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Sun critic trades up on Wall Street

In a move likely to leave Scott McNealy choking on his cornflakes, Forbes.com has named Merrill Lynch analyst Steven Milunovich Wall St's number-one analyst.

Online marketplace for computer contractors opens doors

A new UK service launches today which aims to make life easier for people offering IT services. The Resource Broker is an online business-to-business exchange: it is free to providers who can register their details, location and what their skills are. When another member creates a relevant new business opportunity they will be invited to tender for the business.

Iona signs-up partner specialist

Iona Technologies has named a new vice president, someone versed in business process management (BPM), to drive partners around Iona's integration suite and Corba software.
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OASIS to define SOA

A cross-industry, joint-customer effort at web services group OASIS designed to put some beef into the term Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) has hit an early snag.
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IBM Lenovo gets new head

Lenovo has appointed a chief executive as it completes the buyout of IBM's PC business.
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Malaysia to fingerprint all new-born children

Malaysia’s National Registration Department is doubtful that it would be useful to fingerprint all babies born in the country.
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Ericsson axes 250 US jobs

Ericsson is to axe 250 jobs in the US, the Swedish telecoms equipment giant announced today.
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Apple updates iMac, eMac lines

Apple has updated its iMac and eMac consumer and education-oriented desktops, improving specifications and bundling Mac OS X 10.4 'Tiger' too.
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Mobile email hits the road

Mobile communications means different things to different people, but some common meaning is starting to gather momentum. It used to be the case that when you asked employees if they had mobile access to email they would say yes if they had a modem on their laptop and dialed in to a central server from a hotel room. Hardly immediate and continuous, but at least access from outside the office.
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Sirius jumps on podcast bandwagon

US Sirius Satellite Radio is latching onto the "podcasting" phenomenon, launching a daily four-hour show featuring podcast, self-published syndicated radio shows.
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AT&T aims VoIP at business

AT&T is offering a bunch of Voice over Internet Protocol services to business customers.

IBM offers to settle hard drive action class action

IBM has offered to settle a class action lawsuit brought against it by owners of Deskstar 75GXP hard drives. The suits against the company allege that Deskstar drive in question couldn't reliably store or retrieve data. They also accuse IBM of making "false and inaccurate statements and representations concerning the reliability of these hard disk drives".
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Ireland's first internet-only bank opens

RaboDirect, a subsidiary of the Dutch online bank Rabobank, launched Ireland's first completely online bank yesterday.

US reveals intellectual property blacklist

The US has published a blacklist of those of its trading partners that are most ineffective when it comes to protecting intellectual property rights (IPRs). The "Special 301" report from the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) fingers Ukraine as the worst offender.
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ASE factory blaze impact 'limited'

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering's Chungli chip packaging and testing plant caught fire on Sunday, but most of the company's customers, including Intel, ATI and Nvidia appear to suffered more inconvenience than harm.
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Spyware scumbags make $2bn a year

Spyware ­ invasive programs that generate pop-ups, hijack home pages, redirect searches and poison DNS files ­ generates an estimated $2bn in revenue a year1, according to a study by anti-spyware firm Webroot. It estimates the surreptitious spyware and adware market "may be approaching 25 per cent" of the already-established market of online advertising.
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eBay customer sends menacing emails to top execs

A Romanian-born man has pleaded guilty to sending threatening emails to top execs at eBay.

Edenbrook secures £1m VC funds

Software consultancy Edenbrook is getting a £1m investment from venture capitalists Elderstreet.
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Licence models: time for change

Comment IT systems have developed with nearly unbelievable speed over the last twenty years - at least at a technological level. However, some factors have not kept pace and need to change.
Tony Lock, 04 2005
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IE-only sites 'useful as chocolate teapot'

Letters This week you have mostly been getting upset about web designers and their occasional reluctance to design browser independent sites. The particular site that has you up in arms is a new IT brokerage site, which says it aims to put contractors in touch with contracts. All you need to do is register. Except that it turns out that you can't, unless you are using IE:
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BEA to triple in size

Analysis According to Alfred Chuang, chairman and CEO, BEA plans to triple in size over the next three or so years, going from a $1bn company to $3bn. For a well-established company this is an aggressive target; so why does he think it can be done?
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Claranet closer to VIA buyout

Claranet has taken another step forward in its bid to acquire VIA NET.WORKS.

SCL zooms around Silverstone

SCL, the Surbiton-based components distie, has added Silverstone cases to its vendor roster.
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Sony Everquest games exchange reviled

Sony's trading platform could change character of gaming
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Seagate 400GB Pushbutton Backup HDD

Review With hard drive capacities increasing at an exponential rate backing up your PC has become an increasingly difficult task. As far as capacities go, Hitachi is in the lead at the moment, thanks to its recently announced 500GB drive. The Seagate 400GB Pushbutton Backup external hard drive might not be able to back up the Hitachi monster drive, but it should be ample for most of us, writes Lars-Goran Nilsson.
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Billing snafu hits Bulldog

Bulldog has blamed a "hiccup with its billing system" for a delay in collecting subscription fees.

BT buys Cisco reseller

BT has snapped up SkyNet Systems Limited (SkyNet), a leading Cisco-only dealer, to bolster its data networking services.
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Bluetooth to evolve via UWB

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group - the body that controls the wireless connectivity standard - has formally chosen ultrawideband as the foundation for future versions of the technology.
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Yahoo! has minimal spyware, adware revs streams

This story has expired from The Register's archive. You can now find it at its original location on the Forbes.com website: http://forbes.com/markets/2005/05/04/0504automarketscan05.html?partner=theregister.
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UK computer boffins build sign language avatar

Computer scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have joined forces with animation specialists at Televirtual, and the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) to create a signing avatar capable of translating written web pages into British sign language.
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Teen eBay fraudster sentenced to 12 months

A teenager who conned eBay customers out of £45,000 has been sentenced to one year's detention today.
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Apple iPod grabs half of US Flash player market

Apple's iPod Shuffle took more than half of the US Flash-based music player market last month, retail market watcher NPD has said, by way of a report from Merrill Lynch.

Unions hold powwow with Marconi over job fears

Union officials held "frank and constructive" discussions with troubled telecoms equipment maker Marconi this morning over the future of 10,000 jobs at the company.

DataCore gets cheap and dirty with iSCSI SANs

Relatively cheap but sophisticated storage management tools continue to make their way down market thanks, in part, to renewed interest in the iSCSI protocol. The latest company trying to push this trend is DataCore Software, which has this week released Version 2.0 of its SANmelody software.

HP prints up thousands of severance packages

Some things never change at HP, regardless of the highly-paid hood ornament listed as CEO. So we learned this week as word leaked out that close to 2,000 workers have taken voluntary severance packages and left the company.

IBM to fix bad quarter by axing 13,000 jobs

IBM will carve up to 13,000 workers from its payrolls with European staffers taking the majority of the hit, the company announced today.