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Google to fix blog noise problem

Google is to create a search tool specifically for weblogs, most likely giving material generated by the self-publishing tools its own tab.
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Stelios faces his domain Waterloo

Stelios Haji-Ioannou has backed down in his Napoleonic crusade against owners of "easy" domains, telling legitimate print-selling business Easyart.com that he is too busy suing other people to bother it - just weeks before court action was due to start.
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Ram Raiders bin stolen HDDs

They planned their heist to perfection. First, there were two getaway cars and a flatbed lorry to steal. Then, over several days, bolts were weakened on a panel the metal fence surrounding the target company's premises. This was to provide an alternative escape route, just in case the police turned up. The precaution was …
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MMS to boom – Nokia

Three-quarters of UK survey participants are "excited" by MMS, providing an indication that MMS will repeat its success in Japan throughout the world.
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Portuguese oil co. touts latest MS SmartPhone

It is almost certainly the first time anybody other than a phone company has launched a mobile phone: GALP and Microsoft have done a deal to provide an AEG-built Windows-powered (PocketPC) device to GALP partners and customers. Microsoft's Steve Ballmer himself will be in Lisbon today to announce the deal.

Services take centre stage, as software licences slip

Taking a look at some of the recent earnings announcements for enterprise applications vendors, you could be forgiven for thinking that the days of selling software licences were sliding to an end, writes Fran Howarth, of Bloor Research.
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‘Banned’ Xbox hacking book selling fast

Hacker-engineer Andrew "Bunnie" Huang says he's already pre-sold between 400 and 500 copies of his self-published tell-all "Hacking the Xbox: an Introduction to Reverse Engineering," weeks before its scheduled May 27th publication date, despite -- or perhaps because of -- looming suspicions by some that the book skirts the edges of legality.
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Nvidia admits GeForce FX 5800 ‘not successful’

Nvidia last night announced disappointing results for the first quarter of its current fiscal year, 2004.
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ATI ships Radeon 9600 Pro

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch Graphics ATI has begun shipping its Radeon 9600 Pro graphics chip and card, earlier than originally planned but a little later than the part's re-scheduled ship date. On 2 April, ATI marketing chief Rick Bergman said the company's Radeon 9600 products would ship "later this month". ATI missed that by a week or …
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DoCoMo wristphone sells out in 20 mins

NTT DoCoMo's Wristomo I-mode wristphone sold out within 20 minutes of going on sale, the company said yesterday.
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OpenForum Europe rejects Perens charges

This week, Linux evangelist Bruce Perens criticised OpenForum Europe for supporting software patents in the European Community. Graham Taylor, Director OpenForum Europe, has penned this open letter in response.
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Tiscali UK caps users

Tiscali UK is capping its unmetered Anytime service to 150-hours a month.
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Broadband: it's not all about speed, you know

Broadband providers should concentrate on delivering high service quality rather than chasing ever-greater speeds.
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Toshiba to demo low-cost blue-laser optical disc

Toshiba is developing a blue-laser optical disc based on today's DVD production process. The upshot: much higher capacities of optical storage at a much lower cost than other blue-laser technologies.
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Blogger forces Irish domain registry into sunlight

Irish blogger and Internet consultant Antoin O'Lachtnain has succeeded in his bid to force the secretive company running Ireland's .ie domain into the open.
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Museum calls on industry to help celebrate IT heritage

The UK's Museum of Computing, a not-for-profit organisation with links to the Science Museum and the Bletchley Park Trust, the British Computer Society and the University of Bath, is seeking help from IT companies around the world to draw up its ongoing exhibition programme.
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Microsoft publishes US Xbox Live prices

Microsoft has revealed some of its pricing plans for the US Xbox Live service, hopefully giving some indication of what it's lined up for European consumers.
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Cops seize dorm PCs in college raid

Ohio State cops have made the latest raid on techie college students, seizing computer equipment from three freshman and one sophomore.