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Hardware will be (almost) free – Chairman Bill

Rather than software becoming commoditized, hardware will be almost free in ten years, says Microsoft chairman Bill Gates.
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Google developer doesn't fear pay-for APIs

Can small software developers who use Google's APIs avoid being crushed by the giant? It's become a familiar story elsewhere in the industry. If you create a popular utility for Windows, there's a strong likelihood that Microsoft will bundle a rival in with the operating system, removing your market. And Apple once told developers they should forget about making money, and that writing for the Mac was a higher calling.

Vonage sues AT&T

Vonage is suing the phone giant AT&T because it says its new VoIP service launched this week confuses customers. Long distance carriers such as AT&T have the most to lose from Internet telephony, which is why they're offering similar services. AT&T has said it wants to sign a million subscribers to its $39 a month a service by the end of next year.
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Virgin Mobile goes to Canada

Virgin is teaming up with Bell Mobility for a joint venture in Canada.
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Orange boss makes the long walk

The chief executive of Orange, Solomon Trujillo, is to leave the company after just one year. His replacement, Sanjiv Ahuja, joined Orange last April as COO.
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Microsoft UK confirms MD

Microsoft has a new UK managing director, as exclusively revealed last week in The Register.
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Spain to host Internet Traffic Observatory

Europe in Brief The Basque Country and Navarra in northern Spain are to host what is apparently the world's first Internet Traffic Observatory. It is a network made up of 50 nodes - or traffic-measurement computers - distributed throughout Europe. The PCs, fitted with traffic-generation cards and synchronised via satellite, send traffic between them with the aim of measuring features such as the time lag or the transfer speed of web pages.
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Sony ships second PSX update

Sony has updated the software on board its PSX PlayStation 2-based personal video recorder - the second network-borne upgrade the consumer electronics giant has released since the machine shipped last December.
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EMI to axe 1500 jobs, 300 artists

British 'top five' music company EMI will rid itself of 1500 employees and 20 per cent of its artist roster - some 300-odd acts - it admitted today.
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C&W chases five ex-staff for £25m fraud

Cable & Wireless is launching legal action to recover £25m allegedly syphoned from its insurance unit. Five ex-employees are named in the action.

Mandrakesoft exits bankruptcy protection

Increased Linux sales have enabled Mandrakesoft to emerge from bankruptcy protection.

BT fire: ‘situation improving’

The chaos caused by Monday's underground cable fire in Manchester appears to be easing, according to the latest update from BT.

SCO vs. IBM vs. SCO: Is the end in sight?

IBM has asked the US courts to absolve it of any claims of copyright infringement made by SCO, a year into the court battle over the ownership of sections of UNIX code.
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Zodiac Game Boy Advance emulator released

Firestorm, the Nintendo Game Boy emulator for Tapwave's Zodiac handheld games console, has gone on sale despite the threat of legal action from the Japanese video game company.
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PeopleSoft sued for $510m over ‘vapourware’

PeopleSoft is being sued for fraud and breach of contract over its agreement to provide software to Cleveland State University.
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SUSE reaffirms vows with HP and IBM

Last week the SUSE Penguin marched into Salt Lake City and announced significant extensions in its relationships with two of the organisations leading the promotion of Linux into the Enterprise - HP and IBM, writes Bloor Research analyst Tony Lock.

SAS 9 on intelligence-gathering mission

SAS Institute has set its sights on extending beyond its traditional marketplace with the release of SAS 9, writes Bloor Research analyst Philip Howard.
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Telstra backs down in BB pricing row

Telstra has buckled to industry and regulatory pressure and slashed the cost of its wholesale broadband service.
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MS preps new Shared Source challenge to OSS?

Microsoft seems to be planning an expanded, and perhaps more sophisticated, crack at open source models, following on from general and widescale disinterest in its Shared Source Initiative. According to a Computerwire report, Microsoft "is preparing to shift its stance by releasing code to the open source community".
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UK Xbox price cut? Wait and see

Although a price cut in Australia has followed yesterday's cuts in North America for the Xbox console, Microsoft UK has no imminent plans to change its pricing here - with the company adopting a "wait and see approach" on future cuts.
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Smartphones not up to scratch: official

Research among business Smartphone user focus groups has shown that many have concerns about quality, functionality and customer service.
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Security: educating the unwashed masses

If you ask the average Internet user about security for their computer, and they either look blankly at you, or mumble something about anti-virus and firewalls, most often without any real idea of what these things are or what they do.

Oracle counters EC competition claims

Oracle will defend itself against European Commission claims that its takeover of PeopleSoft would damage competition - by pointing to smaller competitors.
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Circuit City buys InterTAN for $284m

In brief Circuit City, the US electronics superstore chain, is buying Canadian retailer InterTAN's for $284m cash.
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Magnetic fields may cause childhood cancer

Despite some evidence that magnetic fields may be linked to certain cancers in humans, scientists say that no causal link has been established.
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Danish paedo dragnet snares 100+

More than 100 people were arrested yesterday in a massive crackdown on child porn in Denmark. Police seized 149 computers in 119 dawn raids across the country.
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ATI CEO anoints successor

ATI boss K Y Ho is to relinquish his role as company CEO on 1 June, making way for president and COO Dave Orton to assume the position.

Capacity ain't everything, says Hitachi

Hitachi is taking its foot off the capacity accelerator and instead coming up with hard drives that last longer and are cheaper to make.
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Look out spam, here comes spim

After nearly ruining the usefulness of email with billions of spams, unscrupulous marketers are now turning their attention to instant messaging (IM).
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Ofcom starts ‘urgent’ investigation into BT tariffs

BT is to face an "urgent" investigation into allegations that its new phone tariffs are anti-competitive.
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Harvard prof scams $600,000, then hands it to 419ers

A US scientist who collected $600,000 for SARS research in China from students, colleagues and friends, actually handed the money over to Nigerian 419ers, the Boston Herald reports.
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Intel channel summit

This year's European Intel Solutions Summit is taking place on 17-20 May in Madrid.
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German resellers are calm bunch

German resellers are the least worried in Europe that large retailers could do them out of business and sales.
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NSW bans workplace cyber-snooping

Unauthorised snooping on workers by their employers is to be banned in Australia's New South Wales.

Brocade ups the low-end switch ante

Brocade Communications Systems has officially unveiled its first new SAN hardware since October 2002, in the form of 8-port and 16-port Fibre Channel switches. Their key qualities are likely to be their low prices, which Brocade says will start at just $5,000, heating up the competition between Brocade and its rival McData.
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Freeserve airbrushed from history

Freeserve is to ditch its name and rebrand under the livery of its parent Wanadoo, The Register has learned.
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UK must invest in science and engineering

The UK must invest public money in exploiting science and engineering research if it is to remain competitive in a global economy, according to a study to be published this evening by the Engineering and Technology Board (ETB).
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File sharers not guilty of copyright infringement – Canadian judge

Sharing files is not an infringement of copyright under Canadian law, a judge has ruled.
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Warner Germany waves goodbye to half its staff

Warner Music Germany will slash a hundred jobs - almost half of its work force of 223 people, in response to volatile sales and illegal downloading. Warner Germany told FT Deutschland it will hire a outplacement agency to help the axed staff.
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Human error blamed for most security breaches

People making mistakes are the major source of security breaches.
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Stop using sub-domains, or cough up

The US patent office has awarded Ideaflood a patent for managing sub-domain names.
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Black helicopters hover over Manchester A-bomb bunker inferno

Letters This week, a BT exchange in Manchester caught fire, depriving millions (alright, hundreds of thousands) of our Friends in the North of modern telephonic communications, including access to the emergency services.

Brocade's cheaper entry level switches

Brocade has joined the rush to sell storage networking to small and medium-sized businesses, adding two lower-cost Fibre Channel switches. The eight-port SilkWorm 3250 and 16-port SilkWorm 3850 will also be sold by HP, IBM, StorageTek, and Sun.
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The rise of the white collar hacker

IT pros - not spotty teenagers - are now the most usual suspects in cybercrime investigations, a senior Metropolitan Police officer said today.