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Judge clarifies Google AdWords ruling in the US

A district court judge this week clarified her decision of last December to dismiss important parts of a trade mark case against Google brought by car insurance firm GEICO over the search engine's AdWords service.
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Aug 2005
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Cheques 'extinct by 2025'

Paper cheques could be extinct within the next 20 years as consumers and businesses switch to more convenient forms of payment, a new study reveals.
Team Register, 15 Aug 2005

Thus throws hat into Energis ring

Thus has gone public with an £800m 'proposal' for Energis, which would trump an agreed offer from rival Cable & Wireless.
Drew Cullen, 15 Aug 2005
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Nvidia preps 'C51 Intel Edition'

Nvidia is preparing an Intel-oriented version of its first integrated chipset, 'C51'.
Tony Smith, 15 Aug 2005
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Intel slashes Pentium 4 6xx prices

Intel yesterday pruned the prices of its Pentium 4 6xx processor series by up to 34 per cent. The cuts had been expected.
Tony Smith, 15 Aug 2005

Bid for O2 dead, or just sleeping?

Mobile operator O2 has denied any knowledge of a reported €20bn takeover bid for the company, concocted by Deutsche Telekom and Dutch operator, KPN.
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Aug 2005

Chinese eye $100 wireless laptop

Broadband wireless has traditionally flourished in developing economies, as a relatively low cost way to bring broadband access to countries with limited infrastructure. But this does not mean that it is a technology for spreading access to poor users. In general, operators in new economies target enterprises, expatriates and other high income oases, leaving rural and low income groups pretty much untouched.
Wireless Watch, 15 Aug 2005

Mobile war smoulders around internet UI

Most of the analysis of the handset war between Nokia and Motorola centers on their device designs, with Nokia’s stainless steel 8800 squaring up against the US company’s RAZR and PEBL. Just as important to the user’s choice, however, is the user interface and, increasingly the ease of use of internet capabilities, and this week we saw the giants focusing their attentions on the software side of the battle.
Wireless Watch, 15 Aug 2005
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Sony dips toe into SMB market

Quocirca's changing channelsSony leads the market in consumer electronics when measured across its total product range. That range is so diverse that for every product it sells it faces a different set of competitors – some of who lead Sony in their particular area. Profits have suffered in the face of fierce competition and Sony is looking to expand its business from consumers to small and mid-sized businesses (SMB), where its market share is tiny. To achieve this, in Europe at least, Sony is seeking the help of the channel – how will it be received?
Bob Tarzey, 15 Aug 2005

Flaw on Tuesday, worm by Sunday

Virus writers have created a worm that spreads using a Microsoft Plug-and-Play vulnerability disclosed only last week. The ZoTob worm exploits a security weakness detailed just five days prior to its arrival last weekend.
John Leyden, 15 Aug 2005

US games software giants target UK mod-chip supplier

ExclusiveThe founder of a UK-based games console modification company has pledged to fight the US software industry's attempt to shut down his business.
Tony Smith, 15 Aug 2005

eBay UK trading to hit £4bn

Trading on eBay UK is likely to hit £4bn this year - equivalent to 1.3 per cent of all UK retail sales, the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) has predicted. And all of this ecommerce action could represent a £3,000 per annum boost for the average UK household, the CEBR told the BBC.
Lester Haines, 15 Aug 2005

Taser absolved of stun gun death liability

An Arizona court last week delivered some good news for Taser International Inc. shareholders when it dismissed a wrongful death and product liability lawsuit against the stun gun manufacturer.
Lester Haines, 15 Aug 2005

RIAA admits CD-R more a threat than P2P

The Recording Industry Ass. of America has acknowledged that P2P file-sharing is less of a threat to music sales than bootleg CDs.
Tony Smith, 15 Aug 2005

Scientists invent pee-powered battery

Researchers in Singapore have developed a paper battery that is powered by urine. Despite sounding gloriously silly, the breakthrough promises a cheap and disposable power source for home health tests for things like diabetes.
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Aug 2005

Violent video games do not cause aggression

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has weighed into the ongoing polemic regarding a possible link between violent video games and "real-world aggression".
Lester Haines, 15 Aug 2005

Korean rhetoric of hate immortalised on web

Fans of Communist anti-Western rhetoric will be delighted to learn that a US aficionado of North Korea's Central News Agency (KCNA) has collated more than "50 megabytes of hard-core Stalinist propaganda ... each article written in the unique and indelible style of the KCNA".
Lester Haines, 15 Aug 2005

Brits steal carloads of F**king Austrian roadsigns

An Austrian village called Fucking will not change its name despite sniggering Brits making off with its roadsigns.
Lester Haines, 15 Aug 2005
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Firefox loses ground to IE

Firefox's market share slipped last month for the first time since the alternative browser began its battle to offer a popular alternative to Microsoft's ubiqitous Internet Explorer software. This consistent growth suffered a set-back when Firefox fell back from 8.71 per cent market share in June to 8.07 per cent in July, acording to web analytics firm NetApplications. Over the same period Microsoft's share rose from 86.56 per cent in June to 87.2 per cent in July, so Firefox's loss was Microsoft's gain.
John Leyden, 15 Aug 2005

Energis rubbishes Thus bid

Telco Energis has ripped apart the takeover offer made by its smaller rival Thus, as it continues to recommend its shareholders accept the “fully-committed offer” from Cable & Wireless due to lapse this evening.
Team Register, 15 Aug 2005

Want women in IT? Make maths mandatory

A new study of 21 different nations has found that the male dominance of computer science at university level is pandemic.
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Aug 2005

UK hit by sperm donor crisis

The UK government's plan to make fertility treatment increasingly available to single women and lesbian couples has hit a slight snag - there are not enough sperm donors coming forward and coming to provide 50 per cent of the raw materials.
Lester Haines, 15 Aug 2005

Bulk mailer convicted of data theft scam

A Florida man has been convicted of stealing vast amounts of personal information from Acxiom, one of the world's largest database companies, in order to inflate the value of his spamming firm.
John Leyden, 15 Aug 2005

'Employees first' ruling nixed after appeal

The Court of Appeal has overturned a ruling that gave employees priority over administration fees when companies collapse.
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Aug 2005

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