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OS/2: dead again

On Tuesday, IBM formally announced that it would cease marketing OS/2 at the end of next year.
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SCO knew Linux doesn't infringe - memo

SCO's CEO Darl McBride was told that the Linux kernel contained no SCO copyright code six months before the company issued its first lawsuit, a memo reveals.
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Microsoft and Claria: together at last?

Comment I don't get mad too easily, but there's one thing guaranteed to really get me steaming, and that's when someone is lying to me. Right now I'm feeling lied to, and while I could be wrong, I don't think I am. Worse, I don't think I'm the only one who's the victim here. I think virtually all of you are having your chains yanked as well. Let me explain by going back in time about a month or so.
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How much does a security breach actually cost?

Comment How much does a security breach actually "cost," and who pays for it? When the breach involves personal information, like credit card data, the answer is, a lot more than you may think. The problem is that the people who "pay" for the cost of the breach are rarely the ones responsible for preventing the breach.
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Online-only brands 'lack trust'

Despite the convenience of shopping online, nearly two out of three consumers prefer to buy a known and trusted brand that also exists offline, a new study claims.

Another pitch to Parliament for Denial of Service law

Tom Harris MP presented a bill to Parliament that would amend the UK's 15-year-old cybercrime law to confirm that denial of service attacks are illegal. A similar bill was pitched in March but was defeated by the timetable for the general election.
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ICANN Blog: Food fights and lawyers

The interview with Chancellor Schroeder, ICANN's behind-the-scenes powerhouse, has been postponed until after the meeting, if at all. A loss as it would be interesting to see what the CFO has to say about the $23-odd million pumped into this organisation. Not only does Ms. Schroeder likely know where the skeletons are, she probably dug the graves.
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Fake press release pumps up the volume

There were red-faces in the Dutch financial news sector yesterday after a fake press release touting a major telecoms takeover prompted journalists to post stories and investors to bid up shares in the companies concerned.

Rambus reports record revenue

Rambus last night reported net income of $5.4m (five cents a share) on sales of $40m for the three months to 30 June 2005.
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Cisco patches security software

Cisco's security software is itself subject to a hazardous security bug. Certain versions of the network giant's desktop and server intrusion prevention client - Cisco Security Agent - are vulnerable to a denial of service attack. Cisco has issued a patch.

BenQ ships first AMD notebook

BenQ has launched its first AMD-based notebook, although for now the product is destined only for the Taiwanese market.

Date set for Intel's response to AMD antitrust claims

AMD vs Intel Lawyers from Intel and AMD will meet for an initial court conference in the first week of August, over a month before Intel must file its response to AMD's allegations, court documents seen by The Register reveal.
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Freedom of Information Act 'making a difference' to UK

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued new guidelines for the public sector on how to deal with the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and data protection requirements.
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ISPA wins assurances from Bulldog

ISPA - the UK's ISP trade body - has secured assurances from Bulldog that customer service at the broadband ISP is improving after a deluge of customer complaints.
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Google spots Jesus in Peruvian sand dune

Black helicopter alert There's some very good news today for those readers who do not have the good fortune to live in either the UK or the US of A - you now officially exist according to Google UK.
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TechnoDepot gets to grips with DNS

Cash'n'Carrion We know how much you enjoy the excellent range of top-notch apparel produced by those wags down at TechnoDepot, so we're absolutely delighted to announce the immediate availability of their latest offering, the DNS: It's a real bind t-shirt.
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Playing video games 'good for your health'

Playing computer games can be good for your health, according to a British boffin.
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UK could be a tech giant: report

The UK has the potential to be an international technology powerhouse, according to analysts at Deloitte, but tough international competition, the risk of an R&D exodus, and a lack of UK-based tech companies means success is "not assured", the firm warns in a report.
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Androids launch minicab firm

Here's a poser for hard-working androids: you've just spend a tough day seeking, locating and destroying the last whimpering remants of humanity across a smouldering, rubble-strewn landscape scorched by nuclear attack and self-combusting bendy buses. Your electroactive polymer muscles are aching, your rat brain-controlled central processor is throbbing like a teenage carbon-based lifeform perusing a Paris Hilton website and your cruise control mechanism is jammed on "Kill all Frenchmen" mode.
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British jobs being shipped to Ind… America…?

It’s not often you hear about British workers being having their jobs sent to California, but handheld maker Gizmondo and parent company Tiger Telematics have done just that.
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HP's 15,000 job cuts look imminent

HP's long awaited re-structuring could start as early as next Monday, according to reports, with as many as 15,000 jobs thought to be on the line.
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Vonage fixes voicemail snag

Vonage has fixed a problem that left its VoIP users unable to access their voicemail via the operator's web site.
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UK suspends speed camera deployment

There will be no new speed cameras deployed in the UK for several months pending a report into their effectiveness, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced. The University College London probe is not expected to be completed until the end of the year, and all applications for new cameras are duly suspended.
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Dell rejects spyware charge

Dell has rejected allegations that its PCs come pre-loaded with an intrusive application that spies on users' surfing habits. The equipment manufacturer said there was nothing untoward about My Way Search Assistant despite complaints from customers that the toolbar impairs computer performance, changes browser settings and is difficult to remove.
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Bulldog removes 'best broadband provider' claim from website

Bulldog has removed a logo from its website that brags about it being ISAP's "Best consumer broadband ISP 2004" following a "recommendation" from the trade group.
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From politics to porn, via Microsoft and the supernatural

Letters Bernie Ebbers shed a tear or two as he was sentenced to 25 years in the nick for his part in the financial disaster that was WorldCom. We'd cry, too, in his shoes, and we suspect a lot of other people would too. But that doesn't necessarily mean there is an awful lot of love out there for him:

EC staff leave Microsoft waiting as they head to the beach

The European Commission will delay its decision on whether or not Microsoft has adequately opened up server APIs so that workers can get in a few weeks worth of tanning.

Hackers attack Mozilla site to spread spam

Hackers attacked a site promoting Firefox last weekend in order to commandeer it to send spam, the Mozilla Foundation said on Friday. The attack was limited to community marketing site SpreadFirefox.com. In a statement, the Mozilla Foundation said the unspecified security vulnerabilities were exploited to mount the attack.
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UN outlines future of US-less internet

The United Nations has released its report into how it expects administration of the internet to work in future.
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Oracle processor core pricing a comedy of fractions

Get your calculators out. Oracle has responded to the arrival of high volume multicore chips by introducing a new pricing model, and it's a comedy of fractions.

SCO moves to limit Smoking Gun Memo damage

SCO has moved to limit the fall-out from a recently unsealed memo, in which incoming Caldera boss Darl McBride was told that the company had no copyright claims on the Linux kernel. The memo said an audit had looked for, but failed to find a "smoking gun". A week later Caldera renamed itself The SCO Group, and three months later hired lawyer David Boies to lead a legal campaign based on its IP claims.