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Kodak sues Sony over digital camera patents

Kodak is suing Sony for infringing patents related to its digital cameras. It claims that Sony breached 10 patents between 1987 and 2003. Kodak is seeking damages and an injunction to prevent further infringements.
John Oates, 10 Mar 2004
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MS March patch batch low on peril

Microsoft's monthly patch train rolled through today bearing a cargo of fixes uncharacteristically low on the peril scale. Today we have patches for two moderate and one important security vuln.
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2004
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Hutchison picks up 3 UK's tab

Hutchison Whampoa, the Hong Kong parent of mobile network 3 UK, is paying off more a billion pounds of debt for its spendthrift offspring.
John Oates, 10 Mar 2004
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Software download site pitches across Europe

Dutch company DISC EMD has launched the first pan-European electronic software distribution portal site ESDNOW.COM, through which vendors and resellers can securely distribute their downloadable software. The company will initially sell software to small businesses and end users in Benelux, but other countries will follow soon.
Jan Libbenga, 10 Mar 2004
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Eidos snaps up IO Interactive

Europe in Brief Entertainment software giant Eidos is to acquire IO Interactive. The Danish-based studio is responsible for the hugely successful Hitman game franchise.
Jan Libbenga, 10 Mar 2004
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PDA bargains at The Reg Mobile Store

Reader offer For people on the move, The Register's Mobile, Wireless and PDA Store is offering readers the chance to pick up a PDA, mobile comms or MP3 bargain. Among the featured kit is the capacious Apple iPod 40Gb MP3 Player at £329.45 inc VAT, and - should you need to know exactly where it is you're listening to your Carpenters greatest hits compilation - then you can have the Fortuna GPSmart with Bluetooth connectivity for just £131.95 inc VAT.
Team Register, 10 Mar 2004
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‘One in six’ Silicon Valley tech jobs ripe for offshoring

What do we do now? Cults such as the extropians see technology as the unstoppable escalator to future prosperity, but the rest of us are discovering that their utopian faith has caused graver problems than anyone expected.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Mar 2004
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The perils of Googling

Google is in many ways most dangerous website on the Internet for thousands of individuals and organisations, writes SecurityFocus columnist Scott Granneman. Most computers users still have no idea that they may be revealing far more to the world than they would want.
Scott Granneman, 10 Mar 2004
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No need to panic over IP rights directive

Letter: The IP Rights Enforcement Directive was passed yesterday by the European Parliament.
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Mar 2004
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T-Mobile calls the tune in Europe

It might not be music to everyone's ears, but ring tones have proved to be a massive market, writes Bloor Research analyst Rob Bamforth. From bedroom composers to big business mobile operators, demand has exceeded all expectations.
IT-Analysis, 10 Mar 2004
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David Bedford upstages 118 Runners relaunch

The launch of The Number's new advertising campaign was upstaged yesterday as former long distance runner, David Bedford, turned up in full running gear promoting a rival director enquiries (DQ) service.
Tim Richardson, 10 Mar 2004
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Computer voting snafus plague California

Bizarre election results in California have been traced to an electronic touch-screen ballot system. But no one is quite sure what went wrong, and because there is no paper trail, no one is ever likely to get to the bottom of it.
Thomas C Greene, 10 Mar 2004
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Ryanair Telecom delays mobile telco launch

Ryanair Telecom - the Irish-owned private company operating under licence from airline Ryanair PLC - has delayed the launch of a new mobile service because take-up of its new fixed-line service has been "fantastic".
Tim Richardson, 10 Mar 2004
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CeBIT to premiere USB Swiss Army Knife

It was bound to happen. Given that you can buy a Victorinox Swiss Army Knive with just about every gadget known to man, from horse-hoof awl to Hubble Space Telescope lens polisher, it's no real surprise that the company - in association with flash memory outfit Swissbit - is now offering cutting tools plus USB flash memory stick. The gadget will be unleashed on an incredulous world at CeBIT next week.
Jan Libbenga, 10 Mar 2004
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RealNetworks sues baseball broadcaster

RealNetworks is suing baseball broadcaster MLB.com.
John Oates, 10 Mar 2004
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Benefits of online tax returns ‘negligible’

A government incentive to get small businesses to file their tax returns online is not what it appears, with the financial benefits set to be "negligible", an accountancy firm has warned.
Startups.co.uk, 10 Mar 2004
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Union opposes BT – HP job swap plan

Some 400 BT workers who provide internal helpdesk support for the UK's dominant telco could be shunted across to HP. And a similar number of HP staff could be moving over to BT in a job-swap deal.
Tim Richardson, 10 Mar 2004
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Hubble nudges the dawn of universe

Yesterday, astronomers revealed the deepest-ever picture of the visible universe, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Mar 2004
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NetSky author signs off

The latest version of the NetSky worm is to be the last, according to a message buried in the worm's code. Anti-virus firms are taking the pledge with a pinch of salt.
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2004
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Our t-shirt went to America and all we got was this lousy email

The controversy surrounding the origins of the My job went to India and all I got was this lousy t-shirt has escalated somewhat since our indignant piece yesterday.
Lester Haines, 10 Mar 2004
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BT near to settling London allowance dispute

BT's long-running dispute with the Communications Workers Union (CWU) over increased allowances for staff who work in London could be settled soon.
Tim Richardson, 10 Mar 2004
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Airbag grasses up killer driver

An intelligent airbag looks likely to prove a key witness in the case of a 26-year-old Canadian driver who killed another driver while speeding along a Montreal street.
Lester Haines, 10 Mar 2004
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Industry unites for .mob?

Microsoft, Vodafone and Nokia have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a top level domain (TLD) name, like .com, for mobile devices.
John Oates, 10 Mar 2004
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Robot grunts tumble in race for $1m prize

Robot grunts have struggled through two days of test runs in Fontana, California, as they prepare for DARPA's $1m Grand Challenge event.
Ashlee Vance, 10 Mar 2004
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Claire Swire II faces worldwide humiliation

We received a forwarded email last week which, by our reckoning, has already been seen by four-fifths of the world's population.
Lester Haines, 10 Mar 2004
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Radio star gazing gets European boost

This week sees the launch of RadioNet - a three-pronged programme to boost European radio astronomy.
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Mar 2004

Liverpool is 30 minutes from IT wipeout

Just 30 minutes without power would reduce Liverpool council services' IT infrastructure to a state of meltdown. The council's mainframe currently has no back-up system, and if there's a blackout lasting longer than half-an-hour, every record would be irrevocably lost.
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Mar 2004

Hitachi ships 400GB whopper

The fight for the title of biggest hard drive hotted up today as Hitachi announced its 400GB contender. The Deskstar 7k400, a 7,200rpm, 3.5in drive, is aimed at the audio-visual market, where capacity and low cost per GB are the main reasons to buy.
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Mar 2004

Cisco beefs up IOS security

Cisco Systems has launched a range of products to ward off security threats.
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2004
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Big US ISPs set legal attack dogs on big, bad spammers

America's four leading ISPs today announced the filing of the first big lawsuits under the new federal anti-spam law, the CAN-SPAM Act.
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2004
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Tiscali UK unveils PAYG broadband

Tiscali UK is launching a pay-as-you-go broadband service later in the spring. The 512k services cost £19.99 a month (the same as BT's recently announced BT Broadband Basic) and give punters those choice of either 50 hours online a month or 1Gb monthly limit.
Tim Richardson, 10 Mar 2004
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IDC forecasts healthy PC sales

IDC is betting on double digit growth in the global PC market for next couple of years. This will be spurred by aggressive pricing, improving business spending, and consistent growth in demand for portables.
Lucy Sherriff, 10 Mar 2004

Fujitsu zooms with tubby Xeon blade

Fujitsu Computer Systems has rolled out a new rather bulky but powerful blade server in its Primergy product line.
Ashlee Vance, 10 Mar 2004
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Artists vow to sue Apple for dodging French music fees

The body representing French composers says it will sue Apple for evading its compensation obligations on sales of its iPod player. That's Apple, the computer company, not Apple Corp, The Beatles' publisher; the former is forbidden from selling music products as a result of a 1991 legal settlement with the latter, a dispute that's currently in court again.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Mar 2004
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Sun nails StarOffice win in India

Sun Microsystems has outmanoeuvred Microsoft with a StarOffice win in the Indian state of Haryana.
Ashlee Vance, 10 Mar 2004
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Intel won't play by China's Wi-Fi rules

Intel will stop selling its 802.11 WLAN products in the People's Republic of China because it refuses to comply with the country's home-grown proprietary encryption technology.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Mar 2004