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Under-fire and unrepentant: American tech VCs turn nasty

"You cannot deftly manipulate the control stick if you are suffering from diarrhoea" - [from a previously unpublished manual for Japanese Kamikaze pilots]
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Spam blacklist withdraws controversial fines policy

A huge row has broken out after the maintainer of a list of spam-friendly insecure sites floated the idea that lax admins should pay a deposit to be removed from the list.
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MP3 royalty scare over – not many dead

Thomson Multimedia, who license the MP3 format have confirmed that software players are not under threat, and can remain free.
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Pigopolist's pants still down

It's taken two days for the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) to restore the front page of its website, after hackers defaced large sections on Wednesday in the third attack in recent weeks.
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Prudes sue for right to edit rented flicks

A couple of prudes in Denver are suing for the right to distribute rental flicks with all the good parts removed. Apparently, one of the plaintiffs has some gimmick involving a modified remote control whereby viewers can select between the original and bowdlerized editions, according to a Reuters report.