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Open Source thieves stealing my American code – SCO boss

SCO Group chief executive Darl McBride has attempted to nudge the Homeland Security Advisory alert back up towards Red, by accusing foreign interests of undermining US national security in a draft letter to Congressmen.
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BT paves way for ‘innovative’ ADSL

BT Wholesale is to shake-up the way its customers pay for wholesale ADSL access.
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Buoyant Qualcomm proves R&D pays

Qualcomm turned in profits of $352 million on turnover of $1.2 billion in the last quarter, citing higher than expected demand for its CDMA phone chipsets. Profits are up 13 per cent year on year, despite Qualcomm increasing R&D investment by a third.
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Mobile numbers up for grabs

Europe in Brief Subscribers to mobile operator Orange in the Netherlands can now choose their own mobile number, a luxury most European telcos do not yet offer to consumers.
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KPN to shed 800 jobs

KPN is to shed some 800 jobs over the next year in its fixed network services division as part of an efficiency drive, the Dutch telecoms giant announced today.
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Prison time for unlucky phisher

An Ohio woman who used forged e-mails from "AOL security" to swindle America Online subscribers out of their credit card numbers was sentenced to 46 months in prison Tuesday, after a federal judge in Virginia rejected her plea for a reduced sentence.
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AMD quietly drops universal chip speed metric plan

AMD's attempt to define an industry-standard performance measure for modern microprocessors has been quietly shelved, according to the executive in charge of the initiative.
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Redmond was worsted in ‘Microsoft’ Aussie pillow fight

An Australian pillow manufacturer has been selling products using its "exclusive new non allergenic and thoroughly hygienic Polyester Fibre 'Microsoft'" for some years now, and successfully rebuffed a legal challenge from The Mighty Redmond in 1997, the Sydney Morning Herald reveals exquisitely.
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Intel ‘Tejas’ launch slides a quarter

Intel's 'Tejas' desktop processor, the successor to 'Prescott', has been delayed again, pushed back a further quarter to Q2 2005.
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Christmas bonanza drying up for UK web retailers

Although UK Web retailers enjoying record breaking sales over Christmas and in the January sales, many are losing out on potentially millions of pounds of further business because of failure to turn the festive shoppers into regular customers.
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Intel preps Centrino Wi-Fi support for Linux

Intel is to develop Linux drivers for its Centrino platform, providing the open source OS with access to the notebook system's wireless networking technology.
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1,000th BT exchange triggered for broadband

Needham Market in Suffolk has become the 1,000th exchange to be converted to ADSL as part of BT's broadband registration scheme.
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How to hide a phone mast

We love our mobile phones. Can't live without them. But we hate the masts that come along with them. We don't want them in our backyards or on top of our appartments. And there are more masts to come. Analyst firm Ovum says 3G providers need at least 10,000 new masts in the UK, on top of the 40,000 GSM pylons already deployed.
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Software distie ordered to pay piracy damages, goes titsup

UK software distie Infinite Global Solutions has been forced into liquidation with debts of more than £1 million.
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Phone sales drive Nokia Q4 profitability

Nokia reported its fourth quarter financial results today, with minor dips in quarterly and annual sales but strong performance from its mobile phone division.
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IBM claims massive power cut for 90nm G5

You can see why Apple waited for the 90nm version of the PowerPC 970 before launching a G5-based Xserve 1U rackmount server: the latter's heat dissipation characteristics.
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EMC booms in Q4

Boosted by acquisitions and improved demand for storage hardware, EMC Thursday reported strong results for both its fourth quarter and fiscal year.
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UK text message volumes break record. Again

More than 20 billion text messages were sent in the UK last year, according to official figures released today.
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Prescott pipeline longer than Northwood's – Intel

Intel has confirmed that its 'Prescott' processor features a long instruction pipeline than the current desktop Pentium 4. The announcement lends weight to media claims that the chip will run more slowly than its predecessor.
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Personal Computer Science boss loses Oz extradition battle

Former PC tycoon Charles Forsyth, who fled the UK in 2002 as the Serious Fraud Office investigated the collapse of his company Personal Computer Science, is to be extradited to the UK to face trial. Forsyth, who is currently in custody in Australia, last week admitted defeat in his battle to try and stay in Australia and ‘formally consented’ at Perth Magistrates Court to his extradition back to the UK.

Siebel earnings rise as revenue slips

Siebel's earnings were up 9 per cent even as sales fell 7 per cent for the quarter ending 31 December.

Did Sun help itself by being last to Linux?

Analysis It's all well and good to call Linux mature, but one of the most painful phrases in the IT industry proves it's not. That phrase is "end-to-end," and among the major hardware players out there, it's a surprisingly taboo concept. That is, surprisingly enough, except for one vendor - Solaris worshipper Sun Microsystems.
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Savage discounts from MS flush OSS desktop from London council

Newham Council has agreed in principle to stick with Microsoft, and is in the final stages of negotiating a deal with the company that slashes licence costs and includes substantial free support. The Register also understands that the deal includes, as we suggested yesterday, a mechanism whereby Newham's outdated Microsoft Exchange 5.5 system (the one it can't currently afford to upgrade) gets upgraded.
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Techno utopians' Net Candidate falters

Campaign 2004 Did the bloggers blow it? For the past several months - before a single vote was cast in the process of choosing a Democrat Presidential nominee - we've been hearing how politics as usual has been transformed.
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Not all Apple users are idiots, you idiot!

Letters re: FoTW: Apple is the most successful company ever, you idiot!