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Savaged Nokia crops prices

Nokia has responded to a steep decline in market share for mobile phones this year by slashing prices. Nokia's share measured by Strategy Analytics has dipped five percentage points in the past quarter to below thirty per cent. Last year Nokia garnered 38 per cent of all phones sold, almost three times its nearest rival.
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Visto expands sync suit

Synchronization specialist Visto Corporation has expanded its lawsuit against rival, and Bay Area neighbor Seven Networks. Visto says that Seven Networks infringes on four of its patents, (USPTO Numbers 6,131,116, 5,961,590, 5,968,131 and 6,708,221) all relating to synchronization between a remote device and a central server or network. Visto was granted a ninth patent (USPTO No. 6,708,221) in this area twelve days ago.

IBM to assault users with virtualization technology

IBM this week created a product out of a marketing term, announcing plans to roll out a suite of goods to link servers and software from various vendors called the IBM Virtualization Engine.
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MS Office vastly overpriced, says UK consumer outfit

Microsoft software is seven times more expensive than alternatives, the latest issue of UK Consumers Association magazine Computing Which? claims today. But although the claim does have some justification, in going for the extreme the magazine misses the byzantine subtleties of Microsoft's pricing machine.

IBM and Cisco feel the networking love

IBM and Cisco are putting their collective weight behind data center hardware, announcing plans to create tighter links between their respective server and networking products.
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Central London Wi-Fi zone gets green light

London will become one of the world's leading wireless city, the Westminster Council said today as it cut the ribbon on a project to turn the West End into a Wi-Fi zone for its workers.
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Intel to commit to Soho WLAN upgrades

Intel and Cisco have been persuaded to ensure Soho's wireless network is continually updated with new Wi-Fi technology.
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New allegations in Iraq mobile network saga

Excitable American reports are suggesting that the attempts made last year by Congressman Darrel Issa to point "reconstruction" money in the direction of Qualcomm were not a silly season joke by one person, but an organised strategy, which may continue.
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Capgemini embraces new consulting paradigm

There is a growing realisation in the IT industry that the upheavals of the last couple of years have signalled a major shift in a way in which the consulting sector needs to operate. It looks as though some large consultancies have painted themselves into a corner. By concentrating on a larger mega-projects staffed by a cast of hundreds of consultants, they have become unwieldy dinosaurs that have to run ever faster to feed their needs. Nemesis will come as these large projects fall prey to the cheaper and maybe better value offerings of the offshore IT providers.
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Open Text aims for integrated Web publishing

You might imagine that Open Text had been suffering somewhat from indigestion after having recently acquired a range of content management and Web publishing companies that include Ixos and Gauss, not to mention Corechange and Obtree. Open Text says that the fit between Ixos and Open Text - its most significant acquisition - has been excellent with very few overlaps in capability.
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Cassini images delight star gazers

The Cassini-Huygens space craft beamed back yet another astonishing image of Saturn, released to the public yesterday. This will be the last full view of the planet because as the craft closes in on its target, the rings will be larger than its camera's field of view.
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Open source 'too costly' for Irish e-gov

E-government in Ireland will be built using open standards technology, which may not be open source software such as Linux, Ireland's e-minister Mary Hanafin has confirmed. Speaking at the Irish Software Association's 16th annual conference, sponsored by Microsoft, O'Donnell Sweeney and ACT Venture Capital, minister Hanafin gave a brief overview of the state of Ireland's e-government plans and said that an update to the government's ICT strategy document "New Connections" would be published before May.
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Bush and Kerry scrap over wireless broadband

As broadband access becomes an election issue in the US, president George W Bush has placed wireless at the centre of his policy. In a high profile speech this week, he claimed his Spectrum Policy Initiative would be a "keystone for future technological innovation" and called for tax-free broadband access.
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One.Tel in free calls offer

The price war in the UK's fixed line telco market has intensified after One.Tel announced free weekend voice calls for its Standard UKTalk punters.
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Wireline operators flock to WiMAX

The WiMAX Forum has made a major step towards its goal of winning over key carriers this year, signing up BT, France Telecom and Qwest as members. The three wireline giants - along with Reliance Telecom of India and XO Communications - join three months after AT&T blazed a trail by becoming a member of the body, which promotes the 802.16 standard and provides the interoperability testing program.
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Global IT security spend hits $42bn

Buoyed by a tidal wave of computer viruses, security breaches, legal liability and productivity concerns, worldwide IT security spending hit $42bn in 2003. The Western European information security software market accounted for almost $2.5bn of that.
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PlusNet offers 'full-fat' broadband

PlusNet has introduced a "full-fat" 512k broadband access service for just £14.99 month in a further sign that competition is revving up in the entry-level market.
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Swisscom sells debitel

Swisscom is selling its stake in network-independent mobile company debitel to UK private equity company Permira for €640m in equity value.
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White knight defends clueless users

Letters One of the more unusual letters we've had this week was sent in response to Tim Mullen's opinion piece about 'Clueless Users'. Users take heart! You have a new champion:
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BT mulls cutting LLU charges

BT could be ready to cut charges that give rival operators access to its local network.
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The illicit trade in compromised PCs

Information Security 2004 Investigators are piecing together the complex relationships between the virus writers, middlemen and criminal gangs held largely responsible for the growth of spam in recent months.
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UK, US and Canada crack down on Net scams

The UK, US and Canada are to work even closer together in a bid to tackle international scams - many of which are peddled via the Net.
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Ireland to scrap e-voting plan

The Irish government is likely to call a stop to plans to introduce electronic voting because they can't prove the system is reliable.
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The fastest nanotube in the west

Stateside boffins have managed to make a high-speed, carbon nanotube transistor. This is the latest in a string of devices that can be made with nanotubes, and according to the researchers, is the next step towards replacing silicon in a variety of electronic applications.
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MPs urged to reform cybercrime laws

UK computer crime law needs a root and branch reform to bring it into the Internet age.
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Dell donates 100 clunkers to Operation Homelink

Dell today made an unprecedented move to keep US soldiers deployed abroad in touch with their stateside families by donating 100 used laptops for use at Fort Hood.
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Tennessee rejects Napster/RIAA tax

More than 180,000 students will be free of a Napster/RIAA music tax thanks to the Tennessee Board of Regents.
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Sun's Opteron box defies European power supply standards

Sun Microsystems has admitted to a problem with one model of its Opteron-based V20z server that, according to a source, is causing shipment delays.