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EDS to sue NHS over nixed email deal

Much-loved IT services behemoth EDS is to sue the NHS for cancelling an contract to manage email for 1m staff.
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FTC appeals against Rambus ruling

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is to consider reinstating anti-trust charges made against Rambus.
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Corpse pics earns cop the sack

A policeman has been sacked after taking photos of two corpses while visiting a hospital mortuary.
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ATI to boost chip supply by month's end

ATI has pledged to ease the tight supply of its graphics chips by the end of the month.
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Psion shareholders are revolting

Psion's sale of its stake in Symbian to Nokia could be stopped by angry shareholders who remain unconvinced that the sale is a good deal for the business.
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Russian arctic boffins safe and sound

The 12 Russian scientists stranded on an arctic ice floe have been rescued. Two helicopters made the 1600km round trip from Spitzbergen to collect the dozen boffins - plus two dogs - after most of their base sank into the Greenland Sea last Wednesday.
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Acer Aspire 1705SCi

Review It's hard to know exactly where to start when reviewing the Acer Aspire 1705SCi, since it's such a strange mix of positives and negatives. A laptop the size of a suitcase, boasting some truly exceptional specifications and yet some basic errors. In fact, is it even a laptop? asks Gordon Kelly.
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Inside the mind of the gay sheep

Absolute proof that scientific research budgets are not always squandered on sniffing around the Martian surface or making particles go really fast comes with the latest findings of a team from the Oregon Health & Science University School.
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Opportunity knocked by Martian rock

Mars rover Opportunity has ground to a halt on the Red Planet's surface after failing to drill into an interesting-looking rock. NASA scientists will run tests today to investigate the problem.
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Carphone Warehouse buys Spanish telco

The Carphone Warehouse is to bring its own brand of discount telephony services to consumers in Spain following the acquisition of alternative fixed-line telco Xtra Telecom.
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Virgin to open music download service

Virgin is to launch a music download service in August. Richard Branson will join Apple, Napster, MusicMatch, BuyMusic et al when he opens Virgin Digital (VD)- the front end for online distribution company MusicNet.
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March is crunch time for Mobile-Fi

This week's IEEE meeting will be critical for the future of the proposed 802.20 Mobile-Fi standard for IP-based mobility. The group will elect a new chair, and the choice is widely expected to determine the speed of progress of the specification and its potential to develop alongside the increasingly overlapping mobile WiMAX, 802.16e.
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Wireless industry intellectually challenged

Analysis The wireless industry has reached that stage where intellectual property issues threaten to overshadow real technology debates. Too many bright start-ups, many facing shake-out and failing to gain significant market presence through effective sales, are turning instead to their patent portfolios and the 'Qualcomm model' of deriving revenue from other companies' licensing fees.
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EC to fund Euro 45nm process with €24m grant

The European Commission (EC) is to grant €24m ($29.7m) to Europe's semiconductor makers to aid the development of CMOS process technologies at 45nm and beyond, it was announced today.
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Toxic PCs destroy life as we know it

A United Nations research group has called on member states to reduce the environmental damage caused by computer kit.
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EC rejects MS claim over OEM T&Cs

The European Commission has dismissed claims by Microsoft that it had approved a no-sue-on-patents clause in OEM Windows contracts with PC makers.
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Beware sober worm bearing gifts

Watch out for a virus which poses as a security fix for the infamous MyDoom worm.
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Kazaa fails to overturn music biz data seizure orders

An Australian court has rejected an application by Kazaa owner Sharman Networks to overturn information seizure orders granted to music industry anti-piracy investigators.
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No Xbox 2 revelations at GDC

Reports suggest that Xbox Next's hardware will not be unveiled at the forthcoming Game Developers' Conference.
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Teens get classes in Tolkien's Elvish

British parents today face a terrifying new obstacle to understanding their children: JRR Tolkien's Elvish.
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Victim's mother seeks ban on violent Net porn

The mother of murdered schoolteacher Jane Longhurst has today launched a national petition calling for tighter regulation of pornographic content on the Internet.
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UK drivers flout mobile ban

One in ten drivers still routinely use mobile phones while driving, despite being well aware of the ban introduced late last year.
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UK credit card fraud down 8%

UK credit card fraud has fallen for the first time in eight years, thanks mostly to a clampdown on European counterfeiters.
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McData and Brocade puff patent peace pipe

McData and Brocade have flipped an existing disagreement over switch technology on its head by agreeing to refrain from suing each other on patent matters for three years.
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Tesco offers online DVD rentals

Supermarket chain Tesco is to rent DVDs via a website. The business will run along similar lines to Netflix - the US company which has picked up over 2m customers. The Tesco project is in partnership with Video Island.

Blunkett appoints police IT supremo

Home secretary David Blunkett has appointed Chris Earnshaw chair of the Police Information Technology Organisation. Earnshaw will immediately succeed the outgoing chair, Sir Edmund Burton.
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S&P drops Sun to junk status

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services last week dealt Sun Microsystems a blow by cutting its corporate credit rating to junk status.
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Linux kernel vuln reloaded

Security researchers have discovered a potentially serious security vulnerability within a Linux kernel memory management module.

Dell deepens ties to VMware

Dell has expanded an agreement with VMware to ship more of its software with Dell servers and storage.

IBM – EDS: merger report dismissed

Reuters reported early on Friday, 5 March that Electronic Data Systems "was in talks to sell all or part of itself" to IBM. IBM and EDS spokespeople refused to comment on the report. EDS is most likely to dispose of its product lifecycle management software unit (PLM) and IBM is already a prominent player in this sector.
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EU funds to fuel Eastern Europe tech boom

the IT market in Eastern Europe will grow three times faster than in Western Europe until 2007, according to Gartner.