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Veritas and BEA vow to love Java together

Veritas and BEA Systems have awakened to the reality around them and decided to tackle the likes of IBM, Oracle and Sun Microsystems as a united front.

Intel salutes Itanium with speed bump

Intel has done its part to take care of the "sweet spot" of the Itanium market by releasing two new processors for two-way servers.

Intel to merge Xeon, Itanium chipsets

Intel is to align its Xeon and Itanium chipsets to allow vendors to build servers and workstations that can take either processor family by 2007.
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Sega Dreamcast spawned Intel PDA graphics tech

Imagination Technologies has confirmed what Intel has - so far - not: that the 2700G mobile graphics accelerator chip the chip giant launched yesterday is based on its PowerVR MBX core.
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Vonage goes to Canada

VoIP upstart Vonage is opening shop in Canada - its first foray outside the US. Canadian customers will be billed in Canadian dollars and can choose local telephone numbers.
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Time Warner invests in ContentGuard

ContentGuard, the company that has almost single-handedly driven DRM interoperability work at ISO, MPEG and at the Content Reference Forum, has taken on board investment from Time Warner and more money from existing investor Microsoft.
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Hynix rejects bid for its non-memory biz

Hynix has rejected the latest offer US banking combine Citigroup has made for its non-memory business as "unacceptable", the South Korean manufacturer said today.
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Broadcom acquires Sand Video

The acquisition this week of Sand Video by Broadcom is just about as logical as you can get in the M&A business. Sand Video had a lead, albeit only a small one, in the silicon for the video encoding market, and Broadcom operates as market leader or close in every other broadband and communications chip market.
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MS and Micro Focus target mainframe movers

Micro Focus is working with Microsoft to migrate users and applications from legacy mainframe systems onto Windows-based servers.
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Nokia N-Gage 2 debuts on web

Nokia's N-Gage 2 has apparently surfaced on the Web, and the images clearly indicate how the mobile phone giant has solved the first version's notorious telephonic user-unfriendliness: it has made the device oval-shaped.
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Iomega ships 35GB 'son of Jaz'

Iomega has begun selling its 'son of Jaz' removable hard drive, Rev. Pitched as an alternative to tape back-up rigs, Rev provides 35GB of uncompressed storage capacity per 2.5in removable disk. The disk is mounted inside a 10 x 8 x 8cm cartridge, and yields a 25MBps transfer rate - eight times faster than DDS-4 tape, Iomega claims.
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IBM throws weight behind BPEL

IBM has joined Microsoft - which announced BizTalk 2004 last month - in implementing Business Process Execution Language for Web Services (BPEL4WS) for the first time, writes Bloor Research analyst Peter Abrahams. WebSphere products incorporating the technology will make its way into the public from the middle of this year.

Brocade and McDATA's Spring offensive

As technologies mature over time the leading suppliers often end entrenched in positions that have evolved over the course of their marketing battles, writes Bloor analyst Tony Lock. However, when it comes to the still comparatively youthful world of storage networking things have yet to reach a state of affairs where the major vendors of fabric switch technology are happy with their respective positions. The last few weeks have seen two of the major forces, Brocade Communications Systems and McDATA Corporation, launch new offerings for the next round of battle.

'Universal' hard drive system to ship this month

Japan's IO Data will this month ship the first removable hard drive based on the Information Versatile Disk for Removable (IVDR) specification.
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Virgin Mobile float is go

Virgin Mobile is lining up advisers to help it make an Initial Public Offering (IPO) later this summer.
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Browser-based attacks on the up

Browser-based attacks are becoming more of a threat to corporate IT security.
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French ISPs to carry the can for dodgy content

The French government is being urged to change legislation which would make ISPs legally responsible for any content they carry.
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SlimDevices Squeezebox

Reg Review I have a dream, ladies and gentlemen, of listening to music of my choosing that has been pumped through the ether as if from nowhere. There are no discs to change, no turntables, drives or tape mechanisms to disturb the concentration, just pure audio, accessible on whim and a player.
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Man pays $1.1m for mobe number

A Chinese man has paid the equivalent of $1.1m for a mobile phone number.
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Libya disappears from the Internet

Libya has disappeared from the Internet and no one seems to be able to explain why.
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Sun's Java chief finds greener pasture at Cassatt

Former Sun Microsystems' Java chief Rich Green has found a new home at stealth software start-up Cassatt.
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EU braces for software patent demo

Campaigners are mobilising tomorrow (14 April) in opposition to plans to establish US-style software patents in Europe.
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Irish gov to seize control of .ie

Control of Ireland's national Internet domain, .ie, looks set to be wrenched from the hands of the company set up to administer it. Minister for Communications Dermot Ahern, TD, said on Tuesday that officials within his department were drafting legislation that will see control of the .ie domain registry shifted to Ireland's communications regulator, ComReg. Currently the .ie Domain Registry (IEDR) Ltd, a non-profit company, runs the domain which claims some 40,000 Web sites.
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Asteroid apocalypse: the online guide

If the newspapers and grant-seeking boffins are to be believed, it's only a matter of time before an enormous lump of rock comes hurtling out of the heavens and puts a serious downer on everbody's day.
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NetScreen touts firewall brawn

Firewall vendor NetScreen yesterday announced a brawny security appliance that it hopes will eventually take the place of separate intrusion prevention and firewall devices in corporate and telecoms networks.
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American Airlines data used to test passenger snoop system

A third US airline, American, has admitted handing over passenger data to the Transport Security Administration, and this time it has emerged that the TSA promptly shared the information with four private contractors. American had previously denied passing records on, while the TSA had previously told Wired that it hadn't provided records to its contractors, nor had it used passenger records for testing CAPPS II.
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Stock spam scams ramping up

Spam messages promoting bogus financial tips are on the rise. Financial spam rose from 10.8 per cent to 26 cent last month, according to mail filtering outfit ClearSwift. The increase is due largely to bogus stock tips, it says.
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California Senator seeks Google Gmail ban

A California state senator is planning to introduce legislation to block Google's Gmail service. Liz Figueroa says that the 'free' email service, which users pay for by tolerating advertisements injected into their correspondence, violates the assumption that emails are private. Figueroa introduced Do Not Call legislation into the state Senate and said she was concerned by Google's data retention policies and has asked the company to "rethink the whole product".
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Google values its own privacy. How does it value yours?

Analysis It's absurd to suggest that Google doesn't appreciate the value of privacy. When it comes to its own privacy, the company takes it very seriously indeed.