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All change for XIOtech in Europe

Two years after it first offered its enterprise SAN systems in Europe, XIOtech has acknowledged the failure of those US-based attempts to reach the European market. The company has now opened offices in the UK, France and Germany to support sales of its newer Magnitude 3D modular storage systems here.
Bryan Betts, 11 Jun 2004
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German hate mail spam attack stuns experts

Mailboxes in Germany and the Netherlands were flooded yesterday with spam containing German right-wing propaganda. Spammers used the Sober.G virus - a mass mailing worm that sends itself to email addresses harvested from infected computers - to spread their messages as widely as possible.
Jan Libbenga, 11 Jun 2004
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Code-theft suspects nabbed, claims Half-Life 2 team

Law enforcement agencies have arrested a number of people in connection with the alleged theft last year of the source code to the long-anticipated first-person shooter, Half-Life 2, it has emerged.
Tony Smith, 11 Jun 2004

Sun sparks server tie up with Fujitsu

Last week Sun Microsystems released details of more than 30 technology innovations at its Network Computer 04 event in Shanghai. These included a second release of the Sun Java Desktop System, and a preview of the new Solaris 10 Operating System.
Tony Lock, 11 Jun 2004
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Nintendo plots next-gen console 'Revolution'

Nintendo's next console release has been codenamed 'Revolution', the company's president, Satoru Iwata, revealed this week.
Tony Smith, 11 Jun 2004
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Computer intrusion losses waning

Computer intrusions are on the decline for the third year in a row, at least among respondents to an annual survey conducted by the Computer Security Institute (CSI) and the FBI's computer crime squad.
Kevin Poulsen, 11 Jun 2004
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Muggers refuse to nick crap mobile phone

Muggers in South Africa handed back an Alcatel mobile phone while robbing two terrified women - because they refused to thieve "cheap stuff".
Tim Richardson, 11 Jun 2004
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MS sues 200 for spamming

Microsoft has filed eight lawsuits in the US against nearly 200 accused spammers, saying that the defendants had used false information to conceal themselves, and had deceived consumers. Each of the lawsuits "names" at least 20 unidentified defendants, as well as one John Hites, identified by anti-spam campaigners at Spamhaus as one of the world's ten most prolific spammers.
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Jun 2004
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Webmaster cleared of promoting terrorism

A US jury yesterday cleared a Saudi graduate student of running websites that allegedly fostered terrorism.
John Leyden, 11 Jun 2004
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Paris Metro firm to run Wi-Fi buses

Wireless Internet access will soon move beyond railways and onto the roads if RATP, the company which runs the Paris Metro and the capital's bus services, has its way.
Tony Smith, 11 Jun 2004
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iRiver to ship third 'video iPod' in July

Reg Kit Watch iRiver is set to ship the second of its three 'video iPod' player families in July - the Linux-based Personal Multimedia Player (PMP).
Tony Smith, 11 Jun 2004
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Punters kill healthy hard drives - Seagate

One in three hard drives returned to Seagate for repair is "actually in perfect working order", says Guy Weavers, director of EMEA field applications engineering at Seagate. So customers are wrongly blaming the drive when their PC breaks down. This means that they lose data, time and maybe money, by sending it back to the Seagate factory. Time and money is lost down the line by Seagate resellers too.
Drew Cullen, 11 Jun 2004
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XML Tower of Babel - bring on UBL

XML is taking over the world for all sorts of good reasons. But just as we thought that it would solve all our problems and let us build a tower up to the gods, babble intervenes.
Peter Abrahams, 11 Jun 2004
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Music biz 'satanism' revealed

Letters: The music industry was delighted this week, when the latest round of figures seemed to show that file sharing may have slipped into decline. If that sounds a little conditional, it should. Not everyone agrees, and there are more than a few alternative explanations offered in this mail round up:
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Jun 2004
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Third Voice slammed for defacing websites

It was five years ago today... For those readers who enjoy collecting "bright ideas that never caught on", here's a really, really popular innovation from long-gone, completely unlamented Third Voice:
Team Register, 11 Jun 2004
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Dabs.com threatens legal action over its own pricing cock-up

Dabs.com is threatening legal action against an Irish IT firm after it bought a stack of mispriced goods from the computer etailer.
Tim Richardson, 11 Jun 2004
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Seattle ferries to offer Wi-Fi

Washington State Ferries (WSF) has pledged to equip vessels on four of its routes with public Wi-Fi access. And yesterday, it switched on the first wireless-enabled ferry, the Klickitat, to test the technology.
Tony Smith, 11 Jun 2004
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Sony Vaio VGN-X505VP

Review Let's get the obvious out of the way first. This latest Vaio from Sony is, without a shadow of a doubt, the coolest notebook computer ever. It's that simple. This is the kind of product that just stops people in their tracks when they see it. Pull this out of your bag in an aiport departure lounge, and your fellow passengers will turn green with envy, and shamefully hide their own big and heavy notebooks under the nearest chair, writes Riyad Emeran.
Trusted Reviews, 11 Jun 2004
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Microsoft delivers 'the Facts' about Linux

Microsoft kicked off the first of its seminars "to help customers better understand the debate surrounding Microsoft and Open Source software" with an all-day conference in London yesterday. The latest strand in Microsoft's "Get the Facts" counter-offensive against Linux will tour Britain this summer.
John Leyden, 11 Jun 2004
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Alzheimer's patients to trial MS labs life-blog gadget

SenseCam, a hardware research project developed at Microsoft's Cambridge labs, may find a use in the treatment patient suffering from short-term memory loss.
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Jun 2004
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Orange punters face more mobile misery

UK mobile operator Orange has bungled again after failing to register a new batch of phone numbers. As a result, a number of customers are only able to receive calls made from BT landlines and other Orange customers.
Tim Richardson, 11 Jun 2004

EMC squares up for on-target year

US storage giant EMC has reiterated its guidance for the year, disappointing investors slightly. The company is expecting profits of about $850m on revenue of around $8.1bn in 2004, in line with analysts' average expectations. This would represent year-on-year revenue growth of approximately 30 per cent.
Anthony Quinn, 11 Jun 2004
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Oracle e-biz suite needs patching

Users of Oracle e-business suite applications must patch systems following the discovery of multiple vulnerabilities. Unpatched Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and Oracle Applications 11.0 packages are subject to Multiple SQL injection flaws that could be used to manipulate database entries, Oracle warns.
John Leyden, 11 Jun 2004

HP maps growth path

Hewlett-Packard hosted its annual securities analyst meeting in San Jose this week, and the company's top brass laid out its plan to grow revenues consistently at a rate in the high single digits (twice the rate of global GDP growth) and to grow profits by more than 20 per cent a year. This ambitious goal is similar to that of its main rival IBM, but HP thinks it has a unique way of reaching it...
Datamonitor, 11 Jun 2004
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NTL builds bigger worm trap

Cable telco NTL is blocking more Internet ports to stop worms from spreading across its network. Last month it blocked port 135. Now it is blocking (inbound only): 137 (UDP), 138 (UDP), 139 (TCP), 445 (UDP & TCP), 593 (TCP), 1433 (TCP), 1434 (UDP) and 27374 (TCP).
John Leyden, 11 Jun 2004

GlassHouse bids for Euro storage business

US outfit GlassHouse Technologies has bought itself a slice of the $8bn European storage services market by acquiring two UK companies in the same field. Sagitta Performance Systems and Source Consulting had already agreed to merge with each other, and have now become GlassHouse's UK arm.
Bryan Betts, 11 Jun 2004
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HP gets vague about Opteron and Itanium blades

HP is doing the expected, announcing plans to roll out Opteron- and Itanium-based blade servers.
Ashlee Vance, 11 Jun 2004
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IT still matters - just not how it used to

Nicholas Carr, author of the now infamous Harvard Business Review article "IT Doesn't Matter" in May 2003, is set to stir up the hornet's nest once more with a book on the same subject, "Does IT Matter? Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage"...
Datamonitor, 11 Jun 2004
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Biometric DRM is 'empowering' says iVue maker

How do you understand a man who wants us to use biometrically generated keys before we can listen to our music?
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jun 2004