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IBM recalls 500,000 melting notebook adapters

More than 500,000 notebook power adapters sold by IBM are being recalled to offset the threat of melting plastic and even fire.
Ashlee Vance, 03 Sep 2004
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Global chip sales slow on inventory build-up

World chip sales reached $18bn in July, up on both June's figure and July 2003's $13bn total, chip trade body the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said yesterday.
Tony Smith, 03 Sep 2004
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HP builds inkjet R&D centre in Ireland

Hewlett-Packard is to invest €21.4min a technology development centre in Leixlip, to develop new inkjet printer technologies.
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On the skive? Then visit eBay

Taking a sneaky mooch around the web while the boss ain't looking is becoming increasingly popular. and eBay is the most popular destination for UK office workers on the skive.
Tim Richardson, 03 Sep 2004
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Customs gets new IT head

Customs and Excise is getting a new IT chief fresh from industry. Steve Lamey, former head of IT at BG, will take up the reins at the soon-to-be-formed HM Revenue and Customs department.
John Oates, 03 Sep 2004
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Lucent in line for giant tax rebate

Lucent Technologies could be getting a $816m tax refund from the US government.
John Oates, 03 Sep 2004
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Aussie boffins probe lesbian cows

An intrepid team from the the University of Queensland will shortly make its way to Malaysia's central highlands to answer a question which has baffled science for centuries: is bovine lesbianism in domesticated cattle a stress reaction caused by environmental pressures?
Lester Haines, 03 Sep 2004
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Nortel delays filing accounts (again)

Nortel is again delaying posting its accounts. Results for 2003 were due to be released by mid-August - they will not now be ready until October. Figures for the first two quarters of this year will be published at the same time.
John Oates, 03 Sep 2004
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RAF sergeant bought stripes on eBay

Newly-promoted RAF sergeants are being forced to buy their stripes on eBay after a cost-cutting "bungle" left the proud NCOs without a proper supply of the essential badge of rank, the Sun reports.
Lester Haines, 03 Sep 2004
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National Savings jobs to India to cost UK £25m, says union

Plans to send 250 government jobs to India will cost the UK taxpayer £25m, according to the Public & Commercial Services (PCS) union.
Tim Richardson, 03 Sep 2004
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LAPD nabs pirates, 12,000 counterfeit DVDs

A warning to DVD pirates: make sure your vehicle and driver registration details are up to date and accurate. The Motion Picture Ass. of America (MPAA) and the Los Angeles police this week busted a major counterfeiting operation after traffic cops were given false driver ID information.
Tony Smith, 03 Sep 2004
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Acclaim files for bankruptcy

Games publisher Acclaim has filed for bankruptcy after failing for find new funding.
John Oates, 03 Sep 2004
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Socitm pushes softer skills for e-gov

Local authorities should focus on softer management skills rather than technical competence if they are to deliver e-government successfully.
Lucy Sherriff, 03 Sep 2004

Wi-Fi overseer to debut QoS standard 8 Sept

The Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) will formally unveil its Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) certification next week, and with it the first ten products that can carry the WMM brand.
Tony Smith, 03 Sep 2004
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Old PCs are goldmine for data thieves

Organisations are risking seeing sensitive information ending up in the wrong hands, because they are failing to ensure that their unwanted PCs are properly datawiped.
John Leyden, 03 Sep 2004
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Oxfam releases download album for Darfur

A big round of applause today for charity Oxfam which has released a "Songs for Sudan" compilation album in support of aid efforts in that country's devastated Darfur region. The pressing - which is available by download only and exclusively from Oxfam's bignoisemusic.com - features 18 tracks from the likes of Ash, REM, Badly Drawn Boy, Jet, Faithless and David Gray. It costs £7.99, of which £5 goes directly to Oxfam.
Lester Haines, 03 Sep 2004
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IBM pays up for NY pollution

IBM is offering nearly 500 homeowners $10,000, or eight per cent of the value of their property, to compensate them for property damage resulting from polluted groundwater. Residents in Endicott, New York State, are eligible for the payment.
John Oates, 03 Sep 2004
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Wi-Fi Alliance moots security set-up standard

The Wi-Fi Alliance is considering imposing formal certification of WLAN security set-up schemes in a bid to make it easier for non-technical users to protect their data.
Tony Smith, 03 Sep 2004
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Porn dialler fraudsters find lucrative loophole

German site Dialerschutz (Dialler Protection) is warning internet users about a new scam from Spain that is likely to spread to other European countries.
Jan Libbenga, 03 Sep 2004
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Brits to demo world's largest computing grid

Particle physicists in the UK will demonstrate the world's largest working computer grid this week, at the e-Science All Hands meeting in Nottingham.
Lucy Sherriff, 03 Sep 2004
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BT examines broadband price cuts

BT is looking at ways to reduce the cost of some of its broadband products after being forced to increase prices by regulator Ofcom. On Wednesday, BT upped the cost of some of its wholesale broadband products by as much as 30 per cent in a bid to comply with new "margin squeeze" regulations set by Ofcom.
Tim Richardson, 03 Sep 2004
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Dixons seeks 1,000 new recruits

Dixons Group has hooked up with the Government's Jobcentre Plus outfit to help the high street electrical retailer fill more than 1,000 new positions each year.
Tim Richardson, 03 Sep 2004
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Spammers embrace email authentication

Spammers have adopted a new standard for email authentication much faster than legitimate emailers, according to a study from security appliance firm CipherTrust published this week
John Leyden, 03 Sep 2004
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Dial-a-Phone hitches ride on Comet

Dial-a-Phone has won a deal with Comet to supply the High Street chain with mobile phones. The deal is likely to raise some hackles among phone retailers and distributors.
John Oates, 03 Sep 2004
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Dell, prisoner of the Beast of Redmond

Dell has a long history - regularly documented in these pages - of not quite getting behind Linux on the desktop. Dell Linux machines do pop up every now and again, but what desktop efforts there are find themselves first consigned to obscure corners of the operation, then disappeared, no doubt because of lack of demand. Why is this? One can surmise that Dell's closeness to Microsoft has something to do with it, but one now has less reason to merely surmise, because Linspire CEO Michael Robertson has broken cover with a few claims, and a few numbers.
John Lettice, 03 Sep 2004
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Does SP2 cause bovine lesbianism?

Letters One thing that is becoming increasingly apparent is that the discussion surrounding SP2 very clearly has several million miles still left in in it. And we're not expecting a resolution of the various points of view any time soon. Oh no. This is a debate that could make Northern Ireland's "Troubles" seem short-lived.
Lucy Sherriff, 03 Sep 2004
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Prevx releases free intrusion prevention software

Update Security developer Prevx today released a free version of its host-based intrusion prevention software. It aims to offer consumers protection from new, unknown or zero-day threats. Prevx Home is designed to close the security gap that exists between when a fast spreading internet worm is released and when updated signatures from AV vendors become available.
John Leyden, 03 Sep 2004