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EMC and SenSage offer data retention fix

EMC, Intec and SenSage have joined forces to develop what they reckon is a cost effective solution for ISPs and telcos needing to deal with the requirements of the new European directive on data retention.

Five arrested over D-Link router theft

Five people have been arrested by Kent police in connection with stolen D-Link routers.
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Spammers issue exploding ARSS alert

We're obliged this grey Monday morning to reader Andy Cook for bringing to our attention a delightful piece of spam which brings a whole new meaning to the term "pump and dump":
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IM gains traction on Wall Street

Some months ago I wrote a feature Securities trading desks adopt IM. It appeared that there was some push for adoption of this medium for transmitting securities orders in the US markets. However, there were a number of technical and regulatory compliance issues to be addressed before IM for transmission of securities orders could gain widespread acceptance.

Sharp asks laptop owners to return 28,000 batteries

Sharp has become the latest laptop maker to ask its customers to return Sony-made notebook batteries. Its recall of some 28,000 power packs came as Fujitsu increased the size of its own battery recall by a further 51,000 units.
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Webcasting is next frontier for sports

The internet is becoming a powerful broadcasting tool for sports organisations and television channels.

Nvidia's three-GPU mobo spied on web

Nvidia's nForce 680i SLI chipset for Intel processors has leaked out online, with a piccy of the part surfacing on a variety of websites. The chipset is expected to target the chip giant's upcoming quad-core processors, the 'Kentsfield' Core 2 Extreme and Core 2 Quad.
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iSoft costing Staffs hospital dear

University Hospital North Staffordshire has been left with a large hole in its accounts thanks to the failed installation of an iSoft computer system.

SmartCaddie UMPC updated with Intel CPU

The world has another ultra-mobile PC design. Japanese vendor PBJ today unveiled its SmartCaddie EX UMPC, though the unit's not due to ship there until early December. The new model is essentially an Intel-based version of the model PBJ launched last April.

419 scammers launch shipping sites

Nigerian 419 advance fee fraudsters operating from Amsterdam and Rotterdam have created copies of the websites of express transportation company DHL and Lufthansa Cargo. The idea is to lure victims into paying transportation and advance fees for used motorbikes and cars that are never delivered.
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HSBC customers in cash machine hell

Exclusive HSBC's cash machine service turned on customers this weekend with many people complaining that their accounts were held hostage and others saying ATM boxes ate their cards. The issues also extended to HSBC's credit cards with thousands of people affected, The Register can confirm.
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Samsung to launch Symbian 'super 3G' phone tomorrow

Samsung will tomorrow take the wraps off its HSDPA-enabled SGH-i520 handset, one of the few handsets we've seen coming from the South Korean giant that's based on the Symbian operating system and Nokia's Series 60 (S60) user interface.
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UK businesses slow to go green

One third of big businesses in the UK are failing to make proper plans for their environmental impact, according to the British Standards Institute (BSI).

Spyware infection prompts McDonalds MP3 recall

McDonalds Japan has launched a recall after discovering that MP3 players it offered as a prize were loaded with a particularly nasty strain of malware. Up to 10,000 people might have been exposed to the problem after claiming a Flash MP3 player pre-loaded with ten tunes and a variant of the QQpass spyware Trojan.

Apple's Jobs not in a stew over Zune

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is - surprise, surprise - unfazed by Microsoft's would-be iPod killer Zune. Earphone sharing will prove a more potent force for social networking than the iPod rival's much-touted wireless song-sharing feature, he reckons.
Hard Reg, 16 2006
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UK.gov may allow data sharing on 40 million bank accounts

The government is considering allowing banks to share data on up to 40 million bank accounts without account holders' permission. The plan is one of four being considered by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
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Sapphire offers prizes for bare box-art lookalikes

Graphics card maker Sapphire is offering consumers the chance to win big prizes this Halloween, and all they have to do is get their kit off. Yes, Sapphire wants its users to dress up - or maybe that should be dress down, right down - as the nude but tastefully tackle-less bloke seen on its packaging.
Hard Reg, 16 2006
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UK govt plans to hobble FoI, while hailing its success

The Department for Constitutional Affairs is considering changes to the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act that would make it easier for public sector organisations to refuse requests on grounds of unreasonable cost.
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Secret Service grills MySpace teen

Not satisfied with creating militants abroad, the US has decided to nurture homegrown government haters.
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Irish take dim view of 'immoral' domains

Here's a Monday afternoon poser: what's the difference between www.murder.ie and www.porn.ie?

Retailer puffs Burning Love fluffy iPod pouch

As if Apple's iPod Socks didn't provide sufficient snigger material, along comes new UK online retailer MP3 Additions with line in digital music player pockets it calls the "Burning Love Pouch". It claims they're the "most original and funky iPod holders on the market today".
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Wobbly Belgian politico becomes YouTube star

Belgian politico Michel Daerden has become an overnight net celeb after YouTubers flocked to enjoy footage of him either completely rat-arsed or suffering the effects of "a psychomotor disorder" during an interview with French-language broadcaster RTBF.

Brits bin their identity as ID thieves prosper

More Brits than ever are placing themselves at risk of identity fraud, despite awareness campaigns warning them of the dangers.

NEC packs up Packard Bell

Lap Shun Hui has scored a success in his battle to collect the great PC brands of yesteryear by buying Packard Bell from NEC.
Joe Fay, 16 2006

Cisco gains patent on 'triple play'

Savouring the broad and bold nature of the US patent system, Cisco appears to have received the rights to the "triple threat".
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Reuters embeds reporter in Sadville

It has been brought to our attention that we have failed to cast our usual withering scorn on the news that Reuters has assigned a full-time reporter to Second Life, the alternative universe in which people can live out their dreams of being a furry penis.
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McData offers $1.1m to keep CEO sweet

McData plans to shell out more than $1m to keep its current CEO once the company links up with fellow storage switch maker Brocade.
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Mozilla brainstorms Firefox 3.0

The final version of Firefox 2 isn't available for download yet, but developers at Mozilla are already asking the community for suggestions on features they'd like to see included in the next version of the browser, Firefox 3.0.

Larry Ellison's Linux nears release – pundit

Wall Street continues to drool over the idea of Oracle producing its own line of Linux software for reasons unclear to us.
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Microsoft agrees to release Vista interop info

Microsoft has agreed to release more technical information to security companies so they can make their products work with Vista, Microsoft's next operating system due early next year.
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Unpaid TV licence fells Swedish politician

Two high profile Swedish ministers have resigned from office over allegations of tax evasion, and bizarrely, failure to pay their TV licences.

NK nukes: We're all (not) going to die

Analysis Just when we all got comfortable with the idea of Islamofascists bringing down the curtain on humanity's dominion over the Earth, those wacky North Koreans come along and put everyone's pet Apocalyptic theories into disarray. And boy, is it getting complicated: we've got people trying to blow up airplanes with KY jelly and Gatorade; we've got Iran doing the nuke walk and thumbing its nose at us; meanwhile, we're knee-deep in sexual predators, insurgents, rogue states, terrorists, and whack-job wannabes. It's difficult to know who we're supposed to be terrified of any more.
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EU plans to block terror sites, but doesn't know how

A meeting of EU interior ministers held in August in the wake of the 'liquid bomb plot' arrests called for the acceleration of European plans to tackle terrorism, and as part of these, for measures to "tackle the use of the Internet by terrorists to radicalise young people, spread messages of hate and plan mass murder" (see Home Office announcement). Ah yes, but how?
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Media companies put the squeeze on GooTube

Mark Cuban was labelled a "Cassandra" for his skepticism about Google's takeover of revenue-free video sharing site YouTube. But the thing about Cassandra that people often forget, is that Cassandra was right.
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Google's ads could kill YouTube

Valley Justice Google's intention to drive advertising profits through the acquisition of this year's hottest web property may actually be the move that ends up killing the golden GooTube.

IBM/Lenovo, Apple top support firm's hardware reliability ratings

Who makes the most reliable computers? Lenovo, closely followed by Apple, if you believe online service and support company Rescuecom's latest reliability audit, derived from more than 20,000 calls made by the firm's customers during the second quarter this year.

McAfee opens data-theft snooping service

McAfee, the US security software firm, has stumped up $20m cash for Onigma, a developer of data theft monitoring software.
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Wal-Mart loses case for control of boycottwalmart.com

The world's largest retailer Wal-Mart has failed in its attempt to gain control of the web address boycottwalmart.com. An arbitration panel has ruled that it was unlikely that visitors would be confused and think that it was a Wal-Mart site.

TomTom takes Garmin to court (again)

TomTom, the Dutch navigation specialist, is taking US rival Garmin to court in The Hague on Thursday. The company claims that Garmin is copying the look and feel of its GPS based portable navigation systems.

Wired editor smokes out MySpace pedo

Hats off to Kevin Poulsen for one of the best articles in tech journalism you will read this year. The one-time hacker extraordinaire, and now senior editor at Wired, combined investigative reporting and code-writing skills to collar a predatory pedophile reaching out to teenage boys through MySpace.

Samsung has bloody good quarter

Samsung has reported a 16 per cent increase in profits for the third quarter of 2006 compared with the same period in 2005.