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Nokia backs away from CDMA

Comment Just four months after announcing a CDMA handset joint venture with Sanyo, Nokia has cancelled the plan and its own R&D in the area, claiming the technology is "financially prohibitive", especially for emerging economies.
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Code Quality

Book review With his first book, Code Reading, Diomidis Spinellis broke new ground. Here was a major book on the oft-neglected but important skill of reading source code.
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Blair backs NPfIT

The prime minister has declared his faith in the NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT).
Kablenet, 30 2006

Leadership vacuum for Microsoft biz apps

Microsoft's fledgling business applications unit remains bereft of clear leadership after Microsoft announced the group's current chief operating officer Orlando Ayala is moving over to target "emerging segments".
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MySQL gets cosy with Microsoft

MySQL, the open source database firm, is to receive Microsoft marketing support along with Visual Studio technical integration.
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Microsoft hides under duvet

Not since IBM invented a handwriting recognition system for banks, have I heard such cries of grief. To understand it, you have to know what WGA means. And if you've ever had a problem with Office, and been told by tech support "just install this patch" you'll know what it is: because it's the thing which, since September 2004, has told you it won't install it until you put your CD in the drive. And enter the key.

Apple updates iTunes, iPod code

Apple has not only updated its iTunes music jukebox software but made a number of tweaks to various iPods' firmware. Both updates are available now through Mac OS X's Software Update utility, or from Apple's website.
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Next generation BI

Comment I was asked recently to consider what would be required for a next generation BI solution. Never one to shirk a challenge, here are some thoughts.
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Scambaiter persuades 419er to carve Commodore 64 keyboard

Were there a World Cup of scambaiting - the process by which net vigilantes "enter into a dialogue with scammers, simply to waste their precious time and resources" - then the following example from 419 Eater would surely lift the trophy.

ATI sales dip during 'challenging' quarter

ATI saw its sales dip during the third-quarter despite a big year-on-year gain, the graphics chip company said yesterday. Sales for the three months to 31 May 2006 reached $652.3m and yielded a net income of $31.9m.

Rock rolls out dual-core Intel, AMD laptops

UK PC maker Rock this week unveiled a pair of dual-core notebooks, one based on Intel technology, the other on an AMD processor. Both sport Nvidia's GeForce Go 7600 graphics chip and other refinements.
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Telewest says sorry for World Cup blackout

Geek TV From the team that brings you Tech Digest, Shiny Shiny and Who Ate All The Bratwurst?
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China targets blogs

China has launched yet another crackdown on the country's net users after officials said that blogs and search engines would "undergo strict supervision of the government".

AMD Live! coming to a home entertainment centre near you

This week, AMD announced its next milestone in digital entertainment with the AMD Live! PC, a media-centre PC designed to enable consumers to organise, distribute, share, and enjoy its content. OEMs participating in the programme include Acer, Alienware, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Gateway, HP, Sahara, and Tsinghua Tongfang.
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Microsoft confirms another slip for Office

The wheels worked a little looser at Microsoft today as it revealed the next version of Office will be delayed and another exec flew the coop to Google.
Joe Fay, 30 2006
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Apple, CA investigate share option grants

Apple and CA are both investigating mishandling of the choice stock options dished out to top executives.
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CSA: The most broken system of all?

The equivalent of two thirds of the money collected by the Child Support Agency (CSA) from absent parents for the care of their children is wasted on administration because of a crap computer system and poor management.

Symantec squares up to the IRS over $1bn tax demand

Symantec says it will battle in the courts to avoid paying the more than $1bn in tax and penalties the IRS is demanding from it.

Shadowcrew mastermind caged

The co-founder of a carding website that prosecutors describe as one of the biggest online forums for identity theft has been jailed for two years and eight months.
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AOL UK chalks up 100k LLU lines

AOL has unbundled more than 100,000 broadband lines since it kicked off investment in local loop unbundling (LLU) earlier this year.

Palm posts 'record' full-year figures

Palm saw its sales rise both sequentially and year on year, the PDA pioneer said yesterday. Revenues for the three months to 2 June 2006 - the company's fourth quarter - came to $403.1m, up 20 per cent on the year-ago quarter and up 3.8 per cent on the previous one.

Nokia N70 3G phone

Review Ask Nokia and it will tell you its N series handsets are the acme of mobile phones. So much so that we're not even supposed to think of them as telephony devices but as "multimedia computers" that are "the next leap forward in personal computing"...
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German experts want search engines to be monitored

German experts at a Berlin seminar this week argued that search engines need to be more regulated. They want companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! to exercise editorial control over their search results and filter out sites with x-rated content or that glorify aggression.
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Judge guts SCO claims

A Utah magistrate judge this week threw out many of SCO's claims of intellectual property violation by IBM.
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Wazzocks?!? WTF is a wazzock?

Letters A Texas woman has filed a $30m lawsuit against MySpace.com after her 14-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted by someone she met through the site, we reported earlier this week. My, my, you are a suspicious lot:

Official Sony UK PS3 website lists 20GB model

Sony will indeed offer both the 20GB and 60GB versions of the PlayStation 3 in the UK, it appears. Despite earlier claims only the pricey 60GB model will be made available over here, Amazon.co.uk has begun listing the 20GB veraion too, though it's giving away no pricing or availability details.
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Highs, lows and sickos

ICANN Marrakech ICANN Marrakech is over, save the board meeting. And this fact was - as it always is - sufficient reason for everyone to head to the bar and mull things over while consuming (un)healthy quantities of booze.

MS releases third beta for IE7

Microsoft has released a third beta of the next version of its browser. Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3 for Windows XP contains some feature changes in addition to reliability, compatibility, and security improvements over the second beta version of the software.

Thus pips BT to £70m Scottish broadband project

Scottish telco Thus has beaten BT in a race to be picked as the preferred bidder for a £70m project to wire up schools, libraries and other council buildings with speedier broadband services.
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Sun installs new storage equipment

In brief Sun has promoted tape management group VP Nigel Dessau to VP for the whole of storage marketing and business operations.
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Can you get Tetanus from a rusty nail?

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Why do babies blink less often than adults?

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Can a corpse burp?

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Transcend hops to swirly MP3 player

US memory specialist Transcend has extended its fancy-looking T.sonic MP3 player range with its first colour-screen model. It also sports a cute curvy design with a stand-out swirly pattern on the front.
Hard Reg, 30 2006
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NHS IT looks distinctly parrot-like as MS gets in a flap

NHS IT sickly Attacking government IT projects is an easy game, but that's no reason not to do it. Especially when the project in question is squeezing billions of pounds from an under-funded and much-loved institution like the NHS - ignoring little points like what a great opportunity the National Project for IT is to improve …

Laptop with veterans' data recovered intact

A purloined laptop containing the personal details of up to 26.5m US veterans has been recovered.
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Tragic death sparks new internet foundation

A new foundation has been created to honour the memory of internet pioneer Liz Dengate-Thrush who died last week in a tragic traffic accident.

Wyse targets TVs, PCs and phones with 'thin-client-on-a-chip'

Wyse Technology has gathered the courage to direct the thin client industry through yet another "rebirth." Next month, the company will unveil something it's calling a "thin client-on-a-chip." This product will be able to turn just about everything from TVs, monitors and printers into true thin clients. Perhaps more importantly, Wyse has crafted new software packages to go along with the chip, which really do give thin clients the look and feel of regular PCs.
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Zut! France drops iTunes bombshell

French legislation designed to give consumers greater interoperability for their copy-protected digital downloads is now set for the statute book. But the loophole designed to soften its impact looks set to send shockwaves throughout the industry.
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.xxx probes US government interference

The company behind the unsuccessful .xxx bid has filed a third freedom of information act (FOIA) request against the US Department of Commerce in its ongoing bid to discover what pressure was exerted by the US government on internet organisation ICANN to turn the top-level domain down.
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The New Paranoid style in American politics

Analysis The most interesting thing to emerge from the so-called 'Net Neutrality' bid had nothing to do with telecomms technology or policy. It's the startling and, at the same time, banal fact that paranoia has become the default flavour of politics on the net.