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Women still victims of male stereotyping

A new report shows that sexism is alive and well in the workplace and that men continue to stereotype women - despite admitting that having a women at the helm would make little difference to their business. The HR Gateway probe demonstrates that the "old boys' club" persists in many firms, leaving women pigeon-holed in roles that undershoot their abilities. So much so that women responding to the survey said that this was a more pressing concern than work maternity rights and childcare.
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OQO WinXP palmtop to launch 14 October

OQO's Model 01 Windows XP palmtop has for some time been due to ship this autumn, but the company has now narrowed that timeframe down to mid-October.
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Microsoft settles Sendo 'tech theft' lawsuit

UK mobile phone maker and erstwhile Microsoft partner Sendo today said they had settled their long-running legal dispute.
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UK appoints tech strategy supremo

The government last week appointed IBM's Hursley Laboratory director Graham Spittle as the first chair of its Technology Strategy Board.

RM buys catalogue firm

Schools specialist RM is splashing out £11m on Teaching Technology Systems Group. TTS Group sells teaching aids to nursery, primary and secondary schools. It carries twelve catalogues focused on different curriculums and sells more than 4,000 different items.
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Bulldog takes on BT with broadband - voice combo

Bulldog Communications has begun taking orders for a combined broadband and telephone service in central London. The service is run on Bulldog's own LLU (local loop unbundled) network, using its kit located in BT's own telephone exchanges.
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HTC 'begins Treo 650 volume shipments' to PalmOne

PalmOne's eagerly anticipated Treo 650 smart phone, successor to the current Treo 600, is set to go on sale in October following the commencement of volume shipments from contract manufacturer HTC this month.
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Virus 'talks' to victims

Virus writers have created a piece of malware that 'talks' to victims. The Amus email worm uses Windows Speech Engine (which is built-in to Windows XP) to deliver a curious message to infected users.
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Mobile phone industry in radiation risk rap

The head of the UK's Health Protection Agency last week claimed that mobile phone companies have been less than forthcoming in keeping consumers up to speed as to radiation levels generated by hi-tech mobes, London's Evening Standard reports.
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MS, Apple pitch music at mobile phone makers

Opinion Microsoft has begun to try and win over the hearts, minds and hardware of mobile phone vendors in a bid to dominate the emerging market for music downloads on handsets.
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Eclipse keeps schtum on sale rumour

Exeter-based ISP, Eclipse, could be about to become the latest operator to be swallowed up by the big boys amid reports that it is looking for a buyer. The Daily Mail claims the ISP is up for sale in a deal could net £10m for its founder, Mark Lang.

Low-end Cisco routers to support Linux

In brief Cisco is to upgrade its line of low-end routers with improved security and networking features. The new 1800 series, 2800 series and 3800 series of integrated service routers will make it easier for firms to roll IP Telephony functions across intranets. The products will supplant Cisco's existing 1700, 2600, and 3600 product lines.
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Germans develop nasty case of IE jitters

Michael Dickopf, spokesman for the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), has told the Berliner Zeitung that internet users should switch from Internet Explorer to Mozilla or Opera. Dickopf says Internet Explorer is hazard-prone, attracting too many viruses and worms. BSI already uses a combination of alternative browsers, Dickopf told the paper.

UK uni pulls plug on Oracle project

The University of Northumbria is asking Oracle to give back £2m it paid for back office systems that were supposed to be up and running by 2003. The University agreed to pay £6.5m to Oracle for new human resources, student records and research support software. Work started in 2000 and the system, also called Oracle, was meant to be fully up and running by early 2003.
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V Two One ditches BT

Surrey-based ISP - V Two One - is switching its broadband punters onto Telefonica UK's DSL platform in a bid to reduce costs and provide a better service for users. Financial details behind the deal were not disclosed.
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Pegasus Mobile NoteTaker

Review For many people, my mum included, it's still easier to organise life with a pen and paper rather than a notebook, PDA or smart phone. There is still something more immediate about being able to grab a pen and a scrap of paper and to scribble. There's no boot up, no need to be able to touch type and for the great majority of us our drawing skills remain far superior with a pencil than with a mouse, writes Gordon Kelly.
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MP fingers O2 in overcharging rumpus

Labour MP Brian Donohoe has written to the boss of O2 concerning allegations that the mobilephoneco has been overcharging its punters.
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Why did Sendo bury the hatchet with MS?

Analysis Microsoft and Sendo have brought an end to a legal war that looked like it could bankrupt the Brummie start-up phone maker. Just shy of two years after the dispute began, the two parties have lit the peace pipe on terms which remain undisclosed.
Ben King, 13 2004
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Scientists ponder sluggish Pioneers

Astronomers tracking the paths of Pioneer 10 and 11 say that something seems to be slowing the progress of the two craft as they progress towards the outskirts of the solar system.
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Beware of malformed MIME artists

The UK's top UK security co-ordination agency today warned of a series of vulnerabilities involving implementations of the Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) protocol within email and web security products. In a series of eight technical advisories the UK's National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre (NISCC) explains how malformed MIME constructs might be exploited to allow attackers to bypass content checking and antivirus tools. MIME is a standard method for encoding email attachments so the extent of the problem highlights a gaping security hole that might be used by virus writers to smuggle hostile code past security defences.
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IBM does Linux-only dance on Power

IBM continues to refine its Linux server strategy, announcing today a new set of kit that runs the open source OS only on its Power5 processor.
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MS anti-spam proposal returned to sender

The technical standards body for the internet, the IETF, has bounced back Microsoft's controversial proposal for stopping spam, Sender ID. The reason given is that proposal is encumbered by Redmond patents. Adopters aren't allowed to sublicense the technology - it's a "nontransferable, non-sublicenseable" specification, which makes it a non-starter for free or open source developers. Internet standards have traditionally only become accepted if they're free of such restrictions,
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New P2P software could end illegal music squabbles

Welcome to the world of legal online music ambiguity. Say hello to Grouper.