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Apple iPod grabs 82% US retail market share

Apple's iPod took 82 per cent of the US retail hard drive-based digital music player market in August, adding 18 percentage points to its share during the preceding 12 months alone. Its share of the overall digital music player market is fractionally under 42 per cent.
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Teen eBay fraudster pleads guilty to £45k scam

A teenager from south Wales used eBay to steal £45,000 by selling non-existent goods, a court in Newport heard yesterday.
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Virgin unveils 5GB mini music player

Virgin will ship an own-brand 5GB HDD-based mini digital music player later this month.
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Broadcom reveals 'VoIP over Wi-Fi' chipset

Broadcom introduced its first two-chip voice-over-IP (VoIP) chipset yesterday, pitching the product at consumer Wi-Fi phones.
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Global Crossing in trouble (again)

Global Crossing shares lost a quarter of their value yesterday after the compay announced 600 job cuts and that it needs $40m funding to get it through the year. Global Crossing shares fell $4 to $11.88
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Was Bush packing Wi-Fi in TV debate?

Opinion Wireless technology might explain why US President George W. Bush performed better than usual in the last two presidential debates with his opponent, Senator John Kerry.
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Elpida announces '$990m' IPO

Memory maker Elpida today formally announced its intention to IPO, having been granted permission to do so from the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
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Business Serve buys VoIP outfit

Lancaster-based ISP, Business Serve, has snapped up yet another trinket this time splashing out £600,000 in cash and paper for telecoms and VoIP outfit Pipemedia. Today's acquisition - which includes an extra £1.5m in performance-related payouts - is the twelfth for Business Serve over the last two years and the sixth since it floated on AIM in February this year.
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Chinese man cannot name son '@'

A man in central China has been refused permission to name his son "@" because it cannot be translated into Mandarin - as the law demands.
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Orange moots 3G delay

L'Orange might delay the consumer launch of 3G handsets until after Christmas if technical glitches are not sorted out.
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Botched maintenance - not worm - blamed for MS IM glitch

MSN Messenger, Microsoft's instant message service, is back up and running this morning after a routine maintenance operation went wrong, rendering the service sporadically unavailable for three days.
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MS to launch final Windows Media Player 10 today

Microsoft will announce the final version of its Windows Media 10 software today when it launches Windows XP Media Center 2005.
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French cinemas to jam mobile phones

The French government will allow cinema, theatre and restaurant owners to install technology to block mobile phone calls from their premises - so long as there is no interference with emergency calls or to phones outside the building.
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UK reseller sues over Great Fujitsu HDD Fiasco

A British computer dealer is suing Fujitsu over the failure of its notorious MPG3xx hard drives.
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Seven dead in net suicide pact

Seven young Japanese found suffocated to death in a car are believed to have died as a result of an internet suicide pact, Reuters reports.
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NHS IT costs skyrocket

The final cost of the NHS National Programme for IT could top £30bn, and local NHS Trusts will have to find the bulk of the extra cash.
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PayPal hit by coding glitch

Online payment outfit PayPal has been explaining why its service has been ropey since last week, leaving users struggling to access the service.
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MPAA asks Supreme Court to crush P2Pers

The Motion Picture Ass. of America (MPAA), along with its audio alternative, the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) are appealing against their failed appeal in a bid to make P2P software suppliers accountable for the actions of their users.
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TechnoDepot restocks for winter offensive

Cash'n'Carrion Our old chums down at TechnoDepot have been busy at the silk-screen presses and have restocked their entire range of droll IT-related apparel just in time for the approach of Jack Frost. Top-quality offerings include the ever-popular There are 10 types of people in the world. Those who understand binary and those who don't, the delicious Mac OSX. I’ve upped my standards. Up yours, and our particular favourite - RTFM.
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Toshiba Gigabeat F 60GB

Preview There comes a time when you must get fed up of other people taking all the credit for your hard work, and it seems that time has come for Toshiba with the announcement that its latest hard drive - a whopping 60GB model won't be destined for the iPod has we had all predicted, but instead be saved for its own MP3 player range - the Gigabeat, writes Stuart Miles.
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Red Flag Linux plumps for Real

RealNetworks his week signed a deal with Red Flag Software, the top Chinese Linux distributor to license RealPlayer 10 for distribution with the Red Flag Linux desktop. This extends the existing RealPlayer lead on Linux the company says.
Faultline, 12 2004
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ComReg keeps tabs on NTL's 'overheating' phones

Ireland's telecoms regulator is to keep an eye on NTL after it suspended the phone lines of 2,000 customers in Dublin because of concerns over the safety of some telecoms equipment.
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Coral Consortium, the world's biggest DRM talking shop

We're not quite sure how the name Coral came to be associated with Digital Rights Management last week, as the name taken on by a group of consumer electronics companies, one computer company, a DRM specialist and one of the content majors, but perhaps it's the way a coral under water seems to branch out and connect seamlessly to the next.
Faultline, 12 2004
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Linksys readies Media Center WLAN link

Linksys today updated its PC-to-TV Wi-Fi connectivity system with a version that works with its combined 802.11a and g WLAN products and Windows XP Media Center 2005, due to be launched later today.
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From DRM to Driving lessons

Letters Mostly when people write to us, the letter is very obviously a reaction to a particular article we've run on the site. Sometimes, we get a letter like this first one up today. Although this article about Steve Ballmer's vastly amusing remarks about iPod users and DRM probably prompted the sending of this letter, we suspect the author has been nurturing these thoughts for some time:

Sony ships 'world first' PC/PC-less DVD burner

Sony will next month ship what it claims is the world's first external DVD recorder that can also operate without a host computer.
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Firstnet founder buys 186k, Onyx, others

Dominic Marrocco - who sold ISP Firstnet Services Limited to Pipex (then named GX Networks) a year ago - has bought telecoms outfit 186k from Data Centre Holdings (UK) Limited.
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Webroot: Spyware is Windows-only

Spyware, those annoying programs that snoop on a user's actions, remain a Windows-only phenomenon. Prominent anti-spyware developer Webroot says it has yet to detect a single Apple or Linux spyware app. In comparison, Webroot's Spy Sweeper software protects against 15,000 Windows threats.
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Philips boasts solid Q3

Third quarter net income at Dutch conglomerate Philips was up by over €1bn ($1.2bn) - thanks mainly to the IPOs of Navteq and LG Philips LCD.
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Scientists learn to bend it like Beckham

David Beckham need fret no more about dodgy penalty shots, or scary pre-freekick moments. Scientists at Loughborough University have developed a system that will measure a football's speed and spin, something they say has not been accomplished before.
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Beckham + strumpet pic actually Trojan

Virus writers have moved on from using Osama bin Laden's or Arnold Schwarzenegger's supposed suicides as a lure to trying a similar trick involving "compromising pictures" of football superstar David Beckham.
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Google goes Froogle in the UK

Google, the search-engine-cum-advertising broker, has launched a UK beta version of its Froogle catalogue search site.

EMC makes run for SMBs with Dantz buy

EMC has made yet another software acquisition, picking up Dantz Development Corp. today for help in the backup market. Dantz is the 15th software maker EMC has picked up since 2000, along with big names such as VMware and Legato. Dantz should give EMC an edge in the small- to medium-sized business market - a space traditionally left to competitors such as Veritas and CA.
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IBM slays Shark, intros Power5 storage monster

IBM has hit out against EMC and Hitachi with a pair of new storage systems meant to revitalize the high-end of its product line.
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Developers finger Google's text service

Analysis When The New York Times leaked Google's intentions to create a branded mobile phone handset earlier this year, executives were furious, and heads rolled. Incredibly, the outrage wasn't synthetic. Only in a backwater like California - where the entrepreneurial, technological and social awareness of mobile phones lags slightly behind Cambodia and Albania - could such a caper be viewed as either original or posing some commercial merit.
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Laptops, servers buoy Intel's results

Laptop and server processor sales helped Intel deliver a moderately successful third quarter. Th chip giant posted $8.5bn in revenue for the period, which is a 8 per cent rise over the same period last year. The total is also in line with a forecast provided by Intel in September when the company lowered its revenue expectations. Net income in this year's third quarter came in at $1.9bn, which is 15 percent higher than last year's total.