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Defences lacking at social network sites

Services like LiveJournal and Tribe are poised to be the next big thing on the Web in 2004, but their security and privacy practices are more like 1997, writes Annalee Newitz.
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Bosses tell staff to hang up when driving

Seven in ten small businesses plan to impose a blanket ban on staff using mobile phones for business purposes while driving, according to new research.
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Net pedants savage The Return of the King

We're obliged to movie monitors Movie Mistakes for updating us today on the terrifying catalogue of errors which plague the latest LOTR epic The Return of the King.
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Russians punt $40m space honeymoon

Those of a romantic bent and a generously-proportioned wallet might like to consider the possibility of a honeymoon in space.
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Kev Warwick cyberkiddie no closer to activation

Although he's been a bit quiet of late, it's good to see that Kevin "Captain Cyborg" Warwick continues to generate the sort of coverage his ground-breaking work deserves.
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Nigerian 419ers surface in Baghdad

There appear to be no depths to which Nigerian 419ers will not go in order to feed their lust for riches beyond the wildest dreams of avarice.
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David Blunkett bombs on celebrity Mastermind

Home Secretary David Blunkett - he of the compulsory ID card scheme - has well and truly established his credentials with a disastrous performance on celebrity Mastermind.
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Reader flak brings down flying car

Letters Letters Thanks very much to all those readers who wrote to correct a shameful error in yesterday's Wright Brothers' centenary provokes aviation speculationfest. Andrew Wren outlines the case for the prosecution:
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Am I Patched Or Not?

Letter A reader writes: Maybe I'm just behind the times - it's quite possible, since I rarely boot into Microsoft Windows, but I just downloaded the latest (9!) Critical Updates for Win2K, of which one caught my eye:
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US judges blast music labels' attack on ISPs and users

A US federal appeals court has dealt the RIAA a long awaited kick to the groin in its pursuit of file swappers, saying the music label lobby group can no longer force Internet providers to turn over their customers names.
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Apple to sell software downloads?

Apple's scheme to turn its operating system into a commercial opportunity appears at long last to be coming to fruition.
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Amazon pays libel damages again over Northern Ireland book

Amazon.com has publicly apologised for distributing a book that contained a series of false allegations about killings in Northern Ireland.
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DVD Jon wins again

An appeals court in Oslo today upheld Jon Lech Johansen's earlier acquittal on all counts of alleged copyright violations, the Norwegian daily newspaper Aftenposten reports.
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Jane Doe ruling limits effect of RIAA legal defeat

On Friday, the DC federal appeals court ruled that the recording industry's efforts to subpoena the names and addresses of ISP Verizon's customers who were using P2P file-sharing networks to download and upload copyrighted music were unlawful. However, the decision rests on a narrow reading of the federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and likely will have little long-term impact on the file sharing debate.
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IT grads face ‘grim’ future

IT graduates face a "grim" future as the UK's jobs market continues to show little sign of improvement.
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PalmSource forecasts Q3 breakeven

Palm OS owner PalmSource yesterday reported revenues of $16.8 million for Q2 2004, its first fiscal quarter as company in its own right.
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Sage buys ACCPAC for $110m

Sage is to buy ACCPAC, the accounting software arm of CA, for $110m. The Newcastle, UK vendor said its new acquisition will help its US subsidiary, Best Software, grow SME market share in North America, Australia and South Africa.
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SCO pesters Fortune 1000 for money (again)

The SCO Group has sent another letter to Fortune 1000 companies, requesting that they stop using Linux, or reach an agreement with the Utah company over what it claims are copyright "binary interfaces".
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Mythic sues Microsoft over Mythica

Microsoft was sued again this week. Game developer Mythic Entertainment has accused the Beast of Redmond of infringing its trademark and engaging in unfair competition.
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Euro Q4 sales boom points to record Xmas notebook sales

Christmas 2003 may be shaping up as a boom time for notebook sales, with early figures suggesting high demand for portable PCs, market watcher Context has said.
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Barrysworld is back… sort of

Earlier today, we asked if online gaming community Barrysworld, now known as Game.net and due to be shut down by parent company Game Plc next month, could once again rise Phoenix-like from the ashes, as it did three years ago. We were doubtful.
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Orange takes steps to block mobile spam

For those who haven't registered with the Telephone Preference Service - offered by the Direct Marketing Association in the UK - "cold calling" by sales offices can be a real nuisance - but text-spam can be downright expensive.
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BOFH and the Boss' space problems

Episode 32 Episode 32 BOFH 2003: Episode 32 Some days just nothing goes according to plan... The Boss is on the prowl for office space, and as usual we're being targetted simply because we have the appearance of consuming a reasonable amount of space. "It's not like you USE the tape safes," the Boss blurts, on the defensive. "The tapes …
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Toshiba e800 Pocket PC

Review Toshiba has built itself a reputation for producing highly serviceable, well put together PDAs with a serious leaning towards the business user. This is not to say that Toshiba ignores consumers, but rather that it sways product design and marketing towards the corporate sector, writes Sandra Vogel.
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Boingo expands hotel WLAN coverage

Boingo has added a further 200 sites to its aggregated network of Wi-Fi hotspots courtesy of a tie-in with Arescom, a supplier of in-room Internet and entertainment systems for hotels.
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MP fingered for ‘Net Villain’ award

One of the UK's most Net-savvy MPs is in the running for the tongue-in-cheek-mixed-with-more-than-a-hint-of-venom 'Internet Villain' award this year.
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Spammers not deterred by Can Spam Act

As expected, spammers don't seem too impressed with the US Can Spam Act, which was enforced on January 1. Nor have they changed their tactics.
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BT trims rural BB wholesale prices

BT is cutting wholesale prices for ISPs running rural ADSL broadband services.
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Court slams HP Israel ID card bid

HP has lost a potentially lucrative bid to become the major supplier of smart identity cards in Israel after a court tossed out the company's proposal, saying it did no adhere to local laws.
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Music sales are on the mend

Despite launching a legal assault against its customer base, the recording industry appears to be benefitting from increasing music sales once again.

Sun and IBM to lead 64-bit boom – analyst

Sun Microsystems and IBM are the two hardware vendors best positioned to capitalize on a second 64-bit computing rush, according to one of the industry's most optimistic analyst firms.