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Carphone loses broadband price cut battle

The Carphone Warehouse has failed in its bid to force BT to slash the cost of migrating fully unbundled broadband lines in bulk. The decision by Ofcom means that Carphone will have to shell out more cash to migrate each fully unbundled line than it had hoped, adding to its overheads.
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Sony engineers in shock Post-it® notes discovery

Sony has launched two new TFT displays with a unique new feature - the bottom bezel is extended to form a surface where you can keep Post-it® notes.
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A man and his microscope: IBM's quest to make atom-sized chips

Into the Valley When taken into the room holding the world's highest resolution microscope, we expected to witness a pristine marvel of engineering. Workers in bunny suits would be rushing around in an ultra-clean chamber, tweaking the microscope with refined instruments and unparalleled care. Instead, we found a hand-crafted oddity composed of tin foil, a maze of cables and iced tea cans. Somehow this monster can resolve the height variations of a surface down to about 1/10,000 the diameter of a typical atom, according to its creator IBM Fellow Don Eigler.
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Promises, promises, promises

TechEd 2006 The one advantage of delivering an uninspiring keynote is that it is very unlikely to inspire a myth or legend that I can later have fun imploding, but that was the task that seemed to be set for Bob Muglia and Ray Ozzie at the Microsoft TechED keynote here in Boston.
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MIT builds seeing machine for the blind

A researcher at MIT has developed a working prototype of a machine that will help legally blind people to see, Reuters reports.
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US share probe keeps growing

Fund managers in the US are asking 1,500 companies if they are likely to get dragged into the ever-growing investigation into backdating of share options. Yesterday saw job site monster.com and Broadcom admit they were facing Federal investigation.
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European Commission fears copyright levy for ISPs

A “copy tax” could spread from blank CDs to mobile phones to internet service providers, according to a consultation document from the European Commission. The document warns that a wide spread of the tax would cause a backlash against it.

IXEurope spends £15m on new London datacentre

IXEurope is to splash out around £15m to build a new datacentre in West London.
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Coffee defends liver against booze

Researchers have confirmed drinking coffee can protect against one of the worst effects of alcohol. Alcoholic liver cirrhosis progressively scars the organ, and is known to be affected by a range of factors including smoking, diet, infection and genetics - as well as alcohol.
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Judge shuts down footie streaming site

Football body UEFA and broadcaster BSkyB have shut down a website which re-broadcast Champions League games over the internet.
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eBay APIs updated

Auction site eBay will release new APIs in the next few months so developers can start creating applications.
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UK targets ExoMars mission with £1.7m funding package

The UK's astronomy research funding body, PPARC, has earmarked £1.7m to develop technology that will seek out evidence of past or present life on Mars.
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Artist's impressions from BenQ-Siemens

Mobile phones are wonderful things but blimey you can get sick and tired of looking at reams of photos all showing little screens and keyboards. So we say God Bless BenQ-Siemens and all who sale in her for making life more interesting by releasing a series of design sketches of three of its latest phones.

PC shipments slow, but market still healthy

PC shipments slowed to 12.6 percent in the first quarter of 2006, but still managed to outdo March predictions of 11.8 percent annual growth, according to IDC.
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MS clean-up stats shed light on malware infections

Microsoft's anti-virus clean-up tool has removed 16m instances from 5.7m Windows PCs during its first 15 months of operation. Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT), the malware removal software which Microsoft releases free of charge and updates every patch Tuesday, has been executed 2.7bn times on 270m computers since its debut in January 2005. Stats from its use present a new perspective on how bad the Windows malware problem really is.
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Imagine Cup One of the things we've been playing around with lately is the animations used in Windows Presentation Foundation.
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Telecom NZ execs visit BT

Execs from Telecom New Zealand (Telecom) visited BT and Ofcom last month to see what measures have been undertaken to improve telecoms competition in the UK.
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'Microsoft was caught stealing secrets from Borland'

Database Myths and Legends "Microsoft was caught stealing secrets from Borland.".
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Football gets ASCII'd

Bootnote Fancy watching the World Cup footie, but don't sit anywhere near a TV? Have a terrible aversion to clear, colour pictures of international sport? Ever wondered what people do when they have too much time on their hands?
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eBay unveils keyword ad system

Online auction giant eBay is to launch a keyword advertising system directing web surfers to product auctions related to the website they are visiting.
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Imagine Cup We've gone and done it.
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Google readies PayPal-killer

Google is all set to launch its online payment system, or "PayPal-killer" for the over-dramatic.
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Small but perfectly formed Meizu Mini Player

Smaller than a business card, but rather thicker, the Meizu Mini Player measures 79 x 48.2 x 10mm and weighs 55g. Desperate to maintain the metaphor we’ve confirmed this is the equivalent of 45 business cards.
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IBM catalogues SOA services

Next week IBM SOA Business Central opens its doors. This website will house the IBM SOA Business Catalogue, a way of finding resuable IT services based on its software.
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'Naked civil servants' celebrate infamy

Civil servants at Newcastle's Rural Payments Agency (RPA) went out on a bender last night to celebrate their notoriety after the local paper revealed staff were caught on office CCTV leaping naked from filing cabinets.

Elonex UK goes titsup

Breaking news Elonex Plc (UK) has gone into administration after weeks of speculation that the PC builder was having serious credit problems.
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BBC gives tips on blocking BBC World Cup content

The BBC has published advice explaining how to block access to one of its own heavily promoted services - live streaming video of World Cup matches.

C2000 gets InFocus

Computer 2000 is to start wholesaling InFocus projectors to the UK channel.
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WGA, NPfIT and 'rude' councillors polarise readers

Letters Last week's coverage of new and exciting cock-ups in the NHS's NPfIT attracted its usual wide variety of readers, including some folks over at Connecting for Health.

COMPUTERLINKS is even more remote

The company formerly known as Unipalm has added remote access and monitoring products from Avocent Cyclades to its distie line-up.
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PCs to developing world 'fuel malware'

Programs to send PCs to third world countries might inadvertently fuel the development of malware for hire scams, an anti-virus guru warns.