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Intel cool on 802.20

Intel could be closing the door on the emerging 802.20 mobile broadband wireless access standard after the company admitted to uncertainty surrounding the working group's ability to put aside self-interest. But the chip giant has finally accepted the rise of the Bluetooth short-range wireless technology, which will shortly be accommodated in its wireless LAN chipsets.
Datamonitor, 05 Aug 2004
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Hynix creditors to vote on China DRAM fab plan

Hynix will today get the green light from its creditors for its scheme to build a $1.75bn DRAM fab in China.
Tony Smith, 05 Aug 2004
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Lastminute.com axes 350 jobs

Lastminute.com is to cull 350 jobs and close ten of its 25 offices in a bid to slash overheads and "streamline" its operation. The cutbacks will be carried out during the 2005 financial year.
Tim Richardson, 05 Aug 2004
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SEC sends Wells notice to Business Objects

Business Objects, the French software company, admitted yesterday that it had received a Wells notice from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), recommending that charges be brought against the company for allegedly failing to disclose its order backlog.
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Aug 2004
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AOL buys Mailblocks to fight spam

In brief AOL yesterday announced the acquisition of privately held anti-spam firm Mailblocks for an undisclosed amount.
John Leyden, 05 Aug 2004

Dell offers 64-bit Pentium 4 workstations

Dell this week rolled out 64-bit Pentium 4-based workstations alongside its more heavily-publicised 64-bit Xeon servers.
Tony Smith, 05 Aug 2004
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IBM promises no patent assault on Linux

IBM has promised it will not use its stockpile of patents against Linux unless it is "forced to defend itself". The company made its announcement at LinuxWorld, where it laid down the gauntlet to other software companies, challenging them to follow its lead.
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Aug 2004
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Digital print booths: Kodak addresses your concerns

We're obliged to Kodak for getting back to us to answer the questions raised by one reader's recent field test of the Kodak digital print booth as now enjoyed by Boots' customers across the UK.
Lester Haines, 05 Aug 2004
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Gigabyte alleges Asus is mobo speed 'cheat'

Updated Gigabyte has accused rival motherboard maker Asus of rigging recent benchmark tests. It alleges that Asus "clandestinely" enabled a hidden overclocking mode in its BIOS that made certain Asus mobos appear to run faster than they do in the real world.
Tony Smith, 05 Aug 2004
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FCC approves taps on broadband and VoIP

US regulators yesterday ruled tentatively in favor of an FBI and Justice Department proposal that would compel Internet broadband and VoIP providers to open their networks up to easy surveillance by law enforcement agencies.
Kevin Poulsen, 05 Aug 2004
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BT and CPW in £1,000 challenge showdown

The Carphone Warehouse's (CPW) pledge that if it ain't cheaper than BT it'll cough up £1,000 could be about to be tested following BT's claim that it is now cheaper than CPW.
Tim Richardson, 05 Aug 2004
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FBI publishes computer crime and security stats

Every year for the past nine years, the Computer Security Institute and the FBI undertake a computer crime and security survey among companies and institutions in the US. These surveys provide interesting insights into the level of computer crime being experienced by companies, as well as how they are responding to security breaches.
Fran Howarth, 05 Aug 2004
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BT launches fixed-line SMS

BT has launched a range of phones that will allow people to send a receive text messages on their fixed telephone lines. The service will send texts to and from mobile phones and between fixed line phones. For those without SMS enabled handsets, BT will convert the text to speech.
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Aug 2004
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UK.biz hit for £250m in phone bill blunders

Billing blunders and the misuse of company phones by employees are costing UK businesses an extra £250m a year, according to alternative telco Energis.
Tim Richardson, 05 Aug 2004
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Sony SDM-HS73P 17in X-Black monitor

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Trusted Reviews, 05 Aug 2004
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Oz teen's crime spree financed mobile phone addiction

An Australian judge has warned of the possible arrival of a disturbing new trend of teenagers stealing goods to finance their addiction to mobile phones. The warning came as the judge sentenced a 17-year-old thief to two years and three months on probation for a series of robberies.
John Leyden, 05 Aug 2004
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FCC awards small win to TiVo sharers, MPAA slips safety catch

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided Wednesday that small clusters of TiVo subscribers may exchange content files over the Internet without causing the total collapse of the entertainment pigopoly, Reuters reports.
Thomas C Greene, 05 Aug 2004
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Bosses finger workers for virus attacks

Workers are to blame for many of the security breaches that wreck firms' computers networks, according to research by the Institute of Directors (IoD).
Tim Richardson, 05 Aug 2004
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Apple coughs up for iTunes Music Store patent

Apple has agreed to pay undisclosed royalties to a company that challenged the core concept behind the iTunes Music Store.
Tony Smith, 05 Aug 2004
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Google must buy back buddy stock

Google was lauded for bypassing institutional cronyism when it opted for an auction process for its initial public stock offering. But a different kind of cronyism has landed it in breach of financial regulations.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Aug 2004
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Trojan horse stalks PocketPC

Russian virus hunters Kaspersky Labs have detected a Trojan horse programme capable of infecting PDAs running Microsoft's PocketPC operating system.
John Leyden, 05 Aug 2004
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Fox bravely shops 9/11 source to Feds

White House gazette Fox News has betrayed to the Feds a high-profile source who exposed intelligence blunders by the National Security Agency (NSA) in dealing with terrorist communications, the Washington Post reports.
Thomas C Greene, 05 Aug 2004
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Easy VoIP wiretaps coming soon

Virtually everything done via TCP/IP, with the (for now) exception of instant messaging, is on its way to becoming wiretap-friendly, thanks to a tentative 5-0 decision by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Wednesday.
Thomas C Greene, 05 Aug 2004
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Bill Gates stalks Nintendo - again

Bill Gates still wants to buy Nintendo, despite being turned down by majority shareholder Hiroshi Yamauchi a few years ago.
Tony Smith, 05 Aug 2004
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Pfizer takes big stick to Viagra spammers

Pfizer, the maker of Viagra, has declared war on spammers and online pharmacies, illegally peddling pills under the Viagra brand. The company says it will pursue the offending persons and organisations in court. It is taking the action after its market research revealed that a quarter of men think Pfizer is the source of spam emails advertising the drug.
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Aug 2004
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Gizmondo fishes for game coders with cash fund fly

Another week, another Gizmondo press release. This time the publicity hungry handheld console developer has said it wants to offer developers money for games.
Tony Smith, 05 Aug 2004
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Rutan bagsies 'shotgun' in SpaceShipOne

Burt Rutan, the pioneering aviation engineer behind the SpaceShipOne mission, has hinted that he will be aboard the vehicle when it makes its next flight in a bid to become the first commercially-funded craft to leave the Earth's atmosphere.
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Aug 2004
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Legal threat halts second proposed BBC Tech strike

A second proposed strike by BBC Technology staff later this month has been called off following a threat of legal action by the monster broadcaster.
Tim Richardson, 05 Aug 2004
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'Stealing songs is wrong' lessons head for UK schools

At the beginning of last month the British Government launched a "Music Manifesto" to promote music in schools. But already this typically Blairite bundle of good intentions is being hijacked (with not a little cooperation from the minders in Whitehall) in order to inflict copyright lessons on schoolchildren, from pre-school onwards.
John Lettice, 05 Aug 2004
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Oracle 'sitting on security fixes'

Database giant Oracle has been censured by a leading security expert for sitting on fixes to defend against a wide variety of security vulnerabilities affecting its database software.
John Leyden, 05 Aug 2004

IBM sweetens G5 Linux deals

While IBM is offering new incentives for its sales force to sell Linux on its POWER processors, Apple partner Yellow Dog has updated the Linux distribution that runs on G5-based Macs. Big Blue makes the processor that powers its own AIX and OS/400 systems, as well the 970 POWER variant that Apple brands the G5.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Aug 2004
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Sun forgets about Novell, remembers products

LinuxWorld After stealing the spotlight on day one of LinuxWorld, Sun Microsystems settled down and managed to make some actual product announcements at the show.
Ashlee Vance, 05 Aug 2004