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Services carry BEA in Q4

In Brief BEA Systems claimed accelerating growth in its software sales while services continued to dominate the middleware company's revenue mix.

IDC's missing Itanium report found at rival analyst firm

Last week, we feared the worst. We feared that IDC - in a bid to tout Itanium for customers HP and Intel - had completely ignored the major issues facing the chip in the coming years. We feared that IDC's latest forecast for the server marketplace had once again missed the mark, continuing an ignominous seven-year tradition.

Avecho goes titsup

Avecho.com, the controversial UK anti-virus service, is to cease operating on March 17. Avecho Group slipped into administration on December 2, barely three years after the business was founded, but its flagship email filtering service continues after the business was sold to Stylish Limited (a new firm) for an undisclosed amount.
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MPAA strikes in Europe, targets search engines

The Motion Picture Ass. of America has struck in Europe - forcing the closure of what it described as the largest eDonkey P2P file sharing network.

Sun finds safe hands in R&D reshuffle

Exclusive Sun Microsystems' has turned to a renowned computer scientist to safeguard its crown jewels - its research division.
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Sugar wins the ratings war

Geek TV Mixed fortunes this week for unshaven Amstrad boss Alan Sugar. The good news is that his wildly compelling BBC2 show The Apprentice - an X Factor for people who use the phrase "at the end of the day" without feeling embarrassed - slaughtered all rivals in the TV ratings.

Data Retention Directive receives rubber stamp

The controversial Data Retention Directive received its final seal of approval on Tuesday, when ministers at the Justice and Home Affairs Council adopted the directive with a qualified majority. Irish and Slovak Ministers voted against the measure.

Netgear readies 200Mbps powerline Ethernet

Netgear will next quarter ship network adaptors capable of transmitting information at up to 200Mbps through home-installed mains power cables, the company said this week. The units, which are based on chips developed by Design of Systems on Silicon (DS2), mark a big leap forward for powerline networking technology which currently offers a maximum throughput of 85Mbps.
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Top Indian scientist turned away by US immigration

An Indian professor of organic chemistry was denied a visa by US immigration. Goverdhan Mehta, 62, was hoping to attend a scientific conference in Florida, but was denied permission by the embassy in New Dehli.
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Durant takes data protection battle to Strasbourg

Michael Durant is taking on the UK Government in the next instalment of his ground-breaking data protection battle. His next venue is the European Court of Human Rights, following defeats in a County Court, the Court of Appeals and the House of Lords.

Broadband driving e-retail boom

Increasing use of broadband has been the single, biggest influence on the dramatic growth of online shopping, according to a retail analyst.

US judge allows Rambus evidence inclusion request

Rambus has persuaded a US District Court judge to make public documents it believes provide evidence that a number of memory makers conspired against it. Separately, a new front was opened in the company's war with Micron, with a lawsuit being filed in the Italian court.
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America can lick the Asian peril by training Mexican smarties

And ninthly We will add that the working class in the United States, because of its high standard of living, does not clearly see the contradictions existing in US society. To the US working class, these contradictions, which are blunted, appear incomprehensible and they cannot gain clear consciousness of their own exploitation as long as they continue to get the crumbs that US imperialism tosses to them from the feast - Ernesto Che Guevara

California wants green iPods

California Democrats have introduced legislation to the state assembly tightening the rules on the manufacture and disposal of toxic substances used in electronics. Super-hazardous heavy metals like mercury, cadmium, lead and chromium would be covered by regulations that would come into force in 2008, if passed.
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BOFH: Being root

Episode 8 Episode 8 Don't you just hate it when you rock up to a training course only to find out that the person taking the course knows about as much about the topic as you can tattoo on a DIMM with a jackhammer?
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Orange offers SMEs fixed line phone service

Orange is to offer fixed line phone services to business users in the UK, the France Telecom owned mobile operator announced today.

Lenovo unveils 3000 series notebooks, desktops

Lenovo yesterday introduced the first of its own-brand notebook and desktop PCs to be offered globally. The move comes as market watcher iSuppli said the company had become the world's third-largest PC maker, behind Dell and HP.

Koreans prep cylindrical media-playing HDD case

It looks a bit like a dustbin - or maybe one of R2-D2's ancestors - but South Korean manufacturer DVICO's TVix M-5000U is a full media player equipped with 64MB of RAM, a 3.5in hard drive and the ability to pump out pictures at up to 1920 x 1080i HD resolution.
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Astronomers spot weird near-Earth explosion

A mysterious new kind of cosmic explosion has been spotted by scientists, according to NASA. The baffling blast was detected about 440m light years away in the constellation Aries, on 18 February.
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Zen snatches three gongs at ISPAs

Lancashire-based ISP Zen Internet walked away with three awards last night as the UK's internet industry came together to celebrate another year in business.
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Machines poised to invade pubs

Students at a German university have facilitated the downfall of human civilisation by developing a robot to replace the pub landlord, Ananova chillingly reports.
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Dyslexic eBayer punts bird flu licence plate

There's always one, isn't there? As the world teeters on the brink of avian apocalypse, some eBay bright spark has decided to cash in on bird flu frenzy by offering the following tasty UK licence plate:
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Of Java Annotations

The J2SE 5.0 release of Java introduced many new language features, one of which is called annotations. At the time I noted their presence, but did not feel particularly excited about their appearance. Now that a little water has flowed under the bridge, I think it is time to revisit Java Annotations.
John Hunt, 24 2006
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EC approves plans for broadband aid in Wales

The European Commission (EC) has given the go-ahead for plans by the Welsh Development Agency (WDA) to wire up 14 Welsh business parks in North Wales with broadband.
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Pond life: the future of energy

Genetic engineers have made a leap in developing a strain of algae with the potential to supply fuel for a future hydrogen economy, Wired reports.

Telcos collaborate for IMS

NetEvents Monday will see a big shot in the arm for the "old guard" of telecoms, as the great white hope of the legacy services, IP Multimedia System (IMS), gets its chance to prove it might actually work.

UK awarded net villain gong

The UK's keenness to push through tough data retention laws during its stint in charge of the European Union (EU) has won it the "Internet Villain Award" at this year's net industry awards.
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Thus acquisition of Your Comms gets green light

Thus's acquisition of Your Communications has been approved by shareholders, the Scottish telco confirmed today. As a result of the thumbs up, the acquisition of Your Communications from United Utilities is expected to done and dusted on 26 February.
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Vodafone UK deploys mobile-vending machine

Stop us if you've heard this one before: Vodafone is deploying a mobile vending machine for the benefit of the phone-hungry public of Manchester.

3Dlabs to concentrate on mobile graphics

3Dlabs is to turn away from workstation-oriented graphics cards and steer itself toward the mobile graphics arena, the company's parent, Creative Technology, said today. The move will be accompanied by the loss of 100 jobs.
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US government dangles internet control contract

The US government has taken the extraordinary step of dangling the contract for control of the internet above the heads of the world.
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Oz set to run on Microsoft time

Letters A very special welcome this Friday to all our Australian readers who, as we recently reported were favoured by Microsoft with a special Commonwealth Games daylight saving time patch - or something like that. Suffice it to say, we thought this was a pretty straighforward matter. No so:
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Colombians cage arse-grope bicycle courier

Let's face it, they don't mess around in Colombia. To add to the many hazards of life in that sun-kissed paradise - including kidnap, death by coke-dealing guerillas, or getting shot by enraged footie fans (ok, that only applies to World Cup squad defenders, but still...) - is the very real possibility that a moment of macho madness might earn you an extended spell in chokey.

Olympus Mju 700 7.1 megapixel digicam

Review Olympus goes for another slice of the ultra-compact digital camera market with its new, wedge-shaped Mju 700, a weatherproof and very stylish high-resolution camera with plenty to shout about...