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Google wins SF wireless gig

Google has won the contract to operate San Francisco's municipal wireless network, in conjunction with Earthlink.
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EU questions Spain's Intel love

The European Commission has given Spain a spanking over its apparent EU law-breaking preference for Intel chips.
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Openwave vooms its browser

CTIA Openwave, which ships more browsers than anyone else in the world, has revamped its flagship. Few of the 300m Openwave browsers shipped last year are used very much, and that's something both the company and its carrier partners want to set right.
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Bulldog ties distie deal with Tesco

Bulldog, which was told by the ad watchdog to be more upfront about its pricing, has struck a distribution deal with supermarket giant Tesco.
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Qualcomm beckons developers with BREW

Qualcomm is touting its BREW platform and development environment among developers of 3D mobile games and those who want an alternative to Symbian and Windows.
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Samsung goes thinner than Razr

CTIA Motorola used CTIA to make its Razr phone line more music friendly. The new 3m phone for CDMA networks adds a micro SD slot that takes up to 1GB cards. The 3i, aimed at Asia Pacific GSM operators, had already added the feature. Most of the other specs remain unchanged.

EMC and NEC to conquer Japan together

EMC and NEC have pledged to honor and support each other for a few more years. The companies this week refreshed their storage partnership and then expanded the arrangement to include more systems and software.
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Ollila warns wireless sector on emerging markets

CTIA Nokia's out-going chairman and chief executive has urged telcos and mobile companies to be more sensitive - and responsive - to emerging and diversified global markets in pricing, services, and delivery of new technologies.

Apple Corp. saw iTunes early, didn't complain - lawyer

Apple vs Apple The Beatles' recording company, Apple Corp., was given an opportunity to object to Apple Comp.'s use of the apple logo in association with the iTunes Music Store. But it chose not to, the iPod maker's advocate claimed yesterday. Apple Corp. received an ITMS demo in January 2003 - four months before the service went live, Anthony Grabiner QC told the English High Court.

Brummies snub privatisation

Less than 10 Birmingham City Council staff have taken up an offer to join the local authority's private sector partnership as full employees.

Bird flu suspected in Scotland

A Scottish swan has died of avian flu. Samples have been sent for testing; its not known yet whether the Destroyer of Worlds H5N1 strain made the unfortunate bird sing its swan song.
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High Court denies patent for document assembly

The High Court in London has ruled that a patent application for an automated method of acquiring the documents necessary to incorporate a company can be refused because the invention is of a type excluded from patentability under the Patents Act.
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Netflix sues Blockbuster

A patent infringement dispute has erupted between rival DVD rental services Netflix and Blockbuster over an alleged breach of Netflix business method patents by the older firm's internet arm, Blockbuster.com, according to reports.
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Astronomers spy 288bn mile cloud of alcohol

Astronomers at the UK's Jodrell Bank Observatory have discovered what is surely the strongest argument to date in favour of ploughing huge resources into space exploration: a giant "bridge" of methyl alcohol spanning around 288bn miles, within which is nestled a stellar nursery.

Mobile malware fears delay smartphone rollouts

Fears about mobile viruses have been cited by many firms as a reason for not giving workers advanced handsets, despite the continuing rarity of mobile malware.
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Groups argue over merits of flaw bounties

Vulnerability researchers, software makers, and security companies that buy information about software flaws found little in common during a panel discussion on Wednesday debating the merits of vulnerability-purchasing programs.

SOA predicates rise of the enterprise architect

Everyone, vendor and user alike, is still trying to find out 'how to SOA' as they try to turn the hype into reality. Enterprises are trying to work out how to implement infrastructures based on services, while vendors are casting round for the way to build what users want, or indeed, just define something that users might make sense of in an environment that is switching from techno-centric to business-centric.

PS3 priced at €499-€599 - Sony exec

The PlayStation 3 will set European consumers back €499-€599 (£349-£419), a senior Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) executive has let slip. Sony is expected to announce worldwide pricing and other such details at an 8 May event the week before the E3 computer games trade show.
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Déjà Vista

Comment As Vista slowly slips further into the mists of the future, I sometimes wonder if anything has really changed since I was on the losing side of the IBM-Microsoft OS/2 war. Why do we now hear of huge re-writes in a product that's supposed to be almost ready?
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SMEs urged to adopt flexible working

BT is backing a scheme to get more UK firms to adopt "smarter" working practices. Work Wise UK is due to kick off next month as part of a three year programme to get more people to work remotely or from home.

Intel to sample Core Duo core update this month

Intel is to update its Core Duo processor line, the chip maker has told customers, with samples of new T2400, T2500 and T2600 65nm dual-core processors shipping by early May. Some may go out the door before the end of April, we understand.
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Sobbing Intel techie recounts China brothel ordeal

A tearful Intel engineer has recounted how a simple trip to China to check in on a few of the chip monolith's business partners ended in a unscheduled stop in the remote city of Taiyuan during which he suffered pretty well every ignominy the locals could heap on the hapless foreign devil.
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This means Warcraft!

Comment A recent World of Warcraft case involved a WoW book by Brian Knopp that was being sold on eBay. It resulted in automated takedown notices by "lawyerbots" and shows how the legal process today can end up silencing legitimate uses of trademarks and copyrights.
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Vodafone restructures business

Vodafone is to restructure its business to drive growth and cut costs, the mobile giant announced today.
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SOA: let's talk about sharing not reuse

Comment I've gradually become aware, over the past weeks, that I - and a lot of other people - have fallen down a bit of a rabbit-hole when it comes one aspect of SOA.

Seagate, Cornice settle spat... for now

Hard disk drive makers Seagate and Cornice have ended their feud and granted themselves 20 months' breathing space before they're allowed to start fighting again. The two companies this week said they had dismissed their lawsuits and countersuits and "agreed not to sue each other for patent infringement through the end of 2007".
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NetSuite adds DIY

AJAX (Asynchronous Javascript And XML) maybe just one more hot technology that is the `happening thing’ right at the moment, but some implementations are starting to appear that look as though the claims made for it might have some merit. Its exploitation is, for example, a major component in the latest release of NetSuite, Version 11.

HP warns over printer hacking risk

A security vulnerability involving some HP printer models makes users open to hacking attack.
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ICANN Board member quits

A director of internet-overseeing organisation ICANN has resigned from the board, claiming he will be able to do more working from the outside.
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Capita buys council-owned dealership

Capita this week bought .ict, a “captive” education IT dealership within Northamptonshire County Council (NCC). Terms were undisclosed.
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Compuware completes cycle

Compuware has touted itself as a vendor that supports application lifecycle management for some time. However, that is really only a credible claim if you can do everything that you need to do within the lifecycle and, while that doesn't mandate that you have to provide every necessary facility yourself, it does mean that you should be able to link everything together.
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Dixons' Irish stores unaffected by UK overhaul

Dixons is to remain part of the Irish electronics retail scene, even as its 190 British high-street counterparts are renamed Currys.digital.
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'Get two million page hits and I'll do three-in-a-bed'

Girlfriends beware: if you're going to taunt your boyfriend with not measuring up in the website department, do not under any circumstances offer to engage in sexual liaison with him and another woman if he does, after all, rise to the occassion.
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BT denies rift ahead of IPTV launch

There are question marks over the future direction of BT's internet TV service today following the departure of the telco's entertainment boss.

US mobile digital TV service unveils smart phone

Modeo, the US company evangelising the DVB-H digital TV standard Stateside, is to offer a Windows Mobile 5-based smart phone capable of receiving and displaying such broadcasts. The handset, manufactured by Taiwan's HTC, will go on sale in the second half of the year, the company announced yesterday.
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European roaming campaign gathers pace

This week the European Commission underlined its call for reduced roaming charges from cellular operators across Europe, by launching a website giving details of some of the outrageous charges that are still operating between European operators.
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Sony 7mp Cyber-shot to battle blur

Sony has updated its skinny Cyber-shot T family with a 7.2 megapixel model that also incorporates the company's anti-shake system, Super Steady Shot. The slimline camera also features a high sensitivity ISO 1000 setting to improve its picture-taking ability in low light conditions.
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Fish out of water

A new fossil species has cast light on one of the most important transitions in evolution - fish's move onto land. The missing link, dubbed Tiktaalik roseae was found in river sediments up in the Arctic circle.
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H5N1 confirmed in Scotland

Tests on a dead swan in Scotland have confirmed it was killed by the H5N1 strain of avian flu which has swept the world. The Fife bird is the UK's first case in the wild*.
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Sony claims PS3 pricing leak 'incorrect'

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has claimed reports that its senior staffers let slip how much the company plans to charge for the PlayStation 3 when the console ships next November are "incorrect".
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Kiwi ISP offers space ride as broadband compo prize

A broadband punter from New Zealand has been offered the chance to fly to the edge of space after winning a competition run by Kiwi ISP Xtra.
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Pirate CD 'kingpins' cop a plea

A pair of California men pleaded guilty this week to what prosecutors describe as the largest CD manufacturing piracy scheme ever uncovered in the US. Ye Teng Wen (AKA Michael Wen), 29 and Hao He (AKA Kevin He), 30, both of Union City, California admitted the mass production of nearly 200,000 pirated music and software CDs. The dynamic duo each confessed to five criminal counts including criminal copyright infringement and trafficking in counterfeit labels as part of a plea-bargaining agreement.

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Site news Vulture Central is today delighted to announce the birth of the all-new, all-singing, all-dancing Reg Research Library - your one-stop shop for "technology decision makers seeking product information, independent research, case studies and white papers", as the Strategy Boutique blurb accompanying the launch puts it.

Firm follows Apple with Windows-on-Mac code

US software company Parallels has posted a pre-release version of its upcoming virtualisation tool for Intel-based Macs. Coming in response to the release of Apple's Windows XP-oriented Boot Camp utility, the Parallel product eliminates the need to choose which operating system the users at start-up. Instead, users can flip between operating systems at will.
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BT links arms with Verisign

BT has signed up Verisign to provide mobile content services for its BT Fusion batphone.

Euro lobbyists demand end of levies on blank media

Five industry organisations are together calling on European states to abolish - or at least significantly reduce - "outdated" levies raised on digital media and devices to compensate copyright holders for losses they incur through unauthorised copying.

Fingerprint-reading Flash drives

Group Test Fingerprint recognition might not be all it's cracked up to be - as it has been proven time and time again that there are ways around it - bit it's still far better than no security at all. As long as it's set up properly, it works well enough, and it's fairly easy to use. Many laptops now come with built-in biometric security, but what about the data that's not on your notebook?
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TSMC bags Fiorina

In brief TSMC has picked up former HP CEO Carly Fiorina as a new board member.

GizMac mutes Apple's wheezing XServe

Apple's Xserve looks pretty, but it's louder than a kookaburra in a vise. So, GizMac Accessories has stepped forward with a new Xserve-muting cabinet.

Symantec to cleanse remote offices of tape demons

Symantec has extended the reach of its popular NetBackup line with a new product aimed at helping remote office workers perform disk-based backups.
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Cocky carriers dismiss Apple as 'niche'

Wireless carriers have hinted at plans to challenge Apple's iTunes and iPod market lead by bundling music from their download services with videos and ringtones for cell phones.