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AFP sues Google

Agence France Presse is suing Google for linking to its news stories.
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ID scheme will be a costly, dangerous failure, says LSE report

A report published today by the London School of Economics' Department of Information Systems concludes that the proposals set out in UK Government's ID Cards Bill are "too complex, technically unsafe, overly prescriptive and lack a foundation of public trust and confidence." The report accepts that a secure ID system could create "significant, though limited" benefits, that many of the objectives of the scheme could be achieved better by other means, and says the cost is likely to spiral to several times the current headline figure.
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Yahoo buys Flickr

Yahoo! has bought Ludicorp Research and Development - the company behind popular photo sharing site Flickr.com.

Intel ships 64-bit, 2MB L2 Pentium 4s

Intel yesterday formally began selling its Pentium 4 6xx series, rolling out four versions of the 90nm, 2MB L2 cache chip.
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Mobiles and petrol stations do mix

It is well known to regular Register readers that mobile phones very dangerous pieces of equipment. If they aren't mashing your mojo, they'll be causing brain tumours or enticing you to plunge ten floors to your death in search of a better signal. Just. Plain. Evil.
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Ask Jeeves if it's been bought

Barry Diller's InterActive Corp (IAC) is buying Ask Jeeves for almost $2bn.
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Mayor Ken boasts of pre-FOIA 'juicy bit' shredfest

London Mayor Ken Livingstone had admitted to a "shredding week" of sensitive documents prior to the introduction of the Freedom of Information Act at the beginning of this year. Or more properly, if our reading of the Sunday Times report is correct, he's been boasting about it. During his term of office Livingstone hasn't exactly co-operated with attempts by the London Assembly to extract information from him (notably over Capita's contract to run the Congestion Charge), but his claim that nothing interesting is supposed to be minuted, and if it was he's destroyed it, is something of a record.
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Ireland one of most expensive countries for broadband

Internet users in Ireland are paying through the nose for high speed net access with broadband charges in the country amongst the highest in the world.

Ingram confident on Q1

Ingram Micro has reaffirmed its guidance for its first quarter which finishes April 2. The distribution giant expects sales to come in between $7bn and $7.2bn, generating net income of $47m to $50m.
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'Irresponsible' Wanadoo TV ad banned

An 'irresponsible' TV ad promoting Wanadoo UK's internet service has been banned because it might encourage youngsters to play in scrapyards.
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Writing paper ousted by laptops

Laptops, mobile phones and frozen chicken nuggets have all made their way on to the UK's inflation index as part of the Office of National Statistics'(ONS) annual review.

Euro notebook PC sales boom

European notebook sales jumped almost 16 per cent year on year in January, UK-based market watcher Context has reported, pushing sales to within a gnat's todger of outselling desktop PCs.
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Dell welcomes back Muslim workers

Dell Computer has reached agreement with 31 workers at its Nashville factory who left the firm after a disagreement over evening prayers.
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Dutch AG upholds decision in Scientology case

The Dutch Attorney-General has endorsed a verdict seen as backing free speech over copyright in the controversial case between the Church of Scientology and writer Karin Spaink, Dutch ISP Xs4all reports. The Dutch Supreme Court, which will rule on this case on 8 July, had asked the Attorney-General for advice.

Nortel files Q3 04

Troubled networking giant Nortel Networks Corp has finally filed its figures for the third quarter of 2004, after a series of delays.

Computers bad for kids

Using a computer at home might actually reduce a child's performance in maths, science and English rather than improve it, a study has found.
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BT wants service obligations 'relaxed'

BT wants to see the rules that force it to provide certain basic telecoms services relaxed, reports the FT.
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ESA backs Indian moon mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed an agreement, pledging its support of India's first lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1.
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Hollywood brow-beats second BitTorrent Brit

A second British movie-oriented website owner has been threatened with legal action by US movie studios for allegedly offering their films as BitTorrent downloads without their permission.
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Infineon and Rambus kiss and make up

Infineon and Rambus have decided to stop all ongoing legal action and sort out a licensing agreement. The two have been in court alleging patent infringments and worse since the late twentieth century.
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Novell's tech boss jumps ship

Novell's chief technology officer is jumping ship to another IT firm just before the company's annual customer bean feast Brainshare.

Britain tops zombie PC charts

Britain has the largest zombie PC population of any country on the planet, according to the latest Symantec Internet Security Threat Report.
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Digital camera sales slow

Shares in high street camera shop Jessops plummeted by almost a third today after it warned that demand for digital cameras had tailed off.
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Fossil Wrist PDA FX2008

Review Fossil's Wrist PDA has been a long time coming. Announced in November 2002, it was supposed to ship the following June. I heard it had been put back to January 2004, though Fossil denied the product had been delayed. But come early 2004, it still hadn't appeared, and Fossil was forced to confess it was returning to the drawing board.

Brazilian cops net 'phishing kingpin'

Brazilian police last week arrested the suspected kingpin of a gang which looted an estimated $37m from online banking accounts. Valdir Paulo de Almeida allegedly masterminded a scam to raid accounts using a Trojan horse sent by email to thousands of victims, mostly Brazilian.

How computers make kids dumb

Comment A study of 100,000 pupils in 31 countries around the world has concluded that using computers makes kids dumb. Avoiding PCs in the classroom and at home improved the literacy and numeracy of the children studied. The UK's Royal Economic Society finds no ground for the correlation that politicans make between IT use and education.
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DMCA helps Right to Repair campaign score big win

An automobile trade association which tried to copyright its specifications, then sued a member for implementing them, has lost a significant legal battle. It's a victory for the Right to Repair campaign being waged by independent car mechanics. Car control systems are increasingly computerized, and the small repair shops find themselves being locked out of technical information they need.