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It's War! - PeopleSoft investors side with Oracle

The investors have spoken and decided that Oracle buying PeopleSoft for $9.2bn in cash sounds like a pretty good deal.
Ashlee Vance, 20 Nov 2004
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Our kids deserve better than a Google™ future

Letter "How do I get rid of a blog screen?" asks reader Richard today. "Everytime I enter Google a blog page appears and I want to get rid of this." He may have had the same problem with the new Microsoft beta search engine, in which El Reg has but a spectral presence - with many hundreds of links to entries talking about Register stories but very few of the stories themselves actually included. It's a spooky feeling. For a certain kind of control freak personality, this may be nirvana: the perfect internet. The original source material is cloaked by people talking about it - people just like themselves. But for shoppers and music lovers, catalogs and fake web sites that look like catalogs, represent an even greater problem. Search engines are in a crisis, and it's not entirely their fault.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Nov 2004
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Gatwick.com owner wins WIPO battle

The owner of Gatwick.com, Bob Larkin, has successfully defended his domain against a determined effort by airport authority BAA to take it off his hands. Domain arbitrator WIPO decided that Larkin has a legitimate interest and right in the domain, and rejected BAA's complaint.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Nov 2004
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ICANN pitches the internet's future

ICANN - the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers - which oversees the Internet in all its manificent lunacy, has just published a Strategic Plan, in which it has outlined what its direction and goals are for the next three years.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Nov 2004
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Judge dismisses keylogger case

A federal judge in Los Angeles has dismissed charges against a California man who used a keystroke logger to spy on his employer, ruling that use of such a device does not violate federal wiretap law.
Kevin Poulsen, 20 Nov 2004
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Novell makes profit in Q4

Novell has reversed its year-ago loss on a five per cent rise in revenue, but it failed to meet some forecasts on the Street.