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UWB group dumps IEEE to speed wireless USB, 1394

IDF Ultrawideband (UWB) will not only co-exist with rival Personal Area Network standard Bluetooth but may ultimately form the basis for its future, members of newly formed UWB industry bodies suggested today.
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Mom sues RIAA members for racketeering

A New Jersey mother has turned the tables on the Recording Industry Association of America by suing the major labels for racketeering.
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Judge OKs California e-voting

A Sacramento Judge has nixed an attempt to prevent Diebold's electronic voting terminals from being used in a crucial State election next month.
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Urgent assistance sought to build reader profile

Survey It's a funny old thing, the Internet. You can set up a successful site, attract millions of dedicated readers, but still not know anything about them.
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Rise of the virtual machine

Oh for the simple life. It seems like only yesterday that IT was pretty straightforward - in terms of technology, at least. Now every component of the physical IT infrastructure faces "virtualisation", writes Bloor Research analyst Tony Lock.
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Amstrad's em@iler makes a profit

Amserve - the business behind Amstrad's em@iler phone-cum-email thingy - has finally made a profit.
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Last call for O'Really end-of-line stock

Cash'n'Carrion We're running down stocks of two of our terrific O'Really range, so readers who'd like to get either a "Windows NT User Obliteration" or "BOFH in a Nutshell" model will have to move fast.
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Netsky B is very pesky

A new, more dangerous version of the Netsky worm is making the rounds on the Internet.
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Welsh local govt website caught with trousers down

They take their kids' welfare pretty seriously in Wales, make no mistake.
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Dust settles on AT&T Wireless battle

Cingular has won the battle for AT&T Wireless with a $41bn bid.
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AOL and Earthlink chase spammers through the courts

AOL and EarthLink have set their lawyers against spammers they hold responsible for inundating their respective users with illegal junk email.
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BT wins NHS broadband megadeal

BT has won a £530 million contract to provide and manage a broadband network that will link all NHS organisations in England. The deal will run for seven years and is the first significant public sector investment in broadband.
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Job fears raised as Demon offshores tech support to India

Demon is to outsource some of its call centre operation to India, but insists no jobs will be lost as part of the six-month trial.
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BOFH: Interviewing for Helpdesk

Episode 5 Episode 5 BOFH 2004: Episode 5 Sigh. Interviewing for new Helldesk types with the Boss and the Helldesk Coordinator is a tedious, timewasting and pointless job and I sometimes find myself wondering why the agency doesn't just cut out the middle man and send us people who've never used a computer before. As the "technical …
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Stob: Number patents Euro-endorsed

Stob Strasbourg. Jean-Paul Le Cliché, Euro commissioner for regulation and commerce, has announced - as predicted in The Reg - that the new US extension of patents to integers will be incorporated into EC law.
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Sex, drugs and cans of spam

Viagra and diet pills are top of the spam chart.
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Aberdeen councillor proposes motion on toilet

Thanks very much to the anonymous correspondent who has just sent us a lovely e-card from sunny Aberdeen. This kindness was provoked by today's very silly piece regarding Carmarthenshire County Council's website.
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AOL calls for UK broadband competition

Ensuring that the UK has effective wholesale broadband competition is a key challenge for the coming year, AOL says.
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Cisco gets into video conferencing

Cisco Systems yesterday introduced real-time video conferencing for its range of IP telephony products.
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Cruel sea threatens Torpoint's ADSL plans

The residents of Torpoint in Cornwall could be just weeks away from getting broadband - so long as the weather holds.
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Technology sales to bloom in 2004

Western European and worldwide markets for IT and telecommunications are recovering to healthy rates of growth. The 2004 edition of the European Information Technology Observatory (EITO) estimates that the Western European information technology market will grow 2.4 per cent this year to reach €294bn. Last year, by the same reckoning, the market shrunk 1.2 per cent.
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NTL renews assault on broadband hogs

NTL has sent letters to some customers warning them not to over-use their broadband services.
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UK Watchdog bites mobile spam scammers

The UK's Premium rate call watchdog ICSTIS invoked its emergency procedures yesterday to shut down two scam operations which had generated hundreds of consumer complaints.
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Telewest MD Burdick quits

Charles Burdick has resigned as group MD for cableco Telewest, it was announced today.
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Intel to combine Wi-Fi, Bluetooth in Centrino 2

IDF Intel plans to integrate Bluetooth onto its next-generation Wi-Fi sub-system, it has emerged.
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Intel chief touts mobile 3D chip, ignores next-gen XScale

IDF Having once claimed that its next-generation XScale processor, codenamed Bulverde, would bring "mobile gaming into the 21st Century", Intel now argues that you'll really need a discrete mobile graphics chip too.

Function trumps form at Intel showcase

IDF Vendors showcasing their wares at this year's IDF checked all their glitzy booth adornments at the door, picking a plain and simple pitch instead.
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As stock sank, Fatcat SBC boss paid himself $19.5 million

It's election year, and the jobless recovery has prompted complacent politicians on both sides of the duopoly to look concerned.
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Music fans beg to buy music

Close to 30 Web sites plan to kick off an act of "coordinated civil disobedience" next Tuesday by putting up downloads of a controversial album despite EMI's demands that the album be destroyed.
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EC IP enforcement ‘threatens more SCO-style attacks’

Campaigners issued a call to arms today ahead of a far-reaching directive on intellectual property rights due to go through the European Parliament's Legal Affairs committee next Monday.
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Wi-Fi in the real world – pt. 2

Last week, we explored the practicalitie of using Wi-Fi in London. As the UK's most populous area, London was always going to play host to some of the nation's first public Internet access hotspots. But wireless is all about mobility, and its value is severely limited if you can't get an Internet connection when you're travelling. So we wanted to see how well other parts of the country are covered.