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Google outspooks the spooks with Total Information Awareness plan

Google wants to mirror and index every byte of your hard drive, relegating your PC to a "cache", notes on a company PowerPoint presentation reveal.
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Beer makes you rich: official

Here's a quickie that we thought we'd share with you in the wake of yesterday's latest and highly-agreeable beer revelation. Take it away Neil:
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Senate to save Bush's bacon on illegal wiretaps

The Republican-controlled Senate is convinced that US President George W. Bush committed a crime when he ordered wiretaps outside of the provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), because it about to undertake legislation to make them legal. Naturally, it would not be necessary to make them legal if they were already, as the White House and Justice Department have lamely insisted.

Microsoft accuses Office rivals of 'standards conflict'

Microsoft is digging in against an alliance pushing OpenDocument Format (ODF), accusing IT rivals of creating "standards conflict" to mask the fact they are lagging Microsoft’s Office in terms of functionality.
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Intel confirms H1 '07 next-gen Centrino debut

Intel has confirmed that 'Kedron', its roadmapped next-generation wireless network adaptor, will support 802.11n, and made public the name and release window of the next incarnation of its Centrino platform: 'Santa Rosa', based on the 'Crestine' chipset, which is due to ship H1 2007.

AOL opens AIM code to developers

AOL is opening up its code base, enabling developers to expand its online service, but is holding back on allowing for any convergence between AIM and rival messaging clients and services.
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Borland assures IDE users

Borland Software insists it's "business as usual" for programmers using its tools, as the company continues to hunt for an investor to turn its IDE operation into an independent business.

Intel touts Flash-based PC boot booster

IDF Intel is to launch an industry-wide initiative to encourage the use of NAND Flash in notebook and desktop computers in a bid to boost boot times and deliver improved power savings. The system is based on an Intel-developed technology codenamed 'Robson'.
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Next generation branch networking

As a start-up company your funding typically follows phases corresponding to prototype, product launch, then breakeven/growth. You have to match your "burn rate" to this timetable, and execution on your plan is key to ensure you don't run out of money, or give investors reason to doubt your ability to take the business forward to a sustainable market position.
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Procurement classification system under scrutiny

The European Commission today launched a consultation on a proposed update to the Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV), which is the EU-wide classification system for public procurement contracts.

Nvidia lets mobo makers show nForce 500 chipsets

Nvidia has announced it will show off its as-yet-unannounced nForce 500 chipset family this week, even though the part won't ship until "mid 2006", the company said. No surprise there: that's exactly when AMD's Socket AM2 - a key component of the nForce 500 series - is due to be launched.

Region-free HD DVD to debut in Europe 'next month'

HD DVD may come to Europe earlier than expected, with an initial, low-level roll-out due in April, Reg Hardware has learned. Such a rapid launch after this month's US debut of the next-generation optical disc format is apparently possible because of a lack of region-coding in early pre-recorded media and players.
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Understanding Enterprise SOA

Book review Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) are where the big money is these days, with all of the major vendors tripping over themselves to prove just how service oriented they can make you if you hand over huge bundles of corporate cash.
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Biometrics and web tests for immigrants

Home secretary Charles Clarke has unveiled plans to capture biometric data and conduct e-assessments of migrant workers.
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Phishing fraudsters aim to outpace site shutdowns

Cybercrooks have developed new techniques in response to increasingly aggressive moves to identify and shut down known phishing sites. In a move designed to ensure potential phishing victims always link to a live website, fraudsters have developed so-called "smart redirection" attacks.

InTechnology adds Xythos to web services bow

InTechnology has signed up as the first UK reseller for Xythos document and file management software.

The value of vulnerabilities

There is value in finding vulnerabilities. Yet many people believe that a vulnerability doesn't exist until it is disclosed to the public. We know that vulnerabilities need to be disclosed, but what role do vendors have to make these issues public?
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US and Russia urged to 'stem tide of child pornography'

A leading children's charity has called on the Governments of the US and Russia to do more to combat online child pornography.
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France may adopt download licence

France may still adopt a general download licence that would legalise internet movie and music downloads, despite heavy opposition in some corners of government. The proposal calls for a monthly fee of €8 to €15 to compensate for lost royalties.
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Google plans orbital mind control

You read it here first: despite its famous "Don't be evil" mantra, we can exclusively reveal that Google is planning a SPECTRE-style operation co-ordinated from an extinct volcano aimed at the complete subjugation of humanity by means of "orbital mind control".
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999 to get non-emergency back-up

The UK Government is setting up a new single non-emergency phone number to help relieve some of the pressure on the 999 service.
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Frankenstein weed threatens children and OAPs

Frankenstein crops laden with drugs have infected wild plants around the world after their escape from the GM laboratories and field trials where scientists promised they would be kept safe.

Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook S2110 AMD-based notebook

First UK Review Fujitsu Siemens has launched a new Lifebook notebook on the first day of CeBIT, and it’s the first model in this range to use an AMD processor. Strictly speaking, the Lifebook S2110 isn’t a new model as it has been on sale in the US for a couple of months under the Fujitsu brand. However, Fujitsu Siemens is a 50:50 joint venture between Fujitsu and Siemens, which gives the S2110 a tenuous claim to fame...
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Scientists unplug tabletop fusion

Readers may recall back in 2002 there was an awful fuss kicked up when Rusi Taleyarkhan announced he had achieved one of science's holy grails: tabletop fusion. The claim was met with understandable scepticism, after all we'd been here before. The promise of limitless, greenhouse gas-free, nuclear waste-free energy was too …
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More Excel madness

Comment Recently I wrote that Mobius has the best solution I have seen for spreadsheet management. And, wouldn’t you know it, just a week or two later, I run into another, rather different but equally valid, way of doing much the same thing. Worse, I already knew the product supported Excel (and StarOffice for that matter) but I hadn’t put two and two together.
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PlusNet launches probe after broadband downtime

PlusNet has launched a full investigation after two unrelated events led to customers losing their broadband connections.
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SatNav warriors invade Somerset village

A quiet Somerset village has been turned into a rat-run because of satellite navigation systems, residents claim. Locals in Barrow Gurney say up to 10,000 vehicles a day are taking the road through the centre of their village - instead of the main road - in order to get to Bristol Airport.
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PCA leads channel fight against fraudsters

In a move aimed at stemming the massive rise in fraud attacks against companies in the IT sector, the PCA is launching the Fraud Prevention Network (FPN) in partnership with P&A Receivables Services plc (P&A), writes Keith Warburton, executive director of the PCA.
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Anger over laptops for UK terror inmates

Terror suspects housed in Britain's top secret Belmarsh prison have been given laptops in order to allow them to review legal papers. Overstretched prison officers describe the issue of £1,000 laptops to 28 inmates as a "dangerous waste of money", The Daily Mirror reports.

Sun has four-way UltraSPARC T1 box coming

Exclusive Sun Microsystems plans to carry its UltraSPARC T1 chip from North America to Southern Africa - at least in name. The company has been beavering away on "Victoria Falls" - the third generation of its UltraSPARC T1 multi-core chips, The Register has learned.

Origami's the wrapper for a small PC

Microsoft's 'Origami' is no more than a new user interface for a tablet PC - Intel's mini-tablet form factor Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC), to be precise. Intel showed several machines it described as prototypes and reference platforms at its developer forum this week, and we have pictures.
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Intel and Transitive team on RISC gender bender

IDF Intel has resorted to the hardware world's take on gender bending to give the Itanium processor a fighting chance as more than a PA-RISC/Alpha replacement. The vendor this week announced a deal with emulation specialist Transitive to shift RISC code over to Itanic and Xeon processors.

Borland Windows tools refreshed

Borland Software has updated its Windows development environment, while stressing its continued commitment to delivering updated IDEs for developers.
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Microsoft releases beta search

Microsoft today announced the Windows Live Search beta, featuring updates to the existing Live.com and Windows Live Toolbar, intended to deliver unified, context-based search and results across different properties.