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Window closing on Office 2003

Microsoft is facing an uphill battle to push copies of Office 2003 on customers and its ISV partner ecosystem, ahead of next year's predicted launch of Office 12.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jul 2005

UK to stockpile bird-flu vaccine

Now is the time to train as a nurse, join the army or make yourself indispensable to the government in some other way. The government has confirmed that it is to stockpile two million shots of the vaccine against the H5N1 strain of bird flu.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Jul 2005

On Creativity, Computers and Copyright

"We'd run out of ironic things to say" - Neil Tennant, The Pet Shop Boys
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jul 2005
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Ebuyer promises to be better

Ebuyer's new marketing boss has been telling El Reg what has changed at the etailer and why it is now taking customer service seriously.
John Oates, 21 Jul 2005

Ringtone shoplifters nab £75m worth of choons

The music and ringtone business is being ripped off to the tune of £75m per year, as people grab free previews of ringtones via PCs and transfer them to their phones, says software company QPass.
Charles Arthur, 21 Jul 2005

eBay posts record numbers

Ebay - the global auction site branded an "electronic pimp" by angry popster Bob Geldof - has notched up record numbers for its second quarter.
Tim Richardson, 21 Jul 2005

ID theft fears prompt ecommerce boycott

Identity theft fears are prompting some UK consumers to avoid buying goods or services online or over the phone, according to a national survey published this week.
John Leyden, 21 Jul 2005

Worm wears iTunes guise

The latest incarnation of the Opanki worm, which spreads itself using AOL Instant Messenger, has begun targeting iTunes users.
Tony Smith, 21 Jul 2005

UK government's science project gets mixed report

The government has issued its first annual report on the ten-year, billion-pound framework on science and innovation investment. Although it says the road ahead will be tough, it has found some reasons for optimism.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Jul 2005

Nokia Q2 sales, income jump

Nokia today met its own earnings forecast but fell short of analyst expectations when it posted its Q2 results.
Tony Smith, 21 Jul 2005

Colt ups revs, narrows losses

Colt - the UK-based telecoms group that provides communications services to businesses - has managed to post slightly improved numbers.
Tim Richardson, 21 Jul 2005
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WD extends HDD warranty periods

Western Digital fired the latest shot in the hard drive warranty war this week by upping the coverage period on its enterprise drives to five years, and extending the desktop and notebook warranty durations to three years.
Tony Smith, 21 Jul 2005
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Nvidia updates drivers to confound CrossFire

Nvidia last night posted its latest ForceWare graphics drivers, touting the new release's inclusion of a new antialiasing mode delivered by the company's SLi technology.
Tony Smith, 21 Jul 2005

Clarke 'lowers bar' on terror crime via web, writing, preaching

UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke yesterday announced plans to exclude or deport individuals deemed to have encouraged terrorism via preaching, running web sites or writing articles, and gave further details of plans for new terrorist offences including "indirect incitement" of terrorism, which is likely to cover similar territory.
John Lettice, 21 Jul 2005

OQO Model 01 handheld PC

ReviewThere's no denying that the OQO Model 01 is one of the coolest devices that I've ever got my paws on. It is an amazingly compact yet fully featured PC, in a very similar vein to the Sony Vaio U series. However, there are some obvious advantages that the Model 01 has over the U70P. Top of that list has to be size: the Sony was pretty close to pocket size, but the Model 01 really is. I've been carrying the Model 01 around with me for the past couple of weeks and it fits snugly into my back pocket, writes Riyad Emeran.
Trusted Reviews, 21 Jul 2005

Firefox update fixes stability glitches

The Mozilla Foundation rushed out a new version of Firefox on Tuesday to address stability problems introduced when it fixed a series of security vulnerabilities last week. Firefox Version 1.0.6 restore API compatibility for extensions and web applications that did not work in Firefox 1.0.5, a release itself designed to fix a variety of security vulnerabilities collectively rated as critical.
John Leyden, 21 Jul 2005

Dusty star could conceal alien 'Earth'

US Astronomers have discovered a sun-like star wrapped in a shroud of dust, prompting speculation that the system could harbour a young Earth.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Jul 2005
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Sony wins Nuplayer PSP sales ban

UK-based PlayStation Portable grey importer Nuplayer has been ordered by the English High Court to stop selling the handheld console.
Tony Smith, 21 Jul 2005

Biggest 419 bust in history

The FBI and Spanish police have arrested 310 people in Malaga, Spain in connection with a €100m bogus (email) lottery scam run by Nigerian gangs. It is the biggest 419 bust in history, and may result in drastic reductions of scam mails.
Jan Libbenga, 21 Jul 2005

Be 24 meg service to cost under £30 a month

Be - the broadband ISP that doesn't have any punters yet - has confirmed that its 24 meg service will cost less than £30 a month.
Tim Richardson, 21 Jul 2005

Watchdog pops a cap in Grand Theft Auto

The US's Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has bowed to pressure from various sources - including parental groups and Hillary Clinton - to reclassify Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as Adult Only (AO). It was previously rated as a teen-friendly M (mature).
Lester Haines, 21 Jul 2005

Security bracelet foils child abduction

A father's attempts to abduct his infant son from a North Carolina hospital last week were foiled by an electronic bracelet around the baby's ankle. Walter Mitchell was apprehended by hospital security guards outside Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte after his flight with his newborn son in a cloth bag triggered a "code pink" alert.
John Leyden, 21 Jul 2005
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HP stops Expansys importing non-Euro PDAs

Hewlett-Packard has claimed a knockout win in its High Court action to prevent Manchester-based Expansys importing HP PDAs from outside Europe.
Joe Fay, 21 Jul 2005

Charon in stellar occultation charge

Astrophysicists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have captured footage of Pluto's moon, Charon, blotting out the light from a single star.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Jul 2005
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Sun suffers self-imposed Linux lobotomy

Not too long ago, Sun Microsystems proudly sold Linux for its line of x86 processor-based servers. If you had any doubts that this Linux love era has passed, then check out yesterday's press release describing a customer win with Ciena Corp. Love? Not even tolerance.
Ashlee Vance, 21 Jul 2005

Scotty actor's ashes head for space

Actor James Doohan, best known as Star Trek's engineer, Scotty, is to have his ashes sent into space. Doohan died on Wednesday, aged 85, from Alzheimer's disease and pneumonia.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Jul 2005

EMC does double-digit growth thang again in Q2

EMC continued its role as a Tier 1 hardware standout during the second quarter, reporting solid jumps in both revenue and income.
Ashlee Vance, 21 Jul 2005

Japanese bank turns ATMs into one-armed bandits

A Japanese bank is trying to get more punters to use cash tills by building in a fruit machine-style game. ATMs from Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank, due to go into service next month, will offer a game of chance to pass the time while customers wait for cash to be dispensed, Japan's Mainichi Daily News reports.
John Leyden, 21 Jul 2005

Dell sucks another $7m out of North Carolina

After pumping North Carolina for more than $270m, Dell decided it wasn't done yet. Actually pay for the land its new factory will sit on? Hell, no!
Ashlee Vance, 21 Jul 2005

Google drugs ring smashed

Police have arrested 10 Brazilians on drug charges after monitoring their chatter on Google's Orkut site. Suspected dealers were arrested in Niteroi, Rio De Janeiro and Buzios, and are accused of distributing ecstacy and marijuana.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jul 2005

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