5th > June > 2006 Archive


VMware goes way beyond the VM

VMware has armed its largest product release in company history.

Phishers aim to hook MySpace users

Security watchers have discovered a phishing attack targeting users of MySpace, the social networking website. The attack comes in the form of a hyperlink sent to potential marks in an AOL instant messaging message.

Councils give identity fraudsters a helping hand

Local planning authorities are giving identity criminals "all they need" by posting applicants' personal details online, according to the UK's fraud prevention service Cifas
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YouTube gets an upgrade

YouTube got an upgrade on Friday - it has added a tab of channels - and any user can set themselves up as a channel.
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English Judge OKs software patent case

The exclusion of computer programs from the patenting process will be tested in a Court of Appeal case that could turn UK patent law on its head.
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Call centre surveillance trained on police

Software used to monitor the phone conversations of staff working in call centres will be used to tap police calls with the public and hold force operators to performance targets.
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Cybersecurity contests go national

It has all the makings of a B-movie plot: A corporate network targeted by hackers and a half dozen high-school students as the company's only defense.
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Containing the employee IT threat

Quocirca's changing channels Avoiding bad publicity, protecting brand name and maximising customer confidence are all high on the list of worries of businesses when considering their ability to comply with the various laws and regulations that govern them.
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Voda dogged by reports of shareholder revolt

Vodafone chief exec Arun Sarin is facing a challenge from some of the firm's biggest institutional shareholders who are concerned about boardroom splits at the top of the giant cellco.
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Pirate Bay resurfaces, while protesters walk the street

Pirate Bay, the controversial Swedish BitTorrent site that was closed last week by Swedish police, has reemerged in the Netherlands. The site was temporarily available at an untitled IP address, but is now running again at its original address, thepiratebay.org.
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ECS heralds 'Broadwater' mobos

Computex 2006 Intel's 'Broadwater' chipset family isn't out yet, but that hasn't stopped Elitegroup (ECS) telling the world it will show off a range of motherboards based on the new platform here at the Computex show in Taipei.
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BBC seeks webcam footie pundits

Dust off your 'cams and get ready for your close-ups, armchair Lawrensons: the BBC wants your punditry. If you know your J Jenas from your A Cole and you're handy with a webcam, you can join the live debate on the Beeb's new daily show My World Cup, which starts on Tuesday 6 June.
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Line unbundling nears 500,000 milestone

Almost half a million phone lines have been unbundled in the UK as take-up of local loop unbundling (LLU) continues to accelerate.

VIA to push thin-client concept at big business

Computex 2006 VIA is to launch a marketing programme that hopes to persuade big business it needs thin-client PCs rather than full-spec desktop systems. Dubbed the Connected Client Initiative (CCI), the scheme will be launched in Taipei later this week.

Samsung to swap Intel for AMD in next UMPC?

Samsung's second-generation ultra-mobile PC will drop the current model's Intel chippery in favour of cheaper AMD silicon, according to a company insider. Samsung hopes a much lower price will kick-start the UMPC market this autumn.
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Government mulls mind expanding drugs, man

New Labour's top science advisor has told government a new generation of brain function-enhancing pharmaceuticals are set to change how people live their lives over the next 20 years.
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Unipalm changes name

Security distie Unipalm is changing its name to Computerlinks to align itself with the group it joined in 2000.
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Aussie council deploys Barry Manilow sonic weapon

An Australian council has decided to deploy the ultimate rowdy youth repellent - piped Barry Manilow backed by a further selection of "daggy" melodies.
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UK podcasters push for better licensing

Podcasters have met the Music Alliance in an attempt to get performance fee collectors to reconsider their rules on using licensed music in downloadable audio.

Firefox vuln fails to imperil World Cup

The Mozilla Foundation last week fixed multiple vulnerabilities in its popular Firefox web browser.
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Journalists' union calls for boycott of Yahoo!

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is calling for a boycott of Yahoo! because of its "unethical behaviour" in China.
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Thus group sells off Dutch Demon

Thus, the company behind the Demon brand, has agreed to sell its Dutch arm to telco Royal KPN NV for £47m. The deal is now before the Works Councils of both firms for rubber-stamping.
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MPs call for DRM warning labels

The UK's All Party Parliamentary Internet Group (APIG) has published a report on Digital Rights Management that calls for clearer labelling of content so consumers know what they can and cannot do with material they buy.
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UK island seeks beer-loving monarch

If you're bored senseless at work and fancy a complete change of scenery coupled with immediate elevation to the monarchy, have a shufti at the website of Barrow Borough Council which is offering one lucky chap or chapess the chance to become the "King (or Queen) of Piel".
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Intel liable for busy worker's depression

An Intel employee who became depressed when her workload increased due to corporate cost cutting has won compensation from the company in the High Court. The employee, referred to in the case as Mrs D, worked in the finance department and was responsible for integrating the payroll functions of a series of acquired companies.
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Taiwanese man spends three months in net cafe

A Taiwanese man who spent three months in an internet cafe following a row with his missus finally succumbed to a fatal combination of fatigue, lack of sleep, cigarette smoke, and instant noodles last week when he suffered a heart attack, according to Dutch news site NRC.

Microsoft and Adobe get the lawyers out

Microsoft is digging in for legal action from Adobe after the two fell out over the inclusion of a "save as pdf" feature in next year's Office suite.

World Cup by broadband endangers networks

Fresh from been accused of creating optical damage to viewers as a result of presenter Kate Silverton's psychedelic blouse, the BBC is being charged with jeopardising corporate networks, and by implication the UK economy.

PGP launches network storage crypto

PGP has added another layer to its encryption platform by launching NetShare, which scrambles data headed to and from networked storage.

Contrite former spammer touts anti-spam services

A prolific spammer has agreed to sell his house to settle a million dollar fine levied after Microsoft and the State of Texas sued him over his prolific junk mail activities. Ryan Pitylak, 24, of Austin, Texas, is selling his $430,000 house, a BMW luxury car and other assets to help pay the fine and legal bills after settling a law suit brought for violation of the US's CAN-SPAM Act, AP reports.
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9/11 conspiracy movie taken off the web

Two French filmmakers, who accompanied New York firefighters into the World Trade Centre on 9/11, are threatening to sue the makers of 9/11 conspiracy web documentary Loose Change, claiming the movie infringes their copyright.
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Film triggers global warming to Al Gore

Review As An Inconvenient Truth started, our worst nightmare seemed all too near.

Toshiba touts 200GB notebook drive

Toshiba has claimed a first with its MK2035GSS 2.5in notebook hard drive which uses perpendicular recording technology to achieve a massive 200GB of storage.