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Foreigners gain thousands of jobs on Dell US staff

The Texan flavor that once permeated Dell has been totally overwhelmed by the rich tastes of India and Central America.
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Server outage leaves Sidekicks stranded

Server trouble left many Sidekick users without their data yesterday. Danger's phone is a thin client, and data is stored on servers at the carrier. Danger itself manages the server, and the carrier business is its principle revenue stream. Outages were reported from all over the continental United States.
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MS opens South Korea phone R&D lab

Microsoft has opened its first mobile technology R&D facility outside the US, setting up shop in Seoul to tap local software expertise.
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Xbox2 goes core to core to core with PS3

Microsoft's second version of its Xbox console will feature a CPU with PowerPC cores, according to GameSpy, which claims to have scooped the specifications.
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Contentguard boss sues shareholders MS, Time Warner

The DRM tollbooth is proving so expensive that even the tollbooth staff are unhappy. Contentguard founder and CEO Michael Miron has filed suit against the company's two majority shareholders, Microsoft and Time Warner, alleging that they "enrich themselves at the expense of the company and its employee shareholders." Both companies are customers, as well as owners of the company. Miron alleges that the majority shareholders are offering too low a price per share to the company's employee shareholders, and has filed suit in a Delaware court.
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Qualcomm unveils next generation boss

The new boss of Qualcomm is taking over the job from his father. Paul Jacobs is Qualcomm's new chief executive, replacing company founder, and his dad, Irwin Jacobs. He also joins Qualcomm's board of directors.
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eBay does small ads

eBay has launched classified ad websites in Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.
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Siemens ungags talking SMS

CeBIT 2005 Siemens is to introduce a new mobile service called Animated Instant Voice Messages at CeBIT, which kicks off tomorrow in Hanover, Germany. The software will convert an SMS message into speech and synchronises it with an animated character other users can see on their screen. These animations could be fantasy characters or pictures taken with a camera phone. According to Siemens, the software will automatically recognise the position of the lips in a face on a digital photo. Talking SMS messages are sent through IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem).
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The Art of Computer Programming

Site offer Donald E. Knuth is known throughout the world for his pioneering work on algorithms and programming techniques, for his invention of the Tex and Metafont systems for computer typesetting, and for his prolific and influential writing, most notiably The Art of Computer Programming. This multivolume work on the analysis of algorithms has long been recognized as the definitive description of classical computer science.
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US super-pirates plead guilty

Three men have pleaded guilty to copyright charges following the Justice Department's largest-ever investigation into computer piracy. Albert Bryndza, 32, from New York, Seth Kleinberg, 26, from Los Angeles, and Jeffrey Lermanm, 20, a student from Long Island all admitted distributing thousands of X-box and Playstation games.
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Wanadoo UK slips open silky VoIP kimono

Wanadoo UK - which had some 700,000 high speed net users - has cut the ribbon on its new voice over broadband service.
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UN approves human cloning ban

The UN general assembly yesterday voted 84 to 34 in favour of a nonbinding statement calling for a total ban on human cloning. There were 37 abstentions, Reuters reports.
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EC launches 'Your Europe' portal

The European Union has launched a new website to help businesses find information about trading with EC countries.
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MS launches real-time comms package

Microsoft Tuesday unveiled a major push into communications software that allows office workers to stay in closer touch with integrated web conferencing, internet telephony and instant messaging tools. The software giant announced an updated version of Microsoft's Live Meeting web conferencing and collaboration service; Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 for corporate instant messaging; and Office Communicator 2005, an integrated communications client formerly code-named "Istanbul".
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Reed subsidiary hack exposes 32,000

A subsidiary of Reed Elsevier has been hacked potentially compromising records relating to 32,000 people.
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BT workers' union rejects 'derisory' pay offer

BT staff could be balloted on industrial action if the giant telco continues to dig in its heels over the latest pay claim from the Communications Workers Union (CWU).
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Boffin honoured for necrophile gay duck paper

A Dutch researcher has been honoured for his illuminating research into necrophiliac gay ducks - a hitherto unprobed side of animal behaviour which rather eclipses recent work on homosexual sheep and stroppy cows.
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BitTorrent gets major revamp

BitTorrent, the popular file sharing program, has been spruced up with a new user interface and queuing features. Version 4.0 of Bram Cohen's official BitTorrent client, the first major upgrade since 3.4.2 in Spring 2004, also remembers what users were doing before a restart. The feature allows users to more easily pick up where they left off.
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eBay fraudster faces possible jail

A 17-year-old lad who admitted ripping off people by selling them non-existent goods via eBay could be jailed.
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Beer not fattening: official

Those of us who like a few pints already know that beer fights cancer and is an absolute life-saver in an avalanche emergency situation, but what about the apparently proven effect of ale on the old waistline, eh?

BMC unites channel programme

BMC Software is replacing its many faced channel programme, a legacy of the firm's various acquistions, with one unified scheme.
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UK IT market tops Europe league

The market for Information and Communication Technology is back to growth across the world. Europe is growing faster than the US and the UK is growing faster than the rest of Europe. But China is growing fastest of all.
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RSA invites speaking proposals

Put your thinking caps on, RSA this week opened up a call for papers for the RSA Europe Conference. More than 1,000 attendees are expected to descend upon Austria's Vienna Centre from 17-19 October to hear about the latest advances in information security.
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MS skips patch Tuesday

Microsoft passed on this month's instalment of its regular patch release cycle. Patch Tuesday brought no security updates in March, unlike February when the software giant issued 12 new advisories and a major revision of an earlier notice.
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Oracle's bid for Retek leaves SAP speechless

SAP has yet to match Oracle's bid for retail software vendor Retek. Oracle this week made a $525m offer for Retek, topping SAP's $496m offer from last week.
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US OKs IBM PC deal

Having swept the lampshades for bugs, and checked the car park for underground tunnels, the United States Treasury has agreed to allow IBM's sale of its PC business to Lenovo without further hindrance, and without comment. The 12-man Committee on Foreign Investments (CFIUS), which reports to the Treasury, had launched an investigation into the sale. But the CFIUS gave the green light ahead of its scheduled completion date of next Monday. With the FTC giving approval last year, the deal is now set to proceed.
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Lucent is ready to manage your storage - true

There will soon be a new and unlikely storage company in town - Lucent.