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Big Brother nominated for Google Award

Watchdog Privacy International, known for its annual "Big Brother Awards," has asked the UK Information Commissioner to investigate Google's email service. Gmail was launched as an ill-advised April's Fools Prank last week.
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Register 'too kind' to The Beast?

Letters In this story, Why Sun threw in the towel in Mankind vs. Microsoft, I thought I was damning Microsoft with faint praise by pointing out that they don't commit mass murder, and there are many more bloody corporate villains.
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Green red-faced over Sun exit charges

A number of Sun executives have expressed "disgust" over our use of the word "disgust" to describe Rich Green's state-of-mind when exiting Sun.
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Air Fiorina takes flight on Big Board

HP's CEO Carly Fiorina has been tapped as one of two new members joining The New York Stock Exchange's board.
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Xansa wins £75m Census contract

The Office for National Statistics has picked Xansa to sort out its IT systems.
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Telstra dials up Kaz for $250m

Telstra has gone ahead with its purchase of the Kaz Group, shelling out A$333m ($250m) in a bid to become a major player on the Australian IT services scene.
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Q2 DRAM prices to rise

SDRAM prices on both the contract and spot markets will rise this month by up to 20 per cent, market watcher DRAMeXchange reported today.
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Real Player 10 arrives

Real Networks has launched the latest version of it media player and claim it is the world's first free player to support all the major formats - RealAudio, RealVideo, Windows Media, MP3, QuickTime MPEG-4 and AAC - the format used by Apple's iTunes.
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3i prescribes DocMorris sale

Europe in Brief Online pharmacy DocMorris, the Netherlands-based firm which for three years sold over-the-counter and prescription medicines to Germans, is to be sold by its main investor 3i.
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Google's Gmail hits trademark problem

Google's path to world domination took a turn for the worse yesterday with news that a small British company has already got the trademark for Gmail and has been using it in 80 countries.
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MS pronounces TSMC an 'Xbox 2' partner

Microsoft yesterday added TSMC to its list of "future Xbox products" chip makers, hiring the world's largest semiconductor foundry to punch out 90nm parts, it is believed.
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US set for massive broadband growth...

The growth in broadband is set to accelerate in the US but only if it becomes easier to use, research outfit In-Stat/MDR said this week.
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NTL axes 1500 jobs

NTL is ridding itself of 1500 workers in a massive cull of call centre jobs.
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Your Perl and PHP problems solved

Site Offer Ever looked at old Perl code and thought, what the !**?!
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Intel extends Pentium M, Celeron M lines

Intel quietly rolled out a number of new server processors this week, increasing the top speed of both the Xeon MP and Xeon, and today expanded its mobile chip offerings.
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Fujitsu files plasma display patent suits against Samsung

Fujitsu has alleged Samsung of plagiarising its plasma display intellectual property, and yesterday back up the allegation with lawsuits in Japan and the US.
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ISO applauded for MPEG 21 DRM blessing

The International Standards Organisation (ISO) - which these days we are obliged to call the International Organisation for Standardisation - has blessed a major part of the future MPEG 21 standard with ratification.
Faultline, 07 2004
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Habeas wins $100k judgement against spammer

Habeas, the company that fights spam with Japanese-style poetry, won its second victory over spammers this week with a $104,103 judgement against junk mailer William "Billy" Carson.
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Cable TV ruled comms medium

A US court of appeal has rejected a request by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take another look at its October decision which defined cable TV companies as bit carriers, thereby falling under the FCC guidelines for telecommunications services.
Faultline, 07 2004
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419ers muscle in on merchandising

Cash'n'Carrion - COMPLIMENT OF THE SEASON.
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ATI 'to ship R420 as Radeon X800'

ATI will ship its much-anticipated R420 chip later this month as the Radeon X800 Pro. The part's 26 April debut will be followed a month later by the Radeon X800 XT on 31 May.
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Intel cribbed x86-64 tech 'from AMD documents'

Intel developed its 64-bit extensions to the 32-bit x86 instruction set by "reading AMD's pre-release documentation", Microprocessor Report analyst Tom Halfhill has claimed.
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HP offers $50-125 for your old PDA

HP has launched a trade-in programme allowing PocketPC and Palm users to sell their old handhelds back to the manufacturer for $50 or more to set against the cost of a brand spanking new iPaq h1940 or h2210.

Linux vendors attack Forrester report

Analyst Forrester has come under fire from leading Linux distributors for suggesting that Windows and Linux are equally secure.
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From the Computer Trade Show floor

Channel Roundup It's dealer-tastic at Birmingham's NEC, with CTS, the UK get-together for channel firms targeting system builders, and sister exhibition, the Comms Show, for telephony resellers, both running this week. Here are some announcements which caught our eye.
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Offshore IT jobs = higher employment

Whether they intend to stoke up a debate in the IT sector or it's just part of the political agenda, a number of US economists are asserting that moving IT jobs to so-called offshore locations will add jobs to the US economy, writes Bloor Research analyst Bob McDowall.
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London Wi-Fi plan hits lamppost

The future of wireless, we thought, was short-range repeaters on street furniture. Either, the Wi-Fi based model proposed by Westminster Council, or the revolutionary telematics model patented by Last Mile communications.
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Lucent fires 'corrupt' gang of four

Lucent has fired four execs at its China operation amid allegations of corruption.
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Japanese finger virus for police document leak

Japanese police are blaming a computer virus for a leak of information about criminal investigations.
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Eeeeshk! What have you done!

Letters Yesterday afternoon El Reg went under the knife for a bit of cosmetic surgery.
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UK gov computer misuse is 'rife'

The Liberal Democrats claim computer misuse among Government department is "rife" resulting in "serious security" concerns.
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Intel to cut 95% of lead used in CPUs

Intel has pledged to ship lead-free chips... well, almost lead-free chips during Q3.
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Biometrics vendors face 'more lean years'

Biometrics companies, says Gartner, face more lean years, following a US decision to extend the deadline for the implementation of biometric visas from October this year until the end of 2006. The Visa Biometric Program requires 27 countries to issue citizens travelling to the US with biometric passports, but the inability of these countries to comply with the deadline has led to the delay.
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The wrong stuff: what it takes to be a TSA terror suspect

The plaintiffs' statements in an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and the Transport Security Administration provides some useful clues about what it takes to make the grade as a dangerous terror suspect. Career USAF Master Sergeant and mother of three? Retired Presbyterian Minister? ACLU special projects co-ordinator with Pakistani-type name?
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V-TEC V-Drive Flash Pen

Reg Review How to prevent the loss of a valuable USB Flash drive? That's a question that taxes many a user of these devices. Conveniently portable, they're equally easy to lose or forget. The best solution we've seen is Memix's Memory Watch, which cleverly fits drive and USB connector into a wristwatch and strap, and it's certainly impressed quite a few folk, amazed not just at its capacity but its discreet looks.
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Draft ID card Bill one month away - Blunkett

A draft ID card Bill is to be published within a month, the Home Secretary said today.
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Kazaa and eDonkey brace for NetSky-Q onslaught

Zombie PCs infected with the NetSky-Q worm are set to launch distributed denial of service attacks against P2P and warez sites tonight.
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US big biz loosens IT purse strings

Worldwide IT spending will increase by five per cent in 2004, courtesy of an improving economy and the need to address infrastructure issues.
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Witty extinction

The "Witty" worm appeared on 19 March, and within a few short days it completed its mission and effectively disappeared. It received minimal coverage by the major news media outlets and for many people it has already been largely forgotten, a mere blip on the radar among so many blips of new viruses and virus variants that appear each week. If the Witty worm didn't affect you, as is the case for most people, you probably don't care. But you should. The Witty worm set a dangerous precedent on the Internet because it introduced a number of evil new "firsts" in the ever-changing world of modern worms and viruses.

Dell ups Q1 forecast on overseas boom

Dell plans to up its first quarter revenue forecast at a Thursday analyst meeting, sighting both strong US and overseas growth as reason for the move.