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The patent vote: who won that round, exactly?

After this week's surprising defeat of the European directive on Computer Implemented Inventions, there is a strange consensus emerging from the press offices of nearly all the campaigning groups. The rejection of the bill by parliament has been welcomed by almost everyone involved, and naturally, everyone is claiming it as a victory.
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Jul 2005
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Mobile content market is booming

Consumer appetite for mobile downloads will fuel a €7.6bn market in 2006.
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US govt interference is a big deal, says Europe

European internet registries are preparing a fight-back against the US government following the latter's surprise decision to keep overall control of the "root zone file" that defines the internet's basic set-up.
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Jul 2005
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ICANN blog: De Lux appointment

What do you know about Luxembourg? If you’re anything like me, very little. Which is perhaps appropriate because Luxembourg is a very little country. When it comes to main roads, there is such little room that the country only manages to get up to A6. And I haven’t found the A2 or A5 yet.
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Jul 2005
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Transmeta hails positive Q2 cash flow

More cash flowed into Transmeta in the second quarter than it spent, the company said late last week as a teaser for its upcoming results announcement.
Tony Smith, 11 Jul 2005
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Hynix bosses to take firm 'out of receivership'

Hynix chiefs will regain control of their company this week, as the DRAM maker's creditors hand back the reins.
Tony Smith, 11 Jul 2005
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Online drug dealers face chokey

The people arrested as a result of operation Web Tryp, the DEA investigation into online drug suppliers, face sentencing later this month.
John Oates, 11 Jul 2005
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Intel to add VT to P4 in Q4

Roadmap A little advice for Intel: roll out versions of the 90nm Pentium 4 6xx series with your Virtualisation Technology (VT) in Q4.
Tony Smith, 11 Jul 2005
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Google wins typosquatting ruling

Google has won a ruling from the National Arbitration Forum giving it control of several domains which are very similar to its own.
John Oates, 11 Jul 2005
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Good Technology plans Domino support

Mobile data software supplier Good Technology today pledged to extend its support for corporate email systems from Microsoft Exchange Server to IBM's Domino and Novell's Groupwise.
Tony Smith, 11 Jul 2005
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IBM plugs into powerline broadband

IBM is to hook up with a US energy company to trial broadband over electric cables.
Tim Richardson, 11 Jul 2005
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Pentagon über-hacker rap sheet spills attack details

THe US indictment against alleged Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon reveals the IP addresses of attacked computers.
John Leyden, 11 Jul 2005
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Motorola 'to debut' iTunes phone at UK's V Festival

Motorola will launch its iTunes mobile phone in the UK next month, a UK press report has claimed.
Tony Smith, 11 Jul 2005
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TSG makes another buy

Technology Services Group (TSG) has bought another reseller - PJ Howlett Business Systems based in Preston.
John Oates, 11 Jul 2005
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Could the 'see through clothes' scanner stop London terror bombs?

A report last week claiming that QinetiQ's 'see-through clothes' scanner is to be be deployed on London's underground system has been denied by both QinetiQ and Transport for London. Nevertheless in the report QinetiQ provides - possibly inadvertently - some interesting information about how it's attempting to sell the technology for high volume, covert or semi-covert detection purposes.
John Lettice, 11 Jul 2005
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Acer goes VIP

Computer distributor VIP will carry Acer notebooks - they will be available from 11 July.
John Oates, 11 Jul 2005
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Gaming rocked by GTA smut revelation

The gaming world was last week rocked to the very foundations of discarded pizza boxes on which it rests with the revelation that kiddie-friendly driving tuition hit Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas may contain explicit scenes of sexual depravity hitherto unseen outside the Big Brother house.
Lester Haines, 11 Jul 2005
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Asus P5WD2 Premium i955X mobo

Review In the midst of the SLi craze Intel launched two new chipsets, including its latest performance solution, the 955X. The Asus P5WD2 Premium is the first partner product to arrive in our labs and Asus hasn't spared any expense making this one of the best 955X boards on the market, writes Lars-Goran Nilsson.
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Hacker magazine shuts up shop

Hacking magazine Phrack is closing after 20 years of publishing after its editorial team decided to call it a day. The final date for submissions for the special hardback last issue of the mag was Sunday 10 July. Issue 63 will be released at the Defcon and WhatTheHack2005 hacker conventions later this month.
John Leyden, 11 Jul 2005
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Spain greenlights therapeutic cloning

Spain's government is heading for a head-on collision with the country's Catholic Church after announcing it will go ahead with therapeutic cloning, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 11 Jul 2005
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Want to complain about Dell? Forget it

Want to complain on Dell's website about its customer service? Too late - the Customer Support Forums, operational until last Friday, have been shut down, apparently to try to quell bad publicity there about Dell products and especially after-care service.
Charles Arthur, 11 Jul 2005
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Net industry urged to co-operate following London bombings

ISPA - the UK's internet trade body - has called on ISPs to co-operate with police and other law enforcement agencies following last Thursday's terrorist bombings in London.
Tim Richardson, 11 Jul 2005
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Judge Legal set aside in MS antitrust case

Microsoft's EU antitrust case has been moved to The Grand Chamber, according to reports, where the company's appeal will be heard by a new panel of 13 judges. The case was taken away from Judge Hubert Legal, and he is to have no further involvement in the proceedings.
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Jul 2005
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Mobile net is go with .mobi approval

The pointlessness of accessing the internet through your mobile may soon be over with the creation of a new top-level domain, .mobi.
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Jul 2005
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Zombie bots fuel spyware boom

Virus writers are up upping their production rates with a 12 per cent increase in the number of new items in malware in the second quarter of 2005. McAfee's Anti-virus and Vulnerability Emergency Response Team (AVERT) reports that spam-propagating bot programs, adware and spyware were the greatest net security threat in Q2 2005.
John Leyden, 11 Jul 2005
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Shuttle is go for launch

The Shuttle Discovery is good to go, NASA says, and is on standby for launch later this week, despite Hurricane Dennis having slammed into the Florida coast. Weather forecasters say that there is a 30 per cent chance of weather disrupting the launch, according to NASA. Frankly, those are better odds that you'd get on most English picnics going ahead.
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Jul 2005
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EC plans to name and shame rip-off mobile operators

The European Commission (EC) plans to name and shame mobile phone operators who rip-off punters for making calls while travelling abroad.
Tim Richardson, 11 Jul 2005
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Longhorn following Unix on security?

Microsoft's delayed Longhorn operating system appears to be taking a page from the Unix management book by curbing user's administration rights.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Jul 2005
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Dixons disses AMD claims

Dixons is considering legal action in response to AMD's naming of the company in anti-trust filings made in the US.
John Oates, 11 Jul 2005

Intel and Dell thrilled to join the dual-core server chip era

When you're the world's biggest chipmaker and have fallen years behind rivals by not having a dual-core server processor, you make damn sure your dual-core desktop processor does all it can.
Ashlee Vance, 11 Jul 2005

Lenovo thinks thin with ClearCube's PC blades

PC blade maker ClearCube has picked up a major partner with Lenovo - aka Big Red - agreeing to sell the company's products.
Ashlee Vance, 11 Jul 2005
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HP carries home Dell CIO from exec swap meet

HP today gave Dell a serious thump in the game that is Executive Bitch Slap. It plucked away Randy Mott - Dell's CIO - to become its own IT guru.
Ashlee Vance, 11 Jul 2005
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Sprint silences another RICO critic

Sprint has bought out red-state cellular carrier US Unwired for $1.3bn, the plaintiff in an ongoing battle over RICO racketeering charges.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jul 2005