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Qld health systems slammed
QUEENSLAND Health's information systems have been slammed in a damning
report sparked by concerns over rogue surgeon Jayant Patel.

Optus DSL stuck in talks
OPTUS has remained cagey about its ADSL network rollout plans, blaming
Telstra for the slow progress of talks concerning the project.

Coonan to change Telstra licence
TELSTRA will be forced to maintain a presence in the bush beyond any
sale of the government's stake in the telco, Communications Minister
Helen Coonan said.

Optimism fuels laptop boom
BOOMING demand for notebooks is likely to haul the PC market towards a
record second half of the year, with increasingly confident consumers
enticed into upgrading by plummeting prices and healthy economic

Internet the big revenue winner
THE steep growth in advertising dollars spent online during the next
five years will come directly from newspapers, a report from
PricewaterhouseCoopers has found.

Optus profit dips
SINGTEL subsidiary Optus said that net profit had declined "marginally
in the first quarter as the company was hit by increased competition,
particularly in mobile and fixed-line business markets.

iTunes gets Japan start
APPLE has launched its iTunes online music store in Japan, bringing its
market-leading download service to the world's second-largest music
market by album sales.

Nordic telco cuts 3,000 jobs
SWEDISH-FINNISH telecommunications operator TeliaSonera has announced
plans to eliminate 3,000 jobs in Sweden following a 30 per cent drop in
profit during the second-quarter.


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Cool karts cash in
BUCKING conventional wisdom has paid off for South Korean online game
producer Nexon, which is raking in millions of dollars each month by
selling digital images rather than real products.


Jabra BT 800
A BLUETOOTH headset means never having to hold your mobile phone while
talking on it. Such busy little beavers we have all become.


Trujillo picks fight with boss
A long-term plan for telecommunications in the bush is overdue, Michael
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Comcast profit soars

Rebels promise stealth P2P by Xmas

P2P group tests new weapon

Apple gives in on mouse

Telstra boss swipes at regulators

No mega contracts, says Abbott

HP exits digital cameras

Asia to drive mobile gambling

Hutch 3G for Canberra

Optus mobile swells by 105,000

We make, we spend, says Sol soars on $126m bid

RIM ruling scaled back

Oracle buys bank software group


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[Osdir-daily] Apache Derby Released

The Apache Derby development community is pleased to announce its
first release after graduating from the Apache Incubator, Apache Derby Apache Derby is now a subproject of the Apache DB project.
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[Osdir-daily] Commerce to buy Linux through purchase agreement

The Commerce Department has awarded a blanket purchase agreement to DLT
Solutions for Red Hat software and services. Commerce personnel will be able to
buy Red Hat Enterprise Linux and other products and services through the BPA,
with DLT serving as the reseller.

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Building the college library of tomorrow
Never mind Google. Several big universities are well on their way to the library of the future.
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