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Tech bubble banker down by law

At least one Google shareholder may be watching the search engine's forthcoming IPO from behind bars. Frank Quattrone, The dotcom era's most successful banker and one of Silicon Valley's wealthiest denizens, was found guilty of obstruction of justice this week. For Quattrone, it was the cover-up, and not the crime that sealed his fate.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 May 2004
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Rambus sues for $1bn

Rambus is claiming $1bn in damages from four big chip makers: Infineon, Hynix, Micron Technologies and Siemens AG.
John Oates, 06 May 2004
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California preps e-voting ban bill

"Democracy is too important to turn over completely to a machine," according to a Californian state senator who will introduce a bill that would ban electronic voting machines in the November elections. Last week the state's election commissioner decertified $100m worth of machinery, and ordered counties with e-voting terminals to produce a backup system for the November elections.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 May 2004
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Dixons signs Napster promo exclusive

UK electronics retailer Dixons Group has signed an exclusive deal to promote Napster's British launch later this year with Napster-branded software and hardware, the companies announced today.
Tony Smith, 06 May 2004
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New boss of tif calls for software that works

The new chairman of tif, the UK body for enterprise IT users, is calling on the software industry to pull its socks up and improve quality.
John Oates, 06 May 2004
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Mobile spam complaints rocket

Complaints about text message ads have grown by a factor of six in the UK over the last 12 months. The surge in complaints about mobile spam has prompted the introduction of new guidelines from advertising watchdogs.
John Leyden, 06 May 2004
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PCCW launches UK wireless broadband

UK Broadband - the wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Kong telecoms giant PCCW - has finally launched its wireless broadband service in the UK. The Netvigator service is to be made available in the Thames Valley first, in Aldershot, Maidenhead, Reading, Slough, Windsor and Wokingham.
Tim Richardson, 06 May 2004
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BT and HP's outsourcing strategy

Hewlett-Packard and BT have announced a $1.5bn strategic alliance to address the integrated information and communications technology (ICT) market. BT has already shown much success in winning large outsourcing deals and HP should be able to use the alliance to improve its own position
Datamonitor, 06 May 2004
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Get ready for Google-footing

There are various anecdotes about how you know when you've made it. Being given drugs, restaurant tables, first-person newspaper mentions or your own dressing room are just a few. But perhaps the surest way to measure a tangible impact on society is when your name becomes part of current parlance.
Kieren McCarthy, 06 May 2004
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Tulip to revive CBM 64 as games console

Dutch PC maker Tulip has quietly revived a system dead for more than a decade: the Commodore 64.
Tony Smith, 06 May 2004
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Resellers question Linux on the desktop

Resellers are enthusiastic about recent moves by Novell and Red Hat to move Linux onto the desktop but warn that fear of the unknown and missing applications are holding progress back.
John Oates, 06 May 2004
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Intel preps power-based 775-pin CPU codes

When it launches 775-pin boxed Pentium and Celeron processors next quarter, Intel will mark each one's box with a code to indicate its power draw.
Tony Smith, 06 May 2004
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Parents worried about 3G phones

Parents are concerned that 3G mobile phones - with built-in cameras and Net access - are a threat to kids' safety. So says children's charity NCH, which found that that more than three-quarters of parents are worried about the technology.
Tim Richardson, 06 May 2004
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Researchers build nano 'trees'

Swedish researchers have managed to grow leaves on nano trees. These branching networks of nanoscale wires have huge potential in solar cells, low energy lighting and sensors, the researchers say. It might even be possible to make the trees mimick photosynthesis.
Lucy Sherriff, 06 May 2004
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Ex-Tiny directors face boardroom ban

Two ex-directors of Tiny Computers have been banned from holding directorships for four and five years.
John Oates, 06 May 2004
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MS Trusted Computing back to drawing board

Microsoft's extravagent silver-bullet to cure piracy, rid the Internet of worms and viruses, and possibly bring about world peace won't now appear in Longhorn, the next version of Windows. Despite their apparently contradictory headlines, both eWeek and CRN corroborate that Microsoft's promised software support for the Trusted Computing initiative is being hauled back into the lab for a rethink.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 May 2004

MS seeks to merge Flash, HDD storage

Here's a question hard drive makers are often asked: when will your products be replaced by Flash storage? So far, Flash has failed to match the price:capacity ratio delivered by the HDD guys, but the question still gets asked.
Tony Smith, 06 May 2004
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Tony Smith, 06 May 2004
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Symbian doubles sales

Symbian licensees shipped 2.4m phones in the first three months of this year, double what it managed in the first quarter of 2003.
John Oates, 06 May 2004
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China shuts 8,600 cybercafes

China has shut down more than 8,600 cybercafes over the last couple of months because of fears that the Net could corrupt the minds of youngsters.
Tim Richardson, 06 May 2004
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Napster parent Q4, FY loss widens

Napster parent Roxio saw quarterly and annual losses bloom on declining sales but was able to claim it had beaten its own expectations.
Tony Smith, 06 May 2004
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Music biz fears play Apple a compliment

Analysis Apple has won an unusual vote of confidence from the European music industry. The major labels are so convinced that the Mac maker's iTunes Music Service will successfully dominate the online music market over here, they are allegedly playing hard to get in Apple's content licensing negotiations.
Tony Smith, 06 May 2004
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Intel to debut Dothan on Monday

Intel will launch its 90nm Pentium M processor, codenamed 'Dothan' next Monday, 10 May, sources close to the company have confirmed.
Tony Smith, 06 May 2004
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Sasser boosts AV share prices

Opinion Shares in leading AV firms have risen strongly on the back of the chaos caused by the Sasser worm this week. Symantec shares stood at $49.04 last night up from $45.00 at close of business on Friday. Network Associates shares closed at $17.00 yesterday up from just under $16 at the start of the week.
John Leyden, 06 May 2004
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CA 2003 results delayed

Computer Associates is delaying posting its year end results because of the strain on its finance department which last month had to repost results for 2000 and 2001. CA will post final results a week or two after the expected date of 12 May.
John Oates, 06 May 2004
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3 launches diminutive video handset

Video mobile operator 3 today launched its smallest handset to date: the LG U8110. The company clearly hopes it will attract new customers put off by the clunkiness of video handsets, proclaiming that the clamshell phone is small enough to fit in your pocket or handbag.
Lucy Sherriff, 06 May 2004
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BBC shortlists tech division buyers

The BBC has named three companies shortlisted to buy its technology division, the UK broadcaster announced today. Accenture, CSC and Siemens have all made it through to final round of the bidding process to acquire BBC Technology in a deal worth around £2bn.
Tim Richardson, 06 May 2004
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BT wins big airport contract

BT has signed a £46.6m deal with BAA to wire up Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted airports. The telco already runs Wi-Fi public access hotspots and payphones at all three sites.
John Oates, 06 May 2004
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Java: the next mobile cash cow?

Mobile Java applications will generate over $15bn in annual revenue for mobile operators by 2008, according to researchers ARC Group. This figure will account for 12.4 per cent of all data revenues.
Lucy Sherriff, 06 May 2004
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Wi-Fi group to update WLAN spec

The Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) is so confident that the IEEE will at long last ratify the 802.11e specification as a standard that it has already come up with a marketing name for the technology.
Tony Smith, 06 May 2004
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AMD delivers on low-power Athlon 64 pledge

AMD has added two low-power Athlon 64 processors to its mobile line-up.
Tony Smith, 06 May 2004
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MS mounts covert anti-piracy op

Almost 25 per cent of Belgian PC retail shops encourage users to buy illicit software, according to research by Bare Associates. As part of its ongoing effort to stamp out the use of pirated software, Microsoft paid Bare to send secret investigators or "mystery shoppers" to 400 computer retailers in Belgium.
Jan Libbenga, 06 May 2004
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DNA-based nanobot takes a stroll

Asimov would have been so proud: New York scientists have created a walking robot, just 10 nanometres long and made out of DNA. Alright, it needs a path made of DNA to walk along, but this is still amazing stuff.
Lucy Sherriff, 06 May 2004
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Everywhere Broadband scrubs UK satellite plan

Everywhere Broadband - which planned to offer high speed Net access to punters who can't get DSL or cable - has ditched plans to roll out a satellite broadband service in the UK. The company - which was to team up with Eutelsat to offer a service with speeds up to 1.5Mbs for £19.95 a month - was due to launch the service at an event next week.
Tim Richardson, 06 May 2004
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Piecemeal security solutions cost firms dearly

A piecemeal approach to information security - added to market confusion - is resulting in companies spending too much for incomplete protection.
John Leyden, 06 May 2004

HP rides Hondo to super-sized Itanium servers

HP's Itanium modernization project has neared completion with the company announcing that a new module for doubling the processor count in high-end servers will arrive next month.
Ashlee Vance, 06 May 2004
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Prison time for cyber stock swindler

A young investor with more wiles than trading luck was sentenced to 13 months in prison Wednesday for using a Trojan horse program and someone else's online brokerage account to sell thousands of worthless stock options to an unwilling buyer.
Kevin Poulsen, 06 May 2004