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UK website flogs forged degree certificates

A British-based website is offering good quality forged degree and A level certificates for just £165.
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IBM opens RFID test centre

IBM has opened up the doors on a new European test and interoperability laboratory for piloting and proving radio frequency identification technologies. The adoption of RFID will not only help retailers and consumer goods manufacturers better manage their stocks, it will also offer a potential windfall for the likes of IBM Global Services, Accenture and Computer Sciences.
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Chip sales soar in May

The world continues to buy ever larger quantities of semiconductors, with the chip industry selling $17.32bn worth of them in May 2004, 2.1 per cent more than it did in April and 36.9 per cent more than it sold in May 2003.
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Sender authentication is coming

Sender authentication will almost certainly become a de facto standard part of the Internet's email infrastructure over the next few years, but it will not stop the spam problem by itself.
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Intel to tackle Sempron with 'Celeron price cuts'

Intel will trim the prices of its desktop Celeron chips on 22 August in a bid to fend off AMD's pitch against the value processor line with its own Sempron range.

Dunes manages the heterogeneous virtual machine

In the largest server sector of all, namely those operating on Intel and AMD based processors, the virtualisation of computers has become something of a fashion tidal wave with vendors such as VMware, the major server suppliers and even Microsoft all actively promoting the benefits of this approach to computing.
Tony Lock, 05 2004
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Beehive pollinates Eclipse

Java's success is based on the write-once, run-anywhere promise. But as the number of development environments increased the view for developers was not as rosy. The development user interface varied by vendor, as did the application development frameworks, which were used to develop Java more rapidly and consistently. This meant that developers could not move easily from one environment to another, as they needed to learn a new user interface and worse a new set of frameworks and controls. Even worse, the frameworks might not run on all platforms.
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Spanish Zombie PC virus author jailed

A Spanish man was sent to jail for two years last week after being convicted of virus writing. Óscar López Hinarejos, 26, was also ordered to pay compensation to his victims for writing the Cabronator Trojan.
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Dell issues adaptor electric shock warning

Dell has warned that around 38,000 power adaptors it shipped between December 2003 and May 2004 could cause electric shocks.
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Cableco 'inside job' aided Dutch 419ers

The 52 Nigerian 419ers arrested in Amsterdam earlier this year had "inside help" from cable company UPC, the company's security officer Norbert Spekking admitted last week.
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IE workaround a non-starter

Doubts have been raised about the effectiveness of a workaround issued by Microsoft to guard against a potentially devastating vulnerability in IE. Left unchecked the flaw creates a means for hackers to turn popular websites into conduits for viral transmission.
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Vodafone's adult filter is go

Vodafone has implemented its adult content blocker, to rapturous applause from child protection groups, and irritated cries of "Hey, where'd my websites go?" from some of its users.

Seagate targets rival with import ban demand

Seagate has escalated its legal assault on rival micro hard drive maker Cornice by asking the US International Trade Commission to ban the import into the US of any product that contains a Cornice 1in drive.
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Payment card industry cleans up its act

Apacs, the Association for Payment Clearing Services, has upgraded its guidelines for the kind of websites its members should take payment from. Previous guidelines warned card issuers not to provide services to any site which was likely to bring the industry into disrepute.
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Bank issues cashpoint warning

First Direct has written to one hundred thousand of its customers warning them of the danger of cashpoint-based fraud. The bank is warning the ten per cent of its customers who use cashpoints most frequently that they are increasing the risk of being a victim of such fraud.
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Daleks invade New York

New York residents are today contemplating how close they came to "extoimination" after the Sun draped a Dalek in the flag of St George and let it loose in Times Square.
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Software patents under attack

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has assembled a crack team of software and legal experts to challenge what it sees as ten of the most dangerous software patents ever awarded. It is seeking nothing less than the overturn of all ten.
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US group lobbies for the airborne mobile

A group in the US is seeking to standardise technology in consumer electronics devices so that people can use mobile phones and PDAs on airplanes. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has said that it wants to develop new industry standards so that people will be able to use certain functions on mobile phones and PDAs while on-board commercial aircraft. Such functions could include games, word processors, music players and other features, but would exclude wireless functionality, which can affect critical communications systems used by pilots.
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UK small.biz rejects outsourcing

Nearly nine out of ten UK small businesses do not feel that outsourcing will benefit them, new research has found.
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EU ruling set to can business spam

A new European ruling has made it possible for small businesses to block unsolicited emails, telephone calls and faxes, a law firm has claimed.
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BBC faces online shake-up

A report into the BBC's online activities has recommended that the broadcaster should take a tougher line on its public service remit and stop replicating content which is, or could be, supplied by private companies.
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Credit card details published on Web

It was five years ago today... Anyone who has ever used a credit card online must be familiar with that slight twinge of uneasiness, that "what if these details ever leaked out into the public domain" moment. And here's why:
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UK reseller unveils 'video iPod'

Reg Kit Watch UK mobile device supplier Peripheral Corner has launched what it claims is the "Swiss Army Knife of gadgets" - a hard drive-equipped portable video player, the PV-330.
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Microsoft SA - reasons to comply

Just over half of businesses renewing Microsoft Software Assurance say the primary reason for doing so is to reduce licensing fees and maintenance costs. The highest priority for 52 per cent of those surveyed was to lower license and maintenance charges. 43 per cent said the primary reason was to ensure licensing compliance. Four per cent said they were concerned with implementing software standards across the organisation.
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Shortlist for privacy 'Oscars' announced

The shortlist for this year's Big Brother awards for nasty privacy invaders has been released. The awards include: Worst Public Servant, Most Invasive Company, Most Appalling Project, Most Heinous Government Organisation and Lifetime Menace Award - now renamed the David Blunkett Lifetime Menace Award.
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ACI to outsource notebook output to India

UK system builder Allied Computers Industry (ACI) will begin outsourcing notebook production to India with a view to ceasing UK laptop production by September 2005.
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China adopts mystery Internet Protocol

Reports from China that the country has widely adopted a next-generation Internet protocol, called IPv9, have raised eyebrows in the networking community. IPv9 which is "compatible with IPv4 and IPv6, has been formally adapted and popularised into the civil and commercial sector," the People's Daily reports.
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Close the email wiretap loophole

Opinion Last week a Federal District Court in Boston decided that when someone reads your private email without your permission and before you receive it, it doesn't violate federal wiretap law. The ruling perfectly illustrates how we can frustrate the entire purpose of a statute simply by reading it too carefully.
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CSC German military mega deal scrapped over price row

A CSC-led consortium has failed to reach an agreement with the German Ministry of Defense over a planned $7.3bn IT and communications outsourcing contract. The failure highlights both the level of caution displayed by the German government toward outsourcing, and the increasing reluctance for outsourcing vendors to take on mega-deals without sufficient rewards.