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Engineers welcome era of 96-chip PCs

Orion Multisystems isn't on schedule, but it does seem to be on target.
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Motorola chief's amazing packet revealed

While Motorola's market share for phones increased by only 0.9 per cent last year, the size of Ed Zander's trousers increased by $38.8m.
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Dutch hackers sentenced for attack on government sites

Five computer hackers in the Netherlands have been handed sentences ranging from work orders to youth detention for disabling a number of websites operated by the Dutch government.
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Voda goes east for $3.5bn acquisitions

Vodafone has confirmed the $3.5bn (£1.8bn) acquisition of two Eastern European mobile phone companies from Telesystem International Wireless, a Canadian holding group.
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Sony confirms Euro PSP slippage

Sony has confirmed that the European launch of the PlayStation Portable has been delayed yet again, to ensure the US gets sufficient units to meet anticipated demand.
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SEC accuse Qwest fat cats of cooking the books

The Securities and Exchange Commission is taking civil action against Joseph Nacchio, ex-boss of Qwest, and six other executives including two former CFOs.
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Use cases - design patterns for code jockeys

Site offer The design patterns approach has become popular because it allows software practitioners to address recurring problems by applying a catalogue of proven solutions. Use cases have gained widespread popularity because they allow a system designer to determine how software will ultimately be "used" by the system's customer/end-user before the process of coding even begins.
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IBM outs dual-core PowerPC

It's official. IBM has confirmed the existing of 'Antares', the dual-core G5-class PowerPC chip formally dubbed the 970MP.

IBM Germany will be Lenovo from May

IBM Germany will be the first country to offer Lenovo equipment from May this year. IBM is working with employees worldwide to sort out their transfer to Lenovo, the Chinese firm which bought IBM's PC business late last year.
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Telewest belted for 'spoof' mailshot

Telewest has been ticked off for a broadband promo that the ad watchdog believed could cause "fear and distress" among pensioners.

WTO backs Hynix against EU on DRAM levies

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has sided with Hynix in the memory maker's dispute with the European Union.

IE7 details leak onto web

Details of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7.0 are starting to emerge, and if the rumours are true, IE 7.0 will have tabbed browsing, a built-in news-aggregator, and could be integrated with Microsoft's currently-in-beta anti-spyware product.
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Sheep have best friends: official

It appears that around half of the world's scientific research community is currently engaged in investigating ovine separation anxiety, lesbian cows and stroppy bovine syndrome.
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Microsoft does paid-for searches

Advertisers will be able to buy keywords on MSN's search page soon with the launch of MSN adCenter.
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Denmark fines mobile operator for SMS spam

Debitel, a German-based telecoms operator, has been fined a record 2m kroner ($359,000) by a Danish commercial court for bombarding the customers of rival operator Telmore with junk messages touting its services.
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Tulip lassoes leather laptop

Dutch computer outfit Tulip is to target the discerning PC punter with a new range of leather-clad laptops. Its E-go range, slated for October release in Europe (North America and Asia can get lifestyled up in January 2006), will offer "the maximum possible level of personalising abilities and freedom to create a great degree of individualisation", according to the website blurb.
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Asterisk – a star of the future?

Larry Ellison has his super yacht, Bill Gates has his humanitarian fund. For Mark Spencer, the symbol of his success is a hot tub.
Ben King, 16 2005
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China builds launch platform number four

China has confirmed that it is to build a new satellite launching platform, its fourth, in its southern province of Hainan. It is the latest in a string of space-related announcements from the country in recent months.
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IBM's Ascential buy - good sense?

Comment I know that some readers will suggest that I am protesting too much, but the honest truth is that I did not know that IBM was going to acquire Ascential when I wrote last week about IBM needing ETL (extract, transform and load).
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Nintendo DS sets UK console sales record

Nintendo sold 87,000 DS consoles in the UK in the two days after the handheld device was launched last Friday, beating the record set by the company's GameCube almost three years ago.
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Ebbers conviction - 'victory for individual responsibility'

In case you missed it, Bernard J Ebbers has been found guilty of orchestrating the $11bn (£5.8bn) accounting fraud in the three years to July 2002 that led to the collapse of US telecoms giant WorldCom, the loss of 20,000 jobs and more than $100bn in stock value. Not bad for a man who made much of his humble roots as an ex-milkman and basketball coach whose grasp of accounting and technology were limited.

Limewire patches serious snooping bugs

Limewire users need to update their software following the discovery of a brace of vulnerabilities that could allow snoops to spy on any file on a computer running vulnerable versions of the popular P2P file-trading software. The pair of security bugs, reported in Limewire versions 3.9.6 through 4.6.0 (for Windows), allows an intruder to read files outside shared directories whenever a target logs onto P2P networks.
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Germans form spam-busting alliance

An impressive cross-section of German trade organisations, including The Association of Consumer Protection Agencies (VZBZ), The Agency for the Prevention of Unfair Competition (WBZ) and The Association of the German Internet Sector (Eco), has announced a new alliance to fight spam in Germany.
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Budget 2005: simpler VAT rules, technology boost

Update Gordon Brown presented his 2005 Budget to the House of Commons this afternoon and promised British business a lighter regulatory environment and simpler VAT regulations. The UK chancellor celebrated what he claimed is Britain's 50th consecutive quarter of growth and predicted another four quarters of growth of between 2.5 and 3 per cent.
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Sony updates PSX PVRs with PSP video support

Once again reports of the demise of Sony's PSX PVR-meets-PS2 have proved premature. Last month's move to suspend production appears to have simply heralded the launch of a new version of the product.

AMD 'pursuing foundry partnerships'

AMD is pursuing processor production deals with the world's major chip foundries to support its goal of increasing x86 market share to 25 per cent.
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Linspire debuts Linspire 5.0

Linspire today released the latest version of its Linux-based desktop operating system, Linspire 5.0. The company says the new OS, which has been in development for a year, boasts 1,200 improvements across every core application.
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Dutch plan audacious flying tricycle

We don't quite know how this one originally got past us (rest assured an internal investigation is as we speak hunting the guilty parties), but we just learned that the Dutch have since last year been quietly working on a bold flying tricycle project - not quite the flying car we were promised but representing roughly 75 per cent of that long-awaited vehicle.

Akamai buys Speedera

Akamai Technologies is buying Speedera Networks for $130m in stock.
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RIM settles NTP lawsuit for $450m

Research In Motion has settled its remaining differences with its legal nemesis, NTP, paying $450m for the privilege, the erstwhile adversaries revealed today.
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Systemax readies books

Systemax, Simply Computer's saviour, will have restated accounts ready by the end of the month after problems at its UK arm forced it to review seven quarters worth of results.
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IT manager, turned cracker, jailed for five months

An IT manager was sentenced this week to five months imprisonment over a January 2003 hacking attack against his former employers, Santa Clara-based Manufacturing Electronic Sales Corporation (MESC).
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UK to gain stem cell 'network'

UK chancellor Gordon Brown today confirmed that the UK will benefit from a new national stem cell research network, dedicted to investigating the therapeutic benefits of the "master" cells as part of a 10-year development plan, Reuters reports.
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Motorola: iTunes phone no-show due to Apple

Apple never fell shy of laying the blame for late Mac product introductions on its erstwhile processor partner, Motorola, but now the boot is apparently on the other foot.
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Nintendo DS handheld games console

Review Let's get this out of the way. In a conventional battle of the year's big two handheld consoles, Sony's PSP would make mincemeat of the Nintendo DS. In terms of graphics and audio performance the DS is at least half a generation behind. It doesn't look as good. It doesn't feel as good. It won't - for the moment at least - play movies or MP3 tracks. Two screens aren't necessarily better than one. If you want a simple answer to the question of which one is best, consider it answered: order the PSP, writes Stuart Andrews.
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'What does HP do?' asks Europe's biggest dealer

Mike Norris, the plain-speaking chief executive of Computacenter, has launched a scathing attack on Hewlett-Packard - the firm's principal trading partner.
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Spain spearheads net paedo dragnet

Spain's interior ministry has announced that it is co-ordinating a 12-nation dragnet against net child pornography and expects around 500 arrests worldwide. Police are making simultaneous searches of homes in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, Spain, Sweden and Uruguay after material distributed via a Spanish-language net chat room led authorities to the suspects.
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Dust devils spring clean Martian rover

Spirit, the Mars rover, has snapped pictures of two dust devils swirling over the surface of the red planet. One was even was captured by both of the rover's cameras, allowing the mission scientists to calculate its speed and direction. This is the first time dust devils have been seen on Mars since the 1997 Pathfinder mission.