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Intel Pentium 4 Extremely Expensive Edition to ship Monday

Intel will finally ship its extremely expensive Pentium 4 Extreme Edition on Monday, more than a month after the games-oriented processor was announced.
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Apple upgrades AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi security

Apple has updated its AirPort WLAN client and base-station software to add support for the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security protocol.
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Q3 sales jump lifts VIA out of the red

VIA said this morning it had returned to profitability during its third fiscal quarter after posting a Q3 net income of just TWD 46 million ($1.36 million) on sales of TWD 5.47 billion ($162.19 million).
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Light at end of the tunnel switched back on for IT contractors

The UK IT jobs market is still suffering from the lingering economic slowdown, with advertised vacancies falling seven per cent quarter on quarter in the period of July to September 2003, according to a CWJobs study.
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SCO introduces ‘resume download’ feature

In a move likely to antagonize the free software community even further, the SCO Group is to resume distributing Linux, but only if you agree to a new "IP license" which implicitly supports SCO's intellectual property claims.
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‘Social Hardware’ nears with Bluetooth iPod

Bluetooth is coming to the iPod, in the shape of third-party add-ons. The first vendor to break cover, Extreme Tech's Jim Louderback has discovered, is XtremeMac, which is creating a Bluetooth streaming attachment that beams the iPod's audio to speakers: which could be headphones, a car hi-fi or a home entertainment center. XtremeMac uses InfiniteRange's RangeScan chipset.
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Cliff Stanford denies hacking Redbus

Cliff Stanford, the multi-millionaire co-founder of Redbus Interhouse, is under police investigation following accusations that he hacked into the London-based hosting firm's email systems.
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WM-data and Novo: finishing off the competition

Stockholm based WM-data has offered to pay €200 million in cash and shares to acquire Finnish IT services group Novo, compared to SysOpen's €155 million offer. WM-data will offer €2.5 in cash and 1.5 new shares for each Novo share, or a total cash option of E5 per share up to a total of 10,000 shares, which values Novo at a premium of 42 per cent above the company's closing share price on September 24, the day before SysOpen made its own public offer.
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Pensioner accused of AUS $5m Nigerian scam

An Australian man has been charged with defrauding a Saudi prince and others of AUS $5 million in an Internet lottery scam.
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Yahoo! takes! Overture! to! Europe!

Yahoo! is installing Overture as its new search advertising broker for its European properties. Which means that it is turfing out Espotting from most of its slots on Europe (Espotting contextualised results still appear on directories and in Scandinavia).
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The conspiracy against our in-boxes

Opinion Powerful forces in the IT industry and government are coming together to redefine unsolicited bulk email from mainstream organisations as legitimate, irrespective of whether the sender wants to receive it. Ultimately this move could even result in lawsuits against anti-spam developers by the Direct Marketing Association and its cronies.
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Israelis ship eight tera-ops optical processor

Israeli technology Lenslet has begun shipping what it claims is the world's first optical microprocessor.

IBM pounds server rivals in Q3

IBM continues to thrive in a resurgent server market, outpacing all its major rivals in growth of units shipped.

Japanese boffins advance quantum computing

A Japanese research team has for the first time successfully demonstrated one of the fundamental building blocks needed to construct a viable quantum computer.

HP e3000 users prompt reality check

Nietzsche once proclaimed, "The HP e3000 is dead."
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China sees export potential in home grown 3G

As the world's largest 3G market limbers up for the second phase of testing, there's something for all camps to cheer. But little-noticed comments earlier this year suggest that China sees export potential for its home grown 3G specification: and that potentially has huge ramifications for the global market.