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BEA acquires more stack

It is undeniably hard for technology vendors like BEA to step outside of their comfort zone of talking technological terms, especially when they are dealing with the still-alien concept of enabling `business services’ rather than simply selling products. This is brought into relief even more sharply when it acquires businesses that extend the ability to provide those services.
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Cheap DLT pitched to outpace DAT

Quantum makes its latest bid to keep DLT alive today, with the launch of a sub-$1000 version targeted directly at DAT. The DLT-V4 drive is a half-height version of the SDLT-320 with a Serial-ATA or Ultra160 SCSI interface, and it stores a nominal 320GB per cartridge, assuming 2:1 compression.
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Wanadoo toasts unbundled broadband with 8 meg service

Wanadoo UK is to flick the switch on it new unbundled broadband service next month with the promise of speeds up to 8 meg.
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US looks for firmer digital TV deadline

The US's television industry will have to make the switch from analogue to digital by 7 April 2009, paving the way for a spectrum auction that would have to raise at least $5bn, if draft legislation in the US comes into force.
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Murdoch closes in on Easynet

Easynet - the telco that's invested heavily in providing broadband services to rival BT - has confirmed that it has been approached regarding a possible buyout.
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Minister's shock claim: ID scheme to check 13 biometrics

Beating off newspaper reports that biometric scans could misidentify up to one in 1,000 users, Home Office Minister Tony McNulty told Sunday's BBC Radio 4 World at One programme that the possibility of errors in one type of scan was precisely why the UK ID card system would be able to check 13 biometrics. Impressed? Confused? Both? Previously the Home Office had shrugged-off suggestions of unreliability by pointing out that three biometrics will be used, fingerprint, iris and facial, but as McNulty continued it became apparent that it's actually 13, if you count fingers individually.
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Money firms sniffing around NTL/Telewest

Four private equity groups look set to pool resources in a bid to snap up NTL and Telewest once the UK cablecos merge next year.
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2% of gamers are hermaphrodite: official

It's official: two per cent of gamers are neither male nor female, leading us to believe that this small yet significant section of the gaming demographic is either hermaphrodite, represents a species further down the evolutionary pyramid or is perhaps of silicon-based extraterrestrial origin.
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Regulators clear ATI chairman of insider trading

Canadian regulators have dismissed insider trading allegations against ATI Technologies’ chairman, his wife and other company staffers and their spouses.

Millions of UK households at risk of ID theft

Almost 20m UK households are opening themselves up to fraud by failing to take precautions against identity theft, according to new research marking the UK's first-ever National Identity Fraud Prevention Week.
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Email makes you fat

Workers across Britain will this week celebrate "Email-Free Friday" - an initiative promoted by Sport England's Everday Sport campaign to encourage the desk-bound to get off their fat arses and circulate around their work environments with calorie-burning enthusiasm.
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BT named as Friends Reunited bidder

BT has joined a gaggle of companies eager to snap up Friends Reunited, according to The Sunday Times.
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Of mass market telco TV

Analysis There are more than 300 ISPs in the UK of varying sizes, from VISP resellers to tier 1 backbone carriers – most resell BT Wholesale’s core DSL product, basing their service costs on the deals they can offer on BT Central backhaul, network bandwidth and external connectivity arrangements.
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Bored geek seeks girl for Antigua jolly

Are you female, nice, easygoing, funny and out for a laugh? Do you fancy a four-star trip to Antigua with a bored software engineer? Are you willing to "top and tail" - and maybe more? Yes? Read on:
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Palm gets a grip on BlackBerry

In brief Palm has shaken hands with Research in Motion to allow the Treo 650 and future devices to link to BlackBerry Connect. The deal will mean that the 650 and other upcoming Treos will be able to access RIM’s BlackBerry Server technology, delivering amongst other things, push-based email, wireless calendar synchronization, and IT policy enforcement and commands to the Palm devices. The Treo/BlackBerry integration will be offered from early next year and pricing and distribution will be unveiled nearer the launch.®
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Boffin tackles toast soldier nightmare

A British engineer has ensured that the British breakfast table will no longer be the scene of early-morning trauma and despair in which sobbing children and their distraught parents struggle to tackle that most demanding of disciplines: creating the perfect toast soldier with which to bother their boiled eggs.
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OFT probe could scupper C&W/Energis deal

Cable & Wireless' (C&W) £720m take-over of Energis could be scuppered if the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) decides it needs to take a closer look at the deal.
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Shared music abuse bug hits iTunes

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in Apple's popular iTunes application which might be exploited to interfere with shared music downloads.

MS logo allowed in German TV election coverage

The Linux Association of Germany has failed in its efforts to keep the Microsoft logo off TV stories about the recent elections in the country.
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Missing assets prompt probe into Granville accounts

Administrators are trying to work out what happened to as much as £8m worth of assets at the Granville Technology Group, the company behind the Time and Tiny computer brands that went into administration in late July this year.
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Martian robot trundles into Gizmoville

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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Bulldog mauls BT over 'disappointing' BB unbundling

Bulldog has jumped on criticisms made by the Office of the Telecoms Adjudicator (OTA) on Friday which highlighted yet more problems with local loop unbundling (LLU) in the UK.
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Yahoo! latest to court AOL

In brief Yahoo! has been fingered as the latest company to woo AOL, according to reports last Friday. Associated Press reports that the online world's most famous exclamation make is in early stage reports with Time Warner about AOL. The talks are understood to be less advanced than those Time Warner is already in with Microsoft, Google and Comcast. Rupert Murdoch's News Corp is already understood to have made its excuses and left.
Joe Fay, 17 2005
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BBC launches Doctor Who spin-off

The BBC has announced plans to create a spin-off series from Doctor Who. Captain Jack, the maverick time traveler who guest stared in the latter episodes of the revived Doctor Who, will take centre stage in Torchwood, a "paranoid thriller" due to debut on digital channel BBC Three late next year.
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How Clarke is fiddling the £30 'affordable' ID card

Analysis If Charles Clarke is announcing that ID cards are only going to cost £30, then the ID Cards Bill must be due back in Parliament any day now (yup, Tuesday), and Labour Party MPs must be looking for some threadbare justification for continuing to support it. And if that's not quite enough ('Isn't £30 pretty much what they said last time we bravely gave in?') then Clarke also has a report demonstrating "strong public support for the scheme" and an "independent analysis" from KPMG backing him up on the scheme costs.
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Text 'addict' on the mend

A 19-year-old lad from Scotland is being treated for e-addiction after blowing £4,500 on text messaging over the last 12 months.
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ESA readies Venus Express for launch

The European Space Agency, undeterred by the loss of Cryosat, is pushing ahead with plans to launch its Venus Express mission, Europe's first to Venus, later this month. The spacecraft will blast off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 26 October on a journey that will take it approximately five months.
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Swansea IT workers fear job losses

IT workers at Swansea Council - who went on strike for eight weeks last year in opposition to an outsourcing deal - fear their jobs could be put at risk once again.

Glitch afflicts critical MS patch

Microsoft has warned enterprises of glitches involving a security update issued last week. A patch designed to fix a flaw in Windows middleware components (MS05-051.mspx) creates system instability in environments with modified Access Control List (ACL) settings.
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US ambassador nails Bulgarian mobile thief

A Bulgarian customs official who decided it was a bright idea to pocket a traveller's mobile phone with GPS now faces the high jump after its owner immediately pinpointed the device in the culprit's pocket, Ananova reports.
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Start-up promises era of grand log collection

Talking about logs is like, well, talking about logs. Your log handling expertise isn't usually the big kicker item you want to tout to your CIO or CEO for career development. But that might be changing.

Web 2.0 worm downs MySpace

It's been a rough weekend for Tomorrow's People. A JavaScript exploit that has been called the first "Web 2.0 worm" knocked out MySpace.com - and the $500m-valued website, recently acquired by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp - was still struggling to get back on its feet two days later.
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The Blooker Prize: Small Pieces, Partially Digested

Letters More than half of you who responded to our news of The Blooker Prize suggested that we'd made it all up. Surely no one could produce such drivel?