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US markets warm to Linux makers over SCO

Cash Register If you are looking for evidence proving SCO's success in slowing down Linux momentum, you won't find it in the financial markets.
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Nokia bags Psion's Symbian stake

Shares in Psion fell 30 per cent in early morning trading today on news that the British company had sold its 31.7 per cent stake in Symbian to Nokia for up to £135.5m.
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4.8m UK BB users by year-end – report

The UKiwill rack up almost five million broadband punters by the end of the year, according to Continental Research.
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NHS pulls plug on ailing £30m IT system

Scottish health bosses have pulled the plug on the launch of a £30 million computer system from McKessonHBOC after staff at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary complained that they couldn’t access vital information on it.
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Fewer children become regular chat users

Fewer children are becoming regular users of chat rooms, according to the interim results of a year-long study into young people's behaviour online.
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Vodafone leans towards AT&T Wireless bid

UK-based mobile operator Vodafone Group is reportedly leaning toward a bid for number three US mobile operator AT&T Wireless.
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Free Software 2004

The International Free Software Forum today issued a call for papers ahead of its next annual meeting. Proposals are due by March 7.
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Public sector has IT companies ‘over a barrel’

Intellect, the trade association of the ICT industry, will tell the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee that government and IT companies must take more partnership-based approach to IT contracts, when it gives evidence before MPs this afternoon.
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Linksys touts for Euro resellers

Linksys has kicked off a campaign to expand its share of the lucrative European small business networking market with a channel putsch and the launch of a low end VPN router offering.
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People want services with IQ, says IB

Information Builders’ UK MD has called for the Government to expand its view of the kind of services it should be offering people online. Speaking at the eGovernment conference in London last week, Jim Irving said that although the government’s plans to get its services online by 2005 were well underway, it needed to go beyond merely offering services like drivers licence and passport applications over the Net.
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Is the mood changing towards the legitimate use of P2P networks?

Analysis The mood of the media and the entertainment industry used to be very clear that file sharing equals bad and that copy protection equals good. During the past two weeks we have been told that piracy is about to be beaten and that CD sales will soon be on the rise again.
Faultline, 09 2004
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We want a Sony media server

Home Networks research company Parks Associates has delivered a damning verdict to PC based suppliers of media servers, with a survey which shows that US families are looking to buy such a device from CE brands like Sony, Panasonic or Pioneer, and not from Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard or Gateway.
Faultline, 09 2004
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Powergen sets legal attack dogs on security whistle-blower

Powergen and a customer who highlighted a serious breach in consumer security at the utility more than three years ago are still locked in legal dispute.
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Checking on .eu names: want the job?

Zurich . The href="http://www.eurid.org">EURid, the consortium appointed by the EU to manage the .eu domain, tries to keep smiling. Still, Fay Howard, project manager of the registry, could not restrain herself at last week's Digitial Pulse conference in Zurich, when a representative of the German Government said there certainly would be no Internet without Governments.

Peoplesoft spurns Oracle's final final offer

Peoplesoft's board of directors has unanimously rejected Oracle's revised offer of $9.4bn -$26 a share -on the astonishing grounds that it's not enough money. But don't take Peoplesoft's word for it: this too is the considered opinion of its gold-plated advisors, Citibank and Goldman Sachs.
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EMC floods market with new hardware

As expected, EMC rolled out a sweeping set of hardware upgrades today (Feb 9). Just about every product line was touched by the refresh, including Symmetrix, Clariion, Celerra and Centera systems.
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EC probes mobile sports right sales

The European Commission has launched an inquiry into the sale of sports rights to Internet companies and 3G mobile operators.
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Rockall Times back with a bang and a new shirt

Cash'n'Carrion UK satire site The Rockall Times has, we gather, finally addressed its content management issues and re-entered the Web stage left to a slightly discordant fanfare of trumpets.
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Nokia wins mobile network deal in Iraq

Nokia has secured a deal for building a GSM mobile telephone network in the south of Iraq, Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat reports.
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Californian sues penis pill spammers for fraud

A Californian man has put his manhood on the line by suing the spam-vertisers of penis enlargement pills.
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‘Crackpot’ VAT laws aid offshoring – Tories

"Crackpot" VAT laws are being blamed for encouraging British firms to outsource jobs to foreign countries.
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Public offering for Opera, Mozilla renames browser

Who says the browser is dead? Norway's Opera, with a loyal base of eight million users, says it plans a stock market listing in March at the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE). "After developing and refining the technology and commercial side for nine years, Opera Software is now ready for public listing," CEO Jon S. von Tetzchner said in a statement.
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Nokia leads bid to control mobile DRM standards

Nokia, Intel, Samsung and Matsushita have formed a non-profit group called the Content Management License Administrator to license and oversee digital rights management (DRM) technology on mobile devices. The companies will adopt new specifications from the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), which are optimized for multimedia content, and aim to establish these as a de facto standard.
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Alcatel buys in wireless routing, shops around in Wi-Fi

The suppliers of mobile infrastructure are increasingly looking to penetrate Cisco’s enterprise networking territory as voice and data converge, and that means taking a new interest in Wi-Fi. Motorola has already set out its stall, and now Nokia and Alcatel are both heavily tipped to be on the WLAN acquisition trail in a bid to spread their wings beyond the carrier base.