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'Legalise home taping' - think tank shock

The centre-left think tank the Institute of Public Policy today published its long-awaited report into intellectual property issues in the UK.
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Greek blogger arrest infuriates world

The arrest of a blogger by Greek police just days before Athens hosts the inaugural meeting of the Internet Governance Forum has left the blogosphere in uproar and the authorities with egg on their face.

NHS Scotland pools budget for Microsoft savings

NHS National Services Scotland forecasts it will save up to £8m over three years from a new procurement deal with Microsoft
Kablenet, 30 2006
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Global net forum opens its doors - online and off

Ordinary internet users will have a chance to make points and ask questions of the world's governments, not to mention business, engineers and media, over the next four days as the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) opens its doors - both physically and online - for the first time.
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Stern outlines moral duty to tackle climate change

The Stern Review, a government-commissioned report on climate change, is set to warn that unchecked global warming could shrink the world economy by as much as 20 per cent, or £3.68 trillion.
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IGF: Why you should care

The inaugural meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be opened today at 10am by the Greek prime minister in Athens, starting the gun on four days of discussion that many hope will provide answers to some of the internet's biggest problems.

Fujitsu admits its laptop 'overheated and sparked'

A Fujitsu-made notebook has caught fire in Japan, the manufacturer admitted late last week. The incendiary incident is the first of its kind to be be officially recognised in a machine lacking a Dell, Apple or ThinkPad logo, and should sound a warning to other vendors caught up in this year's massive battery recall.
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EMC announces raft of product updates

Comment EMC has announced new versions of its high-end Symmetrix DMX-3 system, mid-tier CLARiiON CX3 UltraScale series system, EMC Disk Library virtual tape library system, and Celerra NS series IP system, all of which seek to serve as the underpinnings of an Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) infrastructure.

E-Ten touts 'world's thinnest' PocketPC phone

Taiwan's E-Ten has unwrapped what it claims is the world's thinnest Windows Mobile 5.0 device capable of squeezing in a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE phone, 802.11b Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 and a SirRFstar III-based GPS receiver.
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Virgin pulls web challenge

Virgin was hoping a competition on B3ta.com would bring in some funky viral advertising to get 'em down with the kids on the internet.

O2 offers Asus-made XDA as the IQ

O2's UK operation has already begun offering its business customers one of the new XDA smart phones that appeared on the US Federal Communications Commission website last week. There branded the XDA Graphite, here it's being sold as the XDA IQ.

Decriminalise iPod users, think-tank tells UK gov't

Ripping your own CDs to transfer the songs they contain for transfer to an iPod, PMP or CD-R to keep in the car should be made legal in the UK, think-tank the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has told the government. Currently, this activity is illegal under UK law.

Poker sites hold merger talks

Partygaming and 888 Holdings, which runs poker and casino sites, are in talks about a possible merger.
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France prepares planet hunting 'scope

France is ramping up activity ahead of December's launch of the COROT space telescope.

NetApp faces shareholder backdating suit

Despite thus far escaping the SEC's ire, NetApp announced Friday that its own shareholders had filed a suit against the firm over backdating of stock options.
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Nokia guns for TomTom with GPS gadget

Nokia has announced its first dedicated satellite navigation device, details of which leaked out a few weeks ago but were mistakenly interpreted as the successor to the company's 770 internet tablet. Instead, the Nokia 330 Auto Navigation is a typical TomTom-like GPS gadget.
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BT operator: 'What service do you require?'

If you burnt your roast chicken in the Birmingham area and needed to call out the fire brigade yesterday, you would have been stuffed.

AMD unveils ATI Radeon X1650 XT

AMD's ATI operation has unveiled the Radeon X1650 XT, as expected, pitching the part at the upper reaches of the mainstream graphics card segment. Boards based on part will, like the X1950 Pro, sport an internal CrossFire connector.

Nintendo Wii to get DVD playback next year?

Nintendo is planning to release a DVD playback pack for its next-generation console, Wii, but it looks like only Japanese consumers will ever get the chance to buy it. Europe and the US, it seems, are too stuffed with cheap DVD players to make such a move worthwhile.
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Meteor cracked Cornish kitchen

A Cornish astronomer says that a mystery sonic boom heard in Bude last week could have been caused by a meteor.
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Online Xmas shopping costs employers £7bn

With Christmas just eight weeks away, the boom in online shopping could cost businesses an estimated £7bn as staff fill up their stockings and neglect work, according to the Employment Law Advisory Services (ELAS).

Virgin Mobile Lobster 700TV

Review Portable TVs are evolving and moving into the digital age, not least with the help of 3G data streaming to push programming to mobile phones. However, Virgin has taken a different approach: a technology called DAB-IP. You might be familiar with DAB, which is a standard for digital radio, but what the heck does it have to do with telly?
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Psychedelic toad licking dog in rehab

The owners of a cocker spaniel have told how their beloved pet became addicted to licking poisonous toads for their mind-bending properties.
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Old bugs blight shiny new browsers

An old security bug provides a way to crash Firefox 2.0, security researchers have discovered. The memory corruption vulnerability involving the handling of JavaScript code has been known about since June 2006 and Firefox version was supposed to fix the problem.

B&O-Samsung designer phone to ship Stateside soon

Samsung and Bang & Olufsen are to bring their co-designed Serene mobile phone to the US, the South Korean giant revealed this weekend. Only the well-heeled need continue waiting: the handset will retail for a staggering $1,272.
Hard Reg, 30 2006
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Hubble snaps expanding light echo

Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys has captured another stunning image of an expanding light echo around the variable star V838 Monocerotis.
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Italian spy chief eyes jail over CIA abduction

Comment There's nothing new about governments exploiting the 9/11 atrocities for such purposes as passing draconian laws at home, or pleasing the USA enough to feast on some of its rich security pork.
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Finland convicts 22 in file sharing case

Twenty-two people were convicted of internet piracy in Finland last week. A judge in Turku ordered them to pay fines and more than €420,000 in damages for copyright offences - about €19,000 each.

£10m VAT fraud gang jailed

Four members of a carousel VAT fraud gang were found guilty by Canterbury Crown Court late last week.
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Phishers prey on Lik-Sang customers

Cheeky email fraudsters are targeting consumers who ordered gaming goods from Lik-Sang.com, the Hong Kong-based online retailer that last week shut its doors. Emails currently doing the rounds hijack the retailer's own words in an attempt to grab the recipient's PayPal account details.
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DVLA email smut dragnet catches 65

The email porn investigation at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) which saw staff get the boot earlier this year today saw a further 65 staff charged with gross misconduct.

Ohio child hospital hack exposes 230,000 files

Hackers broke into the systems of an Ohio hospital last month raising fears that the personal details of up to 230,000 patients or their family members, and banking information on around 12,000 financial donors, might have been compromised.
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Report warns of people-tagging madness

Within 10 years we will all be chipped "like dogs", according to a report in the online version of London newspaper The Evening Standard.

Oracle welcomes Linux users with support site crash

Oracle today dished out a rude awakening to the Linux users it hopes to support over the long-haul. Its MetaLink support site crashed.