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14 fired as porn goes viral at DVLA

Up to 115 employees at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) have been disciplined over the sending of pornographic emails. The government body has dismissed 14 of those people.

AMD to build $3.5bn fab in New York

AMD is to build a 300mm-wafer fab in Saratoga County, New York. The $3.5bn plant will be used to punch out 32nm processors, comments made by senior staffers suggest.
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France dilutes plans for iTunes law

France has pulled back from an all out attack on Apple's iTunes Music Store, watering down the law which nearly forced Apple to allow non-iPod users to listen to music from iTunes.

Intel ships 'Woodcrest' Xeon CPUs

Intel has begun shipping 'Woodcrest', its dual-core, 65nm Xeon processor based on its next-generation 'Core' architecture and sibling to 'Conroe' and 'Merom', the chip giant said today.
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Hubble going blind with old age

The main camera on the Hubble Space Telescope has broken down, leaving ground-based engineers with a puzzle on their hands. As of Sunday, NASA was still not sure what was wrong with the telescope.
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JBoss does collaboration

MS Exchange – it's healthy, but missing something. That, at least, appears to be the opinion of Andrew Oliver, project lead on the JBoss Collaboration Server team. And he has a point.
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Mobile radiation excites the brain

Researchers have reported electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones has an excitatory effect on the cortex, the outer region of the brain responsible for many higher faculties. The jury's out on whether the effect is harmful; the Italian team say it could even be beneficial.
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UK telcos challenge 'next generation networks' trademark

Scottish telco Thus is calling on the UK telecoms industry to challenge a recent trademark registration of the term "next generation networks".
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Skytastic World Cup HD compo wows the crowd

We're delighted to announce that Sky and Sony have teamed up to offer one lucky punter "the ultimate way to watch the World Cup final" - a prize draw to secure the following footie-friendly kit:
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'Malicious damage' causes Telewest World Cup blackout

Around 100,000 homes in the Bristol area were left without TV or internet services yesterday after two cables were "maliciously damaged".
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Crypto utopia Sealand ravaged by fire

Fire has damaged a World War II gun emplacement seven miles off the English coast. Better known as "Sealand", the fort was acquired in the 1960s by Roy Bates, who declared it an independent principality.
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Is that a PC in your pocket?

Analysis Mobile phones are not, and never will be, the open and truly flexible platform that desktop computers provide.
Bill Ray, 26 2006
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EDS gets its pound of flesh from MOD

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has agreed on the level of compensation it should give EDS for having changed its mind about what it wanted from the £2.3bn Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) project.

MS wants unity in communications

Microsoft will unveil its plans to merge telephone and computer systems under the "unified communications" banner, in San Francisco later today.
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Germans gun down rampaging bear

State authorities in Bavaria have shot dead a brown bear which had become the country's first wild sighting since 1835.

Mercedes unveils Bluetooth-rigged, SIM-sucking auto

Mercedes Benz has integrated text messaging into its in-car mobile phone system, the car company said last week. The rig automatically connects to your handset when it comes in range, and sucks down the contents of the phone's memory and SIM card over a Bluetooth link.

iPod speaker rig returns to valve amplification era

Some in the audiophile world mourn the passing of the thermionic valve, out-evolved by the transistor and integrated circuit. Valves, they maintain, make for a warmer sound and better audio fidelity. But now the vacuum valve is back, revived for the iPod era in the i-Steroid amp and 2.1 speaker combo.
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Buffett donates billions to Bill Gates' charity

Warren Buffett, the world's second richest man, has pledged $30.7bn of his $44bn fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The billionaire investor will donate the money in stages, he said, in the form of shares in his company Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
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Say Hello to voice phishing

Hi-tech fraudsters have begun using recorded telephone messages in a bid to trick users into handing over confidential account information. The tactic has been adopted as a variant of recently detected phishing attacks targeting customers of the Santa Barbara Bank & Trust.
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French Google Earth rival crashes and burns

A French alternative to Google Earth - offering hi-res coverage of the entire country - went into meltdown last Friday shortly after its launch and is still unavailable due to a stampede of punters eager to avail themselves of the free service.

UK to trial music downloads via DAB

Think you need an internet connection for music downloads? Think again. UBC Media Group, one of the UK's largest independent radio production companies, today launched a download service that delivers songs across the Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) network.
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Googled by GWT - Part 1

I have done a great deal of client oriented Swing-based work over the years. I admit to really enjoying this, as you get immediate feedback in terms of the UI you are developing and, when run within tools like Eclipse, a very rich development environment. I have always really liked the speed with which you can change some code, run it, debug it, make a change and continue debugging. This can be really useful for sorting out those niggly little logical or behavioural issues.
John Hunt, 26 2006

Samsung P300 credit card-sized phone

Review At what point does small become too small? Samsung's latest mobile phone is the size of a credit card and only slightly thicker, but has Samsung pushed the boundaries too far?
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BT hooks up with KDDI for Japanese JV

BT is hooking up with Japanese telco KDDI to provide telecoms service to Japanese multinationals.

Free piracy protection tool 'links to porn'

A free web browser that claims to cover your tracks when visiting pornographic sites turns out to be a click fraud engine, security firm Panda Software has claimed.
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Good to ship Domino push email tool next month

Enterprise messaging company Good Technology today announced the roll out the IBM Lotus Domino version of its push email server, taking the opportunity to re-brand its offerings while it was about it. So it's farewell GoodLink, hello Good Mobile Messaging (GMM).
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Shuttle pilot: flight risks still a mystery

The pilot who will take the controls of the Shuttle Discovery for its Friday launch says the craft hasn't been flown enough times for anyone to figure out what the real safety risks are.
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NY Times accused of treason

US Representative Peter King (Republican, New York), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has called the New York Times "treasonous" for informing the public about another secret Bush Administration counter-terrorist program, the Associated Press reports.

Anti-virus market hits $4bn

Worldwide anti-virus software revenues hit $4bn last year, 13.6 per cent up on sales from 2004. According to analyst firm Gartner, the market is almost evenly split between enterprise and consumer sales, with shares of 51.5 per cent and 48.5 per cent respectively.
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'Darwin's tortoise' dies, age 176

A 176 year-old tortoise called Harriet, which some believe was one of three tortoises taken from the Galapagos Islands by Charles Darwin, has died in Australia.
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Fasthosts floored by Telewest cable cut

Fasthosts - which describes itself as the "UK's number 1 web host" and "home to more websites than any other provider" - has blamed Telewest's network blackout yesterday for its service going titsup for around 10 hours.
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Brits sent 3.3bn texts during May

SMS-loving Brits sent a record-breaking 3.3bn text messages in May - representing a daily average of 106m or, by our reckoning, roughly 1.76 missives per day for every man, woman and child in the land.

Microsoft's future file system dies, again

Microsoft's most ambitious software plan - to base Windows on a native database - has died again. The feature was originally touted in 1991 for 'Cairo', which Microsoft then described as an object-oriented operating system, built on top of Windows NT. Cairo was sidelined as a result of Microsoft's focus on the internet, and the evaporation of the Apple/IBM Taligent OS. But the idea, reborn as WinFS, was revived in 2001 as one of the "three pillars" of Longhorn, now Windows Vista.
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The internet's CEO signs up for three more years

The CEO of internet overseeing body ICANN, Paul Twomey, has signed a three-year extension to his employment contract, it was announced this morning in Marrakech.
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Junk mail scumbags in harvesting attack

Spammers launched a huge number of directory harvesting emails over recent days in an apparent attempt to update their email databases. The attack, which lasted several days, peaked on Sunday, 18 June when web security firm BlackSpider intercepted 109 times more of these malicious emails than it normally intercepts.
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Drug trial 'Elephant Man' to lose fingers and toes

Ryan Wilson, the man worst affected by the TGN1412 drug trial, is to have all his fingers and toes removed.
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Intel gives the go ahead to buy its server chips again

For the last few months, Intel has been on something you might call "Paul Otellini's Ride." It's kind of a Silicon Valley take on Paul Revere's famous ride where instead of warning about the British, Intel warned about the future. "The future is coming! The future is coming! The future is coming."