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Yahoo! chief! scientist! joins! Microsoft!

Microsoft has hired Yahoo's head of research and chief scientist Gary Flake to work on its MSN portal and desktop search. Flake joined Yahoo! when it acquired Overture in 2003. He wasn't there long, joining the previous year from NEC research, and most of Overture's key patents were filed before his arrival.
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LexisNexis data breach far worse than reported

Data wholesaler LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier, has admitted that personal information concerning 310,000 US citizens has been stolen. In March, the company admitted to losing data related to only 32,000 victims.
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RIAA discovers Internet2

The RIAA said it will today sue over 400 students with access to Internet2, the high speed next-generation network, for copyright infringement. The experimental network is used by universities and researchers and has been demonstrated to transmit a DVD in around 30 seconds.

Eight patches - five critical - in MS April patch batch

Microsoft issued eight patches - five critical - to deal with 12 vulnerabilities on Tuesday. Fixes for Windows, Internet Explorer, Word, MSN Messenger and an update for Microsoft Exchange (2000 and 2003) all featured in Microsoft's latest patch batch.
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US rolls out robotic broadband airship

US communications outfit Sanswire yesterday unveiled concrete evidence of its truly audacious plan to deliver line-of-sight wireless broadband and mobile phone signals to an area the size of Texas from a single transmission point. The company is not, however, planning a private satellite launch or 10,000-foot-high transmission mast disguised as a really big tree - rather it intends to deploy a fleet of geostationary, robotic airships hovering at a comfortable 65,000 feet above the Earth.

CA's $35m tax charge hits net income

Computer Associates has said it will miss its quarterly net income target because of a $35m tax charge it incurred by moving international profits back to the US.
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The Larry and Linus Show: personalities vs principles?

Letters Last week Linus Torvalds ditched the source code tool he's been using to maintain updates to the Linux kernel tree for the last three years. That's a fact so unremarkable few news organizations would think it merited a story.
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Political cybersquatting rears ugly head

Election 2005 Political shenanigans have spilled over onto the web after the Tory candidate for Winchester hijacked a domain for Lib Dem MP Mark Oaten.
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Give me $50k or the rabbit dies

There are times when we at Vulture Central try our best to avoid reporting on the more distasteful aspects of the internet, but when reader pressure eventually demands satisfaction. This is one of those ocassions, and it with barely disguised horror that we announce the intention of a US man to kill and eat an innocent and highly photogenic rabbit unless netizens cough up $50k by 30 June.
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Moore's Law is 40

Gordon Moore, emeritus chairman and co-founder of Intel, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his eponymous law this week.
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IBM joins project to reveal the secrets of mankind's migration

National Geographic has enlisted IBM to help it in a project that will chart the history of human migration through markers in DNA.
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PalmOne brings Bluetooth to Tungsten E2

PalmOne has updated its low-end, enterprise-oriented Tungsten E PDA, upping the processor speed and storage capacity, and finally bringing wireless connectivity to the machine.
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French cableco front runner to buy NTL Ireland

UnitedGlobalCom (UGC) is looking favourite to snap up the Irish operation of UK cableco NTL, according to a report by the Irish Times.
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Vatican mobilises anti-surveillance op

If press reports are to be believed, then next Monday's gathering of cardinals in the Sistine Chapel will represent the biggest counter-surveillance operation since the Posh/Becks royal wedding. Indeed, so busy will the Vatican be blocking laser microphone assault, checking vases of flowers for nanobugs and setting the Swiss Guard on suspicious men using 3G mobes to communicate with circling black helicopters that we very much doubt whether there will be enough time to elect a new Pope between the stripsearches and electromagnetic sweeps.
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Infineon to sample DDR 3 'in 2006'

Infineon expects to sample DDR 3 memory chips in 18 months' time, the memory maker said at Intel Developer Forum Taiwan this week.
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India acts on call centre fraud

The Indian offshoring industry is taking action to counter security concerns raised by last week's arrest of three call centre workers for fraud.
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Major labels sell off MusicNet

Global digital music distributor MusicNet has been sold by its music industry owners to a venture capital firm.
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Mobile botnet threat downplayed

Could botnets - the scourge of consumer security - be on the verge of going mobile? The prospect seems some way off but even so mobile operators and security watchers are more than a little spooked.

Becta names preferred suppliers

The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta), has named Apple, PC World and Vieglen among the companies that have won contracts to supply software to schools and Local Education Authorities.
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Apple Japan 'will' open Music Store - chief

Apple may be getting closer to launching a Japanese iTunes Music Store by the end of the year, if comments made by the head of its Japanese operation this week are anything to go by.

Barcelona boots Europe's most powerful supercomputer

Barcelona can now officially claim to have the most powerful supercomputer in Europe, following the inaugural booting of the MareNostrum at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC).
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Gizmondo unveils 'adverts-for-consoles' scheme

If you fancy one of those Gizmondo handheld games consoles but you're not so keen on the £229 price tag, the company behind it may soon help you out.

Siebel ditches boss

Siebel is replacing its CEO less than a year after he was appointed.
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Brit workers excel at skiving

New figures have shown that Brit workers lead the world in "desk skiving" - the art of aimlessly faffing about at their posts when they should be lining shareholders' pockets with filthy lucre. Shockingly, the maths demonstrate that a third of workers may be taking fourteen days extra hols a year while a hard core of eight per cent admit that they are texting, doing personal emails or surfing the web for interesting stories on skiving British workers for an astounding 12 weeks per annum.
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Tiscali UK to invest £61m in LLU

Tiscali is to plough €90m (£61m) into unbundled broadband services in the UK over the next three years as part of a renewed effort to secure a sizeable share of this ever-growing sector. The Italian-based ISP plans to cherry-pick the most lucrative exchanges in the UK to develop its "selective unbundled network".

Seagate promises perpendicular drives

Seagate is joining the race to get perpendicular disc drives ready for market. The firm joins Toshiba and Hitachi Global Storage who have both previously announced research into the storage method.
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MCI wants $30 a share

MCI, the US telco at the centre of a tug-of-love between rival bidders Verizon and Qwest, is holding out for a valuation of $30 a share. According to anonymous sources quoted by the FT MCI would consider switching its allegiance from Verizon to Qwest if Qwest ups its bid to $30 a share.
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Mission Impossible at the Sumitomo Bank

The investigation into the attempt to steal an estimated £220m from the Sumitomo Mitsui Bank in the City of London is focusing on a hi-tech plot using members of the cleaning staff and bugging devices.
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Anti-spyware group collapses

An anti-spyware consortium has collapsed weeks after its decision to admit 180solutions, the controversial adware firm to its ranks. The final demise of the Consortium of Anti-Spyware Technology vendors (Coast) this week follows the exit of founding members CA, Alluria and Webroot in February. Each cited a lack of faith in Coast's ability to develop effective anti-spyware standards.
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Berkeley to lead $19m cybersecurity research gig

The National Science Foundation (NSF) this week gave the University of California, Berkeley, the lead role in a $19m government-funded cybersecurity research project.

Sony 'open' to Blu-ray Disc/HD DVD bonding talks

Sony has held an olive branch out to proponents of the HD DVD blue-laser optical disc format, inviting them to discuss how their preferred format could come together with its choice, Blu-ray Disc.
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Itanium upstart teams with Zeus for load balancer of the future

Secure64 - a potential savior for the Itanium processor - has signed a software development deal with Zeus Technology to build a zippy, secure load balancer.
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Microsoft stirs storage waters with backup beta

Microsoft's storage division has pulled off a rare feat by making a beta version of a new product available on time.

Fujitsu Siemens bullish on '05

Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) is trumpeting its best financial year to date, hitting revenues of €6.018bn and pre-tax profits of €95m for the 12 months to 31 March, 2004. Sales advanced 14 per cent on fiscal 2003 and profits jumped 53 per cent (FY 2003: €33m).

AMD's depressing Flash biz set for IPO

Flash memory maker Spansion is heading to IPO country, the company said today.
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Progress buys Apama

Progress has acquired Apama, whose software will now form part of the ObjectStore division of Progress.
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Apple financials rude with health

Apple shipped a record number of iPods and shifted more Macs than at any time since the 2001 crash, the company reported today. It's the first quarter in which the result of the Apple's new low cost strategy - the iPod Shuffle and the Mac mini - came on stream, although these products were available for most but not all of the full three month period. But the brightest spot in a bullish set of results is that Apple's gross margin actually rose to almost 30 per cent - that's higher than many analysts, or even the company itself, anticipated. Apple attributed to this to lower component costs - "a very favorable buying environment," according to Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer.

Fujitsu, FSC debuts ESPRIMO PC brand

Fujitsu and Fujitsu Siemens are junking their desktops PC brands for the professional market in favour of a new unified name worldwide.
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Ingram Micro signs CA for software licensing gig

Ingram Micro Europe has signed up Computer Associates for its online Click2License software quotation and purchasing program.

VIP goes ecommerce-tastic

VIP Computer Centre has given its website a makeover to match its new corporate image. More importantly, the Warrington-based distie has upgraded the ecommerce bits and bobs, delivering "massive enhancements", it says rather modestly.