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Employment Practices Data Protection Code: now consolidated

The Information Commissioner’s Office has published the first complete volume of the Employment Practices Data Protection Code, providing guidance for employers when dealing with data protection issues affecting their workers.

SOA ready for the masses?

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is the Big Thing of the moment – taking the last Big Thing of Web Services and moving towards the next Big Thing of Utility / Grid Computing. Well, that’s what the vendors want you to believe, anyway – and with the majority of vendors agreeing on one thing – that SOA can be spun to their benefit – we’re seeing a hell of a lot of marketing and advertising in this area.
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Moseley mops up Proxim’s assets

Once a top three wireless LAN player and with a peak share price of $250, Proxim filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week with its shares down at 32 cents, less than three per cent share of the Wi-Fi market, and facing delisting from the Nasdaq exchange. Its first action was to sell “substantially all assets” to Moseley Associates, a Californian holding company that is assembling an interesting portfolio of wireless companies.
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Nokia shifting to Linux as it joins with Apple to challenge Windows 2

Analysis Nokia’s ambitious bid to make the mobile phone as important a client device for business and leisure as the notebook PC took another important turn last week with news that it has created a browser in collaboration with Apple, which will be managed under the open source process.
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Airline passengers love inflight SMS, hate voice calls

The ban on mobile phones on airplanes may soon be lifted, but most people are opposed to their use in-flight for voice calls.
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Microsoft sues German spammer

Microsoft is taking legal action against an alleged spammer now resident in Germany.
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Rats fingered for knocking out NZ's phone network

Rats are being blamed for crippling New Zealand's telecoms network yesterday leaving thousands of punters without phone or internet access.
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Apple sued over iTunes - again

Apple has been accused of infringing a patent that is claimed to cover the design of its popular iTunes music jukebox software.
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PayPal goes after small biz

Online payment specialist PayPal is going after small business customers with a package of services called Website Payments Pro.
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Sky readies 'on-demand' PC content service

Sky viewers are to get the chance to download movies and sports via their PCs when the British satellite outfit unveils a new "on-demand" service later this year.

Blu-ray, HD DVD merger talks scrapped

The two, rival blue-laser optical storage formats, Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD, will not be coming together, Sony Computer Entertainment president Ken Kutaragi admitted yesterday.
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EU jettisons software patent amendments

The European Directive on Computer Implemented Inventions edged closer to becoming law, yesterday, when the Parliamentary JURI committee voted to scrap most of the amendments to the directive put in place to restrict the patentability of pure software inventions.

Open Source lab for local councils

Local councils looking to move to Open Source software will find it easier to test possible solutions with the opening of a dedicated lab in Manchester.
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Even Bigger Brother

No2ID, the national coalition against ID cards, is to hold a free public meeting about the UK government's controversial ID card plans next week. The seminar will be held at 7pm on 29 June, the day after the second reading in the Commons of the ID Cards Bill at the Old Cinema of the University of Westminster on Regents Street in London's West End.
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Medea gains UK solus for HP optical media

Medea International, the Dundee-based IT products wholesaler, has secured exclusive UK rights to distribute HP’s new line of optical storage media.
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Navicore GPS for Symbian

Review Selling PDAs on the back of GPS-based navigation systems has proved so successful in Western Europe, it was only a matter of time before suppliers turned to phones as the next platform for their route-planning software. It's a slightly different proposition, of course. PDA-based navigation kits are sold as complete packages, with handheld, software, GPS receiver and assorted in-car attachments bundled together. Plenty of folk already have phones, so here the focus has been on combining software and receiver.

Cisco branches out into middleware

Cisco announced plans on Tuesday to expand out of its core routing business into messaging middleware. The first product from Cisco's Application-Oriented Network (AON) initiative, which aims to embed application aware traffic management into network infrastructures, are due to become generally available by the end of the year.
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Blast off for solar-sail test craft

A privately-funded spacecraft powered by a solar sail is set for launch this evening. The Cosmos-1 mission will be launched into orbit from a Russian submarine in the Barents Sea, in the Arctic Ocean, this evening at 8:46pm, UK time.
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Freedom2Surf unveils 8meg service

Independent UK ISP Freedom2Surf has cut the ribbon on a new 8 meg ADSL package delivered courtesy of local loop unbundling (LLU) outfit EasyNet.
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Telewest trials webcast TV

Broadband users can now access a web-based TV service as part of trial by UK cableco Telewest.

LogicaCMG goes down the Tube

Metronet, one of London Underground's private partners responsible for maintaining large portions of the tube network, has outsourced its IT service and support to LogicaCMG in a six-year deal worth £18m.

HP's Mr Blade opens Intel's power envelope to all

Many of you probably don't know HP's Mr Blade. You should. He's one cool character and full of information on Intel's upcoming Xeon processors.
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Unauthorised research opened door to MasterCard breach

The head of the card processing firm blamed for a security breach affecting anything up to 40m credit card numbers has admitted it wasn't supposed to hold the compromised data. John M. Perry, chief exec of CardSystems Solutions, told the New York Times that the data was being kept for "research purposes".
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No more mister nice guy: EMI, Sony-BMG revisit CD copy protection

Both Sony-BMG and EMI have made statements this week that most of their CDs for their major markets will have copy protection placed on them.
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Orlando axes free muni Wi-Fi

The city of Orlando in Florida has pulled the plug on the city's free Wi-Fi service. Although the city has a population of over 1.8m, only around 27 people a day were using the service, which was costing the district $1,800 a month.