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Nvidia Q3 income dips despite sales gains

Nvidia's quarterly income fell almost 75 per cent quarter on quarter during the three months to 26 October - despite a sequential rise in revenue.
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Telefonica Moviles: domestic bliss

Telefonica Moviles has beaten expectations with a 28% rise in nine-month profit. The improvement was helped by a growing number of clients in Brazil and Mexico, although Moviles' continued progress in its home market was the most impressive. The results highlight the wisdom of Moviles' decision to abandon Northern Europe and focus on the markets where it has a competitive advantage.
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Microsoft: if you can't buy them, beat them

According to reports, Microsoft is developing a new graphics and animation toolset for its next operating system. The tool is already being referred to internally as a Flash-killer - but such claims should be taken with a pinch of salt, as much could change in the next three years.

Cisco: brand loyalty

Cisco CEO John Chambers says he is disappointed with the company's progress in the storage area networking market. Despite Cisco's attempts to improve interoperability between SAN switches from different suppliers, there are still few customers that want to use more than one brand of switch or director in their SANs, limiting the number of new customers Cisco can gain.
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Enjoy online delights this Xmas at Debenhams

Xmas can be tough on those of us without the time or the inclination to spend hours traipsing round the stores to a backdrop of Yule muzak, wearily contemplating which lingerie/socks/jumper will bring a little seasonal cheer to a loved one.
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When is a speed camera not a speed camera?

News that the long government tradition of simply renaming unpopular concepts to make them "disappear" or become more palatable to a hostile public, comes with the Department for Transport announcement of the launch of www.nationalsafetycameras.co.uk.
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Shoppers warned of £110m card not present fraud

The UK's shoppers are being warned to be on their guard after it emerged that Internet fraud is contributing to a £110 million a year racket.
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Intel buys WLAN chip maker Mobilian

Intel has acquired the assets of little-known wireless networking chip maker Mobilian for an undisclosed sum.
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Nokia ponders Psion purchase – report

Nokia wants to buy Psion in a bid to take de facto control of smartphone operating system company Symbian.
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Nokia batteries not safe either – Belgian watchdog

The name Nokia seems to be synonymous with exploding phones these days. Last week another woman was sent to hospital with light injuries after the battery of her Nokia mobile phone exploded.
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Kimble/ Schmitz charged with embezzlement

Kim Schmitz, the German hacker-turned-gazillionaire, will have to defend himself in court against charges of embezzlement. Schmitz, who stills calls himself Kimble, allegedly rewarded himself with a "loan" of €280,000, paid by his company Monkey AG to his venture fund Kimvestor AG. Both companies are now bankrupt.
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Eminister to address broadband conference

Eminister Stephen Timms and the minister for rural affairs, Alun Michaels, are to address a key conference which will examine how to bring affordable broadband to areas currently without high-speed Net access.
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Infineon back in the black in Q4

Infineon returned to profitability during its fourth quarter, the chip maker said today, bringing a nine-quarter losing streak to an end.
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ICANN board squatter dies

Infamous ICANN board squatter Hans Kraaijenbrink has died.
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Linksys WRT54g 802.11g access point

We recently looked at a Buffalo ISDN/802.11b access point/router in a home environment. Here, we look at a similar product - the Linksys Ethernet/802.11g access point/router - but this time in a small office environment. Although Linksys (now part of Cisco) firmly aims its products at the consumer and 'prosumer' markets, the WRT54g purportedly has all the capabilities needed by a small office, and is certainly marketed as such by Linksys' resellers. The box comes as a four-way 10/100Mbps Ethernet hub with wireless access, has NAT capabilities, and a built-in firewall with port forwarding and VPN pass-through. These functions make the WRT54g rather over-loaded for a home user, but ideal for small office users. And, at under £100, it's competitively priced, writes Clive Longbottom of Quocirca.
Quocirca, 10 2003
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Palm Zire 21

Reg Review Not so very long ago, you'd be laughed at for suggesting that what the handheld business needs is a budget-priced device to tempt consumers to buy into the PDA concept. You'd have been told that the customer base was dominated by affluent business executives and early adopters - both groups willing to spend big money on the latest personal information gadget. Why chase consumers with the low-priced, low-margin product they want when you can milk the old cash cow?

IP VPN: compelling savings – compelling performance?

Briefing IP-based virtual private networks can offer compelling cost savings compared with leased lines, but how can they deliver enterprise-class security and performance?

IBM's Itanium server just got bigger

IBM has made the uncharacteristic move of boasting about one of its Itanium 2 servers with the official launch today of the x455 system.
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Apple will ‘make RIAA beg for mercy’ – readers

Letters What Apple enthusiasts lack in market share, they certainly make up for in optimism. Apple vs. the RIAA is a foregone conclusion. For some of our readers, the David and Goliath mantles have been reversed, and beggar your logic: Apple's new online music store, which doesn't own any record labels or music publishing properties, and which has begged but been refused the rights to sell low bitrate copies of The Beatles' back catalog, will soon make the copyright cartel beg for mercy. How? We'll see.
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KPN resumes dividends

KPN Telecom is returning to the ranks of cash dividend-paying companies, after a massive debt-trimming exercise.
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KPN flogs 3G UK share to Hutch

Two major shareholders in third generation mobilephoneco Hutchison 3G UK have settled their differences ahead of a potentially damaging high court battle.

Sun ups its Tru64 temptation

Sun Microsystems has launched round two of its HP Away migration program aimed at Tru64 users.
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BT upfront about broadband progress

BT today mounted a robust defence of Broadband Britain, trumpeting its "huge progress".
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Cybercrime – it's the outsiders wot's to blame

Outsiders are responsible for the vast majority of cybercrime attacks against companies.
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Reg downtime

Site News Here's one for early birds, night owls and readers in far-flung countries. We are taking our servers offline on Wednesday, November 12 between 4AM and 6AM GMT. Fingers crossed, our planned downtime won't over-run. ®
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London gets UK's first Wi-Fi ‘hotzone’

Broadreach Networks has activated in London what it says is Britain's first Wi-Fi 'hotzone' - a multi-hotspot area offering blanket Wi-Fi coverage.
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Brit bosses get tough on Net abuse

Britain's bosses are getting tougher with workers who disobey Internet and email use and abuse policies. Almost half (45 per cent) of employers in a study by IRS Employment Review said they had punished workers for such reasons in the last year.
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FBI on look-out for foreign government hackers

How seriously does the U.S. government take computer intrusion? Seriously enough for the threat of foreign hacking to take a prominent role in new rules governing the FBI's national security investigations issued by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft this week.
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Penn State's pigopolist pork is not smelling sweet

For those keeping a close eye on the music download service scene, we'd like to introduce you to Barry K. Robinson.
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LINX traffic tops 30Gbps

London Internet Exchange (LINX), the UK's main peering centre for ISPs, hit a new data transmission record of 30 gigabits per second this week.
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CSC: delays dog FBI delivery

Trilogy, the $457.8 million, three-phase modernization of the FBI's investigative system infrastructure, will now miss its delivery date of December 13, 2003. According to the General Services Administration, this is because Computer Sciences Corp missed a "critical delivery date". Regardless of where the blame should be laid, this is the last thing CSC needs as it becomes increasingly reliant on federal business.
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Aimster calls for Supreme Court showdown

Aimster and its leading man John Deep have their sights set on the US Supreme Court.