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Microsoft offshores patent war - so goes the WTO?

Microsoft's decision to offshore its war against the free software movement to the World Trade Organization may save it some domestic embarrassment, but it may ultimately cause more problems for the WTO than it will for software libre.

'Primary vendor' turns screw on Computacenter

Computacenter's UK profits are likely to fall by £9m over the next 12 months, following a renegotiation of terms and conditions with its "primary vendor", the reseller warned yesterday. Shares fell 49p, down 15 per cent, to £2.72 on the news yesterday.
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PlusNet sponsors Sheffield Wednesday

PlusNet is forking out a six-figure sum to sponsor Sheffield Wednesday football club. From next June the PlusNet name will be plastered on the front of players' shirts in a two-year deal between the Sheffield-based ISP and the division League One football club.

Apple eyes Bluewater, Kent for third UK retail site

Apple has confirmed its third UK retail location: the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent, just outside London's M25 orbital freeway.
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EMI looks to digital as download sales quadruple

The world's third largest music label, EMI, saw its revenues from digital music increase by more than 300 per cent in the six months to 30 September, the company said today.
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Stop picking on BT, says rival

Publicity hungry telcoms companies should stop picking on BT and get on with running their businesses. So says Updata Infrastructure (UK) Ltd, an independently owned company that engages in local loop unbundling for the public sector.

Intel CEO touts 'much improved' H1 '05 growth

Departing Intel CEO Craig Barrett has said he expects H1 2005 to yield better global sales figures that the first half of this year did, a forecast at odds with some market analysts.
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Complacent UK corporates 'easy meat' for crooks

British businesses are too complacent over IT security and risk becoming easy targets for fraudsters and other would-be cyber criminals, the British Computer Society warns.
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Ecommerce getting cheaper and easier

UK web designers are increasingly required to include ecommerce functionality in the sites they build for small business clients.
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Elpida offers 800MHz 1Gb DDR 2 chip

Elpida has created what it claims is the world's first 800MHz DDR 2 SDRAM chip with a 1Gb capacity.
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Intel prepares to kill off last few 130nm P4s

So farewell, Northwood. Yes, Intel has formally announced its intention to discontinue production of its top-specification 130nm desktop Pentium 4 processors, according to documents seen by The Register.
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Callserve WLTM partner with VoIP, GSOH etc.

UK-based internet telephony outfit - Callserve Communications - is on the hunt for other VoIP companies it can snap up in a bid to swell its operation.
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Greenpeace blockades HP with great wall of PCs

Greenpeace Netherlands this morning blocked the entrance to the Dutch office of Hewlett Packard in Utrecht with a wall of over a thousand old HP computers. The campaigning organisation says HP still uses flame-retardant TBBA (aka tetrabromobisphenol-A), in printed circuit boards and covers for components.
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From Indymedia to the Moon: your musings in full

Letters It is Friday, so we'll kick off with a little more about the Indymedia server seizures, then get gradually dafter as the page progresses.
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The Register is band full of s**t

FoTW The question of whether software companies ought to hire known virus writers is a contentious one at best. When they specifically hire them to write anti-virus software, it is at the very least legitimate to question the decision.
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Digital music download coin-op to offer 'all formats, all DRMs'

Analysis Inspired Broadcast Networks (IBN) CEO Norman Crowley has pledged to support all DRM-protected music formats, including Apple's FairPlay, when his company rolls out its fleet of pound-a-download digital music vending machines.
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RAF fighters intercept 'silent' Jumbo

Two RAF fighters last Friday intercepted a Manchester-bound Boeing 747 after it failed to respond to air traffic controllers, the BBC reports. Pakistan Airlines flight PK 709 - carrying 81 passengers plus crew - should have made contact with controllers as it entered UK airspace. Air traffic controllers in Maastricht lost touch with the aircraft as it left Northern Europe.
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MS predicts stampede for Hotmail.co.uk

MSN Hotmail today announced the lauch of Hotmail.co.uk, which will for the the first time allow hotmail addresses ending with '.co.uk'. The new email addresses will be compatible with Microsoft's MSN Messenger, and Microsoft expects demand to be huge.
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UK looks at 'integrating' ID card with health care

The question of whether or not the UK national ID card will be required for access to health care is a fascinating one because, although the answer is almost certainly yes, nobody in government is prepared to say so at this juncture and risk general outcry. Instead we have a drip, drip of hints, suggestions and signals that will (they hope) lead us to a point where the ID card somehow, sort of, becomes the obvious and inevitable answer to everybody's healthcare problems.
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3G battle centres on consumers

The phoney war is over and the battle for 3G supremacy in Europe will begin in earnest next year as consumers adopt the technology in wider numbers. Analyst group Gartner predicts that European consumers will be spoilt for choice as operators vie with rivals to build market share.
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Gov delays new extended warranty rules

The government's new rules on extended warranties will not become law before Christmas this year. The new rules call for retailers to give consumers better information about the warranty products, but retailers warned the changes had been brought in too fast.
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BT and O2 finalise divorce

BT' relationship with its former mobile division - O2 - came to an end today after Vodafone took over the job of supplying mobile services to BT's corporate customers.

Nvidia signs Intel bus licence deal

Nvidia has finally won a frontside bus licence from Intel, paving the way at long last for the graphics chip specialist to release versions of its nForce chipset family for Pentium 4 processors.
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Operators wake up to mobile enterprise needs

Analysis Cellular operators have been notoriously poor at packaging and marketing their services in an attractive manner for enterprises. This has left them largely outside the inner circle of corporate communications decision making, providing the bit pipe for wireless traffic while integrators and device makers create the systems and gain the ear of the chief information officer.
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Sigourney Weaver books flight with Virgin Galactic

Sigourney Weaver has asked Virgin supremo Richard Branson if she can be one of the first passengers aboard his Virgin Galactic space tourism jaunts, UK tabloid the Sun reports.
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Gigabit Wi-Fi looms large

Among the factors that have held back enterprise uptake of wireless LANs outside greenfield sites have been security fears and lack of performance compared to wireline Ethernet. The past week has brought little reassurance on the first point, but has highlighted developments pointing to the creation of Gigabit Wi-Fi.
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Voq Pro smart phone

Reg review It's the $64m question for smart-phone designers: where do you put the keyboard? Some, like Nokia, have dispensed with it altogether, falling back on the standard texting-centric numeric pad - or fitted it laterally inside the casing, a la the Communicator. Others have stretched their devices to accommodate a larger QWERTY pad, Blackberry-fashion.
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AMD's Opteron loses ground where it kind of counts

The last couple of weeks have been full of AMD buzz. Analysts have upped their price targets for the company's share price. Executives have bragged about better than expected future performance. The rumors about Dell picking up Opteron have kicked into full gear once again.
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UK boffins sniff for Higgs boson

Particle physicists in the UK have finished building a key component of ATLAS, one of the four major experiments that will run on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.
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Sober worm speaks with forked tongue

A new variant of the Sober email worm is spreading rapidly across the internet today. Sober-I (AKA Sober-J) worm is mass mailing worm which sends itself to email addresses harvested from an infected computer. It uses variety of subject lines, message bodies and file attachment names, both in English and in German. There are 150 variants the most common of which are explained here.
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Linux set for ERP ascendency

Linux will continue to increase its share of the valuable Enterprise Resource Planning market at the expense of both Microsoft and other Unix vendors, according to a Peerstone Research study.
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Oracle moves to quarterly patch cycle

Oracle yesterday announced plans to adopt a quarterly security patch cycle. The enterprise software giant says that adopting a fixed delivery schedule will make it easier for customers to plan updates and thereby help them reduce costs.
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Introducing the big, bad BOFH polo shirt

Cash'n'Carrion Those BOFH fans who have long admired our BOFH logo t-shirt - but rather wished that there was a piece of apparel with a slightly more discreet logo - can now avail themselves of the latest apparel for the marauding sysadmins: the all-new BOFH logo polo shirt.
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Business leaders respect Gates (true)

Microsoft again came second only to General Electric as the world's most respected company among chief executives. Bill Gates is considered the world's most respected business leader, for the third year, among business leaders surveyed in the latest edition of the Financial Times/PricewaterhouseCoopers World's Most Respected Companies study.

Intel is killing Itanium one comment at a time

Intel's erstwhile high-volume enterprise chip - Itanium - is now being positioned for the lowest-volume market of them all - the mainframe. In one of his first public interviews since being tapped as Intel's next CEO, Paul Otellini shafted the multi-billion dollar baby by declaring that Itanic's future lies with the dinosaurs. It's a revealing comment from Otellini, who only a year ago was touting the "year of Itanium." Now, as CEO, he may well be the one that finally pulls the plug on the chip.