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Vodafone loses AT&T Wireless battle

The bidding battle for AT&T Wireless is over and Cingular has won.
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Urgently seeking 419 haiku

Competition A recent Vulture Central investigation into an exciting new batch of 419 emails has provoked a spontaneous outburst of reader poetry.
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IT contractors enjoy rate rise

Rates for IT staff working in finance have gone up for the first time in four years. The news is being welcomed as evidence that a City recovery is underway.
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Microsoft to offer rival CDs

Microsoft is offering to include CD-ROMs of rival software in an effort to settle its competition case brought by the European Commission.
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WM-Data: would-be Nordic powerhouse

Having completed the €200 million acquisition of Finnish IT services company Novo Group, Sweden's WM-Data is looking to grow further over the next few years. However, recent attempts by Nordic vendors to build a more global business have been largely unsuccessful, and WM-Data is likely to just focus on the Nordic region instead.
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T-Mobile goes 3G in UK

Mobile network T-Mobile has switched on its 3G network – but don't expect to see people making video phone calls anytime soon.
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AMD brings Opterons to blades

AMD has launched two new low-powered Opterons, destined for the blade server market.
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BT's ‘new wave’ mitigates fixed-line decline

BT Group's third quarter was buoyed by the continued growth of its IT services and broadband offerings, its so-called "new wave" services, while its traditional fixed-line business continued to decline. BT is having more success in certain areas than rival telcos, but it still has some significant challenges ahead.
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Firm hunts for Nimda-like worms in Web traffic

London-based security outfit ScanSafe today launched a Net-based filtering service designed to counter Web-borne viruses and malicious code.

The USA: outsourcing heartland

Opinion The schizophrenic attitude of the US towards outsourcing continues to manifest itself, writes Bloor Research analyst Bob McDowall.
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MS cites kidnap fears in bid to keep execs' wealth out of court

Minnesota's class action against Microsoft, scheduled to go to trial on March 1st, is showing unexpected potential. Yes, it is yet another everyday story of (allegedly) overcharging folk, but Microsoft has been attempting to stop details of how rich its witnesses are coming out in court, and the rival attorneys have been scrapping in the hallways.
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Windows source code exploit released

The leak of Windows source code last week has already enabled a hacker to create an exploit.
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US spammer fined £75k for porn sting

A US company has been fined £75,000 for spamming punters with porn emails that led to users racking up whopping phone bills.
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100 rural areas in Europe to get subsidised broadband

One hundred rural communities in Europe are to get broadband for free as part of a project part-funded by the European Commission (EC).
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Stob: Softwron number stolen

Stob Pioneering patentee and litigator Softwron Inc admitted today that its infamous so-called 'Wron number (see El Reg passim) has been stolen and made available on the Internet, "where just anybody can download it and use it".
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AMD halves Opteron 848 prices

AMD today slashed prices across its multi-way Opteron processor families, ahead of an anticipated announcement from Intel that it will bring 64-bit computing to the x86 server market.
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Nvidia unwraps PCI Express graphics chips

Nvidia today officially unveiled its first PCI Express-oriented graphics chips, dropping the 'FX' from its current top-end GeForce series chips and replacing it with 'PCX'.
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Lindows now Lindash

The operating system Lindows is now available as Lin---s (pronounced: Lin-dash) in those countries where Microsoft has blocked the availability of the desktop Linux distribution. The new name complies with a recent Amsterdam court ruling, the San Diego company says.
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Close Encounter yours for $1.3m

Blimey they don't half sell some old rubbish on eBay, eh? The latest extraordinary item to come to our attention is a close encounter video apparently shot in 1998 by someone called "Sargel18".
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London's charge zone: blueprint for road pricing 'success'?

One year on, London's congestion charge is being widely hailed as a success, Mayor Ken Livingstone is pushing for its extension, and numerous other cities seem poised to follow London's lead. London has shown that the public will accept road pricing, and has also shown that it can be used to reduce traffic. So it's the blueprint for the deployment of strong IT systems to fix the world's transportation problems? Well no, not exactly.
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ATI touts low-cost HDTV tuner card

ATI will this Spring allow North American buyers of its All-in-Wonder video cards to view free-to-air digital TV broadcasts.
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IT Pros demand govt broadband intervention

The Government should intervene to guarantee universal access to broadband services in the UK.
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BBC ponders P2P distribution

The BBC is to make its programme archive available over a peer-to-peer network, it said at the International Broadcasting Convention last weekend.
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Outcry as Chinese Net dissident arrested

A Chinese dissident has been arrested by police after being accused of posting subversive messages on the Internet.
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Sony unveils two-tone Vaio K series notebooks

Reg Kit Watch Sony's lead in funky-looking Wintel notebooks continues unabated with today's introduction of new K series Vaios, introducing not only a slick look but the manufacturer's XBrite screen technology, which it claims yields "sharp contrast, crisp graphics and breathtaking colour resolution during video playback".
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Microsoft co-founder to demo always-on mini PC

Vulcan, the company set up by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, will show off its FlipStart always-on mobile "mini PC" this week.

Germans bag über-dooper super computer

Scientists in Germany can now boast the fastest super computer in Europe – on paper at least. The new IBM number-crunching giant is capable of performing 8.9 trillion floating point calculations per second – a cool 8.9 teraflops in supercomputer parlance.
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Bagle-B clobbers weary Net users

Long-suffering Net users are finding their in-boxes clobbered again today with the appearance of yet another mass mailing worm.
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Intel unveils 64-bit capable Xeon

IDF 2004 Branding it one of the industry's "worst-kept secrets", Intel CEO Craig Barrett this morning revealed that 'Nocona', the first Xeon CPU fabbed at 90nm, will extend the 32-bit x86 ISA to 64-bit addressing.
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Intel's Barrett hints at 64-bit compatibility glitches

IDF At long last, Intel has done the deed and followed AMD with 64-bit extensions to its 32-bit processors. But how compatible will Intel's 64-bit Xeon be with AMD's Opteron?
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Who sank Itanic?

Analysis As expected, Intel effectively sidelined its decade-long, multi-billion-dollar VLIW processor by announcing 64-bit extensions to its IA-32 processor family today.

IBM shows Itanic love with Power4 benchmark

Proving what a big Itanium backer it is, IBM released a new benchmark for its highest-end Power4+ server on the same day that Intel kicked off its developer conference.
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Intel moots Centrino-style home PC platform

IDF Spring 2004 Intel wants its upcoming Grantsdale chipset and the recently released Prescott 90nm Pentium 4 to form the basis of a home computing platform along the lines of Centrino.