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MPAA, RIAA seek permanent antitrust exemption

Just weeks after an antitrust suit was filed against the RIAA by webcasters, the music labels' lobby group, is, along with Hollywood, seeking a permanent exemption from similar litigation. The proposal seeks to extend the exemption to anything covering mechanical copyright: a sweeping extension of the copyright cartel's immunity.
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Small.biz neglects online presence

A quarter of UK small businesses are failing to updating their websites regularly, according to a new report.
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Enterprises are hotspots for WLAN

Wireless LANs deployed within enterprise locations could lead to significant improvements in productivity, according to new research from Datamonitor.
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First integer patented

Stob Softwron Inc, the US software and litigation giant, has become the first company to make a move in what is increasingly becoming known as the Great Rumble for Numbers.
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Trading Standards seizes fake Nokia gear

Trading Standards officers raided premises in Camden, London, last week seizing a "substantial number" of fake Nokia-branded mobile phone accessories.
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Bill Joy spurned job at ‘out of control’ Google

Fortune's Fred Vogelstein has peered behind the cute colored balls that Google's marketing department uses to ward away skeptics, and uncovered a company in disarray. Vogelstein pins the blame on "imported grownup" Eric Schmidt for failing to bring the juvenile company culture into focus. No one pays any attention at meetings, because they're fiddling with their toys, reports Vogelstein.
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Dixons, Capita in call centre talks

Dixons, the high street electrical retailer, is holding "partnership" talks with Capita concerning the running of its giant call centre in Sheffield.
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Wi-Fi hacker caught downloading child porn

So you catch a man driving with his pants around his ankles who's paying more attention to the child porn video running on his laptop than the road ahead. What do you charge him with?
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Ex-MS worker jailed for black market racket

A former Microsoft worker was sent to jail for 17 months yesterday after admitting she stole software valued at $6 million from Microsoft's internal store.
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Epson trawls Blighty for new Osbournes

If you're a member of a typical UK family - mum and dad arguing over credit card debts, twelve-year-old daughter up the duff, son subject to an anti-social behaviour order - then Epson is offering you the chance for international stardom.
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BOFH, the Boss and printing p0rn

Episode 29 BOFH 2003: Episode 29
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Rockall Times supports UK anti-smoking lobby

Cash'n'Carrion Well, UK satirical site The Rockall Times may be closed until 2 February for "refurbishment" (actually a new, all-singing, all-dancing CMS they tell us), but the site is still addressing some of the burning issues of our times.
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Damaged undersea cable blamed for UK Net problems

A damaged undersea transatlantic cable is being blamed for causing havoc for Net and phone users in the UK last night.
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Elonex eXentia Media Center PC

Review I first looked at the Elonex eXentia just before the official launch of Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center Edition. It was a pre-production model but it still blew me away with its cutting-edge integrated design and high quality construction.
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10m Americans pay for music downloads in Q2

Ten million Americans paid to download music during the second quarter, according to the latest statistics from market research company Ipsos-Insight.
DVD it in many colours

HP heads up Unix server market

HP displaced Sun as the market leader in Unix systems this quarter, according to IDC figures released today.

Low-end kit drives server market recovery

The worldwide server market is growing again following two years in the doldrums, largely thanks to a surge in sales of lower-end kit.
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PC maker puts P4 Extreme Edition into… notebooks

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch Notebooks Intel's Pentium 4 Extreme Edition is aimed fairly and squarely at desktops for gamers, but that hasn't stopped a US PC maker from attempting to bung one into its high-end portables. Liebermann offers three notebook lines, Studio, Producer and Hollywood, with 15in, 16in and 17in widescreen displays, …

Government IT: wasting money to win votes

The Governor of the US state of Indiana has succumbed to massive pressure from local media and workers' unions, and pulled the plug on a $15.4 million IT services contract with Indian company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).
Cat 5 cable

AIT Group back from the brink

CRM pureplay AIT Group is making a strong comeback after its near-death experience during the latter part of 2002. With interim results showing a 19 per cent increase in revenue, it now looks like AIT could have a chance at future success.
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Quantum trims workforce for the holidays

Struggling storage maker Quantum has announced a move to combine two of its divisions and to trim about 5 percent of its workforce, hoping to spur some cost savings.
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Draft ID card bill makes it to Queen's speech

A draft bill to introduce ID cards in the UK found its way into the Queen's Speech today.
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Public Wi-Fi still has look and feel of dead duck

The public WLAN market is too volatile and won't make any money until 2008. Says who? Says PA Consulting's Dr. William Webb. He informs Electronics Weekly that WLAN hot spots "aren't making anyone money and will only come into their own as part of an integrated communications network in 2008".
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O2 ships Blackberry 7730 in the UK

UK mobile phone network O2 began offering RIM's latest Blackberry, the 7730, to business customers today.
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LA officials call for end to master/slave labels

The computing world's venerable master/slave naming convention has come under fire by Los Angeles county officials who charge that this type of product description is offensive.
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Toddler wounded in Segway hit-and-run

A three-year-old San Francisco girl has become the first pedestrian to know what it feels like "when Segways attack."
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Lock up the copyright cartel – not Johansen

Letters Re: Lock up DVD Jon - or we all lose our jobs