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Amazon.com goes nuclear on Avis, Orbitz

Amazon.com Holdings has launched a legal offensive against a number of websites including Orbitz and Avis, claiming that they've infringed Amazon patents.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Jul 2005
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Nigerian 419er jailed

A Nigerian woman has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for her part in a massive 419 scam.
John Oates, 18 Jul 2005
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Tele2 buys Versatel

Stockholm-based Tele2 AB has offered to buy Versatel Telecom International for a total of €1.34bn to boost its expansion on the continent.
Jan Libbenga, 18 Jul 2005
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Infineon memory boss quits

The boss of Infineon's memory business has quit the company and the board while police investigate corruption charges.
John Oates, 18 Jul 2005
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Energis and C&W refuse to deny merger talk

Energis and Cable & Wireless (C&W) have refused to rubbish weekend press reports that the UK telcos are locked in talks about a possible merger.
Tim Richardson, 18 Jul 2005
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No2ID pledge reaches 10,000 signature goal

More than 10,000 people have signed a pledge, promising that they will refuse to register for ID cards in the event that the UK government decides we need them to combat the political nasty of the day.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Jul 2005
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Malware maelstrom menaces UK

Lock up your email servers - there's a blizzard of Windows malware out there.
John Leyden, 18 Jul 2005
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US gets jitters over in-flight mobes

Comment America's regulators are currently running around in circles over the issue of in-flight mobile phone calls. Transcripts of the latest Congress hearings show that experts are equally afraid that they will work, and at the same time, that they won't work.
Guy Kewney, 18 Jul 2005
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The Cloud touts Skype Zones support

European wireless ISP The Cloud has added its Wi-Fi hotspots in the UK and Sweden to Skype's fledgling aggregated network, Skype Zones.
Tony Smith, 18 Jul 2005
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Time to turn on to power over Ethernet?

Quocirca’s changing channels With the uptake of IP telephony continuing apace and the proliferation of IP devices in general, has the time finally arrived for an old concept – power over Ethernet (PoE)? For certain deployments of IP based technology, PoE is not only cost effective but arguably essential.
Bob Tarzey, 18 Jul 2005
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Sony Ericsson claims Q2 market share gain

Sony Ericsson made €87m ($106m) on sales of €1.61bn ($1.95bn) during its second fiscal quarter, the phone maker said late last week.
Tony Smith, 18 Jul 2005
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Cisco sets age limit for board

Cisco has introduced an age bar for its board. Under a new governance policy agreed last week Cisco directors will no longer be eligible for, nominated or renominated to its board after they hit 70.
John Leyden, 18 Jul 2005
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WinZip bought by VC

One of the web's most popular shareware utilities WinZip has been bought by Vector Capital.
John Oates, 18 Jul 2005
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TeleCity agrees £58m buyout

TeleCity - the UK-based colocation and data centre service provider - has agreed to a £58m buyout led by the 3i investment group.
Tim Richardson, 18 Jul 2005
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China sends pig sperm to space

Get out of the way, Miss Piggy, the Chinese are sending pigs to space, for real. Or at least, pig sperm. The researchers say they want to study the effects of cosmic rays and microgravity on pig semen, so they plan to send 40 grams of the stuff up on the next available rocket.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Jul 2005
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Vodafone takes the fight to VoIP

Vodafone is responding aggressively to the rise of VoIP by launching a low cost, flat rate phone service of its own, using capacity on its 3G network. Echoing similar moves by its US joint venture Verizon Wireless, Vodafone’s plan reflects the main defense that cellcos have against the non-3G operators that seek to steal their voice markets using voice over Wi-Fi or, in future, WiMAX.
Wireless Watch, 18 Jul 2005
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Apple to muscle in on MVNO market?

Motorola’s iTunes handset is due to launch, at last, next month, against a background of rising speculation that Apple will become an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator), leasing spectrum in the US to offer carrier services under the powerful iTunes brand.
Wireless Watch, 18 Jul 2005
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Apple iTunes sells half a billion songs

Apple's iTunes Music Store has sold more than 500m songs, the iPod maker's web site revealed this morning.
Tony Smith, 18 Jul 2005
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Kingston signs IBM for support

Memory maker Kingston Technologies has signed IBM to provide its customers with on-site support in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
John Oates, 18 Jul 2005
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Sophos service searches for zombie PCs

Anti-virus firm Sophos has launched a service that notifies organisations if any of their PCs are taken over by hackers. The ZombieAlert Service is designed to automatically notifies subscribers about exploited and hijacked computers on business networks.
Team Register, 18 Jul 2005
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Google tracks Hitler to San Diego

Black helicopter alert Never in the history of conspiracy theories have there been more black helicopters simultaneously airborne than in the case of what actually happened to Adolf Hitler on - and after - 30 April 1945.
Lester Haines, 18 Jul 2005
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Sproqit finally cranks out workgroup system

Sproqit will next month ship the delayed Workgroup version of its mobile PC-to-PDA data-access system, the company said today.
Tony Smith, 18 Jul 2005
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McKinnon warns off fledgling hackers as hearing looms

Gary McKinnon, the British hacker facing an extradition hearing in nine days time has warned other hacking wannabees not to follow his example.
Peter Warren, 18 Jul 2005
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You Blew Me Up You Bastard

In these troubled times it's good to know that someone out there is addressing the issue of how you would express your anger and disgust were you - God forbid - to become a victim of terrorist atrocity.
Lester Haines, 18 Jul 2005
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Sophos changes channel programme

Anti-virus specialist Sophos is tweaking its channel programme in response to a survey of its resellers.
John Oates, 18 Jul 2005
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Exabyte buddies up to Northamber

Exabyte is getting Northamber to distribute its products in the UK. It said it chose Northamber to open up new channels especially those aimed at small to medium sized firms.
John Oates, 18 Jul 2005
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Bulldog faces Ofcom complaints

Hacked off Bulldog punters are being urged to contact telecoms regulator Ofcom with their complaints about the broadband provider.
Tim Richardson, 18 Jul 2005
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Enta and MAXDATA

Enta Technologies will now distribute all of MAXDATA's products.
John Oates, 18 Jul 2005
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Germany backs ESA's mission to Mars

Germany has signed up to the preparatory phase of the European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars mission, the Aurora project.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Jul 2005
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Asbo teen ordered to get legless

A Northumberland teenager has been granted every tearway's dream - an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (Asbo) requiring him to get drunk and "to use threatening behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to members of the public".
Lester Haines, 18 Jul 2005
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MS probes Win XP SP2 kernel bug

Windows XP SP2 has proved to be a lot more robust than critics give Microsoft credit for but that doesn't mean it's immune from security problems. Security researcher Tom Ferris of Security-Protocols.com discovered a bug in XP's kernel that might be used by hackers to crash even fully patched systems with Windows firewall switched on.
John Leyden, 18 Jul 2005
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EC raids Dell in Intel anti-trust probe

The European Competition Commission raided Dell's office last week at the same time as it was rifling through Intel's files, as part of an anti-trust investigation into the chip-maker.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Jul 2005
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ICANN prez delivers internet vision

Interview In his most revealing interview since taking charge of internet overseeing organisation ICANN in March 2003, president Paul Twomey has accused governments looking to subsume ICANN into a UN body as "living in a political fantasy land", while at the same time being thankful that the internet community doesn't have tanks.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Jul 2005
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Orange SPV M500 smart phone

First UK review The SPV M500 is Orange's take on HTC's 'Magician' compact PocketPC phone, which began appearing earlier this year in a number of guises, such as the i-Mate Jam.
Tony Smith, 18 Jul 2005
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VMware greets new dual-core chips with old world licensing

VMware has joined to the rush to recognize dual-core processors and changes the chips demand of software licenses. What's VMware's plan? Well, thankfully, to treat the dual-core chips on the market from AMD and soon from Intel as regular, old single-core products.
Ashlee Vance, 18 Jul 2005
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Typosquatters hijack US credit report site

Privacy-sensitive US citizens aiming to get their government-mandated annual free credit reports have to be careful not to endanger their sensitive data instead, stated a report released last Thursday.
Robert Lemos, 18 Jul 2005
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Cost of US cyber attacks plummets

The cost of individual cyber attacks fell dramatically in the US last year but unauthorised access and the theft of proprietary information remain top security concerns.
John Leyden, 18 Jul 2005
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SAP seeks irrelevant executive

Backoffice software giant SAP appears to be bringing a refreshing new approach to its recruitment policy. The company is currently hiring a director of business development for its Palo Alto office. It's an important job: developing partnerships with software vendors in key vertical markets.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Jul 2005
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Intel slaps 'wide load' tag on new Itanium

With 9MB of cache strapped to its back, Intel's third generation Itanium processor stands as one of the widest loads in the chip game. Now, the tubby beast can handle a wider data load as well due to an increase in its front side bus (FSB) speed.
Ashlee Vance, 18 Jul 2005
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$1 domains for the developing world

The developing world could soon see .org domain names for just $1 under a new scheme by non-for-profit registry PIR.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Jul 2005
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DoD picks Opteron as weapon of mass simulation

HP has nailed down a major win for its still young line of Opteron-based servers, picking up a cluster contract from the US DoD (Department of Defense).
Ashlee Vance, 18 Jul 2005
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Compaq showpiece turns into giant God conduit

HP could whack up to 25,000 workers any minute now - an unsettling premise for employees the world over. The threat of layoffs, however, could prove a tad less disconcerting to some old Compaq hands living in Houston thanks to the grand opening of a massive new church.
Ashlee Vance, 18 Jul 2005