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Yahoo! extends! e-mail! offer!

Could Yahoo! be feeling a privacy backlash?
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FAA hacked by patriots

Hackers were able to penetrate a Federal Aviation Administration system earlier this week and download unpublished information on airport passenger screening activities, federal officials confirmed Thursday. Styling themselves "The Deceptive Duo," the hackers on Wednesday publicly defaced an FAA server used by what was the …
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Electronic courts scheme in crisis talks

A project to link hundreds of magistrates' courts in the UK electronically may have to be abandoned because discussions between the government and a key supplier are floundering.
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BT Broadband not sexy enough

Analysts have cast doubt over BT's latest assault on the UK's broadband market and its planned introduction of a "no frills" service.
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Intel kickstarts Fab 24 in Ireland

Things must be looking up: Intel has begun work again on building Fab 24 in Leixlip, Ireland. The chip monster has frozen construction on the $2bn building twice, citing downturn in demand.
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So farewell then, Elsa: PNY picks up the pieces

Update Nvidia has appointed New Jersey firm PNY Technologies to flog Quadro workstation graphics boards into the OEM market worldwide.
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MS Word runs malicious e-mail scripts

If you've chosen MS Word for your e-mail editor in Outlook 2000 or 2002, you'll need to patch a flaw which enables script execution when a malicious memo is replied to or forwarded.
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Datawiping doesn't work

eTesting Labs has run a series of tests of eight commercial available diskwiping products - and only one of them worked properly.
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Hants hit by BT power failure

Tens of thousands of people in southern England were without phones last night after a power failure in Southampton brought down BT's network.
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Disaster recovery disaster finds buyer

Guardian IT, the ailing disaster recovery firm, up for sale after spending lots of borrowed money in anticipation of business which never happened, has a buyer.
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Another.com suffers disappearing emails

The boss of subscription-based email service, Another.com, said he hopes that a snag that has crippled the service for some 100 users during the last week will be resolved today.
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Japan's DRAM market exodus

A top Japanese electronics executive has criticized the country's leading manufacturers for their wholesale abandonment of the DRAM memory chip business, warning that an "emotional" herd mentality could seriously damage the country's high-tech sector. In an article published by Nikkei Business, the chairman of Texas …
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NAI on-off bid for McAfee.com is off again

Network Associates on-off bid for the shares in its McAfee.com consumer ASP subsidiary that it doesn't own is off, again.
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Yahoo! keeps! Overture!

Yahoo! Inc has decided to renew its contract with Overture Services Inc for three years, Overture announced yesterday. The decision dashes speculation that Yahoo was poised to give its advertising search business to Google Inc, which is already a key partner, or build its own customer service in-house. "Since its inception …

IBM to ship BladeCenter eServers in Q3

Hoping to cash in on all the excitement building in the market about blade servers, IBM Corp's top brass in the Server Group who are responsible for the company's entry into this market started talking, very generally, about the company's plans, Timothy Prickett Morgan writes. Like other blade server vendors, IBM is …
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Vodafone ARPU stable

The advanced maturity of Europe's formerly booming wireless network business was underlined yesterday as Vodafone Group Plc, the biggest operator in the region, posted quarterly subscriber growth figures down heavily on the earlier quarter. Net subscriber growth for the Newbury, UK-based company was 1.3 million in the …
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MS exec argues for right to break rivals' software

One of the exhibits in the previous stages of the Microsoft antitrust trial included an email from one Chris Jones, recommending to Bill Gates that the binding of IE into Windows should be such that users would find running rival browsers "a jolting experience." At the time many people, not least of them the Department of Justice, seemed to think that this and other associated exhibits were all about the anticompetitive tying of IE into Windows in order to destroy Netscape. But apparently not - MS Windows exec Chris, taking the stand yesterday, put forward an explanation of almost patentable novelty.
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Time creates CIO post

Time Group, the UK's biggest system builder, has created a new job - chief information officer - to handle "joined up IT delivery". The first incumbent is Jason Campion, who moves over from Time sister company Internexus, where he was technical director.
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PSINet Europe finds buyer

An international group of investors led by a British financier has emerged as the frontrunner in the race to buy PSINet Europe.
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Crackers favour war dialling and weak passwords

InfoSecurity Europe With all the talk about zero day exploits and sometimes esoteric vulnerabilities its easy to lose sight of the role of older, less sophisticated techniques as a mainstay of cracker activity.
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The quest for the killer mobile app – beyond UIs, browsers

Picsel's Interactive File Viewer (IFV) doesn't entirely lend itself to simple explanations. It's a file viewer (of course) that lets you look at and manipulate a variety of file formats, Word, Powerpoint, PDF, eBook, on a mobile device. Clever, no doubt, but why on earth would you want to do that? Picsel CEO Imran Khand sits down with The Register at Symbian Developer Expo this week, fires up a postage stamp sized display of an Amazon web page and starts zooming in and out. Cute, OK, but why would you want to do that either?
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WIPOUT names essay winners

Today is World Intellectual Property day; so how appropriate for WIPOUT to announce the 11 winners of its international intellectual property counter-essay contest. The Register is, we seem to recall, a sponsor in a very small way, of this contest, so clearly we think it's worth a story. And considering the provenance of WIPOUT, we are sure that it won't mind that we are stealing its press release and reprinting it in full. ®
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Westcon picks up Landis pieces

Westcon is to buy the networking distie assets of Landis, the stricken Dutch-owned firm, for the knockdown price of €7m.
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VIA claims DDR333 Athlon mobo wins

In February VIA launched the Apollo KT333 chipset onto a suspecting world+dog. At the time, the Taiwanese chipset house (it prefers to call itself a core logic business these days), said that 40-50 per cent of new mobos would support DDR333 fast memory by the end of the year. Some industry observers raised their eyebrows.
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Microsoft's SGI 3D patents trickling back to Redmond

The results of the transfer of Silicon Graphics' 3D patent portfolio to Microsoft have begun to show up in the US Patent Office database.
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Hands on with the PDA-killer Sony P800

Attention: medical staff.
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Alan Cox stars in EU copyright protest debate

Linux heavyweight Alan Cox is to speak on a debate next week about the proposed European Union Copyright Directive which has alarmed many in the Internet community.
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Cisco and Sophos spoofed in virus mail-outs

Cisco Systems has written to users to warn against forged messages containing computer viruses which purport to come from its Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT).
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SuSE touts user-friendly v8.0

SuSE Linux aims to make its open source distribution more user friendly with version 8.0 of its Professional Edition, launched today.