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Azul reveals supersonic Java machine

As expected, stealth hardware start-up Azul Systems has announced a new type of server aimed specifically at processing Java software.
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Budding inventors warned of dishonest promoters

Budding inventors are being warned to beware of unscrupulous invention promoters by the Patent Office.
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Hardware appliances to rule security roost

Hardware appliances will dominate the European security market by 2008. IDC said 80 per cent of spending in the region on security functions such as firewalls and intrusion prevention systems will move onto appliances over the next four years. Ease of deployment and the increase of applications available on specialised hardware platforms are driving the trend over to specialised appliances from software loaded onto general purpose servers.

DVD+RW 8x draft spec finalised

DVD+RW technology guardian, the DVD+RW Alliance, this week issued the final version of the 8x rewrite specification... almost.
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Nvidia to launch nForce 4 'next week'

Nvidia's next-generation AMD-oriented chipset family will indeed be called the nForce 4 and is likely to be launched early this month, possibly as soon as Monday.

HP wraps up Synstar purchase

HP is now officially the owner of Synstar, the UK-based IT services group. Today it revealed that it had bought up 92.1 per cent of Synstar shares; it expected to buy up the rest compulsorily by mid-November. It is shelling out £163m (US$293.3m) cash for the business.
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Netflix, TiVo sign VoD alliance

Netflix, the online DVD rental company, and TiVo yesterday said they will work together to deliver movies digitally down the wires, presumably specifically to the latter's PVR equipment.
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India mulls tough ID rules for cybercafés

Internet cafés in parts of India face closure if new regulations forcing them to provide police with names and addresses of all their customers are introduced. Under the new rules, visitors to Internet cafés will have to show their ID cards or be photographed.
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BBC Tech staff become Siemens workers

Some 1440 BBC Technology staff have been transferred to Siemens Business Services today following the completion of a major ten-year £2bn Technology Framework Contract (TFC).
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Sony Japan dumps lock-down CDs

One music label, at least, is turning its back on CD copy-protection. Japan's Sony Music Entertainment yesterday revealed it intends to junk its own copy-control system, Label Gate*.
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Ghost of US vs MS laments Redmond's 'antitrust immunity'

With the expiry of the final appeal deadline in US versus Microsoft this week Andrew Chin, who assisted Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson in the case, has gone public, describing the outcome as a wasted opportunity on the part of the government. Writing in the Raleigh News & Observer, Chin says the consequence is that there will be no final ruling establishing whether or not Microsoft illegally tied IE to Windows, and that the law of competition in the software industry will remain unstable.
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DDR RAM Round-up

Group Review It may at first seem a little odd that with DDR 2 on the verge of a consolidated mainstream push, some manufacturers are still making a significant play for regular 'old' DDR users, but perhaps on closer inspection it's not as odd as it seems. DDR 2 is the future, of that there's little doubt, but for the time being at least the DDR market remains a large and potentially lucrative one. Contrary to allegations that anyone releasing enthusiast memory today is simply mopping up the dregs of a dying technology, I personally believe DDR's course has not yet run and that it will be with us for quite some time yet, even if only as a budget solution for the more cost-conscious user, writes Wayne Brooker.
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UK backs Aurora Euro space programme

The UK will support the European Space Agency's Aurora programme. At a press conference in London this morning, Lord Sainsbury, science minister, announced that PPARC, the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council, would commit £5m to Aurora's next phase.
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BT scales back wholesale broadband price rises

BT has reduced the level of proposed price hikes for some of its wholesale broadband services following pressure from the industry and concerns that ISPs could go bust if they were allowed to go ahead unchecked.
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UK music biz set to sue file-sharers

The UK music industry has been threatening local file-sharers with Recording Industry Ass. of America-style lawsuits since late last year, but it finally seems to be gearing up to take action.
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UK banks launch anti-phishing website

The use of malicious code and phishing scams to extract confidential account details from consumers have cost British banks more than £4.5m over the last 12 months. This is a tiny fraction of the £402.4m lost through credit card fraud in 2003, but banks today stepped up efforts to help consumers protect themselves from online scams and threats with the launch of a new website banksafeonline.org.uk. The site, which updates previous "safe computing" tips from banks and police, aims to be a one-stop advice shop for consumers and small businesses.
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Peoplesoft sacks Craig Conway

The Peoplesoft board has fired CEO Craig Conway, citing a loss of confidence in his ability to lead the company.
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NASA rules out Beagle resurrection

NASA has rejected Professor Pillinger's proposal that the Beagle 2 science package should have a place on the US' mission to Mars in 2009.
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USAF plans space wars, world's space hardware gets nervous

A new US Air Force doctrine document on counterspace operations reveals that neutral, commercial and third party space hardware could be on the target list. The document, says Noah Shachtman in Wired, suggests the Air Force sees it as its duty to "slap down other countries' space efforts, should the need arise," and will be prepared to take out - in the gentlest way practicable - non-combatant systems that may be being used by the other side.
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McAfee in BitDefender virus slur spat

McAfee has distanced itself from slurs against rival AV firm BitDefender contained in sponsored ad links on Google.com. The Romanian firm was unsurprisingly upset at having its products referred to as a "virus" in ads that linked to a page offering McAfee anti-virus software (screenshot here).

Sun lassoes Longhorn-sized supercomputer win

Sun Microsystems and the University of Texas have teamed to create an UltraSparc-powered giant that will crunch 3D tasks for the school.
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RIAA hunts down more file-trading scum

The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) knows how to kick off the back-to-school season with a splash, sending out another load of lawsuits to collegians everywhere.

Sun Thumper server plans excavated by The Reg

Exclusive Sun Microsystems has an all out Opteron onslaught planned for next year that could include attacks on both the server and storage sides of the house, The Register has learned.