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iPod infestation almost dooms New Zealand

The iPod's global popularity has been revealed as an agent of environmental destruction in which the entire country of New Zealand was only saved by a quick-thinking owner and his freezer cabinet.
Charles Arthur, 02 Sep 2005
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Cordless videophone for broadband

Philips is to launch a cordless home videophone designed for making live video and Voice over IP calls via broadband Internet. The Philips VP5500 cordless videophone, announced yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show IFA in Berlin, will be available in the fourth quarter of 2005.
Jan Libbenga, 02 Sep 2005
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Hurricane + shuttle = delay

In a spectacular example of an organisation lining its excuses up early, NASA is already laying the groundwork for a further delay to a March 2006 Shuttle launch. The explanation, naturally, is Hurricane Katrina.
Lucy Sherriff, 02 Sep 2005
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GP budgets reveal map of chronic disease

The first results from a new GP payment system were launched today, and were hailed by government spin doctors as "the world's most comprehensive database" on tracking and managing common chronic diseases.
Lucy Sherriff, 02 Sep 2005
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Skype signs-up first mobile carrier

Skype, the Internet telephony software firm, has signed its first agreement with a mobile telecoms operator, taking its low-cost services beyond the desktop and on the road.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Sep 2005
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DVD Jon hacks Media Player file encryption

Norway's best known IT export, DVD Jon, has hacked encryption coding in Microsoft's Windows Media Player, opening up content broadcast for the multimedia player to alternative devices on multiple platforms.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Sep 2005
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UK home workers now 'in the millions'

Over five million Britons now work remotely from home, according to a new study.
Startups.co.uk, 02 Sep 2005
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Intel rejects AMD's antitrust allegations

AMD vs Intel Intel has filed its response to AMD's antitrust allegations and, unsurprisingly, has denied them. It claimed its business practices "are both fair and lawful".
Tony Smith, 02 Sep 2005
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ComputerLand UK director resigns

Gary Barrett, ComputerLand UK's IT services director, has resigned with immediate effect, the Nottingham-based reseller said today. Barrett, who joined the company from ATOS Origin, lasted just 13 months in the job.
Team Register, 02 Sep 2005
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Dutch give football thugs a good talking to

Authorities in the Netherlands are turning to technology to keep the nation’s soccer hooligans in check.
Joe Fay, 02 Sep 2005
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Ofcom confirms Bulldog probe

Ofcom has launched an official investigation into broadband ISP Bulldog after receiving hundreds of complaints from customers.
Tim Richardson, 02 Sep 2005
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What kind of moron are you?

FoTW Our story yesterday on the heroic battle of New Orleans hosting outfit directNIC.com - still operating from the city's business district despite the growing pandemonium - provoked a mixed mailbag ranging from admiration to horrified disbelief. One missive, though, caught us a bit by surprise. Take it away "Ryan":
Lester Haines, 02 Sep 2005
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BOFH: Hell hath no fury...

Episode 26 It appears that the Boss isn't happy. For some reason the Online Electronic Document Storage project he inherited from his predecessor is somewhat behind schedule and all fingers seem to be pointing at the PFY and I as the source of the delay. I use the ruse of urgent lift maintenance as an excuse for the PFY and I to avoid the problem for a day, knowing full well that the Boss is never going to actually WALK up four flights to berate us.
Simon Travaglia, 02 Sep 2005
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dabs.com in £500k makeover

Online retailer dabs.com is revamping its website in a bid to increase the number of visitors who actually make purchases after visiting the site.
John Leyden, 02 Sep 2005
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Itanium goes clubbing

If you want to build a market, start a club. That seems to be the motto now in the high-end processor business, for Intel and HP are set to follow IBM in setting up an organisation designed to promote the development of software, products and services around a processor family. If an ecosystem doesn’t grow naturally, create one.
Martin Banks, 02 Sep 2005
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Chipset makers 'to raise prices' in Q3

Chipset prices look set to rise during the quarter, Taiwanese industry sources warn, with an inevitable knock-on effect on motherboard prices.
Tony Smith, 02 Sep 2005
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Readers down South Korean black helicopters

Letters Google Earth: force for democratic good or running dog lackey of Commie North Korea? That was the question we posed earlier this week on hearing that South Korea is to have a right good moan to the US about Google's satellite images of its military facilities. You can check out the full chilling background right here, but Hugh Fiske wants to set the record straight about our grab of an aircraft-packed facility in Seoul:
Lester Haines, 02 Sep 2005
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Hitachi touts micro HDDs' 'bling' factor

Hitachi Global Storage's addlepated attempt to define "hard drives as the new 'bling'" - 'it's me 'ard drive, innit' - shouldn't detract from the fact that the company has begun to ship its promised 8GB 1in HDD.
Tony Smith, 02 Sep 2005
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PCCW takes wireless broadband to London

UK Broadband - which is owned by giant Hong Kong-based telco PCCW - has begun rolling out its wireless broadband network in London.
Tim Richardson, 02 Sep 2005
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Zotob worm perps: hanging's too good for 'em

Letters From time to time, we at Vulture Central get emails berating us for printing what readers say are straight plugs for companies disguised as fascinating and informative surveys or analysis pieces. This one is typical:
Lester Haines, 02 Sep 2005
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Katrina-themed malware attack hits the net

Hurricane Katrina is bringing out the worst in people on the net as well as on the streets of New Orleans. Spam emails purporting to offer links to news about Katrina are been used to tempt potential victims onto a site hosting Trojan malware.
John Leyden, 02 Sep 2005
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VIA ships P4M800 Pro chipset

VIA today began shipping its latest low-end Intel-oriented chipset, bringing DDR 2 SDRAM and faster frontside bus speeds to its budget line-up.
Tony Smith, 02 Sep 2005
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Tiscali targets P2P bandwidth hogs

Tiscali UK is cracking down on broadband users who hammer the service at peak times. Its "three strikes and you're out" policy means that bandwidth hogs will receive three warnings if they are found to be abusing the service.
Tim Richardson, 02 Sep 2005
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Infinium to bring game rental downloads to Europe

Interview Infinium Labs' plan to target "yesterday's gamers" with its long-promised console/online game rental service will involve a European roll-out the company revealed this week.
Tony Smith, 02 Sep 2005
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419-lite fraudsters target Camelot

Advance fee fraudsters are turning their attention to the UK's National Lottery with scam emails that pose as winning notifications.
John Leyden, 02 Sep 2005
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Verizon takes legal action over phone spam

Verizon Wireless is taking legal action against two US companies for allegedly bombarding its customers with automated telemarketing calls.
Tim Richardson, 02 Sep 2005
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Smartballs come to relief of footie refs

FIFA is trialling technology which could relieve football refs of the onerous task of deciding if the ball is actually on the pitch.
Joe Fay, 02 Sep 2005
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Trusted Computing standards won't apply to Vista - Schneier

Microsoft is dragging its heels about applying guidelines it helped develop for trusted computing to the next version of Windows, according to noted crypto guru Bruce Schneier.
John Leyden, 02 Sep 2005