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419 scam 'bank' bites the dust

Sadly, the United Mercantile Credit & Investment Bank (UMCIB) - an online front for a UK-based 419 advance fee fraud gang - has shut up shop.
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Apple, Swatch to make e-mail watch

It was five years ago today... Is the email watch to the 1990s what the flying car was to the 1950s? Trumpets are blown, predictions made, expectations raised:
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Intel Grantsdale hitting demand for low-end GPUs?

Is Intel's i915G chipset - the integrated version of Grantsdale - hitting Nvidia and ATI's share of the low-end graphics market? This appears to be the case, if report that the two graphics chip specialists have cut their entry-level part wafer-starts is accurate.
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Ebbers sued for $400m

Bernie Ebbers, disgraced ex-CEO of WorldCom, is being sued for $400m by the firm he used to run.
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BBC Tech strike over outsourcing

BBC Technology staff have voted in favour of taking industrial action to show their opposition to the sell-off their department to Siemens.
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MS cheers as Amazon offers 'iPod killer' Media Centers

In a desperate bid to drum up early enthusiasm for its 'iPod killer' Personal Media Center handheld video player technology, Microsoft announced that Amazon.com has begun taking orders for the devices.
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CyberGuard bids for Secure Computing

Security vendor CyberGuard yesterday launched an unsolicited offer to buy rival Secure Computing with a one-for-one stock exchange transaction offer. The bid - which values Secure Computing at approximately $278m - comes days after Secure posted a profit warning, blaming weak government sales for lowered Q2 revenues of between $21.7m and $22m.
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419 'bankers' back in business

The 419 scammers who have just lost their online presence in the form of United Mercantile Credit & Investment Bank (UMCIB) certainly don't mess about when it comes to getting back to business.
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BT rivals demand Ofcom action

Five rival telco providers have written to Ofcom complaining that BT is not offering a wholesale line rental package which is "fit for purpose".
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UK Wi-Fi network wins 'significant' VC funding

UK Wi-Fi provider The Cloud has secured its latest round of funding, from VCs 3i and Accel Partners, the trio announced today.
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Prince Charles gives forth on nanotech

The Prince of Wales has called for greater consideration of the social, environmental and ethical implications of nanotechnology. He says that at this early stage of research, risk assesment must keep pace with commercial development.
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Sacked clerk hits bosses with 5m emails

An unnamed 17-year-old clerk who was given his marching orders from UK insurance company Domestic & General responded by bombarding his former employers with 5m emails, the Sun reports.
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Gizmondo pushes Button after Jordan F1 deal deflates

Tiger Telematics, the developer of the oddly named Gizmondo 'N-Gage with GPS' handheld games console, last week announced the endorsement of Chicane, a Formula One racing game being developed exclusively for its gadget, by British F1 driver Jensen Button.
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Mozilla takes bite out of IE

For the first time since Microsoft saw off rival Netscape in the 1990s Internet Explorer's virtual stranglehold on the browser marketplace has loosened. IE's share decreased slightly from 95.7 per cent to 94.73 per cent in the month up to 6 July, according to Web metrics firm WebSideStory.
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Sony delays UK, US PSX launch

Sony had delayed the launch of the PSX in the US - and possibly the UK too - until 2005 in a bid to make the technology more "feasible" for Western buyers.
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Swansea IT jobs are 'safe', says council

Swansea Council has responded to threatened IT staff strike action which the Reg revealed last week. The council is considering outsourcing all staff in an effort to save money. The latter complain that they were not consulted before an advert was placed in magazines inviting offers for the business. Ballots for industrial action go out today.
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Travel to the stars for $1,000

If you are planning your funeral and would like to go out with a bang, then why not consider a quick cremation, followed by one one-way trip for your ashes to the inexorable vastness of space?
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Nvidia preps Media Center PC bundles

Nvidia is pitching system builders keen to move into the Media Center PC market with a series of bundles designed to make knocking out MCPCs more straightforward.
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Sony Vaio VGN-S1VP notebook

Review It seems like Sony has a never-ending stream of slimline notebook computers in its stable. Just when one has bolted free, another one slips its rope and makes its way into the market place. It was only a matter of weeks ago that I reviewed the VAIO X505VP, but already a new thin, light and desirable notebook from Sony is in my possession.writes Riyad Emeran.
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X-prize race hots up

The race to get an astronaut and privately-owned rocket into space is hotting up. The Ansari X-prize will give $10m to the first team who can get a spaceship able to carry three people into space - defined as 100km above earth. They must return safely and repeat the feat within two weeks.
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Huge comms satellite ready for lift-off

The Ariane 5 rocket is set to blast off early tomorrow morning, and will carry the biggest ever commercial telecoms satellite into orbit.
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French bid to boost open source

In a bid to boost the spread of open source software in France, a group researchers has announced a new software license which they claim is compatible with the Free Software Foundation's GNU general public license (GPL).
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Pssst, wanna spam mobile phones?

Mobile phones are becoming the latest target of junk mailers whose cynical attempts to enrich themselves at the cost of wasting everybody else’s time apparently know no bounds. One chancer spammed world+dog last weekend with an offer to teach his elite cell phone spamming skills to a few chosen individuals in exchange for the princely sum of $1,000.
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Scientists horrified by Bush's Bad Science

What started as a group of 62 scientists fighting what they saw as Bad Science being practiced by the Bush administration has now bloated to a body with more than 4,000 whitecoats calling for change.
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MSN search guru 'stole AltaVista code'

A Microsoft employee arrested by the FBI for stealing AltaVista search source code works for MSN's Search team, the Seattle Post Intelligencer has revealed. Laurent Chavet was arrested for accessing AltaVista computers after he left the company, between March and June 2002.
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Windows XP SP2 slips into Fall

As we warned you in April, Microsoft has again delayed Windows XP Service Pack 2, the most significant revision of the Windows code base since its launch in 2001. The work now being scheduled for completion and an RTM (release to manufacturing [alternative etymology]) in August means a Fall ship date. Microsoft will be relieved to see it out of the door. SP2 was originally due "sometime in 2003" until last August, when managers decided to knock it back to this year.