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Apple's Jobs undergoes cancer surgery

Apple CEO Steve Jobs went under the knife this weekend, undergoing a medical operation to remove a cancer tumour from his pancreas.
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Tropical storm delays Mercury mission

The launch of the Mercury Messenger probe, the first mission to study Mercury in more than 30 years, has been put back by 24 hours, mission controllers said today. The spacecraft was due to launch from Florida’s Kennedy Space Centre at 6:16 this morning, but the launch was scrubbed when Tropical Storm Alex got a little close for comfort.
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Lycos Inc. flogged for $105m

Korea's top portal - Daum Communications - is to buy Lycos Inc. for $105m (£57m) as part of a move to break into the US Internet market.
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Long-awaited IE patch (finally) arrives

Microsoft released an unscheduled security patch on Friday designed to fix a trio of serious security problems affecting users of its ubiquitous Internet Explorer Web browser. All three of the security vulnerabilities might be exploited to take control of vulnerable systems, so patching is a necessity.
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Etailers face tough times

Internet retailers are still facing an uphill struggle to convince punters that shopping online isn't just about picking up a bargain.
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Net vigilantes target 419 sites

Artists Against 419 (AA419) has organised a 48-hour online protest against advanced fee fraud, otherwise known as the 419 scam. The protest is an organised version of the SlashDot effect – whereby a huge number of visitors turn up at a site, overwhelming its bandwidth allocation. The virtual flash mob began at midnight on 1 August and has already taken down three of its targets.
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Anti-spam spamvertisers agree to quit

A Californian company last week promised to stop promoting its ad-blocking software using Internet pop-up ads. San Diego-based D Squared Solutions reportedly used the Messenger function built into Windows to spamvertise its "anti-spam" services. Its cynical marketing tactics caught the attention of regulators the Federal Trade Commission, which instigated a civil case against the two person start-up last year.

Siemens touts Blackberry-based business phone

Siemens today launched the world's first handset to fully integrate RIM's Blackberry message and personal information application suite, targeting the phone straight at the enterprise.
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Rio pitches Carbon player at iPod Mini

Rio will take the fight to Apple's iPod Mini this month when it ships its latest hard drive-based MP3 player, Carbon.
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It's OK to boil your memory card: official

If you ever want to destroy a digital camera’s memory card, don’t bother putting it through the wash or hitting it with a sledgehammer as neither will guarantee destruction.
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ADSL migration made easier

Swapping broadband providers should be a lot easier following the introduction of a new migration process backed by BT Wholesale and the industry's major players.
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Beckham penalty outrage ball to tour UK

England fans may get a chance to take a spot kick with the same ball David Beckham hoofed over the bar during disastrous England's penalty shoot out against Portugal this summer.
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China terminates 700 sites in porn crackdown

China's crackdown on pornograhy is gathering pace following reports that 700 Web sites have been shut down and 220 people arrested as authorities try to censor XXX sites.

IBM eFuse to yield self-repairing, self-regulating CPUs

IBM's Power 5 processor cores will be able automatically to repair and remodel themselves - albeit in a limited way - to improve their performance and power consumption characteristics.
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Captain Cyborg to risk all for science

The release of the film I, Robot has given mainstream media another opportunity to wheel out Prof. Kevin Warwick, aka Captain Cyborg.
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Al-Qaeda cyber terrorist panics US

It is likely that New York City, Newark, New Jersey, and Washington, DC have been put on Orange Alert, the second highest of the Department of Homeland Security's confusing color codes, on the basis of information gathered during the arrest of a reputed al-Qaeda computer engineer in Pakistan on 13 July.
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Sun turns WSJ into Novell buy spin machine

You have to give credit to Sun Microsystems' President Jonathan Schwartz. He knows how to play the media well. And one of his finest press goading moments since becoming Prez has come in the form of a non-story about Sun potentially acquiring Novell.

Veritas makes Linux as strong as Solaris

LinuxWorld While best known as a Solaris bedfellow, Veritas Software continues to make strides deeper into the Linux camp, announcing today several new products for the open source operating system, a Unix to Linux porting tool and its membership in the OSDL (Open Source Development Lab).