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Thank you. Did you mean to say 'get me an R&D team?' If so, say 'Yes'

Yahoo! gutted a Silicon Valley speech company leaving it with just one engineer on a vital project, a court heard today. Nuance Communications is seeking an injunction to prevent twelve of thirteen employees poached by Yahoo! from working on related projects at the ad and media giant. It also alleges the dirty dozen, which includes former VP of R&D Larry Heck, stole trade secrets from Nuance.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Oct 2005
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Chavez heralds el cheapo 'Bolivarian PC'

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has already promised to sell cheap oil to the United States' poor, and now he's going to offer cheap PCs, too.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Oct 2005
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Doctor Who to transmat onto PSP

The hugely popular revival of Doctor Who is coming to Sony's PlayStation Portable.
Tony Smith, 05 Oct 2005
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Business leaders team up to fight piracy

Business leaders from across a wide spectrum of industries including entertainment, pharmaceuticals, and software companies met in London yesterday to globalise industry's fight against counterfeiting and piracy.
John Leyden, 05 Oct 2005
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Sun lines Opteron kit up for grid and HP users

Sun Microsystems stepped up its server attack this week with one campaign aimed at grid computing customers and another targeted at disheartened Itanium server users.
Ashlee Vance, 05 Oct 2005
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Apple calls press to 'video iPod launch'

Claims are coming in that Apple will unveil the long-awaited video iPod next week.
Tony Smith, 05 Oct 2005
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EC warns on roaming

The European Commission has warned the mobile industry that it expects to see mobile roaming charges fall within six months or regulators will take action.
John Oates, 05 Oct 2005
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Peter Jackson to appear on Halo movie credits

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has been named as one of the upcoming Halo movie's Executive Producers. So has his missus, LoTR co-scriptwriter Fran Walsh.
Tony Smith, 05 Oct 2005
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Pentax Option S55 5mp digicam

Review It seems like every other week I'm reviewing yet another tiny Pentax five megapixel compact camera. In fact a quick browse through my camera samples folder shows that this is the eighth one that I've written about this year. Come on Pentax, give my aching fingers a break, writes Cliff Smith.
Trusted Reviews, 05 Oct 2005
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BBC blew $375k on bbc.com

The BBC has defended its decision to blow $375,000 (£212,000) of public money on the bbc.com domain.
Tim Richardson, 05 Oct 2005
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Microsoft eyes disposable, play-once DVDs

The prospect of landfill sites pilled high with disposable DVDs has once again reared its ugly head on the shoulders of claims that Microsoft is touting just such a product to Hollywood as way to beat movie piracy.
Tony Smith, 05 Oct 2005
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E-voting experts call for revised security guidelines

A federally funded group of voting system experts called on the United States' Election Assistance Commission, which oversees the nation's state-run elections, to revamp its recommended process for evaluating the security of electronic voting devices.
Robert Lemos, 05 Oct 2005
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UK Met Office to simplify weather forecasts

BBC weather forecasts, not renowned for being enormously difficult to follow, are about to be simplified, the Met Office says, in a bid to make them "clearer and more relevant" to more people.
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Oct 2005
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ARM pitches Cortex-A8 CPU at 65nm era

UK chip designer ARM yesterday debuted its latest high-performance, low-power microprocessor for mobile phones and other handheld devices.
Tony Smith, 05 Oct 2005
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Ofcom continues phone slamming investigation

All of the UK's 35 leading phone operators have managed to introduce guidelines to prevent their staff from mis-selling phone services.
Tim Richardson, 05 Oct 2005
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Consumer body bemoans harsher Euro IP laws

UK quango the National Consumer Council (NCC) has called on European Commission legislators to take a fairer stance on consumer intellectual property rights.
Tony Smith, 05 Oct 2005
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Envisat could track coral bleaching

The European Space Agency's Envisat satellite could be used to keep tabs on the state of the oceans' coral reefs, Australian researchers say.
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Oct 2005
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100 people to trial WiMAX for BT

A hundred people are to take part in WiMAX trials in Belfast and Birmingham as BT tests the water for wireless broadband.
Tim Richardson, 05 Oct 2005
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Nvidia G72 due 'early 06'

Nvidia's 90nm G72 graphics chip, believed to be a die-shrink of the company's GeForce 7800 GPU, will ship early next year.
Tony Smith, 05 Oct 2005
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EU to follow Google's lead with online library

Google's internet library project will face competition from Yahoo!, but also from a less predictable rival: the European Commission announced its own plan on Friday. And it has an advantage: if copyright laws interfere with its plans it can change the laws.
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 Oct 2005
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ATI finally unwraps Radeon X1000 GPU series

Yes, they're here. Well, almost. ATI today launched its 90nm Radeon X1000 series of graphics chips, though the mid-range X1600 won't be available until late October/early November.
Tony Smith, 05 Oct 2005
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£27m carrot dangling for Scots broadband

Broadband providers are being invited to tender for a £27m contract to provide high speed net access to the south of Scotland.
Tim Richardson, 05 Oct 2005
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Creationism and evolution can co-exist, says cardinal

Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, considered a contender in the recent papal race, has apparently distanced himself from remarks he made in the New York Times in July when he said that an "unguided, unplanned process of natural selection" was not "true".
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Oct 2005
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Linux on desktop is a diverse market - really

Don't expect hegemony from a single Linux vendor on the desktop comparable with Microsoft's Office, as rival frameworks and implementations tackle different markets.
Gavin Clarke, 05 Oct 2005
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Brit Prof will oversee Microsoft for EC

A British IT security expert began work today to ensure Microsoft complies with the strictures imposed by the European Commission last year.
Team Register, 05 Oct 2005
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FIPR warns of danger of criminalising IP breaches

The British government is trying to use its presidency of the EU to push through a European directive would give police more powers to act against copyright infringers than they currently have to deal with suspected terrorists, according to the Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR).
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Oct 2005
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'DEC hacking' trial opens

Horsferry Road Magistrates Court has heard the first day of evidence against the East London man accused of hacking into a donations site for the tsunami appeal last December.
John Oates, 05 Oct 2005
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Read Microsoft's Linux reports, says Novell

Windows and Unix users evaluating Linux should read all studies on Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), even those from Microsoft, according to Linux champion Novell.
Gavin Clarke, 05 Oct 2005
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Microsoft FAT patent rejected - again

The US Patent and Trademarks Office has thrown out two Microsoft patents on its FAT file system. The case had been raised by open source defenders who feared that Microsoft was preparing a legal offensive against Linux based on enforcement of intellectual property rights. But the Patent Office rejected the patents because of an administrative technicality - not because of prior art submitted by the F/OSS team.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Oct 2005
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'p2p is leagal its already bought its in the air'

The following letter was sent from a K12 school account in a southern US state. It illustrates the problems facing both paid legal download services, such as Apple's iTunes Music Store and Napster, and the RIAA's attempt to combat the illegal download services.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Oct 2005