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DfES tech chief quits

The director of technology at the Department for Education and Skills is leaving the civil service.
Kablenet, 17 2006
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Sony refused peer-to-peer patents

Sony cannot patent inventions in the UK that remove the anonymity of the peer-to-peer (P2P) user experience and put social networking at the heart of file-sharing.
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BoI customers fall victim to phishing scam

Bank of Ireland customers have been hit by a new phishing scam, which has already cost some of its customers more than of €110,000.
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Open source guru advocates ideological shift

Eric Raymond, one of the high priests of open source, has told the community that painful compromises are needed to the way it deals with closed source platforms and formats to avoid losing ground on desktops and new media players.
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Seventeen charged for carousel fraud

Seventeen people are being charged in connection with VAT fraud following the raid of 60 addresses in London, Manchester, and Glasgow on Tuesday.
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Nokia tries to impress with floating inner tube

Nokia, the largest manufacturer of cameras in the world, has been trying desperately to convince the populus that its mobile phones have cameras worthy of taking both still images and video.
Bill Ray, 17 2006

Intel to cull all but three Pentium D CPUs by year-end?

Farewell, Intel's Pentium D desktop processors, most of which are due to be canned by the end of the year if allegations made by Taiwanese motherboard-maker moles are to be believed. Only three such CPUs will survive the cull and remain alongside the chip giant's Core 2 Duo offerings, apparently.

PlusNet goes offline

Updated PlusNet's catalogue of disasters just won't end - earlier this morning many of its customers lost internet connectivity, webmail, and telephone support.
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Mass murder in the skies: was the plot feasible?

Analysis The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air; And a loud voice came forth out of the temple of Heaven, From the throne, saying, "It is done!" --Revelation 16:17
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Orange suspends employee over 'Islamophobe' blog entry

Orange has suspended an employee after a string of customer complaints about a post he made on Tory blogging site ConservativeHome.com.

Nvidia to 'hit ATI while it's down' with GeForce 7950 GT

Nvdia has begun promoting its upcoming GeForce 7900 GS and 7950 GT GPUs, it appears. The graphics chip maker is pitching the G71-based parts at arch-rival ATI's upcoming Radeon X1900 Pro and X1650 XT products, according to leaked presentation slides.
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Net censorship 'morally unacceptable', report says

The UK Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee recently issused a report in which it stated that "search engines' agreement to block the access of computer users to certain information (in China) was 'morally unacceptable'".
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Bot spreads using latest Windows flaw

Security firms reiterated advice to companies and home users to patch their Windows systems, after a bot program was detected last week that used a recently fixed flaw to compromise computers.

Intel to ship quad-core Core 2 Extreme in Q4

Intel roadmap data recently released to customers and now duly popping up on the web reveals the chip giant's quad-core offering 'Kentsfield' will be clocked to 2.66GHz at launch. It will also ship as the Core 2 Extreme.
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New Opteron systems for IBM

At a press event in New York, IBM announced new AMD Opteron processor-based servers for its System x and BladeCenter product lines.
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Linux-based HandyPC to challenge Nokia Communicator

German phone maker Road has announced its answer to Nokia's Communicator. Dubbed the HandyPC, the phone-computer combo is based on the Linux operating system and Trolltech's Qtopia GUI. It's a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE device with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on board too.

Intel roadmaps 1.3GHz DDR 3 chipsets

Intel's 'Bearlake' chipset, the successor to the current 965 series, will debut in Q2 2007, the chip giant's latest roadmaps reveal. However, the more interesting members of the line-up will arrive the following quarter, bringing with them support for DDR 3 memory running at up to 1,333MHz.

Holy Moly hacked

Updated Celebrity gossip website Holy Moly was hacked on Wednesday.

US FCC posts RIM media phone test results

Reasearch in Motion's upcoming multimedia-friendly BlackBerry has surfaced on the US Federal Communcations Commission's website, not only confirming the device's existence but many of its rumoured features.
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Atlantis given green light for August launch

NASA has confirmed that the Shuttle Atlantis will launch on 27 August after a confidential meeting to discuss the safety of the mission. NASA says the decision to launch was unanimous, despite the discovery of yet another safety problem.

Seagate to mount global two-pronged channel assault

Seagate will maintain the Maxtor brand in the channel as well as in retail, the HDD vendor has said.

Razer reveals keyboard with iPod dock

Gaming peripherals specialist Razer's plan to offer a computer keyboard with an integrated iPod dock emerged back in March this year. Five months on and the company has finally confirmed it is preparing to launch just such a product.

Telehouse power problems claim more scalps

Updated Power problems at Telehouse have also caused problems for ISPs other than PlusNet - clara.net and sister ISPs Netscalibur and U-net are also having troubles.
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Infinium Labs' successor cans console project

It's official Phantom Entertainment - the company formerly known as Infinium Labs - has ditched its plan to offer a games console tied to a games-download service. The Phantom Games Service concept remains, but now it's targeted at Windows XP PCs.
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UK hospitals still 'poorly prepared' for terror attacks

Despite the 7 July bombings and repeated terror alerts, UK hospitals remain under-prepared for a major incident, according to research published today.
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Separated at birth: Maxfield debuts Mcody M20-like MP3 player

German digital music player maker Maxfield has begun touting its Max-Sin Touch MP3 player ahead of the device's debut at the IFA show in Berlin next month. The snag: it's the same device the UK reseller Advanced MP3 Players unveiled earlier this month as the Mcody M20.
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Mobile IT - commodity or value add?

Analysis Cost or complexity. It seems a bit of a Hobson's choice, but for those who have to foot the bill for the increasing business use of communications on the go – mobile phones, mobile email gadgets, and ever-connected laptops – it's a decision that increasingly has to be made. Keep it simple and pay more, or deal with a maze of alternatives and pay less.

AOL seeks spammer's buried gold

AOL is seeking to excavate grounds owned by parents of a convicted spammer in the hopes of finding gold bars and other buried booty thought to be worth up to $500,000.
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Mozilla delays Firefox 2.0 release

The Mozilla Foundation has pushed back the release of Firefox 2.0 until 24 October (see developer calender here), a month later than its scheduled arrival.

Logitech readies AudioStation iPod speaker line-up

Logitech today unveiled a pair of iPod-oriented speaker sets it plans to punt at consumers this coming Christmas. Both sets will be offered under the AudioStation brand and support a wide array of dockable Apple music players.
Hard Reg, 17 2006
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Ofcom to regulate switching ISP

Ofcom announced proposals today to make the often knotty process of switching broadband provider more consumer-friendly.
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Aliens choose Firefox

A crop circle in the shape of the Firefox logo has appeared in a wheat field near Amity, Oregon.
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Southampton researchers double silicon speed record

Engineers at the University of Southampton have set a new world speed record for silicon performance by adding a little fluorine to the mix.
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Tiscali leaving Germany: rumour

Internet provider Tiscali is considering leaving the German market to concentrate on its Italian and British operations.

NetApp raises expectations on Q1 results

NetApp has posted healthy Q1 2007 financials, with a 39 per cent increase in revenues. The only blip was a small profits slide.
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'Columbine simulator' victory claimed over Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart has stopped taking pre-orders for the controversial Bully computer game following a legal demand for evidence to be used in a lawsuit against the firm, the petitioner claimed.
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Compuware's testing roundtable

I’ve just been representing Reg Developer as one of only three journalists at an interesting roundtable discussion devoted to “Software Quality, Best Practice and Governance” (which seems to mean Testing, in the widest sense).
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Telcos prepare for the worst as wiretap cases head West

Valley Justice AT&T and other telcos had better unlock the file cabinets and brace for the backlash because the mother lode of wiretapping cases has just landed in unfriendly territory.
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XenSource CEO had to drink to face first Xen install

LinuxWorld Software start-up XenSource is starting to demonstrate that it's a grown-up company. For example, XenSource's CEO has now learned about the open source software model that underlies the company's business and has even installed the company's flagship product.
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Sun buys Hewlett and Packard

Exclusive Sun Microsystems on Thursday announced that it purchased Hewlett and Packard for a little over $6,000.
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Dell's profit evaporates as AMD love swells

Banish any thoughts of Dell suffering from a short-term stumble. The Dell juggernaut has veered far off the tracks and doesn't look set to recover anytime soon.