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VIA unveils C7-M notebook processor

Computex 2005 VIA has announced a mobile version of its C7 processor, following that chip's launch last week.
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Palamida lands a Cisco

Software licensing start-up Palamida has landed a corporate big fish anxious to police its use of open source and third-party software in networking products.

Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 gets out

Microsoft has released the client component of its integrated communications stack heralded by Bill Gates earlier this year as an "evolution of Office".
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NTL and Telewest begin merger talks - report

High level talks that many expect to lead to a merger of the UK's two cable companies have finally kicked off, according to Reuters.
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Samsung notebooks to sport Airgo Wi-Fi booster

Computex 2005 Samsung is to equip two of its wireless-enabled notebooks with Airgo's bandwidth-boosting 'multiple input, multiple output' (MIMO) Wi-Fi technology, the two companies announced at Computex 2005 this week.

SCO watches Q2 revenue and loss shrink

A number of cost-cutting moves helped the beleaguered SCO Group shrink its second quarter loss. But despite improving its bottom line, the software maker had little good news for investors on the sales front.
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Europe reports broadband growth

The European Union (EU) may be facing a constitutional crisis of its own making, but at least the take-up of broadband among member states is growing fast.
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Fujitsu ditches NHS software supplier

Fujitsu has dropped a key supplier for the NHS patients records project in the south and west of England. Fujitsu is scrapping an agreement with US firm IDX in favour of a product from Cerner. It is the first time a major supplier has been ejected from the NHS IT programme. The change is subject to contract but that should be signed in the next two weeks.
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Skype handset makers flock to Computex

Computex 2005 Numerous Taiwanese manufacturers began pitching for Skype users' business this week, as the annual Computex hardware show played host to a range of gadgets designed to make the P2P-based VoIP software easier to use.
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EC wants to cap data retention laws

The European Commission has stepped into the debate on the proposed data retention bill, saying that the legislation will now require telcos and ISPs to hold onto data for a year, rather that the three or four years originally proposed.

eBay goes shopping.com

Online auction behemoth eBay has bought price comparison site shopping.com for $620m.
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NEC touts quantum crypto advances

Japanese boffins have succeeded in achieving what's touted as the World's fastest continuous quantum cryptography key generation. Researchers from NEC, the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology and the Japan Science and Technology Agency achieved a fortnight-long, continuous quantum cryptography final-key generation1 at an average rate of 13kbps over a 16-km-long commercial optical network.
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A380 delivery delayed for six months

Delivery of Airbus's A380 "super-jumbo" will be delayed for up to six months, the company has confirmed. Accordingly, Qantas - due to put the beast into service in October 2006 - will not now get its hands on the joystick until April 2007. Likewise, Singapore Airlines, set be the first airline to fly A380s, will also have to wait an additional three months until the end of 2006. Compensation claims from the carriers are likely, the BBC reports.

Argosy shows 'infinite capacity' media player

Computex 2005 The PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 aren't going to be the only consumer electronics kit with removable hard drives, at least not if Taiwanese developer Argosy Research has anything to say in the matter. At Computex 2005 in Taipei this week, it showed off an hard disk-based media player that can spit out its HDD ready for connection to a PC.
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BT workers accept 3.5% pay rise

BT workers have stepped back from the brink of strike action after voting to accept a 3.5 per cent pay rise from the UK telco.
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Bird flu: we're all going to die

The theme of the person awaking from a deep sleep or coma to find a world utterly changed is a popular one in science fiction. From John Wyndham's book The Day of The Triffids through The Omega Man to the recent film 28 Days Later, the trope of the man arising from his hospital bed to find that nothing is as it was has become well-worn.

AOpen Mini PC 'not competing' with Apple Mac Mini

Computex 2005 PC maker AOpen has been quick to attempt to stamp out any suggestions that its remarkably Mac Mini-like "Mini PC", jointly demonstrated at Computex 2005 this week with Intel, is intended to compete with the Apple product.

Unipalm fingers Networks First

Distributor Unipalm is working with Networks First to bolster its hardware maintenance services.
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Free software fans take a stand against software patents

Free software advocates are holding a last conference on the software patents directive today, ahead of a parliamentary vote on the directive on 21 June. This afternoon, Association Electronique Libre and Open Standaarden will lead a demonstration in Brussels against the proposed legislation.
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Boffins pinpoint trust hormone

Scientists from Switzerland and the US reckon they have discovered a way of making people trust you - just give 'em a dose of hormone Oxytocin and away you go...
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TSG gets SME specialist

The Technology Services Group, the reseller started by Sage founder Graham Wylie, is making John Mundell its regional sales director for the north west.
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Sun sheds $4.1bn for StorageTek

Sun Microsystems shocked investors and customers today by announcing that it will acquire StorageTek for $4.1bn.
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Earth bacteria could invade Mars

Earth-bugs might just be able to survive on Mars, according to new research, although the circumstances do have to be perfect.
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IBM UK workers in the dark as firing crunch time hits

Exclusive More complaints have surfaced against IBM's severance and firing plans here in the UK with critics saying Big Blue is behaving like an antiquated employer.
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Window of exposure lets viruses run rampant

More than 295,000 virus-infected emails were sent to companies in the UK in May before anti-virus vendors could issue signature updates, according to email filtering firm BlackSpider Technologies. It’s long been known that there is a ‘window of exposure’ - the interval between when a virus begins spreading and signature updates are issued by anti-virus vendors. BlackSpider has put a figure on this phenomenon in order to back up its argument that there’s a high risk of infection during this ‘window of exposure’ for firms that rely on conventional anti-virus scanners alone.
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Website compiles sexual partner database

Everyone knows the old classic that everyone on the planet is separated by just six degrees, so, if you want to get in touch with a Patagonian goat-herd, a chain of just half-a-dozen people will bring you face-to-face with your target.
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Indian outsourcing revenues skyrocket

Exports of software and IT services from India will rise 30 to 32 per cent in the year to March 2006, according to predictions from India's leading association of technology companies. The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) said that exports will hit $22.5bn in 2006, up from $17.2bn in the FY ending March 2005 and $16.7bn in 2003-04. Domestic market revenues grow by 24 per cent in FY 04-05 to reach $4.8bn.
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Online poker firm set to float

PartyGaming, which runs online poker games, is set to float on the London Stock Exchange later this month for an estimated £5bn.
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.net vote stalls

A controversial vote to give VeriSign control of the .net registry for the next six years has stalled.
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Scandinavia gets tough on file sharing

Scandinavia seems to getting tougher with those sharing illegal music files on the web. Sweden last week passed a law banning the sharing of copyrighted material on the web without payment of royalties. Until now, it was legal in Sweden to download copyrighted movie and music files, but making them available for sharing was unlawful.