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Westcoast to buy Actebis

Westcoast has secured an agreement to buy rival distie Actebis from German giant Otto Group after nine months of negotiations.
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NTL preps $1bn rights issue

UK cable company NTL is to raise more than $1 billion through a rights issue in order to cut debt.
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VeriSign sued again for domain cock-up

VeriSign is seeing its nightmare come true with a California lawsuit brought by Optima Technology for wrongful handing over of the company’s domain name to a former employee.
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World chip sales rise 4% in August

Global sales of semiconductors rose four per cent during August - small by past standards but the year's biggest sequential jumps, according to the latest figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
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Numbers don't add up for Telcos

Opinion This week Verizon, the local New England telephone company, reported lower revenues and of lower associated profits. The cause was the flight of their customers from conventional telephone lines and long distance calls.

Lawson: swooping in on Closedloop

Lawson Software is buying Closedloop Solutions, which develops budgeting and planning software for managing financial performance, for around $4 million.
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Dual-core Opteron to ship late 2005

AMD made it clear at last week's Athlon 64 launch that multi-core versions of its processors were "inevitable", but the company has now put a date in place for their release.
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IBM boffins boost combo computing, wireless chips

IBM chip scientists have figured out how to bring the company's high-performance processor construction technology and wireless semiconductor materials together.
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Telewest offers free broadband installs

Telewest is offering new broadband punters free installation during October - a saving of £50.
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Kids flock online

Kids under 12 are the getting connected to the Net at a rate of knots.
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NAI offers $70m to settle class action suit

Network Associates (NAI) yesterday announced an offer to pay $70 million to settle a class action brought by shareholders who allege the company used improperly booked revenues to ramp up its share price.
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Ingram Micro Europe restructures

In a curiously worded press release, Ingram Micro Europe yesterday "announced the sale" of its components business to another Ingram Micro subsidiary.
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Dell x3 PDA details emerge

Dell's Axim x3 PDA, announced last week and due to be released next month, will feature integrated Wi-Fi, according to Federal Communications Commission filings that detail the product's spec.
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Vodafone tops games content for Live! with Lara Croft exclusive

Vodafone seems to be able to buy content for its Live! online media phone service with impunity. This week it has landed a deal with Eidos, the UK's biggest games company for exclusive phone use of Lara Croft, Tomb Raider, by far its most famous daughter and money spinner.
Faultline, 30 2003
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Kazaa owner back for another bite at content conspiracy

File sharing network owner, Sharman Networks is set to give its private anti-trust action against the major record labels and Hollywood studios, another bash, after it failed to get a court to take it seriously last time, saying it didn't offer evidence of harm from the defendants.
Faultline, 30 2003
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MS issues take-down to Lindows, redefines ‘guilt’

Microsoft has risen to Lindows.com's MSFreePC bait and responded with a take-down notice which harumphs at some considerable length about fraudulent claims, invalid claims, mischaracterisations and the starving schoolchildren of California. And as was all too predictable, Lindows.com CEO Michael Robertson has shot back with a ringing paean of freedom whose bottom line is 'see you in court.' Again.
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Man invades .mil nets, tells hacks, lands in jail

A computer security consultant who broke into US military networks to demonstrate their vulnerability to attack by cyber-terrorists or hostile governments was arrested in San Diego yesterday.
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November hearing mooted for MS-EU antitrust case

The next stage in long-running saga of Microsoft, antitrust and the European Commission is likely to be an oral hearing behind closed doors in November, where the company will defend itself.
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Attrition.org bans Verizon

Usually we hear of ISPs banning a Web site over some bit of content that a well-heeled and lawyered-up malcontent objects to. But this time a small Web site has audaciously banned customers of telecomms colossus Verizon from accessing it because the mega-ISP is unwilling to discipline would-be spammers.
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SuSE speaks of sneak peek for Linux geeks

SuSE today gave the world a quick flash of its forthcoming SuSE Linux 9.0 operating systems, saying that the platform offers a "sneak peek at the enhanced capabilities" of the next generation 2.6 Linux kernel.
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CACI: defence contractor gets defensive

CACI International, the IT services company that chiefly serves the US federal government, is to acquire C-Cubed, a provider of specialized defence and intelligence services. CACI's move looks to be largely defensive, as two of its rivals in the sector have recently been acquired.
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Music biz should shift to flat-fee, P2P model – exec

Opinion Jim Griffin, the ex-Geffen Records new media boss described by CNN as "one of the sharpest minds in digital music", today heads Cherry Lane Digital, a company focused on the digital delivery of art, meaning music, movies, books and other means of creative expression. Here, Jim explains why the online music business needs a radical rethink.
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New edition PS2 comes to the UK

The new edition of the PlayStation 2 hardware, the SCPH-50000, which offers improved DVD playback, is set to arrive in the UK this week at the same time as Sony cuts the price of the PS2 to £139.99.
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PCCW buys Red Spectrum – sources

PCCW, the Hong Kong-based telco, has gobbled up one of the two other companies to win a 3.4GHz licence in June.
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Investors shed Sun shares

Shares of Sun Microsystems have fallen close to 15 percent during Tuesday's trading, as investors react to a massive charge taken by the company.
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Forgotten war dialling risk leaves networks in peril

War Dialling, the scanning of telephone lines to find insecure modems that provide a back door route into corporate networks, is ignored as a risk by many organisations, security testing outfit NTA Monitor warns. The company is calling on organisations to revise their procedures to guard against the long established, but still serious, security risk.
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IBM expands virtual server pool to entire server line

IBM's Virtual Server Service isn't just for mainframe customers anymore.
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BSA imagines open source policy, attacks mass.gov

When it comes to antipiracy policy Microsoft and the Business Software Alliance have a great deal in common, but when the BSA mounts an attack on a software purchasing policy that doesn't quite exist yet, and quite possibly won't exist, one begins to wonder who's driving the "voice of the world's commercial software industry". The BSA, it says here, "is concerned" about "reports" that "the Commonwealth of Massachusetts may be imposing a blanket policy on software purchases without giving the directive a full public discussion."
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ID cards protect civil liberties – Blair

The Prime Minster has given his strongest support yet for the introductiuon of identity cards in UK.
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Google buys search engine – PageRank™ RIP?

Google has bought Kaltix, a three-month-old, three-man Stanford startup that's working on personalized and context-sensitive search. Despite its battalion of PhDs, Google isn't too proud to acquire external search technologies, and earlier this year bought Applied Semantics for its CIRCA ontology, which "understands, organizes, and extracts knowledge from websites and information repositories in a way that mimics human thought".
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Verizon launches 600 kbit/s ‘real 3G’ network

Stateside cellular carriers have fielded plenty of brickbats for describing their 2.5G-speed CDMA 2000 1X networks as '3G' - not least from us. Thanks to a generous decision by the IMTU, 1X is recognized as a 3G-class standard, and Sprint has not lost the opportunity to exploit this in its marketing. Last year a Sprint rep ruefully admitted it was stretching the truth. Until Qualcomm's 1xEV-DO was ready, all the carriers could do was follow Fats Waller's advice and "slave for you" the real thing came along.
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HP hides its secret SCO shame

HP still has plenty of love for SCO, but it doesn't want the public to know about it.