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Who owns your Wikipedia bio?

Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, made another rare public relations concession as he took to the cable news networks today. Once again, it's Wikipedia that's giving the web a bad name.

At last, Sun unveils UltraSPARC revival

Sun Microsystems has decided to admit that it does sell the Sun Fire T2000 and T1000 servers, ending months of denials.
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Xen 3.0 ready to be hammered

Xen has gone communal with Version 3.0 of the server slicing software hitting the internet in its mostly final form.
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Tesco unwraps musical Xmas sandwich

Those readers who love Xmas and the traditional, relentless, three-month orgy of capitalism which precedes it will be delighted to learn that they can now celebrate the season of goodwill to all men while sitting at their desks - thanks to the Tesco musical Xmas sandwich.
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Real rhapsodises over the net

In a move designed to win a larger slice of the digital music market, Real Networks is to make its music library available to any user with a web browser.
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MP3 players could destroy planet: official

We at Vulture Central have been sitting nervously for a couple of weeks now awaiting the first in an inevitable stream of press releases tenuously linking new technology, data security and Xmas. In fact, we were going to have an award on Xmas Eve for the release which most spectacularly bolts a Yule data apocalypse alert onto a shameless plug for some security outfit.
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Future of AOL to be decided soon

The ongoing saga over the future of AOL could be nearing a conclusion. Last month, AOL's parent Time Warner confirmed that it was holding "exploratory" talks with a number of operators over the future of its AOL internet division concerning a "range of potential strategic relationships and transactions".
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Fujitsu preps carbon nanotube heat-sink

Fujitsu has figured out how to cool chips using carbon nanotubes, though it's going to a few years yet before the technology is ready for commercial usage, the company admitted.
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Rhapsody 'preview' for Mac, Linux users

RealNetworks is to extend its currently Windows-only Rhapsody music subscription service to Mac and Linux users next week, the company said last night. However, even then, they will not gain access to the full Rhapsody package.
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Bluetooth roadmap updated but UWB wars could scupper it

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group, which controls the development of the short range wireless standard, is shortly to publish an updated roadmap that defines plans up to the third quarter of 2007, with the focus on interoperability with UltraWideBand (UWB).
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Intel Macs 'due 6 June'

Apple's Intel-based Macs may not appear until June 2006, if claims made by sources at Taiwanese distributors are to be believed.
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ITV swallows Friends Reunited

Friends Reunited has been flogged. As widely expected, the reunion web site has been swallowed by ITV for £120m in cash and paper. A further £55m is payable if the operation hits certain numbers in 2009.
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E-tailers must provide more information

Many small UK firms who have made the jump online are failing their customers by providing an inadequate amount of information about purchasing and delivery.

ATI unwraps first X1000-class mobile graphics chip

ATI yesterday unveiled its latest mobile graphics chip, the Mobility Radeon X1600, the first notebook-oriented GPU to support the company's Avivo video capture and playback enhancement technology.
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Panasonic promos 50GB Blu-ray Disc production pilot

Matsushita's Panasonic subsidiary has retooled its US Blu-ray Disc (BD) production line to offer not only 25GB single-layer discs but also 50GB dual-layer media, the company said yesterday.
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Empire Online plays legal card in PartyGaming spat

Empire Online confirmed today that it has launched legal proceedings against fellow online gaming outfit PartyGaming PLC, following the two firms’ abortive autumn mating dance.
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Aussie Kazaa users told to stop using Kazaa

Australian Kazaa fans can now no longer use or download the P2P application.
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Sonnet iPod battery replacement pack

Review Sonnet isn't the only company to offer iPod battery upgrades, but it's the first to bundle a video installation guide. With printed instructions typically about as basic as it's possible to get, does Sonnet's approach make battery replacement an easier task for the non-techie?

Apple to open Sheffield this Saturday

Apple has confirmed it will open its latest UK AppleStore this weekend, in Sheffield's Meadowhall Centre.
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Ericsson to babysit 3's UK phone network

3 is to hand over control of its 3G phone network in the UK to Ericsson as part of a massive seven-year managed services deal.
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Taiwanese firm to open UFO research base

An unnamed Taiwanese company is to build a UFO research facility in China's Guizhou Province.
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UK vs US as vendors race to ship first dual-core laptop

The race to be the first company ship the first notebook equipped with a dual-core processor is now on. In blue-and-black livery, we have US-based WidowPC, which last week touted its Sting 917X2. Facing it, already saddled up, is the UK's Rock Direct, which announced its dual-core Xtreme 64 a little while ago.
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EFF volunteers to lose important suit over Sony 'rootkit'

Opinion The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is renowned for its impeccable taste in the battles it fights on behalf of consumers, and for its uncanny ability to stuff every case up in ways that lead to permanent injury for everyone except the entities they oppose.
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Xbox 360 vs PS3

Certified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scour Gizmoville for the oddest digital goodies, TV Scoop features all that’s cool in British telly and Propellerhead answers your PC queries.
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Anatomy of a failed virus attack

Analysis Here follows a short story of a failed virus attack on me and my company, and why e-mail from strangers, hostile or otherwise is not a problem for us. I would like to draw your attention to two major points about security and e-mail, but which are also applicable to any other Internet protocol in this brief essay.
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Celine Dion fights mutant rats on Xbox 360

Letters Ah, the Xbox 360: what on earth did we have to discuss before the recent release of MS's long-awaited games console? Damned if we can remember...
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Hibernate Object Relational Mapping (Part 2)

Hibernate Object Relational Mapping (Part 1) is here.
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Ofcom fingers Capgemini for IS deal

Ofcom has chosen Capgemini to come up with a new information system to replace those it inherited from previous regulators.
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Al-Qaeda probes enemy on Google Earth

Amid all the kerfuffle of late regarding Google Earth and its possible threat to the national security of several jittery nations comes an interesting snippet from an email purporting to be from a US Marine who served in Iraq. In it, he suggests that al-Qaeda is using Google Earth as a intelligence tool in its fight against the US military.
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Telewest coughs to email gremlins

Telewest - the cableco merging with NTL - is trying to track down some email gremlins that appear to be hitting its broadband service at peak times.
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Hosting firm cuts off VMT Scientific website

A Nevada company's website was suspended by its hosting provider last week after its stock was widely advertised by spam and across weblogs.
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Philips legend dies at 100

Frits Philips, the only son of Anton Philips, the founder of the Dutch electronics giant Philips, died yesterday in Eindhoven at the age of 100. Under his leadership great progress was made in the worldwide expansion of the company's industrial and commercial activities.
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eBay UK takes down pirate software sales

Microsoft and eBay are working together to stop the sale of pirate software on the online auction site. According to Microsoft, more than 21,000 suspect software sales were removed from the UK eBay site between August and October this year.
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More on IBM and SOA

Comment Further to my previous article resulting from IBM’s annual analyst Software Group conference, here are some more thoughts on what IBM was talking about.

Novell hails pipsqueaking NHS deal

Novell has won a £21.8m contract to supply software across the National Health Service. This is good for the British taxpayer - as NHS Connecting for Health, the snappily-named IT arm of the health service, reckons it could save us up to £75m over three years compared with previous arrangements.

Unix support and licensing focus for 'minor' Windows release

Microsoft is touting interoperability with Unix and a licensing offer for Virtual Server 2005 to promote a minor release of Windows that targets branch office users.

Sun opens Niagara chip design to world+dog

Sun Microsystems today complemented the release of two new servers with some potentially significant changes to its processor architecture licensing policy and the way in which Oracle will price its database for the fresh gear.
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Red Hat designs rubber stamp for open source stacks

Red Hat will certify open source applications running on its Linux distribution with three subscription-based services that potentially challenge start-ups.
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Brocade ends 2005 with a wheeze

Brocade today delivered moderately disappointing fourth quarter results, which stand as an improvement over painful revenue totals turned in last quarter.
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Hollywood bets on biometric DRM + P2P

Exclusive Some of you may recall the quixotic crusade of inventor Gary Brant, who we interviewed last year. Gary proposed integrating biometric DRM into a portable MP3 player, and was unabashed when several hundred Register readers wrote in to say what a bad idea it was. Not one reader, in fact, endorsed the idea.