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Options review over-shadows RIM sunny Q2

Research In Motion today placed a 'preliminary' tag beside its Q2s, warning that the results could restated, subject to an audit of option grants, also announced today.
Drew Cullen, 29 Sep 2006
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Do Artificial Intelligence Chatbots look like their programmers?

Do pets eventually resemble their owners? Or do owners get to look like their pets? It's heck of a conundrum - but one we might now be a little closer to solving. For the past fortnight it's been hard to escape the animated faces of "Joan", or "George" the graphical representations of what we're told is a new breakthrough in Artificial Intelligence. TV and newspapers, both highbrow and lowbrow, have flocked to report on the chatterbot. You can talk to Joan (or George) - the output of the British software project Jabberwacky - and think it's human!
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Sep 2006
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HP buys VoodooPC

VoodooPC, the games performance PC specialist, is selling itself to HP, Rahul Sood, the company's CTO, wrote today in his blog.
Drew Cullen, 29 Sep 2006
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Verizon sues alleged HP fraudsters

The muck continues to thicken around HP's spy scandal. Verizon has filed a lawsuit against 20 unnamed data brokers, accusing them of helping out with the phone fraud used in HP's investigation. Separately, former HP Chairman Patricia Dunn has chastised HP for "inaccuracies" the company published in a recent regulatory filing.
Ashlee Vance, 29 Sep 2006
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Unwired Australia spearheads new WiMAX roaming alliance

Roaming is one of the critical success factors for any network seeking to be a global standard, and WiMAX is no exception. So far, the main roaming activity has centered on the pre-WiMAX Wi-Bro system, with the formation of the Wi-Bro and Mobile WiMAX Community (WMC) by leading Asian operators plus Covad.
Faultline, 29 Sep 2006
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TalkTalk customers break contract shackles

Angry TalkTalk customers are now able to leave their 18-month contracts freely.

Sony colours Vaio C series for Cosmo crowd

Sony's Vaio C Series notebooks, launched this week, go right to the heart of cosmopolitan chic - or so the consumer electronics giant would have us think. Laptop as lifestyle accessory - or fashion accessory? It depends, I suppose, on who you are: a "free spirit", an "explorer", a "jet-setting nomad"? Whatever, Sony's got a hue for you.
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Internet advertising shoots past estimates

Predictions are rarely low in the high technology business, but consistently the targets set for internet advertising are over achieved by reality. This week the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers released their half year figures for 2006, and it totalled up to a $7.9bn spend in the US.
Faultline, 29 Sep 2006
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Irish software to detect airline threats

A new intelligent software program developed by NUI Galway could give the airline industry a leg up in the security stakes.
Ciara O'Brien, 29 Sep 2006
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Swedish pirates plan pan-European electoral assault

The leader of the pro-filesharing Swedish Pirate Party is co-ordinating a pan-European electoral assault for 2009's European Elections.
OUT-LAW.COM, 29 Sep 2006
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Commissioner says EU patent doubts 'legitimate'

European Commissioner Charlie McCreevy has acknowledged that there are "legitimate concerns" about proposals to create a pan-European patent litigation system.
Lucy Sherriff, 29 Sep 2006
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Space tourist, ISS crew land safely

Anousheh Ansari, the first female space tourist, has touched down safely in the steppes of Kazakhstan along with the out going crew of the International Space Station, astronaut Jeff Williams and cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov.
Lucy Sherriff, 29 Sep 2006
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Reg Dev-ers go EuroOSCON 2006

O'Reilly held EuroOSCON, the European Open-Source Convention, on 18–21 September in central Brussels. El Reg's technical department had the opportunity to turn up and see what the fuss was about.
Aaron Crane, 29 Sep 2006
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Music industry settles digital royalties quarrel

A long-running digital music royalties spat between record companies and organisations collecting on artists' behalf has been settled.
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Why are people so often in denial?

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Stephen Juan, 29 Sep 2006
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Can your hair turn white as a result of shock?

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Stephen Juan, 29 Sep 2006
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What is the difference between a virus and a bacterium?

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Stephen Juan, 29 Sep 2006
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Can flossing your teeth prevent a heart attack?

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Stephen Juan, 29 Sep 2006
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Smart cars save lives

The European Union is teaming up with car manufacturers to promote automotive accident-avoidance technologies.
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2006
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Sling Media SlingBox networkable TV tuner

Review One day, the world's broadcasters will make all their programming available across the internet. But at least it's possible to watch any show transmitted to your home from anywhere else on the planet without having to worry about whether your hotel has the right cable deal. Enter Sling Media's SlingBox, in which a TV tuner is connected directly to an internet video streaming engine. You can even use it for multi-room viewing in your own home...
Tony Smith, 29 Sep 2006
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BOFH: Pulling a computer survey swifty

Episode 32 Episode 32 "Look at this," the Boss says, handing me a well-fingered computer rag. "What, the magazine?" "No, the survey they mention on the front cover." "The Top 500 IT-savvy companies in the UK for 2005?" "Yes." "And what should I be looking for?" "Our company, of course." "In there?" I ask dubiously. "EXACTLY!" the …
Simon Travaglia, 29 Sep 2006
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Reading Uni to close physics department

The University of Reading is no longer accepting students onto its Physics courses, and recommends that the entire department be closed no later than 2010. The university says the "current funding context" means it must direct resources into areas of academic strength.
Lucy Sherriff, 29 Sep 2006
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Kingston buys Smart421

Hull telco Kingston Communications has announced the acquisition of business applications integrator Smart421 for £24.2m cash.
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Low-tech anthrax still deadly? FBI research widens suspect list

Analysis Five years passage has eroded much of the received wisdom on the anthrax attacks. And many of the characters who took central stage are either gone and discredited, or not talking.
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Intel sees the future, HP wants to forget the past, and Apple's not green

HP bosses blame everyone but themselves HP continues to make the news for all the wrong reasons. Two executives have left the company and the rest are busy blamestorming – pointing fingers in all directions. Someone is to blame for the original, and possibly illegal, investigation into board members, journalists and their …
John Oates, 29 Sep 2006
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CA offers 'insurance' against viral infection

CA has put its money where its mouth is by offering to cover US users of its new range of anti-virus products for as much as $1,500 worth of clean-up costs if they still get infected by malware.
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2006
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No2ID refuseniks host comedy extravaganza

No2ID - the folks who've done a sterling job pointing out the folly of the government's increasingly tottering ID card scheme - are hosting a comedy fundraiser this weekend.
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ESA outlines Earth research plans

The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched an extension of its Living Planet research programme dedicated to understanding the impact human activity has on our planet.
Lucy Sherriff, 29 Sep 2006
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IBM cool water technology sucked up by Panduit

IBM's CoolBlue scheme to bring back water-cooled computing has been boosted by a licensing deal with networking manufacturer Panduit.
Bryan Betts, 29 Sep 2006
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UKbetting buys Ritz Club

Online gambling website www.theritzclublondon.com - part of the Barclay brothers' Ritz Hotel empire - has been bought by ukbetting plc.
John Oates, 29 Sep 2006
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Apple's talks with Nordic regulators positive

Nordic consumer protection regulators held a meeting with Apple this week to discuss changes to its iTunes music service and said they had made important progress.
John Oates, 29 Sep 2006
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Lawsuits, rocky planets and bratwurst for everyone

Letters Let's get started. You all had lots to say about Apple (and when is it ever any different) and its Pod lawsuit, so we'll start there. After that, it is a whistlestop tour of the top stories of the week. Buckle up:
Lucy Sherriff, 29 Sep 2006
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Juniper grows secure branch boxes

Juniper Networks says its latest secure services gateway (SSG) boxes may look like grown-up home routers, but are actually secure hubs for small branch offices.
Bryan Betts, 29 Sep 2006
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HP 'routinely' uses email tracking

Congressional hearings have revealed how HP made controversial use of email tracking technology in an attempt to identify the source of a board-level mole.
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2006
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Battery recall spreads like wild, er fire

Dell is increasing the number of Sony-made batteries it is recalling from 4.1 million to 4.2 million, the company said today.
Lucy Sherriff, 29 Sep 2006
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T-Mobile dumps VoIP restrictions

T-Mobile will allow VoIP calls over its Web 'n' Walk-branded 3G network for the first time when it launches a set of new data tariffs next week.
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Morpheus maker loses US case

Another file-sharing software maker has been found guilty of causing copyright infringement. A US judge has said that the Morpheus software produced by StreamCast breaks the law.
OUT-LAW.COM, 29 Sep 2006
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Java EE and .NET Interoperability

Book review This book is aimed at practising Java and .NET developers, at a fairly novice level, who want to take advantage of the strong points of each of the two platforms in a single applications environment.
David Norfolk, 29 Sep 2006
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Warcraft gamers locked out after Trojan attack

Keylogging scammers are once again laying siege to World of Warcraft gamers.
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2006
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WiMAX Club formed to undermine 3G and GSM telcos

Comment "The important thing to understand about WiSOA is its members have all had the WiMAX debate," he says. "We have all decided that WiMAM is the future, and we have all committed to roll WiMax out within our businesses." That's the explanation for the launch of the WiMax Spectrum Owners Alliance, offered by Patrick Cruise O’Brien, the group's secretary general, after its launch in Paris.
Guy Kewney, 29 Sep 2006
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Accenture escapes £1bn penalty for NHS walk-out

Accenture, the IT and consultancy firm has avoided huge penalty fees for withdrawing from the UK National Programme for IT (NPfIT).
Kablenet, 29 Sep 2006