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IBM says SCO contract claims are an 'illusion'

IBM last week stepped up its attack against SCO by filing a motion to dismiss SCO's contract claims with the US District Court in Salt Lake City, Utah.

PalmOne offers Wi-Fi card...

PalmOne will ship its eagerly anticipated Wi-Fi SD card next month, but Palm OS-based PDA users looking for a broad-ranging WLAN solution may be disappointed - the device is supported by just two handhelds.
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Intel delays cheap hi-def TV tech

Intel has put back the release of its 'high-definition TVs for the rest of us' display technology.
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CA buys PestPatrol

In brief Computer Associates (CA) yesterday bought privately held anti-spyware firm PestPatrol for an undisclosed cash sum. CA will market PestPatrol's technology as eTrust PestPatrol and will incorporate it into its eTrust security software portfolio, alongside its existing anti-virus and anti-spam packages.

Second consortium unveils 'broadband Wi-Fi' proposal

A rival coalition to the WWiSE group has submitted its own proposal to the IEEE's 802.11n taskforce in a bid to shape the future of broadband-speed wireless networking.
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Crack Fedora Core and Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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Merrill Lynch downgrades notebook makers

Merrill Lynch has further downgraded its performance expectations for the major Taiwanese notebook manufacturers, following indications that they are now anticipating a slowdown in demand for their portable products.
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Gartner lowers PC forecasts

Gartner has lowered its forecast for global PC shipments amid weak consumer and business spending in the US.
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Footing the Big Brother webtap bill

On 9 August 2004, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took a major step toward mandating the creation and implementation of new Internet Protocol standards to make all Internet communications less safe and less secure. What is even worse, the FCC's ruling will force ISP's and others to pay what may amount to billions of dollars to ensure that IP traffic remains insecure.
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VIA NET.WORKS buys PSINet Europe

PSINet UK is set to recruit new staff following the recent acquisition of the ISP's mainland Europe operations by VIA NET.WORKS Inc.
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IT managers prescribe holistic security

Reg Reader Studies A Quocirca Reg Reader Study has found that while an overwhelming majority of IT managers believe that security measures should be managed centrally, just over half have actually begun to implement such a policy, and a paltry 18 per cent have actually completed deployment.
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Real halves music prices, widens loss

Real Networks is getting desperate, it seems. In addition to offering free access to its service during the Olympics, the company today slashed the cost of tracks to just 49c (27p) and albums to $4.99 (£2.71).
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Vote now to name BSA's antipiracy weasel

Poll The BSA's überplan to use innocent schoolkiddies to name its antipiracy ferret mascot met with scorn and derision from Reg readers, who demanded a poll to select a suitable moniker.
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Small.biz left standing in ecommerce gold rush

Despite the rapid increase of ecommerce the majority of retailers are neglecting to reap online benefits, a survey by Actinic Publishers has shown.
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BOFH takes a hit from Cupid's arrow

Episode 26 BOFH 2004
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Maxtor boosts SATA HDD cache to 16MB

Maxtor took its 7200rpm Serial ATA hard drive range to 300GB this week, rolling out two new models with big on-board cache buffers.
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IBM buys Maersk Data

IBM has splashed out an unspecified amount to acquire Danish computer services firm, Maersk Data, a subsidiary of the A.P. Møller-Maersk Group. It is also buying DM Data, an outsourcing business jointly owned by A.P. Møller-Maersk and WM Data.
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Summer spammers get raunchy

The sun seems to be having an inspiring effect on the world's spammers, with levels of pornographic spam rising in step with the temperature. According to Clearswift's monthly spam index, the amount of porn being sent to our unsuspecting inboxes has risen 350 per cent since June.
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Email chancer claims copyright on @

Of all the tiresome little email scams which have crawled from the sewer inhabited by charlatans, chancers and out-and-out scumbags, the following - forwarded by reader Richard Panton - must rank among the most audacious.
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Single 419er faces Dutch porridge

Of the fifty 419ers arrested earlier this year during an extensive raid at 23 locations in Amsterdam, only one has finally been sentenced - to 12 months.
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200 apps clash with XP SP2

Consumers will be offered a major upgrade of Windows XP after Microsoft releases Service Pack 2 through Windows Update later this week.
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HP's Unix base offered Opteron carrot

HP World Sun Microsystems has started Phase III of its HP Away program for shifting customers off the Tru64 and HP-UX operating systems and onto Solaris.
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Siemens faces outsource protest strike

The extension of a Government outsourcing contract with Siemens Business Services could lead to industrial action if plans to outsource some of the jobs to India goes ahead.
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Gov.UK and MS upgrade licensing deal

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) is putting the finishing touches on a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Microsoft. The new MOU should not significantly change the commercial terms of the previous agreement, but will be expanded to include "more features than are in the existing MOU".

IP telephony tests go global

BT's Adastral Park has been selected as the European test site for a set of global IP telephony interoperability tests. The exercise, organised by the Multiservice Switching Forum (MSF), is designed to demonstrate the commercial readiness of next generation IP services and technology.

Veritas opens China shop

Like many of the major IT players, Veritas has stepped up its presence in China courtesy of a separate corporate entity in the country and a new development center.
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Microsoft is right, and so are ID cards

Letters More concerns about ID cards this week, sparked by comments made by the UK's information commissioner who warned that Britain should not sleepwalk into a surveillance society. This is always an emotive one, so we'll skip the chit-chat and get straight to it:
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Illinois seeks overseas Internet drug network

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is seeking to break Big Pharma's ironclad grip on US drug prices by establishing an online network to provide residents with access to distributors in Canada, Ireland and the UK, the Associated Press reports.
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Canadian police back snooping tax

Canadians may soon be faced with a 25 cent surcharge on their monthly telephone and Internet bills to cover the growing cost of telephone taps.

BSkyB sues EDS for breach of contract

BSkyB has begun legal action against EDS, the giant IT services outfit, accusing it of "deceit, negligent misrepresentation and breach of contract" following the termination of a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) contract with the digital TV outfit. The Rupert Murdoch-backed company filed a claim in the High Court today for "a material amount" two years after the CRM contract was terminated.
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HP's order system chaos to continue throughout August

HP World HP's product ordering system that contributed to a massive shortfall in third quarter revenue is still in disarray and looks set to affect fourth quarter results.
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HP's Fiorina stood up by Argentina's President

HP World Our first HP tidbit comes not from the HP World conference being held here this week but from a couple of South American papers.

BBC boffins trial Olympics by multicast

The BBC's crown jewel, its Kingswood Warren research lab, is broadcasting the Olympics by multicast and inviting ISPs to take part. Multicasting, or one to many broadcasting, alleviates the problem of bandwidth-clogging overload which makes popular streams so expensive to host.