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RIM announces all-cash acquisition, takeover bid

RIM announces all-cash acquisition, takeover bid

Research In Motion, maker of the Blackberry, announced that it will acquire Chalk Media, a Vancouver company behind a technology that allows multimedia files such as video, audio and presentations to be pushed to Blackberry devices similarly to how e-mail is delivered.The acquisition, which is expected to close by February, was priced at C$23.

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100% CPU utilization

100% CPU utilization

Fellow ZDNet blogger, Paul Murphy, warned recently against using virtualization technologies to really max out CPU utilization. The temptation, of course, is to assume that a server running at only 30% of capacity is being wasted.

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UK software leadership under threat

UK software leadership under threat

The UK's position at the top of the European software industry is under threat according to a report commissioned by Microsoft in partnership with Intellect and the British Computer Society.The report, Developing the Future, is the third in an annual series and this year, for the first time, it includes a "software barometer" which shows the overall trend across the software industry.

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E-petitions give e-voices for e-democracy and e-revolution

E-petitions give e-voices for e-democracy and e-revolution

A petition, right from the heart of the University of Kent where I currently study, is attempting to persuade the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, away from new immigration laws targeting international students entering UK universities.Whilst the topic itself is a controversial one; essentially forcing university lecturers and professors to "spy on" international students to ensure they are not defrauding the university, and their visa to study there.

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Selling the IT vision

Selling the IT vision

perspective Does your organization understand what IT does--and why? IT director Peter Birley offers some advice on how to make sure the line-of-business counterparts do.

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Energy from the wind is the best for Earth

Energy from the wind is the best for Earth

According to a Stanford University researcher, 'wind, water and sun beat biofuels, nuclear and coal for clean energy.' The scientist 'has conducted the first quantitative, scientific evaluation of the proposed, major, energy-related solutions by assessing not only their potential for delivering energy for electricity and vehicles, but also their impacts on global warming, human health, energy security, water supply, space requirements, wildlife, water pollution, reliability and sustainability.' Wow! The researcher found that some sources of energy were 25 to 1,000 times more polluting than the best available options. Some of his conclusions make sense, some are controversial, but read more...

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British support 70-year copyright terms

British support 70-year copyright terms

The British Government has yielded to European pressure to extend copyright for recorded music, MusicWeek reports. Culture secretary Andy Burnham made a surprise announcement in favor of a 70-year copyright term at a music conference.

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Top-visited sites on Cyber Monday: Shopzilla, Yahoo! Shopping, Froogle

Top-visited sites on Cyber Monday: Shopzilla, Yahoo! Shopping, Froogle

November 2008December 1stGrowthRetail Category42,92757,12933%Shopzilla.com Sites9851,95398%Yahoo! Shopping1,0241,85681%Google Product Search6971,11059%MSN Shopping6721,10865%Nextag.com Sites3671,010176%CyberMonday.com131,0047578%SHOPLOCAL.COM58587850%ValueClick Sites53167527%PRONTO.COM288638121%Yahoo! Stores254571125%Source: comScore

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