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Ex-PeopleSoft CEO lands on Salesforce.com's board

Salesforce.com has turned its boardroom into a tool for poking and prodding the egos at Oracle. The CRM company today added former PeopleSoft CEO Craig Conway to its director list. Yes, Conway has turned on his old staffers apparently with revenge in mind.
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Six Things you need to know about Bubble 2.0

Web 2.0 Techno utopian types love their earthy metaphors. The web is a new planet that's being "terraformed" before our eyes, one advertising consultant likes to say. Or the "web is a garden", if you believe Sun Microsystem's director of research.

Malware turns PSP into expensive brick

PSP users are being urged to beware of a Trojan which, once executed, turns their games gizmo into little more than an expensive book weight. The (PlayStation Portable) PSP Brick Trojan poses as a utility that allows gamers to run homebrew apps or pirated games.
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Astronomers probe mystery of short GRBs

Astronomers have for the first time observed the visible afterglow of an elusive short-lived gamma ray burst (GRB).
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Are you a bored web techie? Join al-Qaeda

You won't find the ads down at your local job centre, but al-Qaeda is recruiting web techies for its fast-growing international internet propaganda operation.
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Microsoft reveals Xbox 360 line-up

Microsoft has announced details of the games that will be available for its Xbox 360 console, but only a few titles are likely to be on sale by the launch date.

China purges spam SMS

China has ordered telcos to purge spam SMSes of smut and other "unhealthy" influences, including "superstitious content" like fortune telling. The Ministry of Information Industry made the pronouncement today on its website which declared: "Recently, there has been a lot of dirt hidden in the telecommunication networks. The situation is serious."
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Shuttle Endeavour ends two-year hibernation

NASA has completed a swathe of modifications to the Space Shuttle Endeavour to bring the craft up to the new safety standards required by the Return to Flight recommendations. The shuttle was powered up at the Kennedy Space Center, yesterday, for the first time in two years.
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C&W hammered as UK revenues fall

Shares in Cable & Wireless (C&W) took a hammering in early trading this morning after the UK telco warned sales had slipped in the first half.
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Eminem sues over ringtones

Eminem’s publishers on Tuesday filed a complaint against five ringtone firms, alleging that they are using the rap star’s songs as mobile phone ringtones without permission, according to the Associated Press.
Joe Fay, 07 2005
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MCI take-over gets thumbs-up

MCI stockholders have given the thumbs-up to the merger with Verizon with 88 per cent of the votes in favour of the tie-up.
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New flight control problem for Japan's asteroid probe

Doubts were raised yesterday over the future of Japan's asteroid sample and return mission, as the spacecraft lost another part of its attitude control system. The news has prompted concern that the craft won't be able to make its planned landing on an asteroid next month.
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VeriSign buys Weblogs.com for $2.3m

A main piece of the blogging infrastructure - ping service Weblogs.com - has been bought by the Net's largest company, VeriSign, for $2.3m.

Ingram Micro loves mobility, true

If you wanna know where disties make their pitiable margin, just follow the co-op marketing budget. IOf Ingram Micro is anything to go by, there is still some money available from wireless and data to pony up for spiffs, special offers and advertising campaigns.
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Third party sniffing round NTL/Telewest - WSJ

No sooner have NTL and Telewest finally agreed to merge, than it seems someone else might be interested in buying the enlarged UK cableco.
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Artificial dog's testicle wins Ig Nobel Prize

Gregg A. Miller of Oak Grove, Missouri has secured this year's Ig Nobel Prize for Medicine for his artificial replacement testicles for dogs - aka "Neuticles" - which are "available in three sizes, and three degrees of firmness". Sadly, the laureat was unable to travel to last night's awards ceremony at Harvard's Sanders Theatre to collect his award in person, but nonetheless made his acceptance speech via videotape.
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Info Commissioner to crack down on FOI shirkers

Britain's Information Commissioner is examining the open government credentials of over 100,000 public sector organisations as it prepares to strike a tougher line on enforcing freedom of information laws.
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Gizmoville acquires taste for pizza-flavoured laptops

Tech Digest Certified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scour Gizmoville for the oddest digital goodies, while Bayraider keeps tabs on the best and worst of eBay.
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AOL and MSN 'chatting again'

Time Warner and Microsoft are once again round the table chin-wagging about ways to hook up their two internet divisions.
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Aussies launch SMS Bible

The Bible Society in Australia has taken the bold step of translating the entire Bible into txt-talk which mobile-savvy believers can disseminate via SMS in 31,173 bite-sized verses.
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Telkom Kenya unhappy about disappearing cables

Telkom Kenya lost "a colossal" 400m shillings (£3m) last year after vandals nicked a load of copper wire.

FSC signs up channel vets for enterprise push

Fujitsu Siemens Computers has signed up Mike Maughan and Steven Longden, two veterans of the Sun distie channel, to bulk up UK enterprise reseller sales.
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Clippy to help with weather forecasts?

Letters Welcome to letters, the surest sign that it is Friday and that the pain of your week is almost certainly coming to an end, very soon.
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For God's sake don't say 'rabbit'

A nice bit of Friday silliness: the BBC reports that posters for the forthcoming Wallace and Gromit spectacular The Curse of the Were-Rabbit on the south-coast island of Portland will not contain the word "rabbit" out of respect for local tradition which has it that the mere utterance of the word causes quarries to collapse entombing local workers forever in killer cement.
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Great white shark's oceanic adventure

A great white shark has stunned conservationists by going on a marathon journey, probably in search of a mate. Originally tagged off the coast of South Africa, the shark was tracked by GPS on a journey all the way across the Indian Ocean to Australia and back again.
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IBM touts information as as service

Comment The IBM Information Management group has been taken over by Ambuj Goyal following the retirement (actually she's not gone yet but will be doing so shortly) of Janet Perna. As a result, he and his team have been busy briefing analysts as to the company's plans, particularly at a recent event in Boston.
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Pair jailed over virus plot

Two hackers were jailed at Newcastle Crown Court today after admitting their role in creating a computer worm.
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AMD welcomes new Irish procurement rules

New guidelines for the procurement of IT equipment for Ireland's public sector have levelled the playing field for technology manufacturers. The updated guidelines prohibit specific requests for brand names or trademarked technologies.
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ISP should not identify blogger - court

In a victory for free speech on the internet, the Delaware Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed a lower court ruling that a council official, suing over remarks posted online by an unknown blogger, could force the blogger’s ISP to reveal his identity.
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Reg readers take the Dell 'Open-source PC' challenge

Once upon a time, Michael Dell heard about this thing called Linux. The open-source operating system promised to sweep across PCs all over the world. Ever the low-cost, high-volume guy, Mikey figured he could sell a heck of lot of systems with Linux, and set to work pumping companies such as Red Hat and Eazel with money from Dell's Venture Fund, and even declared that Dell would be the very first major OEM to ship PCs with Linux already installed.

Dutch smash 100,000-strong zombie army

Dutch police have arrested three people for building a worldwide zombie network of more than 100,000 PCs used to launch internet attacks on companies and to hack into bank and Paypal accounts.