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OracleSoft coming out party set for Jan. 18

Oracle has planned a Jan. 18 event to convince customers, partners the press and analysts why its contentious buy of PeopleSoft made sense.
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Transmeta may power down chip making biz

Transmeta has decided to sit itself down and do some serious soul searching. The onetime darling of the chip industry may give up on much of its processor business and focus on selling its intellectual property instead, according to a company statement.
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Vonage offers VoIP mobile phone

Voice over IP pioneer Vonage is to market a mobile phone handset for around $100, the company announced today. Existing subscribers may be offered the handset, the F1000, for free. The handset could be used at Wi-Fi hotspots, but given the chaotic state of the infant Wi-Fi market - with a paucity of hotspots and few roaming agreements - Vonage's moby is more likely to take the place of the cordless home handset. Hutchison's Rabbit venture was intended to bring low cost mobile telephony to the masses ahead of the general availability of GSM, but even with many more hotspots, failed to catch on.
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62pc of netizens unaware of Pajamahadeen militants

New research suggests that the internet's echo chamber has much thicker walls than scientists previously thought. So thick, it seems, that an explosion the size of the Blogosphere can barely be detected in the real world. At best, only some faint, metallic clanging sounds can be heard outside - the eerie sound of the Pajamahadeen [UK English: Pyjamahadeen] inside the chamber, hammering away at their computer keyboards.
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C&W donates $1m for tsunami relief in Maldives

Cable & Wireless is donating $1m (£520,751) to the tsunami disaster relief in the Maldives.
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Cyber-appliances are not evil

FoTW Our campaign against the satantic cyber appliances is not going down well in all quarters.
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Armed robber's prison suit escapes onto eBay

An armed blagger's high-visibility boiler suit was reportedly offered for sale on eBay earlier this week after successfully escaping from Blundeston Prison in Suffolk, the Telegraph reports.
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Mobile players look beyond 3G

Twenty-six of the biggest players in the mobile phone industry have signed an accord that could lead to newer, faster wireless technology. The companies behind the initiative include Vodafone, NTT DoCoMo, NEC, Siemens, Alcatel and about 20 others. The aim of the consortium is to develop a new standard for the transmission of data over mobile networks - a standard that will be up to 10 times faster than 3G (UMTS), which is still in its infancy.
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VXers creating 150 zombie programs a week

Malicious programs capable of turning home PCs into zombies controlled by hackers are growing at between 150 to 200 per week. McAfee's Anti-virus and Vulnerability Emergency Response Team (AVERT) reports that bots (now numbering over 7,000) and mass mailing viruses are the greatest threat to enterprises. Meanwhile exploits and adware account for over 60 per cent of the malicious threats impacting consumers.
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BT wrestles with Carol Vorderman for 'net villain' award

BT, Carol Vorderman and the European Union (EU) are all in the running for the dubious honour of being named "Internet Villain" of the year.
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Sage buys Swiss biz for £10m

Sage today bought Simultan AG, a Swiss accountancy software developer, for £10.7m. Simultan has £700k in the bank, so the net cost is £10m.
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MS out of the bundling business?

Analysis Quietly, just before Christmas, the European Court of first instance confirmed that Microsoft has no basis to delay the March 2004 decision of the European Commission, that it committed abuses under European anti-trust law, and ordered its compliance with the EC order.
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Microsoft says Scottish NHS must curb IT spend

Scotland's Health Service is wasting money by buying its IT infrastructure in small pieces, rather than signing one mega-deal that would reduce its costs, according to Gordon McKenzie, Microsoft's ex-sales director for Scotland.
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Magirus PREPS capital base

Magirus, the Germany-headquartered mid-range distie, last month increased its capital by €18m using "a new kind of financing instrument" arranged by the Capital Efficiency Group (CEG), of Switzerland.
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Domain slammer promises to turn over new leaf

A Swansea-based businessman has agreed not to use dodgy sales tactics to try and flog domain names to businesses.
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NASA celebrates martian Spirit of adventure

Highly-satisfied NASA boffins donned their party hats on Monday to celebrate the first anniversary of their Spirit rover's martian adventure.

MoD imposes 'failure clause' on EDS

The Ministry of Defence has forced IT services giant EDS to sign a "failure clause" before it will let the company to continue its bid for the £4bn Defence Information Infrastructure contract. EDS has signed an undertaking saying that it will hand over control of the systems to the MoD if it causes a computer failure, The Telegraph reports.
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The eXtreme Programming revolution

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'Spamford' Wallace agrees to stop spyware assault

Sanford 'Spamford' Wallace has agreed to stop his use of spyware programs while he fights a lawsuit from the US Federal Trade Commission.
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UK army radio 'not ready for war time' says infantry chief

The British Army's new communications system, Bowman, isn't ready for front line infantry operations but has nevertheless been put into service "for political reasons," a senior officer told a recent School of Infantry briefing. Quoted in the Daily Telegraph, Director of Infantry Jamie Balfour pulled few punches. "all the rumours you've heard. It is as bad as you've heard... Now you guys will have to go out and find a way of making it work."
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'Use my 364-day calendar'

An American physicist has drawn up a new calendar in which every date would fall on the same day of the week, year after year. He says he came up with the new chart because he disliked having to re-draft the homework schedule for students to take account of the dates progressing through the week.

Reverse auction saves probation service £250k

The National Probation Directorate has saved nearly a quarter of a million pounds by buying new IT kit in an online reverse-auction. The savings, £233,000 in total, represent a nine per cent reduction in price, according to the Office of Government Commerce.
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BT sneaks in 'stealth price rise'

BT has been accused of slipping in a "stealth price rise" of up to 110 per cent for its telephone customers.
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Oracle waits on PeopleSoft stragglers

Oracle is still hunting for a few more PeopleSoft shares before it can officially close its acquisition of the company.
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Four charged over $1.5m Wal-Mart price switch scam

Two US couples have been arrested on suspicion of masterminding a price switching scam involving counterfeit bar codes estimated to have cost Wal-Mart stores across 19 US states a total of $1.5m over the last decade.

Microsoft kills Itanic XP

Microsoft has cancelled a version of Windows XP for Intel's Itanium processor that no one really used and even fewer people cared about.