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Short takes on the week's news

BT slashes cost of SDSL to attract business

BT is to cut the price of its symmetrical digital subscriber line products by 30% in a bid to stimulate the SDSL market. The new SDSL prices, effective from November, will apply to both connection and rental charges for BT's Datastream Symmetric and BT IPstream Symmetric products. SDSL broadband allows fast file transfer and supports applications that require the same upstream and downstream speeds, such as videoconferencing.

Sybase to acquire Extended Systems

Software supplier Sybase is to acquire mobile software firm Extended Systems for £40m and integrate it into its iAnywhere Solutions subsidiary. Extended Systems specialises in mobile enterprise software, database software and mobile applications. Sybase said the acquisition will bolster its mobile middleware products.

Dual-core processing technology gets cheaper

AMD has introduced a chip that will bring dual-core technology within reach of smaller businesses. The Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor 3800+ is designed to provide an entry point to dual-core computing on desktop PCs.

Mercury adds user acceptance testing

Mercury Interactive has launched a version of its Business Process Testing tool that includes user acceptance testing. The product is designed to help quality assurance engineers, business analysts and senior business managers test more elements earlier in the application development cycle.

Microsoft to offer enterprise Windows

Microsoft is to release an enterprise version of the forthcoming version of Windows, Windows Vista, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said last week. It will also offer a new version of Office, called Office Premium, aimed at businesses, he added.

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