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Oracle would be smart to love Sleepycat

With the dust settling on Oracle's Sleepycat Software acquisition, attention has focused on the future open source developers and products can expect in the closed source camp.

HP dishes up iSCSI infusion for EVA systems

With its storage business on the mend, HP today announced a few additions to its StorageWorks EVA and XP lines.
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Weird scenes inside the BI gold mine

Comment If there is a gold mine in the software industry right now it is surely business intelligence. However, the business intelligence market is supposed to be consolidating and commoditising. In that case, why is it that there are a whole bunch of new vendors and products entering the market?

Strict liability for data breaches?

Comment A recent case involving a stolen laptop containing 550,000 people's full credit information sheds new night on what "reasonable" protections a company must make to secure its customer data - and what customers need to prove in order to sue for damages.

Core Web Application Development With PHP and MySQL

Book review PHP and MySQL provide the development language and database components of the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP/Perl/Python) stack that drives huge chunks of the web. Over the years they have each evolved and grown in complexity and functionality and yet they are still tied together to provide a powerful and flexible platform for web applications.

Apple to unveil 'fun products' next week

Apple's anticipated February product launch will take place on Tuesday, February 28, not today, as previous speculation had hinted. The event, which will be held on Apple's Cupertino campus, will see the Mac maker unveil a number of "fun new products".
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Microsoft faces another anti-trust suit

Microsoft, still mired in arguments with the European Commission as to whether or not it has complied with EC demands, faces yet more court action.

Micron sets RICO on Rambus

Memory maker Micron has accused Rambus of foul play after being sued by the memory technology developer last month. In a lawsuit filed with the US District Court of Eastern Virginia, Micron claims Rambus “engaged in a pattern of destruction of evidence, false testimony and other improper activities designed to mislead courts and Micron and to extract unjust patent licensing fees or damages from Micron".

Judge rejects US govt Blackberry ban immunity request

RIM vs NTP trial judge James Spencer has denied a US Department of Justice demand that all the parties concerned work out a way to ensure DoJ staffers can continue to use their Blackberries even if the judge orders the service to be shut down.
T-Mobile US' MDA and SDA smart phones

Euro cops seize Razorback P2P servers

Belgian and Swiss police yesterday shut down Razorback 2, a hugely popular source of content on the eDonkey and other P2P networks. Law enforcement officials mounted early morning raids on sites in the two countries, and seized servers and network equipment.
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PlusNet ups sales and profit

PlusNet racked up increased sales and profit last year as broadband users flocked to its service.
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EU Commission eyes MIT-style research powerhouse

The European Union will get its own research hub, in an attempt to compete with the US' MIT and emerging academic powerhouses in China and India. Proposals are due to be presented today for a centrally funded and administrated body, with up to €1bn budget.
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Wanadoo punter slips through LLU net

Wanadoo is busy trying to reconnect one of its punters who has been left without broadband for more than a month. The punter (we've decided to withhold his name) from Manchester, received an email on January 5 telling him that his broadband connection would be upgraded to 8 meg on January 16.
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Supreme Court greenlights mind-expanding tea

A US branch of a Brazilian church can use hallucinogenic tea as part of its religious rituals, the Supreme Court has decreed. The court ruled that the government "must allow the use of the tea under religious freedom laws", the BBC reports.
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Google Perfect 10 thumbnails 'breach copyright'

Google has been held liable for infringing the copyright of images purloined by others from adult website Perfect 10. Thumbnail images displayed in Google Image Search breached Perfect 10 copyright, according to a preliminary ruling in a US Federal Court this week.

Morgan Stanley offers $15m to make up for missing emails

Investment bank Morgan Stanley has offered to pay the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) $15m to settle an investigation by the regulator into an alleged failure by the firm to produce email evidence during a legal dispute.
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Round up all the Fortescues! DNA crime scene surname matching

DNA could be used by police, today's public prints tell us, to 'predict the name of suspects', according to a new study from the University of Leicester Department of Genetics. And indeed it could, but only up to a point, and the way the police would do it involves different, slightly worrying, ways of looking at the data, rather than any new gosh-wow breakthrough in DNA analysis.

Tul ships Radeon X1300 board overclocked 150MHz

Taiwan's Tul has begun shipping PowerColor ATI Radeon X1300-based graphics cards that overclock the GPU by more than 33 per cent. The PowerColor X1300 HyperMemory 2 card's 90nm graphics chip runs at 600MHz, well above the customary 450MHz.
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'Millions suffer RSI' from text messaging

Almost four million Britons suffer from text-related injuries, according to Virgin Mobile. Its report follows recent warnings about BlackBerry Thumb and iPod Finger. Listen to your body, say the experts: numb fingers and aching wrists are a signal to stop.
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Have sex, live longer

Scientists have confounded the long-held tenet that sex is bad for your health. For Zambian mole-rats at least, a bit of the other extends lifespan.
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Japanese space telescope is go

Japan this morning sucessfully launched its Astro-F infrared imaging surveyor from its Uchinoura Space Centre. The satellite, nicknamed "Akari" or "light" took to the skies at 06:28 local time atop an M-5 rocket.

Nintendo DS Lite to hit Europe well before 16 August?

Nintendo's DS Lite handheld games console may launch in Europe much sooner that the Wednesday, August 16 ship date circulating on a number of websites. The rumoured debut is "way off", according to a UK retail source cited by GamesIndustry.biz.

Shuttle next-gen SFF PC exposed

Exclusive Shuttle has taken the wraps off its upcoming next-generation small form-factor PC which crams an Intel 65nm dual-core processor, memory, hard drive, optical storage and other goodies into a case that's just 5.4cm high and has a footprint the size of an A4 page.
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EC gets fresh Microsoft complaint

A group of IT companies has complained to the European Commission that Microsoft is still engaged in anti-competitive practices.
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Amazon.co.uk Xbox 360 order cancellations a 'mistake'

Exclusive Amazon.co.uk today admitted that the cancellation of a raft of Xbox 360 'standard edition' orders had been a "mistake". The company told Reg Hardware it would contact all affected customers to re-instate their aborted orders.

Unpatched Mac OS X hole poses critical risk

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in Mac OS X that creates a means for hackers to compromise vulnerable systems. The critical security flaw is unpatched but workarounds have been issued.
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Nextel gives Sprint profits indigestion

Sprint today blamed the cost of integrating Nextel, the US cellco for missing analyst profit forecasts for Q4. But the US telco hailed a “solid quarter”, in which it gained more than two million net wireless subscribers.
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Canadian Uni hot under the collar over Wi-Fi safety

A Canadian university has limited Wi-Fi networks on campus, not out of information security concerns, but because the long-term safety of the technology is "unproven".
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The Business Intelligence (BI) scandal: why pay more to get less?

Comment The eye-catching headline above recently appeared in a press release from “business data specialists ICS". What!? A scandal in the moral world of BI? Surely not.
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Yahoo! unbans! Allah!

Yahoo! has reversed its decision to stop people registering Yahoo! IDs which include the letters "allah".

IBM goes after small biz

Big Blue is changing its channel strategy to better serve small and medium businesses.
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Nominet responds to rule-change concerns

Nominet's chairman and chief executive have hit back at claims that changes to the company's Memorandum and Articles of Association will over-commercialise the not-for-profit company.
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Yahoo! Go? Yahoo! No!

Review About a year ago, a man I'd never met before showed me pictures of a dramatic episode in his life. These showed him driving his wife to the hospital, where she was about to give birth. There were dozens and dozens of these pictures, and in each one his wife was looking progressively more grumpy.
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EFF Awards 2006: Nominate a Founder!

It's that time of the year again. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is seeking nominations for its prestigious Pioneer Awards for 2006. Last year, the award went to Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder Mitch Kapor - a decision vigorously defended by another Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder, John Perry Barlow.
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Reduce your risk of alcohol-related injury: stay drunk

Weekend drinkers are more likely to injure themselves when hammered than full-time pro boozehounds, Swiss researchers have found.

Windows Vista is for businesses - honest

Microsoft is using its latest Windows Visa beta code release to highlight the operating system's money and labor saving features for business users and IT departments.

Sun buys Linux and Solaris patch whiz

Ever on the prowl, Sun Microsystems has picked up a small patch management company called Aduva.