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Broken CD with wrench

EMC measures ADIC for tape rescue

EMC caused a stir last week when it agreed to resell tape libraries from ADIC. First and foremost, there was some industry shock to see EMC pick up tape in such full force after all these years extolling the virtue of disk. Secondly, EMC drew harsh words from ADIC's tape rival StorageTek.
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Energis dials up first profit

Energis has posted its first profit, a nice turnaround for the UK alternative telco which had to be rescued by the banks when it went titsup two years ago.
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UK firm patents software downloads

A British company with a history of taking on larger rivals says it owns six patents affecting software downloads. The claim comes from British Technology Group (BTG), which is in the business of turning inventors' ideas into commercial products. If true, it could mean that dozens of software firms that use the Web to deliver certain kinds of software - including security updates and patches - could be forced to pay royalties to BTG.
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BT cocks up email storage upgrade

BT bodged its email storage upgrade yesterday after punters received emails warning them that they are exceeding their Yahoo! Mail storage quota by a "very large amount" and that their accounts had been "temporarily disabled from receiving new messages".
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Open Source: just another licensing model

Let's be clear about this. There are four different reasons for choosing an open source solution. First, because you want to play around with the code; second, because you have ethical concerns over the extent to which proprietary vendors should be allowed to profit from their products; third, because you think the product is better or more suitable for what you want it for than any proprietary equivalent; and fourth, because it is cheaper.
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Nokia makes all the right noises

Nokia CEO Jorma Ollila has outlined a multi-pronged attack incorporating more clamshell phones, greater operator customization, better penetration into the mid-range, and faster reactions to handset fashions. Although Mr Ollila made a good argument for putting Nokia's recent woes behind it, the true efficacy of these choices is likely to be seen only in the medium rather than short term.
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Amadeus takes control of Opodo

Amadeus is paying €62m for a majority stake in struggling online travel agent Opodo.
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Feds reject anti-spam registry

The Federal Trade Commission has decided not to set up an anti-spam register. Congress originally mooted the idea of a National Do Not Email register but the FTC voted unanimously to reject the idea.
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Americans lost $2.4bn to net fraudsters in 2003

US consumers lost $2.4bn last year to online scammers and phishing attacks.
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IT manager fired for lunchtime Web surfing

It was five years ago today... The moral of today's blast from the past is this: if you do have a couple of spare minutes at work between fielding phone and mobile calls, answering SMSes or responding to the 10,000 or so emails each and every one of us receives every day, then don't spend them surfing the Net:
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Bono rides into Silicon Valley

International roving rock pundit and all-round good guy Bono has stuck one of his many, many fingers into the Silicon Valley pie.
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BBC outsource deal includes staff black list

The BBC's decision to outsource its technology department was bound to be controversial but its decision to give bidders for the contract a hit-list of planned job cuts is even less popular.
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Wheels come off DVD royalty-dodging ruse

A Dutch company's cunning plan to deliver DVD movies to customers' TV sets digitally without having to pay additional performance rights has already run into trouble. Dvdstream's partner Homelink - the Danish manufacturer of the Palmbutler 600 set-top box - has gone into receivership and may not be able to deliver the hardware on time.
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FCC posts GSM, Wi-Fi iPaq specs

Full details of HP's iPaq h6300 PocketPC phone have been posted on the Federal Communications Commission's web site.
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SurfControl distributes email mailing list

SurfControl yesterday issued an exciting press release outlining "the dangers facing businesses who do not protect their e-mail communications against confidential data loss".

EMC ups storage software market share

EMC Corporation has extended its storage software lead in Q4 to 30.1 per cent revenue share, according to data released by IDC this week. On a year-over-year basis, EMC continued to outpace the worldwide storage software market with 35.4 per cent revenue growth and gained more revenue share than any other major vendor.
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Elpida, Micron ask Japan to take Hynix to task

Memory makers Elpida and Micron have asked Japan's Ministry of Finance to impose punitive duties on rival manufacturer Hynix.
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Reg Reader Studies: the results are in

Mobile Security and Responsibility Taking the right attitude to secure mobile technology Published: Jan 2006 When companies extend their business IT operations to mobile employees, their risks are increased as valuable software, data and devices are taken out of the protected perimeter of the office, and placed in the pockets …
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Redbus Interhouse suffers power outage

There are red faces at Redbus Interhouse this morning after a power failure forced many of its customers offline late yesterday afternoon.
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Astronomers weigh ultra-cool brown dwarf

An international team of astronomers have been able to measure the mass of an ultra-cool brown dwarf "star", and its binary companion, directly, for the first time.
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Intel 'delays' Centrino 2 chipset

Intel has put back the release of Centrino 2 to 2005, unnamed sources from Taiwan's notebook manufacturing community have alleged.
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BOFH: The Complete Package

Cash'n'Carrion Our lovely range of BOFH merchandising is now pretty well stocked with everthing the covert sysadmins needs, from t-shirts to mugs to BOFH rubber accessories...
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Sony to ship new PSX models on 1 July

Sony will update its PSX personal video recorder/Playstation 2 combo device family on 1 July following the company's move to suspend production of the original models earlier this year.
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Apple resellers are revolting

A group of deeply disgruntled ex-Apple resellers in the US have filed their fourth amended complaint against the computer giant in the Superior Court of Santa Clara. They will be back in court on the 22nd of June when a trial date should be set.
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Printer majors rally around ISO toner lifespan standard

As the debate over the price of toner and ink continues to bubble over, printer makers Epson, HP, Canon and Lexmark have attempted to show their noses are clean by jointly announcing they will support the ISO's new laser printer toner cartridge yield benchmark.
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XFX GeForce 6800 Ultra

Review It's finally here, the first retail GeForce 6800 Ultra card and it hasn't come from one of the usual board partner suspects. That said, supplier XFX isn't a new company. It's backed by the Pine group which has been around for a good few years, but never really made a big noise. The card itself is based entirely on the Nvidia reference design and the only change is a different fan plate with an XFX logo on it, writes Lars-Goran Nilsson.
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Penguins come to Wimbledon

When the prestige Wimbledon tennis tournament kicks off next Monday, IBM will be providing the technology for the fifteenth consecutive year.

CMI launches search for the Future of Comms

The Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI) has launched a new initiative - the Communications Innovation Institute (CII) - established to understand the things that help new technology take hold, and the things that hinder it.
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Red Planet serves up blueberries

Martian blueberries, marble-shaped pebbles known as haematite concretions, could be another indication that water once flowed on the surface of the red planet, according to researchers in the US.
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Spammer prosecutions waste time and money

The recent US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report on the futility of establishing a national 'do not email' registry contains a number of interesting observations related to spam control and to the so-called CAN-SPAM Act.
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CollabNet revamp makes offshorers happy

Gone are the days when CollabNet graced the hypertext pages of every online news site. Gone are the days when the company could ride founder Brian Behlendorf's image as Apache co-creator to open-source software icon status at every turn. And, yet, despite CollabNet's current low profile, the company is probably more interesting than ever.
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Oracle finds more app server staff off H-101

Oracle has turned to acquisition once again to strengthen its application server product, according to a report. The database maker is set to announce its purchase of startup Collaxa at Sun Microsystems' JavaOne conference later this month.