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War on Culture's victims face Penitentiary Blues

Step by step, the United States is becoming institutionally engaged in another 'War' against another abstraction - a War it can't win and shouldn't even be fighting. Critics were grimly amused to watch the copyright holders engage the trappings of the state - such as when the RIAA employed goons in police garb to confiscate $10 worth of counterfeit CDs from a Los Angeles car park attendant who couldn't speak English. But now, thanks to the powerful lobby groups, the State itself is being drawn in.
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Gateway axes 2,500 jobs, closes US stores

Gateway is to close all 188 of its retail showcases in the United States - many stores within stores - with the loss of 2,500 jobs, or nearly 40 per cent of the work force.
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Classless Reg hack is void of humor

FoTW Your article reads exactly like a press release from Intel's marketing dept.
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Blair puts compulsory ID card on fast track for UK

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday made it clear that the government now feels it has sufficient public support to accelerate the introduction of compulsory ID cards. Speaking at his monthly press conference, he said that "we will need to readjust our terrorism laws still further. I have to say this to you, and I think that the whole issue of identity cards that a few years ago were not on anybody's agenda are very much on the political agenda here, probably more quickly even than we anticipated."
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AOL UK blows £20m on ad campaign

AOL UK is going on a £20m advertising spending spree to plug AOL 9.0 - the latest version of its Internet service.
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You get paid to write this garbage?

Letters Our piece yesterday on the inexorable rise of the machine provoked a certain amount of ire from Reg readers. Typical among these was Steve Reeves:
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BT fire: Everything should be sorted by Monday

Voice and data services hit by the devastating underground fire in Manchester earlier this week are expected to be up and running fully again by Monday.
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Nokia 6600 smart phone

Reg Review For a number of years now, I've carried my personal information - contact details, diary appointments and the like - around on a Palm. And for a similar period of time I've carried a sub-set of that information on my mobile phone. That's always struck me as daft. Surely I should to be able to carry one set of data, on a single device?
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Wippit offers pay-by-SMS digital music downloads

UK-based digital music company Wippit today launched its Apple iTunes Music Store-style song download service, introducing a mobile phone text message payment scheme in a bid to attract teenagers to the site.
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FreeMove mounts its challenge to Vodafone

Few things move as slowly as telcos or committees, so the anti-Vodafone alliance of T-Mobile, TIM, Orange and Telefónica was never expected to make an impact overnight. However, a year after its formation, the group has indulged in a noisy relaunch that is still short on substance - although, 12 months on, it does at least have a name, FreeMove.
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Nildram unveils broadband home move details

Buckinghamshire-based ISP, Nildram, is introducing a new service to help make it easier for people take their broadband with them when they move house.
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EC: implement e-privacy directive – or else

The European Commission (EC) is threatening eight member states with legal action for not adopting new privacy rules for digital networks and services.
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CDMA450 threatens universal GSM

The hegemony of GSM-based networks in Europe is under increasing threat as the established cellular operators struggle to roll out 3G and would-be competitors, including some wireline carriers, eye WiMAX as a route into the mobile data and VoIP sector.
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IBM lights Candle

IT giant IBM announced this year that it had reached agreement to acquire Candle Corporation, a widely-recognised supplier of solutions that help customers develop, deploy and manage enterprise IT infrastructures,writes Bloor Research analyst Tony Lock.
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Sharp ships Linux Wi-Fi PDA in US

Sharp has launched the latest member of its Linux-based PDA family in the US, but European users are still being left in the cold.
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Severed cable plunges NTL punters into digital darkness

Hundreds of NTL punters were without TV, phone and Internet services last night after cables were severed in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire.
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Sony sues Kodak in digicam patents clash

Sony has counter-sued Eastman Kodak, claiming that the photography pioneer has infringed ten of its digital camera patents.
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Porn and the handset

Porn and mobile chat rooms are forecast as big money spinners for mobile phone operators. Faster download speeds and colour handsets are driving the market forward.

Telecom World fair bids au revoir to pricey Geneva

The world's biggest telecom fair - Telecom World - is waving goodbye to Geneva. The next scheduled bash, in 2006, will take place in Hong Kong, The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) announced this week.
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England Rugby World Cup winning sod auctioned for charity

A piece of turf cut from the Telstra stadium in Sydney - where England won the Rugby World Cup last year - is being auction on eBay for charity.
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OD2 clocks up 1m downloads in Q1

UK-based digital music distributor OD2 sold one million downloads through its European retail partners during the first three months of 2004, the company claimed yesterday.
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Sun settles with MS for $2bn (ish)

Sun Microsystems and Microsoft are to stop sueing each other for ten years, in a settlement which will see Sun trouser almost $2bn.
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Sony talks up PS3

Sony is planning to diversify its PlayStation product family significantly in the coming years, with the company set to show a remodelled PS2 at E3 next month and multiple versions of the PS3 on the horizon.

PeopleSoft dumps poison pill rebate

PeopleSoft has allowed a pledge to refund its customers if it was acquired to expire.
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Virtual CEO launches Vodafone 3G

Vodafone's new CEO, Bill Morrow, picked a riverside venue in London to launch the company's 3G phone service - data only - at prices per bit which are around 10 per cent of the costs of GPRS.
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Oz music download sites declare price war

Australia's digital music market is getting aggressive. Distributor Destra today said it would cut the price of downloads to AUD0.89 ($0.65) per song during April.
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Pipex acquires Host Europe for £31m

Pipex is to acquire Host Europe for £31.2m after making a recommended cash offer for the Web business.

Sun waves goodbye to 3,300 staff

Sun Microsystems is firing 3,300 staff to bring costs into line with turnover. This will be a bitter pill to swallow for a much restructured workforce which today saw its employer trouser $2bn in a peace settlement with Microsoft.
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Pierre Bonelli RIP

Pierre Bonelli, chairman and chief exec of French IT services firm Bull, died yesterday after a long illness. He was 64.
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MSN UK shuts Member Directory over paedo fears

MSN UK has shut down its Members Directory over fears, presumably, that it could be used by paedophiles searching for young victims.
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Glastonbury online ticket sales fiasco

The annual stampede to buy tickets for the Glastonbury festival turned into a farce today as demand swamped the online sales site.

IBM's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

IBM yesterday held the Power Everywhere event in New York, which was a bit of a debutante ball for the upcoming Power5 chip and its Squadron line servers. What Big Blue really wanted to talk about, though, was opening up the Power architecture in such a way as to mimic the open source development methodology that is increasingly popular for standard software components...