25th > November > 2004 Archive

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Don't offshore, pay us instead

Companies looking to save money by offshoring would make bigger savings by looking at the processes behind their software development.
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Ecommerce to rocket in 2005

Online businesses in the UK are forecasting that revenues will grow by 36 per cent next year, according to new figures.
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Q3 chip production up despite downturn

More chip-making equipment effectively stood idle during Q3 2004 than Q2 as worldwide capacity utilisation rates fell, the Semiconductor International Capacity Statistics (SICAS) organisation reported this week.
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More transparency will fuel egovernment

Greater transparency and implementation of best practice will help to fuel the growth of successful egovernment initiatives around the world.
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Q3 integrated graphics chip shipments soar

Graphics chip shipments jumped during Q3, market watcher Jon Peddie Research said yesterday.
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Hacking tool 'draws FBI subpoenas'

The author of the popular freeware hacking tool Nmap warned users this week that FBI agents are increasingly seeking access to information from the server logs of his download site, insecure.org.
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Lastminute.com floored by increased losses

Shares in Lastminute.com dipped sharply this morning after the online travel business reported a whopping increase in losses.
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Broadcom sues seven over 'stolen' chip secrets

Wireless chip maker Broadcom has accused start-up MagiComm Technology Inc. of engaging in "a well-orchestrated, international scheme to steal from Broadcom trade secrets" - allegations MagiComm's legal representative described as "fallacious and inflammatory".
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Oracle must wait for poison pill decision

Oracle's proposed takeover of Peoplesoft has hit another barrier. A Delaware judge has delayed his final ruling over Peoplesoft's poison pill defence, saying that he needs to hear more evidence.
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Warning: critical Winamp vuln

Security researchers are warning of a serious - and unfixed - security hole with the popular Winamp media player.
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MS offers real Windows XP to users of counterfeit software

A Microsoft UK replacement scheme for pirate copies of Windows XP suggests the company is testing the waters to see how feasible it is to convert sections of its unlicensed user base to legitimate users. The scheme is however limited at the moment - to the UK, and to copies sold pre-installed on a new computer prior to 1st November. There are however clear signs that Microsoft considered running the offer for standalone retail product before taking a step back.
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Danon quits BT

BT retail boss Pierre Danon is jumping ship to take the top job at Cap Gemini. The move to chief operating officer of the IT services company is a promotion for Danon and sees him return to France.
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Napster nips into newsagents

Napster UK today continued its pursuit of lesser net-worth individuals than arch-rival Apple is chasing by signing a deal to sell its music download vouchers in papershops and convenience stores throughout the nation.
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Novell, CCIA evidence may be tossed out in MS EC case

A European judge is to hold a closed-door meeting today to discuss the lifting of sanctions by the EU in its anti-trust ruling against Microsoft. Judge Bo Vesterdorf of the Court of First Instance in Luxembourg. has called the meeting to discuss the future of the case, following the withdrawal of Novell and the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA).
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SCO board member flees

Long-standing SCO board member Thomas Raimondi is stepping down. Raimondi joined the SCO board in September 1999, but says he is now too busy in his full-time job as CEO of MTI Technology Corp.
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PCCW hits back at wireless broadband roll-out report

PCCW has shrugged off reports that it has ditched plans for a nation-wide roll-out of its wireless broadband service in the UK insisting it never committed to a countrywide roll-out of the service.
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Infinium chases further funding for Phantom

Infinium Labs, the company behind the highly hyped Phantom games console and similarly named online service, needs to find $11.5m if it's to go ahead with the launch.
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NTT DoCoMo, mmO2 to 'partner' on UK i-mode

British mobile phone network O2 will launch an i-mode service next year after licensing the technology from Japanese telco NTT DoCoMo, newspaper reports have claimed.
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Nintendo to spill Euro DS plans in January

Nintendo will tell European gamers when it can get their hands on its new DS console in January, the company's UK general manager said yesterday.
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PalmOne to give Treo 650 users 128MB SD cards

PalmOne has pledged to provide every Treo 650 owner with a free 128MB memory card until it can fix a memory issue that has drawn a significant number of complaints from early adopters.
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Exeter uni cans chemistry department

In a move that has been dubbed as 'disastrous' by the Royal Society of Chemistry, Exeter University is to drop the teaching of chemistry as a subject. 130 staff are to be made redundant after the university said that the department was losing £3m a year. The university's music and Italian departments will also be closed. The announcement comes in spite of a 21 per cent rise in applications to the university this year, with five students competing for every place, the Independent reports.
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Smart phone predicts owner's behaviour

US boffins are developing mobile phones which learn user's daily habits so that they can become "mobile digital secretaries".
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Finland threatens to scrap Tele2 3G licence

Tele2 could lose its 3G licence for Finland, because of delays in building its network.
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Last shout on the Inova Microlight keyring

Cash'n'Carrion We're clearing the decks here at Cash'n'Carrion in anticipation of some fresh lines in the new year and have decided to knock a couple of quid off the compact and bijou Inova Microlight keyring. What's more, we're offering free P&P on this while stocks last, so the price you see is the price you pay.
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Eidos does due diligence on would-be buyers

UK games publisher Eidos has formally begun looking into the backgrounds of possible suitors, the company said today, having whittled down the list of prospective partners to those it believes have a good chance of proposing.
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LLU dogged by 'significant operational problems'

Local loop unbundling (LLU) - the process that enables rival companies to provide telecoms services direct to end users by-passing BT - is still dogged by difficulties.
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Dell eclipses Sun in server sales

Worldwide server revenue surpassed $11.8bn in the third quarter of 2004, six per cent up on last year, according to Gartner Dataquest.
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Music giants feed the Wurld

A new agreement between a peer-to-peer network and the major music labels has created the first peer-to-peer file sharing network for licensed digital music.