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Virgin Mobile gives it up for charity

Virgin Mobile is considering channelling one per cent of its pre-tax profits into a charitable trust. The company would let employees decide which good causes the trust would support.
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BMG to punt cheap, no-frills CDs

From next month record company BMG will introduce cut-price and luxury versions of the same CDs in Germany in an attempt to boost record sales, CEO Maarten Steinkamp told Der Spiegel.
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Fujitsu unveils Wi-Fi PDA

Fujitsu today launched its latest Japanese Pocket Loox PDA, the v70, a machine which is likely to herald the arrival of the much-anticipated Pocket Loox 700 in the West.
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Sapphire Radeon X800 Pro

Review It's been over two months since I was in Toronto at the launch of the Radeon X800 platform, and during that time I've done a lot of testing and writing about the latest generation of graphics cards. However, it has taken this long for that announcement to turn into a tangible retail product, writes Riyad Emeran.
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Baltimore showdown underway

The future of Baltimore Technologies hangs in the balance, with a vote count underway to determine the company's future.
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Internet set to bring down society

It was five years ago today... It may be difficult to imagine, but British Summers occasionally offer a sufficiently long period of continual sunshine for malodorous anarchopunks armed with dogs on string to form mobs and threaten western civilisation.
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Hey, where'd my porn go?

Letters It is probably an understatement to say that content filtering is a contentious issue. With that in mind, Vodafone could claim it has been bold and brave, unilaterally introducing an adult content filter to its 3G service.
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China disowns IPv9 hype

Evidence is growing that IPv9, hyped up the widely-adopted foundation of a next generation Internet infrastructure in China, is really a marginal project backed by few even in China.
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IBM denies spiking fab cancer study

IBM has denied attempting to block the publication of research examining the death rates of workers at its chip fabs.

C&W launches VoIP for UK.biz

In brief C&W will start offering Voice over Internet Protocol services and claims British businesses could cut a quarter off their phone bills by making the switch.
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eBayers go ape for Reagan funeral accessories

The guy's only been dead a month, and already paraphernalia from Ronald Reagan's lying in state and funeral are driving bidders wild on eBay.
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Patriot 'Blue-on-Blue': the plot thickens

CBS-11's Robert Riggs - the embedded journalist who witnessed first-hand the shambolic operations of the Patriot missile during the last Gulf War - has fuelled the continuing controversy surrounding the "Blue-on-Blue" incident, which saw the high-tech projectile bring down an RAF Tornado.
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Get MySQL Certified for less

Site Offer With more than 4 million active installations, MySQL is the world's most popular open-source database. Known for its speed, high reliability, and ease of use, MySQL is rapidly becoming a low-cost alternative to the more widely used database systems from Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft.
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Data federation and the police

Last week's Bichard report into the mistakes made by various English police forces in the events leading up to the Soham murders focuses, at least in part, on the endemic deficiencies in data management procedures and policies.
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Irish programmer lifts MSDN security crown

Eamon O'Tuathail, an Irish software developer, has triumphed in the Microsoft Security Developer Championship, seeing off his rivals in the race for the $10,000 prize.
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Ofcom appoints Last Mile adjudicator

Ofcom is appointing a regulator to watch over local loop unbundling - the process of disconnecting the last mile of BT's network from the exchange to the customer's home or office.
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We name new Dr Who intergalactic übervillain

Exclusive We believe that we may have solved the mystery surrounding who will star as intergalactic übervillain in the forthcoming relaunch of Doctor Who.
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Deutsche Telekom to unite 'half the world's Wi-Fi hotspots'

Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Systems has pledged to unite half the world's hotspots in a bid to grab a major share of the emerging Wi-Fi roaming market.
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Bagle source code unleashed

Virus writers are distributing viral source code with the latest version of the Bagle virus series, Bagle-AD. Much like its 29 predecessors, Bagle-AD is a mass-mailing worm that is packed using UPX file compression. IT comes in the form of a password-protected .ZIP file, with the password included in the message body as plain text or within an image. The ZIP file contains an executable with the extensions EXE, COM or SCR.

Dell ships first Euro Linux business PCs

Dell's European operation launched its first Linux desktops today, offering an Optiplex 170L mini-tower system with the Linspire 4.5 distro pre-installed and the PC giant's tech support bundled.
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Putting the 'vision' in Macrovision

This year's horizons for Macrovision, the highly valued content protection company, include a system to defeat file-sharing, a new, more effective, CD copy protection system and a shot at an interoperable Digital Rights Management system of its own.
Faultline, 06 2004
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Hatch's Induce Act comes under fire

US Congressman Rick Boucher took up arms against the Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act bill, being brought before Congress right now, in a website interview at Inside Digital Media this week.
Faultline, 06 2004
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Academy backs 'pirate-proof' tech for Oscar samplers

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has sanctioned the use of 'pirate-proof' DVDs to allow Oscar voters to preview the movies they're supposed to have seen before choosing their favourite director, actor, gratuitous use of the word f**k in a serious screenplay, etc.

Cisco manual goes online for free

Matt Basham teaches the Cisco Certified Engineers course so when he wrote a textbook he aproached Cisco to see if they were interested in publishing the book to help students doing the course. Cisco was not interested, so Basham decided to publish the book himself.
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So why does Vodafone filter block Sky News?

Vodafone's new mobile content filtering system, designed to stop children accessing Web nasties with their mobiles, raises more questions than it answers.

Veritas lowers Q2 forecast. Investors lower Veritas

Weak sales in the US have forced Veritas to lower its second quarter earnings forecast today - a move poorly received on Wall Street, where investors pummeled Veritas shares.

IT services vendors bask in sunny quarter

The IT services sector continued its steady recovery in the second quarter of 2004, with significant growth in the value of major contracts announced during the period.
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Brits fear online shopping

British consumers are scared of shopping online, even those who do shop online say etailers could do more to make them feel safer.
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UK train firm rolls out Wi-Fi to all travellers

UK rail company GNER today granted its Second Class passengers access to its train-wide Wi-Fi network. To date, wireless Internet access has been the privilege of First Class ticket holders.
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Acquisitor takes control of Baltimore

Bermuda-based Acquisitor Holdings has finally ousted the board of former e-security company Baltimore Technologies after months of acrimonious debate.
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HP moots handheld PC comeback

Notebook-style mobile devices based on Microsoft's Windows CE operating system could make a return to the mass market courtesy of Hewlett-Packard.
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Astronomers probe star wrapped in comets

A group of professional UK star gazers says that huge numbers of comets and asteroids encircle our nearest sun-like star, Tau Ceti, making it extremely unlikely that life has had a chance to evolve on any planets in the system.
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BOFH: Addressing the Computer Usage Policy

Episode 22 BOFH 2004
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An IT director's lot is not a happy one

IT security is becoming a major cause of executive stress, according to a brace of surveys out today.
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Open source miracle horse stuns MS Japan

Microsoft can roll out countless studies that point out how proprietary software is cheaper and more practical than open source code. But how can Microsoft counter open source software's ability to make a Japanese woman give birth to a horse in a convenience store?
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The CD roars back from the dead

Analysis The decision by the Bertelsmann Music Group to slash CD prices in Germany only marks the latest stage in the comeback of a supposedly outmoded medium.