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Capgemini scores big with TXU

Capgemini has signed the biggest IT services contract of 2004 so far: a 10-year $3.5bn outsourcing deal with TXU to provide a range of BPO and IT support services. The deal is similar to an agreement Capgemini has with Hydro One, but it looks like the French IT services provider has learnt from its previous experience.
Datamonitor, 21 May 2004
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TechnoDepot debuts the d:-) polo shirt

Cash'n'Carrion If you're a "a cool techy engineer type dude", but are somewhat lacking in the apparel department, then those cheeky chappies down at TechnoDepot have the perfect solution - the TechnoDepot Engineer Polo shirt.
Cash'n'Carrion, 21 May 2004

Esat BT to launch residential VoIP

Esat BT has vowed to redouble its efforts to gain voice telephony market share, but may ultimately pursue it through voice over IP (VoIP) rather than traditional fixed lines.
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Brightmail finds sanctuary with Symantec

Never afraid to dip into its monster cash pile when an opportunity presents itself, Symantec is going to buy Brightmail, one of the leading anti-spam vendors, for $370m in cash. The deal will improve Brightmail's position, although the prospect of Microsoft entering the anti-spam market is still a significant threat.
Datamonitor, 21 May 2004
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BT & Vodafone: uneasy bedfellows

BT has stormed back into the wireless business with an MVNO deal with Vodafone and accelerated plans to offer a converged landline/cellular/WLAN handset.
Wireless Watch, 21 May 2004
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Apple to slow annual OS X update rate

After four years of regular, annual major Mac OS X updates, Apple has pledged to ease its foot off the gas and slow down the operating system's release schedule going forward.
Tony Smith, 21 May 2004
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Tech firm seeks $500m for Intel patent 'violation'

A little-known Canadian computer company has sued Intel for alleged intellectual property violation. All Computers claims the Pentium II contained circuitry for which it owns the right. Furthermore, it says, Intel does not have permission to use said circuitry.
Tony Smith, 21 May 2004
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Cometa crash bursts hotspot bubble?

Analysis Cometa Networks, once the symbol of the Wi-Fi hotspot bubble, has ceased to trade, throwing into sharp relief the fact that public WLANs, for all their advantages, have been overhyped and given burdens of expectation that they could not reach. Not to mention that hotspots have largely failed to find a credible business model as they come under pressure from free services.
Wireless Watch, 21 May 2004
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Aliens: coming to a house near you soon

It was five years ago today... The SETI@home project of Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) celebrated its fifth birthday this week. Doubtless its many members would have popped a few champagne corks and sported party hats were they not still hard at it looking for ET:
Team Register, 21 May 2004
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Sony to ship Wi-Fi LCD TV this autumn

Sony will ship its first wireless, Internet-enabled TV this autumn, the consumer electronics giant announced yesterday.
Tony Smith, 21 May 2004
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Could Patriot unjam US garage doors?

Letters This week we have seen Europe's Council of Ministers push through a bill on computer implemented inventions that could drastically change how software patents are awarded; it has become apparent that the UK's police forces lack the skills they need to use technology in pursuit of criminals; Cisco's source code was stolen and made public; legal Napster arrived in the UK... and yet, the burning issue for you, our beloved readers, is that the US Air Force is jamming the frequency that garage door openers operate on:
Lucy Sherriff, 21 May 2004
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Sasser fan club stops rattling tin

Supporters of the self-confessed author of the Sasser worm, Sven Jaschan, have abandoned attempts to raise money on his behalf.
John Leyden, 21 May 2004

Blu-ray founders rename, open group to new members

Sony and 12 other supporters of Blu-ray optical disc technology have formed the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) to promote the system over rival blue-laser technology from the DVD Forum.
Tony Smith, 21 May 2004
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Net surrogate mum jailed for two years

The British woman who fleeced two childless couples of more than £2,500 after offering her unborn baby for sale on the Net has been jailed for two years.
Lester Haines, 21 May 2004
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Replacement kit dominates world PC sales

World PC sales will grow 13.6 per cent this year as enterprises and individuals replace old kit with shiny new models, market watcher IDC reported this week.
Tony Smith, 21 May 2004
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Belgacom to launch DSL interactive TV

Belgacom has selected Alcatel as the first supplier for the roll-out of their upcoming VDSL service. The Belgium telecom operator plans to offer new, premium broadband services such as interactive television to residential and business customers in Brussels, Ghent and Liege.
Jan Libbenga, 21 May 2004
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Medical imaging research awarded £4.5m

New developments in imaging technology could revolutionise diagnostic medicine, and save 2,000 lives in Europe every year, through better breast cancer screening, according to a group of UK scientists.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 May 2004
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Chip and PIN gathers pace

Two in five UK cardholders now have chip and PIN cards, as the progress towards introducing a more secure method of authorising credit cards transactions gathers pace. More than 17m next-generation cards have been used issued to date.
John Leyden, 21 May 2004
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'Silver Surfers' day targets the over-50s

In an effort to get more Brits over 50 online, today has been named "Silver Surfers" day, with 69-year-old Dennis Rogers scooping the "Silver Surfer of the Year, 2004" award.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 May 2004
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CA flirts with white box makers

Computer Associates (CA) is showing a little leg to white box makers by starting a new program designed to tempt system builders into bundling its software with their kit.
Ashlee Vance, 21 May 2004
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Columbia debris tested for re-entry stress

NASA has loaned pieces debris from the Space Shuttle Columbia to The Aerospace Corporation for research on the effects of re-entry.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 May 2004
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UK's RAF planned WMD delivery via 'pigeons of death'

British secret service files released today reveal the existence immediately after the second world war of a stealth weapons system capable of the precision delivery of death, destruction and anthrax to an unsuspecting enemy. Unfortunately, the WMD programme was cancelled when the Joint Intelligence Committee decided it couldn't afford any more millet.
John Lettice, 21 May 2004
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The dot-com revival begins in the Midwest

Some of the Midwest's finest Internet survivors tried their hand at a full-on dot-com revival yesterday during a conference here.
Ashlee Vance, 21 May 2004
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Biometric ID card trial kicks off in Glasgow

The biometric enrolement process which will underpin the UK ID card scheme went on trial in Scotland today. Home Office minister Des Browne launched the pilot at the Glasgow DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licencing Authority) office.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 May 2004