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Crackers gain sight of up to 5m credit cards

Computer crackers have obtained details of up to five million US Visa and MasterCard accounts, the two firms admitted yesterday.
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Bye, cyberczar Clarke – thanks for everything

Opinion The retirement of Richard Clarke is appropriate to the reality of the war on terror. Years ago, Clarke bet his national security career on the idea that electronic war was going to be real war. He lost, because as al Qaeda and Iraq have shown, real action is still of the blood and guts kind.
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Do webcams break when Tony Blair walks by?

Readers may or may not be interested in a minor addition to the lore of webcams inoperative for operational reasons. While vast numbers of anti-war demonstrators weren't visible (not to you laddie, anyway) on London's webcam network, Mr Tony himself was up in Glasgow, delivering a speech including an eccentric arithmetical conceit,* and not being visible on webcams there either.
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Robogrunt: the US military's plans for robot armies

The US military's current armoury of unmanned spyplanes and weapons is to be vastly expanded through the addition of armies of robot soldiers, replacing and/or supplementing the real grunts, reports Billings Gazette.
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‘Touch and go’ whether BT will hit 1m BB target

BT may fall short of reaching its target of one million broadband customers by the end of June, according to a report just published.
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Freeserve denies it's gone cold on BB

Freeserve has shelved plans to push broadband and is instead concentrating on making cash from its narrowband customers.
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Man charged after flight manual appears on eBay

The auction of a purloined flight manual on eBay has prompted the arrest of an Air Canada baggage handler.
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IR35 case reaches High Court

The Professional Contractors Group (PCG) is returning to the High Court, scene of a crushing defeat, to fight IR35. This time around it is supporting IT contractor Gordon Stutchbury in his case against the Inland Revenue. The case is scheduled for Feb 25-27.
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Instant Internet access before you boot Windows

BIOS king Phoenix Technologies is developing its core software technologies to help users cope better with system failures.
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Divine. Inc mulls bankruptcy

Divine Inc., is close to collapse. The dotcom tithe firm has hired investment bank Broadview Associates to help it explore "strategic options, which may include asset divestitures, comparable transactions, and/or the filing of a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. divine is currently involved in active discussions regarding the potential sale of several businesses or strategic assets".

HP talks scalable for Itanium 2 chipset, dualie module

IDF HP is using opening day at the Intel Developer Forum to underscore its role as Itanium 2 cheerleader.
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Intel wheels out two concept PCs

IDF Intel wheeled out two new concept PC platforms - and two new codenames at the Intel Developer's Forum (IDF) today.
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Barrett: Reasons to Be Cheerful

IDF Someone has got to be an optimist about a tech industry upturn, and that someone is usually Intel CEO Craig Barrett.