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MP3.com archive is destroyed

Michael Robertson's attempts to save the million-song music archive of the company he founded, MP3.com, appear to have been unsuccessful. The MP3.com domain was bought by CNET, and Vivendi Universal had warned that the plug would be pulled.
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Where is the perfect phone UI?

Marc Andressen must fly in the same elliptical orbit as our favorite socialite here, Esther Dyson. Earlier this year he claimed that browser innovation was dead.
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Sony Ericsson P900 smartphone

Reg Review Visually stunning, the Sony Ericsson P900 smartphone is a redesigned version of its predecessor, the P800, which built up an enthusiastic following. It's a GSM/GPRS - alas, not EDGE - video/camera phone that runs the UIQ flavor of Symbian applications, and has removable storage.
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Altiris makes Wise move in patch management

Asset management vendor Altiris is beefing up its security patch management portfolio with the acquisition of Wise Solutions for $43 million in cash and stock
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‘Anonymous’ P2P users busted in Japan

Japanese police have arrested two users of a supposedly anonymous file-sharing network.
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IT outsourcing: manufacturers concentrate on service

Western manufacturers, long used to outsourcing production itself, have begun focusing on service delivery to compete with cheaper offshore rivals. However, services are complex to co-ordinate and maintain, and manufacturers, who often lack the skills to do so, are outsourcing this to IT specialists to a growing extent.
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A plague on all our networks

The number of attacks on UK networks is soaring, with even the smallest firms facing an average 500 assaults each month from viruses, worms and denial of service attempts.
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3 Italia: one million subscriber target ‘postponed’

3 Italia CEO Vincenzo Novari has been quoted in an interview with Borsa e Finanza business weekly admitting; "our one million client target by the end of March may be postponed by several weeks". He then went on to add "we blame a strong delay in deliveries from NEC, while we see a growth in demand and a perfect technical situation in network and services."
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The Cloud enables SIM-based hotspot access

Wi-Fi wholesaler The Cloud has introduced SIM-based authentication to its network over 3000 hotspots.
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Virgin.net blocks new broadband punters

Virgin.net has stopped accepting new broadband customers because its service is being strangled by ongoing problems.
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Intel to narrow Q4 sales forecast – analyst

Pacific Crest Securities analyst Michael McConnell expects Intel to say that it anticipates its Q4 sales will come in toward the higher end of the $8.1-8.7 billion range the chip giant set after announcing its Q3 figures last October.
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ATI's shift to 32-bit precision close, says company chief

ATI graphics processors will offer 32-bit pixel shader precision "pretty soon", the company's president and COO, Dave Orton, said last week.
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Sun speeds low-end with UltraSparc, AMD kit

After defending Sun Microsystems' relevancy in the US over the past year, Sun Chief Scott McNealy has turned to Europe for the latest "we matter" pitch.
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HP preps online music store

Where Dell walks, HP will not fear to tread. Where Apple goes too, for that matter. The PC giant is planning to launch its own online music service.
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Sony drops PSX features to meet Xmas launch date

A number of features have been dropped from the original specification of the PSX home media centre - a move which Sony claims is necessary in order to launch the system before Christmas.
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The end of the Wireless access point?

Despite today's Wi-Fi Planet show hype, the Pctel plan to turn all wireless PCs into access points isn't the only way of doing this: Cirond's SoftAP bundle was announced in May, and that let you do it yourself.
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Asus Radeon 9800XT/TVD

Review Since ATI stole the limelight from Nvidia last year with its Radeon 9700, it's Nvidia that has been playing the underdog in the 3D race, a role that ATI was quite happy to relinquish. With the Radeon 9800 Pro keeping ATI at the cutting edge this year, Nvidia has recently attempted to regain the lead with its GeForce FX 5950. But ATI is keeping up the pressure with the release of the Radeon 9800 XT. The fact that this retail card is from Asus is a clear indicator of the shift of power in the industry. Asus was formerly an Nvidia-only house but the Radeon's success means that ignoring ATI is no longer an option, even for the big manufacturers. Although this doesn't mean that Asus won't be producing cards based on Nvidia chipsets as well, writes Benny Har-Even.
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iPass aggregates Swisscom hotspots

European Wi-Fi network Swisscom Eurospot will add its 1500 hotspots to remote access provider iPass' aggregated network, the duo announced today.
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Security rivals settle patent dispute

ActivCard and Vasco Data Security International today announced the settlement of a patent infringement lawsuit centring on Vasco’s Digipass authentication products.
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Tiscali shuts forums following ‘racist’ complaints

Tiscali UK has closed its news forum after receiving complaints from a "small number" of users concerning the posting of allegedly racist comments.
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BT Exact: going further offshore

BT Exact, the technical services division of the UK's incumbent telco, has outsourced more than 200 applications to India during the last ten years. The company is now taking its offshore strategy to the next phase, collaborating more closely with its Indian suppliers and setting up policies to force its managers to shift more processes offshore.
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ATI offers money back FireGL trade-in temptation

ATI has begun dangling the carrot of discounted upgrades on high end graphics cards in front of workstation users in a bid to persuade them to back its FireGL product line.

Sun's McNealy hit with venom from European vipers

Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy received a healthy dose of European skepticism today, as a vigilant press corps pushed hard for the executive to say when his company will be back in the black.
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Heavy squalls of blended worms to hit next year

Net users can expect a growth in attacks of Unix systems next year, not to mention more Blaster-style worms capable of infecting computers without using email.
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Sybase comes to Mickey Mouse’s rescue

The CEO, chairman and president of Sybase, John Chen, has been named as the new board member of Disney to replace Stanley Gold who quit the Board in acrimony yesterday.