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ID scheme to bite dust in pre-election terror rush?

The Government's difficulties in pushing control orders through Parliament are making it look increasingly unlikely that the ID Cards Bill will make it onto the statute book before the election. If it fails to do so, then any new Labour administration would be forced to start the process again from scratch after the election.
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Forged Maxtor HDDs turn up in Japan

Fake 320GB Maxtor hard drives have surfaced in Japanese retail channels, the storage company confirmed this weekend.

Nortel pinches Cisco exec

Canadian networking giant Nortel has gone outside the firm to pick a new president. Gary Daichendt is Nortel's new president and chief operating officer. He has more than 30 years experience in the IT industry and was previously a vice president for worldwide operations at Cisco.
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Carve up BT, says Energis boss

BT should be split in two, Energis chief exec John Pluthero is expected to tell MPs tomorrow.
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Virgin Radio goes worldwide on 3G

London-based Virgin Radio claimed to be the first station to offer its broadcasts over 3G today, though most UK listeners will probably stick to their trannies for now.
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Dampig Trojan menaces Symbian mobiles

Virus writers have created a new Trojan capable of infecting Symbian Series 60 smartphones. Dampig-A, discovered March 4, attempts to trick users into downloading it by posing as the cracked version of the FSCaller application, developed by SymbianWare of Germany.

Fujitsu enables the magneto-optical cardiologist

Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. has chosen a rather unusual platform from which to tout its new range of Magneto-Optical (MO) removable drives - the American College of Cardiology's 54th Annual Scientific Session 2005, currently taking place in Orlando, Florida.
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Ebbers jury weighs up evidence

The jury in the WorldCom fraud trial is to spend a second day weighing up the evidence against former WorldCom chief exec Bernie Ebbers Monday. Ebbers is charged with masterminding the $11bn (£5.8bn) accounting scandal that floored WorldCom in 2002.
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Apple faces iPod, iTunes patent violation claims

Apple has found itself facing a pair of intellectual property challenges that separately claim its FairPlay DRM system and its iPod music player contain technologies to which the Mac maker does not have a right.
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Somalia fingers Europe for toxic waste crisis

Somali MPs have asked for international help in clearing toxic waste dislodged by the Asian tsunami. They claim the hazardous material, including uranium, mercury and lead, was left by unnamed European companies who took advantage of the political anarchy in Somalia to turn the country's coastline into an illegal rubbish dump, Reuters reports.
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Stringer takes top spot at Sony

Sir Howard Stringer is the new boss of Sony Corporation. The Welshman, who was previously chairman and CEO of Sony Corp of America, gets the top job: chairman, group CEO and representative corporate executive officer.
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BT Retail to trial 8 Meg DSL

BT Retail has joined Sheffield-based PlusNet in announcing that it will start trialling 8 Meg broadband service from April.
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Don Corleone meets 50 Cent

Rapper 50 Cent last week announced he has teamed up with Vivendi Universal Games to produce "50 Cent: Bulletproof" - a gaming extravanganza which sees the artist "in the role of a crusader taking on crime families in the New York underworld", as Reuters puts it.
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Gizmondo to ship 19 March

Gizmondo will begin shipping its eponymous handheld games console in the UK on 19 March, eight days after Nintendo's DS goes on sale here.
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Airlift alleviates BOFH polo shirt crisis

Cash'n'Carrion The crisis has passed and all those sobbing sysadmins who have been sitting in darkened rooms unable to work because of a worldwide shortage of BOFH polo shirts can now emerge blinking in the light, credit cards at the ready.
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Single Sign On 'in-a-box' lands in Europe

Single sign on appliance firm Imprivata launched in the Europe on Monday (7 March) with a promise to reduce corporate password management pains.
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Israelis strap on militant-busting wristwatches

Israel last week revealed that ground troops now sport wrist-borne LCD screens which enable real-time identification and elimination of targets. The Tadiran system - code-named "V-Rambo" - beams images of the enemy from unmanned drone aircraft direct to the men in the field, shortening the time it takes to identify and strike a target from around 10-12 minutes to a matter of seconds, AP reports.
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Moscow prosecutor lets low-cost MP3 site off the hook

Russian prosecutors have decided they are unable to take legal action against controversial online music provider Allofmp3.com - despite the music service's lack of sufficient licences to offer the content it does.

Belkin Wireless Pre-N Router

Review The plethora of wireless networking standards is confusing enough and Belkin's Wireless Pre-N Router muddies the water even further. Despite the suggestive name, this access point doesn't support the draft 802.11n high-speed wireless standard and will not be compatible with it when it is ratified, probably sometime late in 2006. But it does use a technology called Mimo (Multiple Input, Multiple Output) that was developed by Airgo Networks in 2003 and which may form part of the 802.11n standard, writes Dave Mitchell.
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Outsourcing more expensive than in-house service

Businesses looking to save money by outsourcing customer service functions are risking losing customers and paying even more for the privilege.
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EC OKs software patents

Despite opposition from open sourcers, the European Parliament, Denmark, Poland and Portugal and support from almost no-one but Bill Gates KBE the European Council of Ministers has approved passage of the software patents bill.

Terrorists target offshore call centres

A terrorist cell busted by Indian police was planning attacks on leading software firms in Bangalore.
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MS charts road to Istanbul

In brief: Microsoft is due to unveil its plans to add multimedia capability to its collaboration products tomorrow (8 March). The completed messaging client, codenamed Istanbul, will complement Live Communications Server (LCS) 2005, Microsoft's corporate IM software. The product is part of plans to pull what Redmond describes as Real Time Collaboration technologies - such as video and Web conference - into its Office suite. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is set to "unveil its Real-Time Collaboration vision and strategy, reveal new technologies, including tools for Video Conferencing and Instant Messaging" at a San Francisco event tomorrow (8 March). ®

Vodafone signs big distie deals

Vodafone has struck global deals with IT distribution giants Ingram Micro and Tech Data to help it target business customers through traditional IT channel networks.
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Boeing sends flirtatious CEO packing

Gone are the good old days when it took vodka-peeing ice sculptures, fake subsidiaries and government payoffs to get canned as a CEO. Now, all a top executive has to do is play a bit of tonsil hockey with an underling to be fired, as Boeing CEO Harry Stonecipher discovered today.