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Formula One motor teams 'courting' Intel cash

Formula One racing teams McLaren Mercedes and BAR Honda are both attempting to persuade Intel to become a regular team sponsor, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2005
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E-gov awareness campaign planned

The UK Government is planning to launch a national campaign to get more of us to communicate with local councils online.
Tim Richardson, 14 Nov 2005
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'Spyware' vendor bangs copyright shield

RetroCoder, developers of the SpyMon remote monitoring program, is brandishing copyright law in a bid to protect its software from being detected by anti-spyware or anti-virus products.
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2005
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Pump-and-dump spam domains go silent after botnet closure

Pump-and-dump spam domains have gone quiet since the closure of a major botnet operation earlier this month. The finding, by Alex Shipp of MessageLabs, suggests that a botnet (a network of compromised machines controlled by hackers) thought to be associated mainly with adware distribution was also used to distribute junk mail on a massive scale.
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2005

Sun admits to UltraSPARC T1

It may be a "systems" company, but Sun Microsystems isn't ready to talk systems where its Niagara-based line of servers are concerned. Instead, Sun today dribbled out a single detail around Niagara - now officially named the UltraSPARC T1 - saying that the processor has started to arrive in volume at 1.2GHz.
Ashlee Vance, 14 Nov 2005
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Sony Ericsson's noddy phones

Certified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scour Gizmoville for the oddest digital goodies, Bayraider keeps tabs on the best and worst of eBay and Propellerhead answers your PC queries.
Tech Digest, 14 Nov 2005
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Siemens cuts 3, 000 jobs

Siemens is cutting 3,000 jobs in its computer division after posting a big fall in profits.
John Oates, 14 Nov 2005

Linux Networx unleashes designer Opteron beast

SC05 Linux Networx may well win the cluster fashion awards at this year's Supercomputing conference with its new LS Series systems.
Ashlee Vance, 14 Nov 2005
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Intel debuts virtualisation on the desktop

Intel has begun shipping the eagerly anticipated pair of Pentium CPUs equipped with its 'one processor, multiple operating systems' Virtualisation Technology (VT).
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2005
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Rebranded CA in strategy refocus

CA World Computer Associates has rebranded itself as CA in a move to further distance itself from a troubled recent history. The move - which which been mooted for some time - was accompanied by a pledge by the enterprise software developer to focus on four key market segments: systems management, security, storage and business service optimisation. The 5,000 delegates at the firm's annual CA World conference in Las Vegas were promised the launch of 26 products on Monday, the largest such launch in the firm's history.
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2005
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Kingmax touts 'thinnest' USB Flash drive

Kingmax has release what it claims is the world's "lightest and thinnest" USB Flash drive, a 5g device that's just 2mm thick.
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2005
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NHS's £6bn IT project in trouble, leaked email reveals

Leaked emails have revealed that Richard Granger, the head of Connecting for Health, the £6.2bn project to revamp the NHS' IT infrastructure, believes the project is in grave danger of being derailed.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Nov 2005
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Intel 'Broadwater' chipset to ship 'Q2 06'

Intel's follow-up to its 945 chipset family, the 965 series, will ship in Q2 2006.
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2005
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O2 ups revs and punters

O2 - which has agreed to the acquired by Spain's Telefonica for £18bn - continues to attract new punters to its service, helping it post increased revenues for the six months to September.
Tim Richardson, 14 Nov 2005
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World Summit blog: internet, freedom of speech and the UN

WSIS Tunis The most controversial aspect of this whole world summit hasn't been the ensuing fight of who should run the internet but where it is being hosted: Tunisia.
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Nov 2005
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So where are we up to with this internet governance thing?

WSIS Tunis The World Summit on the Information Society starts this Wednesday in Tunis. It will be three days in which the world's governments will decide for the very first time what should and can be done with this medium we call the internet.
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Nov 2005
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Gartner warns business on Vista

Business users should stay away from Microsoft's upcoming Vista OS until 2008 at the earliest, say analysts Gartner.
John Oates, 14 Nov 2005
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Alleged techie killer Googled 'neck snap break'

A Mac specialist on trial for the murder of his wife allegedly carried out a Google search for "neck snap break" and "hold" before her death, prosecutors in Durham, North Carolina, claimed last week.
Lester Haines, 14 Nov 2005
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Linux phones get standardised

Orange and PalmSource are among a group of companies working to standardise Linux so it can be used on a variety of mobile phones without the need to check applications will run effectively. Ten companies are backing the formation of a new standards group.
John Oates, 14 Nov 2005
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BT 'gets angry' if criticised, says C&W boss

BT has been left scratching its head following comments made by Cable & Wireless (C&W) boss Francesco Caio last week at a telecoms conference in Edinburgh.
Tim Richardson, 14 Nov 2005
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Snocap settles on Warner Music deal

P2P content tracking company Snocap has added Warner Music Group to its list of recording companies whose song catalogues it is able to monitor.
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2005
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Buffalo Link Theater wireless media player

Review Buffalo probably isn't the first name that springs to mind when you think of DVD players, but the Link Theater is more than just a DVD player. Following in the footsteps of KiSS, Buffalo has created a DVD player that can play multiple video formats on multiple storage media. Gone are the days when consumers just needed MPEG 2 DVD playback in their living room, now MPEG 4 is as much a pre-requisite as retail DVDs.
Riyad Emeran, 14 Nov 2005
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Britain's wind power could be best in Europe

The government's target of generating 10 per cent of the UK's electricity from renewable resources could be met by wind alone, a study has found, with very little risk of either high or low winds significantly disrupting the power supply.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Nov 2005
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Vodafone signs Universal song selection

Vodafone has licensed Universal Music Group's music and video content catalogue, allowing the mobile phone network to offer songs as audio downloads, video downloads and streams, and ringtones.
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2005
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Newbury wired for cashless parking tickets

Car drivers in West Berkshire are now able to pay for their pay-and-display parking tickets using a mobile phone. The new service is up and running in Newbury, Pangbourne, Theale and Hungerford and is billed as being as more convenient for drivers.
Tim Richardson, 14 Nov 2005
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World Summit blog: Heat, taxis and cous-cous

WSIS Tunis Tunis is relatively mild this time of year for a North African country. Although if you've just come from Britain, the sudden jump of 10-15 degrees wouldn't let you think so.
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Nov 2005
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Finland to license commercial mobile TV service

Finland has become the first European country to issue a licence for a commercial TV service for mobile phones, the Finnish News Agency reports.
Jan Libbenga, 14 Nov 2005
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AOL tunes in to video on demand

AOL has unveiled details of a new broadband TV service that will see the giant ISP raid the archives of sister company Warner Bros. The new "In2TV" service is due to be launched early in 2006 enabling broadband users to stream full-length episodes of programmes including Kung Fu, Spenser: For Hire, The New Adventures of Batman, Pinky and the Brain and Growing Pains.
Tim Richardson, 14 Nov 2005

Smut-blurring software ruins quality net porn

NSFW Irish smut-busting outfit PixAlert has develeoped technology which it claims "completely prevents pornographic images being displayed and viewed on computer screens" by somehow blocking "illegal or inappropriate images as they are rendered".
Lester Haines, 14 Nov 2005
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Google to bring online rental to books

Google has approached at least one publishing house with a view to setting up an online book rental service, according to reports.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Nov 2005
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Microsoft seeks allies in EU antitrust fight

Microsoft is pulling out all the stops in a bid to get the US government and US businesses to support it in its anti-trust battle with the European Union.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Nov 2005
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Meet the man who will save the internet

WSIS Tunis It’s been four years since the issue of how the internet should be run, and by whom, became an official United Nations topic.
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Nov 2005
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Cisco goes port crazy with Infiniband gear

SC05 Cisco Systems continues to make good on its Topspin acquisition. Come December, it will start shipping the 144-port and 288-port giants that once sat at the high-end of Topspin's Infiniband switch line. In addition, Cisco will wrap these products with some updated management software and cabling options.
Ashlee Vance, 14 Nov 2005
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Xbox 360 old-game support needs hard drive - MS

Microsoft has posted a list of 212 Xbox games that are backward-compatible with the Xbox 360 - but only next-generation consoles with a hard drive.
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2005
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IBM tops supercomputer list again

SC05 The new list of the world's fastest supercomputers has arrived with few surprises. IBM servers and Intel chips still stand behind the majority of the systems. Itanium keeps losing spots, while Opteron gains momentum; and HP gains strongly while Sun Microsystems struggles to claim a handful of systems.
Ashlee Vance, 14 Nov 2005
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Juniper gets Funky

In brief Juniper Networks has acquired network access security firm Funk Software in a cash transaction valued at approximately $122m. The deal, which is expected to close in December 2005, gives Juniper a policy enforcement technology to compete with Cisco's existing Network Admission Control (NAC) programme for curtailing the spread of worms (such as Slammer or Sasser) across corporate networks.
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2005