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Wal-Mart and Sun share Linux desktop lust

Wal-Mart has added to an already extensive lineup of Linux operating systems by signing on to sell Sun Microsystems' Java Desktop System.
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TSMC files ‘verification’ of SMIC spy claim

TSMC has beefed up its industrial espionage action against fellow chip foundry SMIC with what it claims are eyewitness accounts of its rival's alleged attempts to steal its trade secrets.
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PC-hungry girls love science – true

Europe in Brief A recent study from Norway among 600 tenth graders reveals an interesting gender split: among youngsters who use PCs intensively, girls see their study results steadily improve, while those of boys slip. Researchers believe that for boys the PC is more of an escape from reality.
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BT simplifies tariffs

BT is scrapping its standard rate tariff for nine million phone punters in a move to simplify call charges.
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DVD Forum denies ‘AAC for DVD Audio’ approval

The DVD Forum yesterday denied that its members had approved the use of the Apple iTunes Music Store-backed AAC audio format as a future DVD Audio technology.
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RIAA sues lots more students

The American music industry has fired off another fusillade of lawsuits against alleged music downloaders, this time snaring 532 people.
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Dutch Internet blackmailer gets 10 years

A 46-year-old Dutch chip programmer who tried to blackmail dairy giant Campina using the most up-to-date Internet technologies, has been jailed for 10 years by a Dutch court on blackmail charges and five counts of attempted murder.

IBM unleashes Jurassic predator on Japan

What's two metres tall, contains 16Gb of operating memory and shares its name with the Jurassic's top predator? Well, a quick tour of IBM's North Dublin manufacturing facility on Tuesday brought the press face to face with the beast known as the T-Rex z990 series server.
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IBM moots BPEL-Java fusion

BEA and IBM have just published a jointly-authored whitepaper on a suggested extension of Business Execution Language for Web Services (BPEL4WS or BPEL for short), writes Bloor Research analyst Peter Abrahams.
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Starbucks brings Wi-Fi to 154 UK stores

Over 150 Starbucks UK coffee shops now provide wireless Internet access, the company proudly announced yesterday.
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Who ate my text messages?

Most mobile phone users do not realise that they cannot send text messages to people in the US.
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AOL mulls major restructuring

There's yet more speculation about the future of AOL following a report which suggests that the giant Internet outfit is mulling plans for major restructuring.
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Fire-breathing buses threaten London

Updated We're beginning to suspect that London mayor "Red Ken" Livingstone may be nothing more than an agent for the killer cyberloos and murderous domestic appliances which threaten the very existence of humanity.
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MS gets EU fine, orders for server info and WMP-free Windows

As expected, Microsoft was today hit with a record-breaking fine by the European Commission. But although Microsoft is complaining mightily about it, the sum involved will make a negligible impact on Redmond's coffers. Nor, of itself, is the Commission's insistence that Microsoft must offer a version of Windows free of Windows Media Player to PC companies - the effectiveness of the Commission's remedies will lie in the success or otherwise of its requirements on interface disclosure, and of its strictures against "using any commercial, technological or contractual terms" to cripple the stripped-down version of Windows.
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Disgruntled ex-employee arrested for keystroke caper

A Californian insurance claims manager was yesterday charged with planting an electronic bug on a computer owned by his former employers.

Apple delays dualie Xserve G5 to April

Apple will now not ship dual-CPU Xserve G5 servers until April, two months later than the company originally promised, it admitted this week.

HP puts Linux on the desktop

HP is recruiting Novell to help it get Linux running on corporate desktop and laptop computers. HP will offer business customers support and testing.
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Red Hat revenues up

Things are looking rosy for Linux outfit Red Hat, which made a profit of $5m on turnover of $37m in the fourth quarter ended 29 February, 2004.
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Aussie boffins discover fifth form of carbon

Boffins at Australia’s National University in Canberra have made a new - and magnetic - form of carbon which they have dubbed nanofoam. Because of its unique magnetic properties, it could have important medical applications, the team says.

Sun welcomes EC Microsoft ruling

Sun Microsystems has applauded the decision by the European Commission to impose a record fine on Microsoft.

Windows ruling is biggest IP heist in EU history, claims MS

The European Commission's decision to force the removal of Media Player from Windows is against the interests of consumers, chills innovation and breaks applications and web sites, claimed Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith in a news conference today. But yes, he would say that (and much, much more), wouldn't he? Setting the bluster aside for the moment, it's what he had to say on how Microsoft proposes to fight the decision and its chances of success that are most important.
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Eutelsat denies rogue diallers accusation

Angry victims of rogue diallers which ring expensive satellite numbers are blaming the wrong company, Eutelsat says. The satellite telephone provider blames the confusion on billing software which mistakenly names it as the origin of the calls.
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MS bigs up Windows XP SP2

Microsoft released Windows XP SP2 as a public beta last week, paving the way for a summer debut of Redmond's most ambitious attempt yet to improve the basic security of Windows PCs.
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Ofcom to examine BT tariff change

Communications watchdog Ofcom is to launch an investigation into BT's decision today to axe is standard rate tariff, according to sources.
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Five University of Northern Colorado students caught in RIAA John Doe suits

Five students from the University of Northern Colorado have been caught up in the American music industry's sweep against music file swappers.
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Boffins grow breasts on mice

Researchers have managed to grow human breast tissue on mice as part of an investigation into how breast cancer develops in humans.
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60k AOL UK punters hit by billing cock-up

Some 60,000 AOL UK punters have been wrongly billed for their Internet service following a cock-up at the company.

Gnome emerges unscathed from hack attack

Developers of the Gnome open source desktop environment have downplayed the significance of an intrusion by hackers discovered yesterday.
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BT engineer denies deflowering lesbian

BT is investigating claims that one of its engineers had sex with a lesbian student who auctioned her virginity for £8,400.
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Have fun with Wi-Fi in a rucksack

Now here’s an idea. A wireless access point (802.11b) with its own power supply, a PowerBook G4, blogging software, Apache server, GPS and PDA - all built into a rucksack you can walk around with.
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Cretinous hacks in Cretaceous – Jurassic outrage

Letters Time is a funny thing. Arrive five minutes late for a meeting, and no one really minds. Skip 80 million years of evolution and its just moan, moan, moan, moan, moan.

Red Hat powers ahead of Novell?

Red Hat has got one over on Linux distribution rival Novell by inking a deal with IBM to market its Red Hat Enterprise Linux alongside IBM's 64-bit Power processor-based hardware. But Red Hat shouldn't go overboard with its celebrations - IBM has yet to announce the shipment specifics and Novell may soon have caught up.
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Opera browser to recognise speech

Opera Software is to include IBM's embedded speech recognition technology ViaVoice in the next version of its Web browser.
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CNET developer site offshores to India

In an ironic counterpart to the trend of offshoring programmer jobs to India, the business of writing about programming is also on the move.