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Blog: Changing your bank details

Every so often, I bang on about compensating transactions - in essence, they’re the way that you clear up problems in automated systems without upsetting your customers.

AMD sacked by ATI costs

AMD reported its first net loss in two years as its acquisition of ATI added to losses stemming from a crushing price war with Intel.
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Australia not like home for 3

3's recent announcement that it would remove roaming charges from any country in which it operates has turned out not to include Australia, at least for pre-paid customers.
Bill Ray, 24 2007
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iPhone trademarks: the real issues

Analysis Apple's iPhone announcement and Cisco's iPhone trademark lawsuit has brought the iPhone moniker into the spotlight. But other companies also own and use iPhone trademarks, and market and sell their iPhone products. Mark Rasch explains how US trademark law works and the real issues at play in this highly publicised trademark dispute.

Intel launches 802.11n Wi-Fi module

Intel has begun shipping 'Kedron', the 802.11n-compatible wireless networking module that's a key component of the next generation of Centrino, 'Santa Rosa'. It has also persuaded a number of access point vendors to sticker their 802.11n products as Centrino-friendly.
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French newsreader voted YouTube's hottest babe

Readers of UK tabloid The Sun have voted French newsreader Melissa Theuriau "YouTube's hottest babe EVER" after excerpts of the foxy Gallic minx's news broadcasts proved a huge online hit.
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GXS Microsoft alliance making B2B easy for SMEs

Comment Electronic Business to Business (B2B) communication is an essential component of the infrastructure of any large enterprise. It enables the fast and accurate transfer of data between partners, automating cross business processes and improving supply chain performance.
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IBM didn't destroy SCO code evidence, rules judge

IBM did not destroy crucial evidence in its long-running dispute with The SCO Group, a judge has ruled.
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Rare African chromosome discovered in Yorkshiremen

Evidence of ethnic diversity in Britain going back to at least the 18th century has been uncovered by geneticists.
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HTC UMPC-phone to debut on T-Mobile?

T-Mobile is set to launch HTC's anticipated Athena UMPC-like device, it has been claimed. Given the high quality of the pics that accompany the report, this one appears a dead certainty. T-Mobile is said to have chosen the Ameo brand to label the machine.
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All change at the OGC

The Office of Government Commerce is to be cut back in size and its reach reduced, but its powers will be increased
Kablenet, 24 2007
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German website offers rent-a-protester service

You know how it is: you feel very strongly that the government really ought to address the issue of rampant unemployment among immigrant Romanian single mothers in the Frankfurt sausage-making industry, but can't actually be bothered to get up off the sofa and hit the streets in protest. Fear not, for help is at hand in the shape of Erento.com, where agitators are renting out their services to worthy causes.

Matrox unveils cable-connected port replicator

Matrox has extended its Extio line of monitor and peripheral extension modules. The Extio F1220 allows users to tuck away systems but routing display, audio, USB and Firewire data down a 250m cable and into the Extio, which can sit on a desk connected to multiple monitors, keyboard, mouse, etc.
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Atlas gets its RTW

Microsoft's Atlas has made it through to its official Release To Web (RTW) as ASP.NET AJAX 1.0. The beta version has enjoyed some 180,000 downloads since November last year.

Fujitsu laptops to be bundled with SIM card

Orange and Fujitsu have signed a deal to include an Orange SIM in Fujitsu computers featuring an embedded GSM (3G) module.
Bill Ray, 24 2007

Asus touts Vista-ready mobo line

With Windows Vista's formal launch less than a week away, Asus has begun shouting about its Vista-friendly motherboard line-up. It's pitching four boards: two for AMD processors, two for Intel CPUs.
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Skype racketeering case dismissed

One of the longest running feuds in the P2P business has taken a new turn after a judge dismissed a racketeering case brought by Streamcast Networks against Skype.
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You could be the next Crazy Frog

A new service from Quepasa allows users to upload their own ring tones, and share in the revenue generated by selling them. Anyone can upload their masterpiece, once they’ve paid the requisite $4.99 registration fee.
Bill Ray, 24 2007
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Fujitsu laptops to be bundled with SIM card

Orange and Fujitsu have signed a deal to include an Orange SIM in Fujitsu computers featuring an embedded GSM and 3G module. The Fujitsu LifeBook E laptops won't be locked to Orange, so no network subsidy, but they will be tested to work with the Orange 3G and HSDPA networks.
Bill Ray, 24 2007

Apple patches QuickTime bug

Apple has fixed a flaw in its QuickTime media playback software that allowed malicious coders to install malware onto vulnerable systems.

Lite-on readies 'world's first' SATA 20x DVD drive

Lite-on will next month ship what it claims is the world's first 20x DVD writer with a SATA connection. The drive's aimed at the increasing number of motherboards that no longer support parallel ATA.
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Email pioneer converts supporters into paying customers

One of the internet's first free email systems is back in business after supporters rallied against its possible closure.

One in five fail Windows validation checks

More than a fifth (22 per cent) of Windows installations failed tests on their authenticity, according to figures from tests conducted using Microsoft's controversial Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) tool.
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The 2012 Olympics: how's it shaping up?

A report in today's Sun newspaper, noting that some sort of progress has been made in preparing the East London site which will host the 2012 Olympics, prompted us to go and have a shufti down on Google Earth:
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Azlan looks to squeeze out more Juniper business

Azlan has pulled together a dedicated team to push Juniper kit as it looks to further boost sales of the pricey networking gear.
Joe Fay, 24 2007

FTC green lights BrocData

Brocade has cleared the last regulatory hurdle in its bid to own about 70 per cent of the global fibre channel switch market, after the Federal Trade Commission closed its anti-trust investigation into the takeover of McData.
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Lloyds TSB in mass-mailer sense of humour shocker

Who'd have believed it: UK banking conglomerate Lloyds TSB has decided to celebrate the New Year by getting itself a sense of humour. Try this grab of a mass mailer, forwarded by reader Andrew Pearce:
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Seagate profits slump

Disk maker Seagate saw profits fall in the second quarter ended 29 December 2006 despite growing sales.
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CeBIT to get B2B overhaul in 2008

CeBIT, the world's biggest technology and telecoms trade fair, has admitted it will radically restructure the show in 2008 with more focus on B2B and less on novelties. The new CEBIT will also be a day shorter.
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China's top Red vows to 'purify' net

Chinese Communist Party big cheese Hu Jintao today announced the country's intention to maximise the economic potential of the web, while seeking to "purify the internet environment", Reuters reports.
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Ingram signs Uniwide

Distie Ingram Micro will now distribute Uniwide UniServer server and workstation products across Europe.
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3 lays off Glasgow call centre staff

3 is to slash numbers at its Glasgow call centre from the current 540 to fewer than 400, the telco announced yesterday.
Bill Ray, 24 2007

Microsoft AJAX framework shrugs free

Microsoft has at last slipped out its AJAX architecture, but the latest addition to the Web 2.0 milieu faces a long march towards broad uptake.
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SanDisk V-Mate memory-card video recorder

Review Video content on mobile phones today is rich and diverse, but the cost is also rich and diverse - with an emphasis on rich. Are there any affordable alternatives to watching a variety of video on mobiles and other portable devices? SanDisk seems to think so...
Rob Kerr, 24 2007
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Apple DRM illegal in Norway: Ombudsman

Apple's digital rights management lock on its iPod device and iTunes software is illegal, the Consumer Ombudsman in Norway has ruled. The blow follows the news that Germany and France are joining Norway's action against Apple.

Agere revives Intel 'personal server' handheld concept

Chip maker Agere has launched what it claims is the first mobile content server, a gadget designed to be as capable of grabbing, storing and serving documents and media files as a PC is. But be a darn sight more portable.
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Vista filip for US states, claims IDC

While reviewers debate the merits of Windows Vista and analysts puzzle the over the pace of adoption, IDC and Microsoft are in little doubt over its impact for the economies of America's 50 states.
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HP's CEO takes $20m haul in 2006

HP shareholders might just applaud CEO Mark Hurd's hefty 2006 pay package, while those with more emotional ties to the company's historical reputation will recoil in horror.
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Court rejects 'Eldred the Sequel'

The bitter legacy of the failure of the Supreme Court's Eldred decision three years ago continues. For the second time, a lower court has rejected what it considers an attempt to re-run the case.
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Apple safe from Citrix's legal hounds

Luckily for Apple, neither Citrix nor Nortel seem eager for an iPhone lawsuit.
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MySpace slams ad networks over 'scareware'

Updated MySpace has engaged in its fair share of fights over the past few months, battling alleged spammers and fending off lawsuits. Now we're hearing an allegation that the social networking site has been serving ads that hock pesky programs known as "scareware." And rather than call out the big guns, the social networking site is rolling over and playing dead.
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eBay Q4 profits soar

eBay fired on all cylinders in the December quarter, delivering record net revenues of $1.7bn - 29 per cent higher than Q4 '05 and net income of $346m, 24 per cent up year on year.