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Council accused of gagging Web site

A Merseyside man claims his Web site has been gagged over allegations that it defamed local councillors.
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Cisco Wi-Fi kit in minor security flap

Cisco yesterday warned of a security vulnerability in the software running on its popular line of Aironet wireless LAN access points.
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Spam epidemic gets worse

Spam - otherwise known as unsolicited commercial email - accounted for 56 per cent of all emails sent in November.
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Sketching in space

Europe in brief At the EuroMold trade show in Frankfurt this week the 12 German Fraunhofer Institutes showed new developments in the area of Rapid Prototyping, which allow physical objects to be built up layer by layer directly from 3D CAD model data.
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Wi-Fi/Flash combo drives proliferate

Gigabyte's recently announced USB Flash drive/Wi-Fi adaptor combo isn't unique, as we first thought. A number of Register readers tell us there are at least half a dozen more versions of this kind of device coming to market by way of Taiwanese manufacturers. Many of them are shipping already, though UK and US availability remains unclear.

BT and Siemens dance the light fantastic

Siemens and BT today claimed a breakthrough in ultra-high switching of data over optical fibre networks.
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Sex and gambling drive mobile content sales

Gambling services and adult content delivered via mobile phones could generate combined revenues of $6.5 billion by 2006, according to two new studies.
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Nvidia expands workstation graphics line

Nvidia yesterday filled out its range of workstation-oriented graphics boards with a new mid-range part, the Quadro FX 1100.
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The growing problem of identity theft

According to the 2003 Computer Crime Survey conducted by the Computer Security Institute in conjunction with the FBI, nearly 13 per cent of respondents were the victim of identity theft in the past year in the US, writes Fran Howarth OF Bloor Research. In total, losses from identity theft in the US in the past year are estimated to have amounted to around $50 billion.
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eBay ‘hacker’ challenges PC ban

Accused eBay hacker Jerome Heckenkamp is back in federal court in California this month, but it isn't for his ever-slipping trial date. His attorneys are mounting a constitutional challenge to court-ordered pre-trial restrictions that have kept him from computers and the Internet since his indictment nearly three years ago.
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On the Google Deskbar

At the start of November, Google Labs came up with an interesting search feature - the Google Deskbar. We’ve been trying it out.
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Round 3: RIAA sues more file swappers

The RIAA has filed suit against 41 people in a third wave of legal actions against file traders accused of swapping music illegally through peer-to-peer networks such as KaZaA.
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ASA slaps Nodots scam

Denmark-based Net naming outfit Nodots has received a slap on the wrist from the UK's advertising watchdog for sending junk mail that resembles and invoice.

BT strikes blow in cable blowing patent case

BT is blowing its own trumpet today after scoring a victory in a patent dispute.
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Roll up for the MS UK Win2k backdating updating system

Attention British businesses! Are you serious about security? Well, of course you are, so try this little excursion along the Microsoft road to corporate security.
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MS tightens IP grip on Cleartype and FAT- calls it liberalisation

Microsoft has "announced expanded access to extensive intellectual property portfolio", it trumpets proudly here, while over here one of Microsoft's many lawyers explains why protecting IP is the lifeblood of the industry. But, pray tell, what IP treasures is it that Microsoft is now generously licensing?
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e-Minister will make every public library a Wi-Fi hotspot

Government minister Stephen Timms opened today's Wi-Fi & 3G summit in London by listing the achievements of the "light touch regulatory policy" he's been able to put in place since taking over at the Department - and confirmed that his plan to put an open Wi-Fi hotspot in every public library was "going ahead".
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US man has IT company logo tattooed on head

Those companies looking for a novel way to grow their business could do worse than follow the example of US hosting outfit CI Host.

Veritas and NetApp snuggle up

Building on a promise made earlier this year, Veritas and Network Appliance have forged closer ties, linking their respective software and hardware products with ease of use in mind.
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Subdermal RFID chip provokes furore

Well, it's already been widely reported, but we reckon it's Vulture Central's turn to chip in its two cents' worth to the subdermal RFID chip debate.
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Phone scam warning exposed as hoax

An email warning people to beware of a phone scam that could cost them £20 a minute is a hoax.
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Broadreach scoops up roaming partners

UK wired and wireless Internet access provider Broadreach has extended its roster of roaming agreements, the company said today.
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Humans struggle for supremacy in online robot wars

Human ingenuity is just holding its own against AI-designed machines in Sodarace, a joint offering of Soda and Queen Mary College, University of London.
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What Big Bird knows about Sun

After attending the last two Sun Microsystems' user shows, we can only conclude that CEO Scott McNealy's children are huge Sesame Street fans.
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2 February 2004 is Prescott Day

Intel's 90nm 'Prescott' Pentium 4 processor will launch on Monday, 2 February, according to Xbit Labs which cites sources said to be close to the company.
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IT giants fingered over links to China

A human rights organisation has written to more than a dozen of the world's leading IT companies urging them to take a stand against the Chinese government's repression of the Internet.