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Can you say n-CASE?

One day we were happily surfing away, when all of a sudden a couple of web sites began to pop up, apparently from nowhere. We were stunned. Didn't we install a popup killer to prevent this from happening?
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California signs up for nutty law banning camcorders from cinemas

You’ve been out at the beach all day and you met a friend in a bar who says she is going to take in a film. You join her and caught up in the conversation and don’t notice some of the new signs up at the cinema. Suddenly someone wants to search your back pack and the next thing you know you’re in prison for a one year stretch for taking the camcorder which you forgot was in your pack, into a cinema. The $2,500 fine isn’t funny either.
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WiMAX trials speed up

Every week brings new real world trials of WiMAX standards, raising expectations of an earlier boom than anticipated once Intel and Fujitsu roll out their low cost silicon in early 2004.
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SAP hones mid-market message

It is a few years now since SAP first aimed its sights at the mid-market, writes Fran Howarth of Bloor Research. At first, this was really just an attempt to extend its reach into the subsidiary organisations and sales offices of its major corporate clients - and SAP made no bones about that. However, competitive pressures have led the vendor to hone its strategy and messaging for the smaller companies in the market.
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Modest IT spend uptick in '04

US and European IT executives will increase spending on technology in the upcoming year by a moderate amount.
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UK hi-tech industry demands better R&D tax breaks

High-tech innovation in the UK is haemorrhaging offshore and only the Government offering improved tax breaks to support Britain as a research and development base can stem the tide.
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Introducing the 256MB USB2.0 Memory Watch

Cash'n'Carrion Following on from the runaway success of the MeMIX 128Mb memory watch, we're pleased to announce that this top-notch piece of kit is now available in a hefty 256MB version.
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BOFH's Xmas Xperience

Episode 30 BOFH 2003: Episode 30
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Congress passes anti-spam bill

Congress yesterday passed a much-criticised anti-spam bill, after the House voted to approve minor Senate amendments.
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SiS, VIA to sample PCI Express chipsets next month

VIA's first PCI Express chipset will sample next month, the company said today. And its rival Taiwanese chipset maker, SiS, will same one in January, too.
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UK police moot paedo hard disk amnesty

UK police are mulling over launching an interesting initiative in which paedophiles can avoid a court appearence if they offer themselves and their hard drives up for counselling and erasure/destruction, respectively.
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BT targets cablecos with voice over IP

BT is having a pop at NTL and Telewest by offering their punters the chance to make discounted voice calls over the Internet.
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Sony ponders PlayStation Portable spec change

A presentation from the SCEE Technology Group has revealed further details of how the PlayStation Portable will work, but developers claim that Sony is considering changing the spec of the device to add more memory.

IBM ready to roll with new x365 workhorse

Sneak Peek The Intel server team over at IBM continues to deliver product at a steady pace with the company planning to release a new four-processor box - the x365 - next week.
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Mafia recruiting spammers, crackers, AV chief warns

Spammers, beware - organised criminals are positioning themselves to take a slice of your business.

HP dangles $1 billion worth of services deals in front of analysts

With analysts circling HP like a pack of famished dingoes, the company did the only thing it could to stave off a devouring - it announced $1 billion in new services contracts.
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Microsoft FAT patents ‘could be re-opened’

If Microsoft decides to mine its patent portfolio for cash, it's likely to face a few unexpected consequences. A new patent body that's vowing to defend the free software community against Microsoft's new patents-for-cash revenue strategy says it will ask the US Patent Office to go back to square one, and systematically examine the validity of the patents in question. This is an unusual tactic that promises to bring the overworked USPTO's approval of questionable patents right into the spotlight.
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'Poke your camera phone's eye out' – analyst

The Meta Group has warned companies to have a corporate policy that limits cameraphones being used on premises.
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AT&T admits to portability problems

The US regulator the FCC has singled out AT&T Wireless as the most-challenged carrier after receiving an unusually high number of complaints against the vendor from users wishing to port their numbers.