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Motorola taps Big Blue talent for chip biz

Motorola has pinched former IBM executive Michel Mayer to head its Freescale Semiconductor operation. Mayer, the former general manager of IBM Microelectronics, has been tapped as Freescale's chairman and CEO. Freescale is a Motorola chip-making subsidiary that is expected to become a publicly traded company later this year.
Ashlee Vance, 18 May 2004
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Camera added to USB Flash drive

We've seen MP3 players and Wi-Fi adaptors integrated into USB Flash drives, but now Taiwanese manufacturer Transcend has extended the format with a digicam/storage combo.
Tony Smith, 18 May 2004
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Flying car less likely than flying pig

Letters Flying Cars? Flying pigs are more likely, according to readers of our report Flying Car more economical than SUV.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2004
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BT man coughs to Google share scam

A business development manager for BT faces more than five years in jail after pleading guilty to Google share scam. Dutchman Shamoon Rafiq, 30, told a US court yesterday that he did sell non-existent Google stock prior to the company's impending IPO.
Tim Richardson, 18 May 2004
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One Macromedia Studio fits all

Site Offer At The Register bookshop we like to make sure that you are completely up-to-date with the latest goings on in the computing world. That's why this week we've selected THE ULTIMATE bookshelf of ten unbeatable titles - covering the latest suite of releases from Macromedia.
Team Register, 18 May 2004
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UK fraud laws to get millennium facelift

The Home Office today announced plans to bring fraud laws into the 21st Century with a major overhaul in existing legislation. The government reckons the overhaul is necessary because "existing laws do not adequately tackle the wide range of possible fraudulent activity or keep pace with rapidly developing technology".
John Leyden, 18 May 2004
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DCC ups profits

Irish distribution company DCC has increased profits for the year by 14 per cent. This reversed losses of more than ten per cent in the first half of the year.
John Oates, 18 May 2004

IBM, Logica spar for £80m MoD deal

Logica and IBM have been named by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) as the final two contractors in a £1m project to propose an online medical records system for military personnel. At the end of a six-month assesment period, one of them will be awarded the final contract worth a cool £80m over ten years.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 May 2004
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ISPA: users should report dodgy content...

Net users must take a greater role in combating unlawful and illegal online content by reporting dodgy material to watchdogs, according to a study from the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) published yesterday. The study, conducted by ICM Research, highlights widespread public confusion about UK Net governance.
John Leyden, 18 May 2004
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Bull boss flees

French server and services group Bull has lost its head. Chairman-to-be Didier Pineau-Valencienne resigned yesterday, after only two months in the job.
John Oates, 18 May 2004
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AMD restates dual-core CPU scheme

AMD has re-iterated its plan to ship dual-core Opteron chips next year.
Tony Smith, 18 May 2004
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Yahoo! and Google escalate portal wars

The gloves are off in the battle between onetime friends Google and Yahoo!, with each of the companies rolling out upgrades, feature changes and alliances that indicate both firms are fiercely competing for eyeballs.
Datamonitor, 18 May 2004
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Lycos cuts ribbon on 1GB email service

Lycos Europe today unveiled a 1GB email service and cocked a snook at US rivals Yahoo! and Google. According to the PR guff, the Lycos email service will be free of ads and comes protected by anti-spam and anti-virus software. The service costs £3.49 ($6.17) per month.
Tim Richardson, 18 May 2004
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ARM unveils multi-core chip design

ARM yesterday announced that it is ready to sign licensees for its first multi-core processor, but it admitted it will be a year before silicon derived from the technology begins to appear.
Tony Smith, 18 May 2004
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O2 rings up first profit

Mobile provider mmO2 has rung up its first pre-tax profit and is even talking of paying out a dividend in November.
John Oates, 18 May 2004
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AMD launches x50 Opterons

AMD today launched the top-end Opteron processors that its last round of price-cuts, made earlier this month, had paved the way for.
Tony Smith, 18 May 2004
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Congress hears DMCA testimony

The Digital Millenium Copyright Act is under threat from key changes sought by opponents, and a Congressional committee was hearing testimony this week.
Faultline, 18 May 2004
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Music biz waves axe at goose that laid golden egg

The maths just do not add up. The ungrateful record labels that were so desperate to beat piracy, but which overpriced all their own efforts at online music, are now working behind the scenes to drive up the price of music on Apple iTunes. It is a mistake and it will backfire; and judging by statements that are coming out of Apple, the people at Apple know it and are resisting it as best they can.
Faultline, 18 May 2004
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US gov helps CSC to profit

CSC brought in revenues of $4bn, up almost 30 per cent, for the fourth quarter ended 2 April 2004. The company made a profit of $190.6m in the period. This contributed to annual revenue of $14.8bn, up 30.2 per cent on 2003, or 25 per cent in constant currency. Profits were $519.4m after the after-tax special charge.
John Oates, 18 May 2004
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University gets £1m complex systems grant

The University of Bath's maths department has been awarded a £1m grant to fund multidisciplinary research into complex systems. The money is earmarked for a new Institute of Complex Systems, and is the largest ever grant made to a mathematics department.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 May 2004
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Opera settles legal claims

The techy's favourite browser Opera has settled a legal dispute with an unnamed international company. The settlement sees the anonymous company pay $12.75m to Opera.
John Oates, 18 May 2004

AMD narrows 90nm ship window

AMD will ship 90nm Opterons in Q3.
Tony Smith, 18 May 2004
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BT, Voda confirm mobile link-up

BT has confirmed that it is to hook up with one-time rival Vodafone to offer punters a new phone product that blurs the boundaries between fixed line and services. The UK's dominant fixed line telco hopes the prospect of this converged fixed-mobile service will help it generate £1bn in revenues a year.
Tim Richardson, 18 May 2004
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Police probe Sasser informant

The informant who led police to the self-confessed author of the infamous Sasser worm is himself under investigation.
John Leyden, 18 May 2004
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Dell readies 624MHz Wi-Fi PocketPC

Dell will today update its Axim PocketPC line with faster Intel processors, Microsoft's Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition and broader wireless support.
Tony Smith, 18 May 2004
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MS Office virus could infect...

It was five years ago today... Remember when viral threats were news - as opposed to simply another stitch in life's rich tapestry? Let's face it, these days you can't even look at an email through a lead shield without running the risk of bringing down the world's entire IT infrastructure.
Team Register, 18 May 2004
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Dolphin skin key to subaquatic speed

Dolphin skin will be key in future designs of marine vessels, thanks to Japanese research.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 May 2004
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Work induces catatonia: official

Online recruitment site Monster asked browsers across Europe if they had ever fallen asleep at work. The results suggest it was an impressive achievement to find 21,000 Europeans awake enough to click on an online survey.
John Oates, 18 May 2004
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UK terminally unready for Chip and PIN

A quarter of UK retailers are still confused about the benefits of migrating to Chip & PIN only six months before the deadline to embrace the next-generation credit card standard comes into effect.
John Leyden, 18 May 2004
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UK forensic scientists to strike over pay

Unions representing the employees of the UK's Forensic Science Service (FSS) have called a one-day strike in protest over a below inflation rate pay increase.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 May 2004
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US rocket pioneers hit 100km

The US Civilian Space eXploration (CSXT) team yesterday became the first private outfit to send a rocket into space. Its 6.5m GoFast missile blasted off from the Nevada desert and is reckoned to have exceeded 100km in altitude - the official boundary of space.
Lester Haines, 18 May 2004
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UK.biz must address broadband

Three out of four SMEs now recognise that broadband is essential for making businesses more efficient. Despite this, decisions about broadband are still being left to IT departments with little or no input from senior management, according to a report by telecoms outfit Telefonica UK.
Tim Richardson, 18 May 2004
Broken CD with wrench

IBM and Cisco team up for VoIP

Cisco and IBM are working together to sell Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones.
John Oates, 18 May 2004
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Microsoft UK plans 'open and honest' Linux debates

The latest stage in Microsoft's quest to establish The Facts regarding open source software is a series of seminars to be held throughout the UK, and tantalisingly billed as "Microsoft Windows and Linux - An open and honest technology discussion." Feedback The Register has received from (admittedly partisan) spies at previous Microsoft attempts to engage the subject suggest that they might perhaps have been just a tad less than open and honest, so it's nice to see that Microsoft UK must have been getting the same message from its own feedback.
John Lettice, 18 May 2004
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Ministers thwart MEPs, OK EU-US airline data deal

In a salutary reminder of how democratic the European Union really is, EU foreign ministers have rubber-stamped the European Commission's deal with the US to hand over airline passenger data (passenger name records, PNR). The Commission had deliberately constructed the deal in a way that allowed it to be implemented without the approval of the European Parliament (which went to court over the issue), so by signing it off the foreign ministers have effectively made it live.
John Lettice, 18 May 2004
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London sees red as Orange service goes crash

Orange has apologised to its punters in London after its service went titsup for 12 hours following a software update on its network. Orange mobile phone users in London began experiencing problems from midnight last night. The problems - which led to intermittent problems with making and receiving calls - were sorted by midday today.
Tim Richardson, 18 May 2004
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US, Belgian biometric passports give lie to UK ID scheme

Belgium is to begin issuing biometric passports before the end of the year, while in the US (which could be said to have started all this), the State Department is to begin a trial run this autumn, with full production hoped for next year. Belgium has been reported elsewhere as being the first EU country to roll with biometric passports, but as a Register reader kindly sent us scans of his nice new biometric Netherlands passport recently, we suspect this is not the case.
John Lettice, 18 May 2004
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UK police lack e-crime savvy officers

A hi-tech skills crisis in law enforcement threatens to set back the wider fight against crime, a report out today warns.
John Leyden, 18 May 2004
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Symbian hands out certificates

Mobile phone OS company Symbian has launched Symbian Signed, an application approval programme under which it will endorse applications and content that meet its best practise guidelines. More than 300 Symbian apps have been retrospectively given this seal of approval.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 May 2004
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Thus ADSL - the price cuts with a funny echo

There's a funny echo to Demon's broadband price cuts, apparently. Stick with the company and your reward could be not benefiting from them until 12 months after they're implemented. And, they tell me, this is "standard across the industry."
John Lettice, 18 May 2004
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HP sets revenue record in Q2

Solid sales across its major product lines pushed HP to a tidy second quarter.
Ashlee Vance, 18 May 2004