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EC draws line in spam sand

The EC is calling for greater international co-operation in combating spam.
John Leyden, 04 Feb 2004
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PalmSource chief outlines twin-track OS strategy

Catching PalmSource CEO David Nagel at the launch of Good Technologies' Good Link 3.0, we had a burning question.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Feb 2004
Broken CD with wrench

EMC remembers to upgrade hardware line

After months of shaking up its software strategy, EMC is set to hone in on the hardware side of the house with one of the biggest product launches in recent memory.
Ashlee Vance, 04 Feb 2004
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Iliad soars on Paris bourse debut

Europe in Brief Shares in Iliad, the French ISP-cum-telco, surged 35 per cent on its debut, Friday on the Paris bours. AFP report. Investor demand was so strong that shares were at first suspended from trading.
Jan Libbenga, 04 Feb 2004
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ATI touts mobile chip's low-k technology

ATI unveiled its latest mobile graphics chip, the Mobility Radeon 9700, yesterday, calling the processor the first of its kind to be fabbed using a low-k dielectric material at 130nm.
Tony Smith, 04 Feb 2004
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Tiscali racks up 1m broadband users

Pan-European ISP Tiscali has notched up one million broadband punters, the company announced yesterday.
Tim Richardson, 04 Feb 2004

Cisco's profits drop even as sales rise

Cisco Systems yesterday reported a lower quarterly profit on increased sales.
John Leyden, 04 Feb 2004
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Prescott offers ‘indiscernible gains’ over Athlon XP

AMD still has Intel licked on mainstream desktop processor performance, beating even Intel's newly released 90nm 'Prescott' Pentium 4.
Tony Smith, 04 Feb 2004
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UMC beats Q4 forecasts

UMC, the world's second largest chip foundry, sold NT$23.7 billion ($698 million) worth of chips during the fourth quarter of its 2003 fiscal year, 35.3 per cent more than it managed during the same period a year ago.
Tony Smith, 04 Feb 2004
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Wi-Fi Alliance preps WPA 2 security spec

The Wi-Fi Alliance yesterday said it will offer a second generation of its Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security system later this year.
Tony Smith, 04 Feb 2004
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BPI forces CD Wow to drop price surcharge claims

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has won an injunction ordering Internet retailer CD Wow to drop claims that it had been forced by the UK record industry to raise CD prices.
Drew Cullen, 04 Feb 2004
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Sewer broadband idea floated again

Scottish Water is to allow its sewers to be used to roll-out a fibre broadband network to a business park at Rosyth in Fife.
Tim Richardson, 04 Feb 2004
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The Register Mobile edition goes live

The Register Mobile edition has gone live, following tests involving 1,600 readers. Thanks to everyone for the feedback - we'll implement many of your suggestions in coming weeks.
Team Register, 04 Feb 2004
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Swisscom to connect UK Premier Lodge hotels

UK budget hotel chain Premier Lodge is to install WLANs in its 140 properties across the British Isles.
Tony Smith, 04 Feb 2004
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Orange pushes try-before-you-buy

Orange is to address the reluctance of a neophobic British public with ‘Try’, an initiative which will let Orange-users trial services for a month, free of charge.
Lucy Sherriff, 04 Feb 2004
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02 notches up 20m punters

UK mobile outfit mmO2 has more than 20 million punters after signing up 855,000 new customers in the last three months of 2003.
Tim Richardson, 04 Feb 2004
DVD it in many colours

Oracle hikes Peoplesoft bid to $9.4bn

Oracle has raised its bid for Peoplesoft, again. The offer price now stands at $26 per share,a premium of more than $4 on the closing price on Nasdaq on Tuesday, and valuing its target at $9.4bn. This latest offer, which Oracle claims will be its last, is also above the highest value seen in the company in the last year.
Lucy Sherriff, 04 Feb 2004

Foundry beefs up high-end Gig switches

Foundry Networks has strenghtened its enterprise and carrier offerings with the release of enhanced fibre and Gigabit over copper modules for BigIron MG8 and NetIron 40G terabit switches.
Robert Jaques, 04 Feb 2004
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Introducing the Technodepot ‘Bug’ t-shirt

Cash'n'Carrion Those wags down at TechnoDepot have been at the crayons again and this time the fruit of their labours comes in the form of the lovely "Bug?" t-shirt.
Lester Haines, 04 Feb 2004
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HP grabs two more software makers

No management software start-up is safe from HP with the giant Wednesday announcing plans to acquire two more companies to help build out its Adaptive Enterprise strategy.
Ashlee Vance, 04 Feb 2004
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El Reg gets experimental at Orange launch

This morning El Reg went to see Orange about its new ‘Try’ initiative. (This is the suck-it-and-see approach to mobile services the company is kicking off today.)
Lucy Sherriff, 04 Feb 2004
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EU Commission plots global travel surveillance system

Observers of the European Commission's negotiations with the US Department of Homeland Security over the transfer of airline passenger data might easily run away with the impression that the Commission has meekly capitulated to the US' extraterritorial and unilateralist demands. A report into the Commission's activities published this week by Privacy International however argues persuasively that the Commission has used the US negotiations as a Trojan Horse to aid the construction, first, of the EU's own surveillance and monitoring systems, and second, of a global system.
John Lettice, 04 Feb 2004
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Microsoft teases users with 64-bit XP trial

Microsoft continues to redefine the notion of a software striptease with the 64-bit version of Windows XP, kicking off yet another early access program for the OS.
Ashlee Vance, 04 Feb 2004
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Merging Hutchison Whampoa

Telecoms operator Hutchison Whampoa is merging its Hong Kong-based IT services subsidiary Vanda Systems & Communications with another telecom division, Hutchison Global Communications Investments. The move is part of a growing trend to instill closer co-operation between such firms to attract network access business and associated IT services.
Datamonitor, 04 Feb 2004
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Victory for commonsense in nuke lab hacking case

Analysis It’s rare - one might say even unprecedented - when both sides are equally happy with the outcome of a criminal case. But that’s what happened in court five at London’s Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday afternoon when a teenage hacker who caused a major security alert at a US Department of Energy research lab escaped jail.
John Leyden, 04 Feb 2004
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Sun finally ships StarOffice for Solaris x86

At long last, Sun Microsystems has delivered a version of StarOffice for its own Solaris x86 operating system.
Ashlee Vance, 04 Feb 2004
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Wheels fall off CRM bandwagon in UK

British firms are losing valuable business because of their "sloppy" approach to tracking leads and inability to win new clients, research released today has claimed.
Robert Jaques, 04 Feb 2004
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AOL wants refund for nipple slip

AOL is seeking a refund for its sponsorship of the Super Bowl halftime show and for the money it paid to show the event online. And why not? The best bit of the program has already been consumed en masse.
Ashlee Vance, 04 Feb 2004