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CA ups reseller bonuses

Computer Associates is improving Enterprise Solution Provider - the deal it offers resellers who flog its software.
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Netsuite chases salesforce customers

Netsuite is offering salesforce.com customers a 50 per cent discount.
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UK firms tempted with free broadband

Technology Telecom, the Glasgow-based business telco, is giving broadband away for free. The catch (c'mon now, you know there's always a catch) is that businesses must spend more than £350 a month on their landlines and sign up to Technology Telecom's phone service.
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Tough local laws drive corporate security

Cautious corporations are applying the most restrictive local and national laws globally to ensure they obey compliance regulations. Michael Colao, director of information management at merchant bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, says this has little to do with bolstering information security and everything to do with ensuring there is no risk of senior managers going to jail.
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Londoners top world in leaving laptops in taxis

Thousands of valuable mobile phones, PDAs and laptops are forgotten in taxis every day, according to a survey out today. The international survey of 900 taxi drivers reveals that absent minded passengers are leaving sensitive information up for grabs because they fail to use password and encryption facilities on mobile devices.

IBM admits to low-end Linux on Power assault

IBM has obediently announced a new Linux-only Power server just a couple of days after El Reg outed the kit.
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Brocade makes income and CEO disappear

Brocade hit customers and investors with a grand twofer on Tuesday, saying it will have to cut previously reported net income and that it has changed CEOs.
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Teen 'angel' arrested for £20k web fraud

A teenage boy described as "an angel" by his grandmother has been arrested and bailed amid allegations that he netted £20,000 flogging non-existent gear from his website.
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Unis free to rummage through century of physics research

Universities are to get free access to the Institute of Physics' digital journal-archives, a collection of scientific research spanning more than 100 years of publishing. The archive holds more than 110,000 articles and 1.5m pages of physics research including papers by Sir John Fleming, Sir Ernest Rutherford, Niels Bohr, Lord Rayleigh and Sir Edward Appleton.
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Maxtor cans notebook HDD project

Maxtor has abandoned plans to offer 2.5in hard drives - essentially turning its back on the growing notebook market - the HDD maker said yesterday

Infineon sales slip - and will fall further

Memory maker Infineon saw earnings rocket during the first quarter of FY2005 despite modest sales gains.
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Cingular posts Q4 loss

US mobile network Cingular lost of $497m on revenues of $7.1bn for the fourth quarter of 2004 ended 31 December. The figures include cash from AT&T Wireless, which was acquired during the quarter.
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Gates pledges $750m for child vaccines

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is giving $750m to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization which protects children in the developing world from preventable diseases.
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C&W bull(dog)ish about LLU

Cable & Wireless (C&W) is ramping up investment in local loop unbundling (LLU) and is preparing for a full commercial launch by the middle of the year.

Tyan unveils nForce Pro mobos

Tyan today launched a pair of motherboards based on Nvidia's recently announced PCI Express-based nForce Pro 2200 and 2050 chipsets, both geared to workstation and server systems based on AMD's 64-bit processors.

Chinese manufacturers sue DVD patent pool

The company charged with licensing the intellectual property enshrined in the DVD standard has been accused of violating US antitrust laws by a pair of peeved player makers from China.
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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Xg digicam

Review If you want a small, easily pocketed yet stylish digicam the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Xg might be the one for you. Opening the box and removing this little beauty for the first time makes a real impact. At 2cm thick and weighing in at only 120g, the Xg is remarkably small and swish. And betters the original DiMAGE X for sheer exuberance, thanks to its red livery, writes Doug Harman.
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HomeChoice doubles broadband speeds

Video Networks is doubling speeds for its HomeChoice service up to a maximum of 4Mb at no extra cost.
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IN-FUSIO buys US publisher

IN FUSIO, which makes downloadable games for mobile phones, has bought US mobile games publisher Thumbworks. The ex-boss of Thumbworks Craig Holland will nhead US operations.
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Aspect orientation - the next big thing?

Site Offer Aspect orientation promises to be the next big wave in software engineering, following on the heels of the object-oriented paradigm. Proponents tout the value of aspect orientation in providing the ability to add extremely useful mechanisms such as security, logging, persistence, debugging, tracing, distribution, performance monitoring, and exception handling. To state it simply, it makes programming and programs more efficient.
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Cisco patches VoIP vuln

Cisco is advising users of its IP telephony to update their software following the discovery of a flaw that might allow hackers to mount denial of service attacks.
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NEC 338 3G mobile phone

Review When 3G service 3 in the UK a couple of years ago, it was heralded as a huge step forward in mobile technology. However, the phones were bulky, unattractive, difficult to use and tended to have battery life that was shorter than the attention span of an MTV junkie, writes Benny Har-Even.
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Seeking clarity on patents, EU policy, and Verizon

Letters This week, Poland stepped in, again, to stop the adoption without debate of the European Directive in computer implemented inventions. The question of what happens next is where things get tricky. The bill's opponents have called for lobbying to begin again in earnest, while its supporters have started wringing their hands about the possibly dangerous precedent of interrupting the democratic process.
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UK net traffic registers Xmas spike

The UK's etailers witnessed a massive spike in traffic in the run-up to Christmas registering yet another busy festive season.

Samsung ships 256Mb XDR chips

Samsung has begun mass production of 256Mb Rambus' XDR memory chips.
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AOL ditches newsgroups

AOL is pulling the plug on servers hosting newsgroups. AOL subscribers will no longer be able to access such groups directly but will have to go through Google.

Good touts mobile access to corporate databases

Wireless enterprise data software provider Good Technology this week extended its GoodLink email and PIM client to other corporate applications.
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First MVNO hopeful throws hat into Irish ring

Irish telecoms company MinuteBuyer is the first firm to officially confirm its intention to become a virtual mobile operator in Ireland. Its decision comes days after the EC announced its backing for Irish regulator's ComReg's plan to force Vodafone and O2 to open their networks.
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BellSouth Q4 disappoints

US telco Bellsouth brought in Q4 revenues of $5.15bn, in the last three months of 2004, up 0.8 percent on Q4 03, but profits took a tailspin to $496m (Q4 03:$836m).
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US hosting provider pulls down Iranian site

Lobby group Reporters without Borders is demanding to know why US web hosting firm the Planet decided to stop hosting the website of the Iranian Student's News Agency.
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Mini-Macs: it's a small world, after all

Letters Resident Register Mac-head, Tony Smith, ran an opinion piece last week, in which he suggested that Apple might not, in fact, be trying its hardest to rip off its European fan base over the Mac Mini.
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RIM rejects NTP patent win

Research in Motion (RIM) wants the US Court of Appeal to reconsider its argument that its Canadian location puts it beyond the reach of US-based patent infringement accuser NTP.
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Google hits the goggle box

Google's march to world domination came another step closer today with a beta search engine allowing users to search through recent TV programmes. So now you won't even have to remember what you watched on telly last night - you can check on Google.
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FBI chides Hotmail and Yahoo! for sidestepping UK laws

Poor controls and lax compliance with local laws by global hosting and webmail firms is hampering the fight against cybercrime, an FBI agent told a London conference yesterday. Ed Gibson, FBI special agent and assistant legal attache of the US Embassy in London, said international ISPs operating in the UK used their international presence as an excuse for not complying with British laws.
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EMC rides coders to banner Q4

With its many software acquisitions doing their part to pad the bottom line, EMC reported stunning fourth quarter revenue growth. EMC's results easily outpaced those of rival hardware companies.
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Cybersex man jailed for two years

A Scottish man has been jailed for two years after pleading guilty to a "cybersex" session with a 13 year-old girl. Neil Ross, 31, of Dennistoun in Glasgow, will also be placed on the sex offenders' register following his conviction of lewd and libidinous behaviour.

Computacenter flees Austria

Computacenter is to sell its lossmaking Austrian subsidiary for an undisclosed sum. Computacenter Austria employs 220 people, turns over around £50m a year and had a net asset value of €2.7m as of December 2003. Computacenter says the disposal is not material to the group or to its German operations.

Net cheers IBM's rejection of Solaris x86

Column Why doesn't every major executive have a blog? The medium seems to serve as a way to say just about anything and have the message picked up by the media.
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Apple cuts Mac mini memory upgrade prices

Apple has slashed the price of upgrade options for its just-launched budget Mac, hoping to turn curiosity into sales.