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A third of dodgy emails are phishing attacks

The lazy, hazy days of summer witnessed a continuation of the ongoing shift from large-scale virus outbreaks toward phishing and more targeted attacks, according to a study by net security firm MessageLabs.
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Japanese internet guru pleads not guilty

The unconventional internet businessman at the centre of a Japanese corporate scandal has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him by prosecutors.
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Pope will publish evolution chat

The Vatican will publish the minutes of the Pope's recent meeting with his former doctoral students in which he discussed the Catholic Church's position on the origins of life, evolution, and creationism.

Westcoast acquires Clarity for €6.2m

Clarity Ireland, the distribution wing of IT company Horizon Technology Group, is to be sold to British IT distributor Westcoast for €6.2m.
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UK solicitor pimped hookers on net

A former solicitor who set up an internet prostitution business has been jailed for a year at Guildford Crown Court for "prostitution offences", UK tabloid The Sun reports.

LLU taking off, but lift off slower than hoped

The UK now has 735,000 unbundled phone lines in BT's local exchanges, but "planned quality levels" have not been met for Business As Usual lines (individual lines rather than bulk migrations), according to the Office of the Telecoms Adjudicator's monthly report.
Bill Ray, 05 2006
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Blind drivers are dangerous, notes BBC

The BBC can award itself a "department of the bleedin' obvious" commendation for the headline adorning this piece yesterday concerning the case of 31-year-old Omed Aziz who was nicked while driving through Oldbury, West Midlands, while in possession of neither MOT nor licence nor insurance nor those most useful of driving aids - eyes.
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Trojan targets 0-day Word vuln

An unpatched Microsoft Word 2000 vulnerability is being actively exploited by hackers to spread malware.

Google eyes filing cabinets

Google has revealed plans to help convert the world's paper filing cabinets, in Tron-like fashion, into mere nodes in the great hive mind.
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Suicide squirrel in opera-hating kamikaze bike spoke mangle

RZSL A Helsinki squirrel dived into the bicycle wheel of passing opera singer Esa Ruuttunen, hospitalising him and killing itself.

Cardiff gets first go on BT's IP network

BT has announced the first deployment of hardware for its much-touted new network, known as 21CN.
Bill Ray, 05 2006
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Crashing moon probes, lost croc hunters and bouncing bombs

Letters Europe's first ever mission to the moon came to a smashing end on Sunday (bad punning, we know) as the mission scientists deliberately crashed the probe into the lunar surface. That's all very well, you said, but where are all the pictures?
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Buy Steve Irwin dead on eBay!

Online tat bazaar eBay has a penchant for slipping plugs for itself into your Google search results page, invariably offering to sell you whatever you type into the search field, regardless of plausibility.

Hackers hijack UK.gov wiki

An attempt by a UK cabinet minister to discuss proposed environment policy using a wiki has ended in embarrassment after pranksters made merry at the expense of the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs' (Defra).

iMac-ulate ENlight LP791 chassis

Chassis manufacturer ENlight has come up with a barebones offering that is out of the ordinary for us PC boys, but iMac users may find it strangely familiar.
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NZ power company decimated by rebranding madness

LogoWatch LogoWatch regulars among you know that the symptoms of rebranding madness (the process by which companies pay suitcases full of cash to Strategy Boutiques who then, high on the scent of joss-sticks and to the distant sound of whalesong, fearlessly redefine the corporate brand frontage paradigm) range from light motivational slogan generation (Accelerate Convergence!), to full-blown infection wherein thousands of hours are expended at the flipchart flowcharting the company logo to better express the "value proposition it represents to constituents".

NetApp gets new channel manager

Network Appliance has appointed a new boss to run its European sales channels.

Sun, Unisys sue Hynix for price-fixing

Sun and Unisys are going after South Korean memory chip maker Hynix for damages related to its role in a price-fixing cartel.
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NetServices share price takes an early bath

NetServices has seen its share price tumble after it warned that full-year losses would be higher than expected.

Nokia puts more love in L'Amour collection

Nokia has launched three new mobile phones as an update to its L'Amour collection, the Nokia 7390 WCDMA (3G), Nokia 7373 and Nokia 7360.
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German mobile market sluggish

The German mobile market will experience sluggish growth in 2006, according to a report from analyst Telecompaper.
Bill Ray, 05 2006
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Ice cores reveal historic heights of CO2

Deep ice cores from Antarctica reveal there is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today than at any time in the last 800,000 years.

Socket to me VIA

VIA’s Mini-ITX EPIA PN motherboard has been spotted on sale in Tokyo, Japan and while two versions use a VIA C7-M processor (choice of 1.5GHz or 1.8GHz if you really want to know), the third version has a 479-pin processor socket. Combine that with the VN800+VT8237R chipset combo and it’s a safe bet that the PN supports the Pentium M processor but not the later Core Duo processors.
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Digital prints finger blaggers faster

UK police are using digital fingerprint technology to speed up the detection of crime.
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Scientist probes 'telephone telepathy'

A UK scientist claims he has evidence of what he calls "telephone telepathy" - the phenomenon by which you think about someone and, lo and behold, the phone rings...
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NAO to re-review NPfIT

The National Audit Office (NAO) has confirmed that it is to hold a new review of the NHS National Programme for IT.
Kablenet, 05 2006
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DWP ditches £141m IT programme

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has said a change in the focus of its benefits operations contributed to the shelving of work on new computer systems.
Kablenet, 05 2006

New LocationFree kit from Sony

Sony launched its LocationFree media streaming system in May of this year and now it seems that Version 2 with Added Bling is on its way. The Americans have been treated to a stack of new kit today which consists of a choice of two Base Stations as well as a new Location Free TV Box. You stream media from the Base Station and receive it at the TV box, which isn’t exactly a new concept but getting the process to work smoothly seems to be beyond some companies that have products in the market place.

Intel fires 10,500 to make up for past mistakes

Intel doesn't mess around when its sales slow. The chipmaker today revealed that it will fire 10,500 workers over the next year in the hopes of improving its bottom line.

IBM and AMD feed on Los Alamos' ample supercomputing pork

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will turn to both AMD's Opteron chip and IBM's Cell in an effort to breath new life into its supercomputing program.