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McData: buying its way into SAN niches

McData is at last set to spend the $150 million cash pile it raised in February, with knockdown purchases of both Nishan Systems and Sanera Systems. The acquisitions will help McData build up its business in potentially important areas of SAN technology that have already attracted the interest of rivals Cisco and Brocade.
Datamonitor, 27 Aug 2003
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Standalone PDA days ‘are numbered’

The standalone PDA's days are numbered, says IDC, which forecasts a bright future for converged handheld computers.
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NEC cedes Hiroshima fab control to Elpida

Elpida has taken control of NEC's Hiroshima fab and will spin the management operation off as a subsidiary company, Hiroshima Elpida, on 1 September.
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2003
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Intel adds $375m to Asia-Pacific investment tally

Intel is investing $375 million in a chip assembly and testing plant to be constructed in China's Sichuan province, the chip giant said yesterday.
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2003
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Amazon.com cracks down on spoofers

Amazon.com is demanding millions of dollars in punitive damages from 11 'spoofers' accused of sending forged Amazon emails, according to lawsuits filed against the alleged forgers.
Tim Richardson, 27 Aug 2003
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China to form anti-spam task force

China may soon cease to be a haven for spammers or rogue Internet pharmacies. The China Internet Association has said it is going to set up a special anti-spam task force to deal with such email abusers.
Jan Libbenga, 27 Aug 2003
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Intel ‘may be guilty’ of over hyping Wi-Fi

Intel has admitted it has contributed to the vast volume of hot air being used to inflate the Wi-Fi bubble, thanks to its multi-million dollar Unwired advertising campaign.
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2003
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Cellphones will sport Wi-Fi, say industry execs

Will Wi-Fi prove to be a key technology integrated into future cellphones? Panellists speaking yesterday at the annual Telecosm conference in Squaw Valley, California believe so.
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2003
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Silicon Valley to get US' first Wi-Fi train

Travellers on Silicon Valley's Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) rail service will be able to hook their Wi-Fi enabled notebook PCs and PDAs to the Internet next month when each train will be fitted with WLAN base-stations.
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2003
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HP beefs up low-end iPaq

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch PDA HP yesterday launched the iPaq h1935, the successor to the h1910, which will soon be phased out, the company said. The new model improves upon the older one with a faster processor - a 203MHz Samsung S3C2410 in place of a 200MHz Intel XScale PXA255 - and an SDIO slot ready for the emerging crop of Wi-Fi add- …
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2003
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UK corporates unconvinced by Wi-Fi

UK IT managers have given wireless networking the thumbs-down. More than half of UK companies with a turnover of £50 million or more have said they have no plans to implement WLANs, according a survey of Britain's biggest companies.
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2003
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Symantec takes the Hilgraeve hit

When Symantec announced last week that it had done the decent thing, albeit six years late, and purchased a key virus scanning technology patent from Hilgraeve, it put an end to speculation that the company was open to a massive charge, writes John McIntosh of Bloor Research.
IT-Analysis, 27 Aug 2003
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Zippo extinguishes flaming trick Web site

Zippo - the lighter people, not the clown - has extinguished a Web site that promoted tricks using its cigarette lighters.
Tim Richardson, 27 Aug 2003
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Why Sobig is bad for privacy and AV vendors

Eight years ago when I first used the Internet, while doing support work in a Manchester cyber café, email was a joy.
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2003
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Blades cut wireless and mobile enterprise costs

Flexible office, hot-desking, hotelling. At the end of the day they all mean the same thing, writes Rob Bamforth of Bloor Research. You've lost your prestigious office, your decorated cubicle or your desktop covered with personal memorabilia. Your company has gained from space saving, and can move staff between teams more easily. Welcome to the future.
IT-Analysis, 27 Aug 2003
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Small.biz gets flogging online

Small businesses plan to increase their use of ecommerce over the next year despite widespread fears over viruses and unsolicited emails, according to a new study.
Startups.co.uk, 27 Aug 2003
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Softline agrees Sage bid

Softline, the South African-owned accountancy software firm has agreed an offer from Sage valuing the company at £66m (including its cash reserves of £11.1m).
Drew Cullen, 27 Aug 2003
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Passport biometric trials point way for ID cards

A trial of technology underpinning the next generation of biometric passports could also be used to lay the groundwork for the introduction of identity cards in the UK.
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2003
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The incredible shrinking IT industry

Opinion It's taken me ages to get it. The IT industry, at least as I knew it, is fast disappearing before my very eyes. It took the speculation that Sun and Apple would team up to jog me out of my IT industry's trance. When I thought about the real business logic of such a relationship, the idea was just silly. Forget all that consolidator crap, which in any case is a route for jaded companies that lack innovation and intellectual leadership. Apple and Sun are in completely different markets - Apple in an emerging consumer products industry, and Sun in (excuse the pun) a sun-setting office equipment sector.
Cormac O'Reilly, 27 Aug 2003
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Apple to refund disappointed OS X buyers

Apple will refund owners of PowerPC G3-based Macs who bought Mac OS X but found elements of the operating system didn't work on their computers.
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2003
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US forces to target enemy mobiles with P2P WLANs

The US military is developing a weapon based on peer-to-peer technology to take out mobile phone communications, the US Department of Defence has revealed.
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2003
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GNU servers ‘owned’ by crackers for months

Crackers owned the primary file servers of the GNU Project from mid-March until two weeks ago, the Free Software Foundation admitted this week.
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2003
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WindowsUpdate on Linux – an urban legend is born

Somewhere in Redmond a highly-skilled network technician flips the Big Red Switch (BRS) marked 'Do not touch this switch,' the Blaster attack is foiled, and the 'Linux to the rescue' urban legend is born. As all you paranoid conspiracy-theorists can see here, on the eve of the onslaught windowsupdate.microsoft.com ceased to be a Windows Server 2003 site minding its own business and running Microsoft IIS, and instead became a Linux site running (hint) Microsoft IIS.
John Lettice, 27 Aug 2003
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Want to visit Britain? Join the fingerprint queue

The Government today announced plans to extend the use of biometric technology throughout the UK visa system in a crackdown against abuse of the immigration system.
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2003
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Deutsche Telekom: increased mobility in Poland

Deutsche Telekom has made its first acquisition in more than two years, after offering €1 billion to win control of Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa.
Datamonitor, 27 Aug 2003

TI dribbles out UltraSPARC IV details

Texas Instruments has disclosed fresh details on the upcoming UltraSPARC IV chip it's building for Sun Microsystems, showing a processor with added kick and low power consumption.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Aug 2003
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Oklahoma AG takes aim at WorldCom, Ebbers

Call it WorldCom, MCI or whatever you like. It appears no amount of name changing will help the bankrupt telecommunications company shake its tainted past.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Aug 2003
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Intel wants to tune your cluster

Intel has signed on to acquire German software maker Pallas, hoping the company's performance tools can give it an edge in the compute cluster arena.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Aug 2003