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AOL appoints first UK MD

AOL UK has appointed a new MD to steer the firm through the wake of selling off its broadband subscriber base to Carphone Warehouse.
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McNealy: Sun can solve global warming

Scott McNealy may no longer be leading the charge at Sun Microsystems but he still knows a good Sun sales opportunity when he sees it.
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Through the (walled) garden gate...

Analysis It's not often the press gets an opportunity to say nice things about a mobile operator - because it's been so rare to find an enlightened mobile operator.
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Would-be kidnapper shoots self in 'nads

A 23-year-old Wichita man shot himself in the wedding tackle during a bodged kidnap attempt, The Wichita Eagle reports.
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HP results shrug off scandal

HP made revenues of $24.6bn in the fourth quarter ended 31 October 2006 – up seven per cent on the same period last year.
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PC World gets down to business

PC World is looking to change the way Irish SMEs buy technology with the launch of a new "one-stop" website offering over 50,000 IT products and solutions.

Google draws in iRows

Google quietly snaffled up Israeli online spreadsheet vendor iRows earlier this week.
Joe Fay, 17 2006
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'Blagging' info thieves fined £14,800

A married couple has been convicted of stealing and selling personal data and has been ordered to pay £14,800 in fines and costs. Between them the pair were convicted of 25 cases of illegally obtaining and selling information.
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Telstra, NatWest admit DNS problems

Telstra Europe and NatWest have blamed domain name server problems for the service downtime both suffered yesterday.

AMD accused of patent violation

US chip-related intellectual property company Opti has accused AMD of infringing three of its patents, all centring on techniques microprocessors can use to predict cache memory access requirements.
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Who knows what there is to know about the nose?

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Do humans have a compass in their nose?

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NAO gets loved up on gov IT

The National Audit Office (NAO) has broken with its tradition of testing the veracity of government activities with the publication of a report about some IT projects the government has managed successfully.
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Sony Ericsson readies RAZR-killer?

Sony Ericsson is to take Motorola and Samsung head on next year by launching an super-slim Walkman-branded candybar handset of its own, it has been claimed. Codenamed 'Ai', the phone is said to be a mere 9.4mm thick.
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RTL tipped to bid for ITV

German media group RTL is preparing a £5bn bid for ITV according to reports. Last week UK cable monopoly NTL was said to be preparing a bid for the troubled commercial broadcaster.
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BOFH: When non-IT people make IT decisions

Episode 39 Episode 39 It's going to be a bad day, I can just feel it. All it'd take is the Boss to walk in with... "Hi, could you cast your eye over this?" the Boss asks, placing a large folder on the desk in front of me. "I...I'm rather busy," I lie. "But I told the guy we'd look over it," the Boss says. "And everyone loves a man of …
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Site names missing child abuse offenders

A new website identifies paedophiles who have gone missing.
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Aussie drunk driver threatens cops with snake

A drunk driver pulled in Australia's Northern Territory made good his escape after threatening officers with a snake, National Nine News reports.

Shock, horror, outrage - biometric passport data snooped, again

The biometric passport has been 'cracked' again - but it's the same crack as the old crack (which is not exactly a crack). This time it's the new UK passport, and Liberal Home Affairs spokesman Nick Clegg is calling for the urgent recall of all the 3 million that have already been issued.

OCZ spins memory cooler for overclockers

Memory specialist OCZ has launched an active cooling system for memory modules. The aluminium XTC Cooler contains a pair of 60mm "ultra-low noise" fans and clips on top of all the host PC's DDR DIMMs as one. It's all done in the name of overclocking, of course, and the fan unit is designed to work particularly well with memory …

AMD's chipset naming scheme: details emerge

AMD's anticipated plan to rebrand many of ATI's chipsets under its own name will go beyond the X series products, as revealed earlier this week, to offer T-, G-, V- and M-class parts as new chipsets come to market, it has been claimed.

Symbol readies slimmer corporate PDA phone?

Exclusive Barcode reader specialist and soon-to-be Motorola subsidiary Symbol may be set to launch its latest PDA phone in Q1 2007, Reg Hardware has learned, a more lightweight alternative to the beefier devices it's offered to date.
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Dell buys reseller, BT buys PlusNet and everyone buys HP

Results, or not... Dell was forced to delay quarterly results this week and admitted that the probe from the SEC has turned formal. The company was due to report on Thursday but now hopes to release results by the end of the month. HP, meanwhile, shrugged off recent spying scandals to show revenue of $24.6bn for the three …
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Hippy geeks threaten supercomputing masculinity

SC06 There's no bigger boast in the supercomputing field than being able to say, "mine's bigger than yours". A handful of researchers, however, hope to tweak this bragging contest to something along the lines of "mine's pretty big and greener than yours".

MS London Tube crash: all is revealed

Letter It appears this week's London Tube crash outrage was not after all caused by spyware, or adware, or the Yahoo! toolbar, as we recklessly suggested.
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Giant Colonel Sanders visible from space

Kentucky Fried Chicken reckons it's the first company whose logo is visible from space after piecing together a huge mosaic of Colonel Sanders in the Nevada desert.
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Cancel ID cards, un-ban the hunt, and resign - Tony B's e-petitions

Earlier this week the Government's Ten Downing Street web site launched the beta of an e-petitions system in conjunction with mysociety.org, which runs a string of worthy and useful government-related sites, most of them orders of magnitudes more effective than their government-run equivalents. But looking at some of the petitions already filed however, one wonders whether Number Ten can be quite as enthusiastic about the project on Friday as it was on Tuesday.

IBM extends NetApp line

IBM's reliance on NetApp for its small and mid-range storage kit was extended today with the announcement of a new box in the N-series.

Gear4 BluEye iPod-phone adaptor

Review When I previewed the BlyEye Bluetooth-based iPod-to-phone connector in August this year, I was impressed by its size, its functioanlity and its price. There were some glitches, of course, but the unit I looked at was a pre-production sample, and developer Mavizen had given itself two months to iron out the wrinkles...

Security firm Guidance settles FTC breach charges

Guidance Software, the security company whose computer forensics software helps firms identify the source of hacking attacks, has settled with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that it failed to protect its own customers' data from attack.
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Brit jailed for 'web rage'

A 47-year-old man has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for what police are describing as Britain's first "web rage" attack.
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Keeping CodeGear was a no-brainer - sez Borland

Comment Why did Borland change its mind about selling off its IDE tools to a third-party? According to Mike Hulme, Borland’s senior director of product marketing, it was a simple decision. “The one-time cash-flow from the sale did not match what we think we can get from an overall profitable business. It’s a no-brainer to say that it’s much more attractive to keep the business, run it as a subsidiary, and take a predictable profitability stream from that business,” he told Reg Dev.
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Foreigners, geeks and teachers harm UK IT

IT skills are still in such short supply in the UK that the country's very economic future is threatened, the head of the British Computer Society said today.
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Peaceniks work up to Global Orgasm

NSFW If you've got a few minutes to spare on 22 December, and fancy a quick shag for the advancement of World peace and harmony, then get yourself down to Global Orgasm - a mass coming-together of.. well, no, a mass coming together sums it up quite nicely.
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Jedis use taser guns to shoot down the Queen's speech

Letters Let's start the letters bag with something that got you really hot under the collar - the spoof Microsoft Firefox site. My, oh my, what a bunch of unhappy readers you were. Some of you even thought we thought it was real (how little credit you give us)...
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Sex with dead deer not illegal, lawyer argues

The defence lawyer of a Wisconsin man charged with having sex with a dead deer is claiming he's innocent of any wrongdoing - because a "crimes against sexual morality" statute prohibits sex with animals, but fails to mention carcasses, The Duluth News Tribune reports.

Man shot while queuing to buy PlayStation 3

A man was shot in Putnam, Connecticut today by a pair of ski-mask wearing gunmen attempting to steal money from a queue of punters waiting in line to buy PlayStation 3 consoles, local police have revealed.
Hard Reg, 17 2006

eBayer bids $89m for PS3

Someone - fool, twit, dunderheard, call them what you will - has apparently agreed to pay more than $89m for a 60GB PlayStation 3. At least he or she doesn't have to pay the shipping cost - the seller is generously including UPS delivery in the price.
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Mobile 2.0: The phone-in show

Show report Last week I attended a one-day conference in San Francisco to promote "Mobile 2.0", covering all matters related to new Mobile Web and mobile innovation. It was arranged to coincide with the O'Reilly official Web 2.0 Summit running in the same city and partly, I think, as a reaction to how little that show was talking about mobile- related web access.
Ed Moore, 17 2006
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Pervhunt site point to Page 3 lovelies

Internet wags have created a site to mark the online publication of a list of child sex offenders who have failed to report to the police.
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Are carriers learning to love dual-mode?

Mobile networks are at last yielding to the lure of dual-mode phones and voice over Wi-Fi, as flat-rate tariffs turn the business of delivering a call into a cost instead of a revenue.
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Online gambling now billion dollar three-card monte

Analysis Now that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act has been passed in the United States, those billions of dollars once spent on online gambling will now go to children's recreation centers, programs to care for the elderly, and humble decorations for Mother Theresa's grave. More importantly, those evil mega-casinos that have emerged offshore will finally be swept from the Earth, like Sodom and Gomorrah.

Trusted Computing readies anti-malware specs

The Trusted Computing Group (TCG) is to release its software infrastructure specifications next week. The specs will help technology such as NAC (network access control) determine if a device should be allowed network access or not.
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Video game critics' bandwagon rolls backwards

Keith Vaz, the prominent British Labour MP, jumped back on the anti-video game violence bandwagon today after the EU got it kick-started and on the roll again.
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Panic in Sadville!

Linden Labs, the commercial operation responsible for the much-hyped online "virtual world" Second Life, this week invited its subscribers to sue it for copyright infringement.
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Open Source - it isn't just about being nice

Letter Michael Tiemann objects to the distinction between "open" and "free" software we suggested in the article entitled Is your software free, open or litigated?.
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UMG sues MySpace

Two months after threatening to sue Rupert Murdoch's MySpace for copyright infringement, the world's biggest record company has called in the lawyers.