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HP takes Opteron to the next level

HP has delivered on its promise to roll out a four processor Opteron server - and then delivered a little more by making its existing two processor Opteron box an option for pre-built cluster packages.
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Former Symbian, Psion boss answers all your questions

Exclusive Colly Myers, the former managing director of Psion and founding CEO of Symbian, is taking the wraps off his start-up today. It's a fascinating challenge to the web's free search engines. For the price of a pound, Issuebits' AQA service will answer any question you want to pose it by text message, and Myers says users will get an answer within six minutes - also by text message, naturally.

EC threatens court action over Intel-only contracts

The European Commission (EC) has slammed member states for breaking the law by offering IT hardware contracts that explicitly demanded the use of Intel-made chips.

IT voices drowned in corporate governance rush

Companies are ignoring IT personnel in project planning, despite the swathe of corporate governance regulations driving a huge investment in IT.
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China agrees to drop WAPI wireless sec spec

The Chinese government has given way under pressure from US companies and agreed to postpone indefinitely the imposition of its WAPI wireless security standard.
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Infineon shortlists two CEO candidates

Infineon has narrowed its CEO shortlist to just two names, the memory maker's interim chief revealed after announcing the company's Q2 results.
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Hitachi preps Pentium M desktop PC

Can't wait for 'Conroe', Intel's attempt to create a desktop CPU based on Pentium M technology? Then look to Japan's Hitachi, which said this week it will offer desktop PCs based on the mobile processor.
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Creative bath ad shocker

Letters Creative Labs got in a bit of hot water recently over an advert showing a woman using a laptop, while immersed in, um, a bit of hot water.
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Wayport wins McDonald's hotspot gig

McDonald's has finally selected its partner for the nationwide roll-out of hotspots in the USA, picking on Wayport. The choice is logical since, of the three contenders involved in trials, it is the most experienced and well established, but it has sparked off a major realignment among the major players in the US public WLAN market, with one of the failed contenders, Toshiba, exiting the business and transferring its hotspots to the other disappointed party, Cometa.
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Intel pours VC cash into Digital Home

Intel's venture investment arm, Intel Capital, has made four investments in companies developing technologies for the digital home, including two firms involved with ultra-wide band (UWB). Terms were undisclosed
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Union moots strike over Swansea e-gov plan

IT staff and officials at Swansea Council could be heading for a showdown over plans to bring in a private company to help run the city's new e-government project.
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Danes love Internet - true

Europe in Brief It's official: the Danes love the Internet. Nearly 80 per cent of the population has Internet access, according to a new survey by the Danish Ministry of Science and Technology. Most of the users are young, but the eldery are joining now too, daily newspaper Berlingske Tidende reports. In fact, half of Danes over 60 now have access to the Net.
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Java to dominate consumer electronics?

Java and Linux could dominate consumer electronics, but to do so, Java needs to be less fragmented and highly resource efficient, making it suitable at last for the mass market.
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Online ads draw record complaints

The number of complaints concerning online advertisements has rocketed over the last 12 months as more and more companies use the Net, email and SMS to flog their products and services.
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Killer cyberloo kidnaps kiddie

Agent of the lizard people and manufacturer by appointment to the robotic uprising JC DeCaux says it has no idea why one of its public "superloos" decided to kidnap a ten-year-old boy in Plymouth's Central Park on Saturday.

Boffins make data go zoom

A team of boffins from CERN and Caltech has set a Internet2 Land Speed Record by transferring data across 11,000km at an average rate of 6.25Gbps. Puny broadband, by comparison, manages only around 1Mbps - or 2Mbps if you are very lucky - making it approximately 10,000 times slower.
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Digital certificate regime wins UK gov plaudits

An industry-led scheme to certify best practices for digital certificate services in the UK won the stamp of approval from E-minister Stephen Timms yesterday.
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Tower Records settles charges over hack attacks

Music retailer Tower Records on Wednesday settled charges with federal investigators arising from a security gaffe on the company's ecommerce site, which for a time made the buying habits of online customers accessible to outsiders.
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Evesham integrated GPS PocketPC

Reg Review Mitac launched the first PocketPC with an integrated GPS receiver - the Mio 168 - in Taiwan last November. At the time, the company had no plans to offer the device outside the island and mainlaind China. An odd decision, that, given the growing popularity of cheap GPS systems in Europe. Germany's Medion has come from nowhere to become Europe's third biggest PDA seller during Q4 2003 - all on the back of its PocketPC GPS bundle. That puts it ahead of heavyweights Sony and Dell.

Blue Shield teams up with RelayHealth

The Blue Shield of California pilot program with RelayHealth is on track to sign up more than 1,000 California physicians in 2004 for reimbursed online communication with patients. As the number of medical groups involved in such services expands, the market for reimbursed online patient-physician communication will similarly grow.
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Mobile giants deny cartel slur

Six of the world's largest mobile operators have denied speculation that they are in the process of forming a cartel to put pressure on handset and software vendors to meet their requirements. But such a body would clearly have an immense impact on the future direction of the industry.
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Sun's Java Desktop gets tooled up

Sun Microsystems is to bundle application development tools with its Java Desktop System (JDS), to encourage the construction of Java software for desktops. It is also looking to capitalise on Wal-Mart's online business customer base to sell PCs pre-loaded with JDS, although other retailers might offer a better match.
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EU ministers in broadband powwow

European ministers are meeting in Ireland today to discuss how much progress has been made in stimulating demand for broadband.
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eBay profits soar

eBay's Q1 revenues leapt 60 per cent year-on-year to $756m (Q1, 2003: $476m) on the back of acquisitions and strong organic growth. And profits are doing very nicely too, almost doubling to $200m, or $0.30 a share (Q1, '03: $104m, or $0.17 a share).
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Anti-spam tsunami hits SMEs

World + dog is trying to carve extra revenues from the crowded anti-spam marketplace by targeting small business.
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UK public wants ID cards, and thinks we'll screw up the IT

The great British public is overwhelmingly in favour of the introduction of ID cards, cares not a whit for civil liberties arguments, and is even more gung ho than David Blunkett about biometrics and having to carry ID with you all the time, according to a Mori survey carried out on behalf of IT consultancy Detica. But they don't want to pay for them, they're heavily sceptical about the government's ability to implement IT projects successfully, and only 10 per cent of them are very confident about the government's ability to hold personal information securely.

Boffins discover upper limit of HD write speed

Boffins at Stanford had interesting news for storage companies this week, as they announced the discovery of the upper speed limit at which data can be written to a hard drive.
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The smart road that spies on you - but it doesn't really...

If it had been possible at the time, Pavlov could surely have achieved excellent results using British journalists and the words "speed camera," instead of dogs. The moment they hear them, off they go and any transport-related story you might have been intending to sell instead stands in some peril of perversion into a Big Brother nightmare.
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Supercomputer accelerates car design at GM

General Motors (GM) is upgrading the supercomputer brains at the heart of its product development process. The car giant has signed a deal with IBM for a system powered by 145 p655 servers and capable of nine teraflops (or trillions of calculations per second).
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Morrissey detained in LAX terror swoop

Leading miserabilist and former Smiths front-man Morrissey has fallen foul of the Homeland Security dragnet, according to BBC radio reports. It is not yet clear whether or the US officials involved had listened to Meat is Murder, or whether they thought they had a match on notorious Manchester terror mastermind Anwar al-Morrissey.

Veritas posts solid Q1 results

Veritas shrugged off recent accounting problems to post solid first quarter results, profiting from an upswing in storage spending.
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Witchfinder General targets NSA in Warez sweep?

Taking a break from clearing the US airwaves of profanity, the DoJ's Witchfinder General John Ashcroft today boasted of a piracy sweep that has netted 200 computers in ten countries worldwide in the past twenty four hours.
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Lindows preps $57m IPO

Linux distributor Lindows has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to raise $57.5m from an initial public offering, despite being in existence for less than three years. Its short lifespan makes it harder for investors to judge its position, but some hurdles to future growth are already apparent.
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'New' Internet vuln long ignored

Opinion A researcher named Paul Watson recently revealed that sessions between devices on the Internet can be reset with relative ease. The potential impact would be a distributed denial of service attack causing routers to reset repeatedly, thereby slowing the Net slightly overall and causing periodic local service outages here and there. The flaw itself belongs to TCP, though it affects quite a few devices, most notably routers running BGP (Border Gateway Protocol).
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Opera syncs its releases with 7.50 beta for Mac, Linux, Windows, etc

Opera today gets all its desktop browser versions in sync, with the release of beta 1 of version 7.50 for Windows, Mac, Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris. The software is available for download as an option to the version for the particular platform currently deemed stable, but as it's available to all, Opera must be pretty confident in the beta's stability.
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Three Brits arrested in global warez raids

Three people were arrested in the UK yesterday as part of an international crackdown on software piracy.
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Search drives US online ad sales

Sponsored-keyword search revenues in the US increased to 35 per cent of overall online advertising revenues in 2003, up from 15 per cent in 2002, according to a report sponsored by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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State senator drafts Google opt-out Bill

Privacy crusader Liz Figueroa, a California State Senator, has introduced legislation to protect users from snooping email providers. It doesn't mention Google by name, but was clearly prompted by the advertising broker's new email service, Gmail.
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AMD looks to India for new chip skills

Like most major IT players, AMD has decided to step up its presence in India, today announcing a new processor design center to be built in Bangalore.
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Bigmouth McBride turned us off SCO, says investor

The CEO of Marin County investment firm BayStar Capital has given the first public reasons for wanting to withdraw his investment from The SCO Group.