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Broken CD with wrench

Investors back PolyServe's Linux cluster hopes with $20m

File system start-up PolyServe has secured another $20m in funding that should keep it going after the Linux and Windows cluster markets for some time to come.
Ashlee Vance, 24 Aug 2004

DTI urges small.biz to embrace digital

A recent DTI report has identified huge commercial opportunities for UK businesses that use a combination of digital media and a greater focus on customer needs.
Startups.co.uk, 24 Aug 2004

Tiscali Norway flogged

Tiscali has flogged its Norwegian ISP, Tiscali AS, to Telenor Telecom Solutions AS, for €6m (£4m) as part of its onging plan to concentrate on its core European businesses. As of the end of July, Tiscali Norway had around 18,000 ADSL punters and 27,000 active dial-up users.
Tim Richardson, 24 Aug 2004

DQ prices up, service down

A year after the UK's directory enquiries (DQ) sector was deregulated critics claim that punters are worse off because they're paying more for an inferior service.
Tim Richardson, 24 Aug 2004

US throws $1bn at unmanned attack aircraft

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Northrop Grumman a healthy $1.03bn to develop its X-47B unmanned combat aircraft.
Lester Haines, 24 Aug 2004

Games outfit catches rebranding cold

LogoWatchIt's been a while since we've reported on an outbreak of rebranding madness, and mercifully the following delve into the twilight world of the Strategy Boutiques constitutes a mere attack of the sniffles compared to the full-blown, whalesong-driven insanity.
Lester Haines, 24 Aug 2004
Cat 5 cable

Intel pledges to bring Itanic down to Xeon price-point

By 2007, Intel's Itanic processors will not only deliver a 50-100 per cent performance advantage over the chipmaker's Xeon line, but both server chip families will cost the same.
Tony Smith, 24 Aug 2004

Nvidia 'nForce 4' details leak

Nvidia will next month announce not one but four versions of its upcoming CK8-04 chipset, according to an anonymous Russian source cited by a French web site.
Tony Smith, 24 Aug 2004

Beagle 2 team none the wiser on failure

Beagle 2's operation team has published the findings of its investigation into the fate of the European Mars lander, broadly supporting the theory that the craft got into trouble in the Martian atmosphere.
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Aug 2004

Wanadoo UK punts 1Mb ADSL for £18

Wanadoo UK is doubling the speed of its broadband service offering punters the chance to hook-up to 1 Megabit (Mb) ADSL for £17.99 a month.
Tim Richardson, 24 Aug 2004

Intel readies Centrino Wi-Fi update

Intel is set to launch its anticipated tri-mode Wi-Fi adaptor this week at an announcement the chip giant says will "introduce its latest wireless technology for Intel Centrino notebooks".
Tony Smith, 24 Aug 2004

Police cuff 'international computer piracy gang'

Police forces from five countries have jointly smashed an online piracy ring with the arrest of more than 100 people yesterday.
Tony Smith, 24 Aug 2004

Fujitsu preps 'early 2005' single-chip WiMAX part

Fujitsu's US chip division, Fujitsu Microelectronics America (FMA), will roll out a single-chip WiMAX product early next year, the company said today.
Tony Smith, 24 Aug 2004

Reg readers name BSA antipiracy weasel

Poll resultWell, the votes have been counted in our poll to name the BSA's anti-piracy weasel - or rather its fluffy ferret mascot designed to warn children of the perils of IP violation.
Team Register, 24 Aug 2004

US tops junk mail Dirty Dozen - again

The US is still the biggest single source of spam emails, according to figures released today.
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Aug 2004

MS to 'quietly launch' iTunes rival this week

Microsoft will this week release the next major version of its Windows Media system - incorporating its 'Janus' DRM technology - along with its much-anticipated online music store.
Tony Smith, 24 Aug 2004

Ship's anchor cuts cable to Sri Lanka

Internet and international telephone services have been disrupted in Sri Lanka after a ship's anchor is believed to have damaged an undersea cable connecting the island to the rest of the world.
Tim Richardson, 24 Aug 2004

Shares fall on Arm takeover

British chip designer Arm is to buy Silicon Valley's Artisan Components in a deal worth over $900 million in a cash plus stock deal. Artisan licenses physical component designs to over 18 chip manufacturers, and to integrated circuit design teams at over two thousand companies. Arm argues that it will broaden its sales channel with the acquisition. Arm licenses a RISC chip core and instruction set widely, with growth in recent years being fuelled by mobile phones.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Aug 2004

Luddite Reg readers want flat weather, please

LettersSeveral of you were upset by the plans announced by Auntie Beeb to start using some new fangled technology to generate 3D weather forecasts in real time. What was wrong, you wondered, with those nice magnetic charts with stick on clouds and smiley sunshines?
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Aug 2004

Say goodbye, then hello to AT&T phones

Cingular, soon to be the United States' largest cellular network, will drop the AT&T brand six months after it completes its merger with AT&T Wireless. After that, AT&T will be free to launch its own cellular services under the brand.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Aug 2004

More red ink spills all over online college music scene

A new player has entered the awe-inspiring college music downloading market, giving rival Napster a run for its money or, in actual fact, a run for its losses.
Ashlee Vance, 24 Aug 2004

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