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Freescale Q1 income soars

Freescale - the chip maker formerly known as Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector - saw operating income jump more than fourfold during the first three months of 2004 on the back of $1.4bn worth of sales.
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Intel touts 'MP3 for 3D' universal graphics format

Intel, Adobe, Microsoft and more than 30 other companies are to co-operate in conjuring up a standard for 3D graphics, called the Universal 3D (U3D) format
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IBM answers need for long distance speed

Building on its strength in disaster recovery technology, IBM has rolled out a new product for increasing long distance data replication speeds.
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Indonesian election website gets comedy makeover

The official election website for this month's Indonesian elections became the scene of a tropical farce this weekend when hackers changed official party names to comical variants.
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Motorola makes hay during Q1

Motorola earned almost $2bn more than it had expected to in the first three months of its current fiscal year, with mobile phones contributing to the growth. Although new CEO Ed Zander warned against reading too much into one quarter's results, a 67 per cent increase in handset sales will surely warm his toes [*].
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Oracle, HP, Intel and Sun start YAGCSB*

Griddle me this. Is there really a need for another grid computing-focused organisation?
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Q1 x86 shipments dipped below par

PC processor sales fell faster during the first quarter of 2004 than tradition would anticipate, the latest figures from market watcher Mercury Research shows.
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Sex.com epic battle finally ends

The epic battle for Sex.com, in which one man chased down one of the greatest living con-men and the world’s biggest Internet company, has finally come to a close with an undisclosed sum paid to the domain’s owner, businessman Gary Kremen.
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WLAN vendors gain back-door WAPI support

International wireless networking product vendors appear to have found a way around some of the rocks China has thrown in the road leading to the implementation of its WAPI (Wired Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure) standard.
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Morse buys niche consultancy biz

Morse, Europe's biggest Sun dealer, has bought a City management consultancy business called CSTIM. Terms are undisclosed.
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HP to upgrade AMD to business class

HP is to bring AMD processors to its European business desktop PC range.
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Egg punters up, losses down

Internet bank Egg narrowed its losses for the first three months of the year as it continues to keep a tight rein on expenditure at its loss-making French operation. News of the improvement comes as Prudential continues to seek a buyer for its 79 per cent holding in the company.
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Chocks away for NASA's Einstein test

NASA's Gravity Probe-B (GP-B) is being guided into a nearly perfect circular polar orbit 400 miles up, following its successful launch yesterday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
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Intel close to clearing Austin 'eyesore'

Intel has at last sold off what remains of its unfinished Austin, Texas chip design centre, three years after abandoning work on the project.
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Sony Ericsson pressures Nokia

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications shipped a record amount of mobile handsets and posted an excellent set of results for Q1 2004. It is continuing to gain market share from the likes of Nokia, which is will now be coming under increased scrutiny following its own disappointing performance over the quarter.
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Court slaps injunction on GPL infringer

A German court has granted an injunction for an infringement of general public licence (GPL) software.
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Serious TCP/IP vuln exposed

The UK's National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre yesterday reported a fundamental flaw with the core Internet protocol - TCP/IP - which creates a mechanism for hackers to crash vulnerable routers and severely disrupt Internet traffic. The problem stems from the fact that it's far easier to reset TCP/IP sessions using spoofed packets than previously thought.
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Siebel offers up to $150m for Eontec

Siebel Systems is to acquire Irish company Eontec, allowing the banking software firm's founders and managers to cash in. Under the terms of the deal, announced late on Tuesday evening, the California-based company will pay $70m in cash to Eontec shareholders. As much as $60m more could be paid out in 2005, although Siebel said that it expects this figure to be closer to $30m. This secondary payout is dependent on Eontec hitting certain business targets.
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MyZones founders jump overboard over board

Two founders of Wi-Fi hotspot company MyZones have now come forward to confirm that they were never directors of the bankrupt firm.
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Texaco pumps Wi-Fi into 100 garages

T-Mobile UK today announced that it has rigged 100 Texaco service stations with Wi-Fi hotspots.
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Creative laptop-in-the-bath ad banned

The UK's advertising watchdog has banned a Creative Labs ad over fears that it could encourage people to electrocute themselves.
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No need for anti-spyware laws - FTC

The US Federal Trade Commission is resisting calls from consumer lobbyists to pass anti-spyware legislation. Regulators have instead joined with the IT industry to call for improved self-regulation and user education.
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Billions wasted due to IT skills deficit

Lack of professionalism and the right skills among the UK's IT workers means that billions of pounds are wasted every year on new IT systems, according to a report by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the British Computer Society.
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Police probe 'joke' eBay daughter sale couple

Two Germans who offered to sell their daughter on eBay may face prosecution for attempted human trafficking, despite claiming that the auction they launched was merely a "joke".
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SCO case doesn't slow Linux take-up

The Big Linux Debate Threatened legal action from SCO has failed to slow the take-up of Linux, according to a panel of experts at the Linux Users and Developers Conference.
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PalmOne, HP slog it out over Euro sales

Who commands the European PDA market: HP or PalmOne? Market watcher Canalys yesterday released figures putting HP first, but today research data from IDC puts PalmOne ahead.
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MS to probe human-computer interface

Microsoft has set up a new research group in Cambridge to look into ways of improving human-computer interaction.
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Man overboard! CA chief Kumar walks plank...

Sanjay Kumar, Computer Associates' chief executive, has become the latest casualty of the marathon investigation into the software vendor's finances. After four years at the top, he has been forced to step down as chairman and chief exec, surrendering these roles to become CA's chief software architect, a new position. In addition, Kumar has resigned from CA's board.
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Microsoft sees Judge, looks busy

Microsoft has offered to extend the duration of its protocol licenses for an extra two years. The licensing program, MCPP, was set up two years ago as a requirement of the anti-trust settlement, and a license lasts for five years. Redmond lawyers made what is being described as a 'concession' at a remedy hearing in a DC court today. MCPP licenses expire in 2007, but the offer takes that through to November 2009, by which time some version of Longhorn may or may not have appeared.