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Phishers look to net small fry

Online fraudsters have started targeting smaller banks and credit unions in hopes of fooling a larger percentage of customers, according to groups that monitor phishing activity.
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The pressures on Business Objects and Cognos

Analysis Business Objects and Cognos are the most well-known suppliers in the business intelligence space and are perceived to be the market leaders. However, this duopoly is increasingly under threat and it is worth considering the different pressures that these suppliers are under.
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Mauritius to be wirefree nation

A small island in the Indian Ocean is aiming to be the first completely wireless country.

EU must 'rethink' Hynix import tax - WTO

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has formally told the European Union to rethink its decision to impose punitive import duties on Hynix memory products from South Korea.

Intel touts 'tuneable' Wi-Fi radio chip

Intel has developed a WLAN transceiver capable of tuning in to both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands used by 802.11b/g and 802.11a Wi-Fi networks, respectively, with its own silicon-built radio.
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Crackberry users go cold turkey

US BlackBerry users had time to get on with their lives on Friday morning when a service problem stopped their mobile devices receiving emails.
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France Telecom denies interest in C&W

France Telecom was kept busy this morning stamping out rumours that it is preparing to splash out £4bn to take over Cable & Wireless.

Widescreen iBook rumours gain weight

Asustek, not Quanta, will produce Apple's upcoming widescreen iBook laptop Mac.
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AMD dual-core Athlons 'sell out' in Tokyo

AMD's dual-core desktop processor, the Athlon 64 X2, finally went on sale as packaged product for end-users yesterday, though supply may be tight.
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MasterCard hack spawns phishing attack

Fraudsters have been quick to launch phishing attacks in a bid to cash in on the publicity surrounding a security breach involving MasterCard International that may affect up to 40 million credit card holders. The crude and misspelled phishing attack, spotted by Secure Computing, is unlikely to fool many but illustrates how fraudsters are quick to latch onto current events in instigating security assaults.
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New Zealand floored by cable outage

Telecoms and internet services in New Zealand are returning to normal after two fibre cables were damaged on the North Island.
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Microsoft - EC case may get new judge

A senior European judge has suggested changing the court currently considering the Microsoft hearings.
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Acer TravelMate 4401LMi Turion notebook

Review Acer has always priced its products aggressively, but even we were surprised when we learned the Acer TravelMate 4400LMi could be picked up for less than £700. Yes, you can buy cheaper laptops, but will they boast a 15in screen and ATI Radeon X700 graphics? asks Benny Har-Even.
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Spies, lies and the Book of Joshua

Far be it from the Reg to make fun of easy targets. But that is at least half of our job isn't it? In our recent coverage of Live8 and eBay we have been referring to Bob Geldof as Saint Bob - a cheap and nasty shot as pointed out by a reader called Dave who, without stooping to cheapness and nastiness, can't even spell Saint Bob's name.
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PayPal coughs to 'internal comments' edit slip

PayPal is to remove internal comments regarding its protection for sellers that it accidentally published on its website.
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Doctor Who better than Star Trek - official

Doctor Who has ousted Star Trek as the favourite cult TV programme, according to a poll of genre fans. It's the first time in 10 years that the Star Trek franchise has been demoted from top berth in an annual poll of Cult TV Festival attendees.
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Tiscali flogs Italian Sat business

Irish telecoms outfit Digiweb has snapped up Tiscali's Italian satellite broadband business. Financial details were not disclosed.
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Scientists see women's brains switch off during sex

Readers worried that their female partners may be faking it can now rest easy. As long you keep brain scanner close at hand in the bedroom, you’ll be able to find out if you really are the best, the best, the best, or whether she’s actually running through the shopping list ahead of your next trip to Safeways.
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Google aims for PayPal

Google will launch electronic payment services later this year going head-to-head with PayPal which, thanks partly to help from eBay, is currently leading the field.
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Robertson gives up Linspire CEO post

Michael Robertson has given up day-to-day control of Linspire and is leaving the company in the hands of new CEO Kevin Carmony.
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Call centre workers face voice health scare

Thousands of call centre workers are at risk of damaging their health because they talk too much.

Foundry forges major product revamp

Foundry Networks has a busy summer ahead with a revamp of two major product lines and the launch of its first security-centric products. Bob Schiff, Foundry's VP of product marketing, described it as the largest product launch in Foundry's nine year history.
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IBM opens x86 Veritas cluster and storage shop

Veritas and IBM have firmed up their ties with a new reselling agreement that will see Big Blue ship some of Veritas' better known software products with its servers.
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Supremes silent on Grokster case

The US Supreme Court has declined to issue a ruling on the MGM v. Grokster case today, as it had been expected to do. There is one week left in the Court's schedule this season, so it is likely that there will either be an answer next Monday, or none this session.

Security products 'riddled' with bugs

The number of flaws in computer security products is rising sharply and threatens to become more of a problem than vulnerabilities in the products they are designed to protect, a study by Yankee Group out Monday warns.

MS EMEA chief to lead international sales push

Microsoft has given its European head a promotion, putting him in charge of its international sales, marketing and services efforts as president of Microsoft International. Jean-Philippe Courtois, formerly chief executive officer of Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), will have overall responsibility for Microsoft operations in Japan, China, the Asia Pacific region, Latin America, public sector and emerging markets, as well as in EMEA.
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Fleeing Compaq customer caught by Sun

How many quotations does it take to screw a server vendor? As it turns out - two.

US mulls Broadcom's Qualcomm broadside

Broadcom, which launched two patent lawsuits against Qualcomm, says the US trade commission is investigating the issue. Broadcom claims that Qualcomm is importing microprocessors for cellphones which infringe its patents. Last month Broadcom asked the US International Trade Commission to block the import of the allegedly infriging chips. It claims ten of its patents are being infringed. The ITC is expected to hand down a ruling in the second half of next year.

Taking Osborne out of the Osborne Effect

It's a fair cop, and we're guilty. There never was an "Osborne Effect," and the fate of Osborne Computer wasn't sealed by pre-announcing hardware that didn't exist.

Start-up reckons it can give you twice the processor

Level 5 Networks on Monday cobbled together a banner announcement session for a start-up, as the company delivered word of $30m in venture funding and released its first product under the EtherFabric brand.
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BOFH and the chemistry lesson

Episode 19 "OK," The PFY says looking over the inside of The Boss's machine. "I'll take a quick look at it, but at this stage I'm fairly certain that it'll just need a new seal and a smoke recharge and be back up and running in no time."
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Oz court case exposes lack of fairness

Comment In Australia the Federal Government is looking at introducing a fair use style exemption to our copyright law. Yes I know … it’s hard to believe, but in Australia you can’t legally back up your music CDs, or even rip a CD you have paid for, so you can convert it into an iPod compatible format. You can’t even legally use your VCR or DVD recorder to record “Lust” or “Horny Housewives” so you can watch these TV programs later. Talk about a nation built on piracy … oops … I mean time shifting.