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Fujitsu unleashes 90nm SPARC64

Fresh off its blockbuster announcement with Sun Microsystems, Fujitsu has stepped up with a new version of the SPARC64 processor.
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Microsoft sues over South American drug allegations

Microsoft's Brazilian subsidiary has taken the country's leading open source advocate to court over what it calls defamatory remarks. Sergio Amadeu, president of the National Institute of Information Technology (ITI), a software libre consultancy, compared Microsoft's Windows license discounts for the public sector to running a "drug dealer practice". Brazil is moving towards open source at a pace, with central government and education leading the way. The magazine in which Amadeu's comments appeared last month is also named in the request.
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Larry Ellison's shopping list

The Department of Justice has published Oracle's most wanted list. It's a memo from April last year detailing the company's top acquisition targets. There are few surprises, with PeopleSoft and BEA taking the top spots, and Siebel coming in third. Also on the list at the time were Documentum, Business Objects, JD Edwards, Lawson Software, Sungard and Cerner. JD Edwards was subsequently snapped up by PeopleSoft, which then became the target of an aggressive takeover bid by Oracle, which has resulted in the current Antitrust hearings.
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Internet inventor Vint Cerf vows to network chickens

SuperComm The Internet has gotten to Vint Cerf and done so in an uncomfortable way.

AMD reveals Opteron crash bugs

AMD has pledged to fix three bugs in its Opteron chips that, if unremedied, could cause host systems to crash in certain circumstances.
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Motorola files for Freescale IPO

Motorola chip subsidiary Freescale has registered with the US Securities and Exchange Commission its intention to IPO.
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Merrill Lynch drops out of Google IPO

Search engine Google has dropped Merrill Lynch from the group of bankers overseeing its Initial Public Offering.
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Have 419ers bled Africa dry?

It appears that the days of riches beyond the wildest dreams of avarice pouring forth from Africa are finally over.
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Watch out for the bogus invoice man

UK businesses are being warned to be on their guard against bogus invoices for Internet-related services as fraudsters target understaffed firms during the summer.
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Intel invests in smart antennae to drive Wi-Fi, WiMAX

Intel has invested in 'smart antenna' developer Motia.
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AMD defeats Intel in US Supreme Court

Intel may soon be obliged to hand over internal documents to a European Commission (EC) anti-trust investigation.
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CopperEye releases datablade for Informix

CopperEye and IBM have announced a new Datablade for Informix users. The CopperEye Datablade is immediately available in Europe and will be available in the US later in the year. It runs on Informix v9.3 and up, and supports AIX, HP-UX, and Solaris and other platforms. Pricing varies by customer environment, but typically ranges from £30K - £360K ($54.6K -$655.1K), CopperEye says.
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Intel launches 90nm Celerons

Lost among the brouhaha surrounding Intel's 'Grantsdale' and 'Alderwood' chipset launch this past weekend was the chip giant's introduction of a set of 90nm Celeron processors.
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Tiffany sues eBay over fakes

Tiffany is suing eBay over for fake jewellery offered for sale on the online auction site.
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MPs slams Customs on suck it and see IT

Customs & Excise is spending vast sums on IT for uncertain benefits, according to an influential group of MPs.
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Cablevision in triple play promo

Cablevision - a cableco that serves 3m households in the New York metropolitan area - has sparked a price war.
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SpaceShipOne triumphs

SpaceShipOne yesterday became the first privately-built and manned vehicle to reach the lower limits of space.
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C# Programming - explore, modify and extend

Site Offer The great promise of .NET is that it allows the different parts of an enterprise application to be built using the same platform; yet, until now, .NET books have avoided covering the sort of issues that arise when these large applications are being constructed.
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Peter Gabriel sells digital music firm

US digital music distributor Loudeye has acquired On Demand Distribution (OD2) for $40.5m in cash and shares.
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PalmOne posts Q4 profit

PalmOne saw its shares jump more than 20 per cent in after-hours trading last night after it beat expectations by posting a profit for the fourth quarter.

SIP pundit fires broadside at Skype

Last week we carried our thoughts and impressions from the VON (voice over networks) conference in London and focused on the difference between the instantaneous gratification of Skype for private individuals and the safe and efficient enterprise wide VoIP implementations, reliant mostly on the SIP protocol.
Faultline, 22 2004
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Intertrust ready for DRM role

It looks like the $440m settlement between Microsoft and Intertrust is going to be worthwhile for everyone concerned, with the potential for it to release a universal Digital Rights platform before the end of the year that will change dramatically how online content is consumed.
Faultline, 22 2004
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Ofcom bungles Tiscali broadband ad ruling

Ofcom has bungled a ruling against Tiscali UK after ticking off the ISP by mistake.
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People must come first in e-government

The key to local government modernisation is not in the IT, it is in the people. IT is the central element of updating services, but it cannot be considered in isolation: the people running the services and the people using the services must come first.
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MS 'to drop' Xbox compatibility from Xbox 2

Microsoft's Xbox 2 console will not be backwardly compatible with the current version, sources close to the company claim.
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BMW to add iPod in-car interconnect

BMW has confirmed speculation and leaks that from 12 July it is to offer US drivers the ability to hook their iPods directly into in-car stereo systems.
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Aussie troops to become Wi-Fi GIs

The Australian army is to bring a whole new meaning to the terms 'wardriving' and 'hotspot' when it equips troops with Wi-Fi-enabled communications kit later this year.
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Bell Micro buys UK distie

Bell Microproducts has bought Manchester distie OpenPSL Ltd for $36m (£19.8m) in a mixture of cash and shares. Bell expects the deal will be accretive to earnings. OpenPSL expects revenue of around $209m (£115m) for the year ending July 2004.
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BT picks PeopleSoft

BT has chosen PeopleSoft to help it manage its 100,000 staff. BT expects to lower HR costs using PeopleSoft's Enterprise Human Capital Management software.
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Gates' money-pile now bigger than galaxy

It was five years ago today... When looking at the total sum of Bill Gates' wealth we are reminded of the old Abba song. No, not Money, Money, Money, but rather SOS, which begins with the line: "Where are those happy days, they seem so hard to find..?"
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US hardcore not interested in the Net

The US has a hardcore group of people who simply aren't interested in using the Internet. Around a third of US adults have rejected the Net, causing researchers to split them into two distinct groups.
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US and EU kiss and make up over Galileo

A spat between the US and the EU over the European satellite-based global navigation system Galileo is to be formally ended in Ireland this week. Officials will sign an accord to ensure that the new system will provide the desired accuracy but not interfere with US military signals.
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US telecomms research in disarray - official

SuperComm It's rare to see such immense concern on the face of US technology executives and government regulators. But concern is the exact word needed to describe the state of panelists debating the health of the US telecommunications industry during a panel held here Monday at the SuperComm conference.
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File traders put an end to Lollapalooza

The magical Lollapalooza music festival has been cancelled as a result of peer-to-peer file trading.
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Microsoft poo-poos Xbox 2 backwards compatibility 'fiction'

Microsoft today slammed claims that Xbox 2 will not play Xbox games as "irresponsible... pulp fiction".