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Symantec plans $200m worth of cuts

Symantec is to implement $200m worth of cuts as the security provider copes with flagging demand for its data center offerings and a deluge of free security programs from Microsoft and ISPs.

Exec slaps HP with pretexting and Dell hunting charges

Analysis Sex, lies and flat panel TVs. Dear lord, what has become of HP?
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Is old code automatically good code?

The "old dog&" in this case is Marcus Ranum, inventor of the proxy firewall and the man who implemented the first commercial firewall product. He’s now the CSO at Tenable Network Security, the company that produces the Nessus security scanner, and author of the book The Myth of Homeland Security.
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PlayTech goes mobile with Masabi

PlayTech, the largest supplier of online casino software, has launched mobile versions of all its games.
Bill Ray, 25 2007
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Bug brokers offering higher bounties

Adriel Desautels aims to be the go-to guy for researchers that want to sell information regarding serious security vulnerabilities.

Massachusetts' top prosecutor laughs off credit card fraud

Any would-be credit-card thieves will be cheered by the news that Massachusetts' chief prosecutor reckons the chances of catching crooks who steal credit card details to make purchases online are next to nil - even when they're attempting to defraud the attourney general herself.
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Looking Forward: Power, Cooling, and the Data Centre

In the future, we may look back on 2006 as the year that power consumption, cooling, and energy efficiency in the data centre ceased being a back-burner issue for IT and facilities managers and elevated itself to become one of the forefront, if not leading, issues for many.
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Cameras to watch cameras in Scotland

The Scottish Borders are considering putting in CCTV cameras to keep an eye on speed camera installations, the BBC reports.
Bill Ray, 25 2007

No 20GB PS3 for Europe, Sony reveals

The PlayStation 3 will appear on UK store shelves on 23 March, Sony has said. The next-generation console, delayed last September, will cost punters £425 for the 60GB model. The 20GB version will not be made available until later in the year - if there's a demand for it.
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Sony announces Euro PS3 game launch line-up

What software will go on sale on the big day...
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'We aren't waiting for Viviane Reding': Awayphone

"The trend of voice call costs is to be free," Awayphone CEO Sherry Madera says - a pioneer of roaming call charge reduction, aiming to beat the European Commissioners to a fair deal for business travellers.
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Computer-based exam discriminated against blind candidate

A qualifications body discriminated against a blind systems manager when it failed to make its computer-based exam accessible to her. The tribunal ruling is the first to find a US company with no presence in the UK liable under the UK's Disability Discrimination Act.

HTC's Dopod to launch Athena UMPC-phone 'next week'

HTC subsidiary Dopod will launch the device maker's Athena UMPC-like PDA phone next week, Dopod's president has revealed hot on the heels of the early appearance of the T-Mobile version of the device, dubbed the Ameo.
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Subway sues ex-franchisee for trademark infringement

Sarnie maker Subway is taking an former UK franchise holder to the High Court for copyright infringement over a website he has set up complaining about the way the multinational has treated him.
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Managing the change to connected mobile working

Background Mobile working is nothing new. Travelling sales people and tradesmen have been with us for as long as anyone can remember and, in industry today, we have many more examples of workers operating outside of a fixed base - consultants on projects, accountants conducting audits, engineers on construction sites, and so on …
Dale Vile, 25 2007
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US fires up crowd-roasting microwave gun

The US military has finally rolled out its Silent Guardian - a 95GHz millimetre wave "active denial system" designed to "repel individuals or crowds without causing injury".
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e-voting to be stripped bare at UCL event

The Open Rights Group (ORG) and the Foundation for Information Policy Research are teaming up for events to raise awareness of electronic voting.
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Fox sinks teeth into YouTube

20th Century Fox yesterday served YouTube with a subpoena demanding the company reveal the identity of a user who "uploaded copies of entire recent episodes of primetime series 24 and The Simpsons", Reuters reports.

Fujitsu hails HDD capacity breakthrough

Fujitsu has developed a technique it claims will allow the company to produce hard drives with an areal data density of 1Tb per square inch - almost seven times the density of today's latest perpendicular-recording hard drives.

Software company fails to prove it wrote its own software

A dispute between two software houses remains unresolved after the Court of Appeal refused to rule that one company definitely did not copy the other's software. The ruling does not mean that copying did take place, though.
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Siemens buys UGS and pays fine

German giant Siemens AG is spending $3.5bn on Texan firm UGS which makes industrial automation software.

Cisco squishes bug trio

Cisco released three security advisories on Wednesday designed to fix multiple vulnerabilities in its core Internetwork Operating System Software (IOS).
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Scientists store whole image on a single photon

An entire image's worth of data has been encoded into a single photon, without information being lost, for the first time.
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Uniface goes Vista

Compuware aims to be one of the first out of the blocks with full Microsoft Vista support for its Uniface development tool.
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'Sir Cliff cost us copyright battle' - Motown boss

Interview Keith Harris says the poorest people in music, musicians, will be the losers if the EU fails to extend copyright on sound recordings - and he says the music industry should have chosen a better figurehead than Cliff Richard.
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BBC to launch immersive world for children

BBC is to launch an immersive world for children this summer, according to reports in The Guardian.
Bill Ray, 25 2007

More than 1bn phones shipped in 2006 - report

Over one billion mobile phones shipped during 2006, more than any year previously. Q4 2006 was a record-breaking period too, with 300m handsets shipping out of vendors' warehouses, up 22 per cent on the year-ago quarter.
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O2 decides not to reward prodigal sons

O2 has announced that existing customers will be offered the same handset and tariff deals as new customers in a bid to reduce network churn.
Bill Ray, 25 2007
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Telecom Italia espionage scandal deepens

The former chairman of Telcom Italia has denied any involvement in an escalating industrial espionage scandal surrounding the telco.
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Man dressed as The Joker gets ID card

A Dutchman dressed as the unpredictable master criminal The Joker from Batman managed to get himself a national ID card, despite supposedly stringent new rules which outlaw grins, funny faces, and head coverings from passport pics.
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Paris Hilton laid bare on net

If you feel the overwhelming desire to see Paris Hilton cavorting naked in a bubble bath, partaking of a broad spectrum of narcotics or pleasuring herself with sex toys, then ParisExposed.com is the place for you.
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Mobile phones cause cancer...or not

People using a mobile phone for more than 10 years have a 40 per cent increased chance of developing glioma (a kind of brain tumour), according to research reported in the Telegraph.
Bill Ray, 25 2007

BT still 'not fulfilling' GPL

BT has still not done enough to fulfill the requirements of the General Public License, according to the Freedom Taskforce.
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Dutch consumer chief puts Apple through the mill

The Netherlands has joined Scandinavian led action against Apple's digital rights management lock on its iPod device and iTunes software.
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Where's Wally / Waldo turns up on net search

The new owners of Where's Wally? are looking to make greater use of the character, and, according to The Guardian, have an internet search engine in mind.
Bill Ray, 25 2007
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Phone biz booms, but Qualcomm rues Euro cabal

Roundup Nokia reported a net profit of €1.273bn in Q4, €4.3bn for 2006 on sales of €11.7bn for the quarter, and €41.1bn for the year today. That's up 13 per cent and 19 per cent respectively, year on year.

Michigan treasurer falls for Nigerian scam

A public treasurer in the Michigan county of Alcona stands accused of embezzling tax payers out of more than $1.2m, at least part of which was used to cover costs he incurred falling for a Nigerian banking fraud.
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Judge nixes former HP exec's racy claims

Former HP executive Karl Kamb today had his initial counter lawsuit against the company dismissed by a district judge.

User beware: Sun and Intel want to talk to you about Solaris

Comment Never was there a grander marriage forged in rhetoric than when Intel met Sun Microsystems.

Microsoft pulls in record Q2

Microsoft drummed up record revenues in the December quarter - its fiscal Q2 - and could have done even better if it hadn't squirreled away some of its sales to 'recognize' in Q3.