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IBM puts new DB2 up for inspection

The next version of DB2 has inched closer to public consumption with IBM today releasing an open beta of the database that shows off a host of new features designed to save administrators time and keep the software up and running.
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IBM's Power5 pops up first in new iSeries

IBM's much-anticipated Power5 processor made its first appearance this week in a new line of iSeries servers.
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Lastminute founder injured in Morocco

Martha Lane Fox, co-founder of lastminute.com, has been seriously injured in a car crash in Morocco.
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AMD swaps Sanders for Ruiz

AMD has promoted its president and CEO, Hector Ruiz, to the position of chairman of the board, formalising a plan that's been in place for some time but was officially announced last February.
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Sasser worm creates havoc

European sysadmins returning to work after a long Bank Holiday weekend are in for a nasty surprise with the appearance of a fast-spreading Blaster-like Internet worm.
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Have sex, save the planet

The days of raising funds for charitable causes by running the London Marathon dressed as a chicken may be over. Hot on the heels of Mathieu Guitard's recent request that concerned citizens subscribe to porn websites and thereby fight the terrible scourge of psoriasis, we have the quite remarkable www.f**kforforest.com (warning: explicit content), which bills itself as "environmental porn".
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Vodafone brings 3G to Europe

Vodafone has gone live with 3G services in Germany and Portugal. Handsets go on sale at Vodafone stores today.
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Mobile graphics drives chip market growth

Mobile graphics chip shipments outperformed the sector average during Q1, showing year-on-year growth almost three times that experienced by the desktop graphics chip market, figures from market watcher Jon Peddie Research show.
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Trade body talks up global chip sales

The world chip market will grow by more than 20 per cent this year on the back of "a broad-based recovery", the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said yesterday, effectively raising its global growth forecast from its previous prediction of 19.4 per cent.
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Tom Siebel steps down as CEO

Tom Siebel is stepping down as CEO of Siebel System, but he is holding tight the chairmanship of the company he founded.
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Shell signs 'Mother of all outsourcing deals'

In what the Indian press is calling "the Mother of all outsourcing deals", Shell has signed up IBM and Wipro to offshore parts of its IT department. Indian papers claim the deal is worth more than $1bn, which would make it India's biggest ever single contract win.
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Gates pays $800k for stock violations

Witness box watchers know that Bill Gates is no stranger to unawareness when it comes to culpability, so will be unsurprised to learn that he was personally unaware of two stock transaction violations perpetrated by Cascade Investments, his investment company, on his behalf. Nor is it unusual for money to be paid on his behalf in order to resolve issues for which he has neither responsibility nor guilt, so the $800,000 tab to the Federal Trade Commission is no shock either.
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Hynix leads Q1 DRAM sales charge

DRAM makers Hynix and Infineon made big gains in the memory market during Q1, beating an industry average sequential growth rate of 6.6 per cent while the other key players lagged behind it.
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BT faces £15bn network bid - report

BT faces a £15bn bid for its UK network, The Observer reports.
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Nvidia preps mid-range GeForce 6800 part

Nvidia is planning to broaden its NV40-based GeForce 6800 line in a bid to compete more effectively with products based on ATI's R420 chip, which is expected to launch today as the Radeon X800 Pro.
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Red moonlight to bathe UK

Those Brits lucky enough to be standing under clear skies tonight* will be able to enjoy a total lunar eclipse which will turn the Moon a delicious shade of red.
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The Web as historical record

I spent some of last weekend researching for an article about Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). The term is used very widely in the industry today and when it is used, the writer assumes that the reader understands the term, and understands it in the same way as the writer. As we all know all terms in our industry have a Humpty Dumptyness about them ("When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.")
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'Deceptive Duo' hacker charged

A Florida man has been charged in federal court in Washington DC for his alleged role as one half of the high-profile hacking team "The Deceptive Duo" - responsible for defacing dozens of governmental and private websites with patriotically-themed messages exhorting the US to shore up cyber defenses.
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Thus swells - thanks to ADSL

Thus, the telco best known for its Demon Internet brand, now generates more revenue from its broadband punters than it does from its dial-up customers.
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The Wi-Fi user as wireless felon

Before Wi-Fi can fully fulfil its promise, there is the small matter of a raft of outdated legislation to be dealt with - some of which threatens the innocent user with an appearance before a judge.
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Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes

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Bsquare Power Handheld

Reg Review Bsquare's pitches its Power Handheld as the next stage in the evolution of wireless computing, but the machine is something of a throwback to the early days of handheld machines. Mobile computing buffs will surely go all misty eyed as they recall the likes of the Poqet PC, the Atari Portfolio, the Olivetti Quaderno, the HP 200LX and all the other gadgets that were dubbed 'palmtops' in the days before Palm. The Power Handheld (PH) is the inheritor of their legacy.
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Here's locking down you, kid - MS hawks vision of DRM future

Microsoft has taken the wraps off its next generation Digital Rights Management software, designed to allow digital music and video to get into consumers' hands without actually escaping. The technology previously known as Janus "will make new scenarios possible, such as protecting, delivering and playing subscription-based or on-demand digital music and video," and this will cover "Windows-based PCs and devices, including portable audio devices, Portable Media Centers, cellular phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) such as Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs and Smartphones, and networked devices connected within the home, including those that connect over a wireless network."
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ATI launches R420

ATI today began shipping its next-generation graphics chip, the R420, as the Radeon X800 Pro, with a faster version, the equally anticipated Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition, to ship later this month.
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Blank media levies: record once, pay thrice

Opinion We have often heard that the idea of charging levies for empty digital media is a way around having to bother solving all those complex digital rights management (DRM) problems.
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ATI confirms no Shader 3.0 in Radeon X800

ATI is banking on new texture map compression technology to drive demand for its Radeon X800 graphics chips - aka R420 - rather than support for the DirectX 9.0 API's most up-to-date shader systems.
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Check Point raids SSL VPN party

Check Point Software has launched its first serious assault on the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) virtual private network (VPN) appliance market.
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Red Hat hits the desktop

Red Hat is launching a version of its software for ordinary business users. Red Hat Desktop includes the Mozilla browser, OpenOffice and an Evolution email client.
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BOFH: Beware Mad Ron bearing Linux

Episode 14 BOFH 2004
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ATI Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition

Review There's always been pretty heavy rivalry between ATI and Nvidia, but this time around it seems a lot more tangible. With both companies launching completely new parts at roughly the same time, it's understandable that there was a lot of pressure going around in both camps, writes Riyad Emeran.
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UK's 118 DQ services get better

The UK's 118 directory enquiries (DQ) sector appears to be getting its act together in response to a rash of bad press following deregulation last August.
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Pulse~Link secures $30m UWB funding

Pulse~Link, the San Diego UltraWideBand outfit pioneering UWB implementation across WLANs and via cable TV networks and power lines, has secured $30m to continue work on this "Software Defined Cognitive Radio Ultra Wideband solution".
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EU probes music licensing

Sixteen national organisations that collect royalties on behalf of music authors may be in breach of European competition law. EU regulators are examining the so-called Santiago Agreement that allows societies to grant "one-stop" copyright licences to on-line commercial users for the downloading and streaming of music.
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Plane-spotters recruited in War on Terror

A BBC report provides a treasurable example of how identity-based restrictions on the populace can and will be presented as beneficial. And indeed, how you can be induced vet yourself - first, they came for the plane-spotters, as someone so nearly said.
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UK e-gov 'needs shaking up'

The UK has slipped one spot to ninth place in an annual global ranking of e-government maturity. Canada retains its place at the top of the table, with a "maturity rating*" of 80 per cent. Singapore and the US followed with 67 per cent each.
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Sony opens US music download store

Sony today launched the US version of its Connect online music store with the promise of "a better selection than any other legal download service".
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EDS Abbey flagship project in doubt

Exclusive Abbey, the UK retail bank, is keen to get out of its outsourcing contract with EDS, according to a confidential presentation seen by The Register. EDS is considering offshoring the project to try and save it and as many as 500 UK jobs could be lost as a result.
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Napster to team up with Dixons

Napster will this week announce a partnership with UK high street electronics chain Dixons in a bid to raise its market profile ahead of its anticipated British launch this summer.
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Beagle 2 was 'poorly managed'

The ill-fated Beagle 2 project faces heavy criticism when the European Space Agency (ESA) publishes the results of its inquiry into the loss of the craft.
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BT and HP in $1.5bn back-scratching deal

BT and HP have confirmed a $1.5bn (£840m) deal that will see both companies work closer together to "address mutual growth opportunities in the global information and communications technology (ICT) marketplace".
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Veritas gives products second billing to tired hype

Veritas Vision A bit of boredom and a bit of spice marked Veritas CEO Gary Bloom's opening speech here at the Veritas Vision conference.
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We've seen worse than Sasser - MS

Microsoft is considering automating the process of cleaning up systems infected by the Sasser worm, which spread like wildfire across the Internet over the weekend.
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Gates pitches Windows Concept as home hub of everything

Keynoting WinHEC today Bill Gates unveiled something you might refer to as what the Windows Media Center PC did next - the Windows Concept PC. This modest effort pitches itself as the centre of digital home entertainment (including TV and Personal Video Recorder capabilities), the media management brains behind content streaming throughout the home, and the centre of home communication, "integrating telephony, e-mail and messaging, and distributing these capabilities throughout the home and beyond to ensure a connected experience."