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Borland wants to be a Red Hat for developers

Borland's Java and Windows application development tools will once again lead the industry, setting the pace in both quality and innovation. So says Nigel Brown, who is leading Borland's integrated development environment (IDE) business to independence and out of the shadow of Borland's other application lifecycle management (ALM) tools. Brown, an 18-year Borland veteran, was recently named general manager of Borland's IDE business.
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Oracle extends 'lifetime' promise

When it comes to Oracle- bought software, 'lifetime support' used to mean just support for seven years, making "software support years" run even faster than dog years.
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Database and support duo take on Oracle

Database spin-out Ingres is getting a little enterprise support from netCustomer in its unfolding strategy of challenging Oracle in the database market.
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Ingram solid in Q1 despite Euro softness

Ingram Micro beat its own financial forecasts in the first quarter despite softening economies and currencies in Europe.
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Europe's plan to hunt down pirates

The EU is planning a crackdown on counterfeiting and pirating of goods, with penalties including a minimum four year prison term.
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Forensic felonies

A new law in Georgia on private investigators now extends to computer forensics and computer incident response, meaning that forensics experts who testify in court without a PI license may be committing a felony.
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Rambus awarded $306.5m in Hynix patent case

Rambus has won its month-long patent infringement trial against South Korean rival Hynix Semiconductor. A San Jose, California jury yesterday awarded compensation to the US chip interface designer in the sum of $306.5m.
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TalkTalk slapped for 'free' calls ad

BT has struck a blow against fierce rival Carphone Warehouse after the advertising watchdog ruled that an ad plugging its TalkTalk phone service was misleading.
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British employment law challenges offshoring

Recent changes to rules that protect British employees when a business changes hands have angered offshore service providers who fear becoming liable to British workers who lose their jobs. An employment law expert says the concern is justified, at least in part.
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Eleven new UK GSM mobile carriers

Ofcom has announced that it will award some "thin" mobile phone franchises in May; and the winners include - beside the usual suspects, a company called CyberPress. Is that Pipex?
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Evesham has graphic plan for notebooks

Evesham Technology has spruced up its top end notebooks by giving them Nvidia’s latest graphics processor and a liberal sprinkling of Intel’s dual-core processor technology.
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Council takes initiative on identity

Sunderland City Council is rolling out its prototype regional federated identity initiative across the north-east of England.
Kablenet, 26 2006
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Space Muslims face weightless search for Mecca

Here's a poser for our Muslim readers: if you're aboard the International Space Station and it's time to pray - how do you pinpoint Mecca?
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PGP unfazed by MS disk encryption

Infosec PGP says the whole disk encryption kit Microsoft will bundle with Vista is no threat to its position as the first port of call for forgetful laptop luggers.
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Plusnet in cut-price broadband bundle

Plusnet has unveiled the details of a new bundled phone and broadband product that attempts to match the cut-price offer recently announced by the Carphone Warehouse.
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MDM may change your life…or not

Comment According to (the normally more readable) Wikipedia, Master Data Management (MDM) “focuses on the management of reference or master data that is shared by several disparate IT systems and groups. MDM is required to warrant consistent computing between diverse system architectures and business functions”.
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Chinese clone BSE-resistant calf

Chinese scientists have successfully cloned a cow "with gene cells resistant to mad cow disease", reports Xinhua news agency via Reuters. The 55kg calf, born in the eastern province of Shandong, was cloned from cells of an adult cow and carries transplanted genetic material conferring the resistance to bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
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Hoberman packs his bags

Brent Hoberman - chief exec of Lastminute.com - is giving up the day to day running of the business he helped create eight years ago with dotcom pin-up Martha Lane Fox.
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Aussies to get pseudo-ID Card

It looks like an ID Card. It smells like an ID Card. Heck, it even spooks you like an ID Card. But, as Australia's carbon copy Commonwealth Prime Minister says, "it ain't no ID card".
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We'll buy smut if you send us the spam

Infosec Spammers get more response from smutty emails than any other form of junk email.
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Microsoft talks up interoperability

MS v EC Microsoft took the stand today to try and overturn the European Competition Commission’s decision to force it to improve server interoperability.
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Getting off the UK DNA database: ACPO explains how

The UK is something of a DNA record kleptocracy, with a national DNA database now well in excess of three million records, and with new sampling opportunities available to the police on remarkably easy terms. These days it's ever so easy to get onto the UK database, but how do you get off?
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Phishing goes international

Infosec The number of phishing attacks targeting non-English speaking financial institutions is on the rise.
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Airbus proposes cost-saving 'standing class', says NYT

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has come up with a cunning plan to cram 853 unfortunate passengers into its new A380 - make them all stand up strapped to a padded backboard, the New York Times reports.
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Vonage hooks up with The Cloud

Vonage has inked a deal with Wi-Fi outfit The Cloud to enable its VoIP users to use their service on the move.
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US clamps down on violent supermodels

Danish supermodel May Andersen was unceremoniously expelled from the US yesterday after allegedly "slapping and wrestling" a flight attendant on a plane from the Netherlands to Miami last week.
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Suffolk becomes 'face of government IT'

John Suffolk, currently the head of Criminal Justice IT, is to take over as the government's chief information officer.
Kablenet, 26 2006
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Where have all the dolly birds gone?

Infosec blog Infosec's second day witnessed the departure of most of the promotion girls that made the show more colourful than it otherwise might have been. This is a shame because many people only come to the show for one day and spend that lugging their luggage around from stand to stall.
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NY subway w*nker gets two years' probation

NSFW Dan Hoyt, the New York subway perv who exposed himself masturbating to a 22-year-old web developer, has avoided a jail sentence, the New York Post reports.
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BT hits back at Carphone dig

BT has hit back at jibes by Carphone Warehouse boss Charles Dunstone that the UK's dominant telco should "spend a little more time looking at their own expensive call charges and a little less time reading our ads".
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Esteem buys Scots ACCESS

Esteem Systems has jacked up its Scottish business by taking over Livingstone-based Sun house ACCESS Computing Ltd.
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Arms hawks land on EU security board

Arms manufacturers have been put in charge of forming civil European policies as agents of an unaccountable coterie of big business interests, civil liberties campaigners Statewatch claimed in a report yesterday.
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Commission rejects MS server claims and demo

MS v EC The Court of First Instance reconvened this afternoon to hear the commission’s defence of its anti-trust decision imposed on Microsoft in 2004.