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Mac rumour sites get it completely right

Macworld The rumour sites got it completely right. Steve Jobs on Tuesday morning unveiled both a stripped-down Macintosh, the Mac mini, for $499 (£339 in the UK) - sans display, keyboard, mouse - and a Flash-based iPod, the iPod shuffle, with 512MB or 1GB of storage, priced at $99 and $149 (£69 and £99 inc VAT).
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BMC buys French identity software maker for $33m

BMC has plunked down $33m in cash to acquire French identity software maker Calendra.
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Full disclosure put on trial in France

The trial of a French security researcher last week has become a cause celebre. Its outcome will decide if interested parties can "peek under the bonnet" in testing the road-worthiness of security products without falling foul of French law.
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Printing for camera phones

Mobile phone makers and printer companies have teamed up to ensure that consumers will be able to easily print photos taken with camera phones.
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Kids phone pulled over safety concerns

A mobile phone targeted specifically at young children has been withdrawn from sale in the UK over safety fears.
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MEPs call for fresh start on software patents

A group of MEPs has asked the European Parliament for a fresh start in the debate on computer-implemented inventions. The 61 members, from 13 countries, have tabled a "motion for a resolution" to restart the legislative process, effectively taking the debate on software patents back to square one.
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Hacker breaches T-Mobile systems, reads US Secret Service email

A sophisticated computer hacker had access to servers at wireless giant T-Mobile for at least a year, which he used to monitor US Secret Service email, obtain customers' passwords and Social Security numbers, and download candid photos taken by Sidekick users, including Hollywood celebrities, SecurityFocus has learned.
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Rambus board plays musical chairs

Rambus announced a boardroom shuffle yesterday, as the memory technology company's chairman quit and replaced by its CEO, who, in turn, was succeeded by another board member.
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Boxed 533MHz FSB Dothans seen on sale

Upcoming Intel Pentium M processors with support for a 533MHz frontside bus speed have gone on sale in Japan, a week before their formal introduction.
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Carrera goes titsup

Digital Network PLC - which flogs computer gear through its CarreraSSC, ORDER 247 and Demonite brands - has gone into administration, according to UK hardware site Hexus.net.
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Napster UK pares prices

Napster UK today cut the prices of its digital music downloads, bringing them into line with what Apple's iTunes Music Store has been charging since day one.
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O2 falls for Blackberry 'Charm'

UK mobile phone network O2 has followed rivals Vodafone and T-Mobile and launched a version of Research in Motion's handset-like Blackberry 7100, aka 'Charm'.
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Microsoft patches critical flaws

Microsoft's first security patch roundup of 2005 brings with it three security updates, two of which are critical. Most importantly, the software giant (at least partly) fixed a flaw with a HTML Help Control function in Windows, which recently became the target of a readily available exploit.
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BT savaged for 'poorly run' free flights promo

BT's handling of a "free flights" promotion, used to plug its broadband service, has been savaged by the UK's advertising watchdog, which upheld four separate complaints from 11 hacked-off punters.

Festive sales boost Dixons

Dixons has posted better-than-expected figures for the crucial Christmas trading period as shoppers raided their stores for a string of digital goodies.
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iRiver PMC-120 Portable Media Center

Review We've no qualms about saying we like the iRiver PMP-140. The screen is good, the storage capable sufficient, the battery life great, and as a handheld unit for watching movies you can't get much better, writes Stuart Miles.
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Punters warm to online poker

Industry comment Steve Cook from poker experts Tribeca Tables Software Development reviews the online poker industry and why the new igaming zone (ICEi) at the International Casino Exhibition in London’s Earls Court 2 between 25-27 January will be a hive of activity for poker companies.
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Microsoft CFO off to join VC firm

John Connors, Microsoft's CFO, is leaving the company to join Ignition, a VC firm based near Seattle. According to reports, the 45 year-old works a 55-hour week at Microsoft, and now wants to spend more time with his family.
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US jails Brit credit card fraud mastermind for 14 years

An expatriate Brit who helped mastermind the US's biggest credit card fraud has been sentenced in New York to 14 years imprisonment.
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London menaced by flaming DVD players

The lizard army has been busy mobilising its forces of technology in London this week with a terrifying attack on the population's domestic appliances, the Evening Standard reports.
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Scientists train Japanese-speaking rats

Neuroscientists at the University of Barcelona have discovered that rats can - with a little encouragement - tell the difference between Dutch and Japanese. Sadly, this newfound linguistic ability does not extend to actually understanding what is being said, thereby thwarting hopes that rat-brain-controlled stealth attack drones could be guided onto al-Qaeda strongholds by the dulcet tones of Donald Rumsfeld.
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MS takes big stick to Dutch resellers

At least a hundred Dutch hardware resellers are facing legal action by Microsoft for violation of the company's OEM licensing policy.
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UK firm fingered in US XXX spam probe

A British-based outfit is among a dozen or so companies and individuals charged with using spam to flog access to smutty web sites.
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PATRIOT Act author tapped for Homeland Security

After the Bush Administration's embarrassing nomination of the buffoon Bernard Kerik to replace Tom Ridge as Homeland Security Secretary, a far more sober nominee has emerged in the person of former federal prosecutor Michael Chertoff.
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mmO2 dials up change for small investors

mmO2 is looking to buy out thousands of small shareholders. Staying in touch with so many shareholders is too costly, the cellco says.
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Double trouble from Symbian virus

Virus writers have created a mobile phone worm theoretically capable of spreading via either Bluetooth or by attaching itself to files. The use of two spreading tactics by Lasco-A is common in the world of Windows viruses but previously unheard of in mobile phones.

HP and SBC pledge to service you together

HP and SBC today unveiled a services alliance aimed at outfitting large and small customers with computing and networking gear.
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Opera dangles free browser in front of universities

Looking to impress impressionable minds, Opera today decided to give up on trying to charge universities for its browser and will now hand out site licenses for free.

VMware touts PC software-in-a-can

VMware - best known for its server partitioning tools - has come out with a new product perhaps best described as a software-in-a-can maker.
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SightSound looks to shut down Napster - again

Napster's future online has come into question once again with SightSound Technologies filing a motion on Monday to shut down the company's music download business.