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419er sells herself into sexual slavery

The 419ers have been a bit quiet recently on the innovative marketing front. In fact, every advance fee fraud email that has popped into the Vulture Central mailbox in the last month has been a tired reworking of one or other of the classic themes - deposed dictator, blah, Democratic Republic of Congo, blah blah, distraught widow bearing cash, blah blah blah.
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Commerce One fights for survival

Commerce One still seems unable to get its costs under any semblance of control. It posted a Q2 net loss of $5.1m, only marginally better than its year-ago net loss of $6.1m. Things look gray, but with some new product launches, increased operating environment and platform choices, and new sales and marketing SVPs the company may yet stay afloat.
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Leap leaps into fixed-line broadband

Leap Broadband has signed a deal with Eircom which will allow the firm to offer a fixed-line broadband service using Eircom's network.
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WinXP SP2: stop moaning and get downloading

Opinion At long last, Service Pack 2 for XP has arrived. Like many in the security community, I'm excited about this, as it represents real, true progress for Microsoft and their commitment to security. This is not just a Service Pack - it really includes functionality, usability, and core changes in the underlying code extensive enough to be called "XP2". In fact, I think I'll just call it that from here on out.
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Blaster teen pleads guilty

A Minnesota teenager pleaded guilty yesterday to unleashing a variant of the Blaster worm last August.
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Is enhanced voice the new mobile data?

In all the rush from mobile operators and the rest of the telecoms industry to mobile data services and the mobile Internet, it's possible that a new revenue opportunity has been missed - voice. Ok, you may say it's not that new, but as all good marketing types know, line extension is typically more rewarding than leaping straight into brand new markets and looking for new customers.
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UK scientists roll out Wi-Fi proof wallpaper

British boffins have developed wallpaper that blocks Wi-Fi traffic but still allows other wireless transmissions to pass through in a bid to prevent unauthorised access to sensitive data via the WLAN.
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O2 seeks small biz with penchant for Abba

Mobile phone giant O2 is looking for a small business to go back in time to the 70s, while also experiencing the office technology of the future.
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Broadband costs fall in UK

The cost of broadband in the UK is falling, especially with the surge in interest for entry-level products. However, the UK is still a tad more expensive for faster-speed broadband services, especially when compared with Korea or Japan.
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Small.biz loses rag with late payers

Small businesses are losing patience with late payers, with most prepared to sever ties with tardy customers, new research has found. A survey carried out by the Better Payment Practice Group (BPPG) found that over two thirds of bosses said that they would not deal with a late paying customer in the future.
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Apple's second Japan store to open 28 August

Apple will open its second Japanese store in Shinsaibashi, Osaka on 28 August, the company has announced, along with the offer of a free T-shirt for the first 1500 visitors.
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Name that antipiracy weasel, BSA asks kids

US schoolchildren, already enrolled into classes on the evils of copyright violation next term, are to be invited to name the Business Software Alliance's new mascot.

Blu-ray movie disc format unveiled

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has approved the first full version of its read-only disc specification. The move paves the way for the format's adoption as a content distribution system to rival the next generation of the DVD format, HD-DVD.
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Packard Bell preps iPod Mini clone

UK PC maker Packard Bell will next month extend its line of Flash-based MP3 players with its hard drive unit, a 5GB it hopes will be snapped up by all those folk who can't get hold of an iPod Mini.
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Charity forces closure of 'bully' website

An Internet message board has been pulled amid allegations it was used by bullies to harass and victimise school children.
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Munich OSS switch to go ahead, patents or no patents

Patent fears will not derail Munich's move to Linux, city mayor Christian Ude has told a press conference. Earlier this month the city put the brakes on its Windows to open source migration while the implications of pending EU patent legislation could be examined, but Ude has now said that the project will go ahead, and that the city administration is merely pausing to consider matters for a few days (Heise.de report, in German).
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Aussie telco moots payphone Wi-Fi hotzones

Australian telco Telstra wants to offer blanket Wi-Fi coverage in the nation's business zones by installing WLAN kit in its 33,000 public payphones.
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How to boost your Business IQ

Businesses are struggling to cope with growing volumes of data and increasingly stringent corporate legislation. The problem is particularly acute in small business.
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BT cuts cost of calling mobiles

BT is to cut the cost of calling mobiles from its landlines by up to 36 per cent from 1 September following an earlier ruling by regulator Ofcom.
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Nvidia revs GeForce 6600, 6600 GT

Nvidia today launched its much-anticipated mid-range graphics chips, the GeForce 6600 series, just in time to tempt punters whose existing graphics cards aren't up to snuff for Doom 3.
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Firms tout 'universal' tech for 802.11n

Wi-Fi chip designers Texas Instruments, Broadcom, Conexant, STMicro, Airgo and Bermai have formally told the IEEE what technology they think it should include in the 802.11n standard.
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Chinese sales staff sent to beg in streets

Staff at a Chinese Internet company are being sent out onto the streets of Changchun city to beg as part of their training, according to a report by the China News Service by way of Ananova.
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HP shares tumble on weak Q3

Shares of HP took a nose dive this morning after the company reported disappointing third quarter results and announced it would shake up its server and storage management positions due to poor performance.
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OECD unveils Spam Task Force

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) has set up a task force to tackle spam.
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Los Alamos and the missing discs that never were

The hunt for a missing pair of computer discs said to contain classified information at a key US nuclear weapons research lab has turned into a near farce this week after it emerged the discs may never have existed.
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AOL, Inc in cheap PC offer

America Online is to flog affordable PCs in the US in a bid to sign up new punters to its Internet service.
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Sharp's 3D LCD: how's that work, then?

Human beings, with few exceptions, view the world from two places at once: our eyes. Our eyes are separated by approximately 2.5 inches and each retina can only generate a two-dimensional image. But we live in a three-dimensional world so our brains have evolved to combine the two-dimensional images from each eye into a crisp three-dimensional model of the world around us.
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DVD Jon cracks Airport music streaming

Norwegian programmer Jon Lech Johansen has decrypted and published the key that Apple's wireless hi-fi bridge, Airport Express, uses to protect music streams. He's also released the source code to a small Windows command-line tool he calls JustePort. In essence his crack opens the door for other applications to broadcast music to your hi-fi over a home WLAN network using Express, rather than just iTunes 4.6. For users on Linux machines, or with WMA or OGG format files, this could be a boon, as iTunes supports neither format out of the box.
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IBM shows HP how it's done with hiring binge

Just as HP was alarming investors with a poor third quarter, IBM announced that it has bright prospects for the rest of 2004 and plans to hire 19,000 workers by year end.

HP cans Blackmore in hardware biz shakeup

HP's smooth-talking hardware chief Peter Blackmore has been axed along with two other senior staffers, as the company tries to deal with a poor third quarter.

Dell dances past the IT sector with strong Q2

While numerous rivals flounder around it, Dell continues to produce solid results with its most recent success coming in the second quarter.