the GPL. SCO is suing IBM for breaching its UNIX™ copyright, and IBM and Red Hat are countersuing SCO.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Aug 2003
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Kingston invests $50m in Elpida

Kingston Technology has paid Elpida ¥6 billion ($50.24 million) in exchange for non-voting stock, though neither company would say how much of a stake Kingston now has in the memory chip maker.
Tony Smith, 19 Aug 2003
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SiS graphics spin-off to drop Xabre brand

SiS' recently spun off graphics chip operation, XGI, will drop the Xabre brand that gave it its name when it launches its first product next month.
Tony Smith, 19 Aug 2003
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AMD preps Appalbred as Duron heir

AMD will shortly ship a new low-end processor, codenamed 'Appalbred', the successor to the Duron.
Tony Smith, 19 Aug 2003
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Ireland to trial broadband over power cables

Ireland's electricity company, ESB, is to see whether it can deliver broadband over electric cables as part of a €50 million ($55.76 million) project part-funded by the Irish government.
Tim Richardson, 19 Aug 2003
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Intel pencils Pentium M price cuts for October

Intel will cut its Pentium M processor prices by up to 33 per cent on 5 October, sources within Taiwan's notebook manufacturer community have claimed.
Tony Smith, 19 Aug 2003
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Blaster variant offers ‘fix’ for pox-ridden PCs

A new variant of the infamous Blaster worm which claims to fix infected systems is circulating on the Net.
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2003
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Missing eBay DVD claims ‘exaggerated’, says trader

Zippymilk, the elusive trader who's left hundreds of people waiting weeks for the arrival of DVDs they've paid for after winning auctions on eBay, has denied any wrongdoing.
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2003
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Sony Ericsson P800 successor appears on web

Sony Ericsson is preparing a follow-up to its popular P800 smartphone and will go public on the new handset next month.
Tony Smith, 19 Aug 2003
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VCs prefer healthcare to IT

Venture capitalists are forking out less and less dosh to back communications and networking investments.
Tim Richardson, 19 Aug 2003
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Symantec pays $62.5m to settle patent lawsuit

Symantec yesterday paid $62.5 million to settle a long-running patent lawsuit with Michigan-based security firm Hilgraeve.
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2003
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Insiders, channel point to PowerBook updates

Apple is on the verge of releasing updates across its PowerBook line - possibly as early as later today - including the long-awaited aluminium-cased 15in models.
Tony Smith, 19 Aug 2003
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Palm Wi-Fi PDA gets Aegis security

Palm's Tungsten C Wi-Fi PDA is now backed by Meetinghouse's Aegis enterprise-oriented WLAN access authentication software, the network security specialist said today.
Tony Smith, 19 Aug 2003
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Post Blaster, MS floats default auto updates for Windows

Never happier than when making things compulsory, Microsoft is floating the notion of making home versions of Windows download and install software updates automatically by default. You'll be able to switch it off, of course (for a while), but the joy of shipping things to home users is that most of them leave the system's default settings as is, either because they don't know any different or because (grief) they trust software vendors.
John Lettice, 19 Aug 2003
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Borland picks 1990s PC game star for CTO

Borland has appointed a mid-1990s first-person perspective shoot-'em-up hero as its new CTO.
Tony Smith, 19 Aug 2003
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Nokia to sell over 200m units in 2004

Next year, Nokia will surpass the 40 per cent market share mark and the overall mobile phone sector will experience 11 per cent growth, a new report has claimed.
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Smartphones will kill off PDAs – IDC

By the end of this year, the plain, vanilla PDA market will have shrunk by nearly ten per cent. Instead, users are demanding "converged" devices, says a survey by research company IDC. And at last, the market seems to be getting the design right.
Guy Kewney, 19 Aug 2003
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Email worm joins Blaster attack on Windows

A new variant of the Sobig worm is spreading rapidly across the Internet this afternoon.
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2003
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Police grab Wang in covert Segway opp

The first known Segway sting operation has gone down in New York with a 24-year-old student being arrested on felony scooter theft charges.
Ashlee Vance, 19 Aug 2003
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HP stays humble in Q3

HP's CEO Carly Fiorina took on a somber tone in describing the company's disappointing third quarter, saying 5 percent revenue growth was acceptable but not good enough.
Ashlee Vance, 19 Aug 2003