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Oracle's 10g database ready for download

The Oracle 10g wait is over, at least if you are a preferred customer of Sun Microsystems or HP.
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Notebook makers gear up for May Dothan debut

Intel has put back the release of 'Dothan', the 90nm version of its Pentium M mobile processor, to late April or early May.
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Desktop Prescotts to ship in notebooks ahead of Mobile version

Notebook vendors are expected to continue the trend of crammed desktop processors into mobile computers, this time using the 'Prescott' Pentium 4 chips launched yesterday.
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eBay hacker pleads guilty

Jerome Heckenkamp pleaded guilty Thursday to defacing the online auction house eBay and penetrating systems at the San Diego-based telecommunication equipment maker Qualcomm, ending years of pre-trial court wrangling and casting considerable doubt on his public claims of innocence.
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NEC launches credit card sized handset

NEC today launched a cameraphone the size of a credit card, dubbing it "the world's smallest and slimmest mobile phone".
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US aims to plug global spam holes

The US Federal Trade Commission has announced an international initiative to fight spam, which will focus on closing off the unsecured servers used by spammers.
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UK IT sector shows signs of renewed life

There's yet more evidence that the UK's IT sector could be on the mend.
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Carphone Warehouse offers Nokia 7600 3G ‘exclusive’

Update Nokia's first 3G handset, the 7600, will go on sale in the UK this month - but not, it seems, with the blessing of 3G service provider Three.
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‘The clueless users who refuse to upgrade’

Opinion Microsoft can end the scourge of e-mail viruses by ending its support for old software, and the clueless users who refuse to upgrade, writes SecurityFocus columnist Tim Mullen.
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Laks preps MP3 wristwatch

Reg Kit Watch Austrian watch seller Laks has announced an update to its USB Flash drive timepiece. The new model, due to ship next month, features a built-in MP3 player.
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US parents give birth to software upgrade

In the proud tradition of naming one's offspring after entire football teams, or a favourite brand of supercar, one US dad has decided to name his son after a software upgrade.
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Retired Pentium PCs wanted for developing world (not landfill)

Computer Aid international has launched a new appeal for companies and individuals to send it defunct PCs to be reconditioned and distributed to schools and community groups in the developing world.
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Sony unveils Wi-Fi PDA pair

Reg Kit Watch Sony has launched a pair of Wi-Fi-enabled PDAs in its home market, the Japanese giant said yesterday.
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MS plugs IE phishing bug

Microsoft has broken its monthly release cycle to issue a cumulative patch designed to address three potentially serious security vulnerabilities.
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Freeserve gears up for major broadband push

Freeserve is set to make a big push for broadband this year, according to a senior spokesman at the French-owned ISP.
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2003 was record year for mobile phone shipments

Growing demand for handsets in Asia and Eastern Europe propelled the once stagnant mobile phone market to strong double-digit growth last year, market watcher IDC said today.
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Revealed: chilling numerical proof of life on Mars

Vulture Central recently predicted that conspiracy theorists would soon be scanning Mars rover snaps for evidence of extra-terrestrial life such as mountains in the form of Kylie Minogue's buttocks and rockfaces carved into iconic representations of Sir Bill Gates of Seattle.
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Xbox 2 to sport three 64-bit IBM chips, ATI R500

Microsoft's Xbox 2 console - aka Xbox Next - will be powered by three IBM PowerPC G5-class 64-bit processors, with graphics driven by ATI's next generation of accelerator chip.
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510m mobiles shipped last year

More than 510 million mobile phone handsets were shipped last year in what is being described by analysts as a "phenomenal year" for the industry.
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SCO sidesteps MyDoom attacks

SCO has moved its Internet operations to the domain www.thescogroup.com in response to the denial of service attack generated by the MyDoom worm against its regular base of operations, www.sco.com.
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VIA backs LoGHIQ to win Robot Race

Chip maker VIA is to sponsor a team in the controversial million dollar DARPA Grand Challenge robot race. Team LoGHIQ plans to build a robot that will navigate an obstacle course using a combination of stereovision and dead-reckoning GPS.
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UK workers prefer beach to office

A BT survey has concluded what every office-bound computer slave already knows: that the majority of staff would prefer to choose where they did their work.
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Got a ticket? Get a record. EU-US data handover deal leaks

Statewatch has obtained a copy of the draft agreement on the transfer of EU airlines' passenger records to the US Department of Homeland Security. The text gives full details of the deal struck between the European Commission and the DHS, and leaves the strong impression that the Commission, rather than protecting (the ostensible purpose of the EU-US discussions) the personal data of its citizens, is an accomplice in its export.
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Universal mobile phone DRM tech ready for prime time

The major mobile phone companies, along with some of the biggest names in computer technology and content provision, this week launched the latest version of their jointly developed copy protection system for mobile phones.

Oracle does the deed with 10g price cut

In a bid to reach small and medium-sized companies, Oracle has revamped the pricing models for its new low-end and midrange 10g database products, the company announced Tuesday.
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Business Serve floats on AIM

UK ISP Business Serve floated on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) listing today, valuing the company at £17.5 million.
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Anti-fraud scheme saves retailers £2m

An online scheme designed to forewarn UK retailers about patterns of fraudulent activity has saved its members more than £2 million in loses after less than 18 months in operation.