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EDS polishes 9,000 gold watches

EDS is offering 9,000 workers early retirement as it struggles to control costs. The services giant said yesterday it was delaying posting its accounts until it can work out how much it has lost providing the US Navy with a new intranet.
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Broadcom nicks Philips boss

Chip maker Broadcom has poached the boss of arch-rival chip maker Philips. From 3 January next year Scott A McGregor will take over the jobs of president and chief executive from current incumbent Alan E "Lanny" Ross. He also joins the Broadcom board.
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Apple opens Euro iTunes stores

Update Apple has launched the iTunes Music Store's pan-Europe incarnation, as it promised to do last June when it opened UK, French and German online stores.
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When Dinosaur telcos ruled the Earth

If you need a guide to the future of telecoms, it seems, just remember the old anarchist joke: "Whoever you vote for, the government gets in."
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iTrip FM beamer back in black for U2 iPod

With a pledge to make your car... er... "rattle and hum", hip accessory maker Griffin Technology has released a "none more black" version of its iTrip FM broadcaster pitched (geddit?!?!) at the new U2 edition iPod.
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AT&T and Cingular tie the knot

Cingular Wireless has finally taken over AT&T Wireless, making it the largest mobile carrier in the US. The new firm has 46m customers who will see no immediate changes to charges or tariffs. AT&T shareholders will get $15 per share, valuing the telco at $41bn.
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Schoolkids need science, says Royal Society prez

The president of the Royal Society has told the government that scientific reasoning must be a core part of school education up until the age of 19. Lord May of Oxford said that he was alarmed that the government had not explicitly committed to tackle the crisis in science in the proposed diploma system for 14 to 19 year olds.
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Scammers fined £125k for premium-rate fraud

Premium rate watchdog ICSTIS has fined two companies a total of £125,000 for running scam telephone services that ripped off punters.
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China Netcom drops IPO share price

China's second largest fixed line telco has cut the likely price of shares in its Initial Public Offering (IPO). US shares in China Netcom will go on sale for between $20.24 and $23.12. Netcom is selling 47m American Depositary Shares, representing 941.39m ordinary shares. This values the company at about $1bn, substantially lower than the $1.5bn that was expected. This reflects fading interest in Chinese companies, according to the FT.
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Global smart phone sales soar

Worldwide sales of mobile phones and other handheld devices rocketed during Q3, market watchers reported this week, but its clear that its voice-enabled machines that are winning the hearts and minds of most consumers.
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Cassini glimpses Titan's face

The first pictures from Cassini's fly-by of Titan have been beamed back to Earth. The pictures reveal glimpses of surface features, with some clearly delineated dark and light areas tantalising the earth-bound scientists.
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Virus experts fret over Myfip

The Myfip worm which was discovered in the wild a month ago is starting to spread, according to email security firm MessageLabs.
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Man erects 10ft origami penis

Pornogamist Nick Robinson - practitioner of saucy paper-folding and author of new guide Adult Origami - has wowed Londoners by pulling off the world's biggest paper penis outside the city's London Assembly building.
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Bush website adopts isolationist stance

International access to the official re-election website of Us President George W. Bush (www.georgewbush.com) has been blocked. Surfers from outside the US trying to reach the site receive an "access denied" message.
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World mobile phone shipments up 25%

World+Dog bought more mobile phones during Q3 2004, market watcher Strategy Analytics (SA) said this week. Shipments from vendors reached 168m units, up 24.7 per cent from the year-ago quarter.
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AOL UK cuts cost of broadband

AOL UK has cut the cost of its entry-level broadband service following in the footsteps of similar moves by big-boy rivals BT and Wanadoo UK. Its 256k service - AOL Broadband Silver - now costs £17.99 a month, down from £19.99 a month. The service is uncapped, comes with no upfront fees and also benefits from a free customer helpline.
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Airborne blogger has wings clipped

A Delta Airlines air stewardess has been suspended without pay for including photos of her in airline uniform on her weblog. She received no warning or request to remove the pictures until she was called to a meeting 6 October and suspended without pay or health benefits. Delta described the photos as "inappropriate" and said the suspension would last until their investigation was finished.
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Sony to ship PlayStation Portable for under $200

Sony will ship the PlayStation Portable for ¥20,790 ($195), the Japanese consumer electronics giant said today.
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Blunkett sets out store on compulsory ID cards

The Home Office today confirmed, as first reported here, that the UK national ID card is to be issued alongside passports.* This effectively pre-empts a future Parliamentary decision on whether or not they should be made compulsory, because anyone who needs to renew their passport will be 'volunteered'.
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NASA's Columbia benchmarks 43 teraflops

NASA's Project Columbia supercomputer, which went online yesterday, has clocked a top speed of 42.7 teraflops, or 42.7 trillion floating point calculations per second.
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Nildram launches SDSL promo

Nildram - part of Pipex Communications - has cut the cost of SDSL in a bid to stimulate the take-up of the business broadband product.
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Big.biz struggles against security threats

Most large companies are struggling to protect themselves against security threats, a survey from security consultancy NetSec published today reveals.
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ATI trounces Nvidia in desktop, mobile, integrated markets

Mercury Research will today publish market data putting ATI well ahead of its arch-rival Nvidia in the graphics chip business. Both, however, are still some way behind the market leader, Intel.
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Orange Mobile Office 3G data card

Review Vodafone's Mobile Connect 3G data card is an invaluable tool for anyone who needs to stay connected on the move. One of the things that make the Mobile Connect so great are reduced connection prices. The reason for the drop in tariffs was increased competition, in particular from Orange's Mobile Office Card, writes Riyad Emeran.
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HDTVs and iPods set to be Xmas crackers

High-definition televisions (HDTVs), plasma TVs and iPods are set to become the must-have electronic Christmas gifts this year, according to a report by Forrester. Its survey of gadget lovers in the US and Europe found that digital gear is once again set to pour out of shops in the run-up to the annual shopping splurge.
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Hospital networks Wi-Fi patients

A UK hospital is tagging patients with Wi-Fi transmitters and tracking their movements with a wireless network in a bid to reduce medical errors and reduce litigation costs. When patients arrive for an operation at the Heartlands Hospital in the Midlands, they will be snapped with a digital camera and tagged with a transmitter. The picture and transmitter details will then be paired with their electronic record.
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iPass to link phones, PDAs to corporate LANs

Corporate remote access provider iPass this week announced a move into the mobile device management sector after revealing rising Q3 revenue and income.
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Introducing the fighting, drug-taking virtual footballer

Argentinian computer games publisher Evolution is developing a football management game that presents a "warts-and-all-version" of the beautiful game.
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Wobbly Aussies fail squat-to-pee test

Australian research into the perfect peeing position has faltered because a third of the study's volunteers couldn't squat properly. Apparently, a third of the 100 women who were taking part couldn't hold the squat position for even 30 seconds before falling over, leading the researchers to conclude that Westerners cannot squat.

Dell pushes Linux into the data centre

Dell is to certify and pre-install Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 on select Dell PowerEdge servers worldwide, the system vendor announced today. The deal, an extension of the previously announced relationship between the two companies, means Dell customers will be able to buy Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 with their single-and dual-processor PowerEdge servers.
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Spanish MP3 site owner to pay RIAA $10m

Four men who attempted to use what they believed was a loophole in Spanish law to allow them to sell MP3s online legally, along with the company behind the site they ran, have agreed to pay music labels $10.5m to settle the copyright infringement case brought against them by the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA).
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Bush website conspiracy theories darken skies

The official Bush re-election website - which blocked access to most of the world outside the US this week - is still visible to Canadians.