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Netscape 8.0 disables Internet Explorer

Microsoft has confirmed that installing the recenlty launched Netscape 8.0 on on your PC will stop Internet Explorer from displaying XML-files, like blog feeds.

IBM pushes 'software as a service' on partners

IBM is buying into software as a service (SaaS) with training and online resources designed to encourage ISVs to evaluate the emerging business model.
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IT departments to get smaller and less technical

IT teams will shrink dramatically during the next five years as employers adopt competitively priced external suppliers for IT services, according to new research. And, employees lucky enough to stay in a job will find themselves dealing less with technology and assuming more of a business role by managing suppliers.
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AMD may be running in place

This story has expired from The Register's archive. You can now find it at its original location on the Forbes.com website: http://www.forbes.com/business/2005/05/26/cx_ah_0526amd.html?partner=theregister.
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BT unveils bulky LLU price promo

BT has cut the cost of migrating broadband users onto unbundled phone lines.
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Dropped Tecmo suit means nudity for us all

Analysis Game developer Tecmo dropped its lawsuit against console website Ninjahackers.net this week.
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Fraud expert becomes victim of credit card crime

The founder of an anti-fraud website has himself become the victim of credit card fraud. Andrew Goodwill, managing director of Early Warning UK, a scheme set up to help retailers avoid credit card fraud, is down $600 (£329) after crooks used his credit card to pay for services online.
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3G TV: too little, too soon

Mobile television is the closest the cellular industry has come to the elusive "killer application" for 3G – or so it hopes. Broadcast television to the handset has been the most talked-about application this year, and some operators, such as Sprint with MobiTV, already offer limited services. But the consumer appeal and the suitability of the medium is almost wholly unproven - Verizon Wireless expects to sell only about 130,000 video handsets this year, for instance, despite its vCast television offering.
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Nanotubes help neurons get chatty

Italian researchers have managed to persuade brain cells to grow on a nanotube-coated surface - a breakthrough that could provide immediate help to good, old humans. The team found that the nanotubes actually boosted communication, or neural signal transfer, between the cells, which were taken from the hippocampus.
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Business email services squeeze BlackBerry

The major cellcos are always keen to increase their penetration of the enterprise market, and they recognize that wireless email is the most promising starting point, since most large companies are building their mobile strategies around an initial deployment of mail. This trend has, of course, given RIM BlackBerry its commanding position in the US corporate space, but many of the new operator moves to snatch a piece of this business are focused on other software partners, raising the prospect of a fragmentation of this sector.
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Mac OS X 10.4 'Tiger' in depth

Review I've been running Mac OS X 'Tiger' since the day after its release, on 29 April. At the time, hundreds of reviews of the operating system were published, but I didn't want to be a part of the herd, since many of them were little more than lists of the new features. I wanted to spend some more time with Tiger before getting off the fence.
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NatWest scraps online payment service

NatWest is ditching its online payment service - FastPay - because it no longer fits in with the UK bank's plans.
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Collaboration technologies: the reader survey

Reg Reader Studies It's that time of the month when we at Vulture Central - in keeping with local custom - ask our beloved and tech-savvy readership to lend us a hand to give the IT barometer a light tap.
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Mac users discover Tiger's hidden Booleans

Letters Hold the reviews page! Spotlight in Mac OS X 10.4 does have Boolean operators. They just aren't documented, and they don't work very well. But here are your thoughts on our critique of Mac OS X Tiger's user interface, Spotlight and Dashboard.
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CA to restate five years of figures

Computer Associates says it will have to restate five years of its accounts, according to reports, following the discovery of a number of "improper" contracts on its books. The software maker also said it will likely defer filing its annual accounts for 15 days.
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BOFH: Defence of the Realm

Episode 17 So the new Boss isn't happy. It seems in his first week he's detected that someone is intercepting his email!!! The PFY and I are, of course, morally outraged at the thought of all this and assure him we'll leave no stone unturned in ensuring it doesn't happen again.
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VIA to ship C7 next month

VIA's C7 'Esther' processor will go into mass production by the end of the quarter, the Taiwanese chip maker said today.
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UK.gov computer training scam gang jailed

A gang of crooks who ripped off the government of more than £2m through a fraudulent computer skills training course have been jailed for a total of nine and a half years. Stuart Leary, 39, of Poole, Dorset, John Stirling, 41, of Glasgow, and Steve Moran, 29, of Birmingham, savored a lavish lifesytle by exploiting Department of Education and Skills programme (DfES) set up to provide subsidised learning for students working from home.
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Device drivers filled with flaws

The uneven skills of driver programmers have left a legion of holes in software that ships with Windows and Linux, security experts say.
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BT LLU promo only half-baked

BT has yet to iron out all the details for its generous price cut offer for local loop unbundling (LLU) operators.
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IBM Germany job cut fears tempered

The number of IBM workers facing the chop in Germany has been scaled down, according to the FT.

Itanic sinks at Lloyds Register

Intel’s list of potential Itanium customer case studies grew a little shorter on Friday, when Lloyds Register said it had reconsidered an earlier plan to shift from Unix (RISC) servers to Itanium boxes.
Joe Fay, 27 2005
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Rumours of Linux death greatly exaggerated

Letters We had more letters about this article than any other this week. Practically (but not quite) more than all the rest combined. Boy oh boy did you get ticked off about the "Setback for Linux" story. Plenty of the letters just ranted, variously accusing the writer and us of spouting FUD, and so on.
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BT cracks down on rogue diallers

BT is bragging that it's "winning the fight against unwanted internet diallers" following the launch of its modem protection software at the beginning of May.
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Reformed UK fraud law to tackle phishing attacks

The UK government is reforming fraud laws to create an offence covering the perpetrators of phishing attacks. The provision is among a raft of measures designed to clarify existing laws within the new Fraud Bill, which was introduced in the House of Lords on Wednesday.

IBM unsheathes Cell blade server

IBM demonstrated a blade server board based on the Cell architecture at the E3 show this week, and reportedly plans to sell the boards in rack-based server systems.
Joe Fay, 27 2005
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Cohen disputes UK registry's legitimacy

The company that runs the UK's Internet registry is not officially recognised by the government and as such has no right to decide what should be done with the millions of domains that it sells each year.
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Patent Office makes a technical contribution

The UK Patent Office has published the findings of its workshops on the European software patents directive. The workshops were arranged to try to involve the technical community in defining how the term "technical contribution" should be interpreted in the UK.
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CIA plays cyberwar game

The CIA is running a cyber wargame this week designed to test how effective authorities would be in withstanding an orchestrated hacking attack. The three-day exercise - called Silent Horizon - is based on an imagined attack on US systems by a fictional coalition of anti-globalisation protestors set five years in the future.