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O2 and 3 bubble trade mark dispute sent to Europe

A long-running dispute between mobile phone networks O2 and 3 has been referred to the European Court of Justice for clarification. The dispute centres on a series of 3 adverts which O2 says infringed its trade marks.
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Web designers get grouchy over Getty

Web designers are becoming alarmed that Getty Images is coming after them for using its copyrighted images on their websites without a licence.
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Shuttle launch lights up the night sky

Shuttle blasted off from NASA's Kennedy space centre this weekend, in the first night launch for four years. Discovery was due to take off on Thursday, but was delayed by bad weather.
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Councils to miss child database deadline

Ninety-two out of 150 councils will miss a government deadline to implement systems for sharing information about vulnerable children.
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Sony, SanDisk devise 32GB-capable Memory Stick

Sony has turned to SanDisk to help it develop the next incarnation of its Memory Stick memory card format: the Memory Stick Pro HG. The Memory Stick Duo-sized card ups the maximum storage capacity to 32GB, though it may be some time before 32GB cards come to market.
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Pharma industry could benefit from elephant man report

The recommendations published in the wake of the disastrous drug trial that left six young men hospitalised could actually benefit some parts of the UK pharma industry, according to one expert.

MP3-to-FM transmitters unbanned in UK

It's official - it's now legal in the UK to use the iTrip and other low-range FM transmitters to send songs from your MP3 player to a radio. The once banned products can now not only be sold over here but connected to iPods without the owner being nabbed by engineers sniffing out pirate radio stations.

iSoft shares up on news of six month loss

iSoft, the troubled and much investigated medical software provider, has delivered on its promises of widening losses for the six months ending October 31.
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SMEs to embark on 2007 VoIP love-in

Concern for the environment and a recognition of the potential cost benefits will see small businesses turn to Voice over IP (VoIP) telephony in their droves next year, according to InClarity.

Ofcom helps inflate the WiMAX hype bubble

Ofcom, the UK's the broadcast regulator, has tagged WiMAX mobile wireless as a likely source of revenue for the public purse.
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Greenpeace: Apple still needs to green up its act

Greenpeace Netherlands targeted Apple shops in Amsterdam on Saturday with flyers claiming the company has made absolutely no improvements to its environmental policies or practices.
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Sun speaking in tongues for Java 6

Sun Microsystems released an updated version of Java today, featuring integrated support for scripting languages and providing a migration path to enterprise Java.
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Quantum lands early de-duplication punch

Tape survivor Quantum today ramped up its efforts in disk storage with the release of kit aimed at the primed market for de-duplication.

Nintendo sued over alleged Wii Remote patent violation

Nintendo has found itself on the receiving end of a lawsuit alleging the company ripped off a US patent that California-based plaintiff Interlink Electronics was granted back in February 2005 as a result of a September 1997 application.
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NASA wants to fill your stocking with Postcards from Mars

Jim Bell, the lead scientist on NASA's Mars Rover photography, has put together what is surely the perfect Christmas gift for the space geek in your life*: a book of 150 of the best images the rovers have sent back from the Red Planet.

Palm Treo 680 smart phone

Review Palm's Treo 650 smart phone has spearheaded Palm's smart-phone business since its debut in the US in October 2004. Still, it's looking long in the tooth, especially after Palm shipped the Windows Mobile-based 700w and its Palm OS sibling, the 700p, earlier this year. But rather than ditch the older product, Palm's re-modelled it as a new handset, the 680, pitched at a lower price...
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Trojan targets unpatched Word flaw (again)

Microsoft has warned of another unpatched vulnerability in Word. The unspecified code execution flaw means hackers can load malware onto targeted machines providing users are tricked into opening maliciously constructed Word files.
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Japan gets fug-fading USB ashtray

The Universal Serial Bus has come to the rescue of smokers who want to partake of a crafty ciggie but ensure the boss doesn't get a whiff that office regulations are being so flagrantly transgressed. Yes, it's the USB ashtray, disguises when closed as a car.

BEA adopts virtual strategy with VMware

BEA Systems has teamed up with VMware to deliver the first instalment of a Java virtualisation strategy to rollout in 2007.

Doom celebrates 13th birthday

Forgotten Tech Doom, the game that defined the first-person shoot-'em-up category, turned 13 yesterday - an appropriate anniversary to mark the debut of the SCI-FI and horror-themed title. The game was made available to the public, via an FTP site, on 10 December 1993.

Nokia's 'hero' phone trapped in phone booth

The phone that Nokia described as its "hero product for Q1" has got its Superman knickers in a twist.
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Fujitsu buys German reseller

Fujitsu Services is taking a majority stake in German reseller TDS AG.

Hitachi Data Systems gets into NAS

Hitachi Data Systems has bought a stake in network-attached storage specialist BlueArc. The pair will flog each other's kit worldwide in a bid to snatch leadership from NetApp in the $1bn high performance computing storage market.
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Electricity price surges could boost solar market

Rising electricity prices could be good news for the UK's fledgling solar power industry, according to a report from ENF, a solar power broker and market research group.

Vista creates twice the wealth in US as in Europe

The launch of Microsoft's Vista will create 100,000 jobs in the US, the same as that claimed for Europe, but will bring in almost twice as much cash - some $70bn.
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Firefox 3 alpha unleashed

Mozilla is calling on developers to help it ensure that the next version of the open source web browser is solid. And it has released an alpha version of Firefox 3 for developers to play with.

Cassatt grabs hold of VMware and Xen

Software start-up Cassatt this week continued its virtualization march with a new release of its flagship product that adds more support for server partitioning software.
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iTunes sales 'collapsing'

The leading DRM digital download service, Apple's iTunes, has experienced a collapse in sales revenues this year according to analyst company Forrester Research.
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HP goes fresh with Labs and CFO posts

CEO swaps, stagnant shares and scandal behind it, HP appears to have reached retirement age for some of its veterans. Last week, HP Labs director Dick Lampman announced that he would depart in 2007, and this week CFO Bob Wayman said that he'll vanish at year end.