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'We're just like the RIAA,' says SCO

The SCO Group's masterful public relations tacticians have demanded that the company be compared to fellow IP (intellectual property) crusaders at the RIAA.
Ashlee Vance, 04 Mar 2004

EC blesses Samsung – Tosh storage union

The European Commission has waved through the merger of the optical disk drive operations of Toshiba and Samsung.
Drew Cullen, 04 Mar 2004
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Gateway waves goodbye to another 2,000

Gateway is to pink-slip 2,000 staffers, in the wake of its takeover of eMachines. This will reduce headcount to c.5,500 within a few months.
Drew Cullen, 04 Mar 2004
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Alcatel ponders Chinese takeaway

Alcatel is apparently looking to sell its mobile handset division in a bid to stem spiralling losses in the operation. French media reports have linked Chinese manufacturer Nanjing Panda Electronics as a possible purchaser. If these reports prove well founded, a deal with a Chinese company could prove to be a shrewd move in Alcatel's quest to return to profit.
Datamonitor, 04 Mar 2004
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Barging ants solve network congestion

Ants could help to manage the flow of data through networks, according to researchers at Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France.
Lucy Sherriff, 04 Mar 2004
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Verton slips on Black Ice

Letter The polemic surrounding Thomas C. Greene's recent review of Dan Verton's Black Ice: The Invisible Threat of Cyber-Terrorism continues unabated.
Team Register, 04 Mar 2004
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E-pharmacies guilty of ‘blatant disregard for health’

It's still all too easy for people to buy prescription drugs from online pharmacies.
Tim Richardson, 04 Mar 2004
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Revealed: the true cost of broadband

The average cost of a 512Kbps broadband service in Europe is €74.61 per month. Those seeking the best deals should consider a move to Sweden, while avoiding Switzerland.
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Eidos profits defy Legacy of Kain

Eidos plc - the software outfit behind Lara Croft - racked up increased profit even though half-year revenues dipped after two titles failed to perform as expected.
Tim Richardson, 04 Mar 2004
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Softbank punters run online protest auctions

Two customers angry at the derisory amount Softbank offered in compensation for a serious breach in customer security are staging online protest auctions on a Yahoo! Japan site. Personal details are up for grabs.
John Leyden, 04 Mar 2004
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Email ‘leak’ suggests SCO got up to $100m from MS

Updated An email apparently leaked from SCO suggests that SCO is far more dependent on Microsoft financial backing than previously thought. If genuine, it means that the company has already received something approaching $100 million, and that Microsoft has substantially larger sums, which it would by preference wish to transfer indirectly, available.
John Lettice, 04 Mar 2004
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Return of the Register polo shirt

Cash'n'Carrion We're delighted today to announce the relaunch of the black Register polo shirt, one of our original lines and still as chic now as it was when last seen at the Cash'n'Carrion warehouse.
Cash'n'Carrion, 04 Mar 2004
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Sun Java site running sluggish on decaf

Sun is beefing up the capacity of its main Java development site to resolve intermittent access problems that have irked users over recent days.
John Leyden, 04 Mar 2004
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Internet governance: who will take the helm?

The debate on Internet governance almost reduced the first World Summit on the Information Society last December to anarchy. But what exactly is Internet governance?
Monika Ermert, 04 Mar 2004
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High speed Internet helps drive NTL

New customers spending even more on TV, phone and Net services have helped NTL increase revenues, the cableco reported today.
Tim Richardson, 04 Mar 2004
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California offical in court over Oracle mega-deal

An aide to former California governor Gray Davis appeared in court yesterday on charges of falsifying evidence in the investigation into California's megabucks licensing deal with Oracle.
Lucy Sherriff, 04 Mar 2004

Cisco's SAN biz bores McData CEO

Despite its best efforts to crack the storage switch market, Cisco Systems' performance doesn't have one of its main rivals terribly concerned in the near term.
Ashlee Vance, 04 Mar 2004
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Confess about XP Reloaded quick, Gartner tells MS

Microsoft should level with us, soon, on whether or not it intends to ship an interim 'XP Reloaded' version of Windows, and if it is getting the green light, it should discuss the timeline and feature sets immediately, says Garter. The research outfit's recently-issued 'First Take' is actually directed at giving upgrade advice for customers still using Windows 2000, and confused by the Reloaded story, but it contains quite a few grisly reminders about the things Microsoft ought to do, but doesn't.
John Lettice, 04 Mar 2004
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Russian boffins in arctic base ordeal

Russia's revitalised polar research programme has come to a sudden halt following the disappearance of much of its floating base into the cruel Greenland sea.
Lester Haines, 04 Mar 2004
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Japanese deploy bi-lingual talking PDA

Visitor's to Tokyo's Narita airport can avail themselves of a bi-lingual PDA which translates between English and Japanese.
Lester Haines, 04 Mar 2004
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IT bosses baffled by new products

IT directors are either oblivious to, or sceptical about the benefits of new products - despite growing confidence in the economy and bigger budgets at their disposal. 3G services, tablet PCs and Blade servers are all apparently causing confusion.
Lucy Sherriff, 04 Mar 2004
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Michael Dell to relinquish CEO title, command of ‘brain’

Michael Dell plans to step down as Dell CEO in July and hand over the reins of the company he founded to current president Kevin Rollins.
Ashlee Vance, 04 Mar 2004