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Intel outsells Nvidia, ATI

Intel commanded the graphics market during Q3, thanks to its integrated chipsets, according to market watcher Mercury Research. It dominated both the desktop and mobile integrated graphics segments.
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Pseudonymous blogging under subpoena threat

Many webloggers like to post pseudonymously, but a legal threat on one of the most popular raises the question - for how much longer?
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DMCA exemptions boost archivists, disabled

A small ray of light has shone through the draconian Hollywood-backed DMCA, or Digital Millenium Copyright Act.
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Indian call centers: cracks begin to show

India's business process outsourcing market is expanding rapidly, but cracks are beginning to show. Concern is growing over a tightening supply of skilled IT workers, and a high rate of attrition among workers in the sector, particularly in offshore call centers.
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Welcome to Orange World

Orange today peeled the wraps off a series of European initiatives including a revamped portal known as Orange World, simplified tariffs, developments to the Orange Signature Phone series and the rollout of its phone trainer scheme beyond the UK.
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Orange revenues up, capex down

Orange today emerged from its recent harsh capital expenditure squeeze with the release of bullish third quarter financial results.
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Usability – is it what we think it is?

Computer Associates has done some extensive research on what exactly users want when it comes to so-called usability, writes Phil Howard of Bloor Research. Some of the results, which CA wanted to find out about for implementation within its CleverPath Portal product, turned out not to be what was expected.
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Rio Chiba 256MB MP3 player

Reg Review First Diamond Multimedia, then Sonic Blue, now Digital Networks. The Rio range of portable digital music players may have had many parent companies since it was launched back in the late 1990s, but the MP3 pioneer is still going strong. This past summer saw the family updated with set of new solid-state and hard drive-based players.
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Informatics UK goes titsup

Informatics Group UK (IGUK)went into administration today, following the decision of its Singapore parent to scale down IT training and e-learning ops in the UK.
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UK.gov websites under fire (again)

UK government websites today came under attack for failing to help the very citizens most likely to need the information and services that they offer.
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EDS waves goodbye to 5,200 staff

EDS is axeing 5,200 jobs worldwide by the end of 2004. The computer services giant had already announced that it was making 2,700 of these job cuts in June, so this news represents more belt-tightening.
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Gone Phishin'

Analysis It seems that you're nobody in UK banking unless your customers have been targeted in phishing scams.
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Longhorn as the next Microsoft desktop domination play

Microsoft's shiny new (but not entirely finished) Longhorn operating system is a move to reassert and to extend the company's weakening control of the desktop, according to Gartner analyst Michael Silver. He claims, effectively, that Microsoft is using the introduction of new technologies in a decidedly old-fashioned and tried and tested way, using APIs and file formats to outflank, isolate and lock out competition.
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Paper offers Nokia N-Gage for 1p

When Nokia launched its N-Gage console-cum-phone, it was keen that mobile phone networks shouldn't subsidise the handset and thus limit the scope for games retailers to offer the product competitively.
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Ericsson posts profit

Ericsson has posted an adjusted third quarter pre-tax profit, as the firm continues to benefit from radical cost cutting.
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Sony Ericsson ships GPRS Wi-Fi combo card

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch Wi-Fi Sony Ericsson yesterday launched a combined GPRS and Wi-Fi PC Card. The GC79 allows notebook users to access the Internet via 802.11b networks when they're in range of a hotspot, and to go online over a mobile phone carrier's GPRS network when they're not. The card provides GPRS connectivity across the …
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Reg kit now available in £, € and $

Cash'n'Carrion Well, it's taken a while, but in response to all those customers from Europe and the US who demanded Cash'n'Carrion prices in local currencies, our e-emporium now offers shopping in pounds, euros and dollars.
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Intel pushes back the fashion envelope

We're delighted to announce that Intel has teamed up with top British designer Julien Macdonald to reinvent the humble laptop bag.
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Crack codes and win prizes

We here at Vulture Central know how fond our readers are of codebreaking challenges, so we're happy to point would-be cryptographers in the direction of the Thawte Crypto Challenge IV.
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Brussels starts probe of MS consumer electronic deals

The European Commission looks set to open a second investigation of Microsoft, even before the current one is done and dusted - and this time it's about the company's relationships with OEMs. Following a report of the matter in the Financial Times, the Commission today issued a statement confirming that it had asked a number of companies for information concerning their licensing arrangements with Microsoft, but stressing that its enquiries were "routine."
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Unlucky phisher pleads guilty

An Ohio woman whose credit card fraud schemes began to unravel when she unwittingly spammed an off-duty FBI computer crime agent pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge Tuesday, and potentially faces years in prison.
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Lexmark loses round 2 in DMCA chip case

Lexmark has suffered a setback in its attempts to use the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) against a firm which makes chips that enable third party toner cartridges to work in its printers.
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Broadband Britain back on track – or is it?

Broadband Britain has suffered a "rough start" and is still lagging behind other comparable countries when it comes to availability of fast Internet access. But these problems are being overcome, at last.
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FTC calls for US patent reform

Proposals to make US patents harder to obtain and easier to challenge were put forward this week by the US Federal Trade Commission.
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Berners-Lee comes out fighting to save Web

Inventor of the World Wide Web and head of the W3C, Tim Berners-Lee, has taken the unprecedented decision to actively fight a patent case, claiming it will undermine the Internet and wipe out huge swathes of Net history.
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College students care more about beer than software

The ever-vigilant Business Software Alliance (BSA) has struck out against immoral college students, saying it's concerned about the lack of respect kiddies have for software.
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Calling Coders for the Greater Common Good

mySociety.org launched today with a call to arms for UK techies to come forward with ideas to further the common good by way of technology.

StorageTek gives early look at tape library behemoth

StorageTek is giving customers an early preview of a new beast of a tape library - the StreamLine SL8500.
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Minimize your ROI with IBM

In a rush to pepper potential customers with marketing speak, IBM has slipped up and issued a less than flattering message about its skills with SAP applications.