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Google preps search as a Web service

Google Inc is to offer its leading web search engine to developers using standard web services APIs, it emerged this week. Under a beta test launched without fanfare last week, the company is offering access to its index on a free trial basis, with the possibility of a commercial launch in future. The company said the …
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Children are not so smart online

The latest research forom the Nielson Norman stable aims to debunk the myth that kids are technological and online marvels. According to the firm, kids get frustrated with badly designed web sites and are just as likely to leave them in their wake as their adult counterparts.
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Sun concentrates tools under ONE Brand

Sun Microsystems Inc is regrouping its iPlanet, Forte, StarOffice and Chili!Soft product lines under the Open Net Environment (ONE) brand. The Palo Alto, California-based company has also created a new ONE business unit to market all its software development tools. Its aim, senior director Marty Robins told ComputerWire, …
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i-mode makes US debut With AT&T's mMode

NTT DoCoMo Inc's i-mode mobile data service made its US debut yesterday, as DoCoMo partner AT&T wireless Services Inc made its take on the service, mMode, available in a dozen US markets, Kevin Murphy writes. As we reported last month, mMode is somewhat different from its popular Japanese counterpart. AT&T Wireless …
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AOL rekindles browser battle

AOL Time Warner Inc took a first step in a potential rekindling of the browser wars of the late 1990s yesterday, confirming officially that CompuServe 7.0 is shipping with Netscape Gecko as its browser, replacing Internet Explorer. Some three million people subscribe to CompuServe, AOL's brand for more experienced internet …
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Microsoft anti-GPL fine print threatens competition

The release of reference licenses for Windows CIFS and SMB protocols - designed to increase competition in the file-sharing marketplace and also satisfy regulators' antitrust concerns - could actually kill competition ,thanks to some Microsoft Corp fine print. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft agreed to license its …
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Intel makes modest profit

Intel has met analyst expectations with first quarter results that give rise to hope that the worst of the IT downturn is now behind it.
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BTo gambles on vice

BTopenworld is taking a punt with online betting in a bid to generate more revenue for the mass-market ISP.
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Middle East conflict spills over into cyberspace

The political crisis in the Middle East has spawned an increase in defacement attacks on Israeli Web servers.
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Mobile AthlonXP rolls off the 0.13micron line

AMD is to add XP to the name of its mobile Athlon chips. The Mobile AMD Athlon XP is the first CPU to roll off the 0.13micron production line.
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DSL has 19m users worldwide

The number of global DSL users almost tripled during 2001, according to the latest stats from PointTopic.
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Discounts a-go-go from IT-minds

There are even more mouth-watering discounts this week from Reg associate www.it-minds.com

IBM hands over HDD biz to Hitachi

Hitachi and IBM intend to pool their respective hard disk businesses in a joint venture, which is expected to 70 per cent controlled by Hitachi. The Japanese manufacturer will make an unspecified cash payment to IBM for its HDD assets.
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Make broadband universally available

IT industry entrepreneur Bob Jones has called on the telecoms regulator to make broadband universally available to all in the UK.
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AMD's Sanders begs 64-bit favour from Gates

On February 8, Bill Gates phoned Jerry Sanders, AMD's chairman to enlist him as a witness for its longrunning antitrust trial.
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360 bn text messages this year

More than 75 billion text messages sent in the first three months of this year, according to the GSM Association.
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US Supremes affirm virtual child porn

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a blow to prudes throughout the land, when it ruled 6-3 that sexual material which doesn't involve the abuse of actual children is legal.
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The IE back-button attack

Swedish security researcher Andreas Sandblad has discovered that the MS Internet Explorer history list allows JavaScript in the URLs. The code will execute in the same zone as the last URL visited, which in the case of the error page generated by IE is the local computer zone. Thus when an error page is generated, JavaScript can be injected into the history and executed by use of the back button.