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Lawyers claim earth, sky and moon from Microsoft

Ordinary punters in California are entitled to a voucher after Microsoft settled a class action suit in the state. But lawyers who successfully pursued the case want a little more - $258m plus expenses.
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Europe slips behind on nano technology

More investment in nanotech research is needed in Europe if it is to become a world leader in the field, according to a paper published yesterday by the European Commission. Research must be better co-ordinated across member states, with more money going towards training and infrastructure, it recommends.
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Capgemini succumbs to rebranding madness

LogoWatch We have just received word of a nasty outbreak of whalesong-driven rebranding madness at none other than Capgemini, the artist formerly known as Capgemini, Ernst, Young, Cuthbert, Dibble & Grubb - or something like that.
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DiData back in the black

Dimension Data has produced interim profits of $9.9m (H1 2003: -$4.5m) on turnover of $1.18bn for the six months to 31 March, 2004.
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BT to slash LLU costs

BT is to cut the cost of local loop unbundling (LLU) in the UK in a move it claims will increase infrastructure competition.
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Telewest cuts losses

Telewest reduced net losses for the first three months of the year to £36m, from £187m lost in the first quarter of 2003. Q1 turnover was up £9m to £344m compared to the three months ended 31 March 2003.
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Child porn case highlights browser hijack risks

Browser hijacking programs can redirect users to pornographic websites. But could these malicious programs also lead to false accusations of possession of child pornography?
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Official secure music scheme to kill all non-compliant formats

It was five years ago today... Orwellian futures, dark enclaves and "Millennium Triggers" - it was all go back in 1999 as the music biz sought a way to stop punters raping and pillaging its product. Read on:
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Exam cheats reveal MMS killer app

A California high school student spurred a ban on mobile phone use when he was caught cheating on an exam using his camera phone.
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IBM throws weight behind server-managed clients

To understand the logic behind IBM's latest strategy announcement - centering on the concept of server-managed clients - you've first got to look at the downside of both thick and thin clients.
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Sage: more acquisitions ahead

While Sage's H1 results seem strong, if the three acquisitions it has made since last September are stripped out, organic revenue growth was only three per cent. Flat results from existing operations in its North American business should be a particular concern.
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US to ban up-skirt voyeur photos

The US moved closer today to banning so-called "up-skirt" photography, under the proposed Video Voyeurism Prevention Act.
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Lastminute losses lessen

Online travel agent lastminute.com halved losses for its second quarter ended 31 March 2004. It recorded EBITDA losses of £1.5m compared with £3.1m in the second quarter of 2003.
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German police raid five homes in Sasser case

German police have widened the hunt for the vandals responsible for the distribution of the infamous Sasser and NetSky worms by raiding the homes of five new suspects. All are close to the home of Sven Jaschan, the prime suspect.
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BT cleared for line rental hike

Ofcom is to take no immediate action against BT for putting up the cost of line rental for an estimated nine million consumers in the UK. The communications regulator had launched an "urgent" investigation into allegations that its new phone tariffs - which included the scrapping of its standard rate line rental - were anti-competitive.
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BT wins interconnect appeal

The Competition Appeal Tribunal - the court which regulates regulators - has ruled that Oftel (now Ofcom) overstepped its authority when it ordered BT to cut fees it charges mobile operators to link radio base stations to their mobile telephone exchanges. The case centred on whether these "back haul circuits" could be considered "interconnection" as defined by European law.
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Student uncovers US military secrets

An Irish graduate student has uncovered words blacked-out of declassified US military documents using nothing more than a dictionary and text analysis software.
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FBI anti-terror network scares experts

The FBI's Trilogy project - a plan to replace ther Bureau's existing local and wide area networks - has been slammed by technology experts from the National Research Council.
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Data transfer without tears

Stob Ms Stob claims that old comedy sketches, written in the pre-PC era, need to be ported to a safe, modern and familiar environment in order properly to be enjoyed by safe, modern and familiar IT staff. She offers this classic example…
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Ofcom hails BT wholesale price cuts

Ofcom has welcomed BT's plans to cut charges for rival operators to access its network. It says that local loop unbundling (LLU) can deliver competitive broadband markets in the UK.
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SpamCop gets gagging order lifted

A temporary restraining order against SpamCop which stops it from forwarding complaints to ISPs against bulk mailer OptInRealBig was lifted on Tuesday.
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Business slow to embrace wireless

Enterprise wireless technology is here. It has been here for a while now and it is not going away. Given the obvious truth of this statement, it may seem surprising that companies have on the whole failed to embrace wireless technologies in more than a cursory fashion. Despite the fact that productivity, total cost of ownership and return on investment measures are becoming ever more compelling...
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Industry warms to BT's LLU price cuts

BT's decision to cut LLU costs has been - broadly speaking - welcomed by the industry.
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Good for you, good for Microsoft - here comes WinXP SP2

Microsoft is setting itself challenging - although as yet unspecified - targets for deployment of XP SP2 by the end of the year, and is aiming for 'sustained' awareness activity lasting a full year after it's released. The company is still going through a tooth-sucking process in deciding whether or not it can afford to give it away free, but it's probably safe to presume that it'll be possible to get it free with minimal effort, and that even if you're not prepared to expend this you'll only pay postage.
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MS roadmaps Longhorn Server and beyond to 2/4 year beat

Microsoft's Longhorn schedule has in the past couple of years been vagueness bordering on chaos, ETAs for Longhorn the client being things largely things you'd deduce from the hints execs dropped in presentations, while even the existence of the server version has been the subject of conflicting public hand-wringing by the High Command. Yesterday, however, Microsoft moved to nail it all down - we have therefore reached one of those points in history where, briefly, all is predictable and understandable. Nearly.
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Red alert over Symantec firewall flaw

Four new vulnerabilities have been identified in Symantec's personal firewall products.
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Survey finds most professional geeks are men

Men are still grossly over-represented in the IT sector, occupying eight of every ten UK positions. Pay rates are skewed too, with men in IT earning significantly more than their female counterparts.
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McDonald's breaks IT barriers with McAsian web site

Is it possible that McDonald's - a brick-and-mortar burger seller - has outclassed its corporate peers in the IT sector with the most profound use of the Internet yet?
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New flaw takes Wi-Fi off the air

A newly-discovered vulnerability in the 802.11 wireless standard allows attackers to jam wireless networks within a radius of one kilometre using off-the-shelf equipment.
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Dell beat itself in the first quarter

Dell today posted strong first quarter results, showing gains across all product lines and geographies.