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MS latest: Nokia quits trade group in disgust

Nokia has quit the Computer and Communications Industry Association, a day after the group cut a deal with Microsoft. With one of its oldest and most tenacious antitrust opponents out of the way, Microsoft made an overnight public relations effort to try and bounce the EU competition commissioners to walk away from the Eurocrats' March decision to fine the company. But that appears to have been rebuffed - at least for now.
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C&W to axe 600 jobs

Cable & Wireless is to axe 600 jobs in the UK and Europe as it continues to keep a tight control on costs. In a further shake-up, C&W announced today that it is closing its London head office and relocating to Bracknell.
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EDS delays results for third time

Services giant EDS has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission for a third extension to the deadline for posting its financial results. The firm has delayed posting results for the third quarter ended 30 September twice already.
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John Ashcroft resigns

Claiming that "the objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved," US Attorney General John Ashcroft bid farewell to the Department of Justice Tuesday to set out toward "other challenging horizons" not yet specified.
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EC objects to MS - Time Warner ContentGuard takeover

The European Commission is objecting to Microsoft and Time Warner's attempted takeover of digital rights company ContentGuard.
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Amazon supremo joins space race

Amazon supremo Jeff Bezos has thrown down the gauntlet to Brit entrepreneur Richard Branson by declaring that he is also going into the space tourism business.
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Konfabulator comes to Windows

Konfabulator has just been released for Windows, much to the delight of its many supporters. The 8MB programme is a $25 JavaScript runtime engine that lets you run little files named Widgets that can do pretty much whatever you want them to. There are calculators, alarm clocks, calendars, cam viewers, search tools and RSS news readers. The program already contains over 300 widgets, most of them freebees.
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Oracle users: smiley, happy people

The annual UK Oracle Users Group (UKOUG)survey reveals an overall increase in customer satisfaction and a big increase in the number of people taking part.
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AOL to be split in four

AOL - the monster internet outfit that can't hang on to its punters - is to split its operation into four divisions. According to reports, the move is designed to cut bureaucracy and improve efficiency at the ISP and make the decision making process "much crisper".
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Saudi ministers urge removal of camera phone ban

Four Saudi ministers have appealed to to lift the ban on camera phones in the Kingdom.
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Infineon and ProMOS kiss and make up

Infineon and ProMOS have finally ended a long running argument over licensing for DRAM chips. The two were part of a joint venture with Mosel Vitelic which ran from 1996. ProMOS licensed Infineon technology, made the chips and sold them to Infineon which sold them onto Mosel Vitelic.
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Bofra worm sets trap for unwary

A new family of worms which uses an unpatched vulnerability in Internet Explorer is spreading widely across the net.
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People of Weight™ hail fat-busting miracle pill

A miracle fat-busting pill which also helps people quit smoking and cuts harmful cholesterol levels has been hailed as a "mouth-watering prospect" for British GPs after two years' successful trials.
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German customs grab Saddam's left leg

There is confusion surrounding the fate - and indeed the authenticity - of Saddam's left leg after German customs seized the remnant of the bronze statue on the grounds that its owner does not have valid import documents for the limb.
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MS extends IP protection to hoi polloi

Microsoft is to extend its intellectual property (IP) protection to all licensed users of the bulk of its software. Previously the IP indemnification was only available to volume licensees, but now the company says it will protect all its users in the event of disputes arising over patents, copyright, trade secrets and trademarks. It has also lifted the monetary cap on the guarantee.
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Child porn navy doctor keeps job

A disgraced Royal Navy doctor convicted of child porn offences will be allowed to keep his job. Dr Stuart Ruthven, 28, from Flixton in Greater Manchester, was convicted of 12 counts of making indecent photographs at Manchester Crown Court last September after he admitted to downloading approximately 5,000 images of child abuse from 1999 until his arrest last year.
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Gossiptel touts cheapo flat fees for overseas calls

Gossiptel, the UK broadband internet telephony outfit, has introduced new call packages aimed at people who like to rabbit.
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Kidnap hoax woman gets first mobile ASBO

A law student has been handed a five-year anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) banning her from using pay-as-you-go mobiles after calling and texting a former schoolfriend's mother claiming her daughter had been kidnapped, the BBC reports. Angela Sarna, 21, also earned herself a two-year jail sentence after the judge at Leicester Crown Court told her: "I find this a very worrying and disturbing case. This was not just a one-off act of stupidity, this was a prolonged and deliberate hoax that lasted five days. I have no other hesitation in saying this must qualify for a custodial sentence."
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More on Informix

Analysis My recent article on Informix seems to have generated some heat. For example, I have had a comment from one user, who says "hurrah, hurrah, you are the first who say it openly. Pasting of DB2 is a very bad marketing feature." By this I take it that he concurs with my original article in which I spelled out the problem of how to promote Informix side-by-side with DB2, particularly as all of IBM's databases fall under the umbrella of "DB2 Information Management".
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Novell rolls out Linux Desktop 9

Novell Inc. has just announced details of its latest Linux offering for desktop computers. The software is to be known as the Novell Linux Desktop 9, hopefully to be shortened to NLD 9, and will be the first "Novell branded" Linux desktop offering supplied by the company following its acquisitions last year of open source favourites SuSE and Ximian.
Tony Lock, 10 2004
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Vodafone 3G is go

Vodafone is launching its 3G services with a range of ten handsets from Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Samsung, Sharp and Sony Ericsson. Prices depend on the tariff chosen but range between free and several hundred pounds. Services are charged on a per-use basis and some of the phones are available on pre-pay contracts.
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MP demands regulation of 'silent' telesales tactics

Telesales firms responsible for scaring people witless by making silent nuisance phone calls should face stiffer regulation to cut out menacing cold calling. So says MP Kevin Brennan, who wants to introduce a Bill that would make "corporate nuisance" an offence, reports PA.
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EC begins IP enforcement campaign

The European Commission has launched a new campaign against piracy and counterfeiting in non-EU countries, in a bid to stem estimated losses of between €120bn and €370bn a year. The commission says the main thrust of the campaign will be to ensure rigorous enforcement of existing intellectual property rights (IPR) laws, focusing on the countries where action is most needed.
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MS source code fence busted

A Connecticut man was yesterday arrested and charged with selling the source code used by Microsoft's Windows NT 4 and Windows 2000 operating systems. William P. Genovese, Jr., 27, faces charges of "unlawfully distributing a trade secret", an offence punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
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MS search engine rumours abound

Microsoft's search engine is due to appear on MSN tomorrow, Thursday, according to an awful lot of anonymous sources. The New York Times heard from "a person knowledgeable about the announcement" while Reuters made do with "sources close to the company".
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Scotland takes big stick to smokers

Scotland looks set to follow in the footsteps of New York and Dublin by banning smoking in public places, the BBC reports. First Minister Jack McConnell told the Scottish Parliament that by 2006 any business or individual defying a "comprehensive ban" would be fined.
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Microsoft opens e-gov collaboration portal

An Irish local government organisation has signed up to a newly launched global e-government initiative from Microsoft.
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US compute labs in desperate need of Federal swill

Most of you probably have no idea that it's happening. You've been sleeping well. You've been enjoying moderate amounts of scotch, playing with the kids and scratching Fido behind the ears. You've been living your merry lives, and all the while, some of the finest minds have been suffering - suffering a fate worse that having their toenails peeled back with a screwdriver. You guessed it. We have computing researchers without the necessary government funding.
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Intel doubles down on dividend

The generous brass at Intel have decided to double the dividend shareholders will receive next year.