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Sun's Opteron fleet finally goes on sale

Sun Microsystems has finally made the shift from key Opteron braggart to key Opteron vendor with the release of three new systems.
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Real to 'free' iPod from iTunes Music Store

Real Networks has effectively reverse engineered Apple's iTunes Music Store DRM system, FairPlay, having failed to persuade the Mac maker to license the technology.
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UK newspapers hop on music download bandwagon

UK national newspaper The Sun and London local rag the Evening Standard have hopped onto the digital music bandwagon through joint promos with two UK-based online music services.
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HP boss hits 'short-sighted' analysts

Carly Fiorina, chief executive of HP, has criticised equity analysts for placing too much importance on quarterly figures. She said some analysts have unreasonable expectations of technology companies.
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Schwarzenegger virus terminated

Virus writers have moved on from using Osama bin Laden's "suicide" as a lure to trying the same trick with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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Hynix reports record profit

Cost-cutting and strong demand from digital cameras and LCDs pushed Hynix to an all-time-high profit figure during its second fiscal quarter, the company reported today.
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Vodafone: thin in Japan

Vodafone has had a good first quarter but is still suffering in Japan where lack of handsets and problems with 3G drove down sales and Average Revenue Per User (ARPU).
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Newbie ISP offers PAYG broadband

New-kid-on-the-block ISP Lixxus has unveiled a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) broadband package which charges customers based on how much they use their service.
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Goth sysadmins rage against Reg music machine

Letters We're not yet sure whether or not our Mother of all Music Polls will confirm that developers prefer Megadeth to Mozart, but we have already been able to draw some interesting conclusions from the exercise.

King Arthur and his Bytes of the Round Table

Exclusive Does anyone still say "The camera never lies?" Well, maybe it doesn't - but the film projector certainly does, which is why London post-production house Cinesite needed 14TB of top-of-the-line storage from Network Appliance for its work on King Arthur, the latest Hollywood historical epic.
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Intel mobile, desktop chips for the chop

So farewell, 2.4GHz and 2.6GHz Northwood Pentium 4. Goodbye, 2.2GHz, 2.4GHz, 2.5GHz, 2.6GHz 2.8GHz, 3.06GHz and 3.2GHz Mobile Pentium 4. Cheerio, 1GHz Ultra-low Voltage Pentium M. Ta-ta, 2.2GHz, 2.4GHz and 2.5GHz Mobile Celeron. Clear off 1.2GHz Celeron M.
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Microsoft makes $2.69bn in Q4

Microsoft made a profit of $2.69bn for the fourth quarter ended 30 June 2004, on sales of $9.29bn - up 15 per cent on the same period last year. But shares fell three per cent in late trading, because profit per share was 28 cents, missing analysts' expectations of 29 cents.
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WAT makes websites accessible

IBM has developed a service called Web Adaptation Technology (WAT), which allows disabled users to make standard web pages (including those that are not W3C compliant) more accessible without having to delve into their desktop operating systems.
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BayStar sets lawyers on SCO

SCO's attempts to rescue its relationship with BayStar Capital, its biggest backer, have come to naught. On Friday morning, Eastern time, SCO announced that the stock buyback deal it agreed with the unhappy investment firm had closed. Two hours and five minutes later, Baystar issued a statement saying that a) no it hadn't and b) we'll see you in court, matey.
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Eclipse stars with BT's Wi-Fi network

Eclipse Internet is to resell BT's public Wi-Fi service, offering customers the chance to use their broadband on the move.

Skype preps pre-pay service for the world

Voice over IP specialist Skype has signed carrier agreements with four companies as the first stage in offering VoIP calls from any computer, with Skype software, to any landline in the world.
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Sage co-founder goes to Glasgow

The co-founder of Sage, Graham Wylie, is continuing his shopping spree for UK resellers who target small and medium-sized businesses. Wylie, and his Technology Services Group (TSG), bought Geordie Sage reseller Joynson in October 2003 and in June 2004 he bought Edinburgh-based Nordic Data. In total, the firm has made six acquisitions.
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IBM 'readying dual-core G5'

IBM is preparing a dual-core version of its 90nm PowerPC 970FX processor - aka the G5. Codenamed Antares, the chip will be delivered - likely in sample form - to Apple later this summer.
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AMD knocks up to 30% off Athlon 64 prices

AMD adjusted its desktop processor pricing today, cutting what it charges for Athlon 64 processor by up to 30.9 per cent while increasing the cost of its Athlon 64 FX chip and some Athlon XP parts to compensate.
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dabs.com owner goes on TV

David Atherton, the founder of dabs.com, is launching his own interactive shopping channel on digital TV.
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Vegas braces for DEFCON

Preview The bill has been finalised for DEFCON, the largest hacker gathering in the world, which kicks off this weekend. In between frightening the locals, strong-arming the one-arm bandits and defacing each other's websites conference delegates can look forward to an interesting array of talks.
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IT industry warned over wasted money

Four in ten of the UK's bosses reckon they've wasted money on new technology. Although a third admit that were to blame for a dodgy purchase, a quarter blame the IT industry for selling them duff kit.
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Seagate extends HDD warranties to five years

Hard disk maker Seagate has upped the duration of key product warranties to five years.
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Asteroid named after Dill Faulkes

Dill Faulkes, a British entrepreneur, has had a minor planet named after him in recognition of his contribution to science education.
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Google prices IPO, names ticker

Google has set the pricing for its public flotation. Trading under the stock-ticker GOOG, the company will make 24.6 million shares available for between $108 and $135 a share, of which $14m represents new equity. This represents nine per cent of the company, a stake worth $2.6bn and $3.32bn, which values the company at a minimum of $24bn and as much as $36.25bn.
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3 signs up Argos

Catalogue shop Argos is to start selling pre-pay video mobile phones from 3.
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IBM wins Bradford IT gig

IBM and IT Net are the preferred bidders for a massive contract for Bradford council. The consortium beat off competition from Atos KPMG. About 135 council workers will move jobs as part of the outsourcing contract.
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US Wi-Fi operators inch towards roaming

US public WLAN operators are beginning to lose their fear of co-operation, and strike roaming agreements with rivals. Sprint and SBC Wi-Fi users will be able to access hotspots from either network, although Sprint only has twelve of these nationwide, and SBC around 1,800.
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Macrovision preps '99% effective' CD lock-in tech

Copy protection software developer Macrovision is set to roll out an updated version of its CDS 300 system that it claims can beat attempts to bypass Windows' auto-run feature but goes some way to balance that by allowing users to burn copies of the CD for personal use.
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Microsoft touts AMD, snubs Intel with Yukon beta

Microsoft's SQL Server 2005 database has reached the plebs in the form of a beta 2 release that includes, among other things, support for AMD's Opteron processor but not for Intel's similar 64-bit Xeon chip.
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EC accuses Vodafone, O2 of overcharging

The European Commission has accused Vodafone and O2 of overcharging overseas operators for roaming services.
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Google goes gimpy from MyDoom infection

A variant of the MyDoom worm this morning triggered an unfortunate mini denial of service attack on a number of search engines - most notably Google.