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French consumer group sues Apple, Sony

A French consumer group has initiated legal proceedings against Apple and Sony, claiming their online music sites violate European anti-trust legislation.

Ex-Intel sales chief joins TSMC

The Register is pleased to hear that the "health matters" affecting the family of former Intel sales and marketing chief Jason Chen appear rather less bothersome than they were when he quit the chip maker last month to deal with them.
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Gov.uk delves into EDS finances

The British government has carried out four separate investigations into the finances of outsourcing giant EDS.
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BT glitch severs 70k broadband users

Some 70,000 DSL users in the North West of England and the Midlands lost their broadband connection over the weekend following a hardware failure at a key BT location in Manchester.
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FaxYourMP.com gets a makeover

A popular scheme to give UK voters access to their elected representatives has been relaunched just in time for a much-anticipated May general election.
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WiMAX turns the screw on 3G

Broadband wireless gained a bad name in the US in the late 1990s when companies such as Teligent failed spectacularly. But WiMAX is ushering in a brand new economic picture for such operators. Not only will standardization push down prices by fostering competition and volume, but spectrum suited to the technology is being auctioned cheaply in many countries in a bid to stimulate broadband - plus there is an unlicensed option. Another key factor is the falling cost of fiber backhaul, with dark fiber now within reach of midrange service providers as well as some enterprises. All this combines to put huge pressure on the financial assumptions of the 3G community, especially in Europe.

AMD unveils next-gen 90nm Opterons

AMD today launched not only its latest Opteron processors, but the second generation of the 90nm server chip family, adding support for Intel's SSE 3 instruction set and a 1GHz frontside bus.

AMD slashes processor prices

AMD today slashed prices across its product range, timed to follow the launch of its latest Opteron processors and knocking up to 35 per cent off the price of most products.
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Verizon and MCI to tie the knot

Verizon and MCI are to tie the knot, according to a Valentine's Day announcement from the US. The deal is worth $6.7bn (£3.55bn) in shares and cash and Verizon has also agreed to take on board MCI's $4bn (£21.bn) debt.
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Desperate PR outfit seeks Valentine's news hook

It will have escaped the notice of few readers that today is Valentine's Day, a celebration of romance, love and all things pink and fluffy.
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3G has arrived: Official

Comment The Authority of Reuters has announced that 3G is here, and that next week's 3GSM show will be devoted to it. Reuters is a wonderful news service, but even a casual look at the article reveals that the headlines are not saying what the story under them reveals. No, 3G is still a mess.
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How to win friends and influence people

Review Have you ever received an email from a “colleague” or “friend” inviting you to join some online "club" or other, offering all kinds of benefits to members? Perhaps, like me, you tend to regard such messages with suspicion. However, my temptation to take a look at some of these online services eventually became too great when I found myself bed-bound through a minor illness. I decided to take the plunge and see what all the fuss was about. What's the worst thing that could happen, I thought, I can always switch them off.
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Wi-Fi Alliance to beef up security

Security remains the key issue deterring enterprise users from making major investments in Wi-Fi, despite all the improvements over the past year. Whether real or perceived, the security risks of wireless LANs are still holding deployments back. Conscious of this, the Wi-Fi Alliance is trying to beef up standard security still further.
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TechnoDepot Binary t-shirt back on the shelves

Cash'n'Carrion Thanks very much to all those kit-hungry customers who wrote in to express an immediate desire to purchase the TechnoDepot Binary t-shirt which sold out during our Cash'n'Carrion pre-Xmas orgy of e-commerce.
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FCC lets cablecos off multicast hook

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Nvidia updates GoForce phone chip

Nvidia has rolled out its latest mobile phone graphics chip, an upgraded version of the currently available GoForce 3D 4500.
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How Blair high tech 'security' pledge will fix the wrong problem

Analysis ID cards have made it onto the Labour Party's election pledge cards as a late addition, with the planned five pledges becoming six as Labour's response to the Tories' making immigration an election issue. The new pledge, unveiled at Leeds-Bradford Airport on Friday as part of Blair's 'pledge per stop' heliborne tour of the UK, reads: "Your country's borders protected," with the flip side of the pledge card explaining: "ID cards and strict controls that work to combat asylum abuse and illegal immigration."
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SMEs play IT fast and loose

When it comes to managing their IT systems, small and mid-sized businesses (SMEs) have limited resources and in some cases this leads to neglect of basic IT housekeeping and consequent risk to their businesses.
Quocirca, 14 2005
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Buyers said to favour a la carte music in 2005

Napster and co. will have to work much harder if they're to convince music buyers that subscription services are worth the money.
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Spanish cuff 19 in net paedo ring bust

Spanish police have arrested 19 people across the country in connection with alleged paedophile activites, including online grooming, sexual abuse and distributing paedophile material on the internet.
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How to isolate DNA with salad-spinner

CodeCon 2005 For sheer hackerly exuberance, the best-received presentation at CodeCon 2005 was the closer by Dan Kaminsky of Doxpara, showing the progress he's made on his DNS exploit OzymanDNS since he presented it at Defcon last August.
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BT 2 meg punters hacked off

BT has received a verbal kicking from punters following last week's announcement that it will up the speed of its retail broadband services to 2Mbps for all but its 'basic" services.
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Motorola wins 'sub-$40' handset contract

The guardian of the GSM mobile telephony standard, the GSM Association (GSMA), today unveiled what it called the first "sub-$40" handset, its attempt to create cheap phones for developing countries.
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MS, Nokia in Valentine's Day headline bid

3GSM Nokia and Microsoft signed two significant deals today, with Nokia's executive VP for enterprise, Mary McDowell, hinting that there would be more to come.
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CW will text you your voicemails

Carphone Warehouse has signed up SpinVox to convert customers' voicemail messages into text messages.
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Orange shuts out adult content

Orange UK has started blocking the delivery of adult content to users not registered as over 18. The decision follows the launch of the official classification guidelines for adult content, as laid out by the UK's Independent Mobile Classification Body.
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Intel ships 2MB cache 64-bit Xeon

Intel has begun shipping its latest 64-bit Xeon DP chip, 'Irwindale', the chip maker said today. It also pledged to ship an updated 64-bit Xeon MP part, 'Potomac', "within 90 days".

UK firms avoid outsourcing tech support

Shunting tech support to foreign countries is unpopular and a waste of time, according to new research.
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux v.4 hits the streets

Paul Salazar, Emea director of marketing for Red Hat, came to London yesterday to launch the latest version of its enterprise software based on the 2.6 Linux kernel. He said the release marked "a dramatic change" to previous releases.
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China shuts 12,500 'illegal' cybercafes

More than 12,500 internet cafes were shut down in China during the last three months of 2004, according to state media.
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Poor left stranded by digital divide

Income, education and age as the biggest factors in creating the digital divide, according to a European Union report. It reveals that women are taking to technology in greater numbers than ever, and the over-55s are also gaining computer skills. But poor, badly educated people are still lagging behind.
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Nokia bends to operators

3GSM Nokia made a number of small concessions to network operators across the board at the phone industry's annual get together today. It also announced two new phone models, although for the first time a "model" in conventional parlance becomes a "range".
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Tech industry puts phish on diet

Microsoft, eBay and Visa have formed the Phish Report Network to better protect consumers against identity theft attacks.
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Desktop Linux cracks Freak Mainstream

Every technology publication worth its Microsoft advertisements has written a story about the rise of desktop Linux. Most of them write the story close to four times a year - once for each LinuxWorld conference, once after Sun Microsystems calls enough and once for a random vendor - insert SuSE, Red Hat, Linspire or Lycoris here.
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Paradigms for Paranoids

Codecon 2005 The fourth annual CodeCon - "a workshop for developers of real-world applications that support individual liberties" - convened Friday afternoon (11 Feb) at Club NV (envy, not Nevada), amid ghostly laptop panels hovering in violet-tinted danceclub murk.