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Toshiba hit for $465m in a Flash

A jury trial which has found on the side of a small US semiconductor house over Toshiba, is set to start a range war in Flash memory intellectual property. The result of the trial set huge royalty payments and damages against Toshiba.
Faultline, 31 Mar 2005
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Lenovo raises $350m for IBM PC takeover

Lenovo has turned to three US private equity funds to back the takeover of IBM’s PC business. China’s biggest PC maker has raised $350m, of which $150m will go towards the acquisition. Working capital will swallow the rest of the money.
Team Register, 31 Mar 2005
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Microsoft RTMs Windows Server 2003 SP1

Microsoft has released to manufacture Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and it is making big claims for the upgrade's security enhancements and simpler administration.
Drew Cullen, 31 Mar 2005
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Thus cautious on outlook

Thus - the firm behind Demon Internet - delivered a cautious outlook for second-half trading today. It forecasts growth over the first half in all continuing operations, but "second half Data and Telecoms growth has however been lower than expected, principally as a result of a decline in turnover from low margin, wholesale voice services and the impact of the regulatory reduction in fixed to mobile termination rates".
Tim Richardson, 31 Mar 2005
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Shopping.com sets out stall in France

Shopping.com, the world's biggest comparison shopping site, has launched in France, home of Kelkoo, its Yahoo!-owned rival.
Drew Cullen, 31 Mar 2005
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Deutsche Bahn dumps Intel, pumps SUSE onto IBM mainframe

Deutsche Bahn, Europe's biggest railway, is junking 300 Intel servers in favour of an IBM mainframe. But its OS of choice, SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server, has profited from the cull and will run business-critical apps such as Lotus Notes on the new IBM eServer zSeries 990 mainframe.
Drew Cullen, 31 Mar 2005
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Technology, morality, juries and politics

Letters We learned this week that science is considered too difficult for juries to get their good-and-true heads round. The solution, according to the House of Commons Select Committee on science and technology, is to remove them from trials where this confusing evidence will be presented:
Lucy Sherriff, 31 Mar 2005
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Qwest soap opera continues

Qwest could be prepared to launch a hostile takeover for MCI after the company formerly known as WorldCom accepted a sweetened offer from preferred bidder Verizon. Then again, reports from the US also suggest that Qwest might be getting ready to increase its offer for MCI.
Tim Richardson, 31 Mar 2005
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Woman rebrands as GoldenPalace.com

Golden Palace Casino announced today that it has added the latest acquisition to its manifest of preposterous eBay purchases by paying a 33-year-old US woman $15,199 to legally change her name to GoldenPalace.com.
Lester Haines, 31 Mar 2005
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Toshiba, Elpida prep 'industry's fastest' DRAM

Rival memory makers Toshiba and Elpida yesterday separately announced plans to ship XDR memory chips delivering "industry leading" performance in the second half of the year.
Tony Smith, 31 Mar 2005
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ICANN imposes $2 internet tax

Internet overseeing organisation ICANN has imposed what amounts to a $2 tax on all new domains.
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Mar 2005
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MS shows mercy to Blaster teen

Microsoft has decided not to collect a $500,000 fine from Blaster-B worm author Jeffrey Lee Parson. Instead, Parson will have to do an additional 225 hours community service on top of the year and a half in prison and 100 hours community service already ordered. The two parties earlier this week signed a legal agreement releasing Parson from his financial obligation to Microsoft, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 31 Mar 2005
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Tele2 increases prices for early morning calls

Tele2 - the phone company that asks its punters "Why pay more?" - is asking its customers to, erm, pay more for early morning calls.
Tim Richardson, 31 Mar 2005
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Gizmondo wins major UK retail backers

Gizmondo today confirmed its eponymous handheld games console will go on sale in select GameStation, Carphone Warehouse and John Lewis stores this coming weekend.
Tony Smith, 31 Mar 2005
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iVillage buys out Tesco

iVillage, the American website for women, is buying its UK namesake, iVillage.co.uk, from Tesco. Terms are undisclosed.
Drew Cullen, 31 Mar 2005
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Game for a takeover?

The UK's biggest specialist games retailer, The Game Group, may be changing ownership. The company today issued the following terse statement to the London Stock Exchange:
Team Register, 31 Mar 2005
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Intel 'backs' Bertelsmann P2P project

Intel has followed the digital media delivery alliance it formed last year with Sony by striking a similar deal with German media giant Bertelsmann.
Tony Smith, 31 Mar 2005
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Sapphire Radeon X800 PCI Express

Review I recently looked at a PCI Express version of Nvidia's GeForce 6800 Ultra from Leadtek. While not a new graphics chip, the support for PCI Express incarnation was reason enough to take a look, and the same applies to this Sapphire Radeon X800 board, writes Benny Har-Even.
Trusted Reviews, 31 Mar 2005
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MercExchange shrugs off eBay patent setback

MercExchange LLC will press on with its patent infringement action against eBay despite the US Patent and Trademark Office’s “initial rejection” of the patent at issue.
Team Register, 31 Mar 2005
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Naomi Campbell 'beat assistant with PDA'

Supermodel Naomi Campbell has angrily rejected US reports that she assaulted a personal assistant with a PDA. The 34-year-old catwalk babe and author is alleged to have set about her PA with a Blackberry during a jaunt to Rio de Janeiro.
Lester Haines, 31 Mar 2005
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UKUUG seeks open source award entries

Open source advocacy group the UK UNIX & Open Systems User Group (UKUUG) wants your submissions for consideration for its annual award. It is looking for articles or papers; software or products that have made a "significant contribution" to free and open source software.
Lucy Sherriff, 31 Mar 2005
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BT tempts UK biz with 2Meg broadband

Firms signing up to BT Business Broadband from tomorrow will get a 2 Meg service "as standard", the telco announced today.
Tim Richardson, 31 Mar 2005
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Eccleston quits as Dr Who 2 gets green light

Doctor number nine, Christopher Eccleston, has quit the role less than a week into the new, revived series of Doctor Who.
Tony Smith, 31 Mar 2005
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Maverick man Cuban explains Hollywood disgust

Hollywood vs P2P Mark Cuban - the eccentric but rich owner of the Dallas Mavericks - received a disgusting but deserved amount of press for saying he would fund P2P firm Grokster's Supreme Court defense against Hollywood. But since the non-profit EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) was representing Grokster for free, we couldn't help but wonder exactly what Cuban is funding. Hotel rooms? Shoe shines? Rum floats? And how much would all this cost?
Ashlee Vance, 31 Mar 2005
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UK Mac reseller offers PowerBook G5 teaser

Staffers at UK computer reseller and Mac specialist Micro Anvika are clearly far too enthusiastic for their own good - or at least attempting to score highly in this week's wishful thinking chart.
Tony Smith, 31 Mar 2005
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Microsoft encourages app-swapping councils

Microsoft has lifted a few tricks from the open source community to help it lock UK councils into its software ahead of the government's 2005 deadline for e-enabling local government services.
Lucy Sherriff, 31 Mar 2005
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EDS to UK gov - give us our £13m

Electronic Data Systems is still chasing £13.3m the UK government is holding on to as the two continue to bicker over the service giant’s work for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
Team Register, 31 Mar 2005
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Orange touts 'Great for Music' handsets

Mobile phone network Orange today unveiled a trio of handsets it will label 'Great for Music' to strengthen its push into the mobile digital music market.
Tony Smith, 31 Mar 2005
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Public IT must be accessible: EC

The European Commission has called for all public IT procurement contracts to stipulate that the technology be made accessible to the elderly and disabled.
Lucy Sherriff, 31 Mar 2005
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Denic damns 'errors' in .net report

The report that this week decided the ownership of the second most important directory on the Internet has been called into question with the claim that a fundamental element of it is factually incorrect.
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Mar 2005
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US intel agencies 'incompetent'

US intelligence agencies suffer from a poor analytical process influenced by presumptions and biases, and poor data collection capabilities, according to an unclassified report just out from the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Thomas C Greene, 31 Mar 2005
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HP makes Hurd the $20m man

The glorious packages awarded these days to high-profile CEOs have become humdrum. Ridiculous up front bonuses, lavish salaries, more options than Hugh Hefner, caviar shipment quotas, declawed and extra cuddly Koala bear imports for the children - you know the drill.
Ashlee Vance, 31 Mar 2005
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Lawsuits drive 'Spam King' Richter to bankruptcy

The received wisdom in libertarian circles is that email anti-spam laws don't work, so they're not worth trying. In fact, they're working so well that the notorious 'Spam King' Scott Richter has filed for bankruptcy.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Mar 2005
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Blog star 'fesses up to payola spam scam

Matt Mullenweg, founder of the popular open source weblog software Wordpress, and CNET employee, has admitted to gaming the web's search engines by hosting tens of thousands of "articles" that contain hidden, paid-for keywords.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Mar 2005