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Prosecutors admit error in whistleblower conviction

Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles will ask a court to set aside the conviction of a man who served 16 months in federal prison for blowing the whistle on an ex-employer's cybersecurity holes, officials said Tuesday.
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Monoculture or Mass Hysteria?

Opinion From the attention the subject is attracting at the moment, one might assume that our so-called software “monoculture” is about to spawn a plague of biblical proportions, writes Stephen O'Grady of tech analyst firm RedMonk.
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Bull: government subsidies undermine EU dream

One of the strongest arguments in favor of the formation of the European Union was that it would give European companies a competitive advantage long enjoyed by those based in the US. Unfortunately, as the EU prepares for further expansion, the ideal of a single market continues to be undermined by national self-interest. Subsides for groups such as Bull disadvantage companies that obey the normal rules.
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Microsoft and Vodafone: mobile web service standardisation

Microsoft and Vodafone are to develop XML-based specifications for mobile web services standards.
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Bill Gates: ‘Longhorn is going to be late’

Interview Bill Gates yesterday confirmed that there is no official release date yet for the next version of Windows, named Longhorn. "Longhorn could be 2005 or 2006," Gates told a small group of journalists yesterday at the TechNet/MSDN seminar in The Hague. "This release is going to be driven by technology, not by a release date. Which probably means it is going to be late."
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Transmeta plots Efficeon roadmap to 2GHz

Transmeta yesterday revealed what few details it hadn't already announced about its upcoming Efficeon TM8000 processor - including clock speed and the name of the Nvidia South Bridge chip that will support the CPU - but left out one key fact: when it will be made available.
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Nvidia extends nForce 3 Go family to ultra portables

Nvidia yesterday rolled out its latest chipset, the South Bridge-only nForce 3 Go 120, a low-end version of the nForce 3 Go 150 chipset launched last month.
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Intel to shrink Celeron to 90nm

Intel may have pushed back the ramp of its 90nm desktop chip, 'Prescott', back by a quarter, but it appears to have brought forward its plan to offer Celeron chips based on the new process.
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Intel admits it ‘changed’ Prescott thermal target

Intel's 90nm Pentium processor, codenamed 'Prescott', may be "sound", according to company President Paul Otellini, but the chip giant has had to change the chip's thermal target, he admitted yesterday.
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Internet Exchange shuts dozen stores

Internet Exchange, chain of Internet cafés which has no, er, cafés, has closed more than 12 of its High Street stores as part of a financial restructuring programme.
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Dismal first week for N-Gage, say games retailers

Figures from videogame retailers around the UK are showing an extremely low sell-through of Nokia's new N-Gage game deck in its launch week, with fewer than 500 units sold by the 6000 game stores polled by Chart-Track. Although these figures don't include sales from mobile phone stores, which might well be expected to shift a …
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NTL turns back on Linux users

NTL has cut off Linux users from its Freedom dial-up ISP service after imposing new dialler software that only runs on Windows and the Mac OS.
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Swisscom, TeliaSonera ink roaming deal

Swedish telco TeliaSonera yesterday shook hands with its opposite number in Switzerland, Swisscom, to allow each company's Wi-Fi users to roam across the others' hotspot network.
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Net paedo jail sentence increased

A British paedophile who sexually abused two 13 year-old girls he groomed using Internet chatrooms has had his jail sentence extended 18 months by the Court of Appeal.
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Microsoft UK kicks off IT financing

Microsoft Business Solutions has started flogging finance deals to UK businesses that cover complete systems including software, reseller services, ISV products and hardware.
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Dell launches Axim X3 PDA trio

Update Dell today made official the details of its latest PDA line, the Axim X3, as revealed last month by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) web site.
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HP and Alcatel seek telcos for SMB services plan

Alcatel and HP are to jointly develop the Ready Office Program for SMBs, a suite of IT and communication products to small and medium businesses.
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UK to crackdown on Net scams

The UK has forged closer ties with Canada, Australia and New Zealand in a crackdown on Internet scams.

Raritan takes on CCC Network's KVM baggage

Raritan Computer has scooped up the assets of one-time KVM switch high-flyer CCC Network Systems.

Microsoft gets 64-bit OS beta happy

Microsoft gave AMD top billing in a Wednesday statement announcing beta versions of 64-bit Windows Server 2003 operating systems.
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Jury mulls verdict in UK teen hacking case

The jury in the trial of a UK teen accused of an electronic attack on a major US port retired today to consider its verdict.
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Sun greases Java roll-outs for telcos

Despite taking so many steps backwards and sideways for the platform, Sun Microsystems continues to be bullish about opportunities for Java on mobile phones.
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Sony Ericsson records first profit

Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson has reported a third quarter profit after almost two years of continual losses.
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UK ‘snoopers charter’ claimed to break EU law

The data retention regimes in operation or preparation in at least ten European states are unlawful, and breach the European Convention on Human Rights, according to a legal opinion released today. According to the opinion, comissioned by Privacy International from law firm Covington & Burling, the European Commission's framework directive on the retention of communications data is in itself unlawful, which means that any state in the process of actually implementing it may have to think again.
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Apple stores are in the black

Apple posted its highest quarterly income for three years in its September earnings results announced today. Excluding two bonus windfalls, the company turned a profit for the quarter of $29 million on sales of $1.72 billion. Without the charges, it would have recorded $44 million net income.

IBM up and optimistic in Q3

IBM's showed a modest revenue increase for the third quarter, but results were good enough for the vendor to say that the IT market has stabilized and even to say it will add 10,000 workers next year.