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eBay scamming automation primed for fraud

Fraudsters are starting to use automated bots in a bid to establish a bogus eBay reputation that will later allow them to dupe gullible punters through bogus auctions.

Two more laptops light up

More notebook computers are spontaneously bursting into flames, possibly in a bid to show solidarity with similar self-combusting comrades. Is it, we wonder, a sign that the portables we take for granted have had enough of their human masters?
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Star Trek stuff up for auction

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Trek, Christies is auctioning off over 1,000 items of memorabilia from CBS Television Studios.
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Big shows and little legs

Comment If you have legs, you will be delighted to hear that another big IT show is being cut down to size: it looks like the big computer games show, E3, is changing.

Plextor preps CD, DVD zapper

Storage specialist Plextor has announced an external optical drive designed to delete all the data stored on a recordable or rewriteable DVD or CD - permanently. It does it quickly, too - single layer CD-R/RW and DVD±R/RW media take just three minutes to wipe, the company claimed.
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Woman forces US record industry to drop file-sharing case

A group of US record labels agreed to drop a music piracy case in the US after the alleged file-sharer argued that it could not be proved that she downloaded any illegal music. The case may set a precedent that undermines scores of other music piracy cases.
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IT is a cost not a money-spinner, biz says

Most large Irish companies consider IT as a business cost rather than a possible revenue generator, according to a new survey.
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Wales seeks broadband deal

The Welsh Assembly Government has launched a procurement for public sector broadband connections.
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TabletKiosk adds Intel CPUs to UMPC line-up

Ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) maker TabletKiosk this week extended its line of handheld computers, bringing a pair of machines based on Intel processors to the two VIA-based UMPCs the company launched in May this year.

Tech Data profits melt in Q2

Tech Data has given up hope of turning a profit in the second quarter after its figures were scuppered by a poor performance in EMEA.
Joe Fay, 03 2006
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Can phones challenge iPods?

Verizon has managed to get positive headlines for its attempt to make music downloads popular "over the air" by announcing that it is dropping its original "pay up front" demand - a monthly $15 subscription fee.
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PartyGaming buys Gamebookers

PartyGaming has acquired Gamebookers for €102m as it tries to reduce its dependency on the US market, where the future of the online gaming sector is unclear.

Apple rejects Norway's 'unfair iTunes' charge

Apple has admitted it needs to make clear in iTunes Music Store promotional material destined for the Nordic nations that downloaded songs will only play on a Mac or PC running iTunes and on iPods. However, it rejected claims that such a limitation is unfair.
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Online child safety card debuts

A virtual ID card design to protect kids from paedophiles online was launched in four countries yesterday.

PDA sales in freefall

Shipments of handheld mobile devices in Western Europe have taken a record tumble this quarter. Manufacturers who were hoping sales of converged devices (i.e. smartphones) would help offset the decline, are also in for a disapointing time, according to analyst house IDC.
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Norway knuckles down for long iTunes fight

Apple isn't just breaking Norwegian consumer law - it's breaking promises Steve Jobs once made about digital music, the country's consumer watchdog says.
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Photonic crystals pave way for lab-onna-chip

Researchers at Georgia Tech have made a breakthrough in optical technology by shrinking a key sensor component to less than a millimetre in all directions.
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Avid buys Sibelius for a song

Sibelius, the world’s favourite music notation software, has a new owner. Avid Technology, the US video editing firm, is shelling out $23m cash (£12.2m) for London-based Sibelius.
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An introduction to rules engines

Businesses run on rules. They define business processes, and describe just what happens if something goes right - or if it goes wrong. Do all the gold-rated customers get a 10% discount, and what happens if one calls customer support? Business rules are part of the decision support systems that underpin every business process.
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Evolution reinstated in Kansas

The Kansas electorate has voted to get rid of two of its anti-evolution school board reps in the State's primary elections. The result has been welcomed by pro-evolution board members and science advocacy groups.
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Razr cuts deep into Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel blames merger and disposal costs for a slump in Q2 profits. It also acknowledges lower than expected subscriber growth for the quarter.

Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot K800i photo phone

Review I was reminiscing recently on days gone by when the only thing you considered before buying a mobile phone was its ability to make and receive calls. Today, such simple factors are taken for granted and have long been supplanted by how many MP3s it can store, what the games are like and whether it takes a good photo or not. Case in point: Sony Ericsson's Cyber-shot K800i. Photography is what this camera-branded phone is all about...
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PlusNet admits customer emails are lost forever

PlusNet has today admitted that it will not be able to restore 700GB of lost customer emails. Never. Ever.
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VoIP hacking exposed

Businesses who switch over to internet telephony systems in a bid to slash telephony costs have been warned to guard against hacking attacks.
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Red Giant fails to devour Brown Dwarf companion

Astronomers using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large telescope have identified a star system in which a brown dwarf has survived being engulfed by its companion star's Red Giant phase.
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Gateway punts Core 2 Duo workstation at corporates

Gateway today laid out its pitch for corporate power desktops, presenting its E-6610 line of Intel Core 2 Duo-based machines. With a 975X mobo, 1GB of 533MHz DDR 2 with ECC, Nvidia Quadro FX 550 dual-DVI graphics, up to 500GB of 10,000rpm Ultra SCSI 320 storage and Gigabit Ethernet, it's a workstation to be reckoned with. …
Hard Reg, 03 2006

Ford, Mazda to drive in-car iPod integration uptake

Ford today pledged to listening to what its customers are listening to and make it easier for motorists to hook up an MP3 player to their car stereos. Top of list of new features for its 2007 line-up are auxiliary audio input jacks, but the auto maker also promised tighter iPod integration for its higher-end motors.
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Real inks Mozilla distro deal

Real Networks is to offer Google Toolbar and Mozilla Firefox Web browser with RealPlayer, its popular media player app, under a new multi-year distribution agreement. The deal, announced on Wednesday, extends a previous distribution agreement with Google while establishing a new download agreement with the Mozilla Corporation.
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Scientists create real-time arousal-adjusted artwork

British boffins have built a digital picture frame that adapts its image to suit the mood of the viewer. Dubbed 'empathic art', the interactive image responds visually to eight distinct facial expressions.
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UK gov spoiler for critical ID report?

The Home Office has published the long-awaited results of its consultation with the IT industry over identity cards, on the eve of the publication of an independent report that is expected to criticise the government for failing to adequately consult industry and other stakeholders about its plans.
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What are we going to do about click fraud? Form a committee!

Internet bigwigs are banging heads together to see if they can kill click fraud before it kills them. Ask.com, Google, LookSmart, Microsoft, Yahoo!, "and others" have formed a working group under the auspices of the Interactive Advertising Bureau to agree on standard ways of measuring a click.
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You're 0wn3d! Wi-Fi driver hack attack demoed

Updated White Hat hackers have demonstrated how to use low-level hacking exploits on wireless drivers to gain control of Apple MacBook PC, albeit one running a third-party wirless card.
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IBM nets MRO for $740m

IBM has bought asset and service management specialist MRO Software for $740m. It's the company's second software purchase in as many days.
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Microsoft predicts 10-year road to online riches

Craig Mundie has said Microsoft is not slow in tackling new markets and that its bets will pay out in around a decade's time.