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Pentagon hacker says charges have been manufactured

The hacker at the centre of an extradition storm after he broke into the US Military and NASA computer systems has said the charges against him in the US have been manufactured to ease his extradition there.
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Aug 2006
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Email archiving moves to the mainstream

Quocirca's changing channels The need to archive data has been around as long as computers have stored information. Although it is sometimes muddled with backup, part of the reason for archiving data is to make backups more efficient - put stuff that is not used in to long-term safe storage from where it can be retrieved in the, often unlikely event, that it should be needed again.
Bob Tarzey, 25 Aug 2006
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Phishing frauds target adult webcam site

Phishing conmen have cast their nets wider in an attempt to dupe users of an adult webcam site.
John Leyden, 25 Aug 2006
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AOL big four media deal tramples long tail

Comment AOL has become the latest service provider to deliver one in the eye for the long tail theory and sign a deal with big media, trading guaranteed hits for market share.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Aug 2006
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Reg hacks eat babies' souls

FoTW As is the local custom, Thomas C Greene is in hot water again with some readers displeased with his recent analysis of the threat posed by terrorists knocking up liquid explosives in aircraft toilets.
Lester Haines, 25 Aug 2006
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Three UK & Ireland enjoy healthy results

Three UK and Ireland has announced revenue of just over £700m for the six-month period ended 30 June 2006, up 16 per cent on the preceding half year.
Charlie Taylor, 25 Aug 2006

Hollywood demands 64-bit PCs for HD DVD, Blu-ray playback?

Windows Vista will not play HD DVD or Blu-ray Disc media out of the box on 32-bit systems, Microsoft has admitted, but third-party software developers may support next-generation optical disc playback on such machines - if Hollywood lets them.
Tony Smith, 25 Aug 2006
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Data proposal prompts legal warning

The government has been warned it could face legal problems over a proposal to change the rules on data sharing.
Kablenet, 25 Aug 2006

VIA to ship its first DirectX 9 Intel-oriented IGP next month?

VIA will next month ship its P4M900 chipset, it has been claimed. The integrated part was announced in May this year, but VIA didn't specify when the product would be made available to motherboard makers.
Hard Reg, 25 Aug 2006
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CA and Cybermation and workload automation

Comment While I may focus on data and things to do with data, my tastes tend to be more eclectic than that so, from time to time, I dabble with other things that interest me.
Philip Howard, 25 Aug 2006
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Canadians enjoy winter sun on Google Earth

Scientists reckon global warming has resulted in our weather becoming increasingly unpredictable, and nowhere is this better demonstrated than in Canada's Edmonton, where locals venturing outside have to decide whether to slip on a pair of Bermudas and slap on the suntan lotion, or deploy the puffa jacket and snow boots:
Lester Haines, 25 Aug 2006
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IE 7 release closes on finishing post

Microsoft released a release candidate for the next version of its browser on Thursday. Internet Explorer 7 RC1 for Windows XP features improvements in performance, stability, security, and application compatibility over beta versions of the software.
John Leyden, 25 Aug 2006

Vertu Constellation to be observed in October?

Nokia's luxury-phone subsidiary, Vertu, will launch a new line-up in October, it has been claimed - an allegation backed up with leaked publicity shots of the expensive handsets. The upcoming phone will be called Constellation.
Hard Reg, 25 Aug 2006
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iSoft lives to restate another day

iSoft today revealed a cataclysmic loss but says it has gained enough breathing space to restructure the business back to profitability.
Joe Fay, 25 Aug 2006
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Manchester 'DIY devil bomber' kept explosive in family fridge

A Manchester court case this week revealed chilling evidence of the devastation that can be caused by home-made bombs. Or, possibly, the case merely provided further evidence of the press' and security services' tenuous grasp of the science of bomb-making.
John Lettice, 25 Aug 2006
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Permission to DNA test French Elvis?

Letters Let's get off to a flying start and dive straight into the murky deep end of the gene pool and consider the question of home DNA tests. New laws mean running DNA tests without the consent of the person whose DNA you are trying to match could land you a spell in chokey:
Lucy Sherriff, 25 Aug 2006
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Pioneer BDR-101A internal Blu-ray disc burner

Review It's now well over five months since we reviewed the pre-production version of Samsung's Blu-ray drive and there's still no sign of retail units. Fortunately, if you really must have a BD drive for your PC right now, Pioneer has the goods and you can have one today - if you can afford it...

Plextor preps 'world's smallest' external DVD writer

Plextor this week launched what it claims is the world's smallest DVD writer, a slimline external unit aimed at notebook users. Weighing in at just 250g, the drive is a mere 1.6cm high and barely bigger than a disc.
Tony Smith, 25 Aug 2006

Iomega ships 320GB eSATA hard drive

Iomega has begun shipping its first external hard drives equipped with an eSATA port for direct connection to a PC's Serial ATA bus, the storage specialist announced this week.
Tony Smith, 25 Aug 2006
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MS finally patches IE patch

Microsoft released a hotfix for a previous IE patch on Thursday after it emerged its initial security update caused almost as many problems as it was intended to solve. The software giant's MS06-042 patch, a cumulative update for Internet Explorer, first issued as part of Redmond's regular Patch Tuesday Update cycle, unwittingly introduced new security problems. Users running IE 6 Service Pack 1 for Windows XP Service Pack 1 and all versions of Windows 2000 were affected. Windows XP SP2 were safe from harm.
John Leyden, 25 Aug 2006
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Sickly health providers, lawyers, and why the Taliban are barred from eBay

Four more laws It might be August, but lawyers don't have a silly season. This week has seen three interesting legal cases. First up, the Securities and Exchange Commission took action against a scam that makes up 15 per cent of all spam emails – pump-and-dump emails – and no that has nothing to do with penis enlargement. Mr …
John Oates, 25 Aug 2006
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What makes a good swimmer?

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Stephen Juan, 25 Aug 2006
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What is the seven year itch?

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Stephen Juan, 25 Aug 2006
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What is diptheria?

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Stephen Juan, 25 Aug 2006

What conditions disqualify you from donating blood?

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Stephen Juan, 25 Aug 2006

Apple gearing up to ship Conroe-based Macs?

Is Apple about to upgrade its Mac Mini and iMac consumer computers? One blogger reckons so after a big order for Mac Minis was rejected by his usual supplier. The reseller told him he would be able to order the kit from 5 September onwards.
Tony Smith, 25 Aug 2006

Toshiba's Zune-branded player made public

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a Toshiba-made digital media player that look exactly like the pics that have surfaced of Microsoft's Zune gadget. The test filing confirms the device comes pre-loaded with an 802.11b/g wireless network adaptor - and clearly show the Zune logo.
Tony Smith, 25 Aug 2006
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Visual Studio's lifecycle database tool goes live

At Tech Ed this summer, Microsoft talked about a new product that brings application lifecycle management to database development.
Mark Whitehorn, 25 Aug 2006
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Are Google's glory days behind it?

Interview Answers service AQA is two years old this summer, and finds itself in the happy position of not only being profitable, but something of a social phenomenon in its home country.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Aug 2006
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Paris Hilton jumps the shark

Earlier this week, Paris Hilton launched her own video channel on YouTube to promote her new music album.
John Oates, 25 Aug 2006
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Fugitive CEO tracked down to Sri Lanka after Skype call

A hi-tech chief executive turned fugitive has been tracked down in Sri Lanka by a private investigator after 10 days on the lam.
John Leyden, 25 Aug 2006

Asus announces GPS-equipped UMPC

Asus has hopped on the ultra-mobile PC bandwagon, going beyond the near-standard UMPC spec with an integrated fingerprint scanner and a built-in GPS receiver with a fold-out antenna. The handheld computer even has its own webcam.
Tony Smith, 25 Aug 2006
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EU may be powerless to stop US snooping

A trans-Atlantic dispute over US snooping on international financial transactions is turning into a full-blown test of legal authority, with US security interests on the one side and European privacy guardians on the other.
Mark Ballard, 25 Aug 2006
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Is that a VMware CTO and Transmeta CEO at your start-up?

We'd like to welcome all the chip and server fans out there to a fresh edition of "spot the executive." This week we'll be taking a look at the talented workers at two of our favorite start-ups - Nuova Systems and Montalvo Systems.
Ashlee Vance, 25 Aug 2006