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Napster readies German music service

Napster will launch a German online store "later this year", the digital music company said today.
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Intel 'Smithfield' dual-core to debut as 8xx series

Intel's 'Smithfield' dual-core desktop Pentium 4 processor will ship as the 8xx series, Taiwanese motherboard maker sources claim the chip giant has said.
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Google mulls VoIP move

Google is considering offering Voice over Internet Protocol phone calls according to the The Times.
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Need an African slave? Try eBay

Absolute proof that eBay really is the world's marketplace comes with the revelation that the online auction site has branched out into the African slave trade.

Western Digital hops on 1in HDD bandwagon

Hard drive maker Western Digital is finally following Seagate et al into the 1in HDD market in a bid to exploit exploding demand for mobile phone, PDA and MP3 player storage.
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Bush bins Hubble fix

The Bush administration has cut funding for any future mission manned or robotic, to service the Hubble Space Telescope, according to anonymous sources, cited by The Washington Post.
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German police bust porn invoice scammers

German police have seized computers and documents from a dozen companies which allegedly attempted to extract cash from people using bogus invoices for porn services. They also arrested the main suspect - a 50-year-old Danish man.
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AOpen preps second-gen Centrino desktop mobo

Motherboard maker AOpen has followed up its recent Pentium M-based desktop board with a new model equipped with the latest generation of Centrino technology.
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Spaniards develop chart-topping program

A small Spanish company says it can use artificial intelligence technology originally developed for the banking and telecoms industries to predict if a record is going to be a hit or not. It boasts an impressive track record, having successfully predicted hot sales for Norah Jones and US band Maroon 5.
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Averatec sets up shop in UK

US-based, Korean-backed notebook maker Averatec has begun selling its systems in the UK with the intention of becoming "a major player" in the laptop market here.
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Hotspot paranoia: try to stay calm

Opinion OK, the fact that Professor Brian Collins is prepared to talk about public Wi-Fi hotspots with evil twins does mean it's worth taking seriously. I took it seriously enough to publish something about it myself - mainly, though, as a way of publicising the Science Museum's series of talks on crime. But out there, people are taking it VERY seriously.
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Globus Consortium takes grid computing to the office

IBM, HP, Sun and Intel have formed the Globus Consortium, to accelerate the commercial development of grid computing.
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AMD's 2006 roadmap - details emerge

Roadmap AMD's public roadmap stretched only so far as the end of 2005, but an image that surfaced on the web this weekend may reveal the chip maker's plans for 2006.
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Nokia settles GSM patent clash

Nokia has brought to a close the legal proceedings it began against rival mobile phone maker Vitelcom last November, the Finnish giant said today.
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CE giants open DRM to the community

The leading vendors in consumer electronics have banded together to create a Community Source Program for digital rights management and will license the whole kit and caboodle, the patents, copyrights, compliance logo and source code to anyone that wants it.
Faultline, 24 2005
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Orb offers media on the go

American company Orb has released software that streams live or recorded TV, MP3s, photos or other digital media stored on a home PC to portable devices such as a laptop, cell phone or PDA. Customers can listen to their MP3 music or watch recorded videos on a mobile phone while on the go.
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Dozen claim MS codec patents

The MPEG LA has had 12 separate companies claiming that they have essential patents in the pool it is developing for the licensing of Microsoft’s video codec, dubbed VC 1 under the SMPTE standard (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers).
Faultline, 24 2005
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Tabloid fires 'Yahoo baby' reporter

Romanian tabloid Libertatea has fired the reporter who fabricated a story claiming that a couple had named their baby Yahoo, Reuters reports.
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BT warns of broadband divide ahead of Ofcom review

More than half of UK homes and businesses could be left without advanced broadband services if Ofcom continues to press ahead with plans to make the UK's telecoms sector more competitive, BT boss Ben Verwaayen warns.
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US hints at IBM-Lenovo deal spy fears

US regulators could scupper the $1.25bn sale of IBM's PC division to China's Lenovo - on grounds of national security.
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Brit jailed for tsunami emails

A 40-year old British man was sentenced to six months in prison for sending emails to relatives of people missing after the tsunami disaster.
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US stem cell research in jeopardy

US stem cell research faces an uncertain near future after scientists reported that existing stocks of such cells are contaminated - and therefore useless for treating people - while the US administration has terminated federal funding for the extraction of fresh cells.
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Apple iTunes sales tally hits 250m

More than 250m songs have been paid for and downloaded from Apple's iTunes Music Store, the Mac maker boasted today.
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Simply Computers suffers big redundancies

Up to 105 workers at Simply Computers are losing their jobs thanks to reorganisation by parent company Systemax.
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Transmeta licences low-power tech to Sony

Transmeta has signed its latest LongRun 2 licensee, Sony, the chipmaker said today.
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'Integrity of eBay markeplace' at risk - sellers' group

It has been a bad few days for eBay. Last week more than $12bn (£6.4bn) was wiped off the value of the dotcom auction house as it warned that its financial performance for 2005 is unlikely to live up to bullish expectations.
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Poland blocks software patents again

Poland has intervened again to stop the Council of Agriculture and Fisheries from rubber-stamping the EU directive on computer implemented inventions.
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HP France plans February Opteron server party

HP France has set a February launch date for a new fleet of Opteron servers, including a two-processor box and blades.
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HP's PC biz braced for SAP hell

Exclusive HP's customers should prepare for round two of the company's product ordering fiasco. Insiders have revealed that the very same problems which crippled HP's server business last year will likely hit the PC operation. The reason? The business side of the house can't play well with the IT staffers.
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Microsoft preps WMP-less Windows

Microsoft said today that it won't pursue any more appeals against an interim EU competition ruling to ship a version of Windows without Windows Media Player. In December Microsoft lost an appeal to the European Court of the First Instance and promised to ship WMP-less Windows in the EU "in January". Now we learn that OEMs will be able to receive WMP-less Windows "within the next few weeks".
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Is Microsoft preparing a flying car?

No future is complete without a flying car, but it's the invention that, like Longhorn, never arrives. However, many readers write in with evidence from Microsoft Norway that such a vehicle may be in trial. The company's MapPoint directions service is suggesting a route that at the very least requires an amphibious vehicle similar to that great British invention, the Hovercraft.
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PalmOne chief quits

PalmOne's CEO Todd Bradley has resigned, the company announced today, with Palm veteran and former Handspring marketing boss Ed Colligan filling the gap. Colligan will perform the role of interim CEO from February 25. The board said that Bradley will remain as an advisor after seeing the current quarter through.