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Senator calls for Patriot Act scale-back

A proposal in the US Senate would scale back a federal surveillance law that permits law enforcement agencies to electronically monitor a computer trespasser without a warrant with the consent of the victim.
Kevin Poulsen, 23 Sep 2004
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Nominet wins UK domain scammers case in Australia

An Aussie judge has branded the actions of two internet domain conmen as "nothing less than deceitful" after they sent out 50,000 fake invoices to domain name holders in the UK.
Tim Richardson, 23 Sep 2004
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Six more months for Mars rovers

Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity will spend another six months crawling over the surface of the red planet and sending data back to Earth.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Sep 2004
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Union lobbies Jowell over BBC Technology sell-off

Culture Minister Tessa Jowell is still mulling over whether to approve the privatisation of BBC Technology in a move fiercely opposed by employees of the division.
Tim Richardson, 23 Sep 2004
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UK gov awards £1m to bio-terror detector firm

The government has handed £1m in grants and awards to a nanotech company that has developed a new way of detecting a bioterror attack. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta) both contributed to the funding package.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Sep 2004
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Music boss can't wait to sue British file sharers

The boss of Universal Music Group UK John Kennedy can't wait to start suing British music sharers. John who? Although he's well known in the British music business, Kennedy will have a bigger pulpit fairly soon. The combative former shipping lawyer will succeed Jay Berman as head of the lobby group the IPFI - the international version of the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) - and he defended both the the lawsuits and file poisoning at the In The City music conference in Manchester this week.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Sep 2004
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Internet junkies in chilling cold turkey experiment

If you've ever seen a smack-head handcuffed to a bed gibbering uncontrollably because he can't get a fix, then be afraid, because that's what you'll look like after two weeks of internet-free cold turkey.
Lester Haines, 23 Sep 2004
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US credit card firm fights DDoS attack

US credit card processing firm Authorize.Net is fighting a sustained distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that has left it struggling to stay online.
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2004
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Virus-obsessed firms ignore insider risk

Company chiefs are aware of the threats of information security breaches posed by their employees, but are failing to safeguard their assets against insider attack. Keeping control of security will only get more difficult as organisations move toward increasingly decentralised business models through outsourcing and other external partnerships, Ernst & Young's 2004 Information Security Survey warns.
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2004
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Nokia touts content filter for mobiles

Nokia is launching a content filter which will let adults stop their kids from accessing porn by way of mobile phone. The filter can bar user access to services based on the content service category, but also restrict access based on price or file size.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Sep 2004
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14 knifed in Chinese cybercafe attack

Fourteen people have been knifed in a Chinese internet cafe after two men ran amok in a terrifying 20 minute attack.
Tim Richardson, 23 Sep 2004
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Sony to support MP3 - shock

Sony Electronics has indicated that some of its portable music hardware will support the MP3 format in the future, in preference to its own proprietary ATRAC (Adaptive Transform Acoustic Coding) codec.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Sep 2004
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How the music biz can live forever, get even richer, and be loved

[Earlier this week Register San Francisco bureau chief Andrew Orlowski spoke at the In the City convention in the UK, telling the cream of the music industry it's never had it so good, that it's been swindled by the technologists, and that it should dump DRM and embrace freedom. As, to our knowledge, he got out alive, we think it's possible they listened just a little. What follows is the text of his speech. -Editors]
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Sep 2004
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Em@iler drives Amstrad to increased profit

Amserve - the ISP business of consumer electronics outfit Amstrad - has helped the company increase turnover and profit. Last year, the Amserve business racked up a £6.1m loss on sales of £9.4m.
Tim Richardson, 23 Sep 2004
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Senegal seeks bridge across digital divide

African leaders want to help the poorest nations on the continent deal with poverty by persuading wealthier nations to subsidise mobile phones and internet access.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Sep 2004
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Virgin.net unveils 'Plan Two' broadband offer

Virgin.net - a joint venture between The Virgin Group and cableco NTL - has cut the cord on new broadband product.
Tim Richardson, 23 Sep 2004
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IBM and others blamed in E-rate scandal hearing

IBM and a couple of other IT vendors have been fingered by the Feds for having troubling roles in the scandalous E-rate program that was designed to bring Internet and telecommunications technology to US schools.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Sep 2004
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CA's Kumar pleads not guilty to fraud

Former Computer Associates boss Sanjay Kumar today pleaded not guilty to fraud and a host of other charges thrown at the onetime software kingpin by the Feds.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Sep 2004
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Nokia guns for PDA, home surveillance rivals

Reviving its tradition of finally putting a sensible keyboard onto a phone - once all the alternatives have been exhausted - Nokia launched its 6670 model today. It's a cross between the 7610 consumer camera phone and the 6600/6630 business line, although it owes much more to the former. The asymmetric teardrop case is preferred over the stubby, barrel-chested design of Nokia's flagship business phone.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Sep 2004
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Welsh billionaire backs broadband futures

Welsh billionaire Sir Terry Matthews outlined the latest advances in broadband technology during a seminar at the London Stock Exchange today. Sir Terry told an audience of journalists and analysts that the need for next generation communication networks remains compelling despite the financial problems of many companies in the networking sector over recent years.
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2004
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Sun carves off a few more UK, US workers

After being slow to act, Sun Microsystems appears to have its layoff machine fully tuned, sending workers packing in the UK and California.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Sep 2004