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Sun trims loss despite weaker server sales

Sun Microsystems continued to suffer from waning product sales during its first quarter but did manage to trim its net loss. Executives blamed the recent introduction of new Opteron-based servers for part of the sales slump, saying key customers put off purchases to evaluate the new gear.
Ashlee Vance, 02 Nov 2005
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Hollywood wants its finger in the analog hole

Hollywood is running another batch of ersatz legislation up the flagpole, in the hope of finding Congressmen who'll salute. The latest proposals aren't bills destined for the floor of the House so much as discussion documents intended to gauge Congressional reaction at a copyright panel hosted by the House Judiciary Committee later this week.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Nov 2005
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SGI delisted, becomes penny stock

Silicon Graphics Inc today issued a melancholy press release confirming that it has been kicked off the New York Stock Exchange, and will now trade as a "penny stock".
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Nov 2005
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Software vision ain't what it used to be at Microsoft

It was meant to usher in a new era for Microsoft. Bill Gates, along with recently appointed CTO Ray Ozzie and an entourage of lesser-known vice presidents pitched presentations and demos to press and analysts in San Francisco, California, to convince them Microsoft has a vision for "software as a service".
Gavin Clarke, 02 Nov 2005
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S3 turns to Transmeta tech for low-power graphics chips

S3 Graphics, chip maker VIA's graphics processor subsidiary, has signed Fujitsu to fab the company's products at 90nm, the partners announced today.
Tony Smith, 02 Nov 2005
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Deutsche Telekom backs away from O2 counterbid

Deutsche Telekom has ruled itself out of making a bid for O2, the telecoms giant confirmed today.
Tim Richardson, 02 Nov 2005
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Intel flicks switch on second 65nm fab

Intel has finished upgrading its Chandler, Arizona-located Fab 12 chip manufacturing facility to 65nm production standards, the company said today.
Tony Smith, 02 Nov 2005
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Man sacked for message board posting calls in lawyers

A US man sacked after 16 years working for the same energy company is suing the firm after it dismissed him for making anonymous comments on an internet messageboard.
John Oates, 02 Nov 2005
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NHS e-bookings system is a year behind schedule

The NHS' much discussed eBookings system is a year behind schedule, because of problems linking computers in GPs' surgeries to those in hospitals.
Lucy Sherriff, 02 Nov 2005
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HTC touts record Q3 sales, income

HTC, the Taiwanese handset manufacturer that has revolutionised the Windows Mobile-based smart-phone business, this week reported record third-quarter sales and income despite the quarter being traditionally a slow one.
Tony Smith, 02 Nov 2005
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Novell gets new boss

Novell has promoted Ron Hovsepian from vice president and president, global field operations to president and chief operating officer. He will have direct responsibilty for worldwide product development, marketing and sales.
John Oates, 02 Nov 2005
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MessageLabs nabs Omnipod for IM security

Net security firm MessageLabs is extending its services beyond email and web filtering with the acquisition of Omnipod, a provider of enterprise instant messaging. The deal, which is subject to shareholder approval, extends MessageLabs’ offering to include managed email, web and instant message services. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
John Leyden, 02 Nov 2005
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Telecity snaffles Redbus

TeleCity is to acquire rival data centre outfit Redbus in a move that sees further consolidation within Europe's colocation industry.
Tim Richardson, 02 Nov 2005
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Nokia delivers digital TV phone

Tech Digest Tech Digest Tech Digest Nokia took the wraps off its first phone with an integrated digital TV decoder today at its annual Mobility Conference in Barcelona. Set to launch in Q2 2006, the N92, which runs using Nokia's Series 60 interface, features a DVB-H TV tuner that in the future will be able to receive as many as fifty TV …
Tech Digest, 02 Nov 2005
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EasyMobile goes live in Germany

EasyMobile - the cheap and cheerful discount phone service backed by no frills airline entrepreneur Stelios Haji-Ioannou - has launched its service its Germany.
Tim Richardson, 02 Nov 2005
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Astronomers find Eta Carinae's companion star

Researchers using NASA's Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer satellite have made the first ever direct observation of Eta Carinae's companion star.
Lucy Sherriff, 02 Nov 2005
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Apple iPod sales to pass 37m this quarter - analyst

Analysis Apple will have sold more than 37m iPods by the end of the year, putting it in a position where it really can start enjoying the much-vaunted halo effect that will boost its share of the computer market.
Tony Smith, 02 Nov 2005
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eBay ID fraudster jailed

A UK-based phishing fraudster who raked in an estimated £200,000 after tricking eBay members into handing over their account details was jailed for four years on Tuesday. David Levi, 29, of Lytham, Lancashire, who is already in prison serving a four-year sentence for drug offences, pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud. He was sentenced to three years imprisonment for the fraud charges to run concurrently with his present spell of porridge. In addition, he also received a 12-month consecutive sentence for perverting the course of justice.
John Leyden, 02 Nov 2005
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Supercharge the Linux kernel

Site offer Linux® Debugging and Performance Tuning is the definitive guide to Linux software debugging and performance optimization at both the kernel and application levels. Using extensive Linux code examples, Steve Best systematically introduces open source tools and best-practice techniques for delivering bug-free, well-tuned code.
Team Register, 02 Nov 2005
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Samsung SGH-D600 mobile phone

Review Just like Chelsea Football Club's manager, the D600 is a suave and sophisticated phone that comes across as one cool cucumber. But does the phone have the features to match or is it all style and no substance?
Stuart Miles, 02 Nov 2005
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Gay Americans favour hybrid electric vehicles

It's a little-known fact, but US gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender consumers buy cars. What's more, they show a penchant for the luxury end of the market and are "significantly more interested in hybrid electric vehicles than their non-gay counterparts".
Lester Haines, 02 Nov 2005
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PC recycling to boom

With the number of installed PCs worldwide fast approaching 800m, IDC expects the PC recycling market to grow to meet disposal regulations.
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SDBot raises IM security concerns

The latest variant of SDBot spreads through America Online instant messaging software (AIM) and installs surreptitious remote control software on victims' computers, focusing the media on security experts' concerns that instant messaging will become the next popular vector for these programs.
Robert Lemos, 02 Nov 2005
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ASA finds Mazda 5 surprisingly stimulating

Hundreds of complaints about an advert for Mazda, that showed a female mannequin becoming sexually aroused by a driving experience, have been rejected. The ads were likened to the family-friendly humour of a Carry On movie.
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 Nov 2005
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Single Chinese man spawned 1.5m

Researchers have discovered that 1.5 million Chinese men from north-east China and Mongolia are directly descended from one busy chap called Giocangga - grandad of the founder of the Qing dynasty.
Lester Haines, 02 Nov 2005
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BT wins contract for rural broadband

Some of the UK's most remote areas should be able to tap in to broadband by next summer after BT was awarded a public sector contract to wire up 45 areas in the Midlands and the South West of England. The UK's dominant fixed line telco beat off competition from eight other suppliers including Cable & Wireless (C&W) and Claranet to win the contract.
Tim Richardson, 02 Nov 2005
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CSC shares leap on takeover talk

CSC shares jumped more than $8 yesterday on rumours that the company could be in line for a massive takeover. Shares closed at $58 after floating at around $50 for most of the year.
John Oates, 02 Nov 2005
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BP boss appointed science body president

The chief executive of BP is lined up to take over as president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BA) when the current president, Francois Cairncross, steps down in September 2006.
Lucy Sherriff, 02 Nov 2005
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PETA prez sells herself on eBay

In the great tradition of "buy my services for a day and do with me what you will", the president of animal-hugging pressure group PETA is auctioning her services on eBay. The blurb explains:
Lester Haines, 02 Nov 2005
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32,000 face axe at Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom (DT) is to zap 32,000 jobs in Germany over the next three years as it looks to cut costs and restructure its business. The telecoms giant insisted today that there would be no compulsory job cuts as part of the overhaul, which is set to cost the company €3.3bn in charges.
Tim Richardson, 02 Nov 2005
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EDS scrapes to profit

Services behemoth EDS scraped to a profit yesterday, making profits of $8m in the third quarter against a loss of $153m in the same period last year. The firm signed contracts worth $5.3bn, up 83 per cent on last year's quarter. It also announced the imminent management buyout of its consulting arm, AT Kearney.
John Oates, 02 Nov 2005
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Hollywood tunes into anti-piracy audio signals

Pirate DVDs made by copying movies in cinemas could become a thing of the past in the HD era, if technology presented to the DVD Forum proves successful.
Tony Smith, 02 Nov 2005
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Watmore government policies?

The man at the helm of Britain's e-government unit unveiled a broad-brush strategy to be filled out by Easter in consultation with industry.
Mark Ballard, 02 Nov 2005
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Blair unsettles greens, edges away from Kyoto

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said yesterday that the solutions to climate change lay not in externally imposed emissions targets, but in developing new, green technology.
Lucy Sherriff, 02 Nov 2005
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Swedish programmer in Greek spam probe protests innocence

A well-known Swedish programmer is fighting to clear his name after he was arrested in Greece last week on charges of spamming people with penis pill adverts and the like.
John Leyden, 02 Nov 2005
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Stock fallout hits Mercury management

Sweeping management changes have been instigated at Mercury Interactive following an official investigation into irregular allocations of the company's stock.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Nov 2005

Sun's 128-bit ZFS file system to ship this month

More than a year ago, Sun unleashed the idea of the Zettabyte File System (ZFS), and customers paid attention. A high-performance 128-bit file system that prevents data corruption and stretches across tons of systems? Sure. Why not.
Ashlee Vance, 02 Nov 2005
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Symantec shares collapse as sales shrink

First Symantec shocked investors, then investors shocked Symantec. The software maker saw its stock drop more than 20 per cent after reporting a second quarter loss, announcing the surprise departure of its CFO, and issuing a gloomy sales forecast.
Ashlee Vance, 02 Nov 2005
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Developers become advertisers with Microsoft

Google has given Microsoft something to think about with a seemingly successful advertising-based business model, but Microsoft can "out Google" Google with developers.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Nov 2005
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Ex-PeopleSoft chief's Kubla Khan thwarted

Heart wrenching news from Northern California, where former PeopleSoft chief David Duffield has been forced to give up plans to build a 72,000 square-foot mansion in Alamo, Ca, a suburb near San Francisco.
Ashlee Vance, 02 Nov 2005