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HP throws scandal-dogged Peregrine a future

"If the corporate culture is so infected with problems that they have not yet been solved and if they are selling a product that is suspect on its face, then maybe society is better off if Peregrine Systems is laid to rest." So wrote Penn State ethics professor J Edward Katz last December, in one of the most damning judgments ever passed on a software company.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Sep 2005
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Verizon embeds 3G for Wi-Fi challenge

With its 3G data network all dressed up and with nowhere to go, Verizon is courting PC notebook OEMs and cutting prices. Today it announced deals to embed CDMA EV-DO chips with the top three US PC manufacturers, Dell, Lenovo and HP, in their notebook PCs. Verizon's monthly tariff falls to $60 - half what European business users pay for their 3G data.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Sep 2005
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Cisco targets small.biz with networking bundle

Cisco has set up The Cisco Business Communications Solution, a one-stop networking shop for small and medium-sized firms.
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2005
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MS sues eight US resellers over hookie software

Microsoft is suing eight resellers in the US for allegedly selling counterfeit versions of their software.
John Oates, 20 Sep 2005
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Ancient meteorites tell tales of early solar system

Scientists at London University's Imperial College have gained a new insight into the earliest days of our solar system through a new analysis of some of the oldest, most primitive, metorites found on Earth.
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Sep 2005
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Put up or shut up, Friends Reunited tells bidders

Divorce specialist Friends Reunited has set a deadline of next week for bidders to put their money where their mouth is.
John Oates, 20 Sep 2005
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Intel tweaks 65nm process to blitz leakage

Intel is working on a version of its 65nm chip fabrication process that will produce processors with even lower power consumption characteristics. The chip giant says he technology will reduce transistor leakage by a factor of 1000.
Tony Smith, 20 Sep 2005
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Baidu appeals music download court ruling

Chinese search engine Baidu is likely to appeal a decision which found it guilty of helping illegal distribution of music over the internet.
John Oates, 20 Sep 2005
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Of technicolour lungfish

The Australian lungfish, often described as a living fossil, has probably been living in a world of blazing colour since before the dinosaurs arose.
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Sep 2005
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Opera gives away ad-free browser

Opera Software has permanently dropped the inclusion of advertising banners in the free version of its PC browser software. The ad-free, full-featured Opera browser is now available for download here.
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2005
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US e-sales to rocket

Online sales in the US will rocket in the next five years as etailers become more adept at getting shoppers to part with their cash.
Tim Richardson, 20 Sep 2005
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Toshiba preps Cell mobo for developers

Sony appears to have exclusive usage of the Cell processor until the PlayStation 3 console ships next March.
Tony Smith, 20 Sep 2005
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Compel maintains return to form

Compel has put in a solid set of prelimary results for the year ended 30 June 2005.
John Oates, 20 Sep 2005
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Oracle promises 'lifetime support' for bought-in customers

Oracle Corp has promised continued support for acquired applications while juggling with a shareholder legal action against its $5.85bn Siebel Software bid.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Sep 2005
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Nvidia GeForce Go 7800GTX to launch '29 September'

Nvidia is borrowing Intel's new approach to chip marketing to help it promote its upcoming GeForce Go 7800GTX
Tony Smith, 20 Sep 2005
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Acer launches compact VGA Wi-Fi PocketPC

Tantalising images of what purports to be Acer's next, Windows Mobile 5.0-based PocketPC have been tacitly confirmed as genuine by the manufacturer
Tony Smith, 20 Sep 2005
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Trade bodies ask EC to stop broadband regulation review

The UK government's advisory broadband group BSG and Intellect, the IT industry lobby group, have teamed up to ask the European Commission to stop its review of broadcast legislation.
John Oates, 20 Sep 2005
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Competition to drive down telecoms costs

The cost of telecoms services will continue to fall as increased competition bites and new technologies are developed that can deliver more for less.
Tim Richardson, 20 Sep 2005
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eGovernment 'ignoring' poor, unemployed, homeless

Socially excluded groups are currently "very poorly served" by the UK eGovernment agenda, says new government research.
Team Register, 20 Sep 2005
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O2 i-mode launch is 'imminent'

Mobile phone network O2 will start up its i-mode service "this autumn", technology partner NEC revealed today.
Tony Smith, 20 Sep 2005
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Akimbi automates application testing pools

A start-up is using virtualization technology to stake out a place in application testing with a product that streamlines development and helps cut costs.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Sep 2005
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Phishers trawl for victims in Europe

Security watchers are reporting a surge of phishing attacks targeting European banks. Phishing attacks against over two dozen European banks were detected by security firm Websense last weekend (17-18 September).
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2005
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Regulators call for global data protection law

Privacy chiefs from 40 countries have called upon the United Nations to prepare a legally binding instrument which clearly sets out in detail the rights to data protection and privacy as enforceable human rights.
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Sep 2005
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Apple CEO blasts 'greedy' music labels

Apple CEO Steve Jobs today claimed the world's biggest recording companies have begun to demand the iTunes Music Store raise its prices.
Tony Smith, 20 Sep 2005
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Million pixel student makes £32k

Enterprising UK student Alex Tew has sold enough pixels to fund his way through university. Tew, 21, decided to flog pixels for a buck on his Million Dollar Homepage as part of a cunning scheme to raise cash.
Tim Richardson, 20 Sep 2005
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EC moots more charges against Microsoft

The European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes has said she won't be waiting for the outcome of Microsoft's appeal against the original anti-trust charges before she decides whether or not to start another law suit against the firm.
John Oates, 20 Sep 2005
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Solar flare menaces scamming lungfish

Letters Lots to get through this week, so where better to start than with a story of a star-crossed lover (can you have just one?) who thought he'd met his match online. But, as they exchanged love notes, it became increasingly apparent that it was not true love at all, but a scam designed to do nothing other than extract large amounts of cash from our protagonist:
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Sep 2005
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Google Earth threatens democracy - again

Our recent article on Google Earth blowing military secrets to the forces of darkness provoked a huge response - much of it from eagle-eyed readers who obviously have nothing better to do than spend all day peering at the earth's surface for eye-catching hardware and installations.
Lester Haines, 20 Sep 2005
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Apple's Intel Mac 'on track' - Jobs

Apple is on track to ship Macs based on Intel processors by June 2006, CEO Steve Jobs claimed today.
Tony Smith, 20 Sep 2005
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ATI pitches for PC-TV convergence

ATI today unveiled a new consumer brand covering high-quality video performance across platforms, from TVs to PCs.
Tony Smith, 20 Sep 2005
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Siebel is done deal, Oracle says

Oracle’s acquisition of Siebel is a done deal as far as the delegates to OracleWorld in San Francisco are concerned. In the closing event on the first day of the conference Charles Phillips, Oracle’s president, and George Shaheen, Siebel’s CEO, appeared together on stage in a show of solidarity.
Eric Doyle, 20 Sep 2005
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Spam map Googles junk mail proxies

Mailinator - the service that offers free, disposable email addresses for use in web registrations - has created a "real-time" spam map. The system receives around a million junk mail messages a day. By resolving the IP addresses of proxies1 used to distribute this junk mail (and plugging this data into Google maps) the people behind the service have created a map to show where spam is coming from. This map is created from data that gets updated every three minutes.
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2005
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Scientists tout diamond-coated implants

A newly-developed coating for medical implants could help to reduce the number of MRSA infections, according to UK physicists.
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Sep 2005
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Nvidia ships GeForce 6150, 6100 North Bridges er... GPUs

Nvidia will launch 'C51', its first integrated chipset, later today, according to motherboard partner Foxconn.
Tony Smith, 20 Sep 2005