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SCO bloodhounds search for Groklaw author

The sequel to the 2005 Linux mystery thriller concerning the identity of the Groklaw blogger going by the name Pamela Jones has hit the street, and despite some fresh intrigue, it's as rough a slog as the original.
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Microsoft accuses IBM of an 'ulterior' standards agenda

Microsoft is crying foul against IBM in its campaign for fast-track approval of XML Office file formats as an international standard.

Firefox hands out cookies from strangers

Firefox suffers from a flaw that allows attackers to manipulate the authentication cookies of virtually any website, a vulnerability Bugzilla has deemed severe. It's the second major security lapse for the open-source browser in as many days.
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Bored Roddick pounds Canadian

SAP Open A bored Andy Roddick clobbered Canadian Frank Dancevic during his opening match here at the SAP Open.
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Yankee Blake flattens young Russian

SAP Open James Blake pushed aside Russian Igor Kunitsyn during two uneventful sets tonight here at the SAP Open.
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Glu and Codemasters get stuck in

3GSM Mobile games developer and publisher Glu has done a deal with Codemasters to get its games onto mobile phones.
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T-Mobile says mobile VoIP will not hit revenues

3GSM Mobile VoIP (voice over internet protocol) will not hit mobile telephony revenues, but will have more of an impact on fixed line services, according to T-Mobile International AG chief executive Hamid Akhavan.
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Hubble snaps death throes of sun-like star

Our sun will probably look very much the same for the next few billion years, plodding happily along the main sequence, bathing our solar system in its friendly yellow rays. All very nice for us living on Earth, of course, but not terribly exciting.

Apple preparing '15.4in MacBook for Q2'

Apple will ship 15.4in widescreen MacBooks next quarter, Taiwanese notebook-manufacturer moles have claimed, stating the new models will fill the gap between the 13.3in MacBooks and the 15.4in MacBook Pros.
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Emails can infringe copyright, ruling

Business letters can be protected by copyright and forwarding them to others can be an infringement, the High Court has ruled. The decision could have implications for email communication because the same principles will apply.
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'Pull European data from the US'

The European Parliament has recommended that the only logical way to stop US anti-terrorist investigators from illegally snooping on European financial transactions is to get the firm handling them to remove its data from US shores.
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GSMA endorses wireless mobile payments

3GSM Demonstrations of proximity payment systems, allowing users to pay for products with wave of the phone, have been around for years, and every year we're promised that this time it's really going to happen.
Bill Ray, 15 2007

Nvidia 'delays' key Vista driver release ten months

Nvidia inadvertently - we hope - yesterday told its customers they will have to wait until 6PM Pacific Time on 30 December for a crucial Windows Vista driver update for its GeForce line of GPUs. Reg Hardware readers looking for the software last night were presented with the following screen...
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YouTube X-rates breast examination vid

NSFW YouTube has moved to protect kiddies from "potentially offensive" footage of a UK sawbones performing breast and testicular examinations, The Sun reports.
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Europe demands say on US data trawling

The European Parliament is demanding a say on the computerized front of the US anti-terror war and pressing for a global agreement on inter-government data sharing.
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ICO issues data protection guidance for SMEs

Small companies should try to answer data protection queries in the normal course of business rather than treat them as formal requests, according to advice published by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

Readers rate Nokia's free Smart2Go satnav app

Reader Review When Reg Hardware covered the no-show and then the late appearance of Nokia's free navigation software, Smart2Go, we invited readers to download the code and give it a test drive. Rather a lot of you did, and here's a selection of some of your experiences with the app on a range of handsets...
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'Pentagon hacker' plays joker on US authorities

Gary McKinnon, the hobby hacker who is fighting against a US extradition order, has pulled a legal wild card on his accusers in bid to face trial at home.
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3GSM 2007: The works

No time to go barking in Barca this week? Don't worry, El Reg was there in force, battling flakey networks, congested cells, and aggressive locals to give you the broadest coverage possible. And, just to make your life even easier, we've collected our collective output together, to help you relive the tears, the laughter, and even the keynote speeches. Enjoy:

Xploder PlayStation 2 HD TV up-scaler

Review Packaged in a very nice, neat, little tin box – which could no doubt find a dozen different uses around the home after the contents are removed – the Xploder PS 2 HDTV Player certainly looks like it means business. You may remember we previewed it back in August 2006, well now we've got our hands on one...
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Darwin Mr Popular again in Kansas

The battle for the hearts and minds of American school children took another turn this week. The infamous Kansas school board that voted to banish Darwin from the science curriculum has welcomed him back with open arms, spurning instead the language of intelligent design.

CoPilot Live to get shareable stuff upgrade

ALK Technologies will next month ship the latest incarnation of its CoPilot Live navigation software for Windows Mobile-based handhelds and handsets, the company announced this week. The app's key addition: support for social networking-style community services.
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Crew flees Japanese whaling ship blaze

Japanese whaling ship the Nisshin Maru - currently in Antarctica's Ross Sea - has been partially evacuated following a fire, the BBC reports.

Amazon.co.uk PS3 pre-order offer pops up over four hours late

Amazon.co.uk disappointed eager buyers today when its pledge to begin offering its entire launch allocation of 60GB PlayStation 3 consolea to pre-order customers first thing this morning went awry. The firm was supposed to start taking advance orders for the PS3 from 9am this morning, but the sale didn't commence until 1:35pm.
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Voda boss: Operators moving too slow

3GSM Mobile carriers risk been leapfrogged by new entrants unless they work together to speed up the development of technologies such as mobile payments, according to Vodafone chief exec Arun Sarin.
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Editor's Blog: Quality Management

Quality management often looks very different from the perspective of the pointy haired manager who sees it as a noble edifice like an East Anglian church, gleaming in the early morning sunlight under a spring sky.

Michael calls in Michael to sort out Dell

Battered Dell has moved to get its act together by drafing in a tech manufacturing veteran to oversee its global operations.
Joe Fay, 15 2007
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T-Mobile halves roaming charges

T-Mobile has cut by more than half charges for business customers who transmit data over its mobile networks in countries where it operates its own network.
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Gear4 touts teen-friendly iPod speaker set

The name HouseParty III may call to mind iffy sequels to naff teen comedies, but iPod accessory specialist Gear4 wants you to think home speaker system, 30W amplification and good times to be had by all. The set comes in at £80, which buys you retractable ipod dock connectivity, an FM radio, a remote control, a USB port for …

Infected PCs spew malware over 3G connections

3GSM Much has been written about malware capable of infecting mobile phones, but infected PCs spewing regular malware over 3G connections might be a more serious problem.

Turkish hacker strikes Down Under

Legendary Turkish hacker iskorpitx has turned his attention Down Under with an attack that grounded the websites of nearly 600 Kiwi businesses and about 300 international sites hosted by the same US-based web server.

Workplace smoke ban a 'gift' for hackers

Workplace smoking bans may be good for workers' health, but could open the back door to hackers.
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Apple's iPhone haunts 3GSM

3GSM It must be a little galling if you go all the way to Barcelona to present a shiny new range of phones, many with music players, only to be asked questions about a competitor who has yet to show anyone an actual product.
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Broadband routers welcome drive-by hackers

Still using the default password that came with that nice broadband router you installed at home? Time to get off your butt and change it: visiting the wrong website is enough to have key settings changed on the most popular models.

HP trumpets HP-UX release and Itanium kit

HP today gave its Unix business the big squeeze with a new release of HP-UX and a pair of compact Itanium-based servers.
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Court smack down for Russian piracy epic

A tiny Russian software piracy case that ended up pitting Mikhail Gorbachev and Vladimir Putin against Bill Gates has been thrown out of court.
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Super hi-res camera reveals Mars water bleaching

AAAS Yet more evidence of liquid erosion on Mars from the high resolution camera aboard the Reconnaissance Orbiter has further bullet-proofed claims that there was once water on Mars.

Microsoft probes new Office vulnerability

Just when the world thought it was safe to resume use of Microsoft Office, there's word that a new zero-day attack may be targeting the popular productivity package. Like so many of the others, it's capable of all kinds of mischief, including the execution of malicious code on a victim's machine.
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Super Bowl feeds illicit gambling

House of Cards The biggest betting day of the year - Super Bowl Sunday - has come and gone, and the numbers are in. Legal wagers in the State of Nevada totaled $93.1m, down slightly from last year's figure of $94.5m.
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UN rebrands radiation

In an apparent acknowledgment of the plummeting standard of public scientific education in the West, the UN's nuclear tentacle today unveiled a new danger sign for radiation which must approach the nadir of literalism.