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Multi-OS Cell CPU tops 4GHz

Technical details of the Cell processor, a joint venture between Sony, IBM and Toshiba, were disclosed in San Francisco today.
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Napster's Super Bowl ad voted the biggest loser

Napster has been awarded the title of Super Bore by viewers ranking the advertisements from last night's football championship.
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Brightview targets broadband for growth

UK ISP Brightview has almost 10,000 broadband punters, up from 3,600 in August.
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C&W touts wholesale line rental

UK telco Cable & Wireless (C&W) has begun offering its 100,000 business customers the chance to get all their fixed line telco services on one bill.
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Internet Safety Day: promoting safer surfing

European Commission-backed online safety organisation Insafe has named today Safer Internet Day. The aim is to raise awareness of the threats that exist in the online world, particularly those faced by younger people.

UK distie sues MS for libel over $7m grey claims

A UK distributor, ITAC Ltd, is suing Microsoft for libel saying the software giant unfairly labelled it a "rogue trader".

Fujitsu UK faces national pay claim

Services giant Fujitsu is facing a national pay claim from union Amicus. The union is calling for a six per cent increase in the pay budget and for individual rises of at least 3.5 per cent.
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T-Mobile to axe 800 UK jobs

T-Mobile is to axe 800 jobs in the UK - one in eight staff. The mobile operator will wield the axe slowly, over two years. But it has not ruled out compulsory redundancies, the Communications Workers Union (CWU) says.
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EDS back in the black

EDS made a profit for the last quarter of 2004 ended 31 December but saw sales fall slightly.
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Things to do online, when you are dead

Letters Life is not fair. Companies happily take advantage of the global market to keep their costs down and their profits up, transferring manufacturing and technical support centres to countries with a surfeit of cheap labour, and so on.
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Sullivan fingers Ebbers in WorldCom fraud whodunnit

Scott Sullivan fingered Bernie Ebbers in a New York courtroom yesterday linking the former boss of WorldCom to the $11bn (£5.8bn) fraud that brough the giant telco to its knees.
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phpBB forum offline after defacement

The popular phpBB forum has been taken offline after hackers cracked into its server and defaced its website yesterday. The open source project's website was attacked using a vulnerability in a package called AWStats announced 17 January. The same exploit has also been used to attack several popular weblogs in recent days, Netcraft reports.
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HTC 'Magician' PocketPC phone

Review It's not hard to see why Taiwanese manufacturer HTC calls its latest PocketPC-based phone 'Magician'. Its new handset does indeed work magic: it looks and feels like a traditional PDA yet it's no bigger than some of the smallest smart phones around.

Marconi sales up, losses narrow

Marconi cut losses and upped sales for the three months ended 31 December, its third quarter. Sales were up to £330m, a five per cent improvement on a year ago.
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UK unfurls ratings system for adult content on mobiles

The long-awaited classification framework for adult content on mobile phones was launched yesterday by the Independent Mobile Classification Body (IMCB), a subsidiary of ICSTIS. The classification has been designed to be "consistent, as far as is possible" with standards already used in film and game classification, the IMCB says.
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Intel confirms 'desktrino' consumer platform plan

An Intel executive has confirmed that the chip maker plans to launch a Centrino-style platform for consumer desktop PCs and that it is due to be launched in Q3.
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Intel preps Q2 dual-core P4 Extreme Edition launch

Intel's dual-core desktop processor plans will indeed stretch to the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition line, the chip maker has revealed.
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Teachers cleared in school porn probe

Forensic computing techniques proved decisive in proving staff at a Buckinghamshire primary school had not been surfing for porn at work. The head of the school called in Disklabs, a computer forensics and data firm, last year, when he discovered web folders with pornographic content on a PC used by pupils. The history of these folders suggested a creation date during lesson time and a modified date on a teacher-training day.
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VoIP security group goes on the defensive

More than 20 networking and security organisations have formed the voice-over-IP telephony (VoIP) Security Alliance. The group will monitor security risks to VoIP services, work to reduce existing threats, and identify new dangers. Members include 3Com, the SANS Institute, Symantec and Siemens.
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Microsoft bolsters email security with Sybari acquisition

Microsoft is strengthening its security expertise with the purchase of Sybari Software for an undisclosed amount.
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World Cup 2006 'abused for mega-surveillance project'

Germany's football authorities have been accused of Big Brother tactics over their decision to incorporate RFID chips into tickets for World Cup 2006.
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BT gutted at Ofcom's 'prolonged misbehaviour' allegations

BT reckons it's been miscast as the villain of the UK's telcoms sector even though it reckons it has a good track record of regulatory compliance.
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BT hit by property rule change

Telco behemoth BT might see its bottom line hit by changes to accounting rules relating to leasing or renting property.

IBM supercharges two-way Unix kit

IBM this month will sweeten the low-end of its Unix server line with a new two-processor box and a new cluster system.
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GPs have no faith in £6bn NHS IT programme

A new poll of doctors has found falling levels of support among GPs and consultants for the NHS's £6.2bn National Programme for IT.
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'Human billboard' craze gets another taker

Online casino GoldenPalace.com has snapped up yet another "human billboard" too carry its logo. This time, though, Londoner Nick Long is to have the GoldenPalace.com logo tattooed permanently on his back following an auction on eBay.
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Boffins to decide future of .net domains

ICANN has named the people that will decide who gets to run all .net Internet domains from July.
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Florida man sues bank over $90K wire fraud

A Miami businessman is suing his bank after $90,000 was lifted from his firm's online banking account following a computer virus attack. Joe Lopez, 42, filed suit against the Bank of America in Miami Circuit Court last week alleging that the bank was negligent in failing to protect his account from compromise through known risks, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
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Sun could quell database hunger with Unify buy

Sun Microsystems last week tossed the word "database" in front of numerous financial analysts and triggered a flood of speculation.
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Charges dropped against 'DDoS Mafia'

US prosecutors have dropped criminal complaints against four of five men accused of offering a denial of service attack for hire. Paul Ashley, the network administrator of CIT/FooNet, a web and IRC hosting company, and three alleged accomplices, Jonathan David Hall, Joshua James Schichtel, and Richard Roby were accused of organising attacks against the websites of rivals of Massachusetts businessman Jay Echouafni.
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Scientist looks to clone Little Bo Human

First he brought you Dolly the sheep, now he wants to clone human beings - or at least their gooey embryos.