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ID cards: Part II

Home Secretary Charles Clarke is expected to reintroduce the government’s proposal for compulsory ID cards later today.
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IBM puts a little Tivoli in Rational

IBM's developer tools business is adopting features from IBM's Tivoli management suite to help improve detection and resolution of problems in applications.

Microsoft going to JavaOne

Having braved the open source faithful at LinuxWorld, Microsoft is turning its attention to Java, with plans for a formal presence at JavaOne next month.
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Intel's platform shift

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IBM, Sony: We'll open Cell

IBM, Sony and Toshiba have vowed to open the specifications to the Cell processor to the world, and provide libraries for software libre developers.
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Symbian appoints new CEO

Symbian has selected a new CEO to replace now-departed helmsman David Levin.
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Italian police find child torture site

Three Catholic priests, a police officer and a social worker are among 186 people reportedly under investigation in Italy this morning after authorities shut down a child torture website.

Rambus calls on co-founder to forecast future

Rambus has turned to one of its two founders to point the company in the right technological direction.

Intel EOLs Mobile P4 chips

It was always going to happen, of course, but Intel's plan to kill off the Mobile Pentium 4 processor has come slightly later than anticipated. The vendor confirmed this week the NetBurst-for-notebooks chips will only be available to order through to 19 August.
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Oz eBayers must pay tax

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has convinced eBay Australia to alter its policy on adding Goods and Services Tax onto successful bids.
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AMD prints 'Pacifica' virtualisation spec

AMD has published its 'Pacifica' specification - its answer to Intel's Virtualisation Technology (VT), which is intended to allow a desktop or server to run multiple operating systems simultaneously.
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EMC Invista provokes technology race

There is rarely a dull day in the wild and madly exciting world of storage and storage management. Those bygone days, when talking (or writing) about storage systems would fill most people’s minds with dread and thoughts of sleep, are well and truly behind us. Well, almost. Last week witnessed EMC, one of the industry’s giants, launch its much awaited network storage virtualisation platform, EMC Invista, at the company’s Technology Summit in New Orleans.
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Wanadoo broadband - 'you can go faster for less'

Wanadoo UK - in the good old days it used to be called Freeserve - has been ticked off for bragging about its broadband service.
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Yahoo! phishing attack targets Star Wars fans

Hackers are exploiting interest in the new Star Wars film to harvest Yahoo! login credentials. The attack is initiated when a user clicks on a malicious link (yahoopremium.bravehost.com/STAR_GAMES) sent to them from a user on their buddy list. Once at the website, the user is encouraged to enter their Yahoo credentials. Upon activation, a Trojan collects Yahoo! credentials and then sends messages out to a user's buddy list whether the IM client is logged in or not.
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Witty worm traced to 'Patient Zero'

The Witty worm, which infected more than 12,000 servers a year ago, came from a single computer in Europe and used a US military base's vulnerable systems to kick-start the epidemic, according to an analysis released by three researchers this week.
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Google Books under fire

Google’s plan to digitise thousands of out-of-copyright text books came under fire yesterday from a group of leading US publishers.
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O2 sponsors white elephant

O2 has confirmed it is to sponsor London's most prominent white elephant by renaming The Millennium Dome "The O2".
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Government issues NHS records guarantee

New rules on the security of information to be held in the NHS Care Records Service, which will start rolling out across England next year, were published by the Government yesterday. It hopes that the rules will calm fears of privacy abuses.
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EU biometric visa trial opts for the tinfoil sleeve

The US-inspired wet dream of a single, global identity document isn't quite dead, but with the announcement of Europe's biometric visa trial this week it doesn't look well. Smartcard specialist Gemplus has got the gig, working with prime contractor Sagem, for an initial trial in France and Belgium, and the visa format to be used is, er, a separate card.

NetApp busts through banner Q4

Storage dynamo Network Appliance bounded to a stellar fourth quarter and fiscal 2005.

NetApp opens fire on EMC

NetApp has opened fire on EMC with the launch of the midrange FAS3020 and 3050, its first family of storage devices to support both Serial-ATA and Fibre Channel drives as primary storage.
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Big torch sale at Cash'n'Carrion

Cash'n'Carrion We know how much Reg readers like their hi-tech illumination, and we've managed to secure some limited supplies of Inova LED torches at knock-down prices.
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Galileo seeks clever uses of sat nav

Now that Europe is pressing ahead with its Galileo satellite navigation system, it seems that is a bit stuck for ideas for what to do with it. Enter the Galileo Masters 2005 competition, with a prize of €50,000 of business development support for the European team that comes up with the best idea for an innovative use of the network.
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Deleting spyware: a criminal act?

Analysis On my computer right now I have three anti-spyware programs, three anti-virus programs, and three anti-spam programs, together with a hardware and software firewall, an IPsec VPN, and data level encryption on certain files (and no, this is not intended to be an invitation for you to try to test my security.)
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Siemens conducts customer ejaculation survey

It appears that Siemens Business Services in Germany has developed a rather agreeable sense of humour. It is currently conducting what we reckon is a customer satisfaction survey which invites excited punters to "Come on Siemens".
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Trojan attack takes files hostage

Virus writers have taken to extortion with malicious code that can hold documents on infected PCs hostage. The attack attempts to extort money from victims by encoding files on their PCs using a Trojan horse before requesting payment for a decoder tool.

Nokia unveils $350 Wi-Fi tablet

Nokia took the wraps off a Wi-Fi internet tablet today at the LinuxWorld show in New York, the first in a new range of consumer devices from the phone giant. The pocket-sized device has no cellular capability, but boasts an 800x480 screen, runs the Opera browser and will retail for around $350 - less than rival PDAs and some of its own high-end smartphones.
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Directors disqualified for £3m internet scam

Two businessmen behind a dodgy internet holiday scam that netted £3m have been disqualified as directors.

Comet to make 'small loss'

There was more depressing news from the high street today as Kesa Electricals - Europe's third largest electrical retailing group - reported that its Comet chain is expected to make a small loss for the first half of the year.
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Spirit reveals Mars' violent past

Mars rover Opportunity has got itself stuck in a sand trap, while its twin, Spirit, has been gazing at the debris of ancient volcanic eruptions that took place when Mars was a distinctly wetter planet than it is today.
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FBI outlines new IT system

The FBI has learnt a costly lesson from its disastrous attempt to upgrade its IT systems in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
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Patent chief teaches children a lesson about copyrights

Nothing turns a stomach foul quicker than a sixth-grader lacking sufficient knowledge about copyrights and intellectual property.
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Voyager 1: exit stage left

Voyager 1 has officially left the solar system, having crossed the so-called termination shock in December last year. The craft crossed the boundary 94 astronomical units (the distance from the Earth to the sun is one AU) from the sun, according to NASA researchers based in Washington DC.
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UK no longer OECD's broadband laggard

The take-up of broadband in the UK has soared over recent years thanks to the increased availability of high-speed internet services and falling prices.
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UK ID scheme rides again, as biggest ID fraud of them all

Analysis Home Secretary Charles Clarke is "aware of the genuine concerns" over the UK ID scheme, but the Bill his department reintroduced to Parliament today is, according to Home Office Minister Tony McNulty, "in essence... the same Bill" as the one that fell prior to the general election. So, it would seem that the new-look listening Government hears the concerns, and says, 'tough'.
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Qwest turns back on MCI bid

Qwest Communications has finally given up on its pursuit of MCI, despite having a larger bid than rival Verizon Communications.
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PGP use ruled relevant in child abuse case

A Minnesota appeal court has ruled that a trial judge was within his rights to allow police evidence about the presence of an encryption program on a defendant's computer to be admitted in a child abuse case. The ruling came as the Minnesota State Court of Appeals rejected an appeal by David Levie against his conviction for soliciting a nine-year-old girl into posing naked for digital pictures.