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Web 2.0: you're not even slightly whelmed

Letters This month's Web 2.0 Conference has been heralded as the birth of a new technology frontier: by people who want to sell you tickets to Web 2.0 conferences, and by web designers who want VC funding.
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Macromedia outs Flash on BREW

Macromedia will develop a version of its popular Flash player for Qualcomm's BREW runtime, helping both companies dig deeper into the market for mobile application developers.
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Fayrewood still mulling bid proposal

Fayrewood, the European distie, says it is still in talks that could lead to an offer to all or part of the group. It says discussions are still at an early stage.
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Two-factor banking

People who lived through the Second World War, like my grandparents, had a very different view of money than those of us who grew up in the Information Age. Many of us still remember being told how foolish it is to keep one's life savings under a bed mattress, because the banks were known as trusted entities that will always do a better job of looking after your money. Even my grandparents, albeit reluctantly, came to realize that putting trust in financial institutions was the only way to go.
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Woman drops sprog on Dutch Big Brother

Dutch channel Talpa TV has pushed back the envelope of broadcasting excellence by becoming the first to broadcast a reality TV birth - albeit eight hours after the actual event.
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Hola Gringo, can you get me a mobile?

European and North American mobile users irked by high tariffs and spotty coverage on mobile phones should spare a thought for the citizens of Cuba. For the land of sun, salsa and socialism is so afflicted with bureaucracy that the only way ordinary people can get a pre-paid mobile phone is to have a foreigner sign up for them.
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Nominet votes for Argentinian solution to net ownership

In an historically unusual decision, the company running all .uk internet domains, Nominet, has voted for an Argentinian solution to the current crisis over internet ownership.
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Saddam trial set for live webcast

Legal junkies needing an as-it-happens fix of court-on-former-dictator action will be pleased to learn that the trial of Saddam Hussein will be broadcast live on the web - sort of.
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Bullguard signs up Ingram Micro

Bullguard, the British IT security firm, has signed up Ingram Micro European to aid expansion onto the Continent.
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Leeds City Council scoops technology Oscar

Leeds City Council has scooped the tenth annual Socitm Excellence in IT award for a new mobile working initiative for its Social Services and Home Care workers. The digital pen and paper project allows staff to file information about service activity directly from clients' homes, cutting out a huge amount of paperwork and duplication of effort.
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Bruce Schneier talks cyber law

RSA Europe 2005 ISPs must be made liable for viruses and other bad network traffic, Bruce Schneier, security guru and founder and CTO of Counterpane Internet Security, told The Register yesterday.
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Boffins hook bone-eating snot flower

Scientists from London's Natural History Museum and Göteborg University have pulled off a bit of a coup in discovering a previously-unknown species of worm feeding on a dead minke whale bones.
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Tackle Linux kernel programming

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Tom's Hardware probes the front bottom

Reader Alan Potter has just written in to point us in the direction of an illuminating Tom's Hardware review of Chenbro's Granite Case:
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Google loses its G-spot

A trademark dispute has forced Google to re-brand its Gmail web mail service in the UK. Existing users get to retain their Gmail address (at least for now) but from Wednesday onwards new UK users will be given a Googlemail email address instead.
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BT waking up to unbundling threat

Analysis Thanks to local loop unbundling (LLU), internet users in the UK are now able to hook up to broadband services with speeds of up to 24 meg - a million miles away from just a couple of years ago when getting your hands on a 512k service was all that many could hope for.
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Ofcom gives Bulldog the all clear

Ofcom has closed its investigation into Bulldog after receiving assurances from the broadband ISP that it's introduced a range of measures to improve customer service.
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Men still take lion's share of IT management salaries

Exclusive Number-crunchers at Britain's Office of National Statistics have trashed claims that women are earning more than men in IT management positions.

DSG speeds up Euro expansion

DSG international plc is stepping up its expansion into Central Europe.
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Kaliski not convinced on electronic passports

RSA Europe 2005 RSA's cryptography guru Burt Kaliski has warned the US' planned introduction of electronic passports represents a long-term challenge for the security industry.
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RAS puts the case for manned space missions

The Royal Astronomical Society Commission has called on the UK government to reconsider its deep-seated opposition to space exploration by humans, and outlined several areas of scientific exploration that can only be done with real people.
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Read two biometrics, get worse results - how it works

A regular correspondent (thanks, you know who you are) points us to some calculations by John Daugman, originator of the Daugman algorithms for iris recognition. These ought to provide disturbing reading for Home Office Ministers who casually claim that by using multiple biometrics you'll get a better result than by using just the one. Although that may seem logical, it turns out that it it isn't, necessarily.
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Whereonearth is Yahoo!'s

Yahoo! has beamed up British local search developer Whereonearth as the big global web players continue their scramble to get really really local.
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DVD Jon joins MP3tunes.com

Norwegian programmer Jon Lech Johansen, AKA "DVD Jon", has moved to San Diego after being hired by tech entrepreneur Michael Robertson to work on a new digital media project called Oboe.

Fujitsu and Software AG set sail to chart services

Fujitsu Software and Software AG are collaborating to make it at least a little bit easier to map the software services floating free around the typical organizaton.

Cautious welcome for new MS shared source licences

Microsoft has announced three new licence templates for its Shared Source Initiative that it says should help combat the problem of licence proliferation in the open source developer community.

Snort plugs Back Orifice as Oracle issues mega-fix

Patch roundup Wednesday became a busy patching day for sys admins with the release of Oracle's quarterly patch roundup - boasting an impressive 85 software fixes - and an update designed to defend the popular Snort open source intrusion detection application against possible hacker attack.

EMC cheers software surge and Q3 sales swell

Aided by higher software and services revenue, EMC posted double-digit growth in its third quarter. This session marked the ninth consecutive quarter of double-digit gains for the storage giant.

IBM unsheaths blade PCs

PCs live on at IBM, where Big Blue reckons it can squeeze up to 20 traditional desktop users on a single blade server, and has tapped VMware and Citrix as software partners for its new "IBM Virtualized Hosted Client Infrastructure" program.
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Apple intros dual core PowerPC Macs

With what may be the final crank of the PowerPC handle, Apple has introduced dual-core machines into its professional desktop line-up, including a liquid-cooled virtual 4-way machine. The PowerBook range doesn't gain any chip improvements, but two of the models gain higher resolution screens.
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Acopia promises to give you a good look at a very broad NAS

The last thing the folks at Acopia Networks said to us was, "Be nice." So, of course, we'll have to be mean as hell.

Exchange Server SP arrives

Microsoft has beefed up mobile capabilities and security in its collaboration platform, with the release of Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack (SP) 2.

Process in crosshairs at Rational, Borland

The sparring match for developer mindshare between Borland Software and IBM/Rational has continued, as the companies focus on "process" instead of tools.
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What does Microsoft's new shared source mean for you?

Analysis Open source advocates are doing what was once unthinkable - giving the thumbs up to a Microsoft source code licensing program.