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Adobe opens source code kimono

Adobe lost many friends in the open source community four years ago when it decided to prosecute Russian developer Dmitri Sklyarov under the DMCA, for publishing details of how to circument eBook encryption.
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Verizon: Qwest can talk to Verizon bride MCI

Qwest won't give up in its bid for the spammer's favorite telco, MCI. Qwest wooed the fallen giant before Christmas, only to see Verizon win MCI's heart last month. Despite offering a higher dowry ($8bn to Verizon's $6.7bn), the MCI board prefers Verizon - largely because its balance sheet is a lot healthier.
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IBM's Opteron ruse falls to long-term Intel love

IDF Spring 05 Not too long ago, IBM stood proud with AMD at the Opteron processor's unveiling. It was the only major server vendor to do so, and many perceived the move as a shot at Intel. A lot, however, has changed since 2003.
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Intel determined to dominate storage market

IDF Spring 05 When thinking of storage vendors, Intel isn't usually one of the first names to pop in someone's head. The big daddy of silicon hopes to change that over the coming years and has put two of its top executives in charge of a major storage push.
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GlobalFlyer on a wing and a prayer

Steve Fossett has decided to attempt the last part of his round-the-world adventure between Hawaii and the west coast of the US - despite concerns that he does not have enough fuel left to make land.
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Google AutoLink: enemy of the people?

Success sometimes makes people do funny things, things that may seem bizarre, childish, or even foolhardy to others. To those undergoing the new brush with wild success, however, their actions make complete sense. For instance, several years ago a retired former construction worker named Phil Lee won the lottery in British Columbia, Canada. It wasn't an enormous amount of money as lotteries go - only about $100,000 Canadian, or about $76,000 American - but it was a good amount for Phil.
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Minister confirms commitment to broadband

"We are determined to commit funds to broadband," government minister Nigel Griffiths told the Access to Broadband Campaign conference in London yesterday.
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Astronomers identify mysterious 'burper'

US astronomers reckon they may have identified a previously unknown type of space object after recording an unusual and potent burst of radio waves from the centre of our galaxy.
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Appeals court hits rewind in Microsoft Eolas case

The US Court of Appeals breathed new life into Microsoft’s patent spat with Eolas Wednesday when it reversed part of a lower court ruling in the case and sent it back for a new trial.
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Ebbers was 'leader of the con'

WorldCom boss Bernie Ebbers was accused of lying to the jury yesterday as the fraud trial surrounding the $11bn (£5.8bn) collapse of the giant US telco entered its final phase.
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UK Wi-Fi hotspot users offered free Skype calls

Internet telephony firm Skype is partnering with Wi-Fi hotspot provider Broadreach Networks to offer free net telephone calls. The deal, which launched Thursday 3 March, will allow Skype users to make free Skype calls in 350 ReadytoSurf fixed and Wi-Fi wireless Internet locations across the UK.
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Scientists slam US plasma weapon

Scientists have reacted angrily to the revelation that the US military is funding development of a weapon intended to deliver an "excrutiating bout of pain" from over a mile away. The "Pulsed Energy Projectile" (PEP) device "fires a laser pulse that generates a burst of expanding plasma when it hits something solid", the New Scientist explains. If you happen to be that something solid, then you get temporarily incapacitated without suffering permanent injury.
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Strathclyde, London fingered for 8 meg trial

BT will recruit up to 2,000 businesses and consumers to take part in a trial of its new higher speed internet service, the former monopoly announced today.
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Sony slays Beatles-Metallica hybrid

Sony has countered a possible threat to its rights to the Beatles' back catalogue by ordering Milwaukee-based Beatallica to close its website and cough up unspecified damages, Reuters reports.
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ID fraud rife in the UK - Which?

A quarter of UK adults have had their identity stolen or know somebody who's been a victim of growing crime, a study by Which? published Wednesday reveals. The Consumers' Association magazine reckons identity fraud is the country's fastest growing crime, costing the economy an estimated £1.3bn a year.
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Stripper flogs breast implant on eBay

Former stripper Tawny Peaks has jumped nimbly on the ridiculous eBay auction bandwagon by offering one of her silicone breast implants to a mam-crazed public.
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ISS resupply runs on rails

ISS residents Leroy Chiao and Salizhan Sharipov can look forward to bit of light unpacking after the unmanned Progress resupply vessel successfully docked with the station earlier today, Reuters reports. The payload includes 160 days' worth of food, 494 kilograms of water, and 175 kg of fuel for the station's Russian thrusters in addition to 109 kg of air and oxygen, equipment for the primary oxygen-generating and carbon dioxide-removal systems, and 32 oxygen-generating canisters.
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GlobalFlyer over continental US

According to the Virgin GlobalFlyer website, Steve Fossett and GlobalFlyer have reached the continental US and are passing just south of Los Angeles en route to Salina, Kansas.
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Nildram moves to head-off broadband hogs

Nildram is clamping down on broadband hogs by imposing new usage caps for its consumer high speed service.

Ireland withdraws grants for €1.6bn Intel fab

In a surprise announcement on Wednesday, the Irish government said that it would withdraw its proposed funding for a €1.6bn Intel plant in Leixlip, Co. Kildare that is set to create some 400 additional jobs. The decision follows apparent concerns from Brussels indicating that the backing may not be allowed under EU rules.
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MS-DOS paternity dispute goes to court

The parentage of the MS-DOS operating system is to be decided in court. Tim Paterson, who sold the Intel-compatible operating system 86-DOS (aka QDOS) to Microsoft in 1980 is suing author and former Times editor Harold Evans, and his publisher Time Warner, for defamation. Paterson's work became Microsoft's first operating system - it subsequently rebadged QDOS as MS-DOS version 1.0, and it was made available with the original IBM PC.
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US spamming conviction overturned

A US judge has dismissed a spamming conviction after concluding that there was no "rational basis" for the jury to return a guilty verdict. Judge Thomas D. Horne said jurors must have been confused by technical evidence when they decided Jessica DeGroot, 28, had violated Virginia's new anti-spam law, AP reports.

Chip glut ebbs

The chip industry has dragged itself through the silicon glut it fell into last year, the Semiconductor Industry Association declared yesterday.
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GlobalFlyer enters New Mexico

Steve Fossett and GlobalFlyer have just entered New Mexico after traversing Arizona. The Virgin GlobalFlyer website shows the aircraft not far south of the New Mexico/Colorado border, on a bearing of 75 degrees at 214 knots and an altitude of almost 45,000 feet.
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PC tax could replace TV licence

The BBC licence fee could eventually be replaced by a tax on having a PC instead of owning a TV, according to a Green Paper delivered this week. The government plans to retain the license fee for at least ten years but ministers are looking ahead to a time when high-speed broadband connections routinely deliver digital television channels to the nation's homes. In that event a fee based on television ownership could become redundant and the government could look at other ways to raise revenue, from subscriptions to taxing other access devices.
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GlobalFlyer triumphs

Steve Fossett and GlobalFlyer landed in Salina, Kansas at 1:50 p.m. local time (1950 GMT) having successfully completed the first solo round-the-world circumnavigation without refuelling. The success comes despite having lost 2,600lb of fuel which resulted in some debate over aborting the mission at Hawaii. In the event, favourable tailwinds compensated for the shortfall and allowed the mission to continue.
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Napster ups revenue forecast

Napster expects to report revenues of $15m for the current quarter, $1m more than it previously forecast, the company said today.

Portable player drive interconnect spec completed

IDF Spring 05 The minds behind the portable consumer electronics-specifc version of the ATA storage interconnection system have completed the final 1.0 specification, they announced today.
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UWB tech groups combine forces

IDF Spring 05 Ultrawideband (UWB) industry groups the WiMedia Alliance (WMA) and the Multiband OFDM Alliance (MBOA) are to merge, the better to drive the adoption of their shared viewpoint on how UWB connectivity should be delivered.