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Napster has 'nothing' to sell you

Earlier this month, Napster began a billboard campaign making a virtue of its greatest shortcoming: that you don't get to keep any music. If you rent music from Napster, the music disappears when the relationship ends. If you want your music to last for life, you need a lifetime subscription to Napster.
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Red Hat CEO decries open source pretenders

Red Hat is shying away from taking "control" of its relationship with customers and instead hopes to become a thought leader that champions innovation through freedom of the community.
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Supremes shun RIM appeal

The prospect of Research In Motion's Blackberry network falling silent in the US drew a little closer today as the country's Supreme Court denied a request to intervene in its patent case.
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Why Wikipedia isn't like Linux

Letters We have more letters for and against Wikipedia. There's much less snarling and YDGIs ["You don't Get It!"] from the project's supporters this time. Here, we'll discuss a much-quoted comparison by enthusiasts of "collective intelligence" between Wikipedia and Linux.
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Judge blasts MS bid to monopolize music devices

Some flunky lacking an adequate grasp of Microsoft's deep commitment to fair business practices innocently wrote an offensive license forbidding non-MS media formats on portable devices compatible with Windows media, the company explained to miffed anti-trust judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly during a status hearing Tuesday.
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Gates' DoJ testimony for sale on eBay

What could be better than having to sit through hours of butt-numbing depositions from Microsoft executives during the company's antitrust dust up with the US Department of Justice (DoJ)?
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Government IT review could scrap industry council

The talking shop that has wrestled with some of the most stubborn disagreements between government and the IT industry faces being annexed or disbanded by e-government boss Ian Watmore.
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Rules for RFID chips in US passports

OUT-LAW News, 26/10/2005 The US State Department on Tuesday set out rules that will govern the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) chips in US passports. The passports, which will be piloted from December, are due to be issued in the US from October 2006, according to reports.
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Web defacer sentenced, facing deportation

Rafael Nuñez-Aponte will soon be going home to Caracas after spending seven months in a U.S. jail for compromising a computer belonging to the Department of Defense, but only if the National Aeronautics and Space Administration decides not to pursue charges against him.
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BBC suspends Blackberry network after mixed-up emails

The BBC has suspended its Blackberry email service after a bug in Research In Motion's server software mixed together snippets from different messages between senior executives.
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AMD prunes Athlon 64 prices

AMD has decided to charge less for its Athlon 64 desktop processors, just three days after implementing a range of reductions across its other desktop and mobile product lines.
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Intel to ship VT P4s on '13 November'

Intel will release Pentium 4 processors equipped with its Virtualisation Technology (VT) in just over two weeks' time, it has been claimed.
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UK launches major net security awareness campaign

A major UK government campaign to help consumers and small businesses protect themselves from internet security threats launches in the UK on Thursday. The 'Get Safe Online' campaign aims to arrest the growth in computer security risks that threaten to slow down the rise of ecommerce. The scheme - backed by the launch of a www.getsafeonline.org website - aims to help the public to become more "cyber-savvy" and to consolidate net security information, which is currently fragmented.
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BOFH volumes 1, 2, 4 & 5 hit UK shores

Cash'n'Carrion The tramp steamer bearing the long-awaited BOFH volumes finally docked in Blighty earlier this week packed to the gunwales with Bastard literature. Strangely, though, there was no sign of volume three - an absence so mysterious that we can only conclude that something not unrelated to the Marie Celeste, Bermuda Triangle and alien abduction is responsible for the outrage.
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Prometheus guilty of remote ring disruption

Saturn's F-ring is being twisted into its contorted shape by the gravitational effect of the moon Prometheus. The F-ring is riddled with unusual structures and distortions, like knots, kinks and clumps, but now astronomers have shown how some of these effects can be explained by the gravity of the small moon.
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Calyx makes its move into the UK market

Calyx has bought ITS Technology Services, a UK-based voice and data networks firm, its third acquisition over the past four months and its first in Britain.
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Samsung samples GDDR 4 chips

Samsung has begun providing graphics card companies with samples of GDDR 4 memory chips, the South Korean giant announced this week.
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Vodafone UK deploys mobile-vending machine

Vodafone UK has deployed two vending machines which will allow panic-stricken and mobileless punters in Manchester to buy a handset with a quid's worth of credit.
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419ers form Irish football squad

Talented, young and fit football hopefuls who fancy a training trip to Bangkok before challenging for the Irish league need look no further than Doyles FC, which is currently looking to expand its international roster:
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Orange unveils latest smart phones

Mobile operator Orange today launched its latest own-brand smart phones, both running Windows Mobile 5.0 and manufactured by Taiwan's HTC.
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Student satellite launch a success

The first European satellite to be designed and built by students has launched successfully from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia's northern spaceport.
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Malware authors unleash bird flu-themed Trojan

Today brings further proof that no human disaster these days arises without been exploited by internet ne'er-do-wells. Hot on the heels of a spam campaign punting Tamiflu, the drug believed most effective at protecting humans from the potentially-lethal H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus, comes a piece of malware designed to tap into topical concerns about the disease.
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Falling margins, prices push Maxtor into the red

Maxtor fell back into the red during its third fiscal quarter, it admitted this week, after a brief foray into profitability during Q2.
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Software glitch blamed for CryoSat loss

Officials investigating the loss of the CryoSat mission have revealed that a software glitch in the on board flight control system on the new, upper stage of the rocket was to blame.
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Gizmondo executives quit under cloud

A number of senior executives at Gizmondo Europe quit the company last week ahead of the US launch of the firm's handheld games console and amid allegations in the Swedish press that some had criminal pasts.
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Schizophrenics fall for no illusions

The paranoia, or sense of persecution, experienced by some schizophrenics could be due to a problem they have processing contextual information, according to researchers at University College London (UCL).
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Sun begins CFO hunt after surprise retirement

Sun Microsystems CFO Steve McGowan will retire at the end of the company's fiscal year after a relatively brief run as top financial officer.
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Gates pitches child protection tech to French

Bill Gates dropped into Paris this week to discuss combating online child abuse with French ministers. French interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy met the Microsoft founder on Monday to hold talks1 on the development of criminality on the net, child pornography and the struggle against online paedophilia, AFP reports.
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North Carolina buys more jobs with handouts to Chinese

North Carolina has agreed to pay Chinese computer maker Lenovo millions of dollars to build a new research and development center in the state. This handout goes to a company which is largely owned by the PRC and builds on a growing tradition in North Carolina to woo businesses with massive amounts of cash.
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Google targets Craigslist, eBay for destruction

Internet advertising has taken a $2bn chunk out of the $19bn classified advertising business in the US, and Google wants in.
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Sun freezes hell, gets IBM to sell Solaris on blades

Sun Microsystems has managed to nurture a blade server business, only it's on a rival's hardware. IBM today has become the first major server vendor - other than Sun - to ship Solaris x86 on its mainstream systems. (Yes, we know Compaq once sold Solaris x86. Thanks for the memories.)
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Baby Bells emulsify back into AT&T

Back in January 1982, the US Department of Justice announced the dawn of a new era of competition. The national phone monopoly AT&T was to be broken up, creating seven Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs) to compete alongside the phone veteran. It was the second anti-trust agreement in AT&T's history.
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Shareholders call Sun management to heel

Senior management at Sun Microsystems has failed to persuade shareholders to reject a change to the company's corporate governance that cedes greater control to investors during a hostile take over.
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Microsoft deals out round two of executive shuffle

A month after radically overhauling its business and reporting structure, re-organizational spasms are still being felt through Microsoft's corporate body.
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Chip start-up Montalvo looks to speed mobile devices

Another chip start-up has popped up in Silicon Valley apparently promising to deliver more horsepower to the mobile device market.
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AT&T lifts kimono on WiMAX trials

WiMAX World AT&T did its bit to puncture the WiMAX hype today, while providing an update on three of its trial WiMAX deployments.
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Fixed WiMAX emerges from Slough of Despond (official)

WiMAX World Yankee Group's VP Berge Ayvazian gave the analyst company's summary of how far WiMAX has inched along the Hype Cycle - that's The Gartner Group's Hype Cycle.