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OpenSolaris makes Sun top donor of open source code

Sun Microsystems today officially made the open source Solaris moves that had been widely predicted earlier this week. It released a tool in Solaris 10 called DTrace under its new Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL). It confirmed that all of Solaris 10 will be open sourced under the same license in the second quarter. And it officially named the new version of the operating system OpenSolaris.
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UK tech jobs jump in Q4

The number of IT jobs advertised jumped 21 per cent in Q4 2004. December is normally a quiet period in recruitment, but this is the fourth consecutive quarter that IT vacancies have risen, according to CWJobs, the IT jobs site.
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Inland Revenue predicts bumper year for online filing

With just four and a half days to go until the tax return deadline, the Inland Revenue is expecting a bumper year in terms of people completing their self assessment forms online. As of 17 January, the Revenue has had 895,000 forms completed via its website - it passed last year's total about three weeks ago.
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FBI backs transatlantic anti-spam summit

A delegation of British MPs heads over to Washington next month to discuss information security with US politicians.

Europe wants cheaper storage and lots of it

Which came first - lower-cost, high-capacity hard disks, or applications that generate huge amounts of data and need cheap storage?
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Watch out for bogus health and safety invoices

Safety chiefs are warning businesses about a scam in which bosses are charged hundreds of pounds from a bogus health and safety organisation.
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CA re-organises management

Computer Associates doubled profits for fiscal Q3 and is changing its senior management structure to make it more like IBM.
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Yahoo! bets on Betfair

Betfair and Yahoo! are to build a Yahoo!-branded version of Betfair's gambling exchanges for UK and Ireland. The joint venture is due to launch in March.
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P2P radio wins big money

P2P webcasting company Mercora has won a vote of confidence from investors, snagging $5m from VC company Norwest Venture Partners. Mercora was formally launched in May 2003 and began to gather a following last summer.
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Microsoft flying car spotted over Fishguard

Word of Microsoft's secret flying car project spreads - with a convincing sighting of the amphibious vehicle over parts of south of Wales and the Republic of Ireland.
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Earthlink wins cash from spammers

Two members of the Alabama Spam Ring, really, have paid undisclosed damages to Earthlink and signed a court order promising to never send another spam email.
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Rambus sues four for GDDR 'infringement'

Litigiously inclined memory technology developer Rambus has filed four more lawsuits against memory chip makers it claims used its intellectual property without permission.
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Hynix execs arrested on bribery charges - report

South Korean law enforcement authorities have arrested two Hynix executives, charging them with bribery, local reports claim.
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Vodafone hits 150m customers

Vodafone gained 5.4m customers in the last quarter of 2004 ended 31 December. The mobile giant now has 151.8m customers across the world.
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VIA 2GHz C7 CPU to debut Q4

VIA's next-generation x86-compatible processor, 'Esther', which has been designed to take the chip family beyond 2GHz, will ship in Q4, online reports suggest.
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TI Q4 earnings slide as sales fall

Texas Instruments saw earnings slide during the fourth quarter of FY2004 on a small sequential dip in sales, the company reported yesterday.
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Nvidia chisels away at ATI market share

ATI's Q3 2004 lead over arch-rival Nvidia was eroded during Q4, the latest figures from market watcher Mercury Research suggest.
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Intel to bring 64-bit to P4, Celerons in Q2

Roadmap Intel plans to upgrade its current LGA-775 Pentium 4 line-up with its AMD64-like EM64T 64-bit addressing technology next quarter, the company's latest roadmap update reveals.
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Gloves off in Ebbers WorldCom fraud trial

The fraud trial of ex-WorldCom chief exec Bernie Ebbers kicked off yesterday with the man at the centre of the case accused of telling "lie after lie after lie".
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Lawyers demand hard time for Blaster teen

Federal prosecutors are calling for the author of a variant of the infamous Blaster worm to be jailed for 37 months - ahead of a sentencing hearing due later this week. Jeffrey Lee Parson pleaded guilty last August to releasing a modified version of the Blaster worm.
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MS updates: real Windows users only need apply

Microsoft is to stop providing updates to non-genuine versions of its Windows XP operating system as part of its anti-piracy campaign.
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Telewest spanked for broadband ad

UK consumers continue to be misled by broadband ISPs who compare their own services to rivals.
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US to tighten nuclear cyber security

Federal regulators are proposing to add computer security standards to their criteria for installing new computerized safety systems in nuclear power plants.
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ARM income, revenues rise

ARM's growth trend continued unabated during the last three months of 2004, with revenues and income up sequentially and year on year.
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EA sales, profits slide

Electronic Arts saw revenues and income fall during the Christmas quarter, as growing demand in Europe and Asia failed to compensate for a big dip in US sales.
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Lite-on ships 'fastest' DVD rewriter

Lite-on today announced what it claims is the fastest DVD rewriter yet.
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BT customer signed up for five years - without his consent

BT has apologised to a small business punter after signing him up to a five-year telecoms contract without his consent.
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Energis all smiles amid whispers of sliding revenues

Alternative telco Energis has secured major contracts worth more than £500m, the company bragged today.
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China bans The Sims

China has banned 50 computer games - to create "a good environment" for Chinese children.
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Sony PSP outships Nintendo DS

Sony's PlayStation Portable (PSP) is beginning to outsell the Nintendo DS, Japanese weekly sales charts reveal.
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Fans rage as U2 ticket sales site falls over

Thousands of U2 fans are up in arms after the website handling the advanced ticket sale of the band's 2005 Vertigo tour fell over
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Are Microsoft's licences unfair to open-sourcerers?

Lawyers acting for the Free Software Foundation have accused the software giant of making it impossible for open source software developers to take part in its protocol licencing scheme. Microsoft was ordered to begin licencing its protocols by the European Union in its anti-trust ruling. This requires the company to make the code available under "reasonable and non-discriminatory" terms.
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Nintendo's Q3 income falls 43%

Nintendo's earnings slumped during the Christmas quarter, the videogame pioneer revealed today, despite a small year-on-year increase in sales.
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Dell joins domain name hall of shame (again)

Comment Dell has joined the domain name hall of shame, alongside such notables as Microsoft, the Easy Group and BAA, for its flagrantly unjustified hounding of website www.dellwebsites.com.
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Mattel Juice Box kids' portable media player

Review No matter what people say, gadgets are expensive, especially the latest ones. It's no surprise then that a face of horror would come over your face if you saw a small child toying with your newly acquired, £400 portable media centre. These things are supposed to be robust, but who are we kidding, we know kids mangle their own toys, let alone ours, writes Stuart Miles.
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SAP Q4 profits up 29%

SAP net profit for Q4 2004 was up 29 per cent to €542m (Q4 03: €420m), a little lower than consensus analyst forecasts of €548m. Revenues were € 2.4bn (Q4 03:€2.2bn).
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Postcard arrives from Europe's lunar probe

The first pictures from the SMART-1 lunar probe, the first European spacecraft to have reached lunar orbit, have arrived on Earth. The images were snapped from altitudes of between 5000km and 1000km above the lunar surface during a test of the craft's instruments.
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Fathers 4 Justice slams ‘support’ virus

Campaign group Fathers 4 Justice has distanced itself from the release of mass mailing viruses (Mirsa-A and Mirsa-B), which featured messages supporting the group. "This is nothing to do with us, and we're upset our name has been misused in this way. It's not a style of message we would use," Fathers 4 Justice activist Andrew Neil told El Reg.
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Oracle finds an extra penny to boost 2005

Oracle today planted a bold, fiscal stake in the ground, saying 2005 earnings will likely come in one penny ahead of analyst estimates. It then went one step further, boasting that 2006 figures will crush Wall Street forecasts.

EMC aims 'switcher' campaign at Veritas users

The moment EMC bought Dantz, you knew it was coming - a big time marketing attack against Veritas.