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NTL - Telewest merger is go

The long-awaited merger of the UK's two cable companies which has been dragging on for years looks set to be finalised this week.
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Telefonica denies KPN merger talks

Telefonica SA today denied it is discussiong a merger with Dutch telco KPN. This weekend the Wall Street Journal reported that Telefonica is making a $24bn bid for the Dutch company. Initially, both KPN and Telefonica declined to comment. Now, a Telefonica spokesman tells the financial news service AFX "that we want to deny that there have been talks with KPN".
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AMD licenses chip tech, lawsuit dropped

AMD last week acquired a series of technology licences that grant it the right to use patents it was sued for allegedly infringing back in May.

Hynix speeds down NAND Flash roadmap

Hynix last week disclosed an aggressive plan to grow its sales of NAND Flash, the type of memory used in digital music players like the iPod Nano.
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Xena moon's Gabrielle

Astronomers at the WM Keck Observatory have identified a moon orbiting Xena, a body they argue is the 10th planet in our solar system. They have called the moon Gabrielle, after Xena's sidekick in the TV series Xena: Warrior Princess.

Gigabyte reinvents RAMdisk

Gigabyte has launched i-RAM, a hard disk storage alternative based on fast DDR SDRAM chips rather than slow-but-stable Flash memory.
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Paramount backs Blu-ray

Paramount Home Entertainment has hopped onto the fence, committing itself this weekend to releasing content on both HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BD) when the next-generation optical disc formats launch.
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Political hackers deface Novell SUSE sites

Three Novell OpenSUSE community web site were defaced on Sunday by politically motivated hackers. Defacement archive Zone-H reports that a group called IHS Iran Hackers Sabotage broke into OpenSUSE.org, wiki.novell.com and forge.novell.com to post a message stating that it was Iran's right to develop nuclear power. All three sites were defaced in the same way (archive here).

Toshiba to show slim HD DVD drive for laptops

Toshiba will this week demo a slimline optical drive for notebook computers that will provide an HD DVD playback capability.
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iRiver T30 1GB digital music player

Review Despite it's higher model number, the T30 actually sits between iRiver's T10 and T20 players (reviewed here and here). Like the T20, it's intended to be a compact fashion statement, but with space for a AAA battery, it's designed to offer a very long play duration, as per the T10.
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ESA turns satellites to watch for droughts

The European Space Agency (ESA) is putting near real-time information about water levels of lakes and rivers in Africa up on the web, thanks to a collaboration with DeMonfort University (DMU).
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Cisco finds Nemo

In brief Cisco Systems has signed a deal to acquire network memory start-up Nemo Systems for $12.5m in cash. The acquisition is subject to various standard closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, and expected to close by the end of October.
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Job risk sours NTL/Telewest tie-up

NTL and Telewest have confirmed that they are to merge. But while the companies are "bigging up" the deal as creating a "new competitive force in the UK's communications and entertainment sectors", there are fears that thousands of jobs will be lost as part of the tie-up.
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US bill heralds end of walled gardens

Analysis The draft telecomns reform bill released by the House Commerce Committee last week would ban fixed or wireless carriers from limiting access to content and applications, which would make it difficult for wireless carriers to keep their walled gardens.
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How to dress like Darth Vader for less than $800

We've always had a sneaking admiration for the Empire. Yes, it may be a dictatorship, but its abolition of slavery is a plus and, frankly, it has the all best kit.
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NeuStar agreement makes mobile roaming easier

The GSM Association last week silently created a whole new mobile internet, on the back of an agreement with American company NeuStar. It will offer Root Domain Name System (DNS) services to more than 680 global GSM mobile operators.
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BT calls for closure of BTIrelandsucks.com

Lawyers representing BT Ireland have called on the owner of BTIrelandsucks.com to pull the plug on the site claiming it has been registered in "bad faith".
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Star Wars tops movie music poll

It's all go in the wonderful world of movie polls, and hot on the butt-naked heels of last week's revelation that the pool romp scene between Elizabeth Berkley and Kyle MacLachlan was the worst screen rumpy-pumpy ever, we have the news that Star Wars has claimed the best film music crown.

Backdoor Trojan targets Microsoft Access

Virus writers have created a Trojan which uses an unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Office to take over Windows PCs. The Hesive Trojan can be disguised as a Microsoft Access file. Once opened in Access, infected .mdb files take advantage of a five-month old buffer overflow flaw in Microsoft's Jet Database Engine software to seize control of vulnerable machines.
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EU inks airline data deal with Canada

The EU has signed a deal with Canada that will allow European airlines to provide Canadian authorities with details of who is scheduled to fly on planes headed for the country.
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BenQ-Siemens phone firm readies dual brand

BenQ Mobile, the company formed from the Taiwanese consumer electronics firm's phone division and the handset business it bought from Siemens, began operations this weekend.
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US school succumbs to paperless madness

An Arizona school has dispensed entirely with textbooks and has spunked its entire book budget on student laptops, the BBC reports.
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Legend ISP is takeover target

Lancaster-based ISP Legend Communications has confirmed that it is holding talks to flog the company.
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Artists' managers, royalty collectors turn on iTunes

Having lauded the arrival of legal music download services likes Apple's iTunes for saving it from online piracy, the music industry is now complaining that the digital domain is not sufficiently recompensing artists.
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Mistral axes 20 in shake-up

Brighton-based ISP Mistral Internet is closing two offices in Basingstoke and Cambridge with the loss of around 20 jobs.
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Symantec buys compliance firm BindView

Symantec continued its seemingly relentless acquisition spree on Monday with the purchase of security compliance firm BindView for $209m. The all-cash transaction, which is subject to regulatory and BindView shareholder approvals, is expected to close in the first calendar quarter of 2006.
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MessageLabs branches out into web security

Net security firm MessageLabs is extending its services beyond email filtering with the launch of a trio of web scanning products on Monday.
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Digital music revenues soar

The music industry made $440m out of digital music during the first half of 2005, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) trade group said today.

Judge sets AMD, Intel disclosure date

AMD vs Intel Judge Joseph J Farnan Jr of the Delaware District Court has told lawyers representing AMD and Intel to exchange disclosures this coming Thursday.
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MS promises PDF support in Office 12

Microsoft says it is adding PDF support to Office 12, meaning users will be able to create pdf format documents from within Microsoft's next Office suite.

HP buys bladeless blade server pioneer RLX

Troubled blade server veteran RLX Technologies has been snatched up by HP for an undisclosed sum.
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Dell's Anti-Solaris site no longer on Solaris

Dell's direct model has paid big dividends once again as the company decided to host an anti-Sun Microsystems campaign directly on its own servers instead of Sun systems. It's either crow or dog food, but something unwholesome is being eaten this week in Round Rock.