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Promiscuous BluePod file swapping - coming to a PDA near you

Exclusive A tiny European software company has done what the giants of the consumer electronics industry daren't do - and put a potential Napster in every pocket.

Sun gets liquored up on own code

Sun Network Buzzed. Intoxicated. Blotto. Straight pissed on code.
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Self-destructing MP3s don't satisfy Korean RIAA

Korea's version of the RIAA - the Korean Association of Phonogram Producers - says it is going to sue the carrier LG Telecom for distributing MP3-capable handsets. The network operator has sold 80,000 of the devices in two months. In a compromise reached in April, LG agreed to limit the capabilities of the phones: the MP3s would self-destruct 72 hours after being downloaded onto the handset.

Seagate axes thousands

Seagate's board has given the go ahead for a seven per cent workforce reduction designed to improve the company's bottom line.
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Police slap cuffs on Punk SMSer

A tech worker was arrested yesterday after a text message he sent was intercepted and traced back to his phone.
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UK air traffic control computer fails

Passengers at British airports face long delays today after the computer system running air traffic control failed early this morning. Flights leaving the UK were grounded so controllers could concentrate on safely landing incoming planes. Heathrow, Gatwick and some regional airports were affected.
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DirecTV's anti-SLAPP slap to litigant

A Los Angeles court last week dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former enforcer in DirecTV's anti-piracy campaign who claimed he resigned rather than continue to prosecute the company's controversial war against buyers of hacker-friendly smart card equipment.
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Mobile apps will drive Taiwan silicon

Dr Morris Chang, chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, has predicted 10-12 per cent economic growth for silicon over the next ten years. He said that the growth of convergence and third generation wireless "will transform most people's lives". - and the Taiwan silicon industry will have to adapt.
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Carphone Warehouse cashes in on 3G

Carphone Warehouse made a pre-tax profit of £76m, up 33.8 per cent, on turnover of £1.85bn for the year ended 27 March 2004. It is increasing dividend payments by 30 per cent.
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Greek 3G 'ready for Olympics'

Greek mobile operator Cosmote says its 3G network and services will be ready in time for the Olympics. This will be the first launch of video streaming into the local market, and Cosmote has deals with several content providers including Antenna TV and Databank.
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Famous American launches 4G - but this time, is anyone listening?

On the day that Japan's NTT DoCoMo trumpeted its latest 4G trials, the storied US entrepreneur Craig "Sign 'em quick, close 'em slow" McCaw announced his latest move into the same market, to surprisingly little fanfare. In popular folklore on this side of the pond, McCaw is credited with creating the US cable and cellular industries, although the truth is both more complicated, and more interesting.
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OEM software scams on the rise

Among the ever-increasing payload of spam landing each day in users' inboxes, there is certainly a burgeoning market for missives promoting OEM software - programmes originally distributed with system hardware. "DONT BE SILLY TO PAY HUNDRED FOR SOFTWARES" is typical. "Take discount on Microsoft, Corel, Adobe stuff from Cortes's Stuff Store" or "NEVER PAY MORE THAN $100 FOR UR SOFTWARES" are other familiar exhortations.
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BT punts another broadband promo

BT has released details of yet another promo offer to tempt people to sign up to its broadband service. As well as its recently announced free flight offer and the £80-off offer for its Broadband basic product, BT is now chucking up to £40 to punters who sign up for its broadband service.
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UK legal downloads hit half a million

Half a million songs have been legally downloaded so far this year in the UK, according to figures come from the Official UK Chart Company (OCC) - a joint venture between the British Association of Record Dealers and the BPI (British Phonographic Industry).
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SpaceShipOne readied for 21 June launch

Later this month, Paul 'Microsoft' Allen's SpaceShipOne will blast off for space. The launch is scheduled for 21 June, and if everything goes well, Allen will snag a place in history as the man behind the first private space craft ever to leave the atmosphere.
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No news is bad news for Nortel

Nortel does not have its accounts ready and doesn't know when they will be ready. The company is still reviewing the books for 2003 and is unlikely to have a better idea what is going when its second quarter results are due in late July. At the end of April it was only able to provide a cash balance.
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Too much communication is bad for you

It was five years ago today... Here's a little mathematical test - read the following and compare how your current day is measuring up in the communications overload stakes:
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Korgo raises zombie PC army

Anti-virus firms have raised the peril index of the Korgo worm up a notch following the spread of several new variants this week.
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I Know You Surf for Porn

Cash'n'Carrion We thought that the outsouced IT staff who last week found porn on the PC of Bank of Ireland supremo Michael Soden might like to have a whip-round and get him a nice leaving present.
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BT launches wholesale sat broadband service

BT Broadcast Services (BTBS) - the broadcast and media bit of BT - has announced the commercial launch of its wholesale two-way satellite broadband service.
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NotCon: golden age of the geekesque

If you find yourself at a bit of a loose end this Sunday (6 June), you might fancy strolling down to the NotCon conference in South Kensington in London.
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Security cert body gives lesson in insecurity

Security certification and training body (ISC)2 has apologised for a serious security breach which saw the personal details of thousands of respondents to a survey posted onto an insecure server.
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NTL Ireland to splash €100m on network

NTL is to blow €100m (£66.6m) to upgrade its cable network in Ireland so that its punters can hook up to broadband. By the end of the year NTL Ireland will be able to deliver broadband to more than 100,000 homes with the rest of the network coming on-stream by the end of 2006.
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Euro printer sales on the up-and-up

Channel Roundup The market for printers in Europe is continuing to grow. Sales increased 17 per cent for the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year. Context's SalesWatch tracks indirect sales for business and consumer buyers. All-in-one inkjets grew fastest with sales up 97 per cent compared to a year ago. HP kept the top slot with 44 per cent market share. Lexmark and Epson fought over second spot: Lexmark had 18 per cent and Epson had 17 per cent.
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French music biz staff revolt over downloads

Around 300 record company workers in France went on strike yesterday and rallied near the culture ministry in downtown Paris to express anger at new layoffs, AFP reports.
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Mutant son of MyDoom plans three-pronged attack

Virus writers have used code from the infamous Mydoom worm to create a potentially dangerous new Internet worm which uses multiple methods to spread.
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Reed says yes to science on the Web

Academic publisher Reed Elsevier says it will allow scientists to post copies of their articles on the web, a u-turn from its previous position. The move means as many as 200,000 articles could now be made available online, The Guardian reports, albeit under very strict Ts&Cs.
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London council clamps down on Sony and BMG

Camden Council has taken out Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (Asbo) against a number of people at Sony and BMG in an attempt to stop music companies illegally flyposting in the London borough. The named individuals, presumably marketing bods, are deemed responsible for organising the flyposting.

US groups lobby over VoIP regulation

An Internet telephony trade group has urged US authorities not to tie up the fledgling VoIP industry in red tape.
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GPS research money up for grabs

The GALILEO project, Europe's satellite radio navigation programme, launched its second call for research proposals yesterday (Wednesday).
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Opera snips phishing lines

Opera has updated its browser to prevent its software been manipulated by would-be fraudsters to display a fake address to surfers.