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Itanium and Opteron show spotty sales

Like Macaulay Culkin after the reality of puberty set in, the Itanium and Opteron processors are suffering from growing pains. Try as they might to conquer the server market, the 64-bit processors from Intel and AMD have yet to show serious gains. The latest server data from Gartner shows that only 6,281 Itanium boxes and 31,184 Opteron boxes were shipped in the first quarter of this year. Together, Itanium and Opteron servers accounted for 37,000 of the 1.6m units moved in the period.
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Are you a winner in the T-Mobile, Cingular spectrum swap?

Yesterday's deal between T-Mobile and Cingular ends a three-year-old joint venture between the two rivals and will have significant effects on subscribers in California and New York - but not necessarily for the mobile phone user.
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California votes for Google mail safeguards

The Californian state Senate has voted to introduce safeguards on email services that, like Google's Gmail, scan incoming and outgoing email for specific terms in order to display advertisements. Google views its new email service as an extension of its advertising business.

Dell flies the flag for Fibre Channel

Dell is championing Fibre Channel in its fight back against iSCSI and NAS, with its launch of a £5899 (E8499) low-end SAN kit which includes a Brocade switch, two QLogic host adapters and a new Dell-EMC storage subsystem based on Serial-ATA hard disks.
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Intel grabs 21 June for Grantsdale launch

Intel will ship its Pentium 4 chipset, 'Grantsdale', as the i915 family on 21 June, alongside a set of 775-pin processors, sources familiar with the chip giant's plans have claimed.
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C&W buys Bulldog

In Brief Cable & Wireless has bought Bulldog, the British ISP, for £18.6m.
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IBM exec outlines MS plan to throttle...

It was five years ago today... ...well, take your pick. In this case, it's OS/2 - IBM's ill-fated OS, now remembered with fondness by those who think that the Hillman Avenger is a classic automobile*:
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Ordering Pizza in 2019

Letter Our thanks to Nick Ricioppo for this contribution.
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ATI may announce Axiom next week

Having roundly trashed Nvidia's PCI Express graphics module format, MXM, ATI will tout one of its own, dubbed Axiom, The Register has heard on the grapevine. The specification could be revealed as early as next week.
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Doctor Who fans applaud new assistant

Doctor Who fans are apparently beside themselves with excitement at the news that former popstress Billie Piper will become Doctor Who's new assistant for the scheduled return of the roving Time Lord.

Intel to ship 64-bit Prescotts on 1 August

Intel will formally announce 64-bit Pentium 4 processors on 1 August - just over a month after launching the first Xeon CPU with its EM64 technology.

Secure router revenues are up - but for how long?

Soaring sales of secure routers helped the enterprise router market grow at a lick in Q1. But the market remains soft.
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We salute Web antidote to 'Big Brother'

Those UK television viewers who are already considering leaving the country for the duration of Channel 4's fifth outing of human zoo extravaganza Big Brother may not have to jump on a plane after all.
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Buffalo spammer jailed

A New York State man who sent at estimated 850 million spam emails using accounts he opened with purloined identities was imprisoned for up to seven years yesterday.
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Software pirates stole my stealth plane

Letters Yesterday the aviation industry launched a project to develop a quieter plane. An investment of £2.5m over three years, they said. Our survey said:
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iRiver readies 'PC-free' colour music, photo player

Reg Kit Watch Far Eastern portable digital music player maker iRiver will next month ship the successor to its H100 series of music products: a new, colour range that also offers the ability to display still photography.
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Brits move into edible Colombian ant market

Those readers with a penchant for history will certainly know the story of the redoubtable Henry Wickham - the man who in 1876 "took" 70,000 rubber tree seeds from the Amazon, thereby laying the foundation for the British domination of the world's rubber trade.
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AMD pitches Athlon 64 at Media Center PC makers

AMD is trying persuade a number of PC makers, including HP and Gateway, to build its 64-bit processors into future Media Centre PCs instead of Intel's chips.
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First 64-bit Windows virus sighted

Anti-virus researchers at Symantec yesterday spotted the first virus capable of infecting 64-bit Windows systems.
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DoCoMo hunts for UK partner

NTT DoCoMo is talking to three mobile network operators about taking its i-mode content platform for the UK, the FT reports.
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Would you trade your password for chocolate?

OK, security pros, let's talk just amongst ourselves for just a minute. You might have seen that recent news item that reported that 70 per cent of people would willingly trade their computer password for a bar of chocolate. I don't know about you, but that left a pretty sour taste in my mouth. Even worse, 34 per cent would give away their password for nothing! WHAT ARE THESE PEOPLE THINKING?!
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NEC sub defrauds US gov

NEC Business Network Solutions, a subsidiary of NEC Corp, has pleaded guilty to charges of defrauding the US government, and will pay a $20.6m fine to settle the case.
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A tag too far - Blunkett's satellite tracking plans

UK Home Secretary David Blunkett is planning a radical extension to existing electronic tagging and monitoring systems, floating the use of satellite tracking to monitor the movement of sex offenders, and the deployment of lie detector tests to check that the subjects aren't breaking the terms of their release. The satellite systems are to be tested on serious offenders later this year.
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Lindows wins some in the Netherlands

Lindows has won the latest round in its trademark fight with Microsoft, with a Dutch court ruling that it can keep its name for general corporate purposes in the Netherlands.
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Spamhaus assaults 'Great Wall of Spam'

Anti-spam organisation Spamhaus is opening up operations in China with the launch of a new site, Spamhaus.cn, this week.
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TIA lives? Report lists US gov 'dataveillance' activities

A report on US government data mining indicates that the Total Information Awareness project, cancelled last year, is in some senses alive and well. The General Accounting Office lists a total of 199 projects, 122 of which use personal information and 54 of which use data from the private sector. The largest number of the projects have improvement in performance or service as a stated objective, but the GAO lists 14 "analyzing intelligence and detecting terrorist activities", and 15 "detecting criminal activities or patterns."
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Mac OS X update fails to fix vulnerability

A major revision of Apple's Mac OS X operating system released this week fails to come bundled with a vital, recently-issued security fix.
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Emergent cheese-sandwich detector enlisted in War on Terror

Technology on Trial It's very bad luck for USA Today that on the very same day they reported the profound failing of the FBI's digital and computer analysis systems in the Madrid bombings, they published a column suggesting that just such technologies could prevent such attacks in future. Uncritical gee-whizz columns about new technology are nothing new, but this one by Kevin Maney could be the most ill-timed of its kind.
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Online dating firm patents cupid's arrow

The US patent office has outdone itself this week, awarding dating company eHarmony a patent covering online matchmaking.
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Web-cheat student to sue university

A student who was booted off his degree course for plagiarism is to sue the university. He says tutors at the University of Kent should have spotted what he was doing and stopped him sooner.
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Europe sticks up two fingers at ICANN budget

The proposed 2004-5 budget for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has hit a snag - the rest of the world is refusing to pay its share of the bill.