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Google sued by Planet Goo

Google Inc, the search engine whose brand is synonymous with colorful, childlike marketing, has been sued by a real children's site for trademark infringement. Stelor Productions, which has owned the googles.com domain since 1997 says that the lawsuit comes after six years of trying to negotiate with the Mountain View based tech company. Stelor is also trying to revoke Google's trademark at the US Patent and Trademarks Office.
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Rumours of Tape's death exaggerated

Despite long running rumours of the death of tape, solutions of various formats are employed, almost universally, somewhere in the routine, but vitally important, task of the backup or archiving of data. Tape systems continue to evolve; while their position in the data protection chain may be altering, tape technology still has a role to play in all areas of the market.
Tony Lock, 08 2004
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Hynix creditors rethink China DRAM plant plan

Hynix's creditor banks are rethinking their rejection of the memory maker's plan to build a DRAM plant in China, now that there's a chance that STMicroelectronics will come in on the deal.
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Intel to add NX security to Pentium 4 in Q4

Intel will add support for Microsoft's No Execute (NX) security technology to its P4 CPUs in Q4, reports suggest.
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PlusNet takes AIM at stock market

Updated PlusNet, the Sheffield, UK ISP, is joining AIM, London's junior stock market on 14 July. It is flogging 13,910,219 ordinary shares at 90p per share to institutions to raise £12.5m gross and it will have a market capitalisation of £25.1m.
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Yahoo! profits double

Yahoo! had a storming quarter in Q2, but Wall Street was not impressed. The company forecasts sales of $2.46bn to $2.54bn for 2004, a little above the $2.41bn - $2.52bn it predicted three months ago. But analysts think the dotcom giant should be doing even better, and the company was hammered in after-hours trading. Last night Yahoo! shares slid 12 per cent from $32.60 to $28.7212.
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Police keelhaul world's thickest DVD pirate

An Essex man has secured the title of the world's thickest DVD pirate after walking into a Chelmsford Trading Standards office and offering his illicit wares to the gobsmacked staff.
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Intel forecast to cut P4 price by up to 34%

Intel will trim its Pentium 4 and Celeron D prices on 22 August, Taiwanese mobo maker sources have claimed, ahead of the anticipated launch of the 3.8GHz Pentium 4 570.
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Sony ships lifelike colour X-brite LCD panels

Reg Kit Watch Sony UK has brought its rather good X-brite Vaio notebook displays to the standalone monitor market in the form of the 17in SDM-HS74P and 19in SDM-HS94P screens.
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Orange flogs Danish ops to TeliaSonera

Orange is selling its Danish subsidiary to TeliaSonera for €600m ($742m)cash less net debt. The Nordic telecoms group will combine Orange Denmark with its own slightly smaller Danish mobile network. But with 1.1m subscribers, the enlarged group stills lie in third place behind market leaders TDC and Sonofon.
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Show me the way to go

Cash'n'Carrion Those wags at TechnoDepot have been at it again and have come up with a new t-shirt bearing the witty Show me the way to go
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France lifts MS Imagine Cup

A team of students from France has won the 2004 Microsoft Imagine Cup, and $25,000 in cash after a weekend of intense competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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LA plans cybercafe teen curfew

Los Angeles is to impose a curfew on kids into cybercafes because the venues have become a popular hangout for truants and the focus of serious youth violence in the city. Cybercafes (or PC baangs) with more than five machines will need a police license must install video cameras for security under regulations put forward in Los Angeles City Council yesterday.
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How the world is learning to love ICANN

In case you aren't aware, how the Internet is run and will be run for future generations will be decided in the next 26 months. When a three-year "memorandum of understanding" (MoU) between the US government and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) ends on 30 September 2006, who gets to oversee this revolutionary medium will be decided. One way or another.
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Learn English with Apple - at a price

If you're looking to brush up your language skills, then look no further than the Apple Store UK.
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Linksys touts Wi-Fi signal boost upgrade

Linksys has begun selling replacement antennae for its 801.11b and 802.11g base-stations in a bid to boost wireless network coverage.
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Judge waves through MS $1.1bn California settlement

Microsoft has secured court approval for the $1.1bn settlement of the California class action, alleging overcharging and abuse of state anti-trust laws. California Superior Court Judge Paul Alvarado said the offer was “fair, reasonable and adequate compensation”.
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Elitegroup preps 'transition' Socket T mobos

Elitegroup (ECS) will begin shipping a pair of AGP-to-PCI Express transition motherboards this coming August, the Taiwanese mobo maker said today.
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Male teleworkers do it all over the place

It was five years ago today... Ah, the joys of teleworking: released from the burdensome commute to work; unshackled from the desk; and free to roam the wide savannah of mobility.
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E-voting security: getting it right

As we noted in our previous story - E-voting security: looking good on paper? - the much-celebrated voter verifiable paper trail is useless as a security measure for Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) election systems, and actually introduces far more problems than it solves.
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DrinkorDie suspect back in Oz jail

The alleged ringleader of a gang of Internet copyright pirates was back in jail last night after US authorities won the latest round in their battle to extradite him from Australia on multi-million dollar software piracy charges.
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Big names dominated UK channel in May

Top-brand vendors increased their share of shipments made through the UK's reseller channel during May at the expense of second-tier players, market watcher Context has revealed.
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Cisco gobbles up Parc Technologies

Cisco has agreed to pay $9m for Parc Technologies, a small UK business spun out of Imperial College London's (IC) search algorithm research centre. Cisco expects the acquisition to close in the first financial quarter of 2005.
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China agrees to drop chip tax rebates

China has bowed to US pressure and agreed to remove a semiconductor sales tax regime said to favour local chip makers over their foreign rivals.

Sun delivers Unix shocker with DTrace

Analysis Try to imagine a geeky version of famed salesman Ron Popeil. Keep Popeil's exuberance, keep his pitchman savvy and keep his verbal overflow. Then erase his age, sturdy frame and Ronco Food Dehydrator and replace all this with a young, lanky kernel engineer hawking something called DTrace, and you have Bryan Cantrill.