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PWLAN: hotspots finally heating up

The number of PWLAN 'hotspots' in the world is set to quadruple within the next three years.
Datamonitor, 09 Sep 2003
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AMD unwraps faster Opteron 100, 800 CPUs

AMD rolled out two new Opteron processors, one each for its 100 and 800 series of chips.
Tony Smith, 09 Sep 2003
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IBM boffins boost chip performance by 65%

IBM scientists today claimed they have merged two key manufacturing techniques - strained silicon and silicon-on-insulator (SOI)- allowing them to create chips that deliver the performance improvements provided by the former without the implementation headaches the technology has so far caused.
Tony Smith, 09 Sep 2003
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SiS details Pentium M support

Having yesterday announced that it has licensed Intel's Pentium M, chipset maker SiS today unveiled a pair of products that will support the mobile microprocessor.
Tony Smith, 09 Sep 2003
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What do we want? System Developers! When do we want them? Now!

System developers are the most sought after IT contractors in the UK, according to somewhat dated stats from the CWJobs UK Quarterly IT Skills Index.
Tim Richardson, 09 Sep 2003
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80 per cent of UK homes can now get ADSL

Eight in ten homes in the UK can now get ADSL broadband, according to telecoms giant BT.
Tim Richardson, 09 Sep 2003
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NY Times hacker set to surrender

Hacker Adrian Lamo has agreed to walk into a federal courthouse in Sacramento, California, Tuesday morning and turn himself in to law enforcement officials, Lamo and his attorney said Monday.
Kevin Poulsen, 09 Sep 2003
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Scary WiFi TV launch by Sharp – spectrum congestion looms?

At first thought, you might ask yourself what's so clever about "wireless TV"? - hasn't TV been broadcast for decades? Yes - but this one is a WiFi wireless TV, from Sharp... and you can bet it will swamp the channels.
Guy Kewney, 09 Sep 2003
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Nokia pumps up the handset volumes

Nokia today reported strong shipments of mobile phones, with sales volumes up more than 10 per cent year-on-year, in its mid-quarter update for Q3. But dollar depreciation means the company will pull in slightly lower revenues from its mobile phones division than the same quarter last year.
Drew Cullen, 09 Sep 2003
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Outsourcing: does it reward theft?

Opinion Simon Galbraith is co-founder and marketing director for Red Gate Software, a supplier of tools for software developers and testers.
Simon Galbraith, 09 Sep 2003
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Virgin.net in charitable broadband giveaway

Virgin.net is prepared to go that little bit further to secure punters for its broadband service.
Tim Richardson, 09 Sep 2003
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Bill Joy leaves Sun

Bill Joy, Sun Microsystems chief scientist and co-founder, is leaving the company, moving on to "different challenges". No, he's not saying yet what those different challenges are.
Ashlee Vance, 09 Sep 2003
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UK Gov's response to child abuse – unique IDs for all

The British Government yesterday announced that it would be issuing unique ID numbers for all the country's children, and that local databases of all children would be set up in order to facilitate information sharing between child- (and not so child-) related agencies. The objective, depending on which Government songsheet you happen to be listening to, is either to provide child-centred services better, helping children to "develop their full potential" (Margaret Hodge) or to tackle child abuse more effectively in the wake of the "tragic death of Victoria Climbié" (Charles Clarke).
John Lettice, 09 Sep 2003
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The RIAA sees the face of evil, and it's a 12-year-old girl

The RIAA has nailed one of the most prolific file-traders in the U.S., filing a lawsuit against 12-year-old Brianna LaHara.
Ashlee Vance, 09 Sep 2003
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A different kind of Mono culture

Mono, the open source implementation of Microsoft's .NET Web services platform, can dramatically improve developer productivity, according to the leading light of the project.
John Leyden, 09 Sep 2003
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Micro Warehouse flogs North American ops

Micro Warehouse, the mail order reseller, is selling its North American business to CDW for $22m.
Drew Cullen, 09 Sep 2003
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Websites that crash

Nine out of ten people have been forced to abandon an online transaction because the application failed before completion.
Tim Richardson, 09 Sep 2003
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MS' Linux obsession – time to call in the shrinks

This week's 'Windows is cheaper than Linux' story comes to us courtesy of Giga Research, which with the aid of Microsoft funding has produced a study indicating that it is cheaper to create a portal using Windows and Microsoft development tools than using Linux and Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) tools. The study is apparently to be used by Microsoft's new kinder, gentler and more fact-based GM for platform strategy Martin Taylor in his campaign to convince customers that nine out of ten cats who expressed a preference reckoned that Linux is pooh. And in this campaign, he has the best facts money can buy.
John Lettice, 09 Sep 2003
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Fireworks cancelled: Be, Microsoft settle

The settlement between Microsoft and Be on Friday has deprived the public of some spectacular allegations.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Sep 2003
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BT OKs commercial SDSL roll-out

BT Wholesale has given the green light for the commercial roll-out of its SDSL broadband product.
Tim Richardson, 09 Sep 2003