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Lords rule on 'grossly offensive' phone calls

A man who ranted and shouted in telephone calls to his MP should have been convicted for using racist terms that were "grossly offensive". The offence is a necessary limitation on everyone's right to freedom of expression, the House of Lords has ruled.
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Aug 2006
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Sybase touts distributed data integration

Sybase is combining integration, search and workflow under a strategy geared towards improving the way customers retrieve information from distributed sources.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Aug 2006

Chinese man trademarks Zidane headbutt

A Chinese entrepreneur has registered an image of French captain Zinedine Zidane headbutting Italian defender Marco Materazzi in last month's World Cup final as a trademark for clothing, shoes, hats and beer products, according to reports.
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Aug 2006

Cheshire's particle accelerator gets £2m cash injection

Scientists and engineers developing a new prototype particle accelerator at Daresbury Lab in Cheshire, will get an extra £2m from the government, the DTI announced yesterday, to add to the £14.8m already ploughed into the scheme.
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Aug 2006

Parallels updates Mac OS X virtualisation tool

Windows-on-Mac software specialist Parallels has updated its Parallels Desktop virtual machine software, offering the new version in a pre-release test-only form. The upgrade packs in more than a dozen new features and fixes, the company said.
Tony Smith, 09 Aug 2006
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Sage still taking buyer's medicine

It's been over a month since we last wrote about a Sage acquisition and, frankly, we were getting antsy. Imagine our relief, then, when the news arrived that the business management software firm is to swallow Florida-based Emdeon Practice Services (EPS) for £297m ($565.9m).
Christopher Williams, 09 Aug 2006

Social enterprise deal for HP and Curam

Curam Software and HP announced a global agreement on Tuesday to provide Social Enterprise Management (SEM) packages for public sector agencies worldwide.
Maxim Kelly, 09 Aug 2006

IBM moves further into applications

CommentLast week IBM announced the acquisition of Webify Solutions, a 120-person privately-held company based in Austin and Mumbai, India. Webify will become part of IBM's Software Group as part of the WebSphere brand, but there is also a strong IBM Global Services element, which WebSphere GM Robert LeBlanc characterised as "unique" in acquisition terms.
Neil Macehiter, 09 Aug 2006

Dell exec confirms AMD notebooks for October

Dell has confirmed it intends to launch AMD-based notebooks, and that it may do so as early as this coming October. The laptops will be based on Sempron and Turion 64 X2 processors, the company said, and fitted with 15.4in displays.
Tony Smith, 09 Aug 2006

Orange mobile network goes AWOL

UpdatedOrange mobile phone subscribers were left stranded last night, as the network took an unscheduled nose dive into obscurity.
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Aug 2006

T-Mobile Germany unveils 'super 3G' Vario II

T-Mobile has announced its intention to ship an own-brand version of HTC's TyTN, also known as the Orange SPV M3100. The German carrier's incarnation of the HSDPA-enabled 3G device will be called the MDA Vario II.
Tony Smith, 09 Aug 2006

Babycare guru demands closure of 'defamatory' site

Babycare expert Gina Ford is threatening to sue UK parenting site Mumsnet and its ISP after allegedly defamatory comments were posted about her on the site. The postings have been removed, but Ford's lawyers are demanding that Mumsnet's ISP take the whole site offline.
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Aug 2006

Accessing DB2 UDB with PHP (Part 2)

TutorialAs mentioned in the previous tutorial on PHP/DB2, PHP is widely used in web applications and most web applications have a database component. The PHP extension for DB2 database provides access to one particular widely-used database from a PHP script.
Deepak Vohra, 09 Aug 2006

Sainsbury's cans DVD rentals

Sainsbury's is dumping its online DVD rental service. The website will be hauled down tomorrow, with punters redirected to Sainsbury's erstwhile partner in the venture, Lovefilm.
Christopher Williams, 09 Aug 2006

UK retailer touts ultra-slim monolith MP3 player

Tony Smith, 09 Aug 2006

Barclays to launch two-factor authentication

All online banking customers of Barclays will be issued with handheld card readers next year that will read their bank cards and generate one-time passwords to better secure their transactions.
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Aug 2006

Elonex creditors back administration

Administrators for the defunct PC maker formerly known as Elonex Plc* held a meeting for creditors yesterday in London.
Mark Ballard, 09 Aug 2006

Three quizzed in Royal phone tap probe

Police have arrested three men - including a reporter from the News of the World - as part of an investigation into allegations that the phone calls of staff working for Prince Charles were intercepted.
John Leyden, 09 Aug 2006

Logitech revamps wireless music kit with full remote control

Mouse-maker Logitech has souped up its Wireless Music System PC-to-stereo link-up set, adding a slick screen-equipped remote control to the rig and fitting the hi-fi hook-up end with a docking cradle for the remote.
Tony Smith, 09 Aug 2006

Brits adopt 'safe surfing' habits

Nine in 10 Britons take security precautions when surfing online, according to a new survey which goes against previous research that suggested Britain was a nation of cyber-security slackers.
John Leyden, 09 Aug 2006
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US Senator claims campaign site 'hacked'

A spokesman for US Senator Joseph Lieberman (Democrat, Connecticut) added a twist to the state's Democratic primary election by claiming that their website was hacked, presumably by plumbers associated with challenger Ned Lamont.
Thomas C Greene, 09 Aug 2006

Sprint makes $3bn WiMax play

Sprint Nextel has cosied up with Intel, Samsung and Motorola as it prepares to rollout what it says will be first nationwide WiMax 4G network.
Joe Fay, 09 Aug 2006

Boffins sketch solution to bulging moon problem

Planetary scientists trying to work out why our moon has a bulge on one side think they have come up with an explanation based on classical mechanics, rather than a complex computer model.
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Aug 2006
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MS releases dirty dozen

Sysadmins can look forward to booking some overtime this month after Microsoft release 12 patches as part of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle. Redmond describes nine of 12 patches as critical.
John Leyden, 09 Aug 2006

Vodafone customers to pay extra for Extra

Vodafone is pulling picture and video messaging from its "extras" packs from 1 September, meaning customers will be paying full price for their MMS messages.
Bill Ray, 09 Aug 2006

Cisco turns up profits despite set top box buy

Cisco brought a little sunshine to an often dreary summer earnings season with its fourth quarter results.
Christopher Williams, 09 Aug 2006

Sony shuffles Sports Walkman brand into iPod era

Sony this week pitched its new, tubular digital music players at joggers, offering one under the old Sports Walkman brand and equipping it with the kind of features iPod owners who've splashed out on the Nike+iPod gizmo get.
Tony Smith, 09 Aug 2006

ICSTIS speaks out on latest Big Brother voting furore

ICSTIS, the premium phone line regulator, has been deluged by complaints from disgruntled Big Brother chumps fans following the reentry into the human zoo of four already evicted housemates.
Christopher Williams, 09 Aug 2006

Windows Live suffering from 'paralysis,' says Microsoft Ex

Microsoft's "prestigious" Windows Live project has suffered a minor set back with the exit of ex-Technorati geek Niall Kennedy after just four months.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Aug 2006

US football through the Net Neutrality looking glass

Speedy action by the FCC proves that new legislation is needed - because the FCC can't act speedily, campaigners claimed this week.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Aug 2006

Dead geeks depend on the kindness of strangers

Into the ValleyCritics will argue that being made out of wood and having a GPS unit strapped to your bum counts as a blow to one's dignity. Register readers, however, see the woody GPS strap-on as a point of pride.
Ashlee Vance, 09 Aug 2006

Idioms wilt as heatwave humour drought worsens

LettersIt must be the heat. As the record-breaking summer of 2006 continues, sense of humour downtime is causing havoc all over the internet.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Aug 2006

Borland on black track, says CEO

Borland Software's chief executive has re-committed his company to fourth-quarter profitability, despite moving deeper into debt on increased sales.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Aug 2006

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