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SMEs profit from the Web

More and more etailers are making a profit from their online stores, according to a study from ecommerce software vendor Actinic. The trouble is, only three per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK use websites to flog goods and services.
Tim Richardson, 18 Aug 2004
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EDS slams BSkyB's 'outrageous claim'

EDS is to fight back against BSkyB, the UK satellite TV outfit, which yesterday announced it was sueing the computer services firm over a disputed contract.
Tim Richardson, 18 Aug 2004
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Real anti-Apple poll swamped by pro-Apple posters

Real Networks last night yanked an online petition demanding Apple open up its FairPlay DRM technology after Macatistas swamped the web site with anti-Real messages.
Tony Smith, 18 Aug 2004
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Dim stars shed light on age of galaxy

A group of astronomers working on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have determined that the galaxy is 13.6bn years old.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Aug 2004

AMD confirms 90nm CPUs ship

AMD has begun shipping its Oakville 90nm low-power Mobile Athlon 64 processor to paying customers, the chipmaker said yesterday, confirming earlier reports that it has begun 'revenue shipments' of its 90nm CPUs.
Tony Smith, 18 Aug 2004
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ATI to pitch RV410 at GeForce 6600 GT

ATI is preparing a direct rival to Nvidia's GeForce 6600 GT, it has emerged. According to Chinese-language website hkepc.com, ATI's 'low end of the high end' part, codenamed RV410, is derived from the Radeon X800 and sports eight pixel pipelines fed by six vertex pipelines. The chip is PCI Express native.
Tony Smith, 18 Aug 2004
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'Offensive' ad lands Amen in hot water

Amen Ltd - the European Web hosting outfit acquired by VIA NET.WORKS in January - has pulled a mucky magazine ad following complaints from readers.
Tim Richardson, 18 Aug 2004
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AMD unveils Athlon 64 3700+ DTR

AMD has released its latest Athlon 64 processor, a second 3700+ part, this time aimed at desktop-replacement notebooks rather than desktop PCs.
Tony Smith, 18 Aug 2004
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Another day, another delay for XP SP2

Microsoft has delayed the automatic distribution of a major upgrade to Windows XP Professional for at least another week.
John Leyden, 18 Aug 2004
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Freescale to detail dual-core PowerPC G4

Freescale - Motorola's soon-to-be-spun-off chip division - and AMD are set to detail their respective dual-core processor designs this autumn.
Tony Smith, 18 Aug 2004
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Google slashes IPO value

Google has slashed the potential maximum value it will raise from its IPO to just $1.9bn by cutting prices and reducing the amount of the company it expects shareholders to sell.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Aug 2004
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Google Germany faces Adwords trademark fight

Google will appear in court next week, hoping to put its lucrative Adwords business in Germany onto a firmer legal footing. Back in May, a Hamburg court ruled against the Silicon Valley company, judging that it had no right to use a trademark without the owner's authorization. The meta search engine Metaspinner Media is objecting to the use by Google of the trademarked term Preispiraten (literally, "price pirates").
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Aug 2004
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BT extends reach of ADSL

BT is extending the range of its 512k service, bringing more than one million homes and business into the ADSL broadband fold.
Tim Richardson, 18 Aug 2004
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Resident Evil viral marketing ploy backfires

A marketing campaign to promote the latest version of the Resident Evil video game has provoked a panic about the spread of a non-existent mobile phone virus.
John Leyden, 18 Aug 2004
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Acer Ferrari 3200 Athlon 64 notebook

Review Though it's a familiar sight for PC and notebooks to be adorned with logos it's a fair bet that a yellow one featuring a prancing pony and the initials 'SF' are not usually among them. 'SF' stand for Scuderia Ferrari, one of the most famous marques in automotive history and it's here because Acer is the official equipment supplier to the Ferrari Formula One team. Ferrari is on top of things in the motorsport world, and Acer hopes some of that success will rub off on its machines, writes Benny Har-Even.
Trusted Reviews, 18 Aug 2004
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Vodafone sticks with Beckham

Vodafone has signed a new one-year advertising deal with footballer David Beckham that will see the creation of a "David Beckham content suite" on Vodafone Live!, the company's consumer portal.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Aug 2004

Ford dumps $200m Oracle system

Ford has ditched Oracle's online purchasing system eVEREST, because of flaws in the software. The car manufacturer has reportedly spent more than $200m trying to get the system to work since it bought it in 2000.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Aug 2004
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Swansea IT striker speaks out

IT workers at Swansea Council claim they have been let down by their employer over plans to hire a private firm to introduce a new e-government scheme.
Tim Richardson, 18 Aug 2004
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Norwich Union trials PAYG car insurance

Norwich Union has begun trials of a new pay-as-you-go car insurance policy. Drivers will be tracked by a 'black box' which will record data about their journeys, and charge them according to how risky any particular journey is.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Aug 2004
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Small.biz crap at security (redux)

Small businesses are failing to take action against online security risks, according to the Institute of Directors (IoD). Its research highlights unregulated download services and instant message application as major security risks.
Startups.co.uk, 18 Aug 2004
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ISPs gang up on spammer-run websites

UK ISPs are targeting ecommerce websites run by spammers in a new ‘get tough’ policy on junk mail. ISPs belonging to the London Internet Exchange (LINX) have voted through acode of practice which gives them the mandate to shut down websites promoted through spam, even if junk mail messages are sent through a third-party or over a different network. The move is intended to remove the financial incentive to send spam.
John Leyden, 18 Aug 2004
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Cassini finds two tiny Saturnian moons

Scientists monitoring data from the Cassini-Huygens mission have discovered two new moons in orbit around Saturn, bringing the planet's total moon collection to 33.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Aug 2004
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Information Commissioner to rule on Lloyds TSB's jobs-to-India

The Information Commissioner is being asked to rule on whether Lloyds TSB's plans to transfer work to India complies with data protection laws.
Tim Richardson, 18 Aug 2004
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HP users decry Itanium, SAP issues and bad English

HP World The unwashed masses had a go at HP this week as customers were allowed to pepper HP executives with numerous questions during an open roundtable session. One of HP's most troubling areas - the shift to Intel's Itanium processor - popped up time and again as cause for concern during the discussion, but worries over product shipments and offshore workers appeared as well.
Ashlee Vance, 18 Aug 2004
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Qualcomm waives damages to keep loyalty royalties secret

Qualcomm this week waved goodbye of around $18m in damages from Texas Instruments rather than allow details of its CDMA licensing terms leak into the public domain. Qualcomm was allowed to pursue monetary damages after a recent court ruling went in its favor. But the two companies' armies of lawyers won't be stayed. Qualcomm is desperate to terminate the licensing agreement, which allows TI to make phone chipsets based on Qualcomm's IP; and TI is just as desperate to remain a player in this lucrative market.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Aug 2004

NetApp files away big Q1 gain

Shares of Network Appliance jumped more than 11 percent during Wednesday's trading after the storage maker reported a robust 38 percent rise in first quarter revenue.
Ashlee Vance, 18 Aug 2004
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Sun takes StarOffice swipe at Microsoft in Oz

Sun Microsystems has secured a solid win over Microsoft in Australia with a government agency planning to pull 1,500 users off of Office and various other Microsoft applications.
Ashlee Vance, 18 Aug 2004