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Intellectual property rights to be reviewed in UK

The Chancellor Gordon Brown announced on Friday that he has commissioned an independent review into intellectual property rights in the UK. Andrew Gowers, former editor of the Financial Times, will lead the review.
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IBM goes open with office suite

IBM is adopting OpenDocument Format (ODF) for the first generally available release of its network-based collaboration and office productivity suite.
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World chip sales exceeded $20bn in October

The world's chip makers together sold just under $20.1bn worth of semiconductors in October, up 6.75 per cent on October 2004's total and 2.5 per cent more than the sum sold in September this year.
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Toshiba wins review of Lexar trial damages

Toshiba has won the right to a new trial to appraise the "erroneous" $465m damages awarded to Lexar after the Japanese giant lost a NAND Flash trade secret misappropriation dispute.
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NTL and Virgin Mobile confirm bid talks

NTL and Virgin Mobile have confirmed they are in buy-out talks that could lead to a giant multimedia business better placed to slug it out with satellite broadcaster BSkyB and dominant telco BT.

Hynix readies GDDR 4 samples

Hynix will soon sample what it claims is the world's first 512Mb GDDR 4 memory chip, the South Korean chip-maker said yesterday.
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HMRC slams tax credit portal shut

HM Revenue & Customs shut down its tax credit portal website last week after uncovering an attempt to defraud the system using the identities of Department of Work and Pensions staff.
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Swisscom calls time on Eircom take-over talks

Swisscom has ditched plans to buy Irish incumbent telco Eircom after being blocked from expanding abroad by the Swiss Government. Last month the Swiss Government - which owns 66 per cent of Swisscom - said it would vote against any plans to invest overseas.
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Analyst blames Intel for missed chip sales forecast

Intel's chipset shortage was the reason investment house Handelsbanken Capital Markets' October global chip sales forecast overshot the mark, HCM strategist Bruce Diesen told clients last week.
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iPod shuffle voted top 'Chav Gadget'

Certified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scour Gizmoville for the oddest digital goodies, TV Scoop features all that’s cool in British telly and Propellerhead answers your PC queries.
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ICANN Meeting blog: Indecision and insults

Vancouver According to my computer's calendar, I have been in Vancouver for three days. And according to a search on the Internet, I have written six stories about events at the ICANN conference here.
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Mutant rats menace Belfast

Residents in east Belfast have been "living in a horror movie" for more than a month after an invasion of fearless giant rats. Kids have been dragged off the streets by fearful parents and a dog attacked by the invading rodents - believed to have been displaced from their former abode when transport outfit Translink did work on a nearby railway line.
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US Patent Office rejects remaining NTP vs RIM patent

The US Patent and Trademark Office has rejected another patent owned by Research in Motion sparring partner NTP, effectively rendering invalid all eight patents RIM was judged to have infringed in whole or in part.
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Killer squirrel pack guts dog

A pack of Russian black squirrels is reported to have piled into a dog mob-handed, bitten it to death and then eviscerated the unfortunate animal after it ill-advisedly barked at them, the BBC reports.
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ITV close to buying Friends Reunited

ITV's bid to acquire Friends Reunited could be about to inked, according to the Sunday Times.

Asus preps carbon-fibre cased laptop

Asus has rejected standard plastics, impact-resistant materials like polycarbonate, and even metals like aluminium and titanium to kit out its latest notebook computer opting instead for carbon fibre.
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JBoss goes upscale with Arjuna deal

JBoss is zeroing in on BEA Systems sacred transaction middleware business with the acquisition of software from Arjuna Technologies - once part of the Hewlett Packard (HP) fold.

Microsoft Xbox 360

Review Unless you've been living in a Buddhist Temple in the mountains of Tibet for the past few months you will be well aware that the Xbox 360 has launched in the UK. Although there has been a massive amount of coverage and speculation in the technology press regarding the 360, the general marketing has been slightly subdued. OK, so you may have seen the odd advert on TV over the past couple of weeks, but there hasn't been what I'd call a major marketing push. Perhaps Microsoft is waiting for Christmas to spend the marketing dollars, or perhaps the it knows that pretty much every 360 is going to sell on launch day whether it advertises it or not.

Adobe completes Macromedia acquisition

Adobe has completed the acquisition of Macromedia Software and is marking territory on day one by hawking three bundles combining software from both companies.
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Entire porn outfit for sale on eBay

Fancy a change of career? Well, if you've got more than $100k hanging around doing nothing, and have always fancied going into the movie business, then point your browser at eBay in the US where someone is flogging an entire porn company - lock, stock and (judging by the description) plenty of smoking barrels.
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Bush administration control will cause net to split

The continued control of the internet's organisational structure by the US government - in particular the Bush administration - could result in the splitting of the Net, one of the leading Arab internet voices has warned.
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Investigations into ICANN transparency continue

A new lobbying body calling itself itself the Campaign for ICANN Transparency (CFIT) has expanded its investigation into the internet overseeing organisation with a freedom of information request served on the US Department of Commerce.
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OneTel sale in doubt

Centrica is on the verge of scrapping the sale of its OneTel telco operation after failing to receive a decent bid for the business.

Codename cornucopia reveals Intel's 65nm CPU plans

Intel may be preparing to segment its next-generation 65nm desktop and mobile processor lines by taking a leaf out of arch-rival AMD's book and offering chips with a range of different cache sizes.

Eolas patent ruling provokes IE tweak

Microsoft is planning to launch a slightly amended version of Internet Explorer that works around a disputed patent for technology allowing web browsers to access interactive application programs, according to reports. In September, the US Patents and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it had reexamined the patent and determined that it was valid.

Intel's 45nm shift will mean octo-core desktop CPUs

Intel isn't due to begin shipping processors produced using its 45nm process until 2008, but it's already naming the chips that will be made using the technology.
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'Game manager' flogs Xbox 360 consoles on eBay

UK computer game retailer Game is looking into claims that one of its store managers is flogging eight Xbox 360 bundles on eBay.
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El Reg launches site for professional software developers

Site News The Register has launched a sister publication for professional software developers.

WStore swallows Inmac France

WStore, the online reseller, has bought Inmac France, a company almost three times its own size, for an undisclosed sum.
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TSG buys Accounting Answers

Technology Services Group has bought its 18th reseller, Southampton and London-based Accounting Answers. The move gives Newcastle-headquartered TSG a bigger foothold in the South - to date it has concentrated on buying companies in Scotland, the North and the midlands.

Quantum prepares for tape storage lock down

Tired of the delivery man pocketing your precious tape cartridges and selling them to the highest bidder? Yes, aren't we all. Well, Quantum has stepped up with a new arsenal of security technology meant to keep data stored on tape devices safe via both simple locks and encryption.
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IBM mainlines on SOA

Comment This is the first of several articles following on from IBM’s recent Software Group annual analyst conference. Typically at these events there is some sort of theme that runs through all the presentations but this is usually as much notional as a reflection of reality. When it comes to individual product or product group presentations the theme conveniently gets lost.