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HP nips and tucks low-end servers

HP has pepped up the low-end of its server line with a new blade system and a new box aimed at small businesses.
Ashlee Vance, 09 Mar 2004
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AT&T Wireless users balk at ‘compulsory downgrade’

AT&T Wireless has drawn the ire of some smart phone customers who have been offered an inferior replacements as the network upgrades.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Mar 2004
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Martha Lane Fox sells £4.6m in shares

Martha Lane Fox, co-founder of online travel agent lastminute.com, has sold some of her stake in the company for £4.6m.
John Oates, 09 Mar 2004
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PayPal forced to apologise for dodgy small print

Payment provider PayPal has had its wrists slapped for misleading customers with dodgy small print.
John Oates, 09 Mar 2004
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Yorkshire Forward accused of BT favouritism

Plans to hand out grants to help communities in Yorkshire and Humber campaign for broadband services have come under fire from community campaigners. They say the terms are skewed in favour of dominant telco BT and ADSL, effectively shutting out other technologies, such as wireless.
Tim Richardson, 09 Mar 2004
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I'd recognise that ear, anywhere

Never mind retinal scans, finger printing or facial recognition: we'll have our ears on a national database, soon.
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Mar 2004
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C2000 gears up for Microsoft sales binge

Channel round-up Computer 2000, Tech Data's UK subsidiary, is gearing up for a flurry of activity around renewing Microsoft Software Assurance contracts. These were introduced two years ago and many come up for renewal between now and July.
John Oates, 09 Mar 2004
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BT climbs down in Tiscali ad spat

BT has agreed to change "factually inaccurate" ads that took a pop at rival ISP Tiscali.
Tim Richardson, 09 Mar 2004
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Reseller are chipper about future

Europe's computer dealers are more confident about business prospects than they were at the beginning of the year, According to the latest Context Europe survey.
John Oates, 09 Mar 2004
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DVD Forum provokes HDD spec punch-up

The infamous DVD Forum has almost certainly provoked all-out warfare within the consumer electronic community with its latest decision - to include Microsoft Windows Media 9 codec in its new high density disk standard.
Faultline, 09 Mar 2004
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Court backs telcos in US network wars

A full-scale war for cheap communications interconnection has broken out in the US. The FCC demands it and has issued as set of regulations on the matter.
Faultline, 09 Mar 2004
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SAP and MS line up for and against Oracle

Oracle has won the unexpected support of SAP in its fight to oppose a Department of Justice (DoJ) ruling blocking its $9.4bn bid for PeopleSoft.
John Leyden, 09 Mar 2004
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No US patent for the patently obvious

Americans will have to try harder if they want to patent business method software, following the refusal of the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to grant a patent for a method of plotting a point on the graph.
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Mar 2004

300GB drive: now it's Fujitsu's turn

Fujitsu is refreshing its enterprise hard drives with two new 3.5in lines to replace the MAP and MAS series.
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Mar 2004
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NY Times in ‘My job went to India’ shirt outrage

We at Vulture Central were shocked this morning to read that our magnificent My job went to India and all I got was this lousy t-shirt had not in fact been designed here in Blighty and lovingly hand painted in Indonesia by eight-year-old children working 27-hour days for a mere $10 per week.
Lester Haines, 09 Mar 2004
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BOFH: Protecting bodily waste in the public domain

Episode 8 Episode 8 BOFH 2004: Episode 8 "You’re looking pretty cheerful," the PFY observes, as the Boss rolls into mission control. “Mmmf!” he responds, between mouthfuls of a large apple. “Mmm?” “It’s this fruit, it’s delicious!” he burbles. “What, the cafeteria’s run out of fried lavatory paper?” I ask. “Someone’s going to have …
Simon Travaglia, 09 Mar 2004
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Dealers win High Court VAT action against Customs

The FTI (Federation of Technological Industries) has won the right to take its legal battle with Customs and Excise to the European Court. The trade body was set up in response to the Finance Act which made brokers responsible for VAT payments through the entire supply chain.
John Oates, 09 Mar 2004
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Sony Ericsson – credible camera maker?

Would you list Sony in your top five names of camera makers? Sony Ericsson just launched a bunch of camera phones which depend (they say) on the consumer's recognition of this as a genuine camera brand. The new phones, which will roll out over the next nine months, almost all have "dual fronted" design. One side is a phone; but turn it over, and it's a camera.
Guy Kewney, 09 Mar 2004
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Cognos buys Softa

Canadian business intelligence company Cognos has bought Softa, a British 'corporate performance management' provider.
John Oates, 09 Mar 2004
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France Telecom cleared to buy back Wanadoo

France Telecom's (FT) plan to acquire the outstanding shares in its ISP division, Wanadoo, was given the thumbs-up by the regulator of the French Stock Exchange yesterday. This paves the way for FT to move ahead in its plan to acquire the minority interests in Wanadoo (29.4 per cent).
Tim Richardson, 09 Mar 2004
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We're just innocent techies, say accused spammers

Lawyers for a Florida firm accused of inundating AOL users with spam have hit back with a motion seeking to dismiss the lawsuit.
John Leyden, 09 Mar 2004
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Experts give developers a Kick Start

Site Offer The Register bookstore is pleased to offer readers 18 Kick Start titles all with 30 per cent off. Kick Start books offer a casual, task-oriented approach for programmers, web developers and administrators. These books are written by experts who teach you the fundamentals as quickly and as painlessly as possible.
Team Register, 09 Mar 2004
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MS listens to PC OEMs – two years later

Microsoft has described its removal of the 'you can't sue us' clause from its licensing deals just as the Japanese Fair Trade Commission took an interest in it as "pure coincidence" - but if so it's a very strange coincidence indeed. The clause in question is the 'non assert' clause in the company's arrangements with PC companies, and it means that these companies have to agree not to enforce hardware patents that relate to Windows software - i.e., if they add innovation to their PCs, they're effectively handing the rights over to the general Windows cause, and if they don't sign, they don't get the Windows licence.
John Lettice, 09 Mar 2004
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UK unions calls time on offshoring

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is calling on the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to carry out a proper investigation into the impact of offshoring on British jobs.
John Oates, 09 Mar 2004
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Fujitsu shifts helpdesk jobs to South Africa

Fujitsu Services is to transfer its internal helpdesk operation in the UK to South Africa in a bid to free-up workers to serve the company's own customers instead.
Tim Richardson, 09 Mar 2004
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Microsoft's high-risk security strategy

Fighting to protect its operating system monopoly by making Windows more secure, Microsoft this year finds itself sitting between the rock of inevitable antitrust oversight, and the hard place of its reputation regarding security.
Datamonitor, 09 Mar 2004
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Microsoft v. Minnesota

Microsoft is back in court, this time in Minnesota accused of overcharging on its Windows operating system.
John Oates, 09 Mar 2004
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MEPs wave through IP rights enforcement

The European Parliament has passed the IP Rights Enforcement Directive, unchanged from its mid February draft.
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Mar 2004

Cisco tops 2003 VPN sales league

Cisco Systems overtook Check Point Software as market leader in the burgeoning VPN sector in 2003, with both companies ahead of third place Netscreen.
John Leyden, 09 Mar 2004
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MS, Linux, board battles – Psion boss lists the threats to Symbian

Psion's tussle with shareholders irate over its proposed sale of its Symbian stake to Nokia is throwing up some interesting background to the deal. In a meeting with shareholders Psion chairman David Potter suggested that some of the shareholders in Symbian were effectively blocking an IPO, that it was therefore "very unlikely to occur", and that there were "very material" risks of Psion's shareholder value being locked into Symbian, and diminishing if commoditisation of the handset business sucked value out of the company's offerings.
John Lettice, 09 Mar 2004

Fiorina touts HP advances

Hewlett Packard's CEO Carly Fiorina has been spinning like a top to impress us with market share gains. But it's hard to see that the blessed good news is a result of anything other than cost cuts.
Ashlee Vance, 09 Mar 2004
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Telefonica buys Bell South's Latin American mobile ops

The consolidation that began in the North American market with Cingular's acquisition of AT&T Wireless has moved south. It emerged at the weekend that Telefonica's protracted deal to purchase BellSouth's Latin American wireless assets is set to go ahead, making Telefonica the leading mobile operator in the region.
Datamonitor, 09 Mar 2004
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Sony Ericsson unveils megapixel flagship, EDGE kit

Sony Ericsson has unveiled the high-end handset it hopes can steal some limelight and market share from Nokia's Series 60 platform, and other feature-packed rivals.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Mar 2004

Intel's Xeon Extender promises to enlarge your memory size

Intel has tossed its hat into our Xeon (now enhanced) naming contest, asking the world at large to refer to the chip as Intel® Extended Memory 64 Technology (Intel® EM64T).
Ashlee Vance, 09 Mar 2004