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200 million people use DSL

Over 200 million people worldwide use DSL technology to access the internet, according to figures released yesterday at Broadband World Forum Asia in Beijing. The stats, compiled by Point Topic, show a 29 per cent increase in DSL subscribers over the past 12 months. Globally, DSL remains by far the most popular broadband access …

Calif. firm sues Sony over the way it makes Blu-ray disks

Sony is facing legal action from a Californian company over claims of patent infringement in its use of Blu-ray technology in the PlayStation 3 games console. Target Technology is demanding that three Sony-related companies stop manufacturing and distributing all Blu-ray discs. The firm alleges that the technology used to …
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Revenues up at C&W

Cable & Wireless has played down suggestions of a planned takeover as the firm announced that it more than doubled its annual pre-tax profits to £249m. The telecoms group, which has been dogged by takeover rumours for the past few months, said on Thursday that it had achieved 'better-than-expected' progress in the turnaround of …
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Half of stored files will never be accessed

Research released Tuesday by email archiving firm Waterford Technologies has shown that over 50 per cent of files stored by companies are never accessed again. The figures highlight the growing - and often unnecessary - cost of storage for firms, according to Gary Cosgrave, sales director of Waterford Technologies, a provider …
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MySpace to curb copyright violation

The clampdown on video copyright abuse continued Monday as social network giant MySpace announced measures to curb the use of copyrighted videos on member pages. A new feature, called Take Down Stay Down, prevents users from reposting videos that have been removed at the request of the copyright owner. MySpace has several other …
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Alcatel-Lucent results impress investors

The market has reacted positively to Alcatel-Lucent's first quarter results despite the telecoms equipment maker's results being down across the board. Shares in the French-American firm reached a six-month high on Friday morning, jumping 4.4 percent to €10.15 in Paris before settling down to €9.97. Alcatel-Lucent recorded …
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Cheaper phones crimp Nokia profits

Profits were down at global mobile phone giant Nokia yesterday although quarterly sales remained strong. First quarter financial results for the Finnish giant show net profits stood at €979m, down seven per cent on close to €1.05bn last year. This is despite a four per cent increase in sales compared to last year with overall …
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Nokia plunders Motorola's market share

Nokia increased its share of the global mobile handset in the first quarter of 2007 but growth in the industry has slowed considerably. A total of 252 million handsets were shipped worldwide in the quarter, up 12 per cent on the same period in 2006 according to Strategy Analytics. This was the first quarter in almost two years …
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Heavy competition hits Motorola's bottom line

Weak handset sales hit Motorola's results in the first quarter, as the mobile manufacturer revealed a loss for the three-month period. The world's second biggest mobile phone manufacturer just managed to hit analysts' expectations with a loss of $181 million, or $0.08 a share, as increased competition in the market hit home. …
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Iona buys LogicBlaze

Iona, the Irish software house, continued its acquisition spree with the purchase of LogicBlaze on Tuesday. LogicBlaze provides business integration solutions based on open source technologies. In a statement, Iona said its latest acquisition is based on the assumption that its future service oriented architecture (SOA) …

Laptops drive PC market

Proof that notebooks are the future comes in a new IDC forecast which predicts that laptops will surpass desktops to become the most popular type of PC by 2011. According to IDC, bulky beige boxes are out and slick, shiny new notebooks are in as far as consumers are concerned, and it's a trend that's likely to continue to grow …
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Novell posts drop in revenues and profits

Novell has recorded a $12m drop in revenues for the first quarter of 2007. The networking software firm reported net revenues of $230m for the period ending 31 January, (Q1 '06: $242m). Novell posted net losses of $19.9m for the quarter, resulting in a loss per share of $0.06, compared with net profits of $1.8m and flat …
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Eircom will 'wipe out' Irish telcos: ALTO

Irish telcos have reacted angrily to Eircom's plan to upgrade its network infrastructure, with one industry group claiming it could eliminate competition. Eircom has confirmed it intends to invest €60m on upgrading its central telecommunications network. The upgrade will bring increased bandwidth to 240 Eircom exchanges, …
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SanDisk cuts 250 jobs on falling prices

SanDisk is to axe 250 staff - 10 per cent of the payroll - to combat plunging memory stick prices. Executive salaries will be cut by between 10 and 20 per cent while the salaries of all other employees will be frozen with a hiring freeze introduced in most parts of the company, in measures aimed to save $35m annually. Sandisk …
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VCs rain cash on US net, biotech firms

Tech firms have come up trumps in the US venture capital stakes, with internet companies showing strong growth for 2006. According to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, internet-specific companies - those whose business is dependent on the internet - raised $4bn in 645 deals in the …
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Moto's profits plummet in Q4

Motorola, the world's second largest mobile phone maker, is cutting 3,500 jobs, following a drastic fall in profits for the fourth quarter. The company released its results for the three-month period ending 31 December and the full year, on Friday. Profits for the quarter dropped 48 percent compared with the same period in 2005 …
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IFPI hails piracy crusade for selling more music downloads

Digital music sales nearly doubled in 2006 but the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry wants more done to stop piracy. The IFPI published its Digital Music report on Wednesday which estimates that digital music sales reached nearly USD2 billion in 2006, up from USD1.1 billion the previous year. Music …
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Final deal close on EU roaming rates

Roaming charges are set to plummet after European ministers supported plans to cap the fees, but some countries are supporting watered down proposals. EU Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding wants to cut prices by up to 70 percent before next summer, allowing European mobile users to make cheaper phone calls on their …
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Second Life equal with First Life

Nearly half of all Americans who belong to online communities claim that the virtual world they inhabit is as important as the real world. According to a new study conducted by the USC-Annenberg School Centre for the Digital Future, 43 per cent of those who are part of a virtual community said that they felt as strongly about …
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EC slams roaming charges

Roaming charges in the EU are such a rip-off, many cross-border travellers simply switch off their phones when abroad. These high charges are putting people off using their phones when away from home - and consumers want the EU to do something about it. So says a new EuroBarometer survey, which found that European mobile phone …
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Intel targets SMEs with Web 2.0 software

Intel is collaborating with several software companies to launch SuiteTwo, an integrated package of Web 2.0 software aimed at small and medium enterprises. The SuiteTwo package, launched yesterday, will include software from NewsGator, SimpleFeed, Six Apart and Socialtext. These small software companies provide applications for …
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YouTube to go mobile with Verizon?

Video sharing site YouTube looks set to expand from the web onto mobile phones, with speculation that a deal with telecoms firm Verizon is close to agreement. According to the Wall Street Journal, "advanced" talks are taking place between the companies to bring YouTube's videos to mobile phones and TV. Under the new deal, …
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Vodafone and MS strike mobile platform deal

Vodafone and Microsoft are collaborating on developing software to help users take their office with them while they travel. The agreement will see the companies co-operate so that applications available to Vodafone users, such as mobile e-mail, are able to work with Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system. The deal …
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Spammers go island hopping to bypass filter

Anti-spam researchers at security company McAfee have discovered a new spamming trend nicknamed 'spam island-hopping'. The new trend involves spammers using the domain names of small islands as website links in spam campaigns. McAfee has traced spam activity from the Isle of Man to the tiny tropical island of Tokelau in the …
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Assault by battery: Sony's profits go up in flames

Sony's quarterly profits plunged 94 per cent following fall-out from its exploding battery woes. The consumer electronic giant's predicament is there for all to see as it posted net profits of just 1.7bn yen ($14.3m €11.3m) for its second financial quarter on Thursday. Sony also reported an operating loss of 20.8bn yen ($175.6m …