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Oracle piles Files, App Server and Collab Suite on users

Oracle today made its biggest splash during the OpenWorld conference, announcing new products and updates to a number of its existing products.
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Small.biz loves illegal software (true)

Nearly one in five small UK businesses would consider buying illegal software. A survey of technology trends among UK SMEs, conducted for Microsoft by YouGov, shows that 17 per cent would consider breaking the law in this way, despite the obvious risks to their reputation.

McNealy slaps Oracle over pricing

Sun Microsystems has chastised Oracle for its software pricing policies. In his Oracle Openworld address yesterday, Sun CEO Scott McNealy called on Oracle to count chips with multiple processing cores per die as a single chip in per processor licensing schemes.
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IBM moves the database goalposts

Analysis At its annual analyst conference last week, IBM announced its next generation database. The big news is that this will not be a relational database. Or, to be more accurate, it will not just be a relational database.
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TI narrows Q4 forecasts

Texas Instruments this week narrowed its Q4 revenue forecast as the world's semiconductor buyers continue to use up inventory rather than take product rolling off chip makers' production lines.
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Intel demos 65nm dual-core mobile CPU

Intel has shown off its dual-core, 65nm 'Yonah' mobile processor, but don't expect it to ship until 2006, the chip giant said.
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Samsung samples 512Mb GDDR 3 part

Samsung will put a 512Mb GDDR 3 SDRAM chip into full-scale production early next year, the chip maker has said.
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The Register upgrades RSS feeds

Today, The Register has made a modest upgrade for our RSS feeds. The description now contains the first paragraph of the story as well as the intro/sub-head. We think this is more useful, and we hope that you do too. (Readers using Live Bookmarks in Firefox won't see the difference, as Firefox only displays headlines.)

Disney backs Blu-ray

Sony has won Disney's support for its Blu-ray Disc (BD) hi-definition video optical format.
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$5bn market to sort wireless hodgepodge

There's a $5bn market for anybody who can help smaller companies manage their wireless and mobile hardware, says Strategy Analytics in a new report.
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Laptops go on sperm killing rampage

Men who use laptops could be risking their fertility, a US study warns. Heat from the processor can cause the temperature of the testes to rise almost three degrees, more than enough to damage sperm, the research reveals.
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Ofcom slaps premium rate industry

Ofcom is targeting telephone network operators in a crackdown against rogue operators that rip-off customers with expensive premium-rate phone calls.
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The strange death of the mass mailing virus

Mass mailing viruses will go the way of macro viruses and become much rarer next year. Viruses such as Sober and MyDoom are simply not as effective as they used to be, Kevin Hogan, a Symantec Europe manager, notes. "People know it’s risky to double click on viruses. For virus writers there's no technical kudos. Also mass mailing viruses are noisy, bringing attention to themselves, and that goes against the trend of developing malware that hides its presence on infected systems," he said.
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Marine Corps deploys Fallujah biometric ID scheme

US forces in Iraq are attempting to tame Fallujah with biometric ID, according to an NBC news report broadcast last week. The returning population of up to 250,000, reporter Richard Engel said on Tom Brokaw's last Nightly News, is to be allowed back in gradually, a few thousand at a time. "They'll be finger printed, given a retina scan and then an ID card, which will only allow them to travel around their homes or to nearby aid centers, which are now being built. The Marines will be authorized to use deadly force against those breaking the rules."
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KDDI unveils 'Love Mate' Windows Wi-Fi phone

Japanese mobile phone network KDDI this week introduced what may be the nation's first Windows Mobile 2003-based 3G smart phone, the intriguingly named 'Love Mate'.
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Amazon UK rents DVDs

Amazon UK has entered the DVD rental business in a bid to cash-in on this growing sector of the entertainment industry.
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The American way of spying gets a makeover

A controversial intelligence reform bill inspired by the 9/11 Commission has finally passed through both chambers of Congress and will soon be signed by the President.
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Dell to build second factory in Europe

Dell is looking to build a second manufacturing plant in Europe, but Ireland is unlikely to be considered as a possible location.
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The Met goes psyops with bus station weapons 'detector'

The Metropolitan Police's x-ray weapons scanner is having an outing this week as part of the Operation Blunt knife crime initiative. A scanner has also been deployed to operate on passengers at Hammersmith bus station, but this one is not a Rapiscan 1000 x-ray unit - which is significant.
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Canon loses printer recycling case

Selling recycled Canon printer cartridges does not constitute an infringement of the company's intellectual property, the Tokyo District Court has ruled.
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Cambridge launches mentor group for women tech researchers

The University of Cambridge has set up a mentoring group to support women in IT and computer science research. Women@CL, was officially launched last night at the Roger Needham Award lecture.
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SMS shorthand is annoying: official

Nearly half of mobile phone users want a guide on 'text etiquette', a study by research company YouGov has found.
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Napster tunes into mobile ringtones

Napster is to enter the mobile phone ringtone market next year, launching an own-brand service on the back of mobile content delivery company Dwango Mobile.
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Nokia 6670 smart phone

Review Based on the popular 7610, the 6670 tries to offer the same features in a different, more business-oriented packaging. But is it enough to woo the public once again? writes Charlie Brewer.
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Competition Tribunal rules against BT 'save' calls

BT has been fingered for using "dirty tricks" to try and hang on to customers who want to leave the telco for another phone operator. In the past, it called customers who wanted to leave BT to ensure that they were aware of the services on offer.
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UK.gov simplifies IT procurement

The government has standardised contract terms, replacing the wide variety of public sector documentation with two standard forms. According to the Office of Government Commerce, the new terms will be easier to administer, simplify the tendering process, and make it easier for small and medium-sized companies to compete for government business.

AMD battles Intel over F1 number crunching

AMD's fight with Intel continues to extend into the Formula One racing circuit. With both chip makers already tussling for those all-important hard-to-see-on-TV car-component sponsorship spaces, they are now attempting to outdo each other in the car design arena.
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EC presses for safer internet

The EU Telecommunications Council today today launched Safer Internet Plus, a scheme to help parents and teachers control what children view online.
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Probably the simplest phishing trick in the world

Many popular browsers are affected by a vulnerability that makes it easy to spoof the content of websites, security firm Secunia warns.
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Playgirl virus attacks Chechen rebel sites

An email virus that poses as pictures of a nude glamour model actually contains malicious code designed to launch denial-of-service attacks on websites run by Chechen separatists.