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NewZealand.com saga continues

The saga of the US$500,000 paid by the New Zealand government for domain NewZealand.com is still rolling on, with official responses to Parliamentary questions producing more queries than they did answers.

SCO invokes RIAA in Linux jihad

SCO has warned Linux users that they might be liable if they continue to use the open source operating system. It also suspended its own Linux business. Open Source community leader Bruce Perens described the actions as "rabid".
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Verisign granted DNS lookup patent

Verisign has been granted a patent protecting the lookup of domain names. The patent protects the act of performing several look-ups at once, or "performing a multitude of searches simultaneously, transparent to the user.
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Can US software developers form an ‘open source’ union?

There has never been a successful union-style organizing movement among US software developers. Ian Lurie, who runs a Seattle Web design firm, believes this is because traditional "industrial" union structures don't serve programmers' needs very well, but that a new, "open source" union structure based on pre-industrial craft guilds might make lives better for people in the job-nomadic IT industry.
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Broadband buoys Tiscali

Tiscali has upped its revenues on the back of increased take-up of broadband, the pan-European ISP reported today.
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MS ‘slush’ fund provides big discounts to stop Linux – email

Microsoft's head of worldwide sales last summer circulated a 'stop Linux at any price' email to sales execs and senior company executives, including Steve Ballmer, Jim Allchin and Jeff Raikes. According to the International Herald Tribune, which has seen the email, Orlando Ayala was aiming to block Linux's progress in government. "Under NO circumstances lose against Linux," he said, saying that in cases where the deal involved governments or large institutions there was a special fund available which could be used to offer large discounts, or even to give Microsoft software away.
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Paedo ring sysadmins jailed for 11 years

Two British men yesterday began prison sentences totalling 11 years and three months for their involvement in a sophisticated paedophile ring.
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NTL to escape ASA ad cap rap

NTL looks set to escape a rap from the advertising watchdog over complaints concerning whether its capped broadband service offers "unlimited surfing".

Ballmer on Linux

Last week Microsoft held a meeting in Berlin with European industry analysts to discuss Linux and other Open Source Software (OSS), writes Tony Lock, of Bloor Research. The day concluded with CEO Steve Ballmer discussing Microsoft's position in the world.
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Vodafone asks for wireless data guinea-pigs

An integrated - GPRS and WiFi - mobile data service is due to be rolled out by Vodafone in July or August. The company is now asking for corporates who want to be guinea-pigs of the new version of Vodafone Mobile Office, to sign up.
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‘No fuss’ e-risk cover for SMEs

Click For Cover, A Lloyd's underwriting firm, has unwrapped a "no-fuss" e-risk insurance policy designed for smaller businesses.
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Arctic Circle village gets VDSL

Residents of the remote Arctic Circle village of Longyearbyen in Norway are to get some of the highest speed Net connections in the planet.
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Banks ‘fail to protect IT systems’

Nearly 40 per cent of banks have suffered a major IT security breach in the past year despite investing heavily in IT security practices and technologies.
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Tiscali to launch Euro Sat BB service

Tiscali is hooking up with Eutelsat to provide a one-way broadband satellite service throughout 15 countries in Europe.

VCs pump $23m into RLX

RLX Technologies, the Texan maker of ultra-high density blade servers, has secured $23m in new capital.
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For sale: One annoying tw*t of a girlfriend

Updated There's no doubt that eBay really is a vast improvement on the old Exchange and Mart when it comes to getting rid of unwanted items. Like girlfriends, for instance.
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Rural wireless broadband goes national

Peterborough based X-Systems Management aims to overcome rural gaps in ADSL and cable service with a wireless LAN-based broadband service, launched yesterday.
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Oftel restates call for mobile phone charge cut

Oftel has restated its call for mobile phone operators to cut the cost of calls for consumers.
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T-Mobile exits as curse of MS smartphone strikes again

In what begins to look like what Lady Bracknell would call carelessness, Microsoft mislaid another smartphone customer today. T-Mobile International, which along with AT&T was one of Microsoft's two best shots at winning volume for its phone platform, confessed today that it wouldn't be launching its version this summer after all.
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UpMyStreet saved for Nation

UpMyStreet.com, the brilliant UK web site which went titsup last month after failing to get new funding has a new owner.
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Internet is dying – Prof. Lessig

The Internet is dying, says Lawrence Lessig, a law professor with a cult following amongst technophiles.
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Come and get your Linux: SCO opens door to suing self?

Yesterday, SCO was so shocked - shocked! - by the degrading effects of Linux on Unix, that it pulled out of the Linux business.