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Chicago tries to sneak Wi-Fi network past Illinois

City versus state squabbles over Wi-Fi networks have reached the hilarity zone here in the US, as officials on both sides try to slip networking laws past each other.
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EasyMobile keeps schtum on tariffs

EasyMobile is on the verge of launching its discount mobilephoneco in the UK, according to the Evening Standard.
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Why IBM needs ETL

Comment IBM needs to develop a modern, fully-functional ETL capability - as opposed to the relatively limited capabilities that are currently provided by Warehouse Manager. Or it needs to buy one. There are two reasons why.
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Voda preps cheapo service - Sarin

Vodafone is prepping a low cost service for the "five to fifteen per cent share of customers who do not want support", CEO Arun Sarin said yesterday.
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Oyster clams up

Thousands of London commuters travelled for free this morning after the Tube's Oyster card payment system clammed up.
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Novell woos CeBIT with SUSE Linux 9.3

Novell announced the April release of SUSE Linux 9.3, the next version of its consumer Linux software, today at CeBIT. SUSE Linux Professional 9.3 will include a complete Linux operating system featuring a complete set of desktop applications and home networking capabilities. It is pitched as a reliable and secure alternative to Windows suitable for both experienced users and Linux newbies.
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Wireless in the spotlight at CeBIT

Visitors to this year's CeBIT trade fair have been greeted by an array of technological marvels, and wireless firms seem be generating the greatest buzz. The annual week-long event in Hanover, Germany, which this year is expected to draw some 500,000 attendees, has been dominated by cutting-edge wireless technologies and gadgets, with a 7-megpixel digital camera phone from Samsung grabbing the most headlines. The firm demonstrated the SCH-V770 CDMA phone at the event, offering mobile operators and consumers a handset capable of better quality photographs than many pure-play digital cameras can deliver.

Taiwan police seize suspect chips

Taiwan police raided the premises of Atop Electronics on 8 March, seizing 75,000 'suspect' AMD CPUs and 25,000 fake STMicroelectronics flash memory chips, local paper the Liberty Times reports, via Digitimes.
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CPW halves cost of mobile phone calls

The Carphone Warehouse (CPW) has slashed the cost of its mobile phone service to trump the launch of a discount service from easyMobile.

Quantum opens web quotation tool to EMEA resellers

Quantum is bringing Quantum MarketPlace to resellers in Europe, a year after launching the web-based quotation tool in the US.
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French security researcher fined

A French court has ruled that security researcher Guillaume Tena acted unlawfully in publishing proof of concept code to highlight security flaws in ViGuard, an antivirus product, from French company Tegam.

Security: your input required

Reg Reader Studies It's that time of the month again when we ask you, our beloved readership, for your input on a matter of pressing import. And this time our quick tap on the IT barometer is about something we can all relate to: security.
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Oz investigators bust 'file-sharing' ISP

Australian anti-piracy operatives have raided an ISP suspected of using BitTorrent to "allow the pirating of hundreds of thousands of songs and video clips", as alleged by a Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) spokesman. MIPI investigators - acting without police support and bearing an "Anton Piller" search warrant used in civil proceedings - searched the premises of Swiftel Communications in Perth and seized "digital evidence relating to web pages and internet transactions consisting of both illegal sound recordings and illegal video clips", AP reports.
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Willie Black enters Nominet advisory board election

It seems that UK registry Nominet really can't do without its ex-chairman Willie Black.
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Zen worker arrested over suspected CC theft

An employee at UK ISP Zen Internet has been arrested for allegedly misusing credit cards details obtained from work.

Apple faces patent lawsuits over its iPod

Apple is facing two separate patent infringement suits over the iPod, according to reports. One suit relates to a patent for the protection of software against unauthorised use, while the other relates to a patent for a type of musical jukebox.

Fujitsu exposes Eastern talent pool

CeBIT 2005 The tearing down of the Iron Curtain has exposed a wealth of tech talent that will help Europe avoid the kind of skills dearth currently giving US IT execs sleepless nights, Fujitsu Siemens’ CTO said today.
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MS gets into the Groove

Microsoft has acquired collaboration software company Groove Networks Inc. for an undisclosed sum. Groove's founder, Ray Ozzie, will become Microsoft's chief technical officer and - once the dust has settled on the deal in Q2 2005 - Groove will become part of Microsoft's Information Worker Business.
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easyMobile launches - finally

easyMobile.com - the discount mobilephoneco backed by no frills airline entrepreneur Stelios Haji-Ioannou - has taken off at last.

BT dials up $3bn Reuters gig

BT is to acquire financial services network operator Radianz from Reuters for $175m as part of broader network services deal with the global news and information company.
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Bloggers invade Austin music fest

The South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin has always had a technology bent to it. Intermingled with the voluminous quantity of music and movies were speeches from leading IT pundits, open source gurus and the like. Sadly, this tech bent has turned to a blogger hell with the globs set to consume an inordinate amount of airtime - and air - at next week's show.

Nvidia previews nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition

CeBIT 2005 Nvidia today "threatened" to release an Intel-oriented chipset product, but couldn't quite bring itself to announce the long-awaited nForce 4 for Intel just yet.

Apple backs Blu-ray

CeBIT 2005 Apple has joined the Blu-ray Disc Association, throwing its weight behind the more technically impressive but perhaps less strongly branded HD optical medium.

AMD details its Turion mobile processor

CeBIT 2005 AMD today introduced its Turion 64 processor, the chip it hopes will help it wrest dominance of the notebook CPU market from Intel's Centrino.
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Moto's iTunes phone - please try again later

Motorola has unexpectedly delayed plans to unveil a mobile phone that ships with a version of Apple's iTunes, and not so subtly blamed the networks for the hold-up. Announced last July, bullish comments from Motorola management before Xmas raised expectations that the handset would ship sooner rather than later.

MP pitches Denial of Service law to Parliament

Derek Wyatt MP, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Internet Group (APIG), will try to persuade Parliament next month that the country's 15-year-old Computer Misuse Act needs updating, to increase penalties for hackers and to criminalise denial of service attacks.

It's time to pick your favourite virus

Comment The other day I was browsing through the top virus threats for February and March 2005, looking at the assorted nastiness, when a funny thought occurred to me: is it possible to pick a favorite virus (or virus family)? I think it is. We can look at their innovations and evolution with a source of envy, even if we universally despise them all. All viruses are malicious, nasty little programs written by misguided people. In my book, they are all manifestations of bad intentions by programmers who are well on the road to becoming evil. However...
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Digital memories: cheap to take, cheaper to lose

Letters The consequences of the dotcom bubble - being remembered this week five years on from the start of the crash - aren't just financial. The largest loss of wealth in human history created a wasteland of dead pages and broken links. Now many of the same Dotcom People are back, persuading us to trust them with our most valuable digital memories. And judging from the rhetoric alone, nothing has been learnt.
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Wizards at Cisco find brain for storage switches

Come June, Cisco will release a new piece of storage networking hardware that will let it and others build sophisticated switch software for managing data.