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Stone thy neighbour

It's Friday, so it must be...Photofuck Friday! Each week, The Dutch engage in an online feast that is becoming increasingly popular and will make the satirical magazine Private Eye green with jealousy.
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UK police build massive child porn database

A computer image database which police hope will greatly speed the identification of paedophiles and their victims is being launched in the UK this week.
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The Hackers Who Broke Windows

The Last Stage of Delirium, the hacking group that laid open nearly every version of the Windows operating system last week, could use a little sleep, writes Deborah Radcliff of SecurityFocus. Since going public with the RPC buffer overflow bug that some are describing as the worst Windows security hole in history, the group has been caught in a media frenzy.

'Mean/Evil' Packard row rumbles on

HP has denied putting pressure on CNET to tone down a remark about co-founder Dave Packard by CEO Carly Fiorina which has caused offence to HP veterans and former employees.

Today is Sys Admin Day – again

Today marks the third annual Systems Administrator Appreciation Day, when the online world pays its respects to a sometimes forgotten segment of the IT workforce.
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Intel to quash i865 PAT-like behaviour

If you want an Intel i865-based motherboard that's capable of offering Intel's Performance Acceleration Technology-style performance acceleration technology, you'd better get one sharpish - Intel is planning to modify the chipset to stop mobo makers activating it.
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Openwave offers ‘disruptive’ browser suite

It's hard to believe that Openwave, the folk who brought you WAP, could produce software that's in itself aesthetically dazzling and a seriously disruptive technology, but believe us you must.
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Microsoft wins Motorola

It's been a tough year for Microsoft in phones; but maybe the tide is turning. Motorola hasn't officially announced it yet, but MoDaCo has sneaked some pics of the new Microsoft-based clamshell phone.
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Nortel Networks stems red ink

Nortel Networks has cut back its loses but is yet to climb back into profitability.
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Unseasonal demand drives Western Digital profits up 73%

Hard drive maker Western Digital yesterday boasted a "strong" conclusion to an "outstanding" year when it reported its Q4 2003 results.
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BT cock-up almost cripples island BB plan

A company looking to bring broadband to the Isle of Wight (IoW) claims it was almost crippled following a blunder by telecoms giant BT.
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Gateway stems loss even as sales slide

Gateway beat Wall Street expectations when it yesterday announced a net loss of $73 million for its second quarter (22 cents a share). Analysts had been expecting a loss in the region of 28 cents a share.
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Tiscali unveils satellite BB service in Italy

Tiscali has launched a one-way broadband satellite service in Italy.
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Nvida preps nForce for Transmeta TM8000

Nvidia is set to launch a version of its nForce chipset to support Transmeta's upcoming TM8000 processor, codenamed Astro.
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Athletes train for first Mobile Phone Olympics

If you spot a large group of people hurling their phones across London's Clapham Common this weekend don't worry - it's only part of what is billed as the inaugural Mobile Phone Olympics.

MS mounts two-pronged attack on Linux server market

The nature of the two-pronged attack Microsoft will be mounting on Linux in the server market became clearer at yesterday's analyst meeting, as Ballmer and Gates on the one hand claimed a storming first few months for Windows 2003, and on the other ramped up "intellectual property" and "open ended liability" for customers issues. The first of these, essentially about convincing everybody you've won already then converting the claims to reality, is a (or whould that be 'the'?) traditional Microsoft sales and marketing play, while the second, only to be expected, plays the SCO Linux litigation for all it's worth.
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eBay posts record profits, ups forecast

eBay has continued to defy the downturn, posting a 91 percent increase in second quarter revenue to $509.3 million.
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Microsoft rethinks Japanese Xbox tactics

With less than 500,000 Xboxen thought to have been sold in Japan since the console launched last year, and Tecmo's Dead or Alive-based titles the only games to top 40,000 units, Microsoft is starting to take the situation over there very seriously.
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Microsoft world's number one IT brand

Microsoft, IBM and Intel are the world's leading technology brands, well ahead of the likes of Sony and Apple, according to BusinessWeek magazine's annual survey of brand value.
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A virus ate my exam results

The West Bengal Education Minister, Kanti Biswas, has blamed a computer virus after students received incorrect marks in Higher Secondary examinations this week.
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Alcatel beefs up router security with Tripwire

Alcatel and Tripwire this week announced a strategic alliance to provide greater network protection. This shows just how far a layered approach needs to go, if all the attack angles are to be covered , writes John McIntosh of Bloor Research.
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Young men fingered in online porn study

Young, techno-savvy middle class men are most likely to be found peddling in e-porn.

Hyperion: swooping for Brio Software

Business intelligence vendor Hyperion Solutions has tabled a bid for struggling Brio Software in a stock deal worth about $142 million. The two companies' portfolios are highly complementary and the deal will allow Hyperion to target new BI suite entrants while Brio can focus on core product development without having to worry about fiscal viability.
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Geneva court dismisses Motorola fraud appeal

Motorola has failed in its latest attempt to prove the owners of Telsim guilty of fraud, the Turkish cellular telco said today.
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For sale: Motorola's PowerPC 7457 for $5046.96

Can't wait for new PowerBooks based on Motorola's upcoming PowerPC 7457 chip? Fancy upgrading your existing system by whipping out its current G4 and swapping in the new model? Well now you can - at a price.
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SA police arrest man in Absa Net bank fraud case

South African police have arrested a man on suspicion of the fraud involving the illegal transfers of hundreds of thousands of rand from Internet accounts held at Absa, the country's largest bank.
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Tiscali UK cans two-way satellite BB service

Tiscali UK has officially pulled the plug on its two-way satellite broadband service after deciding that the service was too expensive for the mass-market.
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RIAA blocks attacks with TST-Secure-OS

It's time for would be RIAA attackers to run for the hills. The pigopolists have installed TST-Secure-OS on their Web servers.
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Motorola to ship Microsoft smartphone? Just ask

Reuters yesterday reported that Motorola was bringing a Microsoft-powered smartphone to market later this year. This would represent a major win for Redmond, which has failed to sign a Tier One handset vendor for its software platform despite lobbying hard for six years. And Motorola is a prize indeed: it's the world's second largest phone manufacturer.
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Netscape – we hardly knew missed you

Letters re: AOL kills Netscape