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Microsoft gives Japanese watchdog the brushoff

Never one to let a government agency push it around, Microsoft has politely declined to follow the Japanese Fair Trade Commission's (JFTC) request that it alter sales practices when dealing with Japanese PC makers.

HP boots ServerWorks with new Xeon kit

HP looks set to upgrade four of its ProLiant servers with Intel's new 64-bit Xeon processor in the very near future, according to information from HP partners.
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Apple licenses iTunes to Motorola

Motorola is to embed Apple's iTunes into its mobile phone, the duo announced last night.
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Intel: common Xeon, Itanic chipset by 2007

Intel has reiterated its plan to merge its Xeon and Itanium system architectures during the next three years.
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Outbreak of RFID tagging at medical facilities

The Jacobi Medical Centre in New York is tagging patients with RFID chips in a pilot project run with Siemens Business Services.
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Orange buoys France Telecom results

A good performance from Orange and Wanadoo lifted France Telecom revenues in the first half of the year. Revenues for Orange, France Telecom's mobile arm, and by Wanadoo, its Internet business, both grew by more than 11 per cent. Group sales for the six months to 30 June 2004 advanced 4.2 per cent on same time last year.
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Elpida to mass-produce DDR 2 in August

Elpida will next month begin mass-producing DDR 2 SDRAM using its 100nm process, the company said today. First to fall off the production line will be DDR 2 chips designed for 533MHz and 667MHz operation.
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The J2EE Tutorial - complete guide

Site Offer The J2EE™ Tutorial, is the complete guide to all major components of the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) version 1.4. Written by members of the J2EE platform team at Sun Microsystems, this is the task-oriented and example-driven book that will have new and intermediate Java programmers building J2EE applications right away.
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Punters trade privacy for personalisation

British onsumers are happy to give away private information if they get better, more personalised online content in exchange. A survey found 64 per cent would exchange preference information for personalised content and product information. Just over half, 56 per cent, would give away information about their age and gender.
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Yahoo! offers phone photo upload

Yahoo! is offering customers in the US free storage for photos taken with mobile phones. Yahoo! Mobile Photo Upload will work for any camera phone on any of the five major US networks. There is no charge and no limit on the number of photos stored, according to Reuters.
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BT chops cost of UK Wi-Fi access

BT Openzone has slashed access charges to its network of public Wi-Fi hotspots, cutting the cost of fast wireless Internet connections by up to 70 per cent, the telco claimed today.
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HP rolls out Wi-Fi PDA phone

Updated HP has introduced six new iPaq PDAs, including the long-awaited - and much-speculated-upon - h6300 series of Wi-Fi/GSM/GRPS devices, 22 days later than expected.
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S&P revises Nokia outlook

Ratings agency Standard&Poor's has revised its outlook for handset maker Nokia.
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11 year-old-kids free to gamble online

Children as young as 11 are able to set up accounts and gamble online, a leading children's charity claims. According to NCH, only seven out of 37 gambling sites tested stopped a 16-year-old registering her details online.
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Senate backs visa waiver extension

The US Senate has given its backing to a one-year extension of the Visa Waiver Programme, the scheme under which travellers from US approved countries may travel to the US without biometric passports or visas.
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Red Hat hit with class action (No.2)

Another law firm is launching a class action suit against Red Hat - blaming the firm for its falling share price.

Computacenter signs 3PAR for utility play

Computacenter has signed a reseller and marketing agreement with US storage specialist 3PAR. The deal will see the two firms target financial and government organisations as well as UK SMEs. 3PAR offers consolidated on-demand storage and claims lower costs than traditional storage solutions.
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One.Tel touts cheap biz mobile calls

In brief One.Tel is offering discounted mobile phone calls for UK businesses. Piggybacking on the Vodafone network, One.Tel is offering five tariff plans starting from £8.50 per month and promising savings of up to 90 per cent on national and international calls. It is also offering businesses the chance to get their hands on a SIM card and a choice of handsets for nothing. ®
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We're all MyDoomed

A computer virus which affected the operation of Google yesterday is spreading like wildfire.
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Microsoft meets EC judge

Microsoft is meeting Bo Vesterdorf , the judge of the Court of First Instance, today in an effort to get penalties against the software giant suspended until the full appeal is heard.

US Navy buys IBM supercomputer

The US Navy has bought a new supercomputer from IBM that will, at a theoretical peak performance of 20 Teraflops, be the US military's fastest machine. The machine will be used to improve short term weather forecasts for fleets at sea, and to model aircraft and submarine designs.

Verizon dangles cheap VoIP for US land grab

Analysis Verizon, the largest local telecommunications provider in the US, has torn up the US telephone rule-book and is offering a US-wide Voice over IP (VoIP) service for $39.95 a month, with discounts available if customers use other Verizon services.
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Ex-ISP boss in legal challenge over unpaid bonus

The former boss of Liberty Surf UK Ltd - the ISP bought by Tiscali in January 2001 - is locked in a bitter legal dispute over a claim that he's owed £67,500 from his previous employer.
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eBay denies South Africa 419 hacking report

Auction site eBay has denied South African reports that a database of customer credit card numbers it maintains has been compromised by a Nigerian 419 syndicate.
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Alert over invoices from 'Domain Registry Services'

Nominet UK - the .uk Internet registry - is warning domain name holders to be on their guard against bogus invoices being distributed by an outfit called Domain Registry Services.

EMC makes Documentum 'storage-aware'

EMC reckons it is the first company to integrate information lifecycle management (ILM) with content management. It says this makes the content software 'storage-aware'.
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Screen Select signs up Wanadoo and Dixons

The battle for Britain's market for online DVD rental is hotting up with Screen Select nabbing distribution deals with Dixons and Wanadoo.
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Spamming for Dummies

Let's call him Stan. Our entirely fictitious character begins his work day, as many of us do, by opening his email client and checking for new messages. As usual, a few legitimate emails are hidden amongst a deluge of spam, one of which catches his eye.
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Emergency advice parody misses Gov UK funny bone

The Cabinet Office has demanded that the author of the Preparing for Emergencies parody site remove it from the Net immediately, and not put it up again in another guise.
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Microsoft Office 2003 gets first service pack

The first major update for Office 2003 is available for download from today.
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Rampant capitalism upsets delicate Reg reader

Letters: Microsoft's Q4 earnings (a paltry $2.94bn) were not just unpopular with Wall Street. The numbers didn't go over a bundle with you lot, either. One particularly irritated chap emailed us, presumably to vent his spleen:
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Sloppy businesses fingered by phone recording service

Hacked-off punters keen to turn the tables on companies that "fail to deliver the goods" can now use a new phone recording service that fingers businesses with poor customer service records.
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Sun targets HP-UX and Windows with software subs

Sun Microsystems has finalized a plan to put more pressure on rivals by porting its entire JES (Java Enterprise System) software line to the HP-UX and Windows operating systems.
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Forgotten language enables nonstop gadgets

Swiss embedded software company Esmertec has acquired the start-up founded by VM pioneer and former technical lead of Sun's HotSpot project, Lars Bak. OOVM was founded in Denmark in 2002 and privately-held Esmertec acquired the company for an undisclosed sum.
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America - a nation of corporate email snoops

Forget Big Brother, US conglomerates are paying low-tech snoopers to read workers' emails.
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US Navy preps 'Gestapo' server removal

The US Navy has a real battle on its hands in the form of a proxy server named Gestapo.
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Intel's CEO gets blunt about poor execution

Intel's CEO Craig Barrett has chastised workers, in a memo sent last week, for an unacceptable string of delays and manufacturing problems that threaten to undermine the company's position as the leading chip manufacturer.
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DRM begins to work its magic

Analysis Apple's agreement with Motorola is certainly a masterpiece of diplomacy.But it's much more, besides.