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Deutsche Telekom Passport hole exposes 120,000

Deutsche Telekom this week was forced to suspend all activities of its Online Business Service Operation Centre (OBSOC), a German version of the Microsoft's Passport system, which enables customers to order and pay for online services and products.
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IBM shuffles top execs

The top brass running Big Blue are still reshuffling executives in the aftermath of the departure of Mike Lawrie, formerly the senior vice president of sales and distribution. IBM likes to cross-train its key executives in different geographies, job types, and lines of business every couple of years, but there could be more to these particular moves than meets the eye...
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Bsquare axes WinXP GSM handheld

Bsquare is to drop its Power Handheld (PH) Windows XP-based wireless PDA. The company will instead offer the device's design to other vendors under licence and sell them the application and utility software it had developed for the device.
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Elitegroup lets slip 2.13GHz Pentium M details

Taiwan's Elitegroup has revealed that Intel is indeed planning to release a 2.13GHz Pentium M 770 processor this autumn - possibly as early as September 2004.

64-bit WinXP set-back forced Intel to delay 4GHz P4?

Intel has delayed the arrival of the 4GHz Pentium 4 to Q1 2005, the chip giant has admitted.
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180solutions answers pop-up charges

Letter Our recent story Pop-up goes the commission reported on allegations that 180solutions' permission-based search assistant application Zango may have been dowloading itself onto users' computers without their knowledge.
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BT shaves a quid off VoIP service

BT has cut the cost of its voice over IP (VoIP) service in a bid to make it "better value" for punters.
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Sasser kid blamed for viral plague

A staggering 70 per cent of viral activity in the first half of this year can be linked to just one German teenager, according to anti-virus firm Sophos.
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GameCube sales leap doubles Nintendo Q2 profits

A surge in sales of its GameCube console pushed Nintendo's second-quarter income almost 100 per cent over the same period last year.
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DNA codebreaker Francis Crick dies at 88

Francis Crick, described by some as the father of genetic science, has died after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 88.
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Real fires back at Apple in DRM dogfight

Real Networks has compared its DRM translation software, Harmony, to Compaq's cloning of the original IBM PC to rebuff Apple's claims that the technology may infringe the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
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US green-lights Sony BMG merger

The US Federal Trade Commission has given the thumbs-up to the proposed merger between Sony Music Entertainment (SME) and Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG).
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Telewest brags of record broadband sign-ups

The launch of a cut-price, entry-level broadband product in March has helped Telewest rack up a record three months for attracting new customers. In the three months to the end of June cableco Telewest added 72,000 new high-speed Internet punters, compared to 51,000 in the first quarter (Q1). As of 30 June, Telewest had 538,000 broadband Internet subscribers.
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IE patch 'imminent'

Microsoft may break its normal patch cycle to issue a fix for the vulnerability infamously exploited by last month's Download.Ject (AKA Scob) attack. Internet.com cites Dean Hachamovitch, Microsoft group product manager for Internet Explorer, in support of a story that a patch is imminent. It reports that patch to be released next week will provide a "long-term solution to the core vulnerability" that led to the Download.Ject attack, one of the most serious security pratfalls ever to hit IE.
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Intel 'Nocona' Xeon to get 'no execute' support

Intel will ship Xeon processors capable of supporting Windows XP Service Pack 2 Data Execution Prevention (DEP) security feature from 24 September, company documents seen by The Register reveal.
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Canadian pomp rock tops Reg music poll

Poll result Well, the results of our Mother of all Music Polls are in, and they make sobering reading indeed. More than 7,000 of you voted and we can now confirm beyond any doubt that - despite previous reports to the contrary - developers do not play air guitar to Megadeth. No, it's much, much worse than that.
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Wi-Fi Alliance cracks down on ‘standards-plus’ kit

The Wi-Fi Alliance is rather belatedly seeking to crack down on ‘standards-plus’ products that achieve extended speed or range through proprietary add-ons, yet still claim to be fully interoperable. The Alliance has threatened to remove its certification from any product that interferes with another Wi-Fi product.
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Apple - Moto ‘iPhone’ deal full of promise...

Apple and Motorola left a lot unsaid as they jointly announced this week that they will work together on an iPod-style player for Motorola music phones, due next year.
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AMD Sempron desktop CPU

Review AMD's new budget processor, the Sempron, has finally arrived. The speculations behind what the Sempron would be were confusing and didn't seem to make sense at the time, and it's still not quite clear why AMD has released some of the models, writes Lars-Goran Nilsson.
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US cyberstalker pleads guilty

A US man has pleaded guilty to cyberstalking a former girlfried. Believed to be the first person to be fingered under US laws prohibiting Internet stalking, Robert James Murphy, 38, of Columbia, South Carolina, originally denied a hearing in April 26 counts of using his computer "to annoy, abuse, threaten and harass" Joelle Ligon, a 35 year-old Seattle woman.
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The battle for email privacy

Ah, humanity. We are a sneaky species, forever attempting to get a leg up on everyone else in as underhanded a manner as possible. If there's a way to listen in to conversations not meant for us, watch the actions of others furtively, or read someone else's secrets, we do it.
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Your data online: safe as houses

A decision by a federal court in Minnesota may have profound repercussions for the ability of consumers and others to rely upon promises of security and privacy made on corporate or governmental websites - and that's just for starters.
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ID cards: a bad idea, but we'll do it anyway

The National ID Card programme will be too expensive, has been shrouded in secrecy and lacks sufficient safeguards against abuse. So says a report from the Home Affairs Select Committee, which describes the Home Secretary David Blunkett's secretive approach as "regrettable".
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Sysadmins need love too. No, really

It's that time of year again when we are all invited to appreciate that most unlauded of colleagues: the humble sysadmin.
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US.gov plans DES's retirement

The ageing Data Encryption Standard (DES) is no longer secure enough for use by government and should be replaced by Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) instead, according to a key US government standards agency.
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Researcher ups world mobile sales forecast

Mobile market watcher Strategy Analytics (SA) has upgraded its forecast for world mobile phone sales to 670m.
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HK customs seize £600k fake mobile phone kit

Customs officers in Hong Kong have seized fake mobile phone accessories worth HK$8.5m (£600,000) after searching a container bound for Argentina. Officers found around 130,000 suspected counterfeit batteries and cartridges yesterday morning, according to Chinese state media.
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Segways are brilliant, you idiots

Letters Seems young Ashlee upset a few people with his latest article about Segway Polo. Turns out there are a lot of people out there with scooter envy, who take umbrage on behalf of Segway Poloists. We still think its a bit silly, to be honest, but that might just be us.
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The Segway: glorified scooter or democracy on wheels?

Poll It has come to our attention that some readers are a bit miffed with our stateside correspondent Ashlee Vance's controversial coverage of the Segway scooter and how it has contributed to the advancement of humanity in so many ways.
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Alcatel offloads telecoms fraud biz to India

Alcatel this week sold its telecoms fraud management business to Indian telecoms software firm Subex Systems for $3m cash.
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NYT writer challenges Reg hack to hobby-horse race

Letter Regular readers may recall Andrew Orlowski's reaction to a New York Times article concerning the wonderful news that someone out there liked Wi-Fi.

IBM preps new Xeon kit, returns to iSCSI game

IBM next week will kick off Linux World with a hardware charge, announcing new servers and storage systems.
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Microsoft makes up for 64-bit delays with OS upgrade plan

In a bid to placate AMD, Intel and its own customers, Microsoft has voiced plans to let users upgrade from the current Windows Server 2003 to a 64-bit version of the operating system at no charge.

Cray pours Red Drizzle over anxious investors

Some vendors try to defuse a bad quarter by screaming at the press, demanding recognition for myriad customer wins and products shipped. This is not the model embraced by Cray. The supercomputer specialist appears to prefer a whimper over a scream.