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Miracle in Redmond! Tablet PC memory bug fixed

Microsoft has finally issued a patch for a notorious bug in the Tablet PC edition of Windows XP.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Jul 2005
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BSA slams blasé management of flexible working

Flexible working in the UK is growing but the rollout of technology to enable home working is frequently mismanaged. This leaves firms more exposed to security and operational risks, according to a Business Software Alliance (BSA) sponsored study
John Leyden, 06 Jul 2005
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3 launches SpinVox voice2text

It's almost worth signing up for a "3" voice phone contract: the opportunity to see if SpinVox can, really, turn incoming voicemail into incoming texts.
Team Register, 06 Jul 2005
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Oracle goes shopping again

Database giant Oracle made another buy yesterday picking up privately-owned ProfitLogic.
John Oates, 06 Jul 2005
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Who wants a piece of T-Mobile?

Analysis And then there were three... Or at least, there may soon be only three nationwide mobile phone networks in the United States. The owner of T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom is considering selling its US division.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Jul 2005
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Leaked drivers reveal upcoming Nvidia kit

Nvidia has a raft of new items on the way, if product names embedded in a leaked copy of its latest ForceWare drivers are anything to go by.
Tony Smith, 06 Jul 2005
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Nildram struggles with 'major network upgrade'

Some 700 business punters have suffered a flaky broadband service since the weekend following a major network upgrade at Nildram.
Tim Richardson, 06 Jul 2005
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ATI adds digital telly to All-in-Wonder line

ATI this week announced the latest addition to its All-in-Wonder multimedia-oriented graphics card line-up.
Tony Smith, 06 Jul 2005
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Readers leap to eBay's defence

Letters Another week, another eBay/Live8 complaint. This time the auction site is trying to pull illegal recordings of the Live8 gig from its site. The BPI says that "sadly" it isn't surprised that the recordings are out there. You aren't surprised either, but you are much less bothered:
Lucy Sherriff, 06 Jul 2005
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Adobe update quells Unix PDF peril

In brief Adobe has issued patches for a common vulnerability in various Unix versions of its Acrobat Reader software to guard against possible hacker attack.
John Leyden, 06 Jul 2005
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Security meltdown: who's to blame?

If there's one thing the security industry is really good at, it's pointing fingers. We all like to say that "security starts with you", so that everyone can share a piece of the mud pie. While we're pointing fingers, let's look at a few groups and individuals and see how they can share the blame for their own insecurity - and prevent the spread of viruses, Trojans and worms.
Kelly Martin, 06 Jul 2005
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AMD to drive dual-core downmarket

AMD will next month trim its Sempron chip prices as it moves to push its Athlon 64 X2 line down-market.
Tony Smith, 06 Jul 2005
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USC admissions site cracked wide open

A programming error in the University of Southern California's online system for accepting applications from prospective students left the personal information of users publicly accessible, school officials confirmed this week.
Robert Lemos, 06 Jul 2005
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UK PSP importer dodges sales ban... for now

UK PlayStation Portable importer Nuplayer won a small victory over Sony on Monday when the Japanese giant failed to secure an injunction banning the company from selling PSPs sourced from overseas.
Tony Smith, 06 Jul 2005
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EU Parliament bins software patent bill

The European Parliament has voted by a massive majority to reject the software patents directive, formally known as the Directive on the Patentability of Computer Implemented Inventions. The vote to scrap the bill was passed by a margin of 648 votes to 14, with 18 abstentions.
Lucy Sherriff, 06 Jul 2005
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Bulldog fingered for misleading radio ad

Bulldog is in the doghouse after two radio ads plugging its 4 meg broadband service were found to mislead punters.
Tim Richardson, 06 Jul 2005
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Astrologer sues NASA for Tempel 1 'moral trauma'

A Russian astrologer is suing NASA for $300m in damages for "moral trauma" after the agency's Deep Impact mission successfully slammed a probe into comet Tempel 1.
Lester Haines, 06 Jul 2005
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Regulators try to squash Crazy Frog

Jamba, the Verisign-owned ringtone vendor, seems to have saturated the patience of regulators in Europe with its torturous Crazy Frog tune.
Jan Libbenga, 06 Jul 2005
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Europe seeks harmonized music royalties

The European Union is planning to create a new Europe-wide licensing scheme for music royalty collection and airplay compensation. Reuters reported this week that it could be ready to go to public consultation as early as this month.
Faultline, 06 Jul 2005
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Swiss introduce e-post

Swiss Post has bought the Zurich-based firm SwissSign, which specialises in digital encryption, to introduce registered e-post. Its new incaMail communication platform will permit letters with signature or registered letters to be displayed electronically in a legally-binding form.
Jan Libbenga, 06 Jul 2005
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Hurrah for Ofcom's spectrum plans

We do confess to being fans of the new UK regulator Ofcom, having been critical of the way the UK allocated Spectrum in the past, and it has now finalized its Spectrum Framework Review, with the majority of the changes being that UK license holders can trade spectrum and that licensees can decide what services to offer with a particular piece of spectrum rather than Ofcom deciding ahead of time.
Faultline, 06 Jul 2005
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Execs stumble over digital toys

Giving senior execs digital toys such as PDAs and wireless gizmos can be more trouble than it's worth, according to research out today.
Tim Richardson, 06 Jul 2005
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Nuclear fusion: power to the people?

Analysis It's G8 week, and climate change is high on the agenda. And now that even George Bush has acknowledged that climate change is (a) happening and (b) is at least partly due to humans but insisted it (c) should be tackled through technology, why not focus again on a technology that's (1) happening and (2) partly controlled by humans?
Charles Arthur, 06 Jul 2005
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Penis pill purveyor faces prison

Notorious spammer Christopher "Rizler" Smith is due in court on Wednesday following his arrest at Minneapolis St Paul International airport last Thursday. Prosecutors are calling for Smith to be held in contempt of court and jailed for six months over his flight from justice after a US judge brought the shutters down on his lucrative US spamming operation.
John Leyden, 06 Jul 2005
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Canon IXUS 700 seven megapixel digicam

Review Before you even think about buying this camera you have to ask yourself one key question: do you really need seven million pixels in a compact digital camera? That's what the IXUS 700 offers: a seven megapixel resolution in a body the size of a bar of soap.
Pocket Lint, 06 Jul 2005
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London secures 2012 Olympics

In brief London has emerged as the surprise winner of the race to host the 2012 Olympic Games. IOC president Jacques Rogge made the dramatic announcement at 1249 BST after the vote in Singapore.
John Leyden, 06 Jul 2005
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Poor diet + pollution = brain damage

Biomedical researchers in the UK are planning new research into the links between poor diet in children and their susceptibility to brain damage caused by pollution, particularly in the developing world.
Lucy Sherriff, 06 Jul 2005
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MS UK defaced in hacking attack

Microsoft's UK web site was defaced late on Tuesday night with a message in support of Venezuelan hacker Rafa. Defacement archive Zone-H reports that well-known defacer Apocalypse hacked into Microsoft's UK web site (microsoft.co.uk) and uploaded a picture with the message "FREE RAFA - HACK IS NOT A CRIME" (recorded in an archive here).
John Leyden, 06 Jul 2005
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Open source database firm gets webMethods infusion

The ex-webMethods crew at PostgreSQL database start-up EnterpriseDB has added to their numbers with a fresh board appointment.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Jul 2005
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Can Sun turn SOA rhetoric into weapon against IBM and SAP?

As with asking someone you fancy out on a first date, IT strategy is often a matter of timing. Having completely missed out on the Java application server market, Sun Microsystems now seems to be positioning itself to take a slice of the SOA pie.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Jul 2005
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LG throws PalmSource a lifeline

Korean giant LG has given PalmSource a much needed piece of good news, by agreeing to license PalmOS for smartphones. It wasn't disclosed which offering LG will take, nor what the deal is worth.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Jul 2005
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Intel and Morgan Freeman put DRM to work in new movie venture

Intel is teaming-up with Morgan Freeman's Revelations Entertainment company to deliver an online digital entertainment service that helps counter film piracy.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Jul 2005
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Napster, Dell cash-in on student DRM tax

It's right up there with all the big headlines of the day. London wins Olympics bid. Angelina Jolie adopts Ethiopian AIDS orphan. Prince Albert knocks boots with French-Togolese flight attendant and pops out a baby. Dell sells blade servers that can run Napster software at colleges.
Ashlee Vance, 06 Jul 2005