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E-commerce minister calls for spam global offensive

The Government is calling for greater international co-operation to stamp out spam.
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Chip and PIN: not enough to beat card fraud

Chip and PIN payment cards are currently being trialed in Northampton, before a planned nationwide rollout. The introduction of chip and PIN will certainly be an important development in the fight against card fraud. However, as one police chief has now pointed out, new technology may only deflect fraudsters' attentions to other areas.
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Blocking Internet Porn in Iran

Iranian Internet 'porn' may be extremely mild by web standards; the soft core material consists of pictures of women with hair falling from their headscarves and showing a little cleavage, while the hard core goes as far as nakedness, writes Robin Bloor of Bloor Research. Nevertheless, it doesn't amuse the mullahs of Iran.

Overland bags Okapi

Last week witnessed the latest step in the consolidation race in the storage market when Overland Storage Inc. acquired Okapi Software. While the acquisition price of only $5 million is not high, the move shows Overland's desire to extend its influence in the burgeoning storage sector.
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Xbox prices axed in Asia (except Japan)

All of the Asia-Pacific territories where Microsoft sells the Xbox, with the sole exception of Japan, have seen the price of the console and its software slashed this week in an attempt to compete more strongly with the PS2.
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Friskit alleges Real Networks is a patent violator

Update Little-known US technology company Friskit has alleged Real Networks and its Listen.com subsidiary have infringed its intellectual property, and this past Friday filed a complaint with the US District Court of Chicago seeking redress.
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Bloomberg extortionist jailed for 4 years

A Kazakhstan man was jailed yesterday to 51 months in prison following his conviction in February for an attempt to extort $200,000 from Michael Bloomberg, founder of the Bloomberg financial news service.
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New firms missing out on IT tax breaks

The owners of new businesses are failing to take advantage of tax breaks that were extended in this year’s Budget to help them with the cost of purchasing IT, a survey has revealed.
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Case modder smuggles PC on board Millennium Falcon

We've seen some bizarre PC case modifications in our time, but this one takes the cake. One Russ Caslis has built a PC into the Millennium Falcon.
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MS disses small.biz marketing efforts

The vast majority of marketing material produced by small firms is not up to scratch, according to Microsoft.
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Websites – Are you helping the disabled?

Many website operators are unaware that the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 ("Act") applies to websites as it does to, say, a public building.
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Consumers want PCs to deliver ‘all home entertainment’

British consumers want to put the PC at the heart of their home entertainment systems, a survey conducted by UK polling organisation Mori has concluded.
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RM wins £30m Scottish gig

RM pulled a rabbit out of the hat for analysts who came calling on the company yesterday in the form of a £30m contract to supply all the ICT products and services for schools in South Lanarkshire.
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Seagate pumps £90m into NI

Seagate Technology today announced that it is investing £90 million in its operations in Derry.
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Consumers don't trust paid-for search

Consumers lose faith in search results when they are informed that some of the results are paid for. Says who? Says Consumer WebWatch, an arm of America's Consumer Union.
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Browser innovation is dead – Andreessen

Netscape founder Marc Andreessen has taken a potshot at the product that earned him his fortune. The former Illinois student commercialized Tim Berners Lee's web browser first with Mosaic, then took the team with him to found Netscape.

UK.gov pumps £90m into nanotech

The Government is funding nanotechnology R&D and facilities to the tune of £90m over six years. It expects regional and industry investment will top up the pot to £200m.

Peoplesoft trumpets Q2

Peoplesoft today offered a teaser for Q2 which it says are better than it had anticipated.
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Liability loopholes catch UK tech firms

Technology companies were today warned to check for costly contract liability loopholes in their insurance policies.
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Wanadoo is caching your KaZaA

Subscribers of Wanadoo Netherlands can download MP3s and videos twice as fast, thanks to a PeerCache set up by the company for users of KaZaA and other peer to peer networks.
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Hull Uni scoops prize in .Net compo

A team of student programmers from the University of Hull has secured third prize in an international competition, sponsored by Microsoft, designed to get students interested in developing .NET applications.
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Open and closed source software defects reloaded

Open source and closed source software packages start out with roughly equivalent defect rates even though code inspection gives OS packages an edge over time.
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Reg test-drives MyOrigo motion control smartphone

Preview When we first wrote about MyOrigo and its motion-controlled cellphone, MyDevice, a few weeks ago, the Finnish technology company appeared to be offering little more than a handful of Flash animations with which to persuade mobile phone networks and punters that MyDevice is worthy of closer attention. We demanded a demo of the real thing, and earlier this week we got one.
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All-you-can-eat phone data

Vodafone has introduced an almost-all-you-can eat data tariff on its UK network. Subscribers can sign up to the plan for £45 per month. In practice, there's a 150 MB cap.
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Anyone ever managed to claim on PayPal's Money Back Guarantee?

The perfect insurance company would have thousands of customers paying for its services but never claiming. But then that's a fantasy scenario. Or it was anyway before PayPal managed to fit for a second time into a legal grey area with its Money Back Guarantee service.

Mister Tanglewood tapped as Intel Fellow

Intel has tapped a former DEC chip engineer as one of its prestigious Fellows. They call him Peter Bannon, but we suspect a better name might be Mr. Tanglewood.
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The Bastard School of Argument

Episode 12 Episode 12 BOFH 2003: Episode 12 It's not a good day for The Boss - for two reasons. First, there's no work on and I'm bored - and we know who makes work for Idle Hands. (Apart from Software Assurance). Second because there's no work on and The PFY is also bored. "I think I'm going on an Operations Mission." "Really," I …
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IBM gives blades a kick in the pants

IBM plans to give its blade servers a boost later this month with new Xeon processors from Intel.