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HP bags brace of service companies

HP has picked up a pair of consulting companies to build out its already swollen services practice.
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Yahoo! blasts back at Google

Yahoo! used its annual financial analyst day to announce an expanded email service. With Google's beta GMail service grabbing so much attention, Yahoo! will expand the amount of free storage to 100MB per user over the summer, and a rather vague promise of "unlimited" storage for paid users. GMail will offer 1GB of storage and a vastly superior search capability. 100 MB of storage in Yahoo! Mail currently costs $49 a year.
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Google decides banner ads, skyscrapers are not evil

The company that helped discredit lurid web advertising has vowed to bring it back to life. In addition to offering advertisers text classifieds on websites that sign up to its Adsense program, Google will begin offer advertisers graphic ads for the first time. The four formats offered include banner and skyscraper: although they may not be quite what you expect. Google's "banners" are 728 by 90 pixels; that's twice the width of the masthead you see at the top of the page, but much thinner. You can read more here and here.
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Linux fans never do any work

It was five years ago today... While the IT juggernaut continues to thunder along at breakneck speed, some things remain resolutely stationary. It's reassuring to know that there are certain immutables in this crazy, mixed-up world we live in:
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Adobe's Warnock awarded Lovelace Medal

Yesterday evening Dr John Warnock, co-founder of Adobe, was awarded the British Computer Society's Ada Lovelace Medal by BCS president Professor Wendy Hall CBE.
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How to fool ID card system - give a false ID, say UK gov

The UK ID card scheme will, it is alleged, greatly aid the forces of law and order in establishing the identity of offenders and suspects. But, as UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith found himself blurting out in the House of Lords yesterday, there's an easy way out of this for the thinking minor offender - give the police a false ID.
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Tiscali to flog four country ops

Tiscali today confirmed it is to sell of four of its country operations in a bid to concentrate on its core businesses.
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Jilted lover jailed for email stalking

An Australian man has been jailed for three months for sending offensive emails and making abusive and threatening phone calls. Nicholas Stacey, of Torquay, Victoria pleaded guilty to stalking and using a carriage service (public network) to offend.
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Dabber exploits Sasser flaw

Virus writers have created a worm that exploits coding flaws in the infamous Sasser worm to spread.
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BOFH: Frying the PFY

Episode 15 BOFH 2004
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US edges closer to private space flight

Burt Rutan and his SpaceShipOne team have taken another step towards claiming the $10m Ansari X-prize for the first private space vehicle.
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Captain Cyborg: 'I know Kung Fu!'

Letters Ah, Kevin Warwick. The man of many electrodes and implanted silicon (not silicone, but more on that later) resurfaced at a conference in London. He spoke eloquently, and at some length, about speechless communication. We don't understand why people don't take him more seriously...
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Video Networks to speed up LLU roll-out

Video Networks Ltd (VNL) - which switched on its new broadband and digital TV service in London yesterday - is to bring forward plans to expand its service following BT's proposal to slash local loop unbundling (LLU) costs.
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Symantec fights auto-responder menace

Virus notification alerts will hopefully become less of a nuisance after modifications to Symantec's mail server security products announced this week.
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Intergraph and Gateway kiss and make up

Intergraph has ended its legal action against computer maker Gateway. The case concerned patents for Intergraph's memory management technology - called Clipper - which it claimed Gateway had infringed.
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US small biz filled with optimism

A survey of small businesses in the US has revealed optimism about prospects for the year ahead and almost half expect to take on more staff. 62 per cent of small and medium businesses (SMBs) believe business will improve this year.
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NHS computers prescribe trouble

NHS computer systems fail to spot dangerous prescription errors, according to researchers. The problem may put lives at risk.
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Berg execution website shut down

The website which originally hosted the video of Nicholas Berg being beheaded has been shut down.
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UK gov gets school IT gold star

Government efforts to boost IT provision in schools appear to be working, according to a report from Ofsted, the body that monitors standards in education. British classrooms now have record levels of IT equipment, and resources compare favourably with other European nations.
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Spam fighters infiltrate spam clubs

Spam fighters are gaining vital clues in the battle to keep in-boxes clean of junk mail by infiltrating spammer clubs.
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HP assuages Canada with $105m

HP has played peacemaker with the Canadian government, agreeing to shell out $105m to settle a long-running contract dispute.
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'System error' downed RAF Tornado

An RAF Tornado which was struck by a US Patriot missile while returning from a sortie over Iraq last year was downed by a 'system error', UK defence minister Ivor Caplin has admitted.

EBS outpaces Sun with Solaris x86 kit

Sun Microsystems garners a lot of press for its Solaris x86 push, but a small company based in Massachusetts is arguably doing more to sell actual product running the operating system.