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IBM does grand dance for bland drives

IBM last week did its best to roll a number of disparate storage product upgrades under the singular ILM (Information Lifecycle Management) umbrella.
Ashlee Vance, 21 Feb 2005

Orange sues Stelios for 'passing off'

Mobile operator Orange is suing EasyGroup to stop it using the colour orange when it launches mobile phone services next month.
John Oates, 21 Feb 2005

Hundreds face tax bills for online ciggies

Residents of Michigan who bought cigarettes over the web in the last four years are facing tax bills for their purchases. Tax demands averaging $2,500 are being sent to 553 people.
John Oates, 21 Feb 2005

Ladbrokes barred from net games in Netherlands

The Dutch Supreme Court has prohibited Ladbrokes from offering web-based gambling services in the Netherlands. Last year, Ladbrokes was ordered to stop offering sports bets to consumers in the Netherlands.
Jan Libbenga, 21 Feb 2005

Paris Hilton's Sidekick hacked

Paris Hilton's address book, famously kept on a T-Mobile Sidekick, has been popping up all over the internet after someone managed to figure out her password.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Feb 2005

Open Source catches download stats fever

CommentYou may remember that at the height of the dotcom boom, various dotcom start-ups were claiming large volumes of website visitors (eyeballs), and the figures they gave, which were probably accurate at least within reason, supported ridiculous stock prices – until it eventually became clear that, eyeballs or no eyeballs, these companies weren't selling much. Then, all of a sudden, the apparently forgotten link between revenues and commercial viability was re-discovered and sanity returned.
Robin Bloor, 21 Feb 2005

Apple resists mobile MP3 ambush

Last week's 3GSM Congress was awash with phones with a new set of controls: "play", "pause", "FF" and "rewind" - the music phones. Is a oneGB SD chip really a threat to the market leader, the iPod? Apparently, Apple isn't taking the chance; it's going to counterattack in the next two weeks, with a colour iPod mini.
Guy Kewney, 21 Feb 2005

Lastminute asks FSA for fax-checking probe

Lastminute.com has called in the Financial Services Authority to investigate an anonymous fax that has been doing the rounds in the city.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Feb 2005

Business managers and IT managers: together at last

IT managers and business managers are learning to love one another, according to research from Accenture.
John Oates, 21 Feb 2005

UK channel chaps required for reader survey

Reg Reader StudiesOur latest exercise in Reg reader feedback is for you chaps battling away out there in the channel - and offers one lucky UK channel bod the chance to secure a Cash'n'Carrion goodie bag. Quite what said bag will contain we are not yet sure, but rest assured that it will be mouth-watering selection of top-class apparel.
Team Register, 21 Feb 2005
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Toshiba turns up heat at flash chip plant

Toshiba admitted yesterday that it is struggling to keep up with demand for flash memory after announcing plans to accelerate production at its latest fab.
Joe Fay, 21 Feb 2005

Anti-Blair site sparks real-world row

A satire site mocking Tony Blair has become the centre of a bizarre row that has pitched Labour councillors against militant bloggers and seen wild accusations thrown at both the Labour party and one of the country's biggest ISPs.
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Feb 2005
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Customs loses VAT weapon

Customs and Excise's ability to counter missing-trader or carousel fraud suffered a blow late last week with an adverse decision from the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice.
John Oates, 21 Feb 2005

Nokia enters the data dispenser biz

Every bar has a condom dispenser. Why doesn't every store have a data dispenser? Because you don't want to shag a computer, of course. But this is an idea that remains largely unexplored.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Feb 2005

Microsoft v EC: peace unlikely

There is little hope of an early settlement of Microsoft's legal dispute with the European Commission. In March last year the EC fined Microsoft €500m for anti-competive behaviour and ordered it to offer a version of its operating system without a bundled media player. Microsoft is appealing the decision and is due back in court in October or November this year, according to Bloomberg.
John Oates, 21 Feb 2005

Scientists scan for nukes with space rays

US scientists plan to harness the by-products of cosmic rays to detect hidden nuclear material, probe Mexican pyramids and predict eruptions in volcanoes in Japan.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Feb 2005

UN committee backs human cloning ban

A UN general assembly committee has backed a proposal to ban all forms of human cloning. The "nonbinding statement" - proposed by Honduras, backed by the US and carried by 71 votes to 35 with 43 abstentions - will now go before the full UN assembly, Reuters reports. The decision comes at the end of four years' heated debate into the matter.
Lester Haines, 21 Feb 2005

BOFH books back at Cash'n'Carrion

Cash'n'CarrionWe have some tasty news today for all BOFH fans. You demanded 'em and now you've got 'em - Bastard Operator from Hell books one and two now (re)available at Cash'n'Carrion for just £7.99 apiece. (No VAT on books, natch).
Cash'n'Carrion, 21 Feb 2005

Intel brings 64-bit to desktop

Intel has rolled out its last full slate of single core Pentium 4s for the desktop as it gears up for the debut of its dual core line sometime in the second half.
Joe Fay, 21 Feb 2005

Digital memories: we can forget them for you wholesale!

AnalysisA Brazilian activist, who we'll keep nameless, had been keeping your reporter up to date with his work. He was on a mission to install computers in rural areas of the country, but hadn't been able to offer a single reason why anyone should use one - let alone why the communities should be getting computers rather than say, a new school, or a credit union, or better transport links, or even a voice network.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Feb 2005

I'll show you mine if you show me, er, mine

Security researchers have developed a new cryptographic technique they say will prevent so-called stealth attacks against networks.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Feb 2005

Telstra ticked off over broadband competition ruck

Australia's incumbent telco is to repay AUS$6.5m (£2.7m) to rival broadband operators over allegations of anti-competitive behaviour. The ruling by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) brings to an end a year-long investigation that could have seen the telco shouldered with fines of around AUS$350m (£146m) had the book been well and truly thrown at Telstra.
Tim Richardson, 21 Feb 2005

NASA bumps return to flight

NASA's long awaited return-to-flight shuttle mission has been pushed back by three days because of concern over lighting conditions during the launch window. The launch of the Discovery was slated for 12 May 2005, but will now take place on 15 May.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Feb 2005

Who needs 3G? 'Son of DAB' unleashes TV for phones

3GSMThis year's 3GSM 'desperate characters in search of a revenue stream' script had a lot to do with mobile video, and like most of these scripts it had a lot to do with shedloads of infrastructure plus a seasoning of wild optimism. 'We've got this 3G thing, apart from not having finished rolling it out yet,' the script runs, 'and we need something to show how great it is and to repay our vast investments. So um, music videos? Football highlights?'
John Lettice, 21 Feb 2005

Moto exec drops AirPod hint

A Motorola executive has hinted that Apple will deliver a wireless iPod. This is hardly a surprise, as wireless transmission technology fulfills the promise of the portable music player, making this solitary, anti-social device into the social hardware it should be.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Feb 2005

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