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Microsoft trying to track down women engineers

Microsoft has vowed to track how many women it has certified as engineers after its ignorance of candidates’ genders hampered an academic investigation of lady-friendly training methods.

UK distie to launch on LSE

Holding company Geneca Group is to list on the London Stock Exchange this October. The Group announced its intentions shortly after completing its acquisition of UK tech distributors, Valuelist and Answer GCi, and says the move is designed to support its growth-by-acquisition strategy.
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Microsoft execs reunite to save AOL

Analysis AOL's wireless business has been meandering without direction or purpose for a long time. So long, it seems, that "AOL Anywhere" sounds less like a mission statement and more like a cry for help.

Korea mounts Intel antitrust probe

South Korean antitrust investigators are probing Intel's dealings with local PC makers, it has emerged.

ATI, Nvidia mobile, desktop chips near launch

Nvidia is working on a mobile version of its GeForce 7800 GTX graphics chip, and has won a PCI Express compliance certificate for the part.
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Greasemonkey wobbles but it doesn't fall down

Analysis I have nothing but the greatest respect for Jon Udell. His "Strategic Developer" column is the first thing I read when my copy of InfoWorld magazine arrives in the mail, and his blog is one of the best if you're interested in the technical aspects of web development, standards, and practices. If blogging is enjoyable because it allows us to watch an interesting mind at work, then Jon Udell's blog is definitely among the most enjoyable.
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Flies swarm around MS Honeymonkey

Microsoft 's experimental Honeymonkey project has found almost 750 web pages that attempt to load malicious code onto visitors' computers and detected an attack using a vulnerability that had not been publicly disclosed, the software giant said in a paper released this month.
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Intel signals demise of low-end Celeron M chips

Intel has scheduled the 1.3GHz Celeron M 350J and the 1GHz ultra-low voltage Celeron M 373 for termination, company documents seen by The Register reveal.
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How papyrus can safeguard nuclear waste

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has begun an £8bn project to dismantle 26 atomic reactors that had been used for research, and will bury the waste in concrete bunkers. The project managers have come up with an interesting way of making sure information about how to handle the waste is left for future generations.
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Oz legit downloads fail to deliver

Analysis part II Australian lawyer, academic researcher and music industry commentator Alex Malik presents the second of a two-part look at the Australian market for digital downloads. His research has found that while IFPI are spinning the success of authorised downloads, the reality shows that at least in Australia, there are substantial gaps in available repertoire and a heavily protected market controlled by the majors. He can be contacted at Alex.Malik@student.uts.edu.au. The first part of Alex's probe is here
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ID theft automated using keylogger Trojan

Anti-spyware researchers have uncovered a massive identity theft ring linked to keylogging software. The malware was discovered by Patrick Jordan of Sunbelt Software while doing research on the infamous CoolWebSearch application but the key logger itself is not CWS. It's far nastier.
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E*Trade blows $700m on rival

E*Trade - the online broker and e-bank - is splashing out $700m in cash to buy Canada-based rival Harrisdirect.

Creative unveils Sound Blaster X-Fi boards

Creative will this month ship its latest Sound Blaster audio cards: the new-generation X-Fi range, based on technology the company believes will "completely replace the old hi-fi equipment in the home".
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Your Comms boss rubbishes Carphone takeover rumours

Hats off to Hugh Logan. "Hugh who?", you say. You know, Hugh Logan, the boss of B2B telco Your Communications.
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In-flight Wi-Fi rivals pitch phone plans

Boeing's Connexion and Airbus' OnAir this week both announced partnerships with mobile phone specialists to pave the way for in-flight GSM and CDMA device usage.
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Palm's Hawkins points to 'secret' product line

Analysis So what is Palm's next big product going to be? Well, there's the Windows Mobile-based Treo, the 670, images and videos of which are now doing the rounds on a number of rumour sites, but that's just an extension of the company's smart phone programme.
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Tunnelling Brazilian blaggers lift $63m

Those readers who lament the inexorable rise of hands-off cybercrime - Nigerian 419 fraud, phishing scams, ID theft, etc etc - at the expense of old school blags where blokes called Ronnie cosh the driver of the London-Glasgow mail train and leg it with £2.6m hotly pursued by geezers named Jack driving Ford Granadas who answer the query "Fag, guv?" with a perfunctory "Shut it, George", will be delighted to learn that a gang of subterranean Brazilians is once again flying the flag for bunce-hungry firms worldwide.
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Former 'Spam King' pays MS $7m to settle lawsuit

Former 'Spam King' Scott Richter has agreed to pay Microsoft $7m to settle an anti-spam lawsuit. The settlement to a December 2003 lawsuit comes a month after Richter - long ranked one of the world's top three spammers - was removed from the Register of Known Spam Operators maintained by the Spamhaus Project. Richter was dropped from the ROKSO list after his outfit OptInRealBig.com cleaned up its act and stopped sending out junk mail that violated US anti-spam rules.
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Touchdown! Shuttle has landed

The Space Shuttle Discovery has touched down safe and sound - much to the relief of NASA engineers and space fans everywhere. Mission control congratulated commander Eileen Collins and her crew on the successful test flight, and welcomed them home.
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HP wins Gateway PC import ban

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) yesterday ruled that Gateway had indeed violated a pair of patents held by HP, and ordered the company not to import PCs containing the disputed technology.
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Crimebusting cheerleaders bust hit-and-run perp

We Reg hacks from this side of the Pond have often wondered what earthly purpose cheerleaders serve, except when they appear in Playboy specials without so much as a conveniently-placed pom-pom to cover their modesty.
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Apple pledges to refund punters hit by Canada iPod tax

Apple Canada is to allow consumers who bought an iPod between December 2003 and December 2004 to claim a refund for a government tax on MP3 players.
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MCI rings up profit

MCI - the US telco formerly known as WorldCom - returned to profitability in the three months to the end of June, generating net income of $64m.
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Yahoo! now bigger than Google

The internet property and search engine Yahoo! said that its search index now includes some 20.8 billion web pages and images, nearly double that of Google.
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ACECAD DigiMemo A501 digital notepad

Review It's been given loads of different names, but my favourite is 'Gerard's syndrome', named after a chap I used to work with. This office-bound ailment is the pest of many an over-worked office type, who spends so much time in meetings, feverishly scribbling down notes, that they never have time to write them all up or action any of the points raised, writes Charlie Brewer.
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LLU problems persist, says regulator

The publication of the latest update concerning the progress of local loop unbundling (LLU) in the UK has done little to shed any light on the current troubles facing the industry.
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Employees before administrators, says judge

A UK judge has ruled that when a company goes into administration, cash owed to employees must take priority over the administrators' fees and administration costs.
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Fortinet loses anti-virus patent ruling

The US International Trade Commission has passed an order blocking Fortinet from importing its FortiGate antivirus firewall products into the US pending resolution of a patent dispute with rival Trend Micro. The ruling upholds an earlier preliminary finding that Fortinet had infringed Trend Micro's patent covering server-based antivirus technology (US patent 5,623,600).

IBM woos the masses with Gluecode

IBM is sacrificing revenues from WebSphere to win customers who only want light-weight application servers with its Gluecode open source product, acquired in May.
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Copycat Novell opens SuSE development process

Novell is turning to the community to help develop the next version of the SuSE Linux distribution and drive uptake of Linux at the grass roots level.
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Steady, hungry Cisco closes 2005 with double-digit gains

Despite a flurry of acquisitions, Cisco maintained its poise during the fourth quarter and fiscal 2005 to post steady, double-digit gains in both periods.