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Microsoft won't collect on web services IP

Microsoft today promised to never charge for its patented technology in 35 web services specifications undergoing ratification.

UK.gov bulks up for Microsoft savings

The government is to make further cash savings thanks to higher discounts offered by Microsoft
Kablenet, 14 2006
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Microsoft Dynamics leader named

Microsoft has drafted R&D chief Satya Nadella to take over from Doug Burgham as head of the company's growing Business Solutions unit
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Commission concerned about Vista security

Microsoft has fallen foul of the European Commission yet again over plans for its Vista operating system.
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Hotshot to revive Gov. procurement

OGC Buying Solutions has replaced its chief executive with a jazzy international marketing cheese charged with reviving its bedraggled reputation.

Dell launches AMD-based desktops

Dell has announced its first desktop PCs based on AMD chips. Both machines are pitched at entry-level business and mainstream consumer buyers.
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Logicalis feels Chile

Logicalis is investing $1m in an attempt to gain a foothold in emerging South American markets. New offices are being opened by the business IT provider in Lima and Santiago.

Nintendo details Wii console's Japan debut

Nintendo will wheel out its Wii games console on Japan on 2 December, the videogames pioneer has confirmed. Japanese buyers should expect to pay around ¥25,000 ($213/£113/€168) for the product, Nintendo added. It is expected to announce the US and European release dates and pricing later today.
Hard Reg, 14 2006
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Progress gets SaaSy

Most mainstream software vendors are still trying to work out what to do about Software as a Service (SaaS), let alone actively promoting their channel partners to get in on the act, but that is the position now being adopted by Progress Software.

BT extends Fusion to corporate customers

Continuing their march towards a grand vision of an IMS future where everything is routed over IP connections, BT have announced that their Fusion product will now be available to corporate customers. Fusion combines GSM and Wireless LAN connectivity for voice calls, with calls using Voice over IP when on a data network, such as Wi-Fi, then switching to GSM when out of range.
Bill Ray, 14 2006

IBM ships tape with hardware crypto

IBM has built public key encryption into its TS1120 tape drive, allowing the 500GB drive to encrypt and decrypt data on the fly in hardware.

Sony pre-announces Nvidia GeForce 7600 GTL

Sony has extended its Vaio Digital Media Center line-up with a pair of new models pitched at European consumers keen to embrace HD content with Blu-ray Disc technology. Interestingly, the VGX-XL201 and VGX-XL202 machines both feature an as yet unannounced Nvidia graphics chip.
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Patch Tuesday omits critical Word fix

September's Patch Tuesday leaves users waiting for a fix to defend against a zero-day exploit in Microsoft Word, targeted by malware authors over recent days.

Less British, more telecoms please

Last time I wrote a piece about British Telecom I was contacted by a reader who complained that the company had been operating as BT for some time and that I was revealing my lack of industry knowledge through the use of the obsolete moniker.
Bill Ray, 14 2006
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Gibraltar: last outpost of the Neanderthal?

Neanderthals clung on to existence in southern Europe as recently as 24,000 years ago, research on a cave in Gibraltar has revealed today.
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Teachers break silence on fingerprinting children

The National Union of Teachers has said that schools should not fingerprint children without the consent of parents.
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Royal Society opens free online archive

One of the world's most important historical records will be made available online for the first time today. All the Royal Society's journals are free for two months and include stone-cold scientific classics going back to 1665 and the foundations of modern inquiry.

HTC preps candybar phone with slide-out QWERTY keyboard

Smart-phone maker HTC and carrier partner UTStarcom this week took the wraps off a handset, codenamed 'Libra', that attempts to balance the need for a QWERTY keyboard with the space restrictions inherent in the candybar phone form-factor.
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Creative launches widescreen Zen Vision in US

Creative today formally launched its second-generation Zen Vision portable media player in the US after unveiling the device in Europe and Singapore earlier this month. The new model is essentially a stretched version of its predecessor, pulled out to accommodate a 4.3in, 16:9 ratio, 480 x 272 widescreen LCD.

EqualLogic tiers SAS for faster iSCSI

EqualLogic has brought out its first iSCSI array to use SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) drives and support tiered storage.

Apple iPhone slips out in Paris?

Apple's eagerly anticipated 'iPhone' may have made an unscheduled appearance in public this week - on the front page of a Paris newspaper. French publication 20 Minutes on Tuesday splashed a picture of the device on an edition of the paper timed to coincide with the opening of Apple Expo Paris.

Segway sounds sudden wheel reversal warning

Segway has asked its customers around the globe to return their "personal transporters" for a essential software update intended to eliminate an unfortunate glitch which, in the words of the manufacturer, "can unexpectedly reverse the direction of the wheels which can cause a rider to fall".

Profits and revenue up at Horizon

Horizon Technology has reported revenue of €131.2m for the first half of 2006, up 39.5 per cent from the €94m posted for the same period last year.

Holidaymaker uses laptop to nab burglars

A businessman on holiday in Spain was able to alert police of a raid on his home in the UK because he'd invested in an expensive net-connected CCTV system. Engineering boss John Ellison, 52, watched the attack on his Lancaster home unfold on a laptop PC he'd taken on holiday with him to Malaga, Spain.
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Spanish police trainees cop an eyeful of smut

A training course for aspiring Spanish police sergeants got off to a lively start when, instead of the intended introductory video, the 120 participants were treated to "explicit sex between two blond adults", as El País puts it.
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Starbucks hit with big bucks lawsuit

A US Starbucks customer has hit the company with a $114m lawsuit because the company refused to redeem a free drinks voucher, the BBC reports.

Nvidia ships 'first' 80nm mobile graphics chip

Nvidia has introduced what it claims is the first notebook-oriented graphics chip fabbed at 80nm, the mid-range GeForce Go 7700. It will initially feature in Asus A8 laptop family.
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Pluto's curse named at last

The distant rock which prompted astronomers to strip Pluto of its planethood has been offically named Eris, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) announced Wednesday.
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Sony unveils mobile-on-desktop all-in-one media PC

Sony launched the Vaio LS1 PC-TV combo in the US last month, and now it's introduced the machine into Europe, as the Vaio LA1. Over here, the spec's better: the Euro model features an Intel 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo mobile processor, a 300GB SATA hard drive and it features a hybrid analog/digital TV tuner. The display's a 1,680 x 1, …

Virgin tells travellers to remove Apple, Dell laptop batteries

Virgin Atlantic has become the third airline to restrict the use of Apple and Dell laptop batteries on its flights. Passengers who want to take their Inspirons, Lattitudes, iBooks, PowerBooks, MacBooks or MacBook Pros onto the carrier's planes are asked to remove the battery first.

Sonos updates network music player code

Sonos has updated the system software underpinning its Digital Music System. Following a similar move by rival network music player maker Slim Devices earlier this year, Sonos' own system will now support RealNetworks' Rhapsody music service.
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China's sub-£100 PC launches

A Chinese PC vendor has begun shipping a box with its homegrown Godson CPU, with a price tag of between $175 to $200. Thanks to current exchange rates, that's under £100. Eventually, though, OEM ZhongKe Menglan Electronics expects to sell the unit for $125.
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Gov spins data sharing

The government has set out its "vision" for helping the disadvantaged of British society by sharing intelligence about them across the public sector.
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Youth can’t do without phones, alcohol, drugs

Three studies published today show that young people seem to be drinking too much, smoking tobacco and using mobile phones a great deal. Obviously they can only afford to do this thanks to the fact that all their music is stolen these days.
Bill Ray, 14 2006

Net simul-attacks expose US security holes

Simulated internet attacks in the US have uncovered gaps in the nation’s cybersecurity defences. In particular, cyber-defenders struggled to understand if simulated hack attacks were isolated or part of a more co-ordinated assault.
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Wi-Fi Alliance bows to market need for early 802.11n products

Analysis It is increasingly obvious that standards processes are falling hopelessly behind the real time to market needs of vendors. In WiMAX and, particularly, Wi-Fi, markets suppliers are pre-empting ratified standards by ever longer margins. Initially, as with the 54Mbps 802.11g Wi-Fi system and with 802.16d, 'pre-standard' products were built to the finalized IEEE specification, but had not yet achieved any independent certification of this.

Fujitsu pulls out switch blade for IBM, Dell and HP

Fujitsu has kicked off a major effort to see its 10Gbps networking gear make its way into blade servers from the likes of HP, IBM, Dell and Sun Microsystems. More broadly, Fujitsu expects increased standardization in the blade market in the near future.
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RIM faces OS rewrite headache

Analysis Research in Motion may finally have put its legal battles behind it, but it still faces the biggest challenge of its career, finding a survival strategy for its famous push email devices.
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MS Vista worth $40bn to EC economies

Microsoft is touting the contribution of Windows Vista to EC economics in its latest attempt to persuade regulators to go easy on the operating system.
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AT&T decision over MobiTV means Modeo will go it alone

Modeo, the subsidiary of Crown Castle that is building out its own DVB-H mobile TV network in the US, has decided to go it alone, and launch the service anyway with, or most likely without, the endorsement of a major US cellular operator. It will now launch the service in October.
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Justice Department defends using 'dated' laws in gambling arrests

The US Department of Justice has admitted that the 1961 Wire Act which it uses to prosecute executives of online gambling companies is "dated". The Department insists, though, that the law is sufficient for the prosecution of gambling executives.
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Forget market share, Opteron is a market cap maker

Analysis Even the most subjective Opteron advocates could not have predicted this. Over the past two years, AMD's flashy server chip has arguably affected the fortunes of five major technology companies in ways that extend far beyond market share and revenue swings. If so inclined, you could make a strong case that Opteron and its marketing inertia have turned losers into winners and vice versa at an unprecedented clip. At least, that's what the wisdom of Wall Street seems to be telling us.
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Don't mess with Google's astroturf squad

The internet ad giant has hired hardcore Washington lobbyists the DCI Group to give it more clout inside the Beltway, blogger Josh Marshall reminds us today.
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XenSource loves Microsoft people (true)

XenSource, the server virtualization company, has added a second former Microsoft staffer to its management ranks, recruiting the exec responsible for leading a number of big Windows products.