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Saturday News (Bits) (8 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 3-January-2004  20:30:29 (GMT +10) - by Torment

Not much in the News on the Net, but here are some little bits and pieces that have caught my eye in the last couple of days:

It seems that Bill Gates has patents out for e-picture hanging, more on that over at Zdnet.co.uk

PC World have an article on some new gadgets that are going to be released in 2004, there is stuff to do with mobile phones, power on the go, but what really caught my eye was NEC's the PX-AX300H, a recordable TV/Video box that packs about 300GB of storage, shame they have no intention to sell it overseas.

There is also an article on Zdnet.co.uk about users using Instant Messengers and Media Players to access the Internet more than their browsers, The most popular application in December was Windows Media Player, reaching 34 percent of Internet users; AOL Instant Messenger, reaching 20.27 percent; RealNetworks' players, reaching 19.76 percent; MSN Messenger, reaching 19.31 percent; and Yahoo Messenger, reaching 12.26 percent. More over at Zdnet.co.uk

Wired.com have a news bit about the Haitian civil rights group and a gripe aka Lawsuit about Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Apparently the game (which has been for ages) tells players to "kill the Haitians".

The Reuters has an article about Apple Users threatening to sue over IBook and Ipod defects just out of warranty. There is also rumors that Apple will offer low-end Ipods for a fraction of the price of its current models at MacWorld

It seems that Oracle has raised another $1.5 billion to fund its $7.5 billion hostile takeover bid for PeopleSoft. More over at Information Week.

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