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Moglen on GPL 3.0

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is soliciting input for the next version of the GNU General Public License (GPL), a release expected to tackle internationalization, web services and security. It's the first revision to the license for 14 years.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Aug 2005
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Red Hat pushes Microsoft for patents statement

Red Hat has called on Microsoft to resist threatening developers and customers with prosecution over possible infringements of patented technologies in Linux
Gavin Clarke, 11 Aug 2005
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IBM: Desktop is next Linux frontier

IBM has told Linux developers the desktop is the next frontier, but they must avoid employing the same tactics used against Unix on servers to conquer it.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Aug 2005
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Ofcom deregulates RFID in the UK

Communications watchdog Ofcom yesterday said that it would be making radio spectrum available for use by Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) equipment, and that those using the new technology would not need a wireless telegraphy licence.
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Aug 2005
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Ofcom mulls Bulldog probe

Ofcom could launch a formal investigation into Bulldog by the end of the month, according to correspondence seen by The Register.
Tim Richardson, 11 Aug 2005
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Samsung DRAM ouput shifts to DDR 2

Samsung is finally producing more DDR 2 memory chips that DDR parts, the South Korean giant said yesterday.
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2005
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Glitch hits MS Patch Tuesday

A glitch with IE updates available through Microsoft's Download Centre interrupted the smooth passage of Redmond's monthly patch express on Tuesday. The updates available on Microsoft Update and Windows Update were not affected and are installing properly but the files posted for manual download became corrupted. As a result their digital signature became broken and the patches failed to load properly.
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2005
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Melting Siberia threat to climate

The largest frozen peat bog in the world, lying in western Siberia, is melting, according to Russian scientists. The million square kilometre area*, previously permafrost, is becoming a series of increasingly soggy shallow lakes, some already more than a kilometre across.
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Aug 2005
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Black Box UK branch in MBO

The north-west UK arm of Black Box Network Services is striking out for independence, following the reseller’s decision to concentrate UK operations in Reading and Nottingham.
Team Register, 11 Aug 2005
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HTC 'to build' Palm's Windows-based Treo

HTC is believed to have won the contract to manufacture the upcoming Windows Mobile-based version of Palm's Treo smart phone, but the device's release is some way off.
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2005
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Girls prefer girly websites: official

A study by Glamorgan University Business School's Department of the Fairly Bleedin' Obvious has concluded that it's not just a website's subject matter that determines whether it appeals more to guys or gals but - wait for it - "the appearance of the site also might play a subtle role", as AP explains.
Lester Haines, 11 Aug 2005
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Graphics card vendors pre-announce Nvidia GeForce 7800GT

Update Graphics card makers ELSA and Leadtek have jumped the gun on Nvidia's GeForce 7800 GT launch, by announcing this morning a series of cards based on the upcoming chip.
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2005
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Maxima buys Ringwood

Maxima Holdings, the Scottish software services company, is buying Ringwood for £2.9m, of which £2.2m is cash and the rest is new shares.
Team Register, 11 Aug 2005
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C2000 promotes Aldous to run volume marketing

Computer 2000 has promoted Simon Aldous to run the distie’s volume business.
Team Register, 11 Aug 2005
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Chinese boffins provoke Oz speed camera kerfuffle

Chinese scientists are the unlikely heroes of a New South Wales speeding case which saw a Sydney magistrate dismiss the charge against an alleged speed merchant because the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) could not prove that its vital photographic evidence was "secure", news.com.au reports.
Lester Haines, 11 Aug 2005
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Vonage ships £20 phone adaptor

VoIP specialist Vonage has begun offering Linksys' handset adaptor in the UK. The device allows two ordinary phones to be connected directly to a broadband Internet link and used to make VoIP calls.
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2005
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iPod fails to impress South Koreans

The iPod may dominate the MP3 player market in almost every country in the world, but one nation is holding out against Apple's onslaught.
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2005
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Delhi to RFID chip cows

The Delhi authorities will RFID chip stray cows in an attempt to tackle the menace of stray cow fraud, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 11 Aug 2005
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Alpha geeks wanted for beta testing

Exclusive offer This November, Microsoft will be launching its latest version of SQL Server, SQL Server 2005, and you, our beloved readers, have a chance to beta test it to destruction before the launch.
Team Register, 11 Aug 2005
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MP calls for updated laws to fight cyberjihadis

A Labour MP is calling for updated legislation and greater international co-operation to make it easier for police to track and trace terrorist recruiters, animal rights extremists and other criminals on the net. Margaret Moran MP, chair of all-party Parliament Industry group EURIM, said that the police "urgently" need resources to find extremists who "use the internet to ensnare those who are alienated from society and turn them from sympathisers into enthusiasts and then fanatics".
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2005
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'Grand Theft Auto' cop killer found guilty

Computer game Grand Theft Auto (GTA) has been let off the hook by an Alabama jury which this week found cop killer Devin Moore guilty on three counts of murder.
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2005
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HP UK 'leaks' next-gen wireless iPaq details

HP has inadvertently spilled the beans on its next smart-phone release, the iPaq hw6700 series, which will bring Wi-Fi and Windows Mobile 2005 to the line-up.
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2005
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MS lochs down Scots Police deal

Central Scotland Police has signed a three-year deal with Microsoft that will see the force standardise on Microsoft Server 2003 and Windows XP (SP2). The deal was struck under the Office of Government Commerce's (OGC) agreement with Microsoft to offer preferential rates for public sector organisations, and will cost the force less than £60,000 per year.
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Aug 2005
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Telewest announces 10 meg broadband

Telewest is following the lead of NTL by increasing broadband access speeds to 10 meg.
Tim Richardson, 11 Aug 2005
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Turf war brewing over Europe's 3G spectrum

The EU is squaring up for a turf war over wireless bandwidth which was previously reserved for 3G services, but which may be opened up to other technologies.
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Brother MFC-620CN multi-function printer

Review This Brother All-in-One is more all-in-one than most. Although it has a footprint not much bigger than an A3 sheet of paper, it can print, scan, copy, fax, download your digital photos, answer the phone and make you a nice cup of camomile tea. OK, the tea's just on our wish list, but all the other tasks are within the compass of the MFC-620CN, writes Simon Williams.
Trusted Reviews, 11 Aug 2005
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DTI confirms another six month wait for WEEE

The government has once again delayed the implementation of a European directive designed to make the producers of electrical and electronic kit responsible for its eventual fate.
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Aug 2005
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Trojan fights STDs

The word Trojan is more likely to conjure up thoughts of malware than making sweet, sweet love amongst IT folk this side of the pond but the US's biggest condom manufacturer is out to change that with a new campaign promoting safe sex.
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2005
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Creative plunges into the red

Creative lost $31.9m (38 cents a share) on sales of $305.4m during its fourth quarter, the MP3 player maker said yesterday.
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2005
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VMware embraces Sun and even Solaris x86

Sun Microsystems this week matured a bit as an x86 server vendor by kicking off a broad partnership with VMware that will see the companies team on engineering and sales efforts.
Ashlee Vance, 11 Aug 2005
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Contractors fear more BT job cuts

Hundreds of IT contractors and agency staff working at BT face the chop as the monster telco looks to cut costs. The telco's IT budget is already £25m over budget and execs are now desperately trying to cut overheads and drive revenue to turnaround the deficit.
Tim Richardson, 11 Aug 2005
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NASA scrubs MRO launch, again

NASA has delayed the launch of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) again, this time because of a faulty fuel sensor, a problem that recalled one of the many delays to Shuttle's recent return to flight.
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Aug 2005
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Symantec / Veritas gussies up high-end apps for Linux

Veritas - er, Symantec rather - has upgraded its server and storage management products to put versions of the software meant for Linux on equal footing with Unix code.
Ashlee Vance, 11 Aug 2005
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Fax-back phishing scam targets PayPal

Phishers have gone retro with a scam that tries to dupe victims into faxing their banking details to fraudsters. Scam emails, (screengrab) which pose as messages from online payment outfit Paypal, urge users to fax back account information instead of the more usual tactic of handing over details to a bogus website.
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2005
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Microsoft rifles ex-employee's (Windows) trashcan

Once again, a major industry case involving Microsoft is getting dirty as investigators rifle trashcans. Only this time, it's the trashcan in Windows.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Aug 2005
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Will Europe fall in love with Qualcomm, now it owns Flarion 4G technology?

Comment Qualcomm owns most of the patents involved in cellular telephony. It may be exaggerating to say that the ITU picked TDMA technology instead of CDMA technology for GSM simply because nobody liked Qualcomm... but the fact is, nobody did like Qualcomm, and still, today, particularly in Europe: "nobody likes Qualcomm."
Guy Kewney, 11 Aug 2005
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Gloomy Q3 outlook clouds Dell's Q2

Dell stunned investors Thursday with an uncharacteristic dose of pessimism as it released second quarter results.
Ashlee Vance, 11 Aug 2005