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OpenSolaris ready to power up on IBM's PowerPC

A long-hyped version of the Solaris operating system for IBM's Power processor appears close at hand.
Ashlee Vance, 10 Jan 2006

Microsoft founder opens PDP fetish site

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has expressed his undying love for DEC's PDP computer in a very public fashion - he's created a website dedicated to the machine.
Ashlee Vance, 10 Jan 2006
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Logicalis completes Avnet reseller acquisition

Logicalis, the South African-owned reseller, has added $100m-a-year revenues to its North American subsidiary with the acquisition of HP end-user specialist, Avnet Partner Solutions (APS). Terms are undisclosed.
Team Register, 10 Jan 2006
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Revenue weighs up Arctic Systems appeal

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is expected to announce this week whether it will appeal a court ruling which stopped the government from restricting the way in which married couples running their own business file their taxes.
Startups.co.uk, 10 Jan 2006
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High Court approves service of a lawsuit by email

Emails that initiated legal proceedings were ignored as spam by a shipping firm. It was a costly oversight: the firm lost the case without taking part and an English judge has rejected a late challenge, ruling that service by email is just as valid as post or fax.
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Jan 2006
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The Computacenter update that isn't

Computacenter yesterday issued a statement explaining why it is not issuing a pre-close trading statement, as is its usual custom ahead of entering its close period following the year end.
Team Register, 10 Jan 2006
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BSG warns on lost contract

Business Systems Group warned the Stock Exchange yesterday that the loss of a £2m contract was likely to hit its profitability for next year.
John Oates, 10 Jan 2006
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UMC chiefs indicted over alleged China fab investment

UMC chairman Robert Tsao and vice-chairman John Hsuan have been formally accused by the Taiwanese authorities of making illegal investments in mainland Chinese chip-maker Hejian. Prosecutors also indicted Tzeng Tun-chian, the president of UMC's venture capital division.
Tony Smith, 10 Jan 2006
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Verizon switches off MP3 support

Last week, US mobile firm Verizon announced a deal with Microsoft to allow subscribers to listen to music on their phones. But it has now emerged that people signing up to the new service are losing the ability to play MP3s on their phones.
John Oates, 10 Jan 2006

AMD ships dual-core gaming CPU

AMD has begun shipping its first dual-core Athlon 64 FX gaming processor, the FX-60, hot on the heels of Intel's Pentium Extreme Edition 955.
Tony Smith, 10 Jan 2006
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Game sales boosted by Xmas turnaround

Sales of Sony PSP consoles and software helped Game Group to an "outstanding" Christmas, the computer games retailer announced today.
Tim Richardson, 10 Jan 2006
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Hey - do you look like Charlie Sheen?

Has your mum ever noted your passing resemblance to Charlie Sheen? Did an ex-girlfirend once compare you to Hugh Grant - and not because she was bailing you from an LA jail where you'd just spent the night on a kerb-crawling rap?
Lester Haines, 10 Jan 2006
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So what the hell is Business Transformation?

These days it is not enough to be agile with your business. Now you have to be in the business of business transformation. Sounds impressive, doesn't it? But what does business transformation mean, exactly.
Drew Cullen, 10 Jan 2006
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Koreans did actually clone dog, panel declares

The Seoul National University panel investigating the work of disgraced stem cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk has partially exonerated him by declaring that his team did in fact produce the world's first cloned dog in 2005, as claimed.
Lester Haines, 10 Jan 2006
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e-Government head's parting shot

Ian Watmore, Britain's head of e-government, vacated his post yesterday after 18 months in the job, but will continue to influence on the e-gov strategy from his new billet at the Cabinet Office.
Mark Ballard, 10 Jan 2006
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AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 dual-core gaming CPU

Review The Athlon 64 FX, the pinnacle of AMD's consumer processor offerings, now has two cores, to more effectively run a modern OS. There's no surprise - the mystery of whether or not the next FX would be single- or dual-core was dashed a while ago, and really it was obvious if you think about it. Once you understood that it was dual-core, then going on to figure out the target clock frequency was a piece of cake, given Athlon 64 X2 4800+.
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Hubble spies North Star's little brother

The Hubble Space telescope has finally snapped a third member of the Polaris star group previously known only by its gravitational pull on its companion, thereby visibly demonstrating that the "North Star" is indeed a trio of stars.
Lester Haines, 10 Jan 2006
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Visiting a black hole? Allow plenty of time

If you fancy taking a quick trip to the heart of a black hole be sure to allow plenty of time, since an international team of boffins has discovered that even the last leg of such a jaunt could take up to 200,000 years.
Lester Haines, 10 Jan 2006
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BBC hacks in CES porn kidnap outrage

Here's a poser for all you IT hacks out there: you've been dispatched to CES in Vegas to check out the latest in 110m plasma widescreens and Skype-enabled Bluetooth mice when, suddenly, you find youself strangely drawn toward a bar, outside of which the porn industry's finest are parading along a red carpet on their way to the annual Adult Entertainment Expo next door.
Lester Haines, 10 Jan 2006
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Mercury ships PS3 - kind of

US-based Mercury Computer Systems (MCS) has begun shipping a technology evaluation system centred on Sony, Toshiba and IBM's Cell processor - the heart of the PlayStation 3.
Tony Smith, 10 Jan 2006
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Downloads hit Christmas peak

Christmas 2005 saw a new record set for downloaded music - with the last week of the year seeing more than 20m music tracks downloaded and paid for by US customers - three-times higher than the 2004 figure.
John Oates, 10 Jan 2006
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Gravity-busting Lanc scrambles black helicopters

Letters Today's letters round-up is a rather airborne affair, containing as it does your feedback on the hyperdrive and the Google Earth Lancaster. We'll start off, though, with a quickie on the matter of EMC and its "rebalancing" of workers:
Lester Haines, 10 Jan 2006
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Red Hat picks partner for Oracle work

Linux distributor Red Hat will be working more closely with UK reseller Abtech to promote the use of Oracle 10g running on Linux.
John Oates, 10 Jan 2006
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US phone record sale outrage

The no-questions-asked sale of phone call records by US data brokers has prompted a huge security flap. The disreputable practice forced the Chicago Police Department to warn officers that their call records might be easily obtainable - potentially exposing the identities of police informants to criminals. Privacy advocates are also alarmed at the effects access to call records through online sources might have on civil liberties.
John Leyden, 10 Jan 2006
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Avecho sells business to Stylish

The assets and business of controversial UK-based anti-virus vendor Avecho Group, which went into administration last month, has been sold to a new firm, Stylish Limited. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
John Leyden, 10 Jan 2006
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Nokia and Kyocera resolve patent dispute

Nokia and Kyocera have settled their differences over which of them owns what mobile phone intellectual property, thus resolving all pending litigation between them.
Tony Smith, 10 Jan 2006
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e92plus does two deals

e92plus, the UK security distie, has won exclusive distribution rights for SurfControl Web Filter on Celestix devices. The Europe-wide agreement will see e92plus distributing Celestix appliances running MS Windows Server 2003 pre-loaded with MS ISA Server 2004 and SurfControl Web Filter.
John Oates, 10 Jan 2006
ATI touts HDMI-equipped chipset

ATI Radeon Xpress to support HDMI

CES ATI didn't say much about the future of its Radeon Xpress chipset line at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but it did indicate that the next generation of the product will support the HDMI interface.
Tony Smith, 10 Jan 2006
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Man sues over chatroom humiliation

An Ohio man who claims that he was humiliated by two other participants in an AOL chatroom has sued the two men for causing emotional distress and the ISP for failing to stop the alleged abuse, according to a report from Law.com.
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Jan 2006
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Dodgy anti-spyware firms to cough up $2m

Two dodgy anti-spyware operators have agreed to cough up $2m to settle charges brought by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Tim Richardson, 10 Jan 2006
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US keeps cheese-eating surrender monkeys at bay

The United States faces isolation from the cultural and culinary delights offered by French visitors because of a hiccup over US demands for new passports.
John Oates, 10 Jan 2006
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Malware on tap scheme draws flak

A Dutch-firm's plans to sell malware samples to corporates have drawn a barbed response from members of the anti-virus industry and a penetration testing firm.
John Leyden, 10 Jan 2006
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Blears blogs the Home Office defence of data retention

Wiliam Heath's Ideal Government blog has scored a coup with a post in the name of Home Office Minister Hazel Blears, who as far as we know has now become the most senior UK Government minister to interface with blogdom. The content - a justification of Home Office data retention policy - adds little to the sum total of human knowledge, but in this case it's the medium, not the message, that's significant.
John Lettice, 10 Jan 2006
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Union takes aim at Big Blue

Union officials are planning picket action at IBM offices across the US in retaliation for the firm's freezing of employee pensions.
Mark Ballard, 10 Jan 2006

Dell refreshes AMD chip rumor with 'possibility' upgrade

Why should 2006 be any different from 2005, 2004 or 2003? That's right. It's Dell using AMD chips rumor time once again.
Ashlee Vance, 10 Jan 2006

Intel Macs stay at non-Intel prices

Macworld Apple is shipping its first Intel-based Mac six months early and debuting its first Intel-based laptops. However, it seems that Intel technology does not herald Intel pricing.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Jan 2006
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Google turning Canada into mobile software mecca

Sneaky Google nabbed Canadian mobile device software maker Reqwireless last Summer - and didn't bother to tell anyone about the acquisition. Like the rest of the hacks, we've just learned about it now.
Ashlee Vance, 10 Jan 2006
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'If you can find a better iPod, buy it,' says Apple's Jobs

Macworld A week after Microsoft and MTV pitched the Urge.com rival to iTunes, Apple Computer upped the ante in online entertainment and services.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Jan 2006