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Japan calls Intel to task over anti-AMD rebates

Intel is facing demands that it changes the way it does business in Japan or face court action.
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ISP sues Dutch gov for snooping costs

An Internet Service Provider is suing the Dutch government to recover the costs of making its network accessible to law enforcement.
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VIA unveils ultra-compact media chip

VIA has integrated its Eden N embedded x86 processor and its CN400 North Bridge into a single package the better to push its products into consumer electronics kit, such as LCD TVs.
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Broadcom buys Bluetooth headphones chip maker

Broadcom is buying Zeevo, a privately held Bluetooth headset system-on-a-chip developer for $32m - $29.4m in cash, the rest in shares.
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Kazaa Oz lawsuit wows the crowd

The Earth is flat, the Moon landing never happened, the world will end next week and Ashlee Simpson is one of the great recording artists of her generation. It's funny how misinformation can enter the marketplace and get reported as the truth. It's also funny how the misinformation gets reported so widely.
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Samsung shows 82in monster TV

Having shown off the world's largest plasma display panel late last year, Samsung this week claims the world's biggest LCD TV.
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TI cuts Q1 sales forecast

Texas Instruments has cut its Q1 FY2005 upper revenue forecast on the back for falling demand for its Digital Light Processing (DLP) display technology.
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Mixed blessings for Informix users

Comment There is both good news and bad news for Informix users. The good news is that Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) 10, which represents a major new release of the database, is now available. The bad news is that future versions of SAP (with NetWeaver) will no longer be available on the Informix platform, with this support to be phased out starting with the next SAP release.
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Nuclear cyber security debate hots up

Two companies that make digital systems for nuclear power plants have come out against a government proposal that would attach cyber security standards to plant safety systems.
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MMS virus discovered

The first mobile phone virus capable of replicating via MMS messages has been discovered. Commwarrior-A, which targets Symbian Series 60 phones, is not spreading, but its ability to propagate via Multimedia Messaging Service messages (MMS) worries some experts.
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Big company, crap security

I'll tell you a secret. If you're looking for a security consultant during the day and he's not in the office, you might find him in a neighborhood coffee shop consuming large doses of caffeine, and using a laptop with wireless net access. It's nice to people watch, catch up on the news, review technical articles and yes, even work, while enjoying that magic elixir (coffee) thanks to the wonders of Wi-Fi. I find it a great way to take a break.
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Leaked Doctor Who episode available for download

The first episode of the new series of Doctor Who has mysteriously appeared on the internet. The 45-minute episode is called Rose - after the Doctor's new assistant, played by Billie Piper. It is unclear whether the show was leaked accidentally or as part of a devilish viral marketing campaign. The press launch for the series is being held in Cardiff this evening.
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UK LLU improving says Telecoms Adjudicator

BT is showing signs that it is beginning to co-operate with rival operators as they look to provide broadband services direct to end users.
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AMD 'Athlon 64 4200+' benchmarks surface

Has AMD begun shipping its Athlon 64 4200+ to OEMs? Apparently so, if leaked processor specification screengrabs posted on a Chinese web forum are genuine.
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Atop chief accused of selling stolen AMD chips

AMD has accused the chairman of Atop, a Taiwanese electronics firm, of masterminding the theft and re-sale of 60,000 dud chips earlier this year, according to police sources cited by local media.
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Student in High School zombie terror threat

An 18-year-old US student is today behind bars after police uncovered his plot to raise a zombie army and attack his high school. The wannabe Papa Doc Duvalier's chilling plan was uncovered after the youth's grandparents discovered his written proposal for the outrage in Winchester, Kentucky, lex18.com reports.
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Updata inks LLU deal with Dorset

Local loop operators Updata has won yet another public sector contract to provide unbundled high speed services to the public sector.
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Zeus Technology raises £3m

Zeus Technology has raised £3m in third round funding from Scottish Equity Partners and Cazenove Private Equity.
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Britain talks tough on stem cell research

The UK will today vote against a UN general assembly committee proposal to ban all forms of human cloning. British stem cell research advocates recently slammed the "political" vote which carried the nonbinding statement, and intends to walk it like it talks it at the full UN general assembly.
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High Definition and the future of viewing

Analysis Over the past 20 years, the potential of high definition (HD) has seen development in a number of interlinked fields - broadcasting, consumer electronics and pre-packaged content.
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Sony preps iPod Shuffle 'killer'

Sony will next month ship its 'iPod Shuffle killer', a compact Flash-based music player with up to 1GB of storage.
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Siemens to cut phone biz costs by €1bn

Siemens will reduce costs at its loss-making mobile phone division by €1bn ($1.3bn) to bring the unit back to profitability.
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C&W axes 480 more jobs

Cable and Wireless (C&W) is to axe 480 jobs in the UK to help trim overheads. The job losses are on top of those announced by the UK telco in November when 600 jobs were earmarked for the chop in the UK and Europe. Many of those jobs were zapped as part of C&W's decision to close its head office in London and relocate to Bracknell.
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UK card fraud hits £505m

the banking industry hopes that losses in future will be contained by schemes such as Chip and PIN.
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German ISP told to cough up customer's details

German ISPs may have to provide customer data to law enforcement agencies without a court order. The latest issue of the German specialist journal New Law Weekly cites a ruling by the District Court in Stuttgart, in which telecom giant T-Online was asked to hand over details of an unknown customer who was suspected of trading porn. All the police had was an IP address.
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Domain seller leaves thousands in limbo

Updated Thousands of UK domain owners have been left in limbo by the actions of Cambridge-based registrar Firevision.
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Olympus Camedia C-370 Zoom

Review The C-370 is about as easy to use as a digital camera can be without taking the shots for you. Its very basic specification makes this is an ideal camera for technophobes. Priced at a remarkable - for a three megapixel camera, anyway - £120 this camera looks almost too good to be true, writes Doug Harman.
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Battling teen crushes roboarm menace

Just as we at the neoLuddite Resistance Army were putting the final touches to a truly chilling round-up of the inexorable Rise of the Machines™, (due for publication this Friday - prepare your spines for X-rated tingling), we received news that a 17-year-old high school student has crushed a fledgling uprising of arm-wresting robolimbs.
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DNS cache poisoning bugs hits Symantec shops

Crackers are using a security vulnerability in Symantec's enterprise products to redirect surfers to websites hosting malicious code. The main vector of the DNS cache poisoning attack, detected by the SANS Institute's Internet Storm Centre on 4 March, has been traced back to a vulnerability affecting Symantec firewalls with DNS caching.
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Arizona tags naughty file-trader

An Arizona youngster has earned the dubious distinction of being the first person convicted under state laws for pulling copyrighted songs and films off P2P networks.
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Oracle puts $525m between SAP and Retek

Oracle continues to prove its passion for acquisition and annoyance. It announced an offer today for software maker Retek that beats out an earlier bid from rival SAP.