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Datawarehouse useful after all

On my way to the newly-reinstated annual journo/PR bash at the Cheshire Cheese, I stopped off to talk to Simon Wilkinson (head of IR Solutions at the London Stock Exchange, LSE; and Dan Norris-Jones (MD of Priocept) about their Corporate Responsibility Exchange platform.
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Salesforce suffers gridlock as database collapses

Salesforce.com rushed Wednesday to assure customers that all is well with its online CRM service one day after a severe outage infuriated customers.
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Mortal Kombat viral ad glorified violence, says ASA

An online video ad for computer game Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks has been slammed by the Advertising Standards Authority as condoning and glorifying violence. It is the first time that a complaint over a viral ad campaign has been upheld by the watchdog.
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Santa worm is coming to IM

A new virus is taking advantage of the Christmas-time custom of sending cards and joke attachments to spread itself among users of instant messenger software.

ATI to add CrossFire to 'all' X1000 GPUs

All of ATI's Radeon X1000-class graphics chips will support the company's multi-GPU technology, CrossFire, the company has revealed.
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ATI back in the black

ATI returned to profitability during the three months to 30 November 2005, the first quarter of the graphics company's 2006 fiscal year.
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Orascom buys slice of Hutchison

Egypt-based Orascom Telecom has forked out $1.3bn (£750m) to acquire a 19.3 per cent stake in Hutchison Telecommunications International as the pair forge closer ties between their mobile businesses.
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Scientists issue chilling crop top warning

Brit readers who have ever wondered just what the NHS does exactly with all that taxpayers' hard-earned cash should rest assured that anything which doesn't go on middle management and tabulating waiting list data is dedicated to generating life-saving advice for unwary youngsters.
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RIM cuts Q4 subscriber forecast - again

Research in Motion (RIM) saw its sales continue to rise during its most recently completed quarter despite the uncertainty surrounding the outcome of its legal battle with patent holder NTP. However, the company once again cut the number of new subscribers it hopes to sign up in the current quarter.
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Undelete those deleted emails, FOIA ruling tells Government

'Deleted' Government records needn't necessarily be treated as deleted after all, according to a ruling by the Information Tribunal, which deals with appeals against rulings under the Freedom of Information Act. But don't get too excited - although in theory this means that data that can be undeleted, restored from backups or reconstructed by specialists can still be supplied in response to FOIA requests, in practice the whole show will still collapse when it encounters the haphazard shambles that UK Government backup regimes amount to.
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Intel Inside seen stamped on loo lid

Intel's as yet unannounced new logo has appeared on the web... and on a toilet seat.

Critical Symantec bug hits 40 products

A flaw affecting many Symantec security products - both consumer and enterprise - has been discovered. Users of Symantec's Norton Internet Security 2005, Norton AntiVirus 2005, Norton Antivirus for Macs, corporate anti-virus apps and Brightmail anti-spam software (among others) all need to apply patches following the discovery of the "critical" security bug. In all 40 packages are affected.
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Finnish filesharers to be pilloried in public

France and Finland are preparing to crack down on illegal firesharing with tougher punishments for hardcore miscreants.

Next Microsoft IM passes auctioned on eBay

Developers itching to test drive Microsoft's latest instant messenger can now bid for an invitation to join the test program on eBay.
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Janet Jackson's jub tops Google search list

Anyone concerned that the internet is increasingly becoming a place where people go to find useful stuff out at the expense of the kind of material which made the web what it is today can rest assured that all is in fact well.

Evesham/AOpen Mini PC Plus

Review It's finally arrived - the first Mac Mini clone. Our review system was supplied by Evesham, but the barebone chassis is manufactured by AOpen and has been known as the 'Pandora'. Sadly this catchy name is gone - AOpen has re-named it the Mini PC, which is just plain boring. Anyhow, name aside, this is a really cool-looking little machine - it arguably looks even better than the Mac Mini, mainly due to its aluminium case.
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SBS splits off products business

Siemens has offloaded a chunk of its troublesome services business – but only to the computer maker it part-owns.
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Teen confesses to drink driving homicide on blog

A Florida teen pleaded guilty to manslaughter this week after using his blog to confess to causing an alcohol-fueled car accident. Blake Ranking, 18, a passenger in a car who seized the wheel and caused a crash that killed his friend and left another seriously injured told police he had no memory of the incident. But he confessed to causing the crash on his blurty.com blog three days after the October 2004 accident that fatally injured his best friend, 17 year-old Jason Coker, local paper The Orlando Sentinel reports.
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BT inks 21CN supplier contracts

BT has signed contracts with four of its preferred suppliers for its £10bn next generation network, the UK's dominant fixed line telco announced today.

EC threatens MS with daily fine

The EC has threatened to impose a €2m (£1.36m; $2.4m) per day fine on Microsoft if it does not supply "adequate information about its server programs" by 25 January, the BBC reports. The EU declared it was "left with no alternative" in the matter.
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France votes to legalize flat-fee P2P downloads

The French legislature has voted to amend the nation's copyright law to legalize internet file sharing with a pot of money being raised, and divided up, to compensate artists and other right holders.
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SCO's Unix slide continues in Q4

The SCO Group's revenue continued to fall in the fourth quarter and during fiscal 2005, as Unix sales slumped. Management, however, tried to put a positive spin on the results, released after Thursday's market close, saying that cost-cutting measures have made SCO's Unix business profitable again and adding that plenty of cash remains to continue a legal battle against IBM.
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Tracked by cellphone

Comment We know that technology can be used to track people's location via a cellphone, but how difficult is it for law enforcement to get a court order and do this legally?