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Anti-open source ‘whitepaper’ devastated

Roaring Penguin's David Skoll has written a fine rebuttal to the ADTI whitepaper. With his permission we're reproducing it whole and unedited:
Thomas C Greene, 11 Jun 2002
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Homer Simpson MP3 “banned” by Fox

Counter culture hero Paul Krassner - co-founder of the Yippies - has made available a recording of Homer Simpson that Fox refused to sanction. It features Dan Castellaneta, who plays Homer in Fox's The Simpsons introducing a live performance by Krassner. Although the introduction was penned by Castanella, Fox owns the rights and after hearing the entire CD refused permission for Homer's voice to appear, according to Krassner.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jun 2002
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Palm OS 5.0 milestone more of a molehill

Although Palm's software chief David Nagel hit the right, very cautious note in interviews yesterday - as the company finally released final code for PalmOS 5.0 - the company still can't resist its bad habit of overselling itself.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jun 2002
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KPNQwest faces High Noon deadline today

KPNQwest NV's future is still hanging in the balance after trustees for the bankrupt carrier look set to extend the deadline to collect funds from customers until noon today. If the customers that promised to settle their bills pay up, trustees are optimistic that the backbone could be kept in operation for several weeks, …
ComputerWire, 11 Jun 2002
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Find the rogue protocols

San Diego-based startup Akonix Systems Inc is offering companies a way to monitor and regulate employees' use of insecure internet services such as instant messaging, with the launch of its first product, L7, yesterday. The software targets "rogue protocols", defined as those that intentionally avoid network security. L7 ( …
ComputerWire, 11 Jun 2002

StorageTek Gives Up on HP

Storage Technology Corp has given up on its OEM relationship with Hewlett-Packard Co, according to CEO Pat Martin. Louisville, Colorado-based StorageTek has been supplying HP with tape-automation products, but it would appear that the post-merger company will go with Compaq's OEM partner Overland Data Systems instead. No …
ComputerWire, 11 Jun 2002
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EarthLink buys PeoplePC for $10m

EarthLink Inc is making a play into the business-to-business white-label internet access market and the budget consumer market, snapping up smaller rival PeoplePC Inc for the bargain-basement price of about $10m. PeoplePC's niche is providing a PC-and-internet bundle, both directly to consumers and to consumers and …
ComputerWire, 11 Jun 2002
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Increasing Virtualisation

It is quite normal for old concepts to be repackaged and reproduced as new ideas. For a long time, there has been a view that virtualisation is good because it provides a common platform for development. However, this is creating opportunities for others who can do clever things beneath that platform.
IT-Analysis, 11 Jun 2002
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AOL shows UK broadband hand

AOL is entering the UK's ADSL market - and it's not cheap.
Drew Cullen, 11 Jun 2002
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BT gets 802.11b rubber stamp

The government yesterday duly amended the Wireless Telegraphy Act, opening to flood-gates to commercial providers of public WLAN services on the 2.4GHz spectrum.
Drew Cullen, 11 Jun 2002
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E-envoy envoy wows Internet World

The Internet World show kicked off in London today with as much va-va-voom as France's football flops.
Tim Richardson, 11 Jun 2002
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Snoops a go-go: UK gov goes mad on privacy invasion

The UK government intends to implement sweeping extensions to the snooping powers of official bodies before its controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) even comes into force. RIPA was bludgeoned through Parliament two years ago in the face of heavy opposition, and is to come into force later this year.
John Lettice, 11 Jun 2002
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PDAs cost loadsamoney

Gartner, the IT analyst firm, makes something of a speciality of estimating the total cost of ownership (TCO) of computer hardware for its corporate customers. You know the sort of stuff - the purchase price of a desktop PC is only 12 per cent of its TCO; it costs up to $150 to dispose a PC safely and legally etcetera.
Drew Cullen, 11 Jun 2002
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Tele2 guarantees 99.9% broadband uptime

Tele2 is to guarantee broadband service levels for its business customers, the wireless broadband outfit confirmed today at the Internet World show in London.
Tim Richardson, 11 Jun 2002
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Phone handsets get Nintendo-style games capabilities

In the past couple of weeks wireless technology developer TTPCom has been touring companies demonstrating one of the most intensely desirable mobile phone handsets - a silver and blue demo unit that you'll never be able to buy (not exactly, anyway), but that the company hopes will fire the imagination of handset manufacturers and help trigger the mobile phone games revolution.
John Lettice, 11 Jun 2002
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People chipping company hit by class actions, FDA probe

The pseudo-cyborging activities of Applied Digital Solutions and Digital Angel have run into serious trouble in the shape of a comprehensive axing by WorldNetDaily, which publishes a special report on the subject today.
John Lettice, 11 Jun 2002
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Football roolz at Internet World

As far as El Reg is concerned, two companies are head and shoulders above the rest at the Internet World show in London.
Tim Richardson, 11 Jun 2002
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Local councillors refuse to publish interests on Net

Kent County Council has refused to publish a register of councillors’ financial interests on the Net, citing fears that members could be exposed to "unnecessary risk".
Drew Cullen, 11 Jun 2002