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GTA porn row - whose responsibility is it?

Analysis Who'd have thought that a simple cup of coffee could cause suck a ruckus? The debate over the ins and outs (no pun intended) of the 'Hot Coffee' section in the new Grand Theft Auto is still raging.
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Eircom to buy Meteor for €420m

Eircom's acquisition of mobile operator Meteor has set pulses racing in Ireland as the former monopoly re-enters the lucrative Irish mobile market.

Software user did not acquire ownership, says court

A Lancashire software house has defeated a claim by its customer to ownership of a database system that took four years and over £1 million to write. The High Court refused to imply an assignment or exclusive licence into their contract.
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Dell leaked email shows channel plans

A leaked email reveals Dell wants to get closer to UK resellers.
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MS website trumpets 'pyramid' company

A case study on Microsoft.com is unwittingly promoting a company which has been accused of operating a pyramid scheme targetting people in south-east Asia and Africa.

Intel plans $3bn 300mm-wafer fab in Arizona

Intel is to build a 300mm-wafer fabrication facility in Chandler, Arizona, the chip giant said yesterday.
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AMD to raise Athlon prices?

AMD has confirmed it is to cut the prices of its Socket 754 Sempron processors next month.
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Intel quietly ships Pentium M 778

The Pentium M 780 hasn't yet appeared on Intel's public price list, but the 2.26GHz chip has started to appear on the chip giant's website following its quiet launch this weekend.
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UK overseas passports go biometric from 2006

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has announced a £5m deal with 3M to kit out its embassies and consulates overseas with the technology needed to issue "biometric" passports. However, the scope of the deal largely confirms that the biometric element is less high tech than we might have imagined.
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Ofcom sent 135 Bulldog complaints

More than 130 individual complaints have been sent to Ofcom detailing problems faced by customers of broadband ISP Bulldog.

Time shutters stores

Time Computers has closed its retail stores, which trade as The Computer Shop, because they can no longer process card payments.
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Motorola unveils would-be Blackberry beater

Motorola yesterday announced the Q, a smart phone it hopes will do for RIM's Blackberry and Palm's Treo devices.
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Russian spammer murdered

Notorious Russian spammer Vardan Kushnir was found bludgeoned to death in his Moscow apartment on Sunday. He was killed by repeated blows to the head, Russian news agency Interfax reports.
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Alienware Aurora Star Wars Edition gaming PC

Review I've got a bad feeling about this, I thought to myself when I first heard that Alienware was going to build a Star Wars-branded PC. I know how much licences like these cost - my wife used to work in licensing for LucasFilm. Believe me, Mr Lucas knows all too well the power of his brand, and he's never likely to undervalue it. That said, if any PC company could construct a Star Wars box that looked great and could make point five past light speed, it's Alienware, writes Riyad Emeran.
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Vodafone kicks Beckham into touch

David Beckham is no longer the face of Vodafone's live! service.
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PlusNet posts improved numbers

PlusNet - the Sheffield-based ISP - added almost 50,000 new broadband punters over the last year as it continues to pursue its strategy of being a "best value" ISP.

Fakers beware: no more MS updates for you

Microsoft is no longer providing updates to non-genuine versions of its Windows XP operating system. From today, the company has switched over to a full launch of its Windows Genuine Advantage Programme as part of its ongoing anti-piracy campaign.
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Student in '£250m' software piracy scam walks free

An electrical engineering student who acted as an online reseller of counterfeit software has been given a 140-hour community service order. Alexandros Samras, 33, from Loughborough, Leicestershire, pleaded guilty to four counts of copyright infringement and one of assisting an offender to retain the benefit of criminal conduct at a hearing at Southwark Crown Court, the BBC reports.
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US army gets raygun for Iraq

US troops in Iraq are set to use a non-lethal energy beam weapon mounted on a Humvee.
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BT hits back at Bulldog jibes

BT has hit back at claims made by Cable & Wireless (C&W) that it is to blame for the problems facing broadband ISP Bulldog.
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Firms warned over SAP flaw

Organisations running the popular SAP R/3 enterprise software package risk exposing sensitive information because of a new security vulnerability, a UK government UNIRAS alert warns.

Game adds on Addon

Game is expanding its retailing empire in France with the acquisition of video game outfit Addon for €6.2m (£4.3m).

IT jobs on the up

The majority of IT organisations in the US expect to recruit more staff in the next year but they believe any growth will be modest.
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Leeds Council aims for IT integration nirvana

Leeds City Council has awarded Novell a six year contract to completely overhaul its internal and external IT services as it approaches the government's end-of-2005 deadline for making eGovernment services available online. The value of the contract was not disclosed.
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CA aims to curb spam with Qurb

Computer Associates today announced the acquisition of anti-spam firm Qurb for an undisclosed cash sum. Qurb’s identity-based email security technology is designed to block spam and protect users against phishing attacks. The software builds a list of approved senders by scanning existing email and contact folders. People on this list get their email delivered straight to user's email inboxes while content analysis techniques are used to help users identify potentially legitimate messages that have been quarantined.
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Shuttle actually lifts off

The Shuttle Discovery successfully blasted off from the launch pad at Cape Canaveral's Kennedy Space Centre, at 10:39am local time, 15:39 BST, today. It is the first Shuttle to do so since the loss of the Columbia in 2003.
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3 goes live in Ireland

3 - the video mobile network operator wholly owned by Hutchison Whampoa Group - has switched on its video mobile network in Ireland. The mobile operator claims that while its video network is available to six in ten of the country's population, its standard voice and text service can be accessed by almost everyone.
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Nokia, Symbian boom as smart phone sales rocket

Smart phones sales surged around the world during Q2 while the pure-play PDA market continued to contract, market watcher Canalys reported today.

Apple updates iBook, Mac Mini

Apple has updated its iBook, but the anticipated widescreen models were notable by their absence.
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Vanishing HQs, trendy hearing aids and buying Office 2003

Letters Normally when it comes to be time to rummage through the emails you send us, looking for the funny, insightful or just plain interesting ones to use in the letters column, we tend to start serious, and get silly towards the end. For a change, we'll kick off with some daftness, spent a little time in the land of the sensible before drifting back to lunacy for the final few letters.

Cisco pays $97m to pump networks full of its DNA

Hoping to turn data centers from smart to super-smart, Cisco has bought flashy start-up Sheer Networks for up to $122m.

Oh, the 'maturing' middleware market

IBM, BEA Systems and Oracle continue to dominate the application deployment software market, although the big three face the challenges of a maturing market.
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3 signs up Sony Ericsson

3, the 3G mobile operator, is adding Sony Ericsson handsets to its stable. S-E joins NEC, Motorola and LG as a preferred supplier of 3G video mobiles to the 3 group of companies.
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New Vista name, old Windows problem for Microsoft

It could have been so different. Longhorn came close to having an acceptable, if boring, name. Windows 07 and Windows Seven were in the frame.
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IBM's z9 mainframe monster roars to life

IBM today shoved a new mainframe - the z9 - at the front of an army of hardware announcements that also included new blade server items, new virtualization software and an expanded partnership with Network Appliance. Big Blue disgorged this at an event in New York.

TI reaps wireless boom

Texas Instruments reported a net income of $628m on revenue of $3.23bn in its 2Q 2005 earnings, announced yesterday. The revenue is almost exactly the same as a year ago, but an improvement on the previous quarter.
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Amazon delivers shipshape Q2

Amazon.com reported higher sales, but slightly lower net income in its 2Q 2005 earnings statement.