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Sony digital boss - rootkit ignorance is bliss

The President of Sony BMG's global digital business division Thomas Hesse has weighed into the storm over the 'rootkit'-style copy restriction software introduced on some recent audio CDs.
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Dell embraces AMD chips for courtroom duty?

Opinion Dell has begun to offer AMD Athlon processors via its online store. But the decision has many people scratching their heads. Why would a computer maker with such a staunch Intel-only stance offer chips that can't even slot into its own products? And why would it fail to promote this change in policy if it's actually trying to sell AMD gear?

IBM targets brand conscious with search

IBM has become the latest big name IT vendor to try and cash in on the "Web 2.0" hype, tapping companies' paranoia about the potential impact that a growing wall of online noise can have on their brand.
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Boffins debunk cow-tipping myth

Two scientists at the University of British Columbia have rather disagreeably debunked the myth that you can - when suitably refreshed after a night on the sauce - stagger into a field and tip over a sleeping cow.

Bill Gates' lunchbox on eBay

Tech Digest Certified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scour Gizmoville for the oddest digital goodies, Bayraider keeps tabs on the best and worst of eBay and Propellerhead answers your PC queries.
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Easynet ISP cranks broadband to 22 meg

UK Online - the broadband ISP owned by LLU operator Easynet - has cranked up the speed of its broadband service to 22 meg.
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Dell UK slammed for 'hiring and firing' lifestyle

So the rumours flooding out of Dell's UK headquarters in Bracknell turned out to be true. The company is waving goodbye to around 230 staff. But it has told Bracknell business officials that it also aims to hire another 150 staff over the next six months.

DCC keeps the faith

DCC, the Irish distribution and sales group, saw its share price moving upwards yesterday despite posting a a small fall in profits.

Operational BI for the masses

Comment I'm always more interested in failure stories than success stories, because you learn more from failure than you do from success. If you're successful, you might just have been lucky. But there's no real incentive to think about any issues and the next person to try could fail. However, failure often highlights bigger issues than just the technical quality of your tools - it's unusual to start a project with tools that are manifestly incapable of doing the job.

Gates memo warns of future threats

In an email apparently leaked to almost every media outlet and their dogs, Bill Gates and Ray Ozzie warn that the current move to a services-based world poses a serious threat to Microsoft's business.
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Transmeta profit warning clouds positive Q3

Transmeta's decision to stop making and selling microprocessors and focus on licensing chip-design technology was once again validated during the company's most recently completed quarter.

Intel 975X chipset slips out 'early'

Intel will this quarter begin making 865GV mainstream desktop PC chipsets again, even as it brings forward the release of the high-end 975X chipset.
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Venus Express is on its way

Europe's Venus Express mission successfully blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in the small hours of this morning. Mission controllers received a signal from the craft some 90 minutes after launch, confirming that all was well.
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Why Yahoo! should call Identify

Comment One of the first and last things I do every working day is to log on to Yahoo! Finance to check what is happening to the stock market. One of the features of the page is that it continuously shows the prices of the last ten stocks I have expressed an interest in. The only problem is that it doesn’t work.
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Critical MS patch fixes graphics bugs

Microsoft has released a patch to address two critical vulnerabilities in Windows, both related to the processing of graphics files, that might by used by hackers to take control of vulnerable systems.

Re-marked Intel CPUs surface in China

In Brief Re-marked Intel Pentium M processors have turned up in China, the chip giant admitted this week.
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Nvidia GeForce 7200, 7600 due 'Feb, March 2006'

Information has come to light about Nividia's mysterious G72 and G73 graphics chips.
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Dover school board booted out in elections

All eight Dover, Pennsylvania school board members up for re-election have been booted out after introducing intelligent design to the science classroom. In their place are a number of those who campaigned against the policy.
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MS has three months to ship 3m Xbox 360s

Microsoft hopes to sell up to 3m Xbox 360 consoles by the end of February 2006 - three months after the next-generation machine machine debuts in the US in two weeks' time.

Capgemini revs up ten per cent

Capgemini increased turnover ten per cent in the third quarter, compared to the same period a year ago.
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Cambodian backwater in euthanasia website rumpus

The governor of the Cambodian province of Kampot has initiated legal action against an American internet cafe owner who promoted the area as the ideal place to commit suicide, Reuters reports.
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Dennis Thatcher has bequeathed you £950k

Now, this may sound strange and unbelievable to you, but the late Dennis Thatcher has left you a cool £950k in his will. How can this be, you gasp - I never even met the bloke. No matter, the Lads from Lagos reveal all:
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Bogus Baron BOFH banged up

A phoney English Lord who stole a dead baby's identity to lead a fantasy life has been jailed for 21 months for passport fraud. 'Christopher Edward Buckingham' was sent to prison by a judge yesterday without revealing his true identity, after living 23 years under the assumed name.
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US court rules for 'gripe website' owner

A US court has ruled that a disgruntled customer of an insurance firm cannot be sued for defamation over statements he made on his “gripe site” because those statements are protected free speech.
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Lichens love life in space

Good news for interplanetary Reindeer: researchers in the Netherlands have discovered that Lichens can survive in the harsh environment of space. This raises the possibility that Lichen could survive on the surface of Mars, the European Space Agency says, and might also widen the focus of exobiology research beyond the realm of bacteria.
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Automatic graylisting of unwanted software

As network perimeters become ever more porous, and endpoint security becomes even more critical, companies today are struggling with the problem of unwanted software - whether it's new, unknown, and potentially malicious software, or simply known but non-business applications.
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xMax - wireless voodoo?

Over the weekend, several stories of a "new low power wireless revolution" have appeared on the internet, sparked by a Florida demonstration by a startup wireless company, xG Technology. Unfortunately, the demo only allowed observers to see a black box.
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Ofcom demands greater cuts to line rental charges

The cost of renting a fixed phone line in the UK could fall by a few pence a month following the intervention of regulator Ofcom.
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Sony Ericsson Walkman W550i music phone

Review Placed firmly in the musical youth market, the W550i is one of latest edition to the Sony Ericsson Walkman series: a tri-band GSM phone with music, Java, web and email capability. As with the K750i/D750i, Sony Ericsson has again introduced a cluster of phones with a common theme and brand, all based upon the same internal technology. The good news is that Sony Ericsson gets it right and has a selection of solid phones to suit the needs of media-hungry consumers.

Microsoft takes on enterprise - again

I'm glad that it was our San Francisco correspondent, Gavin Clarke, who got to hear Steve Ballmer in person, challenging his competitors to have any doubts as to whether Microsoft's SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 (and the latest Beta of Biztalk Server 2006) are "enterprise ready". Ballmer is one of the few IT execs who physically frightens me. However, at the London launch of Microsoft's latest attack on Enterprise Computing -computing, that is, for large multinational companies doing large volumes of business- it was clear that this time it really does mean it. Perhaps it's personal.
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Movie downloading? You'll have to wait

Analysis Movie downloading in Europe is set to grow but not as quickly some would like
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Caudwell to flog entire phone business

Billionaire John Caudwell is bailing out of the phone business after announcing today that he intends to flog his whole empire.
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O2 to offer UK 'super 3G' data network by Q3 06

O2 will roll out HSDPA across its national 3G networks by Q3 2006, the network operator has revealed.

Home Office 'confident' of ID card costs

The Home Office has published an extract of the independent report which assessed the costing estimates of the National ID card scheme as "robust and appropriate."

HP job cuts hit factory staff

HP is shifting 200 manufacturing jobs from its Erskine factory to Pardubice in the Czech Republic.
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Palm chief denies Palm OS pull-back

Palm CEO Ed Colligan has pledged his company's whole-hearted support for the Palm OS - in particular when it comes to its Treo family of smart phones.
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Defra gets interested in climate change

The government is beginning a 12 week period of consultations with industry and some public sector institutions to find out exactly what is being done to prepare the UK for the effects of climate change.
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Mystery over 'hidden booty' in email scam trial

Peter Francis-Macrae, the 23-year-old who's allegedly the UK's biggest spammer, has testified that he may have "over stepped the mark" in posing as an approved domain registrar at his trial at Peterborough Crown Court this week. Francis-Macrae faces a variety of charges ranging from threats to kill to fraudulent trading.
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Darkness singer buys own album on eBay

Spandex-clad, falsetto rock singer Justin Hawkins has paid £350 to win an eBay auction of an advance copy of the Darkness's soon-to-be released album. Hawkins said he had acted to stop the CD being leaked before its official release at the end of this month.
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France Telecom fined €80m in broadband access row

France Telecom has been fined a whopping €80m (£54m) for failing to open up its network to rival broadband providers.

Liberty Alliance pushes authentication standard

The Liberty Alliance Project has launched a program designed to develop open specifications to allow different strong authentication products to interoperate more easily. Liberty’s new Strong Authentication Expert Group has been created to speed the worldwide deployment of more secure log-in technologies. It aims to create an ID-SAFE (Identity Strong Authentication Framework) standard that will make it easier to mix and match strong authentication products such hardware and software tokens, smart cards, SMS-based systems and biometrics.
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Grokster to be reborn by year's end

Grokster is set to be reborn as a fully legitimate P2P service before the end of the year, The Register has learned.
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DRM maker denies plans to shatter iPod users' eardrums

DRM maker SunnComm has denied that it is behind a new form of technology that would paralyze iPod users downloading illegal songs with high-pitched screams pumped through their headphones.
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Swisscom confirms Eircom acquisition talks

In brief Swisscom has confirmed it's in talks to buy Irish carrier Eircom, continuing an accelerating trend of acquisition and consolidation in the telecoms sector.

Software testers become 'rock stars' for Microsoft

Microsoft hopes to do for software testers what it's done for developers - turn them into "rock stars". However, it may have to get its own house in order before preaching to the industry.

SuSE co-founder leaves Novell

Novell has insisted it's business as usual for the SuSE Linux operation despite the loss of SuSE co-founder and kernel team member Hubert Mantel.