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Salesforce.com welcomes CRM lapse

Salesforce.com's campaign to go beyond CRM and become a platform player took a fresh turn Wednesday with services announced to win greater developer support and a new campaign highlighting its integration with traditional back office software.

Salesforce CEO champions Microsoft-free email

Salesforce.com's chief executive Marc Benioff has encouraged businesses to adopt hosted email and collaboration from Google and dump Microsoft.
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Videogames make better doctors: official

Surgeons who play videogames before going into theatre are less likely to make potentially lethal errors, research has found. A 20-minute blast on games like Super Monkey Ball immediately prior to surgery made the sawbones quicker too.
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Report security vulns at your peril

Has it really come to this? Researchers are now so wary of reporting security vulnerabilities that some infosec experts in academia are advising their student charges to walk away from problems.
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International fusion project gets green light

A ceremony in Brussels has signalled the go-ahead for ITER, the experimental nuclear fusion reactor. The agreement means work will start on the €10bn project at Cadarache in France next year.
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Internet's first ever global forum outlines plans

The blueprint for the internet's first ever global forum to be held in Athens this October has been released.
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Vonage floats, then bobs

Internet phone pioneer Vonage went public today, but received an icy reception. The stock price floated down from its initial price of $17 a share to close at $14.85. That's the worst first-day performance for two years, and customers who took up the company's offer have been burned.

IBM makes long distance call with storage software

IBM has rung the bell on round four of its storage virtualization software package, adding in new tools for long distance data replication, more hardware support and upgraded networking support. In total, IBM has extended its lead in this still young market for software that can link together hardware made by various vendors.

Nvidia grows Quadro NVS mobile GPU family

Nvidia has extended its Quadro NVS line of mobile GPUs aimed at business-friendly notebooks that need to be connected to multiple displays - machines typically sold into the financial services world, for instance.
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Eastbourne finally gets a Sexual Health Action Group

Let's face it - Eastbourne is not noted for its lively sex scene, unless the blue-rinse paradise has a hitherto unseen dark side inhabited by septuagenarian domininatrix driving gimp-suited retired wing commanders up and down the seafront at the point of a whip.

Employee discontent grows at 4uBusiness

Staff at troubled 4uBusiness - the SME-focused sibling of phone retailer Phones4u - fear the firm is being wound down, with devastating consequences for employees.

Intel quad-core Clovertown to consume 'no more than 120W'

Intel's quad-core Xeon DP processor, 'Clovertown', will consume less power than the top-end dual-core Xeon 5000 part the chip giant unveiled this week. That said, it'll run hotter than 'Woodcrest' the next-generation architecture-based dualie due to debut next month as the Xeon 5100 series.

Nvidia 'world's fastest' graphics card specs leak out

Details of Nvidia's upcoming top-of-the-range GeForce 7950 GX2 SLI graphics card have slipped out ahead of the part's launch, expected to take place early next month at the Computex show in Taipei, Taiwan.

MacBook motion sensor malarkey gets useful

If you thought the motion sensor in Apple's MacBook Pro and MacBook laptops was only there to help protect your hard drive from accidental drops, or to do silly things like Star Wars lightsabre emulation, think again. Someone's come up with an application that's actually useful: screen control.
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Iraq grunts mourn loss of robot comrade

Those of us chronicling the inexorable Rise of the Machines™ know only too well the dangers of forming emotional bonds with technology - albeit a mere fondness for your Dyson, or a slight affection for your new Renault Laguna.

Nintendo to pitch Wii at under $250

Nintendo has revealed its next-generation console, the Wii, will retail in the US for $250 or less, and no more than ¥25,000 ($220/£119/€174) in Japan. It also expects to have shipped more than 6m of the machines by March 2007, the company said today.
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Restructure punishes Lenovo numbers

Lenovo’s fourth quarter figures were floored by a massive restructuring charge, the Chinese PC giant revealed today.
Joe Fay, 25 2006
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Canon joins exodus from film photography

Canon is to stop developing new compact and SLR film cameras and devote its entire development programme to digital products, the Japanese camera company said today.
'ard Reg, 25 2006
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Nominet racks up 5m .uk domains

Nominet has registered five million .uk domains since it was founded ten years ago.
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Unbundling US channels will change the face of TV

Comment US Presidential hopeful John McCain is pushing the idea of à la carte pricing to the US Senate.
Faultline, 25 2006
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Interactive TV to capture MySpace generation

Advanced Television says the exciting new TV station that News Corps Fox is planning to launch late this year in the US, will be given a radical new internet gloss over, modeled on the MySpace social networking site the news giant bought late last year.
Faultline, 25 2006

Dating site hack suspect charged

A Nottinghamshire man faces charges of computer hacking on Friday over an alleged attack on the website of London dating agency loveandfriends.com.
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BBC extends retirement age to 2044

Those of you who were hoping that - come your 65th birthday - you'd be able to put your slipper-clad feet up in front of the fire and suck on a Werther's Original while your faithful Labrador brought you the Daily Telegraph gardening section, are in for a nasty shock: you may be slaving away at your desk for a little longer than you thought:
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Police database patch-up planned

The "aged" and "collapsing" Police National Computer (PNC) that provides intelligence to the flawed Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) will be patched up by the end of the year, according to the man leading police efforts to build a national intelligence system yesterday.
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Users irked by Gmail glitch

An apparent outage left many users unable to access Gmail, Google's free web-based email service, on Wednesday.
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Yahoo! image search exposes school to porn

Vulnerable young minds were nearly exposed to an eye-popping smut gallery by Yahoo!'s image search – running in safe mode.
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Lab mice deaths cast doubt over RNAi

A technology that has been lauded as a panacea for many currently incurable diseases has been dealt a blow by researchers. A paper appearing in Nature says mice given RNA interference therapy (RNAi) died of liver failure and other complications.
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C&W pumps up broadband spend

Cable & Wireless (C&W) is to capitalise on its investment in local loop unbundling (LLU) by providing unbundled services to its corporate customers.
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Germany to jam prisoners' mobile phones

The German federal government is preparing a law that would allow the use of mobile phone jammers during major events, and in prisons. Blocking the use by criminals of mobile phones is seen as an important counter-terrorism weapon.
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Lib Dems set up ID freedom campaign

The Liberal Democrats are calling for people to renew their passports before the start of the summer holidays to evade having to register for an ID card before 2016.
Kablenet, 25 2006

Microsoft reveals rival to jpeg

Microsoft is making a pitch for the jpeg picture market with a rival Windows Media Photo format which will be supported in Windows Vista and made available for XP users.
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Ebay! cuddles! up! to! Yahoo!

eBay and Yahoo! are cuddling up together to expand their businesses in the US. The internet giants have struck a major strategic partnership "designed to mutually benefit both companies by better serving their user, merchant, and advertising communities".

CSC UK staff face compulsory redundancies

Compulsory redundancies could be on the cards for CSC's UK employees as it attempts to fine tune the lay-off program it announced last month.
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TorrentSpy accuses MPAA of hacking

The company behind the TorrentSpy search engine has countersued the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) over allegations that it hired a hacker in order to spy on it.
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BT wins rights to show Premiership football

BT has won the right to show Premier League football "on demand" following an £84.3m joint bid with satellite TV broadcaster BSkyB.
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419ers unleash pedigree bulldog attack

We've just received a frantic email from someone who rather inadvisedly, and inexplicably, decided to buy an English bulldog from that well-known centre of pedigree breeds: Cameroon.

Teen hack suspects charged over MySpace extortion bid

In brief Two New York State teenagers have been charged with computer hacking and attempted extortion following allegations they attempted to mount an internet shake-down targeting MySpace.com, the social networking website.
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Junk science - the oil of the new web

Comment Borges once wrote that what the world needs is more good readers, not more good writers. So when bad ideas and sloppy thinking abound, is it more the fault of the author, or the public's desire to misrepresent their views?