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Google founder dreams of Google implant in your brain

Body modification is all the rage these days, as any parent with teenage children knows. Pack them off to the school disco, and the next thing you know, they've come back with a fabric of piercings and tattoos that only a supercomputer can decipher.
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Napster schedules UK launch

Napster will launch a service dedicate to UK music buyers by "the end of summer", the company revealed today.
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Free IT training for London SMEs

Reader offer Those unfortunate enough to live outside London can only look on in awe and wonder at the privileges granted to inhabitants of that great city since the inception of mayor Ken Livingstone: bendy buses, congestion charging and a Thameside HQ building closely resembling a glass testicle.
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Disappearing disks punish Seagate

Disc drive maker Seagate warned on Tuesday that its third quarter numbers will likely come in at the low end of forecasts, due to broad declines in demand for its storage products.
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DVD Forum mandates Microsoft for HD disc spec

The governing body behind the DVD specification has provisionally approved the incorporation of Microsoft's Windows Media 9 technology as a "mandatory" component of HD DVD.
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Chip sales fell in January

World chip sales dipped three per cent in January, with revenues falling to $15.55bn from December 2003's $16.03bn, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported yesterday.
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Attack of the Profit-Killer Worms

Internet worms are costing Broadband ISPs a fortune - as much as $370m worldwide in 2004. Customers foot some of the bill through higher subscription charges, but most is soaked up by their
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Drugs agency calls for crackdown in e-pharmacies

Governments must do more to crack down on the illegal trafficking of pharmaceutical drugs online.
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AMD to start 90nm production next month…

AMD's 90nm Athlon 64 and Opteron chips will start rolling off the company's Dresden production line in the second week of April, but you won't be able to buy a machine based on the parts until late Q3 / early Q4.
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MSI to launch ATI-based graphics card line

MSI will end its exclusive deal with Nvidia next month when it launches a range of ATI-based graphics cards, Chinese-language newspaper the Commercial Times has claimed.
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Sony confirms PSP to PS2 game portability

The PlayStation Portable will allow developers to create games that can be played both on the move and on a home PS2 or PSX console, Sony has confirmed - but the emphasis will be on new titles, not on ports of existing games.
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AT&T threatens MCI with price war

MCI, the company formerly-known as WorldCom, is about to emerge from Chapter 11 bankrupcy protection but faces a rocky start, according to new AT&T president William Hannigan.
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Passwords are passport to theft

It seems incredible that although millions of people world-wide now routinely carry out significant financial and other transactions via the Internet, so little action is taken to prevent identity theft, writes Bloor Research analyst Tony Lock.
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Swift justice for Berlin motoring miscreants

Europe in brief Europe in brief Russia: Peterstar buys ComSet Peterstar, one of the St. Petersburg's largest telecommunications operators, has acquired Internet provider Kompyuternye Seti, or ComSet, for about half of the company's annual revenues. According to the St. Petersburg Times, ComSet's client base is growing by 12,000 subscribers …
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Linksys falls off Wi-Fi bridge

The Wi-Fi Alliance won't like this: a simple compatibility test of two mainstream wireless devices by Computing Which? failed to get a Netgear bridge to talk to a Linksys router.
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UK science to get out of the labs and onto the balance sheet

Britain's future as a scientific leader is in the hands of industry, chancellor Gordon Brown said yesterday.
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Windows Shorthorn is ‘dead-on-arrival’

When will Windows boss Jim Allchin bring his warring Windows factions under control?
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Clerk stashes 20m porn pics

A 34-year-old accounts clerk has been jailed for five years after being convicted for possessing almost half a million indecent images of children.
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Sun shuts Bristol and Cambridge offices

Sun Microsystems is closing two UK offices. Bristol and in the Cambridge Science Park will both close because there are too few staff to justify keeping them open.
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DiData reshuffles board

Channel Flannel Reseller giant Dimension Data is splitting the role of chief executive and chairman, in line with recommended best business practice.
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Calls to regulate ‘failing’ AV industry

RSA The perceived mounting cost of computer virus attacks has prompted calls for tighter regulation of the "failing" anti-virus industry.
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Portsmouth airs UK's first online soap

Monday saw the launch of the UK's first online soap - Chalkhill Lives.
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Welcome to the PowerDesk cyberkitchen

Updated Our warnings about the inexorable rise of intelligent furniture appear to have gone unheeded.
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Kill the EU IP Rights Enforcement Bill!

Civil liberties and consumer rights groups are calling on MEPs to reject the EU Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive.
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Lastminute buys Online Travel Corp

Online travel agent lastminute.com has bought Online Travel Corporation for £54.9m
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El Reg badly misguided on cyber-terror threat

Our recent, negative review of Black Ice: The Invisible Threat of Cyber-Terrorism by Dan Verton drew a good deal of reader mail, including a request by the author to debate the issues raised in our article, and his book.
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EDS job cuts on the way

Services giant EDS is about to start cutting jobs in the UK
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Bernie Ebbers faces criminal charges

Bernie Ebbers, the disgraced Worldcom boss, will face federal criminal charges after his former boardroom colleague turned supergrass.

Sysadmins suffering VoIP headaches

Sysadmins will suffer from increasingly painful network management headaches as they struggle to cope with voice over IP (VoIP) roll-outs. They will have to deal with time-critical voice traffic clashing with data for limited bandwidth across converged infrastructures.
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419ers register own TLD

Despite yesterday's highly amusing observation that we are perhaps giving Nigerian advance fee fraudsters too much coverage, aficionados of the genre can rest assured that we will continue to squeeze the 419 news pig until it squeals.
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Universal builds 20TB digital music archive

Universal Music Group's everywhere-other-than-the-US operation, Universal Music International (UMI), today said it had finally digitised around 300,000 songs from 25,000 albums from its European catalogue.
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MP3 DRM to demo at CeBIT

The MP3 digital audio format has been extended to allow the inclusion of digital rights management technology.
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NTL notches up 1m ‘broadband’ punters

NTL reckons it's top dog for broadband after announcing today that it has become the first UK ISP to rack up one million broadband customers.

SCO takes Linux-loving auto industry to court

The SCO Group looks set to stop the use of Linux in the car industry with plans to file lawsuits today against DaimlerChrysler and AutoZone.
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Deutsche Telekom cuts broadband tariffs

Deutsche Telekom has agreed to cut the charges rivals must pay to access its local telephone network or local loop. The decision is in response to European Commission antitrust charges which resulted in the company being fined €12.6 million last year. German DSL outfit QSC complained about unfair fees and Deutsche Telekom paid the price.
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Gambling Anglo-Saxons lose 419 shirt to rampaging virus

Letters Today we learn about poker.
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Nokia's N-Gage ads are ‘violent and sinister’

Nokia has been banned from showing a number of ads plugging its N-Gage games device after they were branded violent and sinister.
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Windows source code sharers face chop

BTopenworld this week began firing off warning letters to customers fingered for sharing illegal copies of Windows source code across P2P networks.
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Darwin raised from grave to explain Sun's JES evolution

Even for close Sun Microsystems watchers, it's often tough to figure out exactly what software is in or out of the Java Enterprise System (JES) stack or exactly how Sun is pricing the package. This confusion is unsurprising, given Sun officials' own position that the software experiment is in constant flux.
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War of the worms turns into war of words

The unknown authors of the Netsky and Bagle worms are battling in cyberspace for control of vulnerable Windows PCs. Maybe.