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Microsoft appeals record-breaking fine

Microsoft will this week appeal the anti-trust decision, and record breaking fine, imposed on the company by Mario Monti and his Competition Commission G-men. Microsoft will file in the Court of First Instance in Luxembourg this week. It says the ruling would hamper its ability to innovate.
John Oates, 07 Jun 2004
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PlusNet to float on AIM

Sheffield-based ISP PlusNet is to float on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) as part of plans to cash in on the growth in broadband.
Tim Richardson, 07 Jun 2004
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US gov and Oracle in court

Oracle will be in court later today to defend itself against claims by the Department of Justice that its proposed acquisition of PeopleSoft would damage competition. The DoJ filed an anti-trust suit in San Francisco on the basis that the merger "lessens competition in an important market."
John Oates, 07 Jun 2004
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Tory caught with panties down

Updated A Tory candidate hoping to win a seat on Worcester city council in Thursday’s elections has been dragged before local party supremos to explain why exactly his wife posed topless on a website selling "used" women's underwear - and why the url was registered in his name.
Lester Haines, 07 Jun 2004
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Napster ups UK track count ahead of Sony, Apple launches

Napster UK has upped the number of songs available from its online music service from 500,000 to 700,000.
Tony Smith, 07 Jun 2004
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Apple picks 15 June for iTunes launch?

The launch date for the European version of Apple's iTunes Music Store (ITMS) has been narrowed down to 15 June.
Tony Smith, 07 Jun 2004
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Nelson Mandela is IT mandala

It was five years ago today... There's plenty of controversy surrounding e-voting these days. Ireland recently abandoned plans for electronic ballots, while in the US the saga seems set to run and run. In contrast, the UK seems quite taken on the idea.
Team Register, 07 Jun 2004
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Satellite photos pinpoint 'Atlantis'

In news that has stunned the world, a scientist announced this weekend that he had found the lost city of Atlantis. Dr. Rainer Kuehne says that satellite images of southern Spain show the remains of a city clearly matching Plato's description of Atlantis.
Lucy Sherriff, 07 Jun 2004
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Former CA boss Kumar exits stage left

Sanjay Kumar, Computer Associates' (CA) former boss, decided to leave the company on Friday. He hung around for just six weeks after stepping down as chief executive officer to become chief software architect. He stayed around just long enough to put in a reassuring appearance at last month's CA World conference in Las Vegas.
John Leyden, 07 Jun 2004
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AMD Athlon 64 Socket 939

Review It's finally here: the long-awaited Socket 939 Athlon 64 platform. But what does it bring with it and does it live up to the hype? So far there has been much speculation about the support of unbuffered dual-channel memory, which should boost the performance of the Athlon 64 close to the level of the high-end FX range of processors and possibly beyond, writes Lars-Goran Nilsson.
Trusted Reviews, 07 Jun 2004
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Barclays to cut IT staff

Barclays is likely to lay off IT staff as part of its restructuring. The bank is looking to cut the number of middle level managers and increase staff at branches.
John Oates, 07 Jun 2004
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US wardriver pleads guilty to Wi-Fi hacks

In a rare wireless hacking conviction, a Michigan man entered a guilty plea last Friday in federal court in Charlotte, North Carolina for his role in a scheme to steal credit card numbers from the Lowe's chain of home improvement stores by taking advantage of an unsecured Wi-Fi network at a store in suburban Detroit.
Kevin Poulsen, 07 Jun 2004
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BT to block child pornography

BT is to begin technology trials within the next couple of weeks to block its Internet users from accessing illegal images of child abuse.
Tim Richardson, 07 Jun 2004
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Freescale touts 1Gbps UWB chip roadmap

Motorola's soon-to-be-spun-off chip division, Freescale, has said it will take ultra-wideband (UWB) connections to speeds of up to 1Gbps during the next 12 months.
Tony Smith, 07 Jun 2004
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3 ties up Sky Sports content deal

3 has signed a video content partnership deal with Sky Sports, the operator announced today. Subscribers will be able to access specially edited sports bulletins, up to two minutes long, as well as Sky's weekly Soccer AM TV show.
Lucy Sherriff, 07 Jun 2004
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Apple stamps on next-gen Power Mac pics

Details of Apple's next major Power Mac G5 revision appear to have leaked out through the manuals the company provides to service engineers.
Tony Smith, 07 Jun 2004
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Manchester honours Alan Turing

The city of Manchester this morning honoured Alan Turing - the brilliant mathemetician and codebreaker who committed suicide 50 years ago today.
Lester Haines, 07 Jun 2004
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AMD readies low-cost Sempron CPUs

Update AMD has decided what it's going to call its upcoming value-market microprocessors: Sempron.
Tony Smith, 07 Jun 2004
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China goes large for mobile phones

One in four people in China will have a mobile phone by the end of the year, according to State sources.
Tim Richardson, 07 Jun 2004
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Virus writers deploy bulk mail software

Hackers have used spamming software to distribute thousands of copies of a new Trojan. Email filtering firm MessageLabs alone has intercepted more than 4,000 copies of the Demonize-T Trojan over the last 24 hours.
John Leyden, 07 Jun 2004
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Final appeal in RIM's US Blackberry battle

Research in Motion will make its last stand today (Monday) in the battle for the Blackberry, specifically for the right to sell the Blackberry in the US.
Lucy Sherriff, 07 Jun 2004
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Parental Internet fears put kids at risk

Parental fears about the Internet mean that children are not being given the information they need to behave safely and sensibly online.
John Oates, 07 Jun 2004
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Mobile phones drive us mental: official

Mobile phones, email and text are becoming far too intrusive in people's lives and adding to workplace stress, according to some blindingly obvious research from the University of Surrey.
Tim Richardson, 07 Jun 2004

Dell makes room for midrange Itanium system

Despite the lackluster sales that still haunt Intel's Itanium processor, Dell has decided to up its commitment to the chip, rolling out a new four processor 64-bit server.
Ashlee Vance, 07 Jun 2004
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BT's modest plan to clean up the Net

Analysis BT has begun fleshing out its plans to block its Internet users from accessing websites containing illegal images of child abuse.
John Leyden, 07 Jun 2004
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Democracy and the software patenting debate

Opinion The next session of the European Parliament will be vital for the tech industry, as the directive on computer implemented inventions is due to get its second reading. This Thursday, Europeans will exercise their democratic muscles and vote for those who will sit in the European Parliament, and in turn vote on the fate of the directive.
Lucy Sherriff, 07 Jun 2004
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McAfee founder returns with 'legal p2p radio'

A former McAfee CEO appears to have found a way around the legal minefield hindering anyone attempting to enter the music sharing market: by a licence to webcast content.
Tony Smith, 07 Jun 2004
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Apple builds wireless hi-fi bridge with pocket router

Apple has released a small device which will go a long way to bridging home stereo systems and the personal computer. The pocket-sized WiFi base station is designed to stream music through a home hi-fi amplifier. Priced at $129, Airport Express is an 802.11g router with an analog audio connector and Apple's new AirTunes software. Apple said that in addition to punters who want to play their iTunes music collections through a real hi-fi system, it's pitching Airport Express at mobile users who want to create an ad hoc WLAN network at say, a hotel room.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Jun 2004
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Oops! Firm accidentally eBays customer database

A customer database and the current access codes to the supposedly secure Intranet of one of Europe's largest financial services group was left on a hard disk offered for sale on eBay. The disk was subsequently purchased for just £5 by mobile security outfit Pointsec Mobile Technologies.
John Leyden, 07 Jun 2004

HP must create separate printer biz - analyst

One of Merrill Lynch's top analysts stunned the computing industry this morning by calling for HP to split into two companies.
Ashlee Vance, 07 Jun 2004