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Look out Yahoo!, here comes Lavazza!

Italian coffee machine maker Lavazza, the Italian maker of iconic espresso machines, is branching out into the Internet - and it has a secret weapon. The humble coffee vending machine. Customers will sign up for Lavazza Espresso Point, a "personalized services portal", using a touch-sensitive screen on the vending machine. …
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French flirt, Germans download

The French and the Spanish are much more likely to chat than do email. The Brits are more likely to be managing their buddy lists than chat. And the Germans can be found downloading files rather than manning their inbox. A new study by NetValue suggests that cultural differences persist in the wired world. Or are they just …
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Apache wins Big Brother award

The Apache Consortium, producers of the world's most popular Internet server software, sucks when it comes to privacy. So much so that it won a Big Brother award for it's "irresponsible default settings". Yes folks, its Big Brother Awards time again. The brainchild of Privacy International,a London-based human organisation …
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Compaq drives WAP deals with handheld subsidies

Compaq is clawing its way into the PDA market on the back of WAP. The company has stitched together cut-price hardware deals with mobile operators in Germany, and now looks set to roll out subsidised WAP/Compaq hardware bundles with operators in other European countries. Hewlett-Packard is ready to follow suit in the subsidised …
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HP talks up e-speak

e-speak, the software with the Orwellian name, has a history that goes back to the mid-90s, when a handful of Hewlett-Packard engineers were trying to find a way to get a computer to deal with new kinds of things, like an audio stream, without waiting for the next release of the operating system. It has now evolved in to what …
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Germany unshreds Stasi spy history

In the final days of the DDR, employees of the STASI tried to destroy decades worth of files. What could not be burned was torn up into little pieces - by hand. Today a crew of about 30 civil servants are locating, collating, and pasting together those bits of paper in a time-consuming reconstruction project. Officials could …
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Look out Lara, here comes the Red Scottish Moor Hen

Even in the intensely competitive PC games market, where silliness seems to be the order of the day, the popularity of The Hunt for the Red Scottish Moor Hen has industry insiders scratching their heads. What started as a tribute to (a romantic notion of) Scottish country life has turned into a craze, verging on cult status. …
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No billing system mean flat fees for SMEs

Commcare, a Swiss telecommunications service upstart, is undercutting rivals by 50 per cent or more with its new flat-rate voice services. By chucking out the billing system and using Voice-over-IP, the company can cut costs far below Swisscom, Diax or Sunrise, the three dominant players in the Swiss voice market. While working …
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B2B goes hell for leather

Dubbing itself as "one of Europe's first operating vortals", the leatherXchange.com, based in Barcelona, is to link the world's slaughterhouses (size doesn't matter the press release assures), with tanneries, leather goods manufacturers, traders, agents, and chemical and machinery suppliers in a new trading platform. But what …
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What the Hell is… MExE?

This definition is derived from a research report by Durlacher The Mobile Station Application Execution Environment (MExE) is, essentially, the incorporation of a Java virtual machine into the mobile phone. The MExE is a framework on mobile phones for executing operator or service provider specific applications. It enables full …
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WAP throws up latest bunch of gazillionaires

A new generation of dotcom millionaires will be created when mobile Internet - WAP, in other words - and third-generation (3G) cellular network vendors go public, analysts at BRC and EPS of London predict in reports released this week. If the recent activities of venture capitalists are any indication, BRC and EPS may be right. …
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Four reasons why T-Online doesn't bark

T-Online is to price its shares at €35-50, valuing the ISP anywhere between €39-55 billion (£24-55 billion), according to "people close to the share issue" cited by the FT. This will make it easily Europe's biggest Internet player. Only nine per cent of T-Online's shares will be released for IPO, and 60 per cent of this is …
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Tamagochi is back – oh no…

People in Europe have long referred to the mobile phone as the executive's Tamagochi. The slur reflects the kind of love/hate relationship people have with their mobile phones here. Now, in a case of life imitating 'figure of speech', the Tamagochi may actually be appearing on mobile phones soon. Or will do if Lucent is …
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T-Online puts IPO to the ballot

T-Online's chairman, Wolfgang Keuntje, told German business television channel n-tv that he has not excluded the possibility of offering shares in his company via a lottery. The details of how it would work are not clear yet, he told n-tv, but the demand is so high that a traditional quotation is just not possible. T-Online, the …
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ebooks ride bullet to mass market

People like to do it in bed and it really thrills some people to turn the lights off while doing it. Doing it on an airplane during long flights is also popular. I'm talking about reading books and newspapers using new, lightweight, high-definition, backlit tablets. Using the Internet as a distribution medium for digital …
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Text me, Cindy (my Bluetooth baby)

Clutching their mobile phones and muttering, "The gateways don’t work...", application developers and Ericsson executives tried to demonstrate their Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) on that very rare device, the WAP-enabled mobile phone. But technical glitches such as these didn’t dampen spirits at the Ericsson Mobile Data …
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German Net access price war heats up

With as many variables in their price structures as a discount holiday package, Germany's flat rate Internet Service Providers (ISP) have begun to compete for Internet users. At the same time, the "free" ISP movement is rapidly gaining subscribers, putting a downward pressure on the cost of Internet access for everyone. But the …
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Analysts pan screenphones, praise mobile

Screenphones, like the WebTouch from Alcatel, may have won prizes at trade fairs, and kudos from industry insiders, but the latest figures from Alcatel are less than stellar. Alcatel has shipped about 40,000 units to retail outlets in France and Germany since late last year, according to Laurent Lachaux, Alcatel spokesperson. …