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Happy Birthday, Orange

Nelson Mandela was on the verge of winning South Africa's first free election. Kylie was on the cover of Australian Vogue and Elle. The very first international conference on the World Wide Web was about to be held in CERN, Switzerland.
John Oates, 28 Apr 2004
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PalmOne updates consumer PDAs

PalmOne has updated its consumer-oriented Zire range of PDAs, bringing colour to the budget end of the line and beefing up the specifications of its top-end model.
Tony Smith, 28 Apr 2004
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Why shrink wrap software won't die

Remember how the 'weightless digital economy' was supposed to make shrink wrap retail software as extinct as the dodo? Only a bozo would want to pay a premium for manual and a box.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Apr 2004
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TSMC income booms on flat sales

TSMC, the world's largest chip foundry, saw its income rocket during its first quarter despite flat sequential sales.
Tony Smith, 28 Apr 2004
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Nvidia GeForce 6800 specs emerge

When Nvidia unveiled the mainstream-oriented GeForce 6800 and its more powerful sibling, the GeForce 6800 Ultra, earlier this month, it was keener to discuss the latter than the former.
Tony Smith, 28 Apr 2004
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Dixons shutters 106 stores

Dixons Stores Group (DSG) is closing more than 100 High Street stores after poor trading.
John Oates, 28 Apr 2004
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Norway: home of the SMS tax return

Europe in Brief More than 395,000 Norwegians have filed their tax return by SMS, phone or the Internet this year, according to Norwegian television. Of these, an estimated 36,000 used their mobile phones to do their fiscal duty.
Jan Libbenga, 28 Apr 2004
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PlusNet cuts price of entry-level DSL

Sheffield-based ISP PlusNet has reduced the price of some of its DSL products as competition in the entry-level market hots-up. The price of its 150k, 200k and 250k dslConnect products have all dropped by a £1 a month.
Tim Richardson, 28 Apr 2004
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New Yahoo! Messenger piles on the pounds

Review Yahoo! has revamped its popular instant-messaging software, calling it "The All New Yahoo! Messenger". The interface is definitely more refined, but the overall impression is one of feature-bloated software.
Jan Libbenga, 28 Apr 2004
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UMC sales soar on surging chip demand

Taiwanese chip foundry UMC bucked the traditional Q4-to-Q1 sales downturn with a sequential sales gain leading to booming income figures, the company reported today.
Tony Smith, 28 Apr 2004
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Hackers cost UK.biz billions

Infosecurity Europe 2004 A shortage of skills and a lack of investment in IT security is leaving British companies open to security breaches. But many UK businesses have a misplaced sense of confidence about their defences.
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2004
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AMD 'Emma' SoC revives Net Appliance concept

AMD is developing a system-on-a-chip product with the idea of pitching the part at Internet appliance developers within the next six months.
Tony Smith, 28 Apr 2004
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EC tells Europe and ICANN to make peace

The ever-present issue of who gets to run the Internet is coming to a head and the European Commission has made it clear it wants the arguments sorted out sooner rather than later.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Apr 2004
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PeopleSoft: the real ale analogy

Opinion Thirty years ago, Britain's pubs were dominated by a handful of major breweries. For some reason that escapes me, these companies seemed to believe that what British drinkers wanted to drink was bland beer that was fizzy and tasteless. From the brewer's perspective this had the distinct advantage that you could not tell one company's product from another's. This had the corollary that the biggest brewers would continue to dominate the market because there was, effectively, no choice.
Philip Howard, 28 Apr 2004
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Ofcom confirms BT break-up review

Ofcom is to dust off an "old chestnut" and investigate if BT should be broken up as part of its strategic review into the UK's telecoms sector.
Tim Richardson, 28 Apr 2004
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World PDA shipments plunge

PDA shipments may be rising in Europe, but around the world as a whole they continued to decline during the first three months of the year, market watcher IDC reports.
Tony Smith, 28 Apr 2004
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Russian 'legal' music site offers songs for 5¢

A Russian online service may well have figured out how to do digital music downloads right: make tracks cheap and available in any format customers care to select.
Tony Smith, 28 Apr 2004
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Marillion: appetite for resurrection

Venerable British rock outfit Marillion this week made it into the UK Top Ten for the first time in more than 17 years.
Jon Collins, 28 Apr 2004
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Visa trials RF credit cards

Consumers in Malaysia will soon be able to pay for their shopping with contactless, EMV standard smart cards, as Visa does away with the need for a signature with the launch of its new system, Visa Wave.
Lucy Sherriff, 28 Apr 2004
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MS rethinks security patch test scheme

Infosecurity Europe 2004 Microsoft is having second thoughts about the idea of testing security patches with select users prior to their release.
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2004
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Apple posts major iTunes upgrade

Apple has updated its iTunes jukebox software and the QuickTime media code that underpins it.
Tony Smith, 28 Apr 2004
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Apple misses iTunes sales target by 30%

Apple undershot its first-year iTunes Music Store download target by 30 million songs, the company said today, 12 months after the digital music business was launched.
Tony Smith, 28 Apr 2004
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Global Crossing to restate results

Just when it seemed that Global Crossing's darkest days were over, the company announced that its 2003 results might have been flawed. The global telecoms firm, one of the casualties of the telecoms meltdown, said on Tuesday that it was reviewing its 2003 and 2002 financial statements in search of accounting flaws. The company said its 2003 results are expected to be restated, and for now, the firm's 2002 and 2003 numbers, as well as its 2004 forecast, should be disregarded pending the outcome of the inquiry.
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Ofcom hints at LLU cost cuts

The UK may see greater competition in the telecoms sector after Ofcom hinted that the cost of Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) could fall in line with other European countries.
Tim Richardson, 28 Apr 2004
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Clueless user: ditch the victim mentality

Opinion Writing these columns gets tough sometimes. It can be quite a challenge to keep content current while trying to add value by driving home the basic concepts of security without sounding like a broken record.
Tim Mullen, 28 Apr 2004
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Beware the domain slammers - UK gov

The UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is warning small businesses to look out for dodgy domain name registration services, after receiving several complaints from companies.
Lucy Sherriff, 28 Apr 2004
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BT trims broadband costs

BT has slashed the wholesale migration costs of its DSL services following a complaint by rivals Thus and Tiscali.
Tim Richardson, 28 Apr 2004
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IT security to go offshore. Maybe

Infosecurity Europe 2004 IT security - once the most closely-guarded IT function - could become the next candidate for offshoring.
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2004
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Siemens SX1 smart phone

Reg review Siemens comes relatively late to the smart phone market. Its first handset of that type, the SX1, finally began shipping in the UK in March, despite being pitched by Siemens as the next big thing more than a year ago.
Tony Smith, 28 Apr 2004
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Surveys are tosh, and so's your reporting

Letters We like to open a letters page with a thought provoking communique, if possible. (And goodness knows it isn't always...) We thought you might like the following response to the article about the launch of VisaWave in the Asia Pacific region:
Lucy Sherriff, 28 Apr 2004
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Nortel re-restates results, fires CEO

Nortel Networks today sacked its CEO, CFO and controller and said it would restate financial results for the second time in five months. Earnings for 2003 will only be half of what was previously stated, said Nortel, which will delay future earnings results and keep plugging away with an internal investigation into accounting practices.
Ashlee Vance, 28 Apr 2004
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RIAA tax could add millions to education fees

The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) is once again using lawsuits to ramp up its plan to foist music subscription services on universities - a move that could cost colleges millions, leading to higher tuition fees.
Ashlee Vance, 28 Apr 2004
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Bush presses for electronic medical records

US President George W. Bush has been on a technology tour lately, promising wonderful things to potential voters and campaign contributors. In addition to his recent broadband promotion scheme, Junior is also promising to unleash the healing power of the database to improve the health of every lucky American who can afford medical care.
Thomas C Greene, 28 Apr 2004