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BEA going beyond Java

BEA Systems is reaching outside its traditional Java customer base using new products and making acquisitions in a strategy the company hopes will triple revenue during the next three years.
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Microsoft releasing IP to start-ups

Microsoft is releasing 20 early-stage technologies to start-ups on terms that would allow its software to be picked-up by the open source community.

Microsoft competitive chief pragmatic on Linux

Microsoft's new spirit of acceptance of Linux and open source seems to be filtering through the ranks, with its GM of competition taking a pragmatic stance.
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Library use an open book as Pat Act renewals loom

Provisions in the so-called "Patriot" Act allowing federal agents to obtain library and bookshop records without a search warrant should be allowed to sunset at the end of this year as scheduled, American Library Association (ALA) President Carol Brey-Casiano said during a Washington press conference earlier this week.
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New guidelines complicate US stem cell research

Newly recommended ethical guidelines for human embryo stem cell research in the US could rule out further research using several of the existing, and approved lines, according to reports.
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Intel partner sues... Intel (and AMD too)

Intel and AMD were this week both accused of patent infringement, joining VIA in the list of chip makers claimed to have used without permission technology owned by Acacia Research.
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GUS buys LowerMyBills.com for $330m

Experian - the consumer information outfit owned by UK retailing giant GUS plc - has shelled out $330m to acquire US online business LowerMyBills.com. It could also spend up to $50m in performance-related pay-outs over the next two years.
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OMA washes its hands of MPEG LA licensing arrangements

The Open Mobile Alliance is so busy ducking for cover over the proposed licensing terms of its digital rights management standard, that it has put out a statement distancing itself from the process.
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DRAM price plunge hammers Hynix

Weak DRAM prices and a strong US dollar dragged down Hynix's Q1 revenues, the South Korean memory maker reported today.
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RealNetworks sneaks a profit

RealNetworks made a profit of $800,000 on turnover of $76.6m for the three months ended 31 March 2005, just under half a cent per share.

Apple mega-patch fixes 19 flaws

Apple this week posted security updates to fix 19 security vulnerabilities in its Mac OS X operating system. Both client and server versions of a widely used version of its software - Mac OS X v10.3.9 - need patching.
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IDC cuts worldwide 2005 PC forecasts

Analyst house IDC has cut its forecasts for PC sales for the year - it now expects the market to grow by four per cent in Western Europe, five per cent in the US and just one per cent in Japan.
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More mergers in the telecom industry?

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AMD dual-core 1xx Opterons 'to go Socket 939'

AMD's upcoming dual-core Opteron 1xx chips for one-way servers and workstations will use the chip maker's Socket 939 interconnect rather than the more usual Socket 940 system.
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Scientists build shopping robot for the blind

US computer scientists have built a robot that uses RFID tags to navigate. They say it could help guide blind people around large buildings or shops, where RFID tags could also identify products on a shopping list. The robot also has a laser range finder to stop it from crashing into things.
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AOL subscribers go AWOL

AOL continues to bleed subscribers, the internet arm of giant media outfit Time Warner confirmed yesterday.

Dutch Customs exposes UK chip carousel fraud

Fraud investigators of the Dutch Economic Inspection Service of the Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service (FIOD) have discovered a large carousel fraud with 2,000 PC components destined for the UK at Schiphol Airport.
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Smudgy blur is an exoplanet

Astronomers have confirmed that a candidate extra-solar planet in orbit around a brown dwarf is indeed what it appears to be: the first directly imaged planet outside our solar system.
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Sending data by email: a govt licence to print money

Now here's a nice wrinkle of the laws governing this place that Tony Blair wanted to be "the best place for ecommerce anywhere in the world". If you send commercial data by email or over the Web, it's liable for VAT (17.5 per cent value-added tax, imposed in the UK on services) on the value of the data. Which of course with commercial data can be quite high.
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Small firms surfing web to non-local markets

In the age of internet commerce and long-distance transactions, a growing number of small businesses feel less a part of their local communities, according to a new survey.
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Councils not generating interest in local elections

County councils are failing to use their web pages to translate interest in the general election into interest in the local polls also taking place today.
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GSM Association rejects revised phone DRM rates

Revised DRM licensing terms offered by the MPEG Licensing Authority (LA) remain "unacceptable", the mobile phone networks' club said yesterday.
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CD Wow! enters download biz

CD Wow!, the UK online music retailer is to start selling digital music downloads, courtesy of distributor Loudeye, the pair announced today.
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IBM refuses to say where jobs axe will fall

The future of thousands of IBM jobs remains uncertain following yesterdays confirmation that it plans to axe up to 13,000 from its organisation.
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Users untouched by mobile viruses despite hype

The mobile phone virus threat is been wildly over-hyped, according to a support firm which says calls about infections by mobile malware are almost unknown.

Maxtor narrows loss

Hard drive maker Maxtor's losing streak continued into Q1 FY2005. For the three months to 2 April 2005, the company recorded revenue of $1.07bn, up 3.9 per cent from Q4 FY2004's $1.03bn and 4.9 per cent up on the year-ago quarter's $1.02bn.
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Vonage bows to 911 pressure

US VoIP outfit Vonage has agreed to roll out a fully-functioning 911 service for its users. The deal - in association with Verizon - comes after presssure on the company to provide unrestricted access to the emergency services.

GPS drives Euro PDA shipments

Europeans continue to buy PDAs, despite growing interest in smart phones, and there's one clear reason why, market watcher IDC said today: GPS.
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ATI 512MB Radeon X800 XL

Review ATI launched its first consumer 512MB graphics board this week, and we've been evaluating it for the past few days. Nvidia announced a 512MB part not so long ago, with a 6800 Ultra variant based on the Quadro FX 4400 hardware they've had in the professional space for a wee while. ATI's new product has no immediate pro-level pairing, and with Nvidia looking like it will bring a 512MB 6800 GT to the table soon, we're beginning to see the arrival of true half-a-gig consumer products.
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Hong Kong scouts gain IP proficiency badge

Contest No group cares more about nurturing the moral fibers of Hong Kong youth than the Motion Picture Association (MPA). That much is obvious after the Hollywood trade group announced a deal with the Hong Kong Scout Association to kick off "the world's first Scout merit badge program focused on respect for and protection of intellectual property."
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Missing link dino unearthed in Utah

A new species of feathered dinosaur, discovered in a mass dinosaur grave in Utah, could help scientists understand how some members of the raptor family became herbivorous. The dinosaur has been described as the missing link between small-bodied predators and the highly specialised, and very bizarre, plant-eating therizinosaurus.

Cisco preps Wi-Fi tracking kit

Cisco has announced a wireless tracking appliance designed to allow organisations to monitor the location of devices - or people - within a wireless local area network. The Cisco 2700 Series Wireless Location Appliance, scheduled to ship in June 2005, uses technology acquired when Cisco bought wireless switch start-up Airespace earlier this year.
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Supermicro abandons Intel-only stance, embraces Opteron

Longtime Intel-only hardware shop Supermicro has stepped up its production of Opteron-based motherboards due to an influx of customer demand. With Supermicro now joining the AMD camp in full force, Dell is left as the last, great all-Intel shop.