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Itanium fends off Opteron for slowest selling chip crown

Itanium server sales reached record levels in the second quarter, as Intel's chip surged into the lead as the slowest selling server processor.
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Mice pave way for online signatures

Computer scientists at the University of London have developed a way for people to sign for goods or services online using a mouse instead of a pen.
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PC market drives chip sales rebound

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) yesterday lifted its third-quarter world chip sales forecast on the back of a three per cent increase in revenue between June and July.
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Intel invests $23m more in Elpida

Elpida will receive a further ¥2.7 billion ($23 million) cash injection from Intel, the memory maker said yesterday.
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Siemens' Symbian smartphone slips – sources

Siemens' much-anticipated Series 60 smartphone has been pushed back to November, according to reliable sources at the Siemens user board.
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Alton Towers told off for BT bash

Alton Towers has been given a ticking off by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for closing the theme park for two days to host a private party for BT employees and families.
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Intel samples Prescott, Dothan

Intel has begun sampling Prescott desktop and Dothan mobile next-generation processors build on its 90nm process. And both chips will achieve "revenue shipments" during Q4, the company says.
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Citigroup wants to buy Hynix' non-memory biz

Hynix is negotiating the sale of its non-memory business to US banking company Citigroup, a company spokesman said, cited by the Financial Times.
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Govt rings in teleworking changes

The Department of Trade and Industry has unveiled a set of legal guidelines that UK firms must follow if they employ staff who regularly telework from home.
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Smartphone infidelity = content opportunity?

Symbian, Microsoft, PalmSource, Linux - there are plenty of choices of operating systems for building smartphones if that what handset manufacturers are looking for The thing is, with so many choices, why just stick with one, writes Rob Bamforth of Bloor Research.
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Gateway takes chainsaw to costs, staff

Gateway, America's weakest big-name PC maker, is looking to outsourcers to help it reduce costs by $100m a year, The WSJ reports. And that means 1,000 people are to lose their jobs by October 30, according to the newspaper. Currently Gateway employs 8,700 people.
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Sony Ericsson unveils Xmas phone line-up

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch Cellphones Sony Ericsson today launched three new handsets it hopes to tempt buyers with this coming Christmas. The clamshell Z600 comes with the now almost obligatory built-in digicam. Photos can be sent by MMS, or zapped straight to a PC using the phone's Bluetooth link. The tri-band GSM/GPRS handset features …
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MS, eBay, Amazon et al join ID theft busters

Leading financial services, IT and e-commerce companies and organizations yesterday formed an industry coalition to fight online identity theft.
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Broadband runs like water

Broadband is increasingly becoming regarded as a basic utility - such as gas, electricity and water - and could affect the value and take-up of commercial property developments.
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Mobile phones sales climb

The latest figures from the mobile phone industry show that the sector is healthy again, but Motorola and Siemens are stumbling.
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Lindows signs up PC Club

US retailer PC Club is to start flogging LindowsOS PCs throughout its 51-strong chain. This is the largest retail launch of Linux in the US, according to Lindows, which is nice; but it shows just how far Linux has to go before it reaches the mainstream.
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Congestion builds up on GPRS; WAP blocked

When the GPRS standard was first proposed, sceptics said that it didn't have the capacity that a serious service would need. Now, it turns out that some carriers are finding it hard to meet existing demand and are switching data services off.
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Feds sexed up case – Blaster suspect

Jeffrey Lee Parson, the Minnesota teenager accused of unleashing a variant of the Blaster worm, has accused the authorities of exaggerating the case against him.
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Copy protected CDs illegal in France? Not quite

Big news from France today where EMI has landed in the soup for selling 'defective' copy protected CDs.
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FindWhat.Com finds $8m for Miva

US pay-per-click firm FindWhat.com plans to splash out $8m (£5m) to buy SME ecommerce software and services outfit Miva Corporation.
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BT says sorry for poaching Zetnet punter

One of the UK's oldest ISPs is demanding answers from BT after one its customers was blocked from having an ADSL connection - only to be poached by BT Openworld.

IBM's server safety net has HP at a loss

IBM's server business is booming - in a big way - and it couldn't come at a worse time for the HP camp.
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GX Networks buys Firstnet

Firstnet Services Ltd - the company that acquired fixed wireless broadband outfit Liberty Broadband (aka Tele2 UK) earlier this year - has been bought by GX Networks for £4.3 million.
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Two arrested in £80m money laundering probe

Customs and Excise officers investigating a suspected £80m VAT money laundering scam arrested two people in Chelmsford yesterday.

HP hears happy voices inside of Talking Blocks

HP has snatched up one of the many wee Web services companies out there and said it may buy a couple more as needed.
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Anti-terror face recognition system flunks tests

The extent of the failure of facial recognition technology in spotting terrorists in crowds has been revealed in a report on tests at Boston's Logan airport.
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Why wait in line when you can SMS Ganesh?

Connecting on a spiritual level with one's deity or deities of choice can be a very difficult, time-consuming and testing process. That is unless you're a BPL Mobile subscriber.

Telemedicine: remote healthcare reaching new audiences

Maricopa County jails in Arizona, US are treating inmates via telemedicine to save time, money and increase public safety. Through the use of video technology, healthcare professionals are able to conduct routine examinations and provide certain specialist care remotely, therefore reducing the need to transport prisoners for external healthcare consultations.
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US warns nuke plants of worm threat

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday issued a formal Information Notice to nuclear power plant operators warning them about an incident in January in which the Slammer computer worm penetrated networks at Ohio's Davis-Besse nuclear plant and disabled two important monitoring systems for hours.
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Racketeering suit filed against DirecTV

Lawyers for three men whose online equipment purchases made them targets of DirecTV's anti-piracy campaign are hoping to turn the tables on the satellite company by suing under the mob-busting Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) federal organized crime statute.
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Horizon profits up, sales down

Horizon, the Irish-based Irish systems integrator and distie, has posted lower revenues for the first six months of the year, although cost-cutting boosted profitability.