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MSN Billing Phisher jailed for 21 months

A US man has been jailed for 21 months for running a phishing web site even though it's unlikely he made any money through the scam. Jayson Harris, 23, of Davenport, Iowa, was convicted of sending bogus e-mail to MSN subscribers which attempted to trick them into handing over their credentials to an equally bogus website he ran. Harris was also ordered to pay $57k, the cost of investigating his case.
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BEA takes JBoss and Sun to task on open source

BEA Systems' chief executive has criticized former employer Sun Microsystems for open sourcing Solaris while signaling his intention to keep BEA's middleware stack closed.
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PartyGaming founders quit board

Two of the founders of online poker site PartyGaming are leaving its board of directors.

Gates puts the hype into hypervisor

WinHEC Linux made a surprise appearance in Bill Gates' opening keynote presentation at WinHEC on Tuesday. Midway through his speech, Gates handed the spotlight over to Jeff Woolsey, lead programme manager for Microsoft's Windows Division, to demonstrate Microsoft's 64-bit server virtualisation software. After showing how the next version of Windows Server will be able to run a full version of Windows Server 2003 in a window, Woolsey then called up another window running Red Hat Enterprise Server Version 4.
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Apple, Nike partner to produce iPod pumps

Apple has teamed up with wingéd Nike, the Ancient Greek personification of athletic footwear*, to offer an iPod Nano add-on that talks to your shoes.

Gates rolls out the Beta 2s

WinHEC Bill Gates kicked off the Microsoft Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) by announcing the second beta versions of Windows Vista, Windows Server (Longhorn) and Office 2007. Then, in what passed as a rock 'n' roll moment, he presented a slightly bemused customer with a framed edition of the betas on gold-coloured DVDs.

Dell holds nose and tries retail

Dell, famous for sticking to its direct sales business model, is opening two stores in the US but stresses it is just an experiment.
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A Java - .NET 'welding' course

Book review Like it or not, (and there are plenty of zealots who don't), the Java and .NET worlds have to learn to live with one another nicely. In practice this means that applications have to be able to cross platform boundaries easily - no more hiding behind proprietary interfaces, no more trying to own the entire software stack, and no more pretending that other platforms don't exist. All of which is helping to drive the move towards web services and service oriented architectures (SOA).

Japanese boffins build breakthrough brain-machine interface

Honda scientists have created a system that will translate thoughts into electrical signals that can be used to control machinery. The technique doesn't require the user to undergo surgery or extensive training - a major advance over past thought-controlled technologies, the company said.
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Securities trading desks adopt IM

Instant Messaging (IM) is becoming a presence on securities trading desks in the USA. And Pivot Solutions has developed IM Trader, an IM product for the trading desk.
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Review: Ion USB Turntable

Tech Digest Review from Tech Digest. Also check out our World Cup blog Who Ate All The Bratwurst?
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BT's 'honeymoon period' nearing end

BT has been warned that its "honeymoon period" is coming to an end after some telcos said they were still sceptical about changes designed to make the UK's telecoms sector more competitive and transparent.

Tech Data profits evaporate

Computer 2000's parent, Tech Data saw its shares rise slightly yesterday, despite the company posting a big fall in first quarter profits.
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Indian government moves to protect vultures

A drug that has caused the catastrophic crash of 97 per cent of the south Asian vulture population has been restricted by the Indian government. Firms have three months to stop flogging anti-inflammatory diclofenac to farmers.
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Fine phone slammers, says TSI

The head of the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) has called for "strong penalties" to combat mis-selling by telecoms companies.
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Digital fever sweeps UK as World Cup looms

Britain bounced into number one spot as Europe's most digital market on Tuesday, largely due to digital TV spending ahead of the World Cup.

O2 readies 'Super 3G' XDA Trion PDA phone

O2 Germany has posted details of a PDA phone it's calling the XDA Trion but is better known as HTC's 'Hermes' design. Hermes is also set to ship as the i-mate JasJam, if a posting on a US retail website is anything to go by.
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BI tools - certainly not commoditised

Comment Given that we have had decision support systems, enterprise information systems, and now business intelligence for the better part of two decades, you would think that the market would be showing some signs of maturity or, at least, that it was consolidating and moving towards some sort of commoditisation. From the number of new BI companies that I have met lately, this seems very far from fruition.

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Review Round-up This week's no-holds barred product assessments from around the web focuses on the big announcement of the last few days: AMD's Socket AM2 processors and Nvidia's nForce 500 chipset series...

First pictures of the $100 laptop

Available in fetching orange and yellow, or shades of blue and green, here's the $100 laptop, which was unveiled at the Seven Countries Task Force Meeting yesterday. Almost immediately, pictures of the machine hit the net.
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BT creates 1,300 new jobs

BT is looking to fill more than 1,300 new jobs as part of a £1bn upgrade to the UK's phone network.

Qualcomm sues Nokia - again

Qualcomm has brought the patent infringement allegations it has made against mobile phone giant Nokia to the UK. The US company has asked the English High Court to ban certain Nokia products and to force the Finnish firm to cough up damages.

Home Office to cull Criminal Record Bureau agents

The Home Office has fingered 3,000 organisations for expulsion from the list of groups or firms authorised to query the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) database of people with past convictions.

MS advises users to play safe with Word

Attacks targeting an unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Word 2002 and 2003 have prompted Microsoft to tell users they should run the application in "safe mode".

Firms punt Mac-friendly TV, PVR boxes

Two companies this week launched products designed to turn Macs - the Mini in particular - into PVRs. Miglia's TVMax is the most Mini-friendly of the two, but I-O Data's GV-1394TV/M3 connects to a Firewire port - handy for folk with USB 1.1-era computers.
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Evolution Broadband pulls service

London-based broadband ISP - Evolution Broadband Ltd - has decided to "stop providing ADSL service entirely" from next month.

Ballmer lets slip Vista slip

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer said the launch of operating system Windows Vista could slip back even further.
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Accenture denies responsibility for payments failure

The consultancy and technology firm told MPs that it was not responsible for the failure of the Rural Payments Agency to deliver subsidies to farmers on time.
Kablenet, 24 2006
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Vonage shares hit the NYSE

Voice over Internet Protocol company Vonage sold its shares on the NYSE for the first time today.
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Email problems snag Legend Internet

Legend Internet is blaming a hardware failure for leaving customers without email since the weekend.
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Are 3500 German eDonkey file sharers really facing criminal prosecution?

The German state prosecutor this week claimed it has searched 130 homes all over Germany and identified 3,500 suspects who have been offering up to 8,000 music files through P2P network eDonkey.
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BT gives police mobile access to databases

BT is predicting more Bobbies on the street with its service that enables police equipped with PDAs to check national databases and electoral rolls while on the beat.

Skype bug lets 'buddies' swipe files

Skype has warned of a flaw in its popular VoIP client software that creates a means for hackers to swipe files from their "buddies". The flaw can be exploited via a malicious constructed Skype URL which initiates the transfer of a single named file to another Skype user.
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Microsoft puts on mobile SideShow

WinHEC In a staged performance at the WinHEC show, a small picture frame passed almost unnoticed as Mika Krammer, director of Microsoft's Windows division, acted out life after Vista.
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Ofcom proposes first come first served spectrum sale

Ofcom has detailed its plans to sell off two spectrum bands for fixed wireless broadband services in the UK.
Joe Fay, 24 2006
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Sun stuns server market in Q1 with sales spike

The server market was slapped and dropped on its head during the first quarter of 2006. We haven't seen anything quite like it since 2000.
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Carders scam spammers

Fraudsters who deal in stolen credit card data have devised a means to extract money from sponsors of junk mail campaigns.
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Six startups from the Web 2.0 swamp

Last night, in a trendy San Francisco wine bar where you slide Java cards into dispensers to get a drink, Bite Communications hosted an event which allowed the press to swoon over its Web 2.0 clients.