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Telecom Italia to mop up mobile minorities

Telecom Italia is buying the outstanding shares in its mobile division for $21bn. It currently owns 56 per cent of Telecom Italia Mobile, which it spun off as a separate company in 1995. Shares in both companies will be suspended while the bid is decided.
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IBM, Lenovo to announce JV 'this week'

Far Eastern sources continue to claim that IBM and Chinese PC maker Lenovo are in joint-venture discussions rather than pursuing the all-out acquisition of Big Blue's PC division.
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Cable broadband regs draw high court review

When the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided in 2002 that broadband Internet access via cable is legally distinct from other broadband services, and should be left largely unregulated, it set the stage for a confrontation with telcos that have a large shopping list of regulatory burdens and obligations to contend with.
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US health secretary resigns

US Health and Human Services Secretary and former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson resigned his post on Friday, evidently due to nerves. Apparently, the high-strung Thompson is surprised to be alive, and believes that we're all living on borrowed time.
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Aussie jailed for flogging bogus Canon servers

An Australian man has been jailed for ripping off millions of dollars by selling counterfeit computer equipment. John Michael Parker, as a director of a reseller called Matrix, had an exclusive distribution deal for Canon equipment in Toowoomba, Queensland.

AMD pitches PowerNow! at servers

AMD today said it has added its PowerNow! power conservation technology to its Opteron processor line, the better to pitch the parts at high-density servers and blade-based systems.
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Pipex gift-wraps VoIP for business

Broadband ISP Pipex has ripped off the wrapping paper from its new internet telephony service for businesses. "VOIP for Business", as it's called, enables firms to save money on calls by routing them over the net.
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Congress moots intelligence overhaul bill

The intelligence overhaul bill that the 9/11 Commission inspired, and the President says he wants, but has done little to promote, might just squeak through Congress this week.
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High-school drop-out to become Homeland Security Czar

President George W. Bush has nominated former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik to replace Tom Ridge as Homeland Security Secretary, marking a significant departure from his tendency to choose educated, Patrician types for his Cabinet.

Intel updates price list

Intel updated its microprocessor menu yesterday, adding a number of juicy new items to its bill of fare.

Apple of IBM's eye?

Opinion As the IT world digests the fact that IBM has, according to the New York Times, put its PC division up for sale, another set of speculation revs up.

Cisco and Fujitsu pool R&D for big routers, switches

Cisco and Fujitsu are teaming up to develop high end routers and switches. Cisco will tap into Fujitsu's expertise in high-reliability and high-availability technologies, so bringing advanced features to market more quickly. This will help it to fend off competition from arch rival Juniper Networks.
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Offshoring, not just for IT...

Letters Register readers are not easily riled. But talk of offshoring (Offshoring inevitable - so get over it) can get them hot under the collar. Nathan McCourtney represents the voice of reason...
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IDG: e-magazines 'not good value'

One of the most successful publishers in the e-magazine market has warned his rivals that the technology is not proven to be good value. Patrick Kenealy, CEO of IDG, told the Quvu e-magazine publishing forum in New York last week that for many titles, the effort of producing a digital edition of a successful magazine, was not worth the cost.
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German Supreme Court rules in favor of 'generic domain grabbing'

The German Supreme Court has ruled that merely registering generic terms as domain names does not constitute an unethical intent to cause damage, online magazine Heise Online reports.
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Linux and the job market

The principles of economics, as Computerworld reports, are finally affecting Linux. Linux is increasing its market share so rapidly that, in consequence, some companies find it difficult to secure the resources to handle Linux development and installation. Naturally, the contractor or salary costs rise. This may reduce the prospective cost savings on Linux related IT projects. Apparently the key skills required are in programming and documentation, file editing and the ability to modify source code. Over and above that, there is a need for technical management skills to manage these tasks. Management experience is another plus.
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BCS certifies Freedom of Information

The British Computing Society(BCS) is offering a new qualification to help IT pros ensure they are ready for 1 January when the Freedom of Information Act comes into force.
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mmO2 hikes 3G speeds

mmO2 says improvements to its Isle of Man 3G network will make it three times faster than rival services from Vodafone and 3.
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BT stands firm against Ofcom

BT has signalled that it won't roll over and comply with new regulatory demands made by Ofcom if such moves are too damaging for its business.
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The post-PC era is upon us

Analysis IBM is trying to sell its PC business. Korea has already launched a programme called "The Post-PC Era." Jonathan Schwartz, president of Sun Microsystems, told the New York times: "We've been in the post-PC era for four years now." Can we really manage without the PC?
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Who would you like to attack today?

A massive rise in phishing attacks this year may lead on to customised email security attacks targeted specifically at individual or small groups of companies, according to email security firm MessageLabs.
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Tulip Computers freezes Dutch aid to Bangladesh

Tulip Computers today won a court case against the Dutch Government over a derailed €10m development project in Bangladesh. The dispute saw the small Dutch PC maker successfully freeze the Dutch government's development aid funds to Bangladesh worth €30m a year.
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Akamai and C&W kiss and make up

Akamai and Cable and Wireless have settled their patent dispute, which has pushed the two in and out of court for the last four years.
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Disruptive IT forces gather in London hotel

Last Friday saw this year's Economist Leadership Forum which ended with a panel discussion of disruptive technologies to watch out for in the year ahead. The panel included Microsoft's European chief executive, Dell's European president and the chief technology officer for mobile network Orange.

Cisco unveils 'mini' monster router

Cisco has launched a router and application management platform which pushes more intelligence into service provider data networks.
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IBM wins £500m Lloyds TSB VoIP gig

Lloyds TSB, the UK retail bank, has picked IBM to provide network and VoIP services for the next seven years. The £500m contract covers a converged network carrying voice, video and data as well as 70,000 Voice over Internet Protocol phones from Cisco.
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Apple threatens iTunes.co.uk owner

Apple has accused the owner of iTunes.co.uk of being a cybersquatter, and taken him to UK registry Nominet demanding to be given the domain.
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Internet fraud is easy, says judge...

A judge has told a court in Leicester that it's a doddle to swindle people on the net. His remarks came as he sentenced Sara Hambridge, 28, from Leicester, who netted more than £3,000 when she sold non-existent tickets to the Glastonbury festival via eBay.
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Oracle's data center of the future doesn't include HP or Sun

HP and Sun Microsystems should take note. Oracle has announced its "architecture of the future," and HP and Sun have been left off the plans.

Sun shooting for double-digit piece of the x86 market

Sun Microsystems hopes to grab at least 10 percent of the x86 server market by 2007.
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Lycos goes straight

After a week of well-deserved criticism, Lycos is abandoning its scheme to launch denial-of-service attacks against spammy websites. Did the company reform in time to avoid criminal prosecution?
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Amazon unavailable for holiday shopping madness

Amazon.com went down just in time for the holidays.