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BrightMail works to close spam loopholes

BrightMail Inc yesterday released version 4.0 of its spam filtering services to enterprises and service providers, saying it has added features aimed at recognizing sophisticated spam that was previously undetectable. Anti-Spam 4.0 has a feature BrightMail calls BrightSig, which identifies "polymorphic spam attacks". These …
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AOL drops third party pop-ups

America Online Inc, the online arm of the AOL Time Warner Inc media empire, is showing signs of responding to the maturing consumer internet audience with the launch of AOL 8.0, the latest version of its flagship service, writes Kevin Murphy. In the first service upgrade since CEO Jonathan Miller took over the reins in …
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Adobe moves into document management

Adobe Systems Inc will on Monday announce a slew of new products targeting enterprise customers, ComputerWire has learned, and the company will for the first time use a direct sales team to peddle the software, Jason Stamper writes. The new products to be announced are: Forms Server, which renders electronic forms and …
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Sun may broaden jobs sweep

Sun Microsystems Inc could soon give up to 20% of its workforce an unexpected early Christmas present - the gift of more un-paid time with their families. Merrill Lynch analyst Steven Milunovich said Sun may cut up to 8,000 jobs this quarter - Sun is due to announce its third-quarter results this Thursday. Milunovich joins …
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France plots to evade EU rules over telecom debt

France is preparing plans to pump new funds into debt-laden France Telecom SA without breaching European Union rules against state bail-outs. Leaks in the French press suggest that it plans to create an "ad hoc structure" to hold the government 55% stake in the company, which could then borrow from banks to have the funds …
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Intel applies long memory to smart phones

Intel Corp yesterday launched an assault on the mobile handset market with the introduction of two new chips featuring high-capacity Flash memory technology. Intel described its new XScale smart phone chips as "an advancement that will help significantly improve cell phone battery life, performance and storage capacity" …

Storage is bustin' out all over

Expect to find much of the storage industry away from its desk over the next few days. What with Storage Expoon in Birmingham, UK Stockage in Paris, Systems in Munich setting up a StorageSolutionsArea , and the SNIA having its US symposium in San Jose, this is storage exhibition week.
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Everywhere! starts taking sat ISP sign-ups

Everywhere! Broadband has begun accepting registrations for its one-way broadband satellite service ahead of a full commercial launch later this year.
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Windows Messenger is new spam vector

The forces of evil have produced a devilish tool whereby spam can be sent to thousands of Windows users in minutes, in the guise of system alerts. This was brought to our attention by reader Mike MacNeill, who sent us a screenie of a Windows system alert offering him the university diploma of his dreams with "no required tests, classes, books or interviews," in the classic manner. Below is a smaller example:
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‘Explicit’ ads floor Vodafone

Another day, another big-name company gets a ticking-off from the guardians of advertising decency.
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If I tell you that I'll have to kill you: Red Hat fights the DMCA

Red Hat has struck a small blow against the DMCA, by publishing a security patch which can only be explained fully to people who are not within US jurisdiction. The company's position here seems to be not altogether voluntary - according to a spokesman "it is bizarre, and unfortunately something Red Hat cannot easily do much about," but like it or not Red Hat has been recruited to the campaign to make the DMCA look ridiculous.
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Vodafone swoops on Cegetel

Vodafone has delivered a knock-out blow in the tussle with Vivendi Universal to gain control of Cegetel, the French telecoms house. It is stumping up €6.3bn cash for the stakes held by fellow minority partners BT and SBC Communications, taking its share of the company to 56 per cent. And it has made a non-binding offer to buy Vivendi's 44 per cent in Cegetel for €6.77bn. This offer expires on October 30, leaving Vivendi with a very tight timetable to respond with a counter-offer.
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Intel Q3 results disappoint, outlook cloudy

Intel's third quarter results, released on Tuesday, showed profits significantly higher than the previous year, but short of analysts' expectations.
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Lik-Sang lives! (Minus mod-chips)

Hong Kong-based online retailer Lik-Sang, one of the most popular importers of console hardware and software, has reopened its website for business after over a week offline which resulted from a lawsuit filed by Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft with the high court of Hong Kong.
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Now we are two: OpenOffice.org celebrates

OpenOffice.org, the Open Source office suite based on Sun's StarOffice, celebrated its second birthday this week with a couple of new releases: a 1.0 beta for Mac OS X and a new developer release, charting the path for future user versions of OpenOffice.org 1.0.
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Pensioner gets five years for German cashpoint scam

A German pensioner who failed to sell banks his encryption scheme for ATM machines has been convicted of counterfeiting credit and debit cards.

IBM, HDS, Sun, VERITAS form storage management gang

Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, Sun Microsystems and VERITAS Software Corporation announced on Tuesday "a new effort dedicated to the promotion and progress of SNIA's Common Information Model (CIM), Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) technology and Storage Management Initiative (SMI) specifications (formerly Bluefin) for Storage Area Network (SAN)-based storage management".
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Text me, Sex me, my porn star baby

With news still fresh that Vodafone believes many people use text messages to "enhance their love lives", here's something that might be of interest to the monster mobileco.
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MS kills another clip-art fan rave

Microsoft has yanked another of its fraudulent user testimonials, in this case a fictitious twelve-year-old boy raving about a fictional homework assignment and the indespensable insights he received from MS Encarta Reference Library in preparing it.
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Sklyarov denied US visa to testify in DMCA case

Dmitry Sklyarov, the Russian programmer at the centre of the first Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) prosecution, has been denied a US visa in a move that jeopardises his requirement to testify in the forthcoming trial of his former employers, ElcomSoft.

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Silvermead launches Sat broadband next month

Yet another ISP is to offer broadband via a one-way satellite service bringing high-speed Net access to people all over the country.
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Trap blackhat hackers with IT-Minds

It's all gone a bit Mata Hari this week at Reg associate IT-minds.com. Our favourite online bookshop is offering an insight into how to lure blackhat hackers to a sticky end with Honeypots: Tracking Hackers. This ultimate guide to a rapidly growing, cutting-edge technology will teach you the skills you need to deploy the best honeypot solutions for your environment. Available to all Register visitors at &pound:24.49 - a saving of 30 per cent.
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Feelies with Intel's Mr Banias

Microprocessor Forum Mooly Eden, the director of Intel's Israel Mobile Platform Group, dared us to see how cool the Banias mobile chip really is yesterday, in the queue for salad.