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Amazon posts slim profit without Santa's help

Amazon.com's overseas operations did their part in the third quarter, helping the company to its first ever quarterly profit not aided by holiday sales.
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Google part-restores baseball blockage

Letters It might now be simply a vast advertising franchise, but Google Inc. still cares about the little piece of technology which once give it its reputation: its search engine [*].
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Adieu California – Intel CEO

Continuing a remarkably frank series of speeches, Intel's leadership now doubts that continued investment by the company in California plant is viable.
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Sony to ship PSX for $750

Sony will offer its PSX PlayStation-cum-personal video recorder for under $800, the consumer electronics giant said yesterday.
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NTL staff in ‘white powder’ scare

Ten NTL workers from Guildford were rushed to hospital yesterday following the discovery of unidentified white powder in a package.
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Microsoft launches self-destructing email (false)

An urban myth has grown up around today’s launch of Microsoft Office 2003 which suggests that the product features technology that allows embarrassing emails to “self destruct” after a specified time period.
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Sagem springs hotspot in a box

The Wi-Fi revolution seems to have been fought from the ground up, writes Rob Bamforth of Bloor Research. War chalking, hitching a ride on unprotected corporate wireless LANs. It all seems very subversive. The truth is somewhat different.
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Egg to cut 70 jobs

Egg is to cut 70 London jobs before the end of the year, reducing the Internet bank's UK headcount to around 1,700.
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Typical child porn user is white male IT pro

The typical British consumer of child pornography, is a white male professional, probably working in IT.
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Toshiba PDA to offer VGA screen

Toshiba's next Pocket PC PDA will take a leaf out of Palm's book by offering a large format LCD display bigger than anything seen on the platform to date.
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How to beat the 419 scammers

So you think those wacky Nigerians who promise you compensation for assistance in moving funds from foreign countries to banks in Europe, are operating from scruffy cyber-cafes in Lagos?
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Fujitsu HDD fiasco to end in $42.5m pay-out

Lawyers fighting a class action brought against Fujitsu, HP, Gateway and others over allegedly faulty hard drives have successfully forced the defendants to settle out of court.
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Ballmer on why Windows is more secure than Linux

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer yesterday defended the company's record on security, arguing that, contrary to popular opinion, Windows was easier to secure than its open source rivals.
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Microsoft: no Office party

Microsoft has opened the throttle on marketing the latest edition of Office, now tightly integrated with various collaborative and server products via XML. Office 2003 also introduces Microsoft's first application-level Digital Rights Management (DRM) software, Information Rights Management (IRM) restricting who can copy, read, print and distribute email, Word or Excel documents.

Open Text: big, bigger, biggest

Canadian software maker Open Text is offering a friendly bid of around $233 million to buy Ixos Software. By merging, the two companies hope to create the world's largest enterprise content management software vendor, and defend their positions against their fast-growing rivals.
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WiFi hotspots top 45,000

The number of WiFi hotspots in the world is set to double this year, according to Pyramid Research.
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Palm settles legal challenges to Handspring takeover

Handspring and Palm have persuaded two litigants to settle out of court legal action brought against Handspring.
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Archos launches modular MP3 player

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch MP3 Players Archos has introduced a pair of portable music players that can be customised to better reflect the user's needs. One of them, the Gmini 220, is the world's smallest player with a 20GB hard drive, Archos claimed. The Gmini 120 and 220 essentially allow the user to bolt on a series of accessory …
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UK banks and police proffer anti-phishing advice

The National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) and the UK banking industry today issued guidelines to help consumers protect themselves against Internet fraudsters.
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Apple updates iBook with G4 CPU

Apple has at long last upgraded its iBook family to the G4 processor, ending months of speculation that new G3-class processors from IBM - the PowerPC 750GX - would continue to drive the consumer-oriented notebook line
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IT upturn on its way – Gartner

The much-talked about IT recovery is on its way, Gartner says. According to Michael Fleisher, CEO of the analyst firm, more and more corporate IT managers plan to replace aging equipment, apply new technologies to improve efficiency, and pursue new opportunities created by advances in open-source software and wireless communications.

SuSE opens up to Outlook users with Openexchange 4.1

With the latest version of its Openexchange server, SuSE Linux is making it a little bit easier for Microsoft Outlook users to work with their open source comrades.
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Yahoo! sets decoy email traps for spammers

Yahoo! has rolled out email enhancements and tools that enable users to set up hundreds of disposable decoy addresses, which if compromised by spammers and swamped by junk mail, can be deleted without affecting the primary account.

HP and Microsoft flog NAS to small.biz

HP and Microsoft have teamed up to flog network attached storage (NAS) products and services to the burgeoning, but notoriously difficult to target European small and medium-sized business sector.
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Email snooping custody battle woman escapes jail

An Arizona woman who intercepted the email of her husband's ex-wife has been sentenced to 60 days home detention.
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BT confirms 1Mbps launch

BT today confirmed the wholesale pricing for its new 1Mbps ADSL service, which becomes commercially available from November 20.

HP e3000 users join World Wide Wake

HP e3000 users the world over are set to console each other and put the venerable product into the grave as part of a giant, shared wake.
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Microsoft Office 2003 hits the streets

The latest version of Microsoft's Office suite, Office 2003, has hit the streets. It incorporates improved collaborative and server products underpinned with XML compatibility.
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Georgia runs from the MATRIX

The state of Georgia has pulled out of the U.S. Department of Justice sponsored MATRIX information collection program, leaving data only on its felons and sexual offenders behind in the Orwellian database.
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Opera in minor security drama

Opera users are advised to update their browser software following the announcement of a potentially serious security problem this week.
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Sun ready to link Solaris x86 boxes into the SAN

Sometimes a host bus adapter driver is more than just a host bus adapter driver. Such is the case with a new set of Emulex HBA drivers geared for Sun Microsystems' Solaris x86 operating system.
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Lucent posts first Q profit in three years

Lucent Technologies has posted a profit - its first in more than three years.
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Sun and Fujitsu to combine Unix server businesses – report

Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu are to combine their server businesses as early as 2004, according to a report out of Japan.