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Sun takes Liberty with Identity Server 6.0

Sun Microsystems Inc is today expected to announce what is believed to be the industry's first identity sever based on Liberty Alliance Project specifications for federated network identity.
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C&W appoints new chairman

Cable & Wireless Plc has bowed to the demand of irate investors and has appointed experienced outsider Richard Lapthorne as chairman - a move that is expected to be the precursor to the departure of chief executive Graham Wallace.
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Borland ponders strategy for 2003 and 2004

Borland Software Corp executives will spend the next three months evaluating the impact of recent acquisitions and plot strategic goals for the company, to be executed in the next two years, writes Gavin Clarke.
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Bull takes fast track to Linux deployment

Groupe Bull SA has announced the launch of a new Linux server and software stack called LinuxExpress, which includes hardware, services and open source software for web, groupware, application servers, and high availability.
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Recycling activists condemn US PC makers

US technology companies have been criticised for failing to match their foreign counterparts when it comes to electronics recycling and reducing hazardous waste.

Sun to put Pirus switches inside arrays

Sun Microsystems is planning to integrate the hardware it gained with the purchase of smart storage switching start-up Pirus Networks Inc with what it described as "large scale" disk arrays - which is likely to mean the high-end Hitachi Lightning arrays it resells under its own brand.
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PS2 breaks sales records

PlayStation 2 sold more than 6.5 million units worldwide during the month spanning Thanksgiving and Christmas, compared to five million units during the same period the previous year, Sony says.
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Heathrow thieves nick £6.2m of Intel chips

A £6.2m consignment of Intel chips was stolen under the nose of a courier at Heathrow airport yesterday.
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Case vacates AOL Time Warner chair

Steve Case is to quit his position as chairman of AOL Time Warner in May claiming his departure is in the "best interest of the company".
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Friends Reunited up for sale

Friends Reunited is up for sale and there's a £25m+ price tag on its head. The school and college reunion site has appointed BDO Stoy Hayward to find a trade buyer or a management buy-in team, and the process is "quite advanced", co-founder Stephen Pankhurst told the Sunday Times yesterday.
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HP ‘misled’ court over disk drive defects

California's attorney general has accused Hewlett-Packard of misleading court investigators by hiring its expert witness in a case concerning defective floppy disk controllers found in millions of PCs.
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Public overwhelmingly supports ID cards, claims UK.gov

The British public is voting enthusiastically for ID cards, claims Home Office minister and long-standing Blair bagman Lord Falconer. Or at least, the "around 1,500 people and organisations [who] have sent in their comments" to the current consultation exercise have split two to one in favour, while "450 volunteers" who're apparently being experimented on are even more pro.
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NTL quits Chapter 11

NTL has finally - finally - emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
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Today's latest mass mailing worm

There's precious little sign of any let-up on the virus front, with the emergence of a new mass-mailing worm.
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Reg branded Yo-Yos – we kid you not

If we asked readers to nominate the most unlikely product for Reg branding, it's likely that a Yo-Yo would be close to the top of the list. And condoms of course, but that's stretching it a bit, even for us. So, after due consideration, we decided not to penetrate the prophylactic market, but rather push back the envelope of …
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BT runs ADSL price promo

BT Retail, the customer-facing part of the monster telco, has finally decided to pass on price cuts to its broadband consumers - cuts announced by BT's wholesale division last year.
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Chapter One: Kevin Mitnick's story

Kevin Mitnick's 'lost' bio
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Kevin Mitnick's ‘lost’ bio

The recent book "The Art of Deception" by Kevin Mitnick and co-author William Simon is without question the most readable and enjoyable text on computer security that I've ever encountered.
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Feds seek public input on hacker sentencing

Sick and tired of a revolving door justice system that lets hackers skate with just a few measly years in prison? Or do you think that the courts are already too hard on online miscreants who sometimes go up the creek for longer than many killers?
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Freeserve signs up new broadband support opo

Freeserve has signed up a Hartlepool-based company to provide support for its broadband customers after ending a contract with Dixons.
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US.mil launches Operation Desert Spam

The US has launched a spam offensive in the hopes of persuading senior Iraqi officials to defect.
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SCO says it has made no decision on Unix IP

A story at Linux Business Week, originally published by Client Server News, raised a ruckus in the Linux community. SCO, it said, had drafted a press release that detailed plans to cash in on its Unix patents, either by charging an extra license fee to users of its Linux distribution, or by "pressing infringement claims" against other Linux distributions, possibly even to fellow members of the UnitedLinux tribe.
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AOL lifts Demon spam ban

AOL lifted a block on email from ISP Demon this afternoon, after a sudden surge of spam messages provoked AOL into rejecting all email from Demon users last Friday.