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Analysts circle HP with CEO's hammer expected to come down

Wall Street has started salivating as it awaits word on new HP CEO Mark Hurd's plans for the company. Rumor has it that Hurd will hand down his proclamations any day now. The only move seen as certain? Mass layoffs.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Jun 2005
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Internal security attacks affecting banks

Internal security breaches at the world's banks are growing faster than external attacks, as institutions invest in technology, instead of employee training.
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Pre-teen in airport safety breakthrough

A twelve-year old boy has come up with a gadget that could prevent a re-run of the Concorde crash, by detecting debris on the runway and alerting pilots before they line-up to land. According to the BBC, the British Airport Authority (BAA) is keen to develop the idea.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Jun 2005
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BT escapes threat of immediate break-up

BT has cut a deal with regulator Ofcom and escaped the immediate threat of dismemberment.
Tim Richardson, 23 Jun 2005
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Opera boss swings at Firefox's Sugar Daddies

You make the world's best browser. It's smaller and faster than Internet Explorer, and a lot more secure, and every year you think up new ideas that make browsing easier. Then a rival appears that steals your ideas and yet only manages to produce a slower, clunkier and feature limited version of your browser - and the press reacts as if it's just discovered the internet for the first time. What do you do?
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jun 2005
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Microsoft bolsters support for PC makers in IP lawsuits

Microsoft is dropping financial caps in its support for PC builders and distributors to combat intellectual property lawsuits involving the company's software.
Team Register, 23 Jun 2005
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UK open source email firm bags VC funding

Scottish email management vendor Logicalware claims to be the first UK open source developer to grab a slice of venture capital funding.
Joe Fay, 23 Jun 2005
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Nvidia unveils GeForce 7800 GTX

Nvidia took the wraps off its GeForce 7800 GTX graphics chip yesterday, as anticipated. The company also launched the second-generation of its SLi multi-card rendering system, pushing the first version down-market in the process, the better to compete with ATI's rival technology, CrossFire.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2005
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ISIS backs Bolden James MBO

ISIS Equity Partners has backed a £5.5m management buyout of messaging and connectivity vendor Boldon James.
Joe Fay, 23 Jun 2005
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UMC chairman to quit over China investment case

UMC chairman Robert Tsao is to quit his post, the chip foundry revealed this week in a document filed with the Taiwan Stock Exchange.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2005
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For every DRM download, 16 P2P swaps

Cheering news for the pigopolists this week, from The Guardian newspaper.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jun 2005
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Fujitsu Siemens opens UK web store

Fujitsu Siemens has opened a UK web storefront to offer an "alternative purchasing resource for some of the many thousands of visitors to the main Fujitsu Siemens Computers corporate co.uk web site each month".
Drew Cullen, 23 Jun 2005
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Apple Euro iTunes stores sell 50m songs year one

Apple's European iTunes Music Stores have together sold more than 50m songs in their first 12 months in business, the company said today.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2005
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StreamCast updates Morpheus P2P with BitTorrent

StreamCast has begun shipping a pre-release BitTorrent-enabled test version of its upcoming Morpheus 5.0 P2P software, the company said yesterday.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2005
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The Sun exposes UK ID theft racket at Indian call centre

Update An undercover reporter was able to buy the details thousands of UK banking accounts, password particulars and credit cards numbers from crooked call centre workers in India, The Sun reports.
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2005
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Asustek cans dual GeForce 6800 graphics card

Asustek has pulled the plug on its planned two-chip graphics card. However, the product may yet see commercial light of day with Nvidia's latest GPU on board.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2005
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BT bows to Ofcom pressure

BT - the UK's former telecoms monopoly that rivals accused for so long of uncompetitive behaviour - has given its backing to proposals to open up its network to competing operators.
Tim Richardson, 23 Jun 2005
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MARSIS is ready to go digging on Mars

The Mars Express MARSIS experiment is at last fully deployed, seven weeks after the European Space Agency gave the go ahead for the radar booms to be unfurled. ESA announced yesterday that the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding experiment has undergone its first checkout, and is ready to start scanning the red planet.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Jun 2005
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AMD extends Turion mobile chip line

AMD has added a pair of Turion 64 mobile processors to its CPU line-up. Most attention appears to be focused on the top-end ML-40 chip, but there's a new MT-28 at the bottom to the range, pitching Turion into lower-priced notebooks.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2005
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Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX

Review A year goes by pretty quickly for me these days. I can vividly remember the last few days before Nvidia's NV40 launch 14 months ago, and the last few days have brought some serious déja vu. I've run much the same tests and much the same analysis. Pretty much the same pixels are being painted. The last part of that statement is the telling one - today's hardware is more evolution than revolution compared to what Nvidia delivered last time.
Hexus.net, 23 Jun 2005
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BitTorrent inventor lambasts Avalanche 'vaporware'

Bram Cohen, inventor of the BitTorrent file-sharing protocol, has launched a stinging attack on Microsoft's "Avalanche" peer-to-peer system unveiled (sort of) last week by its Cambridge (UK) researchers.
Charles Arthur, 23 Jun 2005
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Sage buys Spanish biz for £55m

Sage is buying Logic Control, a Spanish accounting software vendor, for £55m in cash.
Team Register, 23 Jun 2005
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BT still needs to be policed, says industry

The UK's telecoms industry has begun to give its first reaction to Ofcom's new deal with BT and appears to welcome the regulator's moves to create a virtual split within the monster telco.
Tim Richardson, 23 Jun 2005
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Lobby groups go all out as EU patent deadline looms

As the timer counts down to the next big vote on the European software patents directive, two groups representing small businesses in the region have launched last ditch efforts to persuade MEPs of the dangers or merits of the current form of the bill.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Jun 2005
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World is safe from mobile viruses for a few more years

A fast-spreading virus or worm wwill no affect mobile devices before the end of 2007 at the earliest, Gartner forecasts. The analyst firm reckons the conditions for the spread of mobile malware - high penetration of mobile devices and people routinely exchanging executable files by mobile phone - simply aren't there yet.
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2005
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ATI posts Q3 loss

ATI slipped into the red during the three months to 31 May 2005, a "challenging" third fiscal quarter, the graphics chip maker revealed today.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2005
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Airgo cuts MIMO Wi-Fi chipset prices

Airgo, the Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) wireless technology pioneer Airgo, has launched new, low-cost Wi-Fi chipsets.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2005
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MIT boffins make hot superfluid

Scientists at MIT have created a new kind of matter: a gas of atoms that exhibits superfluidity at high temperatures. Or at least, what passes for high temperatures among researchers at the MIT Harvard Center for Ultracold atoms.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Jun 2005
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Microsoft rolls out SP1 blocker for shy Windows 2003 servers

Impressed with the security benefits of Windows Server 2003 SP1 but not game enough to install the software? Well, Microsoft has the perfect tool for you.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Jun 2005

HP dresses up ProLiants with dual-core Opterons

As promised, HP has fattened up its line of Opteron-based ProLiant servers with a new dual-core version of the chip.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Jun 2005
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E-commerce now a turn-off - official

So much for the "digital revolution". The Gartner Group is revising its e-commerce predictions downwards after 42 per cent of users said they were cutting back net use because of security concerns. As a result, Gartner is shaving one to three per cent off its growth estimates. It had previously reckoned that online business would grow by 15 per cent next year.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jun 2005
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IBM does the application shuffle and catches Meiosys

IBM today added a new level of sophistication to its Unix and Linux servers by acquiring privately held software maker Meiosys.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Jun 2005
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AMD sets Q3 release for workstation-happy, dual-core Opterons

It's getting warm here in Chicago, and the birds are out in full force. Thankfully, one rather knowledgeable chirper stopped by the office today with a short but concrete message about AMD's Opteron plans.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Jun 2005
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Pentagon recruiting kids with mass data mining scheme

The US military has retained the services of a commercial privacy invasion outfit to assemble detailed dossiers on all American high school children and college students, according to a report in the Washington Post.
Thomas C Greene, 23 Jun 2005
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Make music industry poverty history

Set yourself a challenge when next you're in Paraguay: see if you can buy a non-pirated CD. According to latest figures on CD piracy released by the IFPI, the record companies' global organisation, 99 per cent of CDs there come from people saying "Arr-harr!".
Charles Arthur, 23 Jun 2005

North Carolina residents sue Dell to keep their $270m

A watchdog blasted Dell and the North Carolina today in a lawsuit aimed at rolling back huge incentives designed to lure the computer maker to the state.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Jun 2005