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Aussie firms fight to take biggest loss for music downloads

A price war between online Australian music sellers has pushed per track download costs to record lows.
Ashlee Vance, 05 Apr 2004

Sun's Java prince refuses Redmond relocation

ExclusiveThe first major fallout from Sun's capitulation to Microsoft has occurred with vice president and Java defender Rich Green quitting Sun in "disgust," The Register has confirmed.
Ashlee Vance, 05 Apr 2004

‘Segway of the sea’ starts shipping Down Under

Fans of the Segway scooter now have a way to look just as silly traveling underwater as they do on land thanks to the efforts of an inventive Australian company.
Ashlee Vance, 05 Apr 2004

Microsoft's Gates dethroned as world's richest person by cheap furniture magnate

All hail Ingvar Kamprad!
Ashlee Vance, 05 Apr 2004

Google and Yahoo! ban gambling ads

Internet giants Google and Yahoo! will stop carrying adverts for online casinos, blaming a "lack of clarity" in US regulations.
John Oates, 05 Apr 2004

Microsoft hopes Sun deal will dazzle EC

Microsoft is hoping its deal with Sun will lead to a wider outbreak of peace.
John Oates, 05 Apr 2004

Japan fires shot at Chinese chip tax

The Japanese government has added its voice to that of the European Union in damning China's chip sales tax rebates for local semiconductor makers.
Tony Smith, 05 Apr 2004

Welsh bang up 419er for 20 months

A 33-year-old Nigerian has the dubious honour of being the first advance fee fraudster to be jailed in north Wales for the offence of "going equipped to cheat".
Lester Haines, 05 Apr 2004

US bill would free VoIP from regulation

US Senator John Sununu (Rep. NH) is introducing legislation this week which would exempt VoIP from state laws and most regulation covering traditional voice calls.
John Oates, 05 Apr 2004

Intel asks China to drop local WLAN spec

Intel is still hoping to persuade China to block a move to mandate a local wireless LAN standard on 1 June and allow it to continue selling its Centrino platform there after that date.
Tony Smith, 05 Apr 2004

February chip sales edge up

Chip sales reached $15.58bn around the world in February, up 30.8 per cent on February 2002's total, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said late last week.
Tony Smith, 05 Apr 2004

Big Pharma puts squeeze on Canadian Net pharmacies

The Canadian International Pharmacy Association says Canadian Internet pharmacies are being driven to "the brink of collapse" by sales restrictions imposed by major US drug manufacturers.
Jan Libbenga, 05 Apr 2004

UK IT directors are unproductive workaholics

British IT directors are unproductive workaholics, according to research by IT outfit Mercury. It reckons IT directors are burning-out after succumbing to the UK's long-hours culture.
Tim Richardson, 05 Apr 2004

Intel to ship 1.8GHz Centrino as Pentium M 545

Intel hasn't been backward in coming forward about its upcoming 32-bit microprocessor naming scheme, but it's kept mum about the finer details. Yes, desktop Pentium 4s will ship as 500-series chips, but how will a specific chip - the 3.2GHz model, say - be labelled?
Tony Smith, 05 Apr 2004

Intel trims mobile, server chip prices

Intel tweaked a few mobile and server processor prices yesterday, cutting what it asks for certain CPUs by up to 27 per cent.
Tony Smith, 05 Apr 2004

Asia-Pacific govts sign Linux promo pact

The Japanese, Chinese and South Korean governments have agreed to co-develop a Linux-based alternative to Windows.
Tony Smith, 05 Apr 2004

Manchester given all-clear after BT fire

Homes and businesses in the North West have had their voice and data services restored a week after a catastrophic fire wiped out more than 130,000 phone lines.
Tim Richardson, 05 Apr 2004

Indian call centres ‘pose security risk’

Members of the European Parliament are calling for better protection for consumer data sent overseas as a result of offshoring agreements.
John Oates, 05 Apr 2004

Scambusters target 419 online ‘banks’

"Enjoy these ugly websites as long as they're online - they are as good as dead." So claims a new website - Artists against 419 - that has identified 53 fake banks and financial agencies, presumed to be Nigerian in origin.
Jan Libbenga, 05 Apr 2004

Sun job losses: Scotland spared

Sun Microsystems, which announced 3,300 job losses last week, is making fewer than 50 people redundant in Scotland.
John Oates, 05 Apr 2004

Internet rape fantasy ‘game’ goes horribly wrong

A man enacting a rape fantasy game with a "victim" he met in an Internet chatroom broke into the wrong apartment and assaulted an innocent woman, CNN reports.
Lester Haines, 05 Apr 2004

Telcos muscle in on IT

Having toyed with the idea of spinning out their IT and network services operations during the last three years, telecoms operators are starting to realize the potential of these businesses. Telcos now look like they could be in a good position to benefit from the development of next generation networks.
Datamonitor, 05 Apr 2004
Cat 5 cable

Thus wins £3m GWR IP network gig

Thus - the alternative telco best known for its Demon Internet brand - has won a £3m deal to supply UK radio outfit GWR with a new IP network.
Tim Richardson, 05 Apr 2004

Girl, 15, on child porn rap after posting sex pics online

A 15 year-old American girl has been charged with child pornography offences after posting pictures of herself online.
John Leyden, 05 Apr 2004

Blaster body count '8m or above' - MS

The infamous Blaster worm infected far more PCs than previously thought - at least eight million, according to Microsoft.
John Leyden, 05 Apr 2004

UK fields footballing RoboBeckhams

It will be a game of two five-minute halves and the lads will certainly give it 110 per cent when Plymouth travel to Warwick for the first match in a new UK robot football championship.
Lester Haines, 05 Apr 2004

IXEurope buys Swiss datacentre

IXEurope - the privately-owned UK-based datacentre outfit - has acquired the entire stock of Telehouse Suisse SA from Telehouse International Corporation of Europe Ltd, a subsidiary of KDDI Corporation of Japan.
Tim Richardson, 05 Apr 2004

A sunny future for European hotspots?

An optimistic research forecasts a bright outlook for European wireless hotspots. ON World, a small US-based wireless technology research firm, predicts that European hotspots will generate $1bn (€0.83bn) for operators by 2009. There will be 174,000 hotspots in the region by that time, generating $898m (€741.32m) in revenues, according to the report, "European Hotspots: A Rapidly Growing Ecosystem".
ElectricNews.net, 05 Apr 2004

ID cards: a guide for technically-challenged PMs

Special ReportThink about it - it wouldn't be compulsory if you had a choice, would it? David Blunkett's national ID card scheme has had more spikings than Dracula, yet each time has plucked the stake from its heart and continued its purposeful stride towards the statute book.
John Lettice, 05 Apr 2004

Biostar iDEQ 200N small form-factor PC case

ReviewThe problem with having an ordinary PC in the home is that it looks ugly and spoils whichever room you happen to put it in. Well, that has traditionally been the opinion of the PC as a consumer product, and it's something that Apple has capitalised on with its iMac. Apple's jibes at the PC being a boring beige box may have annoyed PC owners, but few of them could justifiably contest the remarks. But that image is changing now, writes Riyad Emeran.
Trusted Reviews, 05 Apr 2004

Caped crusading sysadmin rumbles 419er

We've just been forwarded a link to a posting on www.linux.ie telling the tremendous tale of a peripatetic Dublin sysadmin who was instrumental in trapping a Nigerian 419er in one of that fair city's Internet cafes.
Lester Haines, 05 Apr 2004

Extortionists take out UK gambling site

A UK-based online gambling exchange, Sporting Options, was hit by a denial of service attack at the weekend in the latest online extortionist assault against online bookies.
John Leyden, 05 Apr 2004

Sybase results disappoint

Sybase says its first quarter results will be worse than expected because several large deals with telecoms companies have failed to come through. It expects these deals to go through next quarter and so hasn't changed its guidance on full year turnover and profits.
John Oates, 05 Apr 2004

Ofcom urges gov to act on digital TV switchover

The Government must stop procrastinating over plans for the UK to be a nation of digital TV viewers and should set a date for ditching analogue transmission.
Tim Richardson, 05 Apr 2004

Banc of America lowers Intel earnings

Intel's gross margins over the next few years will suffer at the hands of notebook inventory issues, US investment house Banc of America said today, before knocking back its earnings forecast for the chip giant.
Tony Smith, 05 Apr 2004

Glastonbury blames BT for ticket sale fiasco

An apology from organisers for the woefully mishandled sale of tickets for the Glastonbury festival has failed to placate angry fans.
John Leyden, 05 Apr 2004

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Team Register, 05 Apr 2004
Broken CD with wrench

EMC taps FalconStor for tape emulation

EMC is the latest company to decide that disk-to-disk is the future for backup. The company has announced Clariion Disk Library which uses ATA hard disk with in-band data compression to emulate tape libraries from ADIC, Quantum and StorageTek.
Bryan Betts, 05 Apr 2004

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