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Google wants your DIY porn videos

The internet's transformation into a really dodgy public access cable channel continues apace. Google co-founder Larry Page has announced that the company wants the public to send in its homemade videos - and he doesn't mind how mucky they are.
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Sybase invokes licence gag in flaw disclosure row

Database maker Sybase will likely drop legal threats against a UK-based security company this week, allowing the company to publish details on six flaws, a source familiar with the negotiations said on Monday.
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Congestion charge planned within M25 area

The Commission for Integrated Transport (CfIT), a Government-funded transport think tank, is poised to recommend a congestion charging system covering the roads inside London's M25 motorway ring. The CfIT has been evangelising the benefits of GPS-based nationwide road charging for some years now, and is reported to intend to publish its plans after the election.
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Hitachi headstand sets new HD density record

Hitachi reckons it has kicked the feared super-paramagnetic effect a decade into the future, by demonstrating the disk industry's highest magnetic recording density yet - 230 Gb per square inch, or 356 Mb per square mm. The demo used perpendicular recording technology, and Hitachi Global Storage Technology (HGST) said it could lead to 20GB one-inch Microdrives in two years time, compared to 6GB today.
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Cisco pumps $750m into channel financing

Cisco is greasing credit lines for its resellers with $750m in extra credit for partners worldwide.
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No 'Toothing' please, we're British

Remember 'toothing'? Last year the BBC, Reuters and (inevitably) Wired all reported that Bluetooth phones were instrumental in a wave of casual sex sweeping Britain.
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Blair to ditch ID cards

As predicted by El Reg here the Government looks set to ditch its unpopular ID card legislation if Tony Blair calls an election today.
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BEA signs UK public sector MoU

The government's procurement agency, OGCbuying.solutions, has signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding with software company, BEA Systems.
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Sex.com ruling upheld by Court of Appeals

Stephen Cohen has lost an appeal against a ruling that he must pay $65 million to Gary Kremen, the man who registered sex.com, reports USA Today. Cohen stole the domain name in 1995 and used it to front a lucrative porn business.
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Sony channel gets united

Sony is rejigging its channel programme to deliver one point of contact for all resellers. The electronics giant hopes the revamped scheme will help get its products into corporate accounts.
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Crunch time for MCI/Verizon/Qwest lurve triangle

Giant US telco Verizon is in a strop amid fears it could be jilted by MCI. It's told the company formerly known as WorldCom that if it decides to accept the $8.9bn offer from Qwest - even after already agreeing to be acquired by Verizon - then it will walk away from the deal.
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Microsoft meets most EC demands

Microsoft has accepted most of the conditions set by the European Commission to bring the software vendor into compliance with last year's anti-trust ruling.
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Netline Open-Xchange - the next Firefox?

The open source community has been a great new source of innovative and high quality products and these are now starting to achieve success above the operating system level. According to the Mozilla Foundation, thei Firefox browser has been downloaded 25 million times since its release a few months ago.
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Eidos board under fire over Elevation bid bias

Eidos shareholders may move to fire the troubled games publisher's board after company executives failed to back a bid from rival publisher SCi.
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Chip improves vision, baffles scientists

A small photosensitive chip implanted in the retina has made a huge difference to the vision of patients suffering from the degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa, US researchers have shown. And it seems that an implant in one eye can actually improve vision in the other.
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NTL is UK's largest broadband ISP

NTL claims to be the largest provider of residential broadband services in the UK.
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Intel Pentium Extreme Edition dual-core CPU

Review Once you've invested a few billion dollars in a fabrication plant and have a team of skilled engineers beavering away, you'll find it relatively easy to design and build an x86 processor. As time goes by you have to develop it to reduce production costs, raise efficiency and to increase its speed. Over the last 20 years we've seen chip manufacturers go through a ritualised dance to keep moving things along. Every few months they raise the clock speed multiplier. If things get tough, the engineers can increase the size of the L2 cache, writes Leo Waldock.
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NASA takes alien hunt to Mexico

NASA scientists are reportedly turning to Mexico for help in their search for extraterrestrial life. The space agency believes that a network of 170 lakes around the town of Cuatro Cienegas could hold clues to the conditions prevalent on Earth when life began.
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SCO drops filings off at SEC

SCO Group finally handed in a stack of filings to the SEC last week, but has still not seen off the threat of a Nasdaq delisting.
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MP gets police to investigate BT over rogue dialler scams

Police investigating cases where BT customers have been ripped off by rogue dialler software have sent a report to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
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DiData buys Aussie reseller

Dimension Data is buying an Australian consultancy which specialises in Microsoft integration and systems management work.
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Nvidia ships nForce for Intel

Nvidia has begun shipping its nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition chipset, the company said today, a day ahead of the anticipated release date.
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eCrime cost UK.biz £2.4bn in 2004

Cyber attacks cost UK corporates more than £2.45bn last year, according to police. A National Hi-tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) backed survey (PDF) of 200 firms published Tuesday found that 89 per cent of companies have experienced at least one incident in the past year, up from 83 per cent a year ago.
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US Appeals Court clarifies protest website law

A decision by the Ninth Circuit (California) of the US Court of Appeals has clarified where the law stands in relation in protest websites - and it doesn't look good for WIPO, one of the arbitrators for global domain disputes.
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In praise of Windows 2003 SP1

Comment Usually I get to use this space to complain about Microsoft's poor security practices, but not this time -- with last week's release of Windows 2003 Service Pack 1, this time they get praise. After eighteen months of beta testing, Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now publicly available and loaded with security enhancements. I thought I'd mention some of my own favorites here.
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Google and Yahoo! accused of click fraud collusion

Google, Yahoo! and other players in the search business have become embroiled in a lawsuit which involves overcharging for pay-per-click online advertising.
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.Net report speared a third time

The .net report has been speared a third time - by bidder Sentan.