17th > January > 2005 Archive

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Harvard Man in lesbian mix-up wants satire clearly labeled

The two fathers of 'podcasting' have called for jokes and satirical broadcasts to be clearly labelled as such, after they were bamboozled by a comic female impersonator.

Intellect gets tough on best practice compliance

Intellect, the UK technology trade association, is adding a compliance mechanism to its Code of Best Practice. This will make easier for clients to assess the performance of its members, it say. The organisation is formally launching the mechanism, along with revised guidelines, at the annual OGC Senior IT Forum Conference.
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Scots man held over DDoS charges

A 27 year-old man suspected of launching denial of service attacks is to appear in a Scottish court today following his arrest on Friday, 14 January in a joint operation between Scottish police and the US Secret Service. Police searched housesin Elgin, north east Scotland and seized some computers.

UK betting exchanges face taxing future

Internet betting exchanges face a more taxing future - Chancellor Gordon Brown is expected to change rules to squeeze more cash from websites which allow punters to place bets with each other.
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Media Lab Europe shuts down

Media Lab Europe, the Dublin-based research facility based on the MIT Media Lab in Massachusetts, is to close down.
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Madasafish 'Churchill' ad banned

A TV commercial for a UK ISP featuring comedian Harry Enfield and Winston Churchill has been banned because it is "grossly offensive to the public and the wartime leader's surviving family", reporta the Sunday Telegraph.
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Sony PSP 'update' adds office apps, browser, email

Sony may be preparing to release its first PlayStation Portable (PSP) update, if a file that briefly appeared on the web this weekend is what it purports to be: a leaked copy of an early version of the update code.
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Siemens mobile arm for sale or closure

Siemens will close its mobile handset division unless it can find a last minute buyer, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
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Ingram Micro unites Europe

Ingram Micro Europe is bringing together back office functions for all its European businesses to save money and improve efficiency.
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Dell Axim X50v wireless PocketPC

Review While recently we've seen big names like Sony and Toshiba leave the PDA market, Dell has become a major player in the Pocket PC arena with its Axim line, most likely due to its ability to offer a well specced yet attractively priced device, writes Benny Har-Even.
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New JV to flog phone service to the UK

A new company is to employ a 1,000-strong telesales workforce to flog its phone service to residential customers in the UK.
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Sony unveils 'Centrino 2' notebook family

Sony UK today unveiled its latest Centrino notebook, two days before the technology on which it's based will be formally launched by Intel.
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Panix recovers from domain hijack

Updated The hijack of its domain name on Friday (14 January) has thrown the operations of a New York ISP into turmoil. Panix staff worked around the clock over the weekend to recover services after the rug was pulled out from under its business.
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Europe must invest more in IT research: report

Information technology research in Europe is vital for the continent's competitiveness, but needs more investment according to a new report from the European Commission.
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China set for ecommerce boom

China could become the world's biggest online market within two years, according to a report examining the country's potential for electronic commerce.
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Intuit UK kills Quicken and TaxCalc

Intuit UK is canning its popular accounting software Quicken and TaxCalc.
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Webpay system open to voucher fraud

Webpay International AG, the market leading payment system for digital content and services in Europe, doesn't offer a flawless micro payment service, at least in the Netherlands, according to Dutch consumer watchdog tv show Kassa and computer weekly Computer Idee. It is relatively easy to manipulate user data required for the Dutch MSN music download site (TV item in Dutch over here ).
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MyDoom returns

A new version of MyDoom discovered at the weekend appears months after the last iteration of the long-running series of worms. MyDoom-AI (alias MyDoom-AE) normally spreads by emails with some featuring sexually explicit images. It claims attachments contains passwords for adult websites.
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VXers hit new low with tsunami-themed worm

In other virus-related news, malware authors have created a mass-mailing worm that poses as a plea for donations to victims of last month's Asian tsunami disaster. The VBSun-A worm prompts users to open an attachment which furthers the spread of the worm as well as initiating an attack on a German hacking website.
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Ebbers faces WorldCom court showdown

Disgraced former Worldcom boss Bernie Ebbers is due to face criminal charges in a New York court this week following the $11bn (£5.8bn) accounting scandal that rocked the corporate world.
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Intel restructures around platforms

Intel has announced a major shake-up that will see it reorganise its key operations around technology platforms rather than separate products.
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Google plugs brace of GMail security flaws

Google fixed a brace of security holes to its web-based services last week. Each posed a serious risk for users of its popular GMail service.