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Abuses of the English language, ID cards...

LettersBarely a day has gone by this week without our beloved Home Secretary appearing in the news for one thing or another. Unsurprising, then, that letters this week should have such a flavour of ID card about it.
Lucy Sherriff, 03 Dec 2004

ICANN selects its wardens

The Internet Coporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has selected the two independent wardens of its activites after a two-year delay.
Kieren McCarthy, 03 Dec 2004

Orange readies a 3G Christmas

L'Orange is set to launch consumer 3G services early next week - just in time for Christmas. Orange follows Hutchison's 3 and Vodafone into the UK market.
John Oates, 03 Dec 2004

Berkeley hack sparks legislative backlash

The research community would lose its access to sensitive information from California's state-run programs under proposed legislation announced this week, a reaction to the penetration earlier this year of a university system housing personal data on over 1m participants in a state program.
Kevin Poulsen, 03 Dec 2004

M&S site falls over

Marks & Spencer extends its "One Day Christmas Spectacular" offer into a second day after its website went belly up during its pre-Xmas sale.
Tim Richardson, 03 Dec 2004

Ireland: auto-diallers under control

Ireland's communications regulator has lifted restrictions in place on ISPs and telecom operators, introduces to combat rogue auto-diallers.
Charlie Taylor, 03 Dec 2004

Lycos antispam site taken offline

Lycos Europe appears to have taken down its controversial MakeLoveNotSpam site - temporarily, at least. The site now displays a graphic and the words "STAY TUNED." References to the site have also been removed from the Lycos Europe home page, where it was prominently featured, monitoring firm Netcraft reports.
Jan Libbenga, 03 Dec 2004

Walsall signs Fujitsu in £650m deal

Walsall Council is to pay £650m to Fujitsu to sort out IT services for the borough for the next twelve years.
John Oates, 03 Dec 2004

Shawn Fanning's Snocap touts vision of P2P heaven

AnalysisSnocap, the company formed by Napster creator Shawn Fanning, today launched what it claims is the first music licensing platform that will allow music download services and P2P networks alike to allow any track to be delivered or shared in the knowledge that the copyright holder is taking their cut.
Tony Smith, 03 Dec 2004

Offshoring inevitable, so get over it

The movement of jobs from high cost to lower cost countries is now inevitable and attempts by Western governments to stop it happening are doomed to fail, says analyst firm Frost and Sullivan.
John Oates, 03 Dec 2004

IBM said to be in PC divison sell-off talks

IBM has reportedly put its PC business up for sale, 23 years after launching the first computer to carry that name.
Tony Smith, 03 Dec 2004

Olympus unrobes m:robe

It is certainly one of the more serious threats to Apple's iPod hegemony. Olympus, best known for its photographic products, this week in Tokyo announced its entry into the portable hard disk music player business with the introduction of two m:robe brand products.
Jan Libbenga, 03 Dec 2004

Pierre Danon and BT: speculation abounds

It was Pierre Danon who launched BT into the Wi-Fi business, with BT OpenZone - which he called "data on the pause" rather than "data on the move." But he was more than just the Wi-Fi boss's boss. He was (still is, for a few more weeks) head of BT Retail. And he's leaving - and boy! everybody is analysing this to death.
Guy Kewney, 03 Dec 2004
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World chip sales to fall next year - analyst

The inventory correction affecting the chip industry will continue well into 2005, ensuring next year's chip sales will be down two per cent on 2004's figure, market watcher IDC has said.
Tony Smith, 03 Dec 2004

Argentina gripped by telecoms strike

Argentina's phone network is reportedly "on the verge of collapse" following almost a week of industrial action by telecoms workers. More than 20,000 workers of the country's two major telcos are striking for more pay claiming they are being "exploited".
Tim Richardson, 03 Dec 2004
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Enterprise routing market as flat as a pancake

The worldwide enterprise router market was worth $918m in 3Q04, down by one per cent from the preceding three months. Analyst Infonetics Research reckons sales for 2004 as a whole will reach $3.8bn, four per cent down of $3.9bn revenues vendors enjoyed last year.
John Leyden, 03 Dec 2004

Libera shifts from 28GHz to WiMAX

UK broadband wireless start-up Libera has made a major shift in strategy and will now focus its efforts on creating a national WiMAX network for businesses. This reverses the plan, announced in June, of building its network in licensed 28GHz spectrum.
Wireless Watch, 03 Dec 2004

Intel pushes own-brand mobos with Nvidia bundle

Intel is bundling an Nvidia PCI Express graphics cards with a number of its motherboards in a bid to boost sales through the rest of the year, Nvidia has confirmed.
Tony Smith, 03 Dec 2004

India to enjoy cut-price Windows

Microsoft has confirmed that it is to start selling its cut-down, wallet-friendly, version of Windows in India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Russia. The cut-down version of Windows XP is already available in Thailand for about half the price of the full featured edition. A pilot programme started there in late September.
John Oates, 03 Dec 2004

ID cards will hit business, watchdog warns

British businesses will face an extra layer of red tape when ID cards are introduced, according to the boss of the government's own regulation watchdog.
John Oates, 03 Dec 2004

Nokia aims to dominate mobile email

Mobile email remains the key driver of enterprise uptake of wireless technologies. Increased productivity and flexible working practises, end user demand and relatively simple deployment make email the safe bet in a mobile enterprise strategy. Yet the market is still relatively untapped - in the US, market leader RIM has a base of 1.5m, but Yankee Group estimates there are 50m mobile workers. It is partly on that gap that Nokia seeks to build its enterprise strategy, perhaps the most critical element of its roadmap to regain market share, to reduce its dependence on the cellcos, and to achieve a Microsoft-style influence based on software, in the second half of this decade.
Wireless Watch, 03 Dec 2004

Gateway brand comes back to Japan

US PC maker Gateway has once again ventured beyond its native shores, returning to the Japanese market after a three-year absence.
Tony Smith, 03 Dec 2004
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Transmeta licenses LongRun 2 to Fujitsu

Transmeta has licensed its LongRun 2 power management and leakage control technology to Fujitsu, its chip manufacturing partner.
Tony Smith, 03 Dec 2004

Southampton uni honours Berners-Lee with professorship

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, is to take up a Chair of Computer Science at the University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science. He will hold this position alongside his current appointments as Senior Research Scientist at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
Robin Lettice, 03 Dec 2004

BT confirms Italian job

BT is to take full control of Italy's second biggest telco in a move set to cost around €116m (£80m). The UK's dominant fixed line telco is to acquire the outstanding 74 per cent of Albacom is doesn't already own from ENI, BNL and Mediaset.
Tim Richardson, 03 Dec 2004

Sony Vaio U70P Wi-Fi micro PC

PreviewSony is a company that never ceases to amaze me. Every time I think that it can't produce another groundbreaking product, it does just that. When I looked at the Sony Vaio X505 ultra-slim notebook earlier this year, I was amazed at how small and light it was, while remaining a usable mobile tool. But with the Vaio Type U, Sony has created a mobile computer that makes even the X505 look big, writes Riyad Emeran.
Trusted Reviews, 03 Dec 2004

Phishing losses overestimated - survey

Fraud losses from email phishing attacks will hit $137m globally in 2004, according to a study from research and consulting firm TowerGroup. The figure is much lower than previous estimates. For example, a September survey commissioned by TRUSTean, an online privacy non-profit organization and NACHA, an electronic payments association, put US phishing losses to date at $500m.
John Leyden, 03 Dec 2004

Intel cans Pentium II

It's amazing to see these things are still around, but this week Intel told its customers that it is to formally discontinue production of the Pentium II at 266, 333, 366 and 466MHz.
Tony Smith, 03 Dec 2004

UK govt takes iTunes gripe to Europe

The UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has reported Apple's iTunes Music Store to the European Commission (EC) on the grounds that the service may infringe European trade regulations.
Tony Smith, 03 Dec 2004

Need a job? Get a card - arresting ID pitch to business

AnalysisIt might not be your Big Brother's Database, but the UK ID scheme has certainly mastered doublespeak. Take, for example, the way it will force businesses to joyfully embrace ID card checks - or else.
John Lettice, 03 Dec 2004

Samsung phones outsell Motorola's

Samsung is now the world's second-largest mobile phone maker, behind Nokia. According to market watcher Gartner, the South Korean company has finally knocked Motorola into third place.
Tony Smith, 03 Dec 2004

HP must open source Tru64 goodies - users

LettersSo, the Tru64 era has ended at the hands of HP. Compaq/DEC's vaunted clustering and file system technology have been sent to the place where software dies, and Veritas has been adopted. HP's Inkvent agenda doesn't seem to support much Unix research and development these days - much to the dismay of the old Compaq hands and customers spread across the globe.
Ashlee Vance, 03 Dec 2004

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