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SGI moves Bishop to avoid checkmate

With revenue disappearing at speed, SGI has nudged CEO Bob Bishop to the side and tapped a new chief - Dennis McKenna.
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Google shares clobbered after earnings miss

Google's stock fell 15 per cent in after-hours trading after it posted earnings that slumped below analyst expectations.
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First results in: People not happy with new dotcom contract

People's first thoughts on the revised contract for all dotcoms have started appearing and so far it's unanimous: they hate it.
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Microsoft changes China policy

Microsoft yesterday outlined its policy for dealing with government requests to remove blogs from its MSN service and called for "broad dialogue" on how the industry should deal with government censorship of blogs.
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Visto claims Good done bad

Visto has sued rival push email provider Good Technology, claiming its competitor infringed four of its patents, which relate to data synchronisation across a network. The lawsuit comes a month and a half after it sued Microsoft for the alleged violation of three of the four patents.
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Intel to add Enhanced SpeedStep to 65nm desktop chips

Intel is updating its 'Presler' and 'Cedar Mill' 65nm desktop cores to improve the part's power consumption by adding support for the chip maker's Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST).
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Borland Delphi 2006

Rewind to 1992. Borland has Windows development sewn up, with the Turbo C++ 3.1 compiler, the excellent Object Windows class library, and even a Windows IDE. Microsoft by contrast has C++ 7.0, the inelegant Microsoft Foundation Classes, and a complex DOS IDE called Programmer’s Workbench that nobody uses.

Chip price slide steepens, analyst says

Chips and other electronic components will become 3.3 per cent cheaper by the end of March, making for the third consecutive quarter of accelerating average selling price reductions, market watcher iSuppli said yesterday.
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Intel to ditch half its Itanium 2 line-up

Intel has told customers it is discontinuing the production of eight Itanium 2 processors, all victims of demand for "higher performance" products. The chips marked for termination are the 1GHz and 1.4GHz dual-processor models, both with 1.5MB of L3 cache. The 1.4GHz/3MB DP-oriented Itanic 2 is out too, as are the 1.1GHz/4MB, 1.3GHz/3MB, 1.4GHz/4MB, 1.5GHz/6M and 1.6GHz/3MB models.
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Doomed from the start: considering development risk

Comment "Hell" for a developer is working on a project that is doomed to failure from the start. No matter how ill-conceived the business case and unreasonable the external constraints, the hapless developer still has a good chance of collecting the blame. And even if he escapes the massacre of the innocents (following on from the promotion of the guilty), the odour of failure clings to all involved.
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ISPs ordered to reveal software file-sharers

The English High Court has ordered 10 ISPs, including BT, Tiscali and Telewest, to reveal the identities of 150 file-swappers accused by the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) of illegally uploading software to networks such as Kazaa.
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MPs hit out at Tax Credit Scheme

A new House of Commons Public Administration Committee report heaps further criticism on the much maligned Tax Credit Scheme.
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Thus agrees to buy Your Comms and Legend

Thus, the Scottish telco behind the Demon ISP, has finally confirmed plans to buy Your Communications (YC) and Legend Communications after being linked to both companies for months.

Turbocharge your desktop PC!

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MS seeks feedback on IE7 beta 2

Microsoft has released a preview of its upcoming Internet Explorer 7.0 web browser. IE7 beta 2 contains new features such as tabbed browsing, functions that make it easier to subscribe to RSS feeds, and a revamped interface with a streamlined toolbar, as explained in an animated tour here.
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Cisco puts TiVo, Nintendo on shopping list?

Cisco has made clear it is moving into consumer electronics, but could it really buy Nintendo or Tivo?
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Council mumbles Microsoft benefits

Microsoft wheeled out a small council who had chosen its software over open source yesterday.
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Virgin Mobile takeover talks with NTL 'ongoing'

Virgin Mobile says discussions with cableco NTL about a possible £900m takeover are "ongoing" and it hopes to make further announcements about the tie-up "in due course".

Microsoft signs for NHS Wales

The Welsh NHS has negotiated a deal with Microsoft for desktop and mobile computing software which it hopes will save £8.5m.
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Kama Sutra worm crashes malware chart

Virus authors were hard at work last month creating 2,312 new malware variants - a third higher than December, according to UK-based security firm Sophos. Most of these attacks were financially motivated and designed to steal sensitive information from compromised PCs.
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Sky VoD service signs up 52,000

More than 70,000 movies have been downloaded from Sky's video-on-demand service since its launch three weeks ago, the pay TV outfit said today. Unveiled last month, "Sky by broadband" allows premium channel subscribers to download movies and Sky Sports highlights onto their PCs for free.

Symantec shares slip on poor results

Symantec saw its share price slide this morning as the markets reacted to its failure to meet targets for the quarter.

Mainframe system z9 zIIP to launch this year

When the mainframe first began to be used in business it quickly became the platform on which many business applications were run. It has managed to maintain its place at the heart of mission critical systems and last week's announcement of new developments by IBM will ensure that not only will the System z9 platform maintain its central role, but it should also bring major new workloads to the system.
Tony Lock, 01 2006
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Replicating CA's MDB database

Management Database (MDB) lives at the heart of Computer Associates' strategy for on-demand computing, which it refers to as Enterprise IT Management (EITM). This integrates more than 25 of the company's products, such as Unicenter, eTrust, and so on. In the middle of EITM is MDB, which is used to store and manage the information needed so applications such as Asset Management or Service Desks can do their thing. Moreover, MDB provides data level integration between the various EITM-enabled products.
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Bulldog to launch 20Mb broadband

Bulldog is to begin offering broadband at speeds of around 20Mbps from spring once it has completed trials of its ADSL2+ service.

Public procurement rules change today

New public procurement and utilities regulations come into force today that could make e-procurement more attractive to contracting authorities, but could also make it easier for private sector bidders to challenge wrongful award decisions.
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Old media wants new deal with search engines

A group of newspaper publishers and other media companies are joining forces to go after search engines and news aggregators which they accuse of unfairly exploiting their work.
Neuros MPEG 4 Recorder 2

Neuros MPEG 4 Recorder 2

Review The first incarnation of Neuros' MPEG 4 Recorder proved a handy tool for getting video onto a PDA without having to leave your computer on overnight while it churned through complex re-encoding algorithms. However, it didn't quite hack it as a no-frills PVR, lacking support for the higher resolutions you need for decent playback on a TV, and the ability to program a recording schedule. Neuros is one of those rare companies that not only takes such criticism on board but does something about it, and in this case promptly tweaked the product and re-released it as the Recorder 2...
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Sony, Toshiba, NEC partner on 45nm chip tech

Cell processor partners Sony and Toshiba, along with fellow Japanese chip maker NEC, today said they plan to work together to develop 45nm chip fabrication process technologies.

Apple prunes iMac G5 pricing

Apple has knocked $200 off the price of its iMac G5 in the US, while reducing the UK price by £150. The machine now costs $1499 and £1049 in the two territories. The price of the 17in model remains unchanged at $1299 and £899, respectively.
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AT&T sued over NSA warrantless wiretapping

US telco AT&T is being sued over allegations it helped the National Security Agency (NSA) in its "massive and illegal program" to wiretap and data-mine Americans' communications.

Apple to 'drop 1GB iPod Shuffle'

Apple's failure to match pre-Macworld speculation and announce a revised iPod Shuffle could have sounded the screen-less music player's death knell. Its replacement, suggests UBS Investment Research analyst Ben Reitzes, will be a 1GB iPod Nano.
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Indie PC makers unite!

The UK PC Association has bucked the trend of industry decline and doubled its membership over the last year.

IRS buys computer to handle Bill G's tax load

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a dedicated server for handling calculations related to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates's massive cash horde. At least, that's what chairman Bill is telling the Portuguese.