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Microsoft incentives to influence your security vote

Microsoft is offering partners a tasty slice of security software licensing revenues, in a promo to help kick-start this new business.

Firm forecasts cash not clash for Blu-ray, HD DVD

War may be hell, but it sure can be profitable too. Consider the nearing fight between next-generation optical disc formats HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Only a few opening salvos and empty throws have been made so far, but the battle's expected to intensify this coming Christmas. But that won't stop it expanding into a $28bn market come 2010.
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Defeating the hacker

Book review Who is responsible for security? Everybody is, not just the security officer and his/her team. But it's a technical issue, right? A matter of firewalls, applying patches, installing programs that detect and remove spyware and viruses... Wrong again!

Acer dual-core Ferrari laptops to debut this month

Acer will hit the gas on its Ferrari notebook line by the end of this month, pushing the pedal to the metal by adding dual-core processors to the prancing pony portable PCs, it has been claimed.

SurfControl snaps up BlackSpider

UK-based net security firm SurfControl has bought email filtering firm BlackSpider for around £20m plus an agreement to take on £1.2m in short-term debts.

Firefox 2.0 ready to test

The Mozilla Foundation is set to release the first beta of the next version of its Firefox web browser, Firefox 2.0. The organisation wants software developers especially to download and test the new version.

AMD CPU production deal yields revenues

AMD's foundry deal with Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor has begun to yield money-making microprocessors, the chip maker said today. So-called "revenue shipments" began last month, AMD revealed - the foundry is shipping chips to paying customers.

Toshiba delays HD DVD recorder debut

Toshiba has put back the Japanese release of its RD-A1 HD DVD recorder by two weeks, the company said today, in a public apology for having to reschedule the shipment and customer "annoyance" arising from the delay.
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AOL hovers on historic decision to quit the ISP market

Comment Throwing existing revenue away is a tough business and you can never be sure it's the right thing to do. And it's especially difficult to throw away a profitable cash cow piece of revenue. But that's exactly what the AOL board is being asked to go ahead and authorise by AOL CEO Jonathan Miller.
Faultline, 13 2006

Sony samples movies on Memory Stick

Sony is trialling the sale of movies on Memory Stick in a bid to rekindle the fading marketing for pre-recorded content formatted for its PlayStation Portable handheld games console.
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The greatest error message of all time?

Error messages are usually a bland and opaque non-explanation of what has gone wrong. Especially when they're posted by large companies.
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Cellcos move to 'dilute' roaming laws

There appears to be political machinations afoot, with the powerful European cellco lobby gunning for EU media commissioner Viviane Reding, trying to kill her attempts to regulate mobile roaming charges within the European Union.
Faultline, 13 2006

Vodafone gets first shout at Palm Euro 3G Treo

Palm's first Euro-centric Treo smart phone will run Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 and ship exclusively - initially, at least - on the Vodafone network, the PDA pioneer announced today. The device will ship in the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands by the end of the year.
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IT to fight tax credit fraud

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has said that improvements including new technology will help tackle continuing problems with the tax credit system.
Kablenet, 13 2006
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eBay restores Nochex

Updated Without any fanfare, eBay is again accepting payments made by Nochex today. That's the service it banned on Friday, sending sellers into a frantic race to update their listings.
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Nintendo denies UK Wii ship-date, price claims

Nintendo's next-generation games console, Wii, will not ship in the UK at the end of November for around £170 - claims made this week by the Daily Star newspaper and subsequently denied by the videogames pioneer.
Hard Reg, 13 2006

Former Peregrine VP faces extradition to US

The UK's extradition treaty with the US is under fire yet again, after it emerged that another British businessman, a former European VP of software company Peregrine Systems, is facing extradition to the States.

SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 player

Review There's no denying that Apple's ownership of the MP3 player market, but it's far from the only contender. SanDisk has been making MP3 players for quite some time, like the c150 I reviewed not so long ago. However, the new e200 series is a direct competitor to the iPod Nano, so let's see how well it compares...
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Zidane headbutt outrage: new video evidence

Updated Pity if you will poor old Zinedine Zidane: sent off during the World Cup final for a serious infraction of FIFA's "no headbutting Italians" rule and now reduced to the status of French national hero with enough cash in the bank to enjoy a lifetime of truffles, stuffed songbirds and fine vintage champagne.
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'Smart' phones, stupid punters?

The frustration of trying to lead a turbo-cool MobileLifestyle™ has been revealed in all its button-bashing, customer service monkey-abusing lack of glory.

Microsoft dealers learn consulting by numbers

Comment Hundreds of PC resellers are going to get a make over through the use of a new sales tool supplied FOC by Microsoft.
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Barnsley teams with Bull

Barnsley MBC has formed a joint venture company with Bull Information Systems (BIS) to manage its ICT for the next 10 years.
Kablenet, 13 2006

Consumer VoIP heads for prime time

Dialing over the net represents the future of consumer voice calls, but shortcomings still affect some popular services, according to a new report.

EC begins new pan-European patent love-in

Yesterday's public hearing on the future of pan-European patent legislation has been hailed as "day one" in a new war on software patents, as support gathers for the European Patent Litigation Agreement (EPLA).
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Bloodthirsty Killeroo terrorised Oz

Giant murderous toothy kangaroos marauded across the Outback millions of years ago, palaeontologists have revealed.

Phishers rip into two-factor authentication

Phishers are seeking to circumvent two-factor authentication schemes using man-in-the-middle attacks. Last October, US federal regulators urged banks to adopt two-factor authentication as a means to combat the growing problem of online account fraud.

Nintendo Wii to ship in UK on 15 October?

When will Nintendo ship its next-generation games console, Wii? Nintendo's not giving a precise date, of course, but some retailers are beginning to hazard guesses. Whether they're based on inside knowledge or the latest internet rumours we leave to you.
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Sony Ericsson profits double in Q2

Revenue and profit at Sony Ericsson soared during the second quarter on the back of strong sales of its high-end Walkman mobile phones.

IBM: Cell-like CPU yields 10-20 per cent

Cell processor producers Sony, Toshiba and IBM are getting rather low-sounding yields of the broadband-oriented CPU it seems - at least if comments made by Tom Reeves, VP of semiconductor and technology services at IBM, are anything to go by.

Intel sends 1,000 managers packing

Intel's cosmetic surgery continued today, as the vendor performed pink sliposuction on its managerial ranks. Close to 1,000 managers will be fired later this week in a cost-cutting move for the chip giant. Word of the layoffs leaked to the press courtesy of an internal memo penned by Intel CEO Paul Otellini.

Dell begins rebate offensive

Cut prices to win back customers? Forget that. Dell has decided to cut its rebate program instead. Dell earns points for creativity with its plan announced today that will see the vendor reduce mail-in rebate and promotional offers by 70 to 80 per cent. Dell pitched the rebate pullback as "part of the company's effort to make buying easier and improve the overall customer experience." This latest move from Dell comes as the company tries to win back business it has lost to rivals over the past couple of quarters.
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SAP suffers peer pressure

SAP upset financial analysts this week with a set of disappointing, preliminary second quarter figures that showed rivals gaining on the firm.