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HP celebrates a decade of love for AMD

In years past, major hardware makers often hid their AMD-based gear as some kind of secret shame. They buried AMD-based PCs on special web sites that only the most persistent customers could find. Such times have passed - at least for HP.
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IBM and Oracle to get physical over Eclipse SOA projects

Exclusive There's gonna be some tough talking at next week's annual EclipseCon, as two of the industry's biggest vendors hammer on smaller organizations to merge Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) tools projects.
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London Underground sets lawyers on tube spotting geek

Geoff Marshall is that rare creature - a big fan of London Underground. So much so that he holds the official world record for shortest time to visit every station on the network - 18 hours and 35 minutes fact fans. In August 2005 he repeated the effort with 60 other people to raise money for the charity set up for victims of the 7 July bombings.
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Gates mocks Negroponte's $100 laptop

Bill Gates has mocked the $100 Linux-based, wind-up powered PC which is being pitched by MIT media lab co-founder Nicholas Negroponte at developing markets.
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Beyond the Oyster

Transport for London (TfL) is investigating the possibilities of long term alternatives to its smart cards
Kablenet, 16 2006
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Tube to reject passenger scanners

London Underground is likely to reject the use of passenger scanners designed to detect weapons or explosives as they are "not practical", a security chief for the capital's transport authority said.
Kablenet, 16 2006
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Middle-class peeves cost more money than exists

A simple thing prompted this inquiry: a recent story by Forbes that we happened upon, in which we encountered the startling news that this year's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament will cost US businesses billions in lost productivity. The figures come courtesy of consulting outfit Challenger, Gray and Christmas - and Forbes, to its credit, expressed skepticism about them.

Memorex revives 1970s tape look for Flash disk era

Memorex thinks it has the key to success in the state-of-the-art USB Flash drive market: make products that look like outdated technology. It's FlashDisc, announced less than 24 hours ago, fits drive and USB connector into a casing that looks like a magnetic tape reel from the early 1970s.
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Anti software patents lobby agrees with arch enemy

Anti-software patent campaigners had a rare moment of harmony with the European Patent Office yesterday, coming out in support of a European Parliament motion of patent harmonisation between Europe and member states.
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The Curly Wurly nebula at the centre of the Milky Way

Astronomers have found a double helix-shaped nebula using the infra-red Spitzer Space Telescope. The discovery, reported today in Nature, is unlike most star-forming regions, which are more like amorphous clouds.
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Judge upholds PlayStation controller ruling

Sony Computer Entertainment has lost the latest round in a patent case over a vibrating PlayStation controller, after a Judge refused to accept an argument that Immersion Corporation, the patent owner, had tried to hide crucial information.
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Registrars urge rejection of VeriSign's .com deal

Nineteen internet companies, including Network Solutions, have asked ICANN’s Board of Directors to reconsider a controversial agreement giving VeriSign control of the .com top-level domain until 2012.

Archos readies twin-tuner handheld PVR

Media player maker Archos will ship what it claims is the world's first portable movie player with two integrated digital TV tuners and built-in PVR functionality in two months' time, the company said yesterday. It also announced a new music player, adding support for Plays for Sure-branded download services.
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10m Vodafone Live! punters signed up

Crikey, here's something we haven't seen lately - some good news from Vodafone.
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Centerprise signs up BFG

Leading US supplier of NVidia graphics cards BFG Techonologies has appointed Centerprise as its sole UK distributor. Centerprise hopes BFG's UK push will help it consolidate its position in the gaming market through the tie-up.
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Amazon poised for film downloads assault

It comes as little surprise for those that follow online video downloads that Amazon is in discussions with the major studios, as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal both state this week.

MHP licensing terms finally create havoc

There is something of a shambles in the making at the Dolby subsidiary Via Licensing, the technology licensing body that is meant to be handing out royalty agreements for the Multimedia Home Platform (MHP).

Vodafone eyes 3G TV phone for Japan

Vodafone's Japanese operation yesterday unveiled its latest TV phone, a Sharp-made W-CDMA 3G handset with a swivelling 400 x 240, 262,144-colour Aquos-class widescreen display and the ability to tune into earthbound digital broadcasts.

Global Knowledge becomes largest Cisco trainer

Global Knowledge claims it is now the world's largest provider of Cisco training after snaffling up Azlan Training.
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Get your drugs over wireless

Details of a world-first wireless-operated implant to control the release of therapies have emerged. It's hoped the device will herald a new era for patients reliant on regular and precise doses of molecules that have limited stability, or are very potent.
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Cybercrime costs biz more than physical crime

Cybercrime is more costly to businesses than physical crime, according to a recent IBM survey of 600 US businesses. Lost revenue, wasted staff time dealing with IT security attacks and damage to customer goodwill were rated as a bigger problem than conventional crime by 57 per cent of firms in the healthcare, financial, retail and manufacturing industries. Respondents in the US finance industry (71 per cent) were the most concerned about the threat of cybercrime.
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Celebs tremble as stalkerQuest takes off

New York celebrities are quaking in their collective Ugg boots at the launch of gossip mongers Gawker.com's new Gawker Stalker site.
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3 disappoints Irish roamers

Three cheers for 3. Well, kinda. Earlier this week the boss of 3 in Ireland scrapped roaming charges for its punters while they're out and about in Britain or Northern Ireland.
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Ex-Apple execs hop on the Spac track

Apple's co-founder, one of its former CEOs and an ex-Apple CTO have formally announced their partnership in a technology acquisition company a month after reports they were planning just such a move and eight months after the firm was founded.

Pebble micro MP3 player

First UK Review Pebbles - you can skim them across waves, 'decorate' the front of your house with them, even make phone calls with them. And now you can play songs on them too. Well, sort of. UK-based digital music player retailer Advanced MP3 Players (AMP) has come across a small, pebble-shaped device and it's chosen to market the South Korea-sourced product under its own name. Given the player's size and shape, what else could AMP call it?
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Horizon sees rise in revenues, earnings

Horizon Technology reported revenues of €294m for the year ending December 2005, up 5 per cent on the €281m it posted for 2004.

Say Hi to the mouse click capturing Trojan

Security researchers have discovered a keylogging Trojan that captures mouse clicks as well as key strokes. PWSteal-Bancos-Q targets customers of online banking and financial institutions primarily in Brazil. However Australian anti-virus firm PC Tools warns that variants could be created to affect additional online financial sites worldwide.
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Priapic pensioner becomes garlic-powered porn star

A Russian grandad who wandered onto a porn set has become the star of his own series of grumble flicks. David Bozdoganov, 75, apparently believed he was about to enjoy a "muscle man show" at the studios of Gorodcki production company, Ananova reports.
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Google sets up Base for retailers

Google is planning to create an online market for traditional retailers via its recently unveiled Google Base service. The search engine giant is looking to create a "virtual supermarket" by developing the service, which is currently undergoing beta testing.

Mac-boots-Windows contest won

The $13,000 prize for whoever gets Windows XP to dual-boot on an Intel-based Mac has been won, according to the website created to promote the competition. At this stage it's not clear who's going to walk off with the cash, or whether their code will make it to a wider audience.
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US authorities bust P2P child porn chat room

The US Attorney General said yesterday that 27 people in the US, Canada, Australia and England has been arrested following an investigation into an internet chat room hosting child pornography.
Joe Fay, 16 2006
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Disabled people check out site usability

A new service has been unveiled today to help firms and organisations ensure their websites can be accessed by people with disabilities.
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uSwitch.com switched for £210m

Uswitch.com - the UK online price comparison service - has been snapped up by US outfit EW Scripps for £210m ($366m). At this stage it's not known if Scripps used an online price comparison service to ensure it got the best price for uSwitch. No matter.
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Microsoft hunts pirate auctioneers

In brief Microsoft is cracking down on software pirates who hawk their wares through online auction sites. Redmond has filed eight lawsuits in the US against sellers it claims sold counterfeit MS software via eBay. The company said it became aware of seven of the alleged pirates through customer submissions to its Windows Genuine Advantage program. It said it also monitors auction sites, and requested 50,000 takedowns of dodgy deals last year.®
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US bank approves ripped-up credit card application

A US man who sent in a torn up, and taped back together, credit card application as an experiment to see whether he needed to shred his applications has received a credit card. Rob Cockerham used his father's address and his mobile (as opposed to land line number) when making an application for a JP Morgan Chase credit card.
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Nominet loses all three EGM votes

The extraordinary general meeting of UK registry owner Nominet this morning, which hoped to pass three restructuring resolutions, turned out to be just that - extraordinary.
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Friends and families deal with drug trial fallout

Details continue to emerge of the London drug test that put six volunteers in a critical condition.
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OFT fingers online grocers over pricing

The UK's biggest supermarkets have been ticked off for not being clear about the prices they charge for online groceries.

Motorola unveils Ming Linux phone for China

Motorola is having another go at Linux-based smart phones, this time by rebranding its previously announced A1200 as the Ming. Expect the company to launch Flsh and Grdn models in due course. It has already begun shipping the Ming in Hong Kong, it said.
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ID Cards compulsory again

After the Lords voted again yesterday to stand by amendments that would have made Identity Cards voluntary in Britain, MPs have voted again for creeping compulsion.