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‘Push to talk’ poised for Europe launch

European mobile operators are following the example of their peers in the US as they ready the launch of new "walkie talkie" style services for 2004.
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mmo2 takes Blackberry into SME market

Two months after RIM announced its colour Blackberry email-phone, the distributor which has sold most samples has finally taken it on board. Is this the breakthrough RIM has struggled to achieve?
Guy Kewney, 26 Sep 2003
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Nintendo braves Chinese pirates with iQue player

Nintendo is set to become the first of the current games platform holders to launch a games system in China, with a new console sporting strong anti-piracy systems set to arrive next month.
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Manchester PC dealer refused credit licence

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has refused to issue a consumer credit licence to Michael Oldham, a Manchester computer dealer who trades as Gladeside Computer Services, PC Service Centre and PC Posta Part.
Drew Cullen, 26 Sep 2003
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Tundra buys PowerPC tech for $20m

Just days after a mis-timed press release forced Tundra to announce it hadn't purchased Motorola's PowerPC Host Bridge products but was simply in talks with the processor maker, the company has said the sale has gone through.
Tony Smith, 26 Sep 2003
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Nintendo preps wireless add-on for GBA

Nintendo has turned to Motorola to help it add wireless networking to its GameBoy Advance and GameBoy Advance SP handheld consoles, the company said today.
Tony Smith, 26 Sep 2003
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Nokia launches trendiest phone yet

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch Handset Nokia continues to try and find new mobile phone form factors that might supersede the classic rectangular shape, this time with the 7600 an almost square handset, with the number buttons placed on either side of the 16-bit colour, 128 x 160 screen: Weighing a mere 123g and measuring 8.7 x 7.8 x 1. …
Tony Smith, 26 Sep 2003
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Stealth mode Amazon.com gets into search

Amazon.com has sent a shot across Google's bows by setting up a search engine operation in Google's backyard. Rather than a general purpose search, Amazon.com is staffing up its its A9 subsidiary to produce a comparative shopping search engine, the Wall Street Journal reports. Yahoo! launched a shopping search site earlier this week.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Sep 2003
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PlusNet raises 2Mbps prices

Sheffield-based PlusNet has confirmed it is upping the price of its 2Mbps ADSL service in line with wholesale increases announced by BT earlier this month.
Tim Richardson, 26 Sep 2003
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WiMax: weapon or threat as wired carriers lose to wireless?

The trend for Americans to dump wired phones altogether and use only mobiles is accelerating, putting new pressure on carriers to come up with long-term survival strategies. Cellular is the biggest threat this year, and has overtaken wireline in terms of numbers of subscribers for the first time in 2003. But in the 2-5 year time span, there is the additional specter of wireless voice over IP, providing integrated voice and data over wireless broadband connections such as WiMax.
Wireless Watch, 26 Sep 2003

UWB standards battle remains unresolved

Hopes that the technology for the IEEE's 802.15.3a standard for high-speed personal area networking would be chosen this week were dashed when the Task Group failed to settle the war between rival proposals from the Multi-band OFDM Alliance (led by Intel and Texas Instruments) and Motorola/XtremeSpectrum.
Wireless Watch, 26 Sep 2003
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Big Issue unveils lifestyle list e-biz

Homeless-help magazine the Big Issue is flogging "tick lists" online to help people get some order and clarity into their lives.
Tim Richardson, 26 Sep 2003

Red Hat makes money, pledges full open architecture

Red Hat has at last shown that you can make a profit out of Linux - albeit not very much. For its second quarter, it reported a net income of $3.3 million.
News IS, 26 Sep 2003
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IBM brings Instant Messaging to Lotus Notes

IBM has changed the face of Lotus Notes and Domino, adding a new version 6.5 with built in Instant Messaging and better spam defenses, better compression, encrypted email, tighter integration with Java and CORBA, further integration with Websphere and a bundled Mozilla browser.
News IS, 26 Sep 2003
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Microsoft celebrates Longhorn ‘Gold Release’ early

How do you keep a large team of developers on a big project motivated during the inevitable slippages? Easy: you just pretend the project is already complete.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Sep 2003
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DoCoMo goes Symbian

In an statement that's intended to show that it can deal with network operators as well as the handset guys, Symbian has announced a partnership with DoCoMo, the vertically integrated Japanese giant. The deal focuses on next-generation 3G (3GPP) technology that should reach the market in 2005.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Sep 2003
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Logica to bring MMS to land lines

System integrator LogicaCMG is to bring Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) to fixed lines. ASPs and content providers will be able to use the service to deliver rich multimedia content to the home.
Jan Libbenga, 26 Sep 2003
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Broadband vital to rural economy – e-envoy

The future of rural economies is under threat unless they get broadband.
Tim Richardson, 26 Sep 2003
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Microsoft: a threat to global IT and job security?

Security consulting company @Stake has drawn further attention to an unfavourable study on Microsoft's impact on global computer security by firing one of the authors. Dan Geer was CTO of @Stake until the publication of "CyberInsecurity: the Cost of Monopoly" then, pow, he wasn't.
John Lettice, 26 Sep 2003
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European security appliance sales grow 13.5%

The Western European security appliance market grew by 13.5 per cent, with factory revenues reaching $86.1 million last quarter, far outperforming other regions globally.
John Leyden, 26 Sep 2003
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Doctor Who to return to TV – official

Doctor Who is returning to the nation's TV screens in 2005, the BBC said today.
Tony Smith, 26 Sep 2003
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German police smash massive child porn ring

German police have broken up one of the world's biggest child porn networks which linked around 26,500 suspected users of child abuse material in 166 countries across the world.
John Leyden, 26 Sep 2003
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Battery and assault, Segway style

Segway has issued a recall for all of its personal transporters because some riders fall off when the batteries start running out of power.
Drew Cullen, 26 Sep 2003