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Google listens to your questions

Sergei Brin may be shunning an IPO, he says, "to avoid public scrutiny", but here's a rare chance for you to ask Google the questions that really matter.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 May 2003
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Europe too? US acquires hundreds of millions of Latino citizens' data

The President's favorite database company, Choicepoint Inc., has acquired personal data on hundreds of millions of citizens in ten Latin American countries without their knowledge or consent. Data includes Mexico's Federal Electoral Register, details of drivers in Mexico City and Colombia.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 May 2003
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IBM builds world's smallest torch

IBM has created the world's smallest torch -- 50,000 times thinner than a human hair.
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Too many Watch Lists – Congress

While errors in the Transportation Security Administration's "no-fly" list have famously raised the ire of innocent air travelers misidentified as terrorists, it's far from the only government watch list in use.
Kevin Poulsen, 05 May 2003
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Madonna's borderline MP3 tactics

The material girl's foul-mouthed revenge on music traders could be interpreted as a deceptive trade practice, or even outright fraud, says Mark Rasch, SecurityFocus columnist.
Mark Rasch, 05 May 2003
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Opera: Your mother should know

Opinion: You can't trust a mother when she praises her child, but you can trust dear old Mum's recommendation for a new piece of technology.
Ashlee Vance, 05 May 2003
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Dell seeks new name

Dell Computer Corp.'s board of directors have called for a much-needed company name change.
Ashlee Vance, 05 May 2003