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Sun's Solaris shines on Itanium

In the past few months, Jonathan Schwartz, the president of Sun Microsystems, has twice blurted out ideas about what Sun might do with its Solaris operating system that have a lot of heads in the IT industry cocking their heads to one side like Sun's old advertising dog, Network. In early June, it was open source Solaris, and this week, it was Solaris running on Itanium and Power processors.
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Transmeta sales grow as losses mount

Transmeta experienced modest sales growth during its second quarter of fiscal 2004. But in a reference to 90nm demand issues, the company warned that it is not expecting large-scale adoption of its second-generation Efficeon processor to take place until 2005.
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US and Europe embrace the digital home

The US is the largest and most competitive digital TV market in the world today, with more than 45 million digital households at the end of 2003. However, Datamonitor analyst James Healey says that by 2006 Europe will represent a larger digital TV market than the US, with some 63 million digital households.
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Europe: we will buy your PDAs

Europe's demand for PDAs and smart phones continued unabated through the second quarter of 2004, figures from market watcher IDC show.
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Porn filters ineffective against Tribbles

Letters This Friday's post bag was bulging with comments about the number of child porn sites blocked by BT's new CleanFeed filter, ISPA's subsequent call for clarification, and BT's response.

VoIP must pay its dues - Senate

Internet Phone providers won't escape the social obligations imposed on other telephony companies, after all. An amendment to the proposed 'Regulatory Freedom Act' by the Senate commerce committee gives states the right to impose the same levies on new providers to fund emergency services and access-for-all that established telcos must pay. Backed by Microsoft and Intel, the VoIP companies had lobbied hard to ensure that they escaped such dues. They also failed to convince the committee that they should get something for nothing. The VoIP providers piggy back onto an infrastructure that has already been paid for by the circuit-switched telco dinosaurs, who are understandably miffed, and the committee agreed that they should compensate the infrastructure providers.
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UK govt IT an 'appalling waste' of public money

An all-party committee of MPs yesterday attacked the government's record on public sector IT projects, and said Whitehall was hiding "an appalling waste" of public money behind a "cloak of commercial confidentiality".
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Dangers snags Sharp for Hiptop

Palo Alto-based smartphone start-up Danger has signed Sharp to manufacture its second-generation Hiptop. Danger currently employs contract manufacturers in Thailand, and the deal should ease supply problems. T-Mobile, an investor in the company, sells the Hiptop as the Sidekick in the United States.
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Google contextual ads: working for humanity

Letters special This is a one off. A Friday special, prompted by a couple of delightful examples of how one can use Google's contextualised advertising to brighten one's day.
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Euro notebook sales slowdown signals end of boom

Notebook sales in Europe's seven biggest economies are slowing, figures from market watcher Context reveal.
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Police to retain DNA records of cleared suspects

Police will be able to keep DNA and fingerprint records of innocent people on file indefinitely following a landmark legal ruling yesterday.
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Gateway loss balloons to $339m

Gateway's acquisition of eMachines once again hammered the parent's finances, widening its Q2 loss by a hefty margin.
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Novell eyes lean, mean Linux

Novell is developing a slimmed-down version of SuSE Linux especially designed to desktop enterprise deployments easier to support.
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Introducing the iPod London toilet guide

London-based iPod users, sensitive souls that they are, can now avoid the horror of unkempt public toilets, thanks to pPod (yes, pPod), a directory of reviewed public conveniences designed especially for the trendy music player.
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Japan ponders Wi-Fi tax

Japan's Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications Ministry is considering taxing Wi-Fi devices, sources within the government department have claimed.
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Do you play air guitar to MegaDeth?

Poll We were rather concerned at our beloved readers' response to the Training Camps's recent informal survey into the musical preferences of various IT trades according to the contents of their iPods.

Iomega drops 'Son of Clik' as losses swell

Iomega is to ditch its consumer-oriented 1.5GB micro removable drive system, DCT, and focus on business products in a bid to recover from its financial woes, the storage company said this week.
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Trojan poses as bin Laden suicide pics

Virus writers are trying to trick users into opening a Trojan horse on their PC by passing malicious code off as a "suicide photographs" of Osama bin Laden. At a result, Usenet newsgroups are overflowing with bogus messages claiming that journalists found the terrorist leader's hanged body earlier this week.
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Giant waves spotted from space

New analysis of satellite images has proven the existence of rogue waves: massive surges of water rising more than 25 metres above the ocean. Scientists are now starting to understand the factors that combine to produce such huge waves, long dismissed as myths.
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Cassini eyeballs Saturnian lightning storms

The Cassini spacecraft, now in orbit around Saturn, has spotted lightning in the gas giant's atmosphere, something that has never been directly observed before.
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Wiki-fiddlers defend Clever Big Book

Letters Wiki-fiddlers* may be accused of many things, but having a robust sense of humor is not one of them. In the week that colleague Ashlee Vance pointed out a few failings in the archive that isn't an archive, we took a pop at the encyclopedia that isn't an encyclopedia. Our jibe that the Wikipedia is the world's most useless encyclopedia drew precisely two angry responses. But both illustrate the condition perfectly.
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Spam poetry: transcending the junk mail paradigm

It's taken a while, but we have sifted through the flotsam and jetsam which washes every day through inboxes world-wide and found the precious pieces of amber which lie hidden within.
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The Internet - cheap at twice the price

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has just finished its bi-annual five-day meeting in Kuala Lumpur and it's feeling pretty good about itself.
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Chicago's emergency call center suffers heat exhaustion

Chicago's 911 emergency call center was sent into a state of disarray Thursday after a power outage knocked the center offline.
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Amazon misses Q2 numbers

Amazon.com has reported profits and upped its forecasts but still failed to meet expectations for its second quarter - just like eBay and Yahoo!