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Openzone-in-a-box comes to Ireland

Esat BT this week introduced to Ireland a do-it-yourself hotspot product for small business owners who wish to enable their premises with a public wireless network.
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So when will Linux vendors charge for security fixes?

Opinion Linux vendors spend money building security bug fixes. How much longer will they give them away for free, writes SecurityFocus columnist Hal Flynn.
Hal Flynn, 27 Nov 2003
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Nigeria stamps on 419 (again)

Nigeria is to set up an inquiry into 419 fraud and the laws covering this crime. It may also set up a new agency to tackle the scam which has made the country's name synonymous with Internet fraud.
Drew Cullen, 27 Nov 2003
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Softwron shows off its new technology

Stob Today was ‘open doors day’ at Softwron Inc, the US software and litigation giant. Softwron is the first company to take advantage of the US Patent Office’s surprise announcement that integers are patentable. To counter recent unfavourable coverage, the company took a party of top-notch journos, your correspondent naturally included, around its secret research facility.
Verity Stob, 27 Nov 2003
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18,000 Net users caught in BT billing error

Around 18,000 people were charged twice for their BT Internet services this month, following a billing error at the dominant fixed-line telco.
Tim Richardson, 27 Nov 2003
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Europe to adopt Wi-Fi faster than US

Demand for public WLAN services will be stronger in Europe than the US during the next five years, according to a study carried out by US market watcher Insight Research.
Tony Smith, 27 Nov 2003
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Spanish police arrest Raleka virus suspect

Spanish police have arrested a 23-year man on suspicion of writing the Raleka computer worm.
John Leyden, 27 Nov 2003
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Watching the Net's background radiation

When the city sleeps, it's never completely silent. But when the Internet sleeps, what kind of static does it make? What does it sound like? Like the weird warbles astronomers claim to hear from outer space?
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Nov 2003
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Nigeria stamps on 419 (again)

Nigeria is to set up an inquiry into 419 fraud and the laws covering this crime. It may also set up a new agency to tackle the scam which has made the country's name synonymous with Internet fraud.
Drew Cullen, 27 Nov 2003
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Toshiba blue laser tech chosen for HD DVD spec.

The DVD Forum, the industry body responsible for defining and maintaining the DVD standard, has approved Toshiba and NEC's suggestion for a version of the format that will support HDTV.
Tony Smith, 27 Nov 2003
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Message to House Robots: Be Stupid

New technology from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm (Sweden) is teaching household robots a more efficient way to get around the house.
Jan Libbenga, 27 Nov 2003
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Sendo X aims to out-Nokia Nokia, outsmart MS smartphone

Sendo founder and CEO Hugh Brogan yesterday announced the company's big bet smartphone, the Sendo X. "Announced", which is what it says here, is apparently different from "unveiled", which is what it says here, and is different still from having volume production shipping into the channel today. But glitches permitting the Sendo X will be with us in volume very shortly, and has enough going for it to give Sendo a shot at transforming itself into a big name in the smartphone arena.
John Lettice, 27 Nov 2003
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EU internet privacy laws tightened

Norway's Data Inspectorate says it is ready to go after people who publish embarrassing pictures of others without their permission, the Norwegian daily paper Aftenposten reports.
Jan Libbenga, 27 Nov 2003
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Fossil revamps MS Spot watch line

Watch maker Fossil has relaunched its range of timepieces based on Microsoft's Smart Personal Object Technology (Spot).
Tony Smith, 27 Nov 2003
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Microsoft plays hardball with Dutch Lindows resellers

Dutch Lindows resellers are accusing Microsoft of intimidation, after several received phone calls from the software giant seeking meetings to "avoid" legal action over the name of the operating system.
Jan Libbenga, 27 Nov 2003
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Police arrest ID thief in Wells Fargo case

Police have arrested a California man for stealing computers containing the personal information of thousands of Wells Fargo customers.
John Leyden, 27 Nov 2003
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Calling all channel players

Hello there. Judging from response to previous surveys, The Register has a lot of readers from the channel i.e. the sell-side of the IT industry. Which is nice, especially as our approach to channel-specific news is somewhat less than methodical.
Team Register, 27 Nov 2003
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Earthport to sue Egg

Internet bank Egg is facing legal action over an alleged breach of contract.
Tim Richardson, 27 Nov 2003
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BBC to flog technology division

The BBC is to flog its wholly-owned commercial subsidiary - BBC Technology Ltd - in a bid to save the corporation up to £30 million a year.
Tim Richardson, 27 Nov 2003
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Why Indiana and New Jersey were right

Letters “Indiana's decision to scrap the TCS contract will appease voters, media and unions in the short term, but it will probably force the state to spend more taxpayers' dollars on revamping the benefit claims system than it had planned. New Jersey now spends $340,000 per month on supporting its welfare benefits applications from a call center in Camden, which represents a 28% premium over the $266,200 monthly charge it was paying for the service when it was delivered from Mumbai.”
Drew Cullen, 27 Nov 2003
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Nokia N-Gage tops mobile game download chart

Sales of downloadable mobile games to N-Gage users have outstripped sales to Nokia 3510i users by eight per cent despite a huge disparity in the installed base for the devices, according to UK mobile game retailer mProvision.
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Vuln exposes soft underbelly of Mac OS X

Details of a vulnerability in Mac OS X that creates a mechanism for crackers to take over vulnerable machines has been posted on the Net.
John Leyden, 27 Nov 2003
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Tiscali in logo makeover

Pan European ISP Tiscali has undergone a logo makeover to reflect the "maturity and internationality" of the company.
Tim Richardson, 27 Nov 2003

Pivotal: slim pickings support big ambitions

Pivotal had all the signs of an acquisition target: small customer base, declining license revenue, and dwindling cash reserves. Still, no one would have anticipated the level of interest that has resulted in Oak, CDC and Onyx all squabbling over the potential feast. When the vendor pickings are slim, even the most modest of players looks attractive.
Datamonitor, 27 Nov 2003
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Aftershocks of undersea cable outage hit UK ISPs

A damaged undersea transatlantic cable led to the failure of other Internet systems which resulted in serious problems for many UK Net users this week.
John Leyden, 27 Nov 2003
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’Wron number caught in Fermat-defying romp

Stob US software and litigation giant Softwron Inc is today vigorously denying a rumour that its newly patented integer, the so-called ’Wron number, has been caught flouting numerical law.
Verity Stob, 27 Nov 2003
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CIO survey shows ECM set to surge, Documentum leads

A survey of European CIOs, published this week on the subject of Enterprise Content Management (ECM), reveals the rationale behind the Open Text - Ixos merger, showing Documentum as the European market leader with Open Text nowhere in sight.
News IS, 27 Nov 2003
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EU patents vote delayed

An EU vote on patents legislation has been delayed again, as the debate over the effect of intellectual property laws on software innovation continues.