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Movie industry settles DVD chips case

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has settled a suit with a microchip maker, which it had accused of breaching a license that required it to sell DVD chips only to properly licensed companies.
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Skype scores 100 millionth customer

Voice over IP (VoIP) giant Skype is celebrating the download of the 100 millionth copy of its software by making two new paid-for services available.

Will Microsoft offer EII?

Comment SQL Server 2005 will have a lot of good stuff in it. One of the things I particularly like is the BI Development Studio, which is effectively an extension to Visual Studio for developing BI applications. One of the features of this product is its support for building virtual cubes – does this mean that Microsoft is planning to address the EII (enterprise information integration) and federated query market?
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MS marketing Starts Something

Microsoft is launching a worldwide ad campaign to bolster sales of Windows XP. The firm is claiming the campaign will be one of the longest and largest in its history.

Eight convicted in Denmark's biggest piracy case

Eight men have been convicted by a Danish court of making and selling illegal copies of software, games and music.

Macromedia to merge with Adobe

Graphics and publishing software specialists Adobe and Macromedia are to merge, the companies said today.
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UK gov seeks rocket-launching cigarette expert

If you've got a penchant for gyrocopters, rocket-launching cigarettes and exploding boli - and further don't mind working in Milton Keynes - then the UK government has just the job for you.
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Apple posts Mac OS X 10.3.9

Apple has updated Mac OS X 10.3, just ahead of the release of version 10.4 of the operating system.

Save us from spam

The majority of UK consumers and small businesses are yet to deploy anti-spam filters. A poll of UK residential email users and SMEs published Monday found 57 per cent have no anti-spam filtering installed, leaving them unprotected from spam, key logging and phishing attacks. Four in five consumers (82 per cent) have anti-virus protection, predominantly desktop scanners.
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SMART-1 finds possible moon-base

Scientists have identified a candidate "peak of eternal light" - a permanently illuminated area on the moon that could be used as a future lunar base. The site, which is near the northern lunar pole, was identified by the SMART-1 satellite, which has been monitoring the light levels at the poles since it arrived in orbit at the beginning of 2005.
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EU angers US with GM maize 'ban'

EU experts last Friday angered the US by blocking imports of US GM maize products unless "there is proof they are untainted by an illegal genetically modified organism", Reuters reports.
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Texas moves against public Wi-Fi porn

An illuminating posting on Slashdot today reveals that Texas is moving to prevent the dissemination of net porn via public Wi-Fi networks. The act "relating to prohibiting wireless Internet access to obscene materials on public property" declares: "A state agency that provides wireless Internet access on state property may not allow access to obscene materials through the use of that wireless access."

Resellers get double-barrelled DSL

Vaioni Group is making its bonded broadband or uber-DSL product available for resellers to sell onto customers.
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Who should buy Colt?

The promise of convergence of wired, wireless and mobile services has shifted the perceptions of the main telecoms players, especially in Europe, radically in recent times - though as so often, the telecoms investment community has been slow to recognize the trend. It should have been obvious far earlier that operators with only one type of network would become exposed, yet this fact did little to dull the shine on Vodafone, nor to cast a more favorable light on the multi-network giants, such as France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom.
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OSS gains business ground in Europe

Open source software is gaining ground in mid-to-large sized companies in Europe. According to analyst house IDC, one third of these businesses now report "significant live use" of an open source database of some description.

Intel launches dual-core Pentium Extreme Edition

Intel today formally launched its dual-core Pentium Extreme Edition 840 processor, as anticipated with Dell, Velocity Micro and Alienware all "selling" systems based on the chip. The vendor said nothing though about the availability of the 130W chips themselves.
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IT industry told to 'cough up' by child campaigners

The IT industry should do more to protect kids online, according to campaigners, who believe that tech companies should spend dosh to create a global child protection organisation and use their expertise to regulate chat rooms and block the transmission of offensive images.
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Internet is killing mail order catalogues

Internet shopping is now more popular than thumbing through weighty mail order catalogues, according to research from consumer analysts Mintel.
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MySQL at 30% off

Site offer With over four million installations, MySQL is the most widely used open source database management system worldwide. MySQL 5 is a long-anticipated, significant new version of the database that brings MySQL up to the level of an enterprise-class database system. New features in MySQL 5, such as stored procedures and enhanced optimization, provide users with new capabilities that are key to using MySQL for large-scale commercial databases.

Seagate unveils 120GB notebook HDD

Storage specialist Seagate today introduced what it claims is the world's highest capacity hard drive for notebook computers - and its first Serial ATA unit for laptops.
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Mobile email consolidation kicks off

Wireless email has always been the first application to be adopted by a company seeking to become a mobile enterprise, and the litmus test for all the other mobilized applications that can then be built on top of the basic architecture. This means that the market for mobile email infrastructure suppliers is not just large, with email becoming a default application in high end handsets and PDAs, but one that can give successful players a strategic importance beyond their size or sophistication. To capitalize on that, suppliers need to form strong alliances and be global in scope, hence the announcement this week that one of the most promising contenders for Research In Motion's wireless email crown, US-based Seven, is to acquire Finnish rival Smartner.
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Intel launches WiMAX chip

Intel has formally announced its first WiMAX product, a system-on-a-chip capable of receiving wireless broadband signals both inside and outside customer premises.
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Proof by self-checking software: the four colour problem

Computer scientists at Microsoft Research Cambridge (MSRC) have developed a self-checking software-based proof of the four colour theorem that they say sweeps away any remaining uncertainty surrounding earlier proofs.
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Consumers and laps boost euro PC sales

Consumer sales and laptops were the main drivers for strong PC sales growth in Europe, Middle East and Africa in Q1, according to IDC's latest figures.
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TDC target for take-over - report

The rumour mill is working overtime following press reports that Danish telco TDC could be snapped up by an international group of investors.

EMC wags new NAS giant at rivals NetApp and IBM

EMC rattled the storage world today by releasing one of the highest-end NAS (network attached storage) systems on the planet. Along with the hardware, EMC also rolled out a number of software upgrades meant to make managing large volumes of data easier.
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Linux on desktop needs better sales people

Linspire chief exec Michael Robertson is visiting London on a mission to persuade system builders that there's money to be made in Linux on the desktop.

Philips Q1 income takes €433m nosedive

Philips Electronics has blamed weak semiconductor sales and falling flat panel TV prices for a 79 per cent drop in quarterly net profits. The consumer electronics group posted earnings of €117m for the quarter ending 31 March, down from €550m for the same period a year ago.

Centerprise rescues CFL Computer Systems from liquidation

Centerprise International, the UK PC builder, has rescued South Wales integrator CFL Computer Systems from liquidation. Falling profit margins forced CFL, which had a turnover of £4.25m and employed 27 people at its peak, into liquidation in March according to local reports. Centerprise has taken over the company's assets and re-employed eight of its remaining 12 staff, the reports said.

Azul puts 384-way Java rocket up for sale

Azul Systems has turned the concept of a server appliance on its head with a soon to be released Java software crunching workhorse.
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Our phones don't work - Verizon boss

If you're infuriated by your cellphone's lousy reception indoors, stop fretting. It's a feature, not a bug.