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On Hummingbird's takeover tussle

Comment Open Text Corporation initially announced its intention on 5th July 2006 to make a counter bid for all of the shares of Hummingbird Ltd. at a price of US$27.75 per share in cash following the announcement on 26 May 2006 that Hummingbird would be acquired by a company within the Symphony Technology Group. Open Text offered $1.00 per share more than Symphony Technology Group. Since then, on 21st July, it has had to increase the cash offer by 10 cents (to $27.85) per share to get Hummingbird to the negotiating table.
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Give me CMDB before I die

If there's a fashionable topic in the enterprise at the moment, it's ITIL (the IT Infrastructure Library, a collection of best practices for managing IT operations) and its contribution to IT Governance. For developers, it's all about designing holistic systems, with operational resilience, upgrade, maintenance and even change management processes built in.

Pervasive scraps PostgresSQL support

Pervasive Software has called time on support and services for the PostgreSQL open source database, citing pressure caused by commoditization and price sensitivity.

Microsoft lights upgrade path to Windows Vista

Microsoft has published the long-anticipated upgrade paths for moving PCs from old versions of Windows to Windows Vista. That's the good news.

Crash! Power spike takes out NHS servers

Computer crash investigators are looking for the “unusual” factors that left up to 80 NHS trusts sharing the same data centre without patient information systems while private sector organisations had their services restored with little delay.
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Matthew Mellon

Our February 1 report "Tycoon charged with computer hacking" stated that Matthew Mellon had been charged in connection with an investigation into an alleged phone-tapping and computer hacking gang, which was hacking into NHS computers to access confidential medical files to blackmail people, spying on police and bugging their phone calls to get information, and falsifying invoices. In fact, Mr Mellon has been charged with a single offence, which he denies - conspiracy to cause unauthorised modification of computer material. He has not been charged with any offence relating to blackmail, phone tapping or falsifying invoices. We are happy to clarify the position and apologise to Mr Mellon for any embarrassment caused. ®
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Citizens to get superhero powers?

While we most likely won't be commuting to work in flying cars in the near future, we could soon be climbing the walls and wearing invisibility cloaks.
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Email privacy in the workplace

Comment Even with a well-heeled corporate privacy policy stating that all employee communications may be monitored in the workplace, the legality of email monitoring is not as clear cut as one might think.

Sonnet ships dual-CPU upgrade for G4 Power Macs

Sonnet has begun shipping a series of processor upgrades for Apple's old Power Mac G4. Each Encore/ST G4 Duet packs in a pair of 1.6GHz or 1.8GHz MPC7447A G4-class CPUs with 512KB of L2 cache.

EDS to offshore 15,000 jobs

EDS is to move up to 15,000 jobs to cheaper locations over the next "couple of years", according to the company's CEO Michael Jordan, bringing the total number of "offshore" employees to around 45,000.
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Intel chip surplus drives up industry inventory

The chip industry's stockpile of unwanted processors and chipsets jumped above expectations during Q2, and it's largely Intel's fault, market watcher iSuppli claimed yesterday. It's almost entirely Intel's problem, too.
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ActiveX security faces storm before calm

HD Moore is at it again.

Nvidia preparing mobile MCP61?

Nvidia's upcoming single-chip integrated chipset for AMD's Socket AM2 CPUs, the MCP61, will be offered in a form suitable for notebook use in addition to the desktop versions the chipset is already expected to ship as, motherboard-maker moles have claimed.
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Survey: US becomes nation of cyberchondriacs

Almost two thirds of all US adults have been identified as "cyberchondriacs" in a new Harris poll tracking the number of people looking up health information online.
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PlusNet shares bounce on results

PlusNet shares recovered slightly today after falling sharply on results yesterday. Shares are at 110p, after falling 9.5 per cent yesterday.

Japanese Mac users get first OS X-friendly Blu-ray burner

Japanese storage specialist Logitec will ship what may be the world's first Mac-compatible Blu-ray Disc burner later this month. The 2x BD drive can write to BD-R and BD-RE media offering 25GB and 50GB storage capacities.

Intel plugs Centrino vulns

Intel has released security updates for its Centrino wireless chipset device drivers and its PROSet management software designed to guard against a trio of serious security vulns.
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Samsung to ship 'Moto-shaving' Ultra Edition slimlines next week

Samsung will next week ship its 6.9mm-thick Ultra Edition SPH-V9900 candybar handset to South Korean phone buyers, the company said today. It will offer a 12.9mm slider phone and a 9.9mm clamshell handset at the same time, all through local telco KTF. The phones are coming to Europe and the US as the X820, D900 and D830 before …
Hard Reg, 02 2006
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Orange increases roaming charges

Orange is increasing its rates for the majority of roaming destinations at the end of August, even as the proposed Europe-wide capping of roaming charges looks set to become law.
Bill Ray, 02 2006
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Verizon says Voda 'will keep shares'

The news that Arun Sarin will be justified in staying as CEO of Vodafone is hardly going to be a surprise to Arun himself; he probably arranged the announcement by Verizon Wireless that "cellular partner Vodafone Group PLC has opted not to sell its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless for at least the next few years".
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Norwich turns on UK's largest Wi-Fi network

The people of Norwich should be enjoying the pleasures of free Wi-Fi today thanks to a project backed by Norfolk County Council and the East of England Development Agency.

Sony readies 7.2Mp slimline Cyber-shot

Sony has introduced the Cyber-shot DSC-T10, the 7.2-megapixel upgrade to its six-megapixel DSC-T9. The new model, due later this month, also packs in anti-blur technology and a high-sensitivity movie mode - for shooting in low light conditions, not for filming weepies, we'd suggest.
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T-Mobile offers the internet for £1 a day

T-Mobile Pre-Pay customers can now surf the internet from their mobiles for a maximum charge of £1 a day.
Bill Ray, 02 2006
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MS launches Live Spaces

Microsoft has launched the updated version of its MSN Spaces blogging software, Live Spaces, which it says allows users to connect with their friends online in real time.
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VIA principals found not guilty of industrial espionage

VIA president Wenchi Chen, his wife - VIA chairwoman Cher Wang - and a company engineer called Jeffrey Chang were this week found not guilty by the Taipei District Court of infringing copyright law, breach of trust and conspiring to steal business secrets from D-Link. The verdict comes almost two years after VIA and D-Link settled their civil differences over the matter.

Extremadura.gov switches onto Linux

The Spanish region of Extremadura has pledged to move all government computers onto open source software within the next year. Officials will be mandated to use the open document format standard for office communications over the same time frame.
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Will Apple put the fizz back in Coke music?

Coca-Cola has teamed up with Apple to launch a new European music website, after declining sales recently caused it to close its own MyCokeMusic website.

Toshiba brings logical block addressing to Flash

Toshiba today claimed it will make Flash-based media players even cheaper. It has brought a memory addressing technique used by hard drives to solid-state storage.
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Dell TV ad banned

Dell Computers has been rapped by the Advertising Standards Authority for a misleading telly ad.
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Women love gadgets, survey shows

The days of technology being thought of as "toys for the boys" are numbered, according to a new survey commissioned by a US cable TV network.

Resellers want the personal touch

The British IT channel is still moaning about vendors being aloof and uncommunicative, according to a marketing survey.
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Apple, BT smash lightspeed barrier

Good news, everybody. While we've all been labouring under the impression that travelling at the speed of light is some kind of unattainable dream, today we have learned that either humanity has already smashed through the light barrier, or that we will do so by around 2051. Time travel is also bound to have been sussed by then.

Windows on Mac: BootCamp vs Parallels Desktop

Review Almost as soon as Intel-based Macs were available to buy, clever coders were trying to figure out how to run Windows XP on them. Mac OS X not good enough for you, guys? Well, in some cases no, it's not. Mac OS X may be the better product - discuss... - but Windows has access to far more software applications and hardware toys that the Apple operating system does. From gamers to software developers to business users, there are solid reasons why a Mac user might want to run the 'other' operating system.
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AOL US offers free email

AOL in the US is to offer free email addresses.

McAfee security bug bites deep

McAfee has fixed a flaw involving older versions of its consumer security software that creates a means for hackers to compromise vulnerable systems.
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Tiscali's email servers go on the blink

Tiscali has been struggling with its webmail and pop3 servers since Sunday, and some of its subscribers have had no access to email for the last four days.
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EMI blesses try before you buy

EMI is to license its digital music catalog to former P2P felon Mashboxx - a sign that the major labels are blessing a "try before you buy" approach to digital music. But it also leaves the door open to other approaches.
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Samsung brings slimline 'super 3G' clamshell to Europe

Samsung today rolled out its SGH-Z560 HSDPA-compatible clamshell phone in France and Germany ahead of the handset's appearance in other European countries. The 16.3mm-thick, 98g phone has a two megapixel camera with autofocus and sports a 2.3in, 240 x 320, 262,144-colour main display. It's got 30MB of memory, expandible using …
Hard Reg, 02 2006
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Microsoft wins battle for new judge in Eolas suit

Microsoft has succeeded in its application to have a new judge hear the latest twist in its patent case against Eolas. The case, which is worth over $500m to Eolas, will be reassigned on the orders of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC).
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Net neutrality - the great debacle

Letters If you like to see a debate with subtlety, complexity and nuance, stop reading now.
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IBM gets all Webified

IBM has bought Webify Solutions in an acquisition giving the giant a suite of industry specific middleware and technologies for service oriented architectures.
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Drop the SETI bias, butcher boy!

Letter We ran an experiment of sorts this week by posting a story full of aliens, alleged cover-ups and general space science. The story proved a big hit, particularly after the Coast to Coast AM radio show discussed it on air to more than 30m people.

FTC slams Rambus' memory 'monopoly'

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed its latest installment in the As the Rambus Turns saga. The Feds have found that Rambus illegally monopolized four key technologies found in DRAM chips.
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Feds dip their snouts back in EFF vs. AT&T wiretap case

Valley Justice Surprise, surprise. The US government has asked a California court to take a second look at a recent decision that allowed the EFF’s wiretap case to proceed against AT&T.

Symantec highlights Windows Vista user vulnerabilities

Symantec has shed more light on potential vulnerabilities in Windows Vista that could circumvent new security measures and leave users vulnerable to attack.