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Congress blasts Feds on cyber-terror FOIA games

There was a fabulous explosion Wednesday during an otherwise typical cyberterror dog-and-pony show on the Hill when House Government Reform Subcommittee Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky (Democrat, Illinois) lost her composure during a discussion of new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) modifications proposed by the GB Junior Administration as part of its Homeland Defense initiative.
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VeriSign posts loss after $4.6bn charge

VeriSign Inc yesterday reported a loss for the second quarter to June 30 of $4.8bn, compared to a loss of $11.2bn a year ago, on revenue that was up 37% at $317.4m. The company said the loss was mostly due to a $4.6bn acquisition write-down charge. The company's enterprise and service provider division, which includes its …
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France Telecom begs for tax-payer bail-out

France Telecom SA managed 10% revenue growth in the first half and is on course to sustain the expansion rate for the full year. But weighed down with $56bn in debt, the company has confirmed that it is in talks with its largest shareholder, the French government, and the French taxpayer is likely to be forced to bail the …
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UDDI v.3 coming soon (to a Web service near you)

An IBM and Microsoft Corp-backed project for web services directories takes two potentially massive steps forward next week, Gavin Clarke writes. Computerwire has learned the third version of Universal Description, Discovery Integration (UDDI) will be announced Tuesday, offering richer XML web services descriptions. …
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IBM and Linux our biggest threats – Microsoft

IBM and Linux combined represent a threat and inspiration as Microsoft Corp drives into enterprise computing, top company executives said yesterday. Computing giant IBM wages war against Microsoft in lucrative corporate accounts while Linux, the low-cost threat to Windows, wins supporters in fertile developer communities …
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Telefonica abandons Germany as 3G hopes collapse

Telefonica SA has frozen the operations of its mobile subsidiaries in Europe in a move that confirms the collapse of hopes that 3G services will be a huge money-spinner. It is writing off 4.8bn euros ($4.8bn) from the value of assets and associated restructuring operations in what is likely to be a prelude to a fire sale …
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TSMC figures suggest slower silicon recovery

Fears that the chip sector's recovery is still anemic at best were confirmed yesterday when Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd forecast softening demand in the third quarter. The prediction came as the Taiwanese foundry giant released second quarter results which showed sales up 68% to NTD44bn ($1.3bn). …
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Today is SysAdmin Day

Site of the Day Today's SOTD is nothing if not topical. For it's the last Friday in July and that means Sysadminday.com,host of the second annual Systems Administrator Appreciation Day.
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iPAQ is ‘tainted brand’ – Kewney

Compaq's "arrogance" has been attacked, in public, by a body of users. Can HP really carry on with its plan to kill the Jornada name and stick with the tainted iPaq brand? I recently had to go to bat for a user of the iPAQ. He tells me he's spent the last two years trying to get Dixons and Compaq to admit that his model …
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Princeton ‘hacks’ Yale admissions site

Yale is threatening to sue Princeton after officials at the rival Ivy League college allegedly hacked into Yale's Web site to gain unauthorised access to its admission decisions.
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Ethical hacker faces war driving charges

A Houston computer security analyst has been charged with hacking after demonstrating the insecurity of a county courts wireless LAN.
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NEC splits chips, screens

NEC will spin off its semiconductor division in November, the company confirmed yesterday. The chip business, worth some 680 billion Yen ($5.8 billion), will be called "NEC Electronics Corporation".
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Valenti backs away from P2P hack bill

House Hollywood sock puppet Howard Berman (Democrat, California) may have gone too far in licking the boots of his benevolent patrons. Indeed, he's gone and licked the shine clear off Motion Picture Ass. of America President Jack Valenti's boots, as this article from Reuters indicates.
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Economy sneezes, PDA biz catches cold

US demand for PDAs fell by 10 per cent in the last quarter, according to IDC. 2.6 million devices shipped stateside in this period.
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Apple lawyers nix box pix

Apple's legal department has sent threatening letters to two websites publishing incredibly boring information, purportedly of the company's new professional PowerMac case.
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What's wrong with this JPEG picture?

Letters JPEGs are not free: Patent holder pursues IP grab JPEG guardians vow to defend free images No more JPEGs - ISO to withdraw image standard