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SGI pitches monster Linux on Itanium box

SC05 Struggling SGI won't back down from its Linux on Itanium charge. In fact, SGI next year will release the Altix 4000 – a monster of a machine that uses new blade server components and supports up 128TB of memory.
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Consumers punish firms over data security breaches

Consumer data security breaches are leading to customer revolt and an average cost per incident of $14m, according to a brace of surveys out this week.
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CA talks up telco tools

CA World Tools to manage converged networks and radio frequency identification (RFID) chips are top of CA's technology development agenda. Yogesh Gupta, CA's chief technology officer, said its recent purchase of network management specialist Concord Communications gave it the ability to develop tools to tie together the management of converged voice and data networks.

Sun's first Niagara-based server arrives in pictures

Exclusive Not to obliterate a dead horse, but we've spotted Sun Microsystems' upcoming Sun Fire T2000 server once again – this time on Sun's own site – in pictures.
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Sony rootkit DRM: how many infected titles?

So how many CDs actually contain XCP, Sony BMG's notorious DRM consumer assault weapon? And which ones?
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US govt. plea in BlackBerry case

The US Justice Department has stepped into the ongoing patent infringement suit against BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion (RIM), asking the court to ensure that any injunction on the use of US BlackBerrys will not affect Government workers.
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Save money...work at home, says Telewest

Local government workers should be allowed to work from home if the public sector is to realise efficiency savings outlined by last year's treasury-backed Gershon Review.

CA eyes service management purchase

CA World CA is on the prowl for acquisitions to round out its technologies in its four key business groups: systems management, security, storage and business service optimisation. But it is waving goodbye to the buying spree that characterised the company throughout the nineties.
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Infineon to 'sell DRAM biz' to Nanya, Micron

Infineon is to quit the DRAM market. The German chip maker will split up its DRAM unit and sell the bits to Micron and Nanya.

Europe's 'largest download site' opens doors to UK

Softonic, the Spanish free software download site, has set-up an English-speaking version. This contains reviews, a useful comparison utility and paid-for software too.
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Qualcomm IP battle hots up

The intellectual property battle between Qualcomm and leading competitors and hand set makers has been stepped up a significant notch, with the US chipmaker suing Nokia, not over its core CDMA technology but over claimed patents for data over GSM. This has raised speculation that Qualcomm is gearing up for a sweeping claim directed at the whole GSM industry, which could shift the balance of power in mobile intellectual property again and could have a negative effect on the creation of low cost GSM devices for emerging economies.
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Desktop search for enterprises

Microsoft is joining rivals like Fast, Google, Verity and Yahoo by offering enterprises Desktop Search software.
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ISS science sacrificed on Martian altar

NASA is planning to slash millions of dollars from the International Space Station's science budget in a bid to find the cash it needs to fulfil President Bush's ambition to return to the moon, and journey to Mars. Somehow, the agency needs to lay its hands on an extra $5bn of funding.
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Vodafone profits dip

Vodafone investors got the jitters this morning as the giant cellco reported a fall in profits and warned that growth would contiue to slow.

Micro Direct goes with Amtrak

Micro Direct, the Manchester based PC components retailer, has appointed Amtrak as its exclusive deliver contractor. The deal, over an unspecified period, is said to be worth millions of pounds.
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Internet big boys muscle into mobile

When looking at the rampage of the internet giants into the mobile world, there has been great focus on the threat to the carriers, especially as Google and possibly Microsoft seek to acquire networks and spectrum. More commonly, though, the internet players will partner with the established operators to pursue a common goal of convergence, one that will change the role of the handset and turn it into a communications and media platform with the same range of functionality as a PC.

MS offers peek at Outlook 12

Delivering the second keynote speech which opened the IT Forum in Barcelona, Jeff Raikes, president of Microsoft's business division, gave delegates a quick glimpse of the upcoming version of Outlook.
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Sony in internet 'price-rigging' rumpus

Sony and other manufacturers have been accused of asking online retailers for 10-15 per cent more for wholesale electronic goods than they charge their traditional counterparts, The Times reports.
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Nvidia unwraps '33% faster' GeForce 7800 GTX

Nvidia has finally shipped the 512MB version of its GeForce 7800 GTX chip. The company claims it offers a 33 per cent speed increase over the 256MB version.
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Telstra to axe 12,000 jobs

Telstra is to cut up to 12,000 jobs, almost a quarter of its workforce, in a massive reorganisation.

Windows Cluster goes after Linux heartland

Microsoft's entry into the world of supercomputers will help push the technology beyond government and academic departments and towards business users, the company's head of server and tools claimed today.
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Intel's 'Presler' 65nm dual-core chip 'unstable'

Intel's upcoming 65nm desktop dual-core processor, 'Presler', isn't entirely stable, motherboard-maker moles have alleged.
Sony NW-E205 'Bean' digital music Walkman

Sony NW-E205 'Bean' digital music Walkman

Review Sony's Bean - or the NW-W205, to give it is proper title - is a 512MB MP3 player that breaks away from the conventional flat and slim Flash player form-factor. This makes it perfect for clenching in your fist when you go for a run, but will create a curious bulge in a pair of trousers when out and about.

Pfizer takes on Viagra spam in Holland

Pfizer Netherlands has started a radio campaign against Viagra spam, warning consumers that 97 per cent of the pills offered are counterfeit.
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Smart CCTV for the tubes?

Transport officials are looking into a so-called Smart-CCTV system that would automatically alert managers of tubes and trains to left packages or odd behaviour.
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UK inquiry into DRM and the law

The All Party Parliamentary Internet Group (APIG) is to hold a public inquiry into the issues surrounding Digital Rights Management (DRM), including the degree of protection needed for both copyright holders and consumers.
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Music biz sues 2,100 'digital shoplifters'

The BPI, Britain's answer to the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA), today said it had filed lawsuits against 65 more UK residents for allegedly sharing music without the permission of the copyright owner.
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IT projects collapse, space stations defunded and Dr. Who repells ex-pats?

Letters If the volume of your correspondence is a true measure of the importance of a story then the world is in serious trouble. The most pressing issue this week was clearly the tipability of cows.
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Gatso 2: rollout of UK's '24x7 vehicle movement database' begins

A "24x7 national vehicle movement database" that logs everything on the UK's roads and retains the data for at least two years is now being built, according to an Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) strategy document leaked to the Sunday Times. The system, which will use Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), and will be overseen from a control centre in Hendon, London, is a sort of 'Gatso 2' network, extending. enhancing and linking existing CCTV, ANPR and speedcam systems and databases.
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HP gets visual with workstation clusters

SC05 HP continues to refine its server cluster arsenal, announcing this week a new visualization package, more software and fresh processors for its pre-packaged systems.

Giant Opteron cluster pulls Sun off supercompute life-support

SC05 Sun Microsystems has puts its name back on the supercomputing map with a massive new system to be built in Japan.

Tools to provide Windows licensing clarity

Microsoft is preparing for a year of Windows client and Office launches with tools to help customers penetrate the fog of Microsoft's licensing agreements and upgrades.

Gates promises a supercomputer under every desk

SC05 Not satisfied with owning your PC, Microsoft would like to own your personal cluster too. So said Chairman Bill Gates today at the Supercomputing 2005 conference here in Seattle, where he laid out a vision that includes inexpensive super-powered machines available to average users - not just government labs and universities.