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IBM dismisses OpenOffice as child's play

IBM claims to have put more than $1 billion behind open source software, but the company is failing to pay even a modest amount of lip service to one of free software's most needed products.
Ashlee Vance, 22 Aug 2003
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TSMC foundry market share dips

Whichever way you cut the market, TSMC remained the world's biggest chip foundry during the first half of the year, well ahead of its nearest rival, UMC.
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2003

Novell decimates workers, goes into the red

Novell yesterday confirmed the loss of 600 jobs - amountin to ten per cent of its workforce - as it announced a damaging quarterly loss on flat sales.
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2003
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Nvidia signs UMC as chip producer

Update Nvidia has taken on its third chip foundry partner. It's long-standing chip maker TSMC and recent signing IBM will now be joined by local arch-rival UMC
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2003
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Woman burned by exploding cellphone

A mobile phone has exploded in a woman's face while she was out shopping. The blast caused burns to her face and neck.
Tim Richardson, 22 Aug 2003
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Hi-tech crime a ‘significant’ threat, warn police

The potential for losses through hi-tech crime to grow is rising as criminals become more technically competent, according to an annual assessment of serious and organised crime in the UK.
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2003
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AMD to ship Athlon 64s as Athlon XPs

AMD's upcoming Athlon 64 low-end variants, codenamed 'Paris' and 'Victoria', will not be offered as 64-bit processors but as 32-bit upgrades to the current Athlon XP line.
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2003
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IT jobs under threat from WTO deal

The Professional Contractors Group (PCG) has urged IT contractors "not to panic" amid concerns that World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations to be held next month could result in the opening-up of the UK's employment market to cheaper overseas workers.
Tim Richardson, 22 Aug 2003
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Motorola launches first Linux smartphone

Motorola yesterday launched its first Linux-based smartphone into the Far Eastern market.
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2003
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Toshiba debuts smallest HDD MP3 player

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch MP3 Player Toshiba has launched what it claims is the thinnest, lightest and smallest hard drive-based portable music player yet to grace the market. And, looking at the pictures the company supplied, we have to say, probably the sexiest one too. The player, the Gigabeat G20 MEG200J is just 1.27cm thick, a …
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2003
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192 switch-off not cheaper for punters

Deregulation of the UK's directory enquiries (DQ) service has not led to cheaper services.
Tim Richardson, 22 Aug 2003
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Judge dismisses Palm patent case win

The US Court of Appeal has sided with technology holding company E-Pass, and ruled that a patent held by E-Pass may indeed have been infringed by PDA makers Palm and HP, and by Microsoft after all.
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2003
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Nvidia class action suit dismissed

A US District Court judge yesterday effectively dismissed the class action suit brought against Nvidia, the company said today.
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2003
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Intel ups Q3 revenue forecast

Intel Friday hiked its third quarter revenue forecast, pointing to better-than-expected PC processor sales for the move.
Ashlee Vance, 22 Aug 2003
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Vodafone flogs off Japan Telecom for £1.4bn

Vodafone today said it will sell of its Japanese fixed line business, Japan Telecom, for ¥261.3 billion (£1.4 billion) in a mix of cash and stock.
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2003
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Sobig-F timed for Trojan download tonight?

The prolific mass-mailing Sobig-F email worm, which has flooded computer users this week, could attempt to download a Trojan horse tonight, anti-virus companies are warning.
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2003
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AMD's Opteron party squashed by AMD

AMD is hanging its much-admired Chairman Jerry Sanders out to dry by turning its back on an Opteron sales prediction the exec made some four months ago.
Ashlee Vance, 22 Aug 2003
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Anna K sends Amazon CEO into shock

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos appeared to enter "sexpot shock" while joining tennis star Anna Kournikova for the Friday opening of the NASDAQ exchange.
Ashlee Vance, 22 Aug 2003