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3 won't flee UK

Hutchison Whampoa has issued a denial that it is considering pulling out of "3" - its UK third generation phone service. The Business, a UK Sunday newspaper, this week claimed that the company was mulling the closure of 3 UK to focus on faster-growing countries.
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Sasser cripples Computex

Computex How's this for irony? The Taiwanese authorities boasted on Saturday that they'd caught a notorious hacker, author of the Peep Trojan program and the Randex series of email worms. In Germany, around the same time, they were celebrating the capture of the author of Sasser and the author of Netsky. So it was painfully ironic that it was the Sasser virus which disabled the Computex show network here in Taipei.
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The IT spend time bomb

The end of the nineties were a boom time for IT spending in financial services technology as front-office technologies surged ahead on the back of advancing Web and state-of-the-art screen-based technology.
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Hynix cashes in its chips

South Korean giant Hynix is selling its non-chip business to a Citigroup subsidiary for over $820m.

Email on a memory stick

Moving data between computers has always posed problems, particularly to those charged with ensuring that systems (especially Personal systems) run efficiently and legally whilst any valuable data is sufficiently protected. In the old days of the early nineties floppy disks were employed to shift information (and viruses) between PCs. Whilst email is today often the major transportation system employed, the use of USB memory stick devices is growing.
Tony Lock, 01 2004
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Sony and McDonalds do download deal

Burger behemoth McDonalds is doing a marketing deal with Sony to promote its download music service. Under the terms of the agreement buyers of Big Macs will receive a voucher for a free download, according to the Financial Times.
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ATI unveils Axiom

ATI took the wraps of Axiom, its alternative PCI Express-based modular notebook graphics add-in system top Nvidia's MXM today, as expected.
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ATI unwraps latest GPU technology

ATI brought its latest GPU technology to the mobile market today when it launched the Mobility Radeon X600.
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Sony settles Walkman patent case

Having recently announced its first hard disk drive-based portable media player to support both audio and video, Sony settled a decades-long dispute with a German who claimed to have invented the technology which led to the Walkman.
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Two arrested in Softbank data leak probe

Two men have been arrested amid allegations that they were involved in a bid to extort billions of Yen from Japanese outfit Softbank Corp. Yutaka Tomiyasu (24) and Takuya Mori (35) were arrested at the weekend in connection with the leak of confidential information concerning Internet users earlier this year.
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Bank of Ireland chief quits over PC porn

The chief executive of the Bank of Ireland, Michael Soden, has quit his job after porn was found on his company PC. Shares in the bank have been buoyed up by the news, which has sparked speculation of a takeover.
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EU hands airline data to US

European Community officials signed off a deal to transfer airline passenger data (passenger name records, PNR) to the US authorities last Friday.
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Carphone Warehouse in minimum wage 'sting'

Staff at Carphone Warehouse are not getting paid the minimum guaranteed by UK employment law. The phone shop tops up staff salaries if they fail to meet the legal requirement of £4.50 an hour but takes the money back from later payments if their commission increases, according to the Scotsman.
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BOFH: Psst! Wanna buy an encryption device?

Episode 17 BOFH 2004
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Eclipse unveils flexible, boostable broadband

Eclipse Internet has unveiled a boostable broadband service that lets punters increase the speed of their broadband connection whenever they want.
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AMD unveils Socket 939 processors

Computex AMD today used the Computex show in Taipei to introduce its first Socket 939 processors, as expected, and announced that the first three will be available to buyers immediately.
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Makers tout i925, i915-based mobos ahead of Intel launch

Computex Intel's 'Grantsdale' and 'Alderwood' may officially be nothing more than codenames for as-yet-unreleased product, but the chipsets were widely on display this week at Computex.
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Notebook makers want a place in your living room

Computex The notebook, not the desktop, could become the ideal living room PC form-factor if a number of new high-end machines from Asus, Acer and Elitegroup prove to be market leaders.
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New self-destructing DVD launched

A French company has developed a disposable DVD, or DVD-D, which self-destructs after a few hours. Like the classic DVD, DVD-D is made of polycarbonate, but it contains an extra layer of coating that reacts to an oxidisation process which begins as soon as the disc is exposed to air. The self-destruct process can be pre-set to occur between eight and 24 hours.
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Viruses up - or down

The Sasser worm dominated virus incident reports last month, according to anti-virus firm Sophos. The prolific worm accounted for over half of the support calls to Sophos in May.
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Clouds cloud climate modelling

Caltech scientists looking to the moon for insights into the Earth's climate say they have observed unexpectedly large fluctuations in the planet's cloud cover over the last two decades.
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Messing with the hackers' heads

Site Offer For centuries, military organizations have relied on scouts to gather intelligence about the enemy. In the field of information security, few scouts have ever existed. Very few organizations today know who their enemies are, how they might attack, when they might attack, and, perhaps most important, why they attack. The Honeynet Project is changing this.
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Zimbabwe blocks emails

Robert Mugabe's government is trying to force Zimbabwean ISPs to block politically sensitive emails. So far ISPs claim to be resisting such moves.
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Ofcom orders mobile phone charge cut

The cost of mobile phone calls could fall after communications regulator Ofcom ordered the UK's four major operators to cut termination charges.
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Chinese government censors online games

The Chinese government is setting up a special committee to review and if necessary censor online games. Games which break the constitution, threaten national unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity will be banned. Anything which threatens "state security, damaging the nation's glory, disturbing social order and infringing on other's legitimate rights" will also be banned.
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IBM beats CapGemini to Defra deal

Over 300 government IT staff will transfer to IBM as part of an outsourcing deal that will see the tech giant take over the day-to-day running of IT systems for the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), for up to 17 years.
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Not just free software under threat

Letter Letter Dear Editor, In my speech about the danger of software idea patents, I explained how these patents obstruct all software developers, restrict all computer users, retard software progress, and tie up e-commerce in unnecessary bureaucracy. Your article describes a very different speech from the one I gave, one that …
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Sage founder buys Nordic Data

Graham Wylie, co-founder of Sage, has bought IT services company Nordic Data. Wylie made the purchase through Technology Services Group which he established last autumn.
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Ofcom calls for universal e-content label

Ofcom wants to "challenge" the UK's communications industry to devise a universal content labelling scheme that can apply to TV, Internet, the mobile and games industries.
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Outsourced IT staff fingered porn stash banker

Porn-surfing bank supremo Michael Soden was caught with his browser down last week by the very same staff he outsourced to HP at the start of his reign at the Bank of Ireland.
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Ireland to build register of 3G phone users

The Irish government is to build a national register of 3G mobile phones - and by extension, their users - that are capable of carrying video clips. The protection of minors is an "absolute necessity" which outweighs concerns over costs and practicality, Dermot Ahern, communications minister, said.
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Court dismisses DirecTV whistleblower case

A California judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against satellite TV giant DirecTV by a former worker.
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Codebreaking Colossus returns to Bletchley Park

Colossus Mk2, the first ever programmable computer and a crucial piece of WWII history, has been rebuilt. Old code breakers who worked with the machine during the war were given an preview of the machine in action, as part of the D-Day celebrations in at the Science Museum in London.
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F5 snaps up MagniFire

Networking firm F5 Networks today announced that the acquisition of Web application firewall hardware firm MagniFire WebSystems in a $29m all-cash deal.
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Sony exits global PDA biz

Sony is walking away from the PDA market in the United States and Europe, citing flat sales. It will continue to develop its PalmOS-based Clie range in Japan, but won't develop any new models outside its home country beyond the most recent addition to the range, the TH-55 that it released in February. The global PDA market shrank 11 per cent in the first three months of this year, according to IDC, although shipments jumped by a third in Europe where Sony snagged a 9.3 per cent share.
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Sun and Fujitsu to SPARC together

Sun Network Sun Microsystems has filled a large gap in its processor roadmap and solved some financial problems by announcing today a deal with Fujitsu that will see Sun pick up Fujitsu's version of the SPARC processor for high-end servers.