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Flaw finders score loyalty rewards from iDefense

Security firm iDefense, a subsidiary of VeriSign, announced on Friday the recipients of two rounds of bonuses rewarding the most prolific researchers taking part in the firm's Vulnerability Contributor Program (VCP).

Marconi sale nears

The race for Marconi is nearly over - bidders have until tomorrow morning to get their offers in.
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Office12 includes Business Intelligence

Microsoft is adding business intelligence software in the next version of its Office software - Office 12 - due in the second half of next year.
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BMC gets even more service oriented

Fred Johannessen, VP and program executive of capacity management and provisioning at BMC Software, describes SORM (Service Oriented Resource Management) as the “third leg on our BSM (Business Service Management) stool”.

Met police hooks up with commonwealth to fight cybercrime

London police and industry are teaming up to fight economic crime. The inaugural meeting of the New Scotland Yard Economic Crime Working Group took place at Lord's Cricket ground in London on Thursday.

AMD slashes chip prices by up to 25%

AMD took the axe to its desktop and mobile processor families this morning, chopping up to 26 per cent off what it charges for its chips.
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Hynix slams Japan's 27.2% DRAM tax plan

Hynix has criticised plans announced by Japanese regulators to slap a 27.2 per cent punitive import duty on its DRAM products as "unfair" and "inappropriate".
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Contamination delays Venus Express launch

Mission managers at the European Space Agency have postponed the launch of Venus Express, Europe's first mission to our so-called twin planet. The new launch date has not been announced, but ESA says it will be "several days" late.
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Goodfellas voted top movie ever

Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas has been awarded the top movie ever crown by Total Film - relegating the critics' perennial fave Citizen Kane into sixth spot. Scorsese is also honoured for Taxi Driver at 14th, but Francis Ford Coppola emerges as director of choice with three titles in the top 25 (see below).

Virus writers craft PnP botnet client

Updated Virus writers have created a botnet client that uses a recently discovered Microsoft vulnerability to spread. Mocbot uses the same MS05-039 as the infamous Zotob worm in an attempt to create a botnet of compromised, "zombie" PCs under the control of hackers. Early indications are that the attack is not particular successful.
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Virgin and Carphone Warehouse off to France

Virgin and Carphone Warehouse have confirmed to the Stock Exchange that they are talking about a possible joint venture in France.
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Europe looks to adapt to climate change

European authorities are launching a new programme to investigate ways that the continent can reduce its greenhouse emissions, and adapt to the effects of climate change.
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NTL unveils Sky+ rival

Tech Digest Tech Digest Top stories on HDTV UK NTL unveils Sky+ rival Following on from its merger with Telewest a few weeks back, cable company NTL is finally starting to rev up for its upcoming battle with Sky, and anyone else for that matter, in the HDTV and personal video recorder markets. On Saturday the company announced details of …
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IBM seeks mid-market relevance

Quocirca’s Changing Channels As part of its drive to make itself more relevant in the mid-market IBM has launched three new, what it calls, IBM Express Managed Services (IEMS). These are in addition to a couple of existing services, one of which IBM is keen to remind us of and another which it would prefer to sweep under the carpet. All these services are being sold via IBM’s channel partners and are available in the UK and certain other European countries.
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Original atomic keyring resurfaces

Cash'n'Carrion Last week, Cash'n'Carrion got a call from the purveyors of the legendary atomic keyrings to say that they had unearthed a stash of the original GlowRing X2 in their tritium-powered novelty warehouse at an undisclosed location in the south of England, and did we fancy taking them on?

Dutch plan for prison call centres slammed

A plan by Dutch justice officials to establish commercial call centres in jails was greeted with disbelief last week. The Dutch Association of Cell Centres deemed the plan "totally unacceptable", in particular if inmates are drafted in to sell insurance policies, such as theft coverage.
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Apple sued over Nano scratches

Apple knew its iPod Nano was susceptible to scratching but chose to ship the product anyway - so claims a lawsuit filed against the Mac maker last week.
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Aussies fine illegally-parked corpse

Melbourne council is unlikely to collect a parking fine imposed on a 71-year-old man for exceeding his alloted time in the car park of the Croydon Market shopping centre since he had lain dead for "several days" in the vehicle when an enforcement officer moved in.
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RIM faces US Blackberry injunction

NTP is to ask a US District Court to confirm an injunction banning the sale of Research in Motion's Blackberry devices in the States after the US Court of Appeals threw out a request to put the legal fight on hold.
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Michigan PC glitch lets prisoners out early

A data processing glitch in Michigan has resulted in the early release of some inmates and the prolonged incarceration of others. The cock-up came to light after a state audit revealed errors in the release date of 23 prisoners between October 2003 and March 2005, local broadcaster WLNS reports.
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Hubble seeks breath of fresh air in lunar soil

The Hubble Space Telescope has joined the hunt for sources of oxygen on the moon, and it is already proving its worth.
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Novell job cuts by 31 October - reports

Novell is preparing to lay off as many as one in five of its staff, according to reports.

Cisco targets emergency staff with IP radio

Cisco is offering emergency services and big enterprises which use push-to-talk radios a way to integrate the devices with the rest of their communication systems.
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Apple admits SuperDrive 8x media reliability glitch

Apple has finally coughed to the existence of a glitch numerous PowerBook G4 owners have been pointing out for months.

Most DNS servers 'wide open' to attack

Four in five authoritative domain name system (DNS) servers across the world are vulnerable to types of hacking attacks that might be used by hackers to misdirect surfers to potentially fraudulent domains. A survey by net performance firm the Measurement Factory commissioned by net infrastructure outfit Infoblox of 1.3m internet name servers found that 84 per cent might be vulnerable to pharming attacks. Others exhibit separate security and deployment-related vulnerabilities.
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Guardian explains its vanishing ricin story

Things certainly move fast in the news business - six months after 'disappearing' a particularly valuable article on the ricin 'conspiracy' trial from its web site, the Guardian has put it back, and taken a stab at explaining itself. But it has not, we fear, been entirely successful.
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Biometric ID - are they counting on your fingers?

Letters Three ID card-related stories in the past week drew attention to the issues of accuracy and security in biometrics. Slightly unexpectedly, Jerry Fishenden added Microsoft to the ranks of those critical of the UK ID card scheme, worrying that it could actually increase ID fraud. Jerry, whose full article can be read here, is concerned that the existence of a centralised biometric database could have a honeypot effect, while the widespread use of biometrics could spawn "new hi-tech ways of perpetrating massive identity fraud".

VMware sets partitioning software free . . . as in beer

VMware continues to step up pressure against rivals by maturing its partitioning play at a quick clip. The company this week hit out against Microsoft and Xen by releasing a free tool for running virtual machines on Windows and Linux PCs.
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DEC veterans prepare chip challenge for Intel, AMD, IBM and Sun

If you were contemplating starting an IT company, deciding to go up against the likes of Intel, AMD, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Toshiba, Sony and TI with a new processor probably wouldn't seem like the smartest or most feasible idea. In fact, you'd likely characterize the idea as ludicrous with a dash of hopeless. That is unless you had assembled a ton of cash and an army of very talented and successful chip design mercenaries.
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Wikipedia: magic, monkeys and typewriters

Letters Special Smart mobs? Wise crowds? An open access internet encyclopedia that heals itself? File it all under 'flying saucers', say Register readers.

Intel delays and slows dual-core Itanium

Intel has ripped open another huge hole on the troubled ship Itanic, saying that the dual-core Montecito chip won't arrive until mid-2006 and will come in much slower than expected.