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Forgent sues Microsoft over JPEG patents

Forgent Networks is suing Microsoft, accusing the software giant of pinching its intellectual property. Late last week the firm went to court alleging Microsoft has infringed the 672 patent which helps compress images into the JPEG format.
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Bono ditches Lara Croft

Elevation Partners, the venture capital group which includes Bono amongst its directors, has pulled out of the bidding for UK games publisher Eidos.
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Newspaper shows Mac OS X running on Intel box

Top marks to the London Times for the IT scoop of the century... well, not quite.
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Creative income falls on iPod-minced margins

Strong sales failed to boost Creative Technology's first-quarter income, the MP3 player maker announced on Friday.
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BCC wants business tax rates frozen

Election 2005 The British Chambers of Commerce has called on politicians from all parties to pledge that business taxes will not be raised in the next parliament. It says 90 per cent of business leaders it surveyed were worried that future tax increases would have a damaging impact on their businesses.
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DoubleClick goes private

A private equity firm is paying just over a billion dollars for online advertising firm DoubleClick.
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MCI dumps Verizon, cuddles up to Qwest

Verizon is plotting its next move after MCI switched allegiances over the weekend and decide that it would back a bid after all to be snapped up by Qwest.
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Gemplus snaps up e-document firm

Smart card firm Gemplus signed a deal Monday to acquire electronic passport and security printing firm Setec in a combined cash and stock deal valued at between €125m and €155m. The agreement is subject to certain standard closing conditions, including regulatory clearance.
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Software patent directive back in motion

The European Parliament re-opened the debate on the future of the EU's directive on software patents, last week. Arguments for and against the bill took the lines we have come to expect from each side: the pro-patent lobby arguing that the directive merely formalises the status quo, and the anti-patent contingent arguing that patenting software is like trying to patent music or mathematics.
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HP tops out in Asia

HP has ousted Chinese PC manufacturer Lenovo from the top spot for sales in Asia in the first quarter of 2005. HP sales grew almost 29 per cent year-on-year and it made up 11.7 per cent of the total Asian PC market.
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PC-cillin killed my PC

Update A duff anti-virus signature update on Friday from Trend Micro floored the PCs of many who applied it. The Japanese firm pulled the update 90 minutes after it was issued but the error caused mayhem to affected systems, particularly in Japan which because of the timing of the release was particularly badly hit.
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Sun updates Java Enterprise

In brief Sun has announced general availabilty of Java Enterprise System Release 3 with better identity management features.
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All of Scotland to get broadband

Every community in Scotland will be hooked up to affordable broadband by the end of 2005 following a £30m deal between the Scottish Executive and dominant UK telco BT.
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Full-year profits up 58% at Wipro

Wipro, the Indian outsourcing firm, has announced revenue of $378m for the quarter ending 31 March, up 31 per cent over last year. Net income for the quarter also gained substantially, hitting $102m, up from $74.3m a year ago.
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Datatec updates earnings

South African networking provider Datatec told investors today that it expects to make a profit for recently finished financial year. The firm is still sorting through figures for the year ended 28 February 2005 which should be ready 18 May.
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Hushmail hit by DNS attack

Surfers trying to visit the web site of popular secure email service Hushmail were redirected to a false site early Sunday following a hacking attack. Hush Communications said hackers changed Hushmail's DNS records after "compromising the security" of its domain registrar (Network Solutions). These changes were undone after a few hours on Sunday and normal Hushmail services have now been restored.
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Yahoo! hands over dead man's email

Email provider Yahoo has complied with a court order to give a dead soldier's email account to his parents.
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MS to demo Flash-HDD hybrid drive

Microsoft's plan to soup up notebook-oriented hard drives with Flash memory buffers appears to be moving beyond the theoretical. According to Samsung, the software giant will demo such a unit at its annual WinHEC conference this week.
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Google offers banner ads

Google is to offer banner adverts on partner sites for the first time. The search giant previously stuck to text-only adverts.
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PlusNet ditches fair usage policy

PlusNet has abandoned plans to implement a "Fair Usage Policy (FUP) that would have kept a lid on "broadband hogs" accused of hoovering up too much capacity and affecting the service quality experienced by other users. Instead, it will use a "contention based" approach to manage problem users.
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ATI top-end GPUs to win back 'channel leadership'

ATI's next-generation desktop graphics processor, R520, has already been claimed to have been scheduled for a June launch, but a leaked channel roadmap suggests we can expect to see the RV530 following not long after and the RV515 in the Autumn.
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64 bit Windows ready to go

Microsoft finally began shipping 64 bit versions of its key operating systems today, opening up the prospect of a truly mass market for 64 bit applications.
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World Cup 2006 organisers clash with eBay.de

Some lucky winners of the first round of World Cup 2006 ticket lotto last week are already trying to send their seed money in to hyper-inflation by auctioning their tickets on eBay Germany.
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Sony DSC-T7 digital camera

Review Sony's latest digital compact is even smaller than the last one. Following in the footsteps of the T3 and T5, the DSC-T7 promises great photographs from an ultra-thin body, but can it really achieve what it promises? asks Stuart Miles.
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Amazon puts back UK Sony PSP debut - again

Exclusive Amazon.co.uk has put back the UK release of Sony's PlayStation Portable handheld games console to 30 September, according to the online retailer's website.
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Astronomers spy hot spots on neutron stars

European astronomers have seen, for the first time, rotating hotspots on the surfaces of three (relatively) nearby neutron stars. The discovery sheds new light on the thermal geography of these stars - the incredibly hot and dense remnants of supernova explosions.
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Open source makes school appointment

Becta, the Government's lead agency for ICT in education, is set to release a new report which will say that schools could save significant sums by switching to open source software, eGov monitor can report.
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Veritas CEO stays silent on Symantec dreams

Veritas Vision Veritas CEO Gary Bloom was in duck and cover mode today as the company's main user conference kicked off here in San Francisco. The executive dodged questions about Veritas' ongoing merger process with Symantec and declined to provide details on upcoming software products. As it turns out, the new code, including a revised version of NetBackup and of EnterpriseVault, will be revealed tomorrow by other Veritas brass.