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Boardrooms split over offshore outsourcing

IT directors don't trust their boardroom counterparts in charge of finance to manage offshore outsourcing contracts, said a survey published today.
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NHS IT: Over budget, overdue and unpopular

The government plan to give every patient in England an electronic medical record is running late and hopelessly over budget, according to the government minister in charge of the project.
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Commission proposes ecommerce VAT rule extension

The European Commission has proposed to extend the period of application of the Ecommerce VAT Directive to 31 December 2008. It prevents EU suppliers being subject to VAT for online services supplied to clients outside the EU.

Slingbox TV-via-internet kit ships in UK

Sling Media has launched its Slingbox location-free TV system in the UK, pitching the product at consumer who want to watch British digital television broadcasts anywhere they can get hold of a broadband internet connection.
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Amnesty takes a strike against web censorship

The worldwide movement of activists who campaign for internationally recognised human rights launched a campaign on Sunday to challenge what it calls the increasing governmental censorship of the internet.

AMD to quadruple chip-making capacity

AMD is to spend $2.5bn upgrading its Dresden, Germany chip plant, primarily to replace its ageing 200mm-wafer fab with a higher-yield 300mm-wafer facility. The result: a fourfold increase in processor production in just under three years.
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Irish SMEs bamboozled by technology

Irish mobile operator O2 released results of its survey which it claims shows that "complexity turns business users off technology" and that many companies surveyed found technology "too confusing".

VIA unveils Vista-friendly Intel chipset

VIA has rolled out its latest integrated chipset targeting Intel processors, bringing DirectX 9-class graphics to its product line and adding support for 667MHz DDR 2 SDRAM.
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Deconstructing databases with Jim Gray

Interview Most companies have a tame "guru" - someone presented as a world authority on the subject in question and so amazingly intelligent that they are above the tacky world of commercialism.

AOpen re-styles second-generation MiniPC

AOpen has formally announced its latest small form-factor MiniPC, touting the machine's "silent computing" ability - courtesy of its notebook components such as Core Duo CPUs - and support for Intel's Viiv platform.
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Pressure mounts on NHS IT

MPs are queueing up to have a go at the multi-billion pound NHS National Programme for IT, racked as it is with problems.
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Taking a punt on Vonage IPO

Opinion Last week, analysts on Wall Street castigated the Vonage IPO, effectively driving the price down from $17 a share, to under $14 in three days. The price is now recovering a little despite their broadside.

Fujifilm snaps dual-shot Z3 anti-blur camera

Fujifilm has unveiled its latest FinePiz Zoom Z-series digital camera, a slimline five-megapixel model that it's offering in light pink and metallic blue shades, as well as the traditional silver, the better to appeal to the ladies.
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IT jobs under threat as Voda reports £15bn loss

Vodafone is to axe 400 jobs and outsource a stack of IT posts as part of sweeping plans to reduce costs. The changes are designed to save around £500m a year as Vodafone battles to keep a lid on spiralling costs.
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One in six Brit workers drunk at work

One in six UK workers have partaken of alcohol during working hours, a shock YouGov survey of 1,500 full time employees commissioned by Royal & SunAlliance has revealed.

Tesco grabs at PC consumers

Retail leviathan Tesco has announced a full scale assault on the consumer PC and notebook markets.
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Nokia steps up open source efforts

In its efforts to beat Microsoft to establish the de facto standard software platform for mobile devices, Nokia is adopting the same tactic used by similar challengers in the computer world – going open source.
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Microsoft 'mulls eBay purchase'

The rumour du jour is that Microsoft is in talks with eBay about a possible takeover. The news came just after eBay agreed a wide-ranging partnership deal with Yahoo!
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BT dogged by Deutsche Telekom takeover talk

Shares in BT were down a smidgen today after weekend press speculation that the UK incumbent could be the takeover target of German giant Deutsche Telekom.

Intel forks 'Merom' mobile CPU

Intel's 'Merom' dual-core mobile chip will ship in two forms, one with 2MB of L2 cache, the other with 4MB. Unlike 'Conroe', however, the smaller-cache parts will get their own model number sequence, it has emerged.
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FTC forces P2P website to pay back subscribers

A US website operator who advertised that subscribing to his site would mean file-sharers could sidestep copyright laws has settled deception charges brought against him by the Federal Trade Commision (FTC).
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AllofMP3 is illegal, says music industry

A hugely popular seller of music downloads is illegal, according to the music industry, and prosecutions are underway. AllofMP3.com, a Moscow-based service that undercuts iTunes by enormous margins, was accused today of paying nothing to artists.
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Watch ads, get free calls says Virgin Mobile US

Virgin Mobile USA is giving hard-up youngsters the chance to make free phone calls in return for watching ads. The "yoof-oriented" cellco has hooked up with ad outfit Ultramercial to launch the ad-for-airtime service called "SugarMama".
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British men prefer porn to sex

For those who missed it at the weekend - Britain is the world's fastest growing market for internet pornography. You should all be very ashamed.

HD TV in the UK

Buyer's Guide Even if you don't give a flying tackle for the football, the industry's out to sell you a brand spanking new HD TV. But is now the right time to buy? Reg Hardware guides you past the gotchas...
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EU court stomps passenger data sharing

The European Court of Justice has ruled that a deal the European Commission made with the US to allow access to passenger's personal information was illegal. The data-sharing scheme was approved by all 25 member states, but annulled by judges today.

Dell support sites lists Mac OS notebook downloads

Boy, has this one got people pondering the possibilities. Dell's support site for its Latitude X1 "ultra-portable" notebook includes "Apple Mac OS" among the list of operating systems for which users can download drivers and utilities.

Griffin RoadDock straps Sony PSP to car seat

Want to give your kids and other car passengers that airline TV-in-the-back-of-the-seat experience on long journeys? Thanks to Griffin Technology, you'll soon be able to do just that. The company will next month ship RoadDock, a rig for attaching a Sony PlayStation Portable to the back of a car seat.
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Orange France does Triple Play

Orange France is offering a new triple play package of broadband, TV and phone for under €30 (£20.50) a month, according to information buzzing around newsgroups and French websites.
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Segway confuses investors with 'liquidity event' vow

Prepare yourselves for a second round of Segway hype. The company behind "IT" is eyeing an IPO.