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ICANN Marrakech It's difficult to know if there is anything more frustrating than being unable to get on the internet at an ICANN meeting, but then I'm certain that the greengrocers of Georgia or undertakers of Uxbridge have an anecdote or two to put that in shadow.
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Vicious cat-fight breaks out at NASA over space race

A most unusual cat-fight broke out last night at the NASA Ames center here, as two women battled to learn when they will be able to take cheap flights into space.
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MS and Cisco back resistance to controversial patent law

The US Supreme Court is to rule on one of the most controversial aspects of patent law, "obviousness".
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Committee criticises DCA minister

Parliament's Committee on Constitutional Affairs has criticised the government for failing to acknowledge the "serious threat" to Freedom of Information (FOI) in how electronic records are stored.
Kablenet, 29 2006
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Googled by GWT - Part 2

GWT (or the Google Web Toolkit) provides a Java library and set of tools that allow a pure JavaScript and HTML application to be derived form a Pure Java development environment. The executable is then generated from this and is implemented in terms of JavaScript, HTML and CSS etc. As such, this allows a much higher level of abstraction to be used by developers, while still generating the latest AJAX based web applications.
John Hunt, 29 2006

Spain adds levy to blank discs

The Spanish government will add a levy to blank media such as CDs and DVDs to hand over to copyright holders to compensate for the duplication of copyrighted materials.

IE blighted by flaw duo

A brace of new Internet Explorer vulnerabilities have been disclosed on a security mailing list.
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Virgin France cops €600k piracy fine

Virgin France has been slapped with a €600,000 fine for illegally downloading Madonna's Hung Up for resale on its site - in the process ignoring an "exclusive deal reached by Warner Music France with France Telecom and Orange", the BBC reports.
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Nokia works with Korean vendors on Wi-Bro and WiMAX

Analysis Samsung may be looking to Wi-Bro, its pre-802.16e technology, to provide it with the means to gain global presence in networking infrastructure, but it knows no wireless system will really hit the mainstream without some support from Nokia, with its huge sway over the handset market.

Dell rejigs US units

Dell has reorganised its US consumer and business units to focus on growth.
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3! inks! deal! with! Yahoo!

3 is to give its punters unrestricted access to the wibbly wobbly web following a deal with Yahoo!. The 3G phone outfit has signed a global agreement with the internet giant to use its mobile internet services.

Intel reportedly delays 'Conroe'... by four days

Intel has allegedly put back the shipment of its 'Conroe' Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors by a whopping four days, Taiwanese motherboard-maker sources have claimed. How will the chip giant's fanboys cope?

Sapphire ready to ship first HDMI graphics card

Sapphire has claimed to be the first graphics card maker to offer a board with a built-in HDMI port. The card is based on ATI's CrossFire-ready Radeon X1600 GPU.
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Rank outsider poised to buy Elonex

A printer cartridge recycler has entered the final stages of negotiations with administrators to snap up choice cuts of defunct British PC manufacturer Elonex Plc.
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Venus Express reveals double-eyed storm at planet's pole

The first scientific results are already beaming back from the European Space Agency's Venus Express mission.

ATI RS600 said to be set to ship as Radeon Xpress 1250

The Intel-oriented version of ATI's RS600 chipset will ship as the Radeon Xpress 1250, it has emerged.
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Scots battle English on Andy Murray blog

The blog of Scottish tennis hopeful Andy Murray has turned into a Braveheart-style battlefield between Scots and English following the player's recent comment that he'd back Paraguay in England's opening World Cup match, and in fact he'd support "anyone but England" during the tournament.
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MySpace mugging: not just kids at risk

It seems that it isn't just teenage girls who are in danger on MySpace. A 22-year-old Florida man has been held up at gunpoint after going to meet an 18-year-old he made contact with on the MySpace network.
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Yahoo! settles click fraud

Yahoo! has settled a class action case brought against it for click fraud.
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Penis pump judge faces stiff sentence

A retired US judge is himself before the beak in Bristow, Oklahoma, "on charges he used a penis pump on himself in the courtroom while sitting in judgment of others", AP reports.

Intel readies 'Kaylo' uni-processor server platform

Intel appears set to ship the its anticipated Xeon 3000 processor family for single-CPU servers and workstations in August - a year after details of the new product line first emerged. The chips will form part of the company's 'Kaylo' platform for such machines.
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HP taps Brocade for new SAN gear

HP has added a trio of Brocade connectivity platforms to its storage portfolio.

Plextor readies Blu-ray recorder

Plextor will ship its first Blu-ray Disc drive in September, the storage specialist has said. The PX-B900A is an internal unit for PCs and will support both single- and dual-layer recordable and rewriteable media.
Hard Reg, 29 2006

Pure pushes PocketDAB sound, battery life

Pure has updated its PocketDAB portable digital radio, boosting the battery life, trimming the weight and adding an FM tuner for good measure and overseas jaunts. Oh, and it's now available in rather more tasty black attire.
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Guardian blushes red in tech quiz challenge

The story began on 9 March, when Richard Sarson flung down the dataglove by writing Techno world has MPs beat, in which he put the number of technically unchallenged MPs at no more than 20 or 30 and expressed the hope that implementing the ID card bill would be the thing that made the rest of them care.
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Net neut now needs a miracle

Barring an unlikely Senate filibuster, the issue of net neutrality has almost certainly died for this year's legislative session in Washington DC.

Korean carrier readies 'lipstick' phone

South Korean telco KTF has unveiled one of the world's most compact slider phones, so small it's shorter than a lipstick dispenser and perfectly sized for any purse, the company's handset design subsidiary claimed.
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Google payments service arrives at last

Google's long-predicted payment service has finally arrived.
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Indonesians cuff Playboy model

Police in Indonesia have arrested the country's first Playboy model and her editor-in-chief on a decency violation rap.

LG touts 'super 3G' widescreen slider phone

Korean industrial giant LG this week attempted to attract local buyers with a new HSDPA handset designed to allow them to make video calls in widescreen, though it'll be handy for video playback too, we'd guess.
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AOL bidding continues

Comment The AOL rumours just won't go away. In Europe it appears that the company is up for sale, in the US the management still maintains that it is expanding in Europe.
Faultline, 29 2006
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Chat sites must take care of their kids

Interview The companies behind social networking sites are failing in their duty of care by not protecting their most vulnerable users, according to Matt Colebourne, CEO of digital society site, LunarStorm. He argues that companies like MySpace need to bite the bullet and put proper security systems in place, even if that means spending a fair chunk of change.
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Red Hat shows strong first quarter

Red Hat posted good results for the first quarter of 2007, ended 31 May, with revenues up 38 per cent to $84m. Subscriptions made up $71.5m of this, with training and services providing the other $12.5m
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Canadians go ultrasonic for tooth regrowth implant

Scientists in Canada have patented an ultrasound device which they say will help regrow broken teeth.
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Dell adds 'Captain Kirk' tool to premium support package

Dell's extended apology to its corporate customers continued this week with the rollout out of a new server and storage support option.
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Cellcos ally to keep their hands on beach front spectrum for 4G

Comment Six of the world's largest mobile operators have formed the Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Forum, aiming to use their collective lobbying might to ensure they can run fourth generation mobile broadband networks in their existing spectrum without significant additional licensing fees.

RSA in three-way mating dance

RSA Security has confirmed it is talks with at least one potential bidder after the New York Times said storage giant EMC was closing in on the company.
Joe Fay, 29 2006

Intergraph revives patent cash cow

An old microprocessing patent that has in previous years has nabbed Intel, Dell and others was sprung on a clutch of South East Asian computer firms today.

Spanish revolt against blank media levy

Spanish activists have launched a web-based campaign to fight the recently-imposed levy on blank media which will "place a tax on blank CDs, DVDs and even flash memory sticks", as we reported earlier today.
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Supremes axe Gitmo kangaroo courts

The US Supreme Court has axed a pillar of the Bush Administration's national security strategy by insisting that prisoners in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba not be subjected to the kangaroo courts, otherwise known as "military tribunals," that the Bushies have attempted to use in disposing of terror suspects.
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Top engineer quits NASA ahead of shuttle launch

A senior NASA engineer has quit just days before the countdown for the Discovery Space Shuttle, citing management differences.

Solaris dials domain zero with Xen

Sun Microsystems will release sample code next month giving Solaris 10 its first injection of virtualization on Intel and AMD hardware, finally expected in 2007.

EMC buys three more letters for $2.1bn

EMC continued its all out shift toward software today by throwing down $2.1bn for security specialist RSA.